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Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.

~ Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read, 1940

 

Sweat Lodges

Details on attending a Sweat Lodge with Tamara Lampard are found below. Dates can be found on my Calendar. To register your interest in attending, fill in the form at the bottom of this page and I will confirm your place.

In simple terms a sweat lodge is a spiritual sauna but it is so, so much more than that.... It offers cleansing and healing on many levels. It brings challenges and triumphs. To come to the Sweat Lodge is to embark on a personal journey... Read...

Sweating as a spiritual practice, is found in several traditions; most well known is from the Lakota First Nations people of America... Read...

The tarp, frame, seat, stones and gas ring all came from dear friends who for one reason or another had stopped pouring. After several months getting to know "the lay of the land" at Ameling I began feeling around for the place that felt like the home of my sweat house... Read...

My experience...

In my experience a sweat is a sacred process. It can be beautiful, uplifting, nourishing, cleansing and healing. It can also be excruciating, frustrating, uncomfortable, challenging and exhausting!

I have found that each sweat is different. The experience of each person with in the process is completely unique.

I was introduced to sweats by a work friend and was blessed to find myself participating in a backyard urban sweat lodge led by Claudio Silvani. Claudio is a strong, wise ceremony leader who created and led the most beautiful sacred sweat process.

I remember the anxiety I felt in the days leading up to my first lodge. Heat was a big challenge for me but I was inexplicably drawn to this experience. The euphoria I felt when I emerged from the inipi (Lakota word for sweat lodge) was delicious. I felt reborn; fresh & calm yet invigorated. My skin felt sensational! And I was blessed with some strong visions in the inipi.

Claudio held both mixed and women's sweats. He ran lodges in the traditional Lakota manner: with wood fired stones which were brought in each round, and in the contemporary urban manner; with gas fired stones in the lodge from the start.

After many sweats with Claudio I was lucky enough to train with him so that I could pour in my own lodge. A small group of us spent a weekend learning everything we could from Claudio. It was a wonderful experience and those of us who trained have stayed in touch and continue to support each other as most of us pour in Western Australia.

After pouring a few lodges at a friends place over the years, I held my first public sweat in my own lodge on the land where I live on the 1 October 2010.

Running a sweat is no small undertaking! I asked for Claudio's help and he gave excellent advice. I am so glad I followed his suggestions. It led me to the birthing of the Cauldron of Brigid.

 

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