Traditional Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

In Aboriginal culture, the sweat lodge empowers the natural elements of our being with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Each element brings a quality of balance to our lives through prayer and purification. As you participate in the ceremony, you are purified with breathing, meditating, and in the sharing of words, prayers, songs, and storytelling.

A lodge ceremony is a gentle and caring approach to the cleansing of your mind, body, and spirit. Through the experience, your body is cleansed of the toxins within your body, which aids in the de-stressing of your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. The non-threatening, non-imposing, and safe environment allows you to seek your greater power with all cultures.

Welcome BCIT staff and students

The Indigenous Services department exclusively welcomes BCIT staff and students to join us in our sweat lodge ceremonies. All lodges start at 9:00 AM. Please be there no later than 11:00 am. The lodge will usually run until 4:00 pm. Please dress in weather appropriate clothing. Parking is in Lot G beside SE30. You can pick up a parking pass in lodge. NOTE: All participants are asked to refrain from drugs and alcohol four days before the ceremony. Questions? Please come in and ask at Indigenous Services.

Sweat lodge dates for 2018

2018
Sunday September 16, 2018 *pending on provincial fire ban.
Sunday October 21, 2018
Sunday November 18, 2018
Sunday December 2, 2018

2019
Sunday January 20, 2019
Sunday February 17, 2019
Sunday March 17, 2019

To register, please phone Celeste at (604) 432-8474
Please notify lodge keeper if you have any health concerns. Please bring your own water bottle.