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Dates for 2023

19th March 2023

Spring Equinox  For Men and Woman

22nd-23rd 24th-25th June 2022

Mid Summer Solstice - Lodge is open those attending our International Guest retreat ONLY

24th September 2023 

Autumn Equinox  for men and Woman

22nd December 2022

Mid Winter Solstice  for men and Woman

Mother Earth Lodges

Inipi (Sweat Lodge)


Some personal historic background including research into Inpi (Sweat lodge)

Evidence of the benefits to Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health Including PTSD

Diane Gower for over 30 years has sat in prayer within authentic traditional lodges within her own home land where she has been taught by Celtic Medicine Woman within woman lodges , including men and woman (family lodges) .  She has also sat amongst others from the authentic Navajo, Apache, Cherokee tribes including the Mayan ways. To many disapproval Diane has  attended lodges which have NOT been delivered with authentic teachings, right ethical reasons, with pure intention, including safe practice while charging  high fees for this practice. 

Diane is a water pourer for all her lodges and facilitates woman lodges, family lodges (men and Woman).Over the last 6 years she has been guided ,taught by First Nation Lakota Chief Standing Cloud and has attended here and USA all cultural ceremonies required to continue this walk. All Diane’s lodges are not for PROFIT and any donations is kindly received and  gifted back into funding other lodges to support those wishing to heal. 

“While the sweat lodge was initially thought available only to Native American tribes, and aboriginal tribes these teachings have been available within her own Celtic home land for generations. Diane is very clear that all traditions should be honored and respected and that protocols and ceremony’s prior to becoming a water pourer should always be undertaken which take years to fulfil even a lifetime. You can NOT learn to become this within a day or weekend as often seen in western world, especially for monetary gain. These teachings are a way of life and often you are sponsored by an elder or Chief from many diverse cultures which take place around the world . But please note you will NEVER Master the Lodge, and must always have pure intention of these authentic traditional teachings and be taught, if its part of your path by a teacher who does this walk for the right pure intentions and from traditional backgrounds of those teaching”.

One of my humble teachers is First Nation traditional teachers - Chief Standing Cloud during his journey , walks with heartfelt pure intention and has NEVER gained profit from any work he has undertaken. He has healed many people during his journey  here in UK and around USA. Including invited to pouring, by Chief Crowdog Snr many times at  the largest ceremony in world “Sundance”.

During his journey he was approached and given permission by United States Government to host INPI (Sweat Lodges) for individual males from Native American tribes as part of their religious beliefs while in prison.

Evidence Mental Health Centre

Today there it has been wide evidence that Sweat Lodges has improved the mental health especially those suffering PTSD. For example in Toronto, Canada, one of the largest mental health centres (CAMH) and addition teaching hospital opened sweat lodge for aboriginal patients to help promote spiritual, physical and emotional healing. ," Renee Linklater, director of aboriginal engagement and outreach programme stated “having the sweat lodge on-site at CAMH allows us to offer indigenous healing ceremonies as part of the treatment plans.

The round sweat lodge is approximately -- 1.5 metres high and four metres in diameter -- is constructed from willow poles, gathered from sustainable sourced locally. With blankets and breathable tarp overlays the frame, with an opening facing a fire pit, where stones for the purification ceremony are heated.

Inside, a second pit has been dug to receive those stones, which will be washed with traditional medicines and the "sacred water" that will turn into a cleansing steam. Participants sit encircling the pit inside the lodge and engage in prayer, songs and other rituals of healing with the help of a ceremonial "conductor." The process can lasts about two hours.

Taking part in the cleansing ceremony is meant to cast out negative thoughts and feelings, and to help heal "the wounds in their lives," said Longboat, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in southwestern Ontario. The stones are called "grandmothers and grandfathers," terms reflective of aboriginal Canadians' great reverence for their ancestors.

"When sacred water is placed on them and steam occurs, that's a release of the spirit inside those rocks we call the eggs of Mother Earth," explained Longboat. "Not only is it a physical detoxification of your body, but it's an emotional shift within you.

"It is sometimes a miraculous adventure when you go in because there are profound and everlasting healings that occur inside the sweat lodge. And people will look back on life and say: 'This was a spiritual milestone for me. It was an emotional, mental and physical milestone.”‘ “It allows me to cleanse myself, especially of those negative thoughts that keep coming back to me from time to time," said the 56-year-old. "So the sweat lodge ceremony allows me to release those. These looking forward to a time when clients from other cultures participate this most traditional healing processes."

Army and Military Centres

Sweat lodge within the Army base has also shown to help with PTSD treatment for veterans

A sweat lodge was hosted on Fort Carson and leading the way for military installations around the United States. The centuries-old Native American tradition has become a new form of treatment for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What once was a ritual held in secrecy is now a growing trend among both active duty and veteran warriors seeking its legendary cleansing powers. In a remote section of Turkey Creek, the air is filled with songs and smoke at the Lakota Sioux inipi, a traditional sweat lodge made of willow branches and donated quilts.

This sweat lodge has been there since 1995. Hackwith, a Marine veteran of the Gulf War, started the inipi with a couple friends who wanted to follow their own cultural religious practice. They got permission from the manager of the Turkey Creek ranch at the time. The participants pray, sing, play drums and sweat in the tent around dozens of hot stones, in complete darkness. It is a purity ritual designed to help sweat out negativity, a common problem for struggling soldiers.

Special Agent Kevin Cheek of the Air Force, now the military liaison for the sweat lodge, says, “I’ve deployed five times. I’ve been there and back, and all that negative baggage that you collect and the things that you see and stuff like that, this helps you cope. This helps you deal with all that.”

Fort Carson formally recognized the sweat lodge as a religious practice in 2005, the first ever on a military base. Chaplains now recommend the ritual to those with PTSD. Guided by natives belting out tribal chants, everyone else is encouraged to pray in their own faith.

“You pray for your enemies and people that don’t like you,” explains Cheek. “And that’s difficult, and as a veteran, you’re praying for those people that actually shot at you. That helps you come to terms with a lot of the stuff.” Now rocks provide an escape. The stones heat over open flames for hours before being passed into the sweat lodge, where leaders pour sage and water over them to produce the steam.

Originally designated only for men of the tribe, leaders now welcome anyone to the lodge, especially soldiers. Women and men sit on opposite sides of the lodge, which seats up to 40 participants. Women wear loose cotton garb, while men wear shorts. After four rounds of sweating, the participants share a pipe filled with willow bark and eat ceremonial dishes that represent different aspects of life.

The leaders hope the tradition will continue for generations to come. Spiritual leader Wesley Black Elk says, “There’s not a whole lot of Native Americans left in this country, and the sad truth is someday we’ll be gone, and this is all they have to remember us by.”

You can now find sweat lodges at a few other military bases and Veterans Affairs centers around the country.

I wish you well on your Walk and if you wish to attend one of our lodges please do not hesitate to get in touch .

Diane Gower 

For those who attend our lodge: 

We recommend that you fast or eat little as possible (if needed) prior to the lodge.

Have a restful evening prior to the lodge with no alcohol or other substance.

More importantly keep the evening after the lodge completely free of engagements.

We also ask that all mobile phones be switched off once arriving on site.

What to expect: 

The number of people in our Mother Earth Lodge varies from month to month any where between 4 and 30.. The sweat lodge consists of several ‘rounds’ each lasting approximately twenty minutes and which may involve drumming singing praying story-telling, or simply silence. Because the sweat lodge is an organic each lodge will be a different experience and therefore all timings are approximate. 

Woman must wear long skirt and t shirt in lodge and men shorts and t shirt. .

What you need to bring ;

Towels (one for sitting on in the lodge and one to dry yourself with afterwards

Flip flops or sandals for outside of lodge.

Warm clothing for afterwards

Food/drink share with everyone around the fire after the lodge (no alcohol)

Flowers/white candles/incense for the altar (optional)

Drinking water  preferably in glass bottle - Coconut Water is good option