Dalai Lama
Sparky Shooting Star
Jesse Fearing
Suzanne Day
Friends of Thunder
Church of the Blue Star
Sacred White Buffalo
Mary and the Crystal Skulls
Sacred Stone People's Lodge
Words of Peace

Sat. Night Stone People Lodge
Sweat Lodge:What To Bring
Women's Sweat Lodge


Sweat Lodge:What To Bring

Please Do Not Bring

  • Please do not bring pets
  • Please absolutely no alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed

Please Bring

  • It is good to call ahead to see what may be needed and get there early so
    that you can partake of the whole ceremony!
  • Tobacco (Bugle Boy, Native Spirit Preferred) as an offering to the Pourer
  • Clothing
    To help keep our minds on prayer we are asked to be modest
    and to keep ourselves clothed
    • Bathing suits and towel
    • Muumuu
  • Food to share
    • The sharing of Food is always a part of the ceremony
    • Light & healthy fare is good
    • Meals are a combined effort of those participating, as well as
      clean up afterwards. 
  • At Thunder Ranch we always appreciate those that bring extra's
    of staples, such as:
    • Coffee
    • Filters
    • Creamer
    • Garbage bags
    • Toilet tissue
    • Paper goods
    • Potatoes
    • Onions
    • Eggs
    • Cooking oil, etc. 



  1. To help keep our minds on prayer we are asked to be modest and to keep ourselves clothed (bathing suits and towel or muumuu).
  2. Menstruating women do not participate in this ceremony.  Ancient law explains that it is during this special time that women are cleansed by nature.  It is a woman's own time to be with herself for meditation, for centering, and for becoming close with the Earth.
  3. The mound of dirt outside the lodge is the altar.  It is sacred and powerful.   Please do not touch any objects you see on it, and please be respectful anywhere around it.
  4. Please give your full attention and respect to the medicine person who is conducting the ceremony; he/she knows the ceremony and will lead you in it.  Listen to what is being asked of you and what is being prayed for.  If you are invited to make a prayer or offer a chant, do so.  However, remember that there will be 20 or more other people in the lodge with you, all of them wanting to pray too, so do not offer a sermon or soliloquy when you are asked to share.  It can get VERY HOT during a round if 10 out of 20 people all offer a five-minute prayer.
  5. Fasting before a ceremony is very beneficial and will heighten awareness.  If you are too hot in the lodge, keep your face to the ground and breathe in the coolness of the Earth, let go of what may be holding you back, and pray hard.  Within the sweat lodge, when you are offered water to drink, remember this is the life blood of the Earth Mother, and feel its healing energy flowing through you.  The length of the ceremony can vary greatly depending upon the leader and the participants.  Let Spirit guide you and the sweatlodge leader!
  6. After leaving the lodge it is best to rinse your body to wash away the toxins you have released and to close your pores.  Also after the ceremony, give yourself a quiet space before you go back to the group.  Relax and meditate.
  7. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed.
  8. If you have to wait for your lodge to begin, please be patient, and use the time to consider what you want to release and what prayers you would make for yourself, your loved ones, your Earth Mother and your relations upon Her.  This can be a very powerful healing ceremony.