Lakota Medicine Lodge
Squamish Valley, BC
A ceremony to deepen connection to Nature and All of Our Relations.
The Medicine Lodge is a traditional ceremony in which we gather the energy of the
Four Elements and use the sacred medicine plant, Peyote,
to connect with the spiritual world.
The ceremony begins with lighting the fire and filling the sacred pipe, followed by singing and praying in the comfortable temperature of the sweat lodge. The spirits of the sweat lodge -Air, Water, Fire, and Earth - act as our healers.
The ceremony concludes outside by the fire where blessings and healings take place,
and the sacred pipe is smoked.
AGDER SANCHEZ PALACIOS
Agder is an ancestral ceremony facilitator with over 20 years experience working with the Mazatec mushroom tradition as well as the Lakota peyote temazcal and sweat lodge. His father was a medicine man before him and he was introduced to the medicine path at the age of 8. Agder trained in First Nations traditions and is certified by the Native American Church to run peyote and sweat lodge ceremonies. He’s a sundancer and chanoopa carrier and his work has taken him all over the world from India to Canada and many countries in Europe.
*Please note, in this video Agder is speaking specifically about the psilocybin ceremony. His philosophy of ceremony remains the same, though peyote is a more subtle and gentle medicine.
Squamish Valley, BC.
This is on private property, in a beautiful natural setting,
roughly 30 minutes from downtown Squamish.
The Sweat Lodge
The Sweat Lodge is one of the 7 sacred ceremonies that were gifted to the Lakota from White Buffalo Calf Woman. Though there are many different variations between the different First Nations and other traditions who practice this ceremony, the primary tenets remain the same.
A Sweat Lodge is a domed structure that symbolizes Mother Nature’s womb and is constructed from inter-woven branches of designated saplings; the construction itself is a ceremony consisting of offerings and prayers. Specific rocks are heated in a ceremonial fire for hours beforehand to get them red hot. During the ceremony, the Fire Keeper transfers the rocks, known as "grandmothers and grandfathers”, from the fire to the center of the lodge; water is poured on the rocks to fill the space with steam. There are typically 4 rounds in the lodge, each consisting of songs, prayers and teachings from the facilitator of the ceremony. During each round, the door is closed to envelop the participants in darkness.
When you enter the lodge you are seeking the help of the Creator, Elements and Spirits. It’s a place of purification to let go of and transmute emotions and energies that are no longer serving you. You get to cleanse your mind, body, heart and Soul. You also get to pray for the health and wellness of others, the Earth, and anything else that you are calling in. You can also ask for guidance for any particular challenges in life.
The Sweat Lodge is a sacred place designed to deepen connection to All My Relations, remembering ourselves as a part of Nature and creation itself.
Peyote is a small spineless cactus that grows in the Mexican desert as well as in the south west of the United States. The cactus is often known as Peyote Buttons because of their small, squash like shape, and contains the psychoactive substance mescaline. It is typically consumed raw or as a tea in a dried and pulverized form mixed with water. Some native traditions mix the powder with chocolate and/or consume the powder directly.
Peyote is known as the Grand Father Spirit and is associated with the spirit of the Deer. It's primary alkaloid is mescaline and is typically a gentle heart opening medicine. Peyote doesn't have the same intensity or visuals that are often associated with modern psychedelics.
Native traditions have used peyote for thousands of years for healing of physical and emotional ailments as well as connecting with the world of the spirits for guidance and support. After ceremonies, people report healings, letting go of stuck emotions, greater sense of direction and purpose amongst others.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Ceremony cultivates a sense of belonging and allows us to reorient to our true Self, and what's important to us. This is an opportunity for self-care, to slow down, pause and connect with the rhythms of nature. We'll be out on the land at a private residence, connecting with the elements and Natural World. Guided by the medicine carrier, we'll participate in this ancient ceremony to deepen connection to All of our Relations.
We'll provide guidance on how to prepare as you approach the ceremony.
Group Checkin and prep call via zoom 1 week prior.
Arrive at 930
10am light the fire
12pm Enter the Lodge
3pm Song and Prayer around the fire
Potential House Gathering for
This is an all day ceremony on April 25th.
*Rain or Shine
(Flow may vary)
Zoom Call or in person Circle
Moving States into Traits
What will you carry forward?
We'd be honored to sit in Ceremony with you.
If you are unable to attend we'll offer the opportunity to someone else.
There will be more offerings in the future.
Please reach out with any questions.
Please RSVP by April 7th