April 1 – 30: Approval of design proposal, gathering of supplies, invitation to guest artists and proposals, facilitators, registration, fundraising.
May 11-12: North Auburn Studio’s Tour Mother’s Day Weekend
May 13 – 25: Building Living Sculpture Installation- Guest Artist and Preparatory
May 17 – 19: Weekend Retreat Workshop and Studio Intensive
May 18: Ceremony Begins
May 20 – 24: Installations, murals, layering of the Shell
May 25th Community Celebration
Perhaps the most important piece of etiquette is gratitude. It is important to be thankful to the purpose of the sweat, the people joining you in the lodge, and those helping to support the purification ceremonies.
f rocks are used, it is important not to use river rocks, or other kinds of rocks with air pockets inside them. Rocks must be completely dry before heating. Rocks with air pockets or excessive moisture could crack and possibly explode in the fire or when hit by water. Previously used rocks may absorb humidity or moisture leading to cracks or shattering
A traditional Sweat Lodge is made up of slender withes of aspen or willow, or other supple saplings, lashed together with raw hide, or grass or root cordage. Traditionally, a sweat lodge was covered with the hides of buffalo, bear or moose. Now, the animal skins have been replaced with blankets, plastic sheeting, old carpet, heavy gauge canvas sheets and tarps to retain the heat and the steam. The entrance to the sweat lodge usually faces to the East and the sacred fire pit.