Deschutes Public Library News

Know Sweat: Sweat Lodges

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich

Date Posted:  10/23/2013


Sweet Medicine NationDeschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Sweet Medicine Nation, founder and president of the Four Winds Foundation, to the East Bend and Sisters Libraries for presentations about sweat lodges. The presentations are part of the Know Sweat series offered at DPL throughout November. The presentations are free and open to the public.


November 2, 2013 • 2:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

November 10, 2013, • 2:00 p.m.
Sisters Library


“Sweat Lodges are a time for cleansing, purifying, and connecting to Spirit and community,” says Nation. Sweat lodge ceremonies takes place in a small, covered willow structure, where water is poured onto heated stones to create steam. According to Nation sweating is not only a physical purification, but a spiritual one. “Traditionally, sweat lodges were required for beginning any rite of passage or new undertaking.” During her presentation Nation will discuss the benefits and the history of sweat lodges.

Nation, who has both Chickasaw and Choctaw roots, is an artist, educator, lecturer, and healer who guides and initiates personal growth in others. Nation is involved in endangered species research and riparian studies and education. She is a master of edible and medicinal plants of in Central Oregon. For over 16 years she has led the Four Winds Foundation which is dedicated to the spiritual evolution of humanity, offering indigenous wisdom through sacred ceremony and education.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.




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