Sweat Lodge Teachings Weekend

Friday-Monday, May 24-27, 2024
Memorial Day Weekend at Four Quarters

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    For those who wish a deeper exposure to the practice and traditions of the Sweat Lodge Ceremony, we are offering an extended weekend immersed in Sweat Lodge.

    While our Sweat Lodge is active at most of the event weekends of the year, there has been a growing call for an immersive weekend dedicated to this spiritual tradition. Our Sweat Lodge Teachings will be just that, a deep dive into the songs, stories, trainings and techniques of Lodge.  
    
We will be cutting wood and carrying water, hauling stones, taking our meals together, and exploring aspects of Sweat Lodge Ceremony and indigenous spirituality. This weekend offers you an intimate opportunity to learn and work with the Sweat Lodge, allowing participants to gather a deeper appreciation and understanding of these sacred ways. We’ll explore how we honor the teachings shared with us, and serve the Interfaith Community of Four Quarters within these ancient traditions.

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Building a Sweat Lodge frame Spring 2019; and the Sweat Crew and guests at Teaching Weekend 2022.

    If you have been moved by your own experience of Sweat Lodge and wanted to develop a deeper understanding of ceremony, this is for you! If you've been volunteering down at the Lodge and would like to learn more about what we do and why, this is a special opportunity to spend time learning and sharing with our Ceremony Leaders and Sweat crew.

    This year we will be rebuilding and expanding the Sweat Lodge frame to accomodate more guests as part of the teachings, so an opportunity to participate in this ceremonial process. Everything is done with respect and intention. It is also a Full Moon Weekend, so the weekend will also include a Misa Espritural and a Full Moon cereminy. It will be a rich, full, weekend with a lot to immerse yourself in. Or just come to pray, not a thing wrong with that.

     Ceremonies will begin Friday evening with a welcome supper followed by an Evening Sweat.
     Saturday & Sunday will be filled with conversations, teachings, songs, the Drum, working on the Sweat Camp, Sweat Lodge ceremony, shared Brunches and Suppers at The Dining Pavilion.
     Monday will feature more activities together – Farewell Brunch, a Wrap-Up session and Closing Ceremony.
     We keep things flexible and stay busy. This year we are planning to rebuild and enlarge the Sweat Lodge frame, and everybody gets to help! There may even be some surprises! We just might include a few in-depth workshops on other traditions too, in a previous year we had sessions on the Spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora that were well received.

    Come with sleeves rolled up, boots, work gloves, pen and notebook, extra towels, and an open mind!

     Kurt Griffith, Walter Bachteler, Fox, Eric Gonzales, Sweat Lodge Ceremony Team, and the Starvin' Artist Kitchen, in Service.

Toksha akhe! Mitáquye oyasín!

If you were unable to attend this event, consider our
Fall Community Sweat Weekend, September 13-15, 2024
 

Registration Information

    $20 each day includes all of our shared meals, ceremonial supplies and camping fees.
   
PLEASE arrive Friday if you can!
Members and guests pre-reg by May 18th.
Children under 16 are Loved, Cherished and Free! 

Pre-registration is required, please contact our Office.

Call us: 814-784-3080, Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Learn More about Sweat Lodge at Four Quarters here.

         Registration includes your Tent Camping and our shared meals.
There is no charge for Ceremony. A fees purely contribute to our material costs.
         An important part of ceremony in community is sharing our food together. The Starvin’ Artist will be serving morning brunch (Sat-Mon) and evening supper (Fri-Sun) each day at The Dining Pavilion, with Herbivore and Omnivore preferences.
         Call our office at 814-784-3080 with your registration or questions.

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Fall Community Sweat Weekend

Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2024
A Moon Service Weekend at Four Quarters

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Bachteler FoL18 4687 crop1200Sweat Lodge, and sacred fire, being prepped for ceremony.

    For those who wish an opportinity to experience a deeper exposure to the practice and traditions of the Sweat Lodge Ceremony, we are offering a Fall weekend centered around Sweat Lodge.

    This weekend is an invitation to experience the practice of the Sweat Lodge Ceremony, without having to register for a larger Four Quarters Event. We are planning Friday night and Saturday Sweats with time for conversations exploring aspects of Sweat Lodge as Community Ceremony, and some practical learn-by-doing! Chop Wood! Carry Water! Discussions and Closing Ceremony Sunday. The Weekend's activities encompass, Friday evening Misa ceremony, a native-themed Saturday Moon Service & Church Supper.

    While our Sweat Lodge is active at most of the event weekends of the year, there has been a growing call for more immersive opportunities to experience this spiritual tradition. Our Sweat Lodge Teachings provide opprtunities for deeper immersion into the songs, stories, trainings, and lore of Lodge. This weekend is a less intensive version of our Spring Intensive Sweat Lodge Teaching Weekend.

     Come for the day or make it a weekend – come Friday for Misa and Night Sweat, and stay overnight for Saturday Sweat, Church Supper and New Moon Service! Satruday sweat is scheduled for the afternoon, try to arrive before noon.

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Introducing the Drum and Naive Songs at Sweat Teaching Weekend 2023.

    If you have been moved by your own experience of Sweat Lodge or curious to learn morre about the process of ceremony, this is for you! If you've been volunteering down at the Lodge and would like to learn more about what we do and why, this is a further opportunity to spend time learning and sharing with our Ceremony Leaders and Sweat crew.

     Ceremonies will begin Friday evening with a welcome Evening Sweat following our regular Firday night Misa ceremony.
     Saturday will be filled with conversations, teachings, songs, the Drum, Sweat Lodge ceremony.
     The weekend integrates with our Moon service and Church Supper. Sunday will feature a Wrap-Up session and Closing Ceremony.

We serve the ceremony and the ceremony serves the people. Please be welcome aroung our fires.
  
Toksha akhe! Mitáquye oyasín!

Kurt Griffith and the Sweat Lodge Team


Registration Information

    Members are free, Non-members by donation.
   
RSVP is required, please contact our Office or
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Call us: 814-784-3080, Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Regular Tent Camping and Lodging Fees apply, Call the Offfice for information
There is no Meal Plan - The Church is providing Saturday Church Supper as part of the Moon Service. You are responsible for providing your other meals.

There is no charge for Ceremony. Donations purely contribute to our material costs.

Learn More about Sweat Lodge at Four Quarters here.   

Griffith SweatStones 6343 1200x630Sweat stones, ancient revered Grandfathers, await their turn to serve in Ceremony.

Sweat Lodge at Four Quarters

The Sweat Lodge ceremony, is older than recorded history and is practiced in some form by every culture in the world. We heat ancient rocks in a fire and bring the glowing hot rocks into the center of the lodge. When the lodge is closed, we pour water on the rocks and pray. Through prayer and sacred songs we ask for support and give thanks for what we have already received.

Our sweat ceremonies facilitate personal and inner cleansing and healing. The lodge brings us into connection and harmony with the Mother Earth and all of Creation. This ceremony is open to all people of all beliefs and remains a gift and an offering to those who are open and willing to further their own personal journey, and who want to participate and experience the beauty and wonder of this most powerful and healing ceremony. It is a place to repair your spirit, of refuge and healing, and to obtain personal answers and guidance Our ceremony leaders represent a number of sacred traditions and we follow the same interfaith view as Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary. All are welcome to come pray


sweatlodgesketchwebPlanned 2024 Sweat Lodges*:

Lodge Set-up & Build ~ April 20-21, 2024**
Beltaine ~ May 3-5, 2024 (typically Saturday Sweat)
Sweat Lodge Teachings Weekend - May 24-27, 2024
One Zen Music Fest (h) ~ June 1 (Saturday Sweat)
Drum ’N’ Splash ~ July 3-7, 2024

Big Dub Sweat Camp (h) ~ July 23-28, 2024
Honcho (h) ~ August 17, 2024 (Saturday Sweat)
Stones Rising ~ August 28 - September 2, 2024
Community Sweat Weekend - September 13-19, 2024
Lil’ Dub (h) ~ October 5, 2023 (Saturday Sweat)

Samhain & Shutdown ~ November 1-3, 2024 (Saturday Sweat)

 *Subject to change and the needs of ceremony.
h - Hosted event, guests must register with the event organizers.

Our Sweat Lodge Teachings Weekend on Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27, 2024) explores various aspects of Sweat Lodge Ceremony and indigenous spirituality for those interested in a deeper immersion in the lore and techniques of Sweat Lodge at Four Quarters. **Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Sweat Lodge Liaison, or the Four Quarters Office if interested in either the Setup Day or the Sweat Lodge Teaching Weekend.

Our Fall Community Sweat Weekend on September 13-15, 2024 is an invitation to experience the practice of the Sweat Lodge Ceremony without having to register for a larger Four Quarters Event. We are planning Friday night and Saturday Sweats with time for conversations exploring aspects of Sweat Lodge as Community Ceremony, and some practical learn-by-doing! This weekend encompasses a native-themed Saturday Moon Service & Church Supper! Come for the day or make it a weekend: come Friday for Misa and Night Sweat, and stay for Saturday Sweat, Church Supper and New Moon Service!
Pre-registration Suggested. Members are free, Non-members by donation. To RSVP, call the Office at 814 784-3080 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Covid-19 Pandemic had forced us to modify our schedule and some protocols, see below. There may be other events added to the schedule, or other changes, please see the News Page for announcements. Call the Office at 814 784-3080 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Kurt Griffith is one of our Ceremony Leaders and the Sweat Lodge Liaison for the Board of Directors, you can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any specific questions.


Sweat Lodge Health and Safety Policies

By Kurt Griffith, and the Sweat Lodge Team

Griffith Sweat2020 5270crop 600Sweat Lodge ceremony at Four Quarters is provided subject to the “Informed Consent” of all participants, based on the principle of Shared Risk, Shared Responsibility. The official Covid emergency has passed, but we continue to recognize that there will always be some risk. We expect that people will act responsibly for the safety of all. All participants will be screened and guided through our “Health and Happiness” hygiene policies.. We endeavor to minimize any potential risk for all participants at Sweat lodge as much as possible, the safety of all participants is always our first and highest priority.

All participants agree to abide by The Five Agreements as described in our Health and Happiness policies.

We will avoid overcrowding in the Ceremonies to limit potential exposure. In the traditional way, priority shall go to people who assist in preparation. We expect people who are Covid-19 Positive, symptomatic, or under quarantine limits, to refrain from ceremony, just the same as people under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or substances. While we encourage participants to be vaccinated, it is not required. Policies are subject to the Ceremony Leader's discretion. Policies are under continual review and discussion.

Please contact the Office or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about these policies.


Growing a Sweat Lodge Tradition

by Valerie Haag, Kurt Talking Stone, and the Lodge Team
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The Sweat Lodge Site is a beautiful and sacred place on the land at Four Quarters and we invite you to come by to pray and sweat with us! The sacred fires will be continuously burning, and at any time you are welcome to come in to meditate, visit with the helpers and facilitators, chill out, talk with us, and reconnect in this area.

The Sweat Lodge ceremony is older than recorded history, and is practiced in some form by every culture in the world. Our sweat ceremonies facilitate personal and collective inner cleansing and healing. The Sweat Lodge at Four Quarters holds to the same interfaith view as Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary and does not follow a single tradition or path. Our Water Pourers represent a number of sacred traditions including Navajo, Lakota, and others. All are welcome. From time to time, we have had visiting Elders and ceremony leaders offer ceremony for our community.

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by Walter Bachteler

I have often been asked how long is a sweat lodge. This like anything else depends on your commitment. Let’s look at the general times.

One round in and out is about a half an hour. Real good for some quick prayers and mild cleansing. Possibly sing a sacred prayer song, and to support other peoples prayers. [This can  vary a lot, based on the ceremony leader’s tradition, their style, medicine, or altar, number of participants, or any other specific circumstances. Be prepared to be flexible. – Kurt]

To do all four rounds is about two hours. This showssome commitment and you have time to make prayers to all four directions . Each direction may have a different focus. There are more prayer songs. There is the ability to support the heartfelt prayers of others. From my experience they come out in the later part of the lodge. You also can focus better on how spirit has been guiding you.

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