Designed to clean the inner body with plant power, we will be re-oxygenating the blood, and rebooting the immune system, these intense cleanses are not for the faint of heart. However, they become progressively easier over time, and the benefits far out-way any initial discomfort.
Be prepared to flush your body with our unique special recipes: you will drink in a concentrated dose of freshly extracted chlorophyll, after which the process of thoroughly rinsing and hydrating the inner body with a special warm herbal tea begins.
The process can take a couple of hours, but over time become faster and easier. This type of cleanse purges the body of waste – be prepared for whatever comes up (or flows down).
The benefits of controlled vomiting
The benefits of our particular blend of plants
The Ceremony lasts a couple of hours, and is best performed first thing in the morning after a full nights rest and on an empty stomach. First, the space is prepared, and all participants smudged to cleanse the energy.
Then everyone drinks their serving of chlorophyll to begin the process. After a short wait, and a little bit of movement to shake things up, tea is served. In entirety, each person consumes several liters of fluid to ensure a complete flush. As the stomach fills up, effective purging through controlled vomiting begins. The process is complete once the purge buckets are “full”, and the fluid leaving the body is more clear.
The idea of purging can be quite shocking at first. But this practice of cleansing is literally thousands of years old, and extremely effective. Nowadays, “vamana,” that is, emesis or controlled vomiting is a powerful treatment used in Ayurvedic Panchakarma both as a curative and a preventative measure for disease.
As with most Ceremonies, it’s useful to come with an intention in mind: something to remember throughout, which focuses attention and reminds us why we work they way we do. It can be quite easy for some people to cleanse this way, and for others, it may feel almost impossible at first. However, it definitely gets easier with practice, as we relax into Knowing what is coming and why. It is not about forcefully removing blockages, but about accepting and integrating the plants into the body to aid in the natural process of surrendering and healing.
Experienced facilitators are always on hand to offer guidance, support and help everyone to complete their cleanse effectively. There will be facilities to help anyone who struggles with the action of controlled vomiting. Whatever doesn’t move up, will flow down: either way, the cleanse is effective and beneficial.
Sweat Lodges are one of the oldest traditions among Native Americans; their primary purpose is to cleanse, heal and repair any damage to The Spirit. The Sweat Lodge is a dome-shaped building, inside of which there is seating around the edge with a “pita” in the centre. Outside of the lodge a Sacred Fire heats up the Grandfather Spirits, the special stones used for sweat lodge Ceremonies. Back inside the lodge the Grandfather Spirits (rocks) are smudged, then placed in the pit. Water is splashed over the hot stones, releasing steam and negative ions, which have a physically healing effect on our bodies. As the sweat lodge heats up, the Body, Mind and Spirit purify. All four elements from Pacha Mama are now present: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
(this can vary depending on the country and different traditions)
One of our favourite things to do on our retreats is the sweat lodge, also known as a temazcal. Once the Sweat Lodge is smudged and prepared, the Fire Keeper or conductor brings in the first Grandfather stone, representing The Creator; this stone creates a pathway or chord to the Sacred Fire, along which Spirits will travel to enter the lodge. This first Grandfather is smudged and cleansed before any other Grandfathers can enter. Then, the Fire Keeper or Conductor brings in the remaining stones, smudging and purifying them. Once the lodge is ready to enter, each individual person is smudged before crossing the threshold.
Traditionally men enter first and move clockwise around the pit to take their positions in the North; then the Women follow, sitting in the South. The lodge door always faces the Sacred Fire in the East. On entering the lodge, we will say “to all my relations” honouring our Ancestors; once everyone has taken their seats, the water container follows and the fire keeper closes the door allowing the conductor to splash water onto the stones and begin the purification process.
Once the Ceremony has begun, we call in any Spirits we wish to enter, including family members, friends, loved ones, guides and angels. Songs or stories may be shared amongst all as the Ceremony continues. Once the Ceremony is flowing, more Grandfathers may be brought in, and as each one is placed we reiterate “to all my relations,” showing respect to our Ancestors. When we are ready for more Grandfathers to be added we will call for the Puerta, (the door keeper) who opens the door, bringing more stones and heat into the lodge, amplifying the purification of all present.
On the day of a sweat lodge, hydration is key to prepare the body: you might think of it like you would a Bikram or hot yoga class. Again, a clean body and healthy diet are the most basic and supportive ingredients in any Ceremony.
In the physical body this Ceremony detoxifies any impurities such as bacteria and viruses if the temperature reaches over 120 degrees; it can stimulate cortisol and adrenaline sending fresh blood flow into the body to help relieve cramping and muscle aches, and exposure to steam can help with symptoms of arthritis and skin disorders such as psoriasis.
The sauna effect of a sweat lodge also activates our sympathetic nervous system, releasing serotonin and endorphins, enhancing our mood and creating a feeling of euphoria, all helping to release stress and tension in our bodies. Sweat Lodge Ceremonies offer a place for introspection, connection and spiritual union with The Creator and Pacha Mama.
We finish the process with a plant bath to feel refreshed, cleansed and full if life.
This Ceremony is not appropriate if you are pregnant, and it may be too intense if you have high blood pressure, experience panic attacks, or struggle with claustrophobia. Seek professional advice regarding spending extended periods of time in sauna-like conditions. Remember to listen to your body. If you choose to participate, you may take breaks if the environment becomes too overwhelming. Most importantly, be honest, and ask for help when you need it. We are here for you, and we respect your personal boundaries.
Plant baths are an incredible way to gently purify, revitalize and protect our bodies energy fields. Water is ceremoniously poured over the body, head to toes, to cleanse and rejuvenate. The water might be cool moon-water infused with flowers and herbs, or it could be a hot bath made of boiled flowers, leaves, bark and roots. There are infinite variations and combinations of plants, and the intention is always to cleanse any negative energies and protect the bather while inviting in the positive healing, good fortune and abundance of the plants.
Plant baths are very safe and gentle: ideal for everyone. They are particularly supportive while working with other energetic therapies and plant medicine Ceremonies. The blissful cleansing of a plant bath can only be described by first-hand experience, we both love taking plant baths, there is no better sensation than pouring this amazing, beautifully scented water all over your body.
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Plant baths are so magical, even if you only a have few herbs and flowers to play with, you will truly feel the benefits of being and feeling deeply cleansed, purified and nourished by these wonderful plant spirits. Don’t forget to really enhance your experience with intention, candles and incense, let the aromas fill the air as you truly indulge your senses. Enjoy!