The Sweat Lodge Ceremony is a transforming experience, aimed at purifying both body and mind. Benoit is performing the Sweat Lodge of the Great White Mother Bear. This Lodge is a ceremony that has its roots in the shamanic tradition tens of thousands of years ago. Though it has some common characteristics with traditional Native American Sweat Lodges, it is a distinct ritual with its own Myths and Spiritual Forces.
The Bear Lodge allows you to enter into the womb of Creation, bringing clarity, purpose and joy into your life. It is a journey of purification through and with the Spiritual Forces of Nature. The result is a physical releasing of tensions and a deep feeling of contentment, clarity and appreciation of life. The physical orientations of the Lodge are in relation to specific starry constellations creating a true relation between the cosmos, the earth and the Lodge.
A full Bear Lodge goes through four steps called rounds. Each round can be defined as the time when 7 fire-heated-rocks are brought in, the door is closed, incense burned, water poured, songs of prayer sung, and the door is lifted again.
The preparations for the ceremony are an integral part of it: we all gather shortly before sunset, completing together the preparations of the fire and the blessing of the four directions. While the rocks are heated in the fire, an introduction is given, after which we enter the Lodge for about 2 hours. After going out, we all share a light meal. It is recommended to eat lightly before the ceremony and to drink a lot of water.