You're Invited to join in
Native American Purification Ceremony
with Jack Thom, Sr.,Walking Eagle Hün-Na-îtch,
Karuk Spiritual Leader
Purification Ceremony Information
You are invited to join Jack Thom,
Sr., Walking Eagle, Hün-Na-îtch, a full-blooded
Karuk Native American spiritual leader from Northern California
in the purification ceremony . He guides people in the sacred Sweat
Lodge Purification Ceremony, a traditional way of cleansing body,
mind, and spirit. By sweating and praying, we cleanse our bodies
of toxins, our minds of negativities, and heighten our spirits.
We come into a balanced relationship with our Earth, our Self, and
the community of life that is all around us.
Purification Ceremony is held year
round on most Saturday's at Stewart Mineral Springs in
Weed California through the Spring, Summer and Autumn months.
Ceremony at Stewart usually begins
in the afternoon. It is best to call the Stewart
Mineral Springs office in advance to know of dates and times
when the ceremony will be held.
What should I bring?
Clothing such as a bathing suit, shorts
or cotton sweat dress/wrap are worn in the sweat lodge. We suggest
that you bring a towel, thongs or sandals, and a flashlight for
night use. Water is also advisable to have with you, but it is not
allowed inside the lodge.
Camping is available for purchase through
the Rio Vista Sandy Beach County Park. If you are willing to park
in the adjacent day use parking, you can set up a tent in our main
camp ground for no additional cost.. Please bring your own camping
gear and meal provisions. We often share a pot luck meal after the
Saturday morning ceremony. You may want to bring some extra food
to share with others.
An orientation for newcomers can be
requested by speaking with the Firekeeper. Just let he/r know that
you have not sweated before and would like an orientation. Someone
on the Spirit of the Wind staff will be happy to provide you with
Women and men don't usually participate
in the ceremony together. But, Walking Eagle says that "we
walk on this Earth together, so we should pray together too, in
the Purification Ceremony." "So let us pray together in
the lodge, or pray separated."
Following Native American tradition,
Moontime (menstruating) women do not enter the ceremonial area.
Pregnant women do not enter the sweat lodge. Individuals who have
been under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the 24 hours preceding
the ceremony do not enter the ceremonial area or the sweat lodge.
Please abide by these traditions. If you have questions and are
not sure what is appropriate for you or your condition at the time,
be sure to ask the ceremonial leader or a knowledgeable staff person
before entering any ceremony. We ask that all pets be kept on a
leash at all times.
By tradition, an offering is always
given by each participant before entering into ceremony. Traditionally
and historically, the offering is one considered valuable and of
support to the ceremony and to the support of the ceremonial leader.
The participant determines the offering based upon his or her spiritual
guidance and intentions.
We are attempting to maintain this
tradition, however we have found many people have questions and
ask for suggestions. We suggest a minimum donation of $20 that goes
directly to the Spiritual leader who has incurred the many costs
for making this ceremony take place. These costs include automobile
travel, wood, lodging, tarps, gathering stones and medicine, fuel
for chain saws, etc., etc.. For healings, a donation that is comparable
to a doctors visit is greatly appreciated, needed and appropriate.
Prior the entering the Purification
Ceremony we also offer our prayer offering of tobacco to the sacred
fire. This begins our ceremony.
Out of respect and by natural law,
we always give an offering before we take anything for our needs.
We always leave our ceremonial areas and campsites clean and natural.
We ask that you refrain from any activities that disturb or damage
the natural habitat.
Please extend this invitation to
your friends and loved ones!