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Beauty Within: Imagery, Wholeness and the Apache Sweat Lodge with Mary Diggin, Ph.D.
May 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - May 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
Workshop Leader: Mary Diggin
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Tuition price: € 300, – Early booking fee until 28. Feb. 17: 280.-
Accommodation & Meals: € 104.- to 176.- (incl. Tax for 2 nights)
The joint lunch will be held on Sunday, 14 May at 1 pm.
Mary Diggin was taught to be a Water Pourer (sweatlodge leader) by Apache medicine man, Felipe Ortega. The sweat lodge is a Two-Spirit lodge in the Apache Tradition. There are four rounds, honoring the hac’tsim of the East, South, West & North. Each round is opened by a song to that particular direction and a prayer by the water pourer.
In this workshop, we will work with deep imagery to meet the energies of each round before entering lodge. The lodge works with wholeness, as our deep imagination does and the experience of imagery journeys, combined with the sweat lodge lead to particularly powerful experience.
We will journey to each of the directions: East, South, West, North as well as to Father Sky and Mother Earth. Each direction has its own traditional animals but in the journeys you may meet other guides, particular to you. Each direction also has its own element, season and time of day, all of which we will explore in various ways.
We will also spend time with the seventh direction: our selves. “I am beauty within” is the traditional phrase and so we explore where we are in harmony with all the directions and thus gather our own beauty before we leave the workshop.
The lodge itself is a gentle lodge, having only three “rules”. It differs in this way from other traditions. This lodge can be particularly sweet lodge, especially if you have not attended lodge before.
The lodge has only three rules that need to be followed:
- No shoes & no shiny objects are to be worn for the eagle feather blessing/empowerment;
- If a participant makes a “silent prayer” during the lodge, they have to remain in the lodge for that round, no matter how hot it becomes.
- Feasting may begin once the water pourer has received water in the 4th round and a Spirit plate with food has been placed outside, as the Spirits who helped in lodge have to be fed;
Everything else is expressed as a preference, including where one sits, the direction one enters lodge, how one dresses and so, it is a gentle lodge with which to be introduced to the tradition of sweating.