Open Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Scheduled with various leaders. Meet at Lily Dale beach, rain or shine.

First Come, First Served – No Registration

“First come-first served” sign-up starts 2 hours BEFORE the time scheduled. Sign up directly at the lodge area at the beach. No text or e-mail requests allowed.

Lodge ceremony is one way to connect with the Spirit Realms and the Divine. Lily Dale’s lodge is a structure made of saplings bent over to form a small dome high enough to crawl and sit up in. Usually about 24 people are able to squeeze in to form 2 circles around the center. Red-hot rocks from the outside fire are brought into the center called a Stone People’s Pit. Water is poured onto the stones, creating a “sacred breath” which helps us to center and pray.

The lodge ceremony can last from one to several hours, depending on the lodge leader and the needs of those attending. No two ceremonies are alike. Appropriate attire for Lily Dale’s lodges includes shorts and a T-shirt, although some leaders prefer women to choose the more traditional long (below knee) skirt and a T-shirt that covers the elbows. Please bring a towel and a dry change of clothes. No bathing suits please.

Attendance is “first come, first served” (see above) up to 23 participants. We do reserve the right to turn away people whose presence may be disharmonious in the group. If there are enough “latecomers” after the first 23, and if there is interest, there may be another lodge about 2 hours after the original one.

There is no fee for participation, but goodwill offerings to defray costs are gratefully appreciated.

Please note: Inside the lodge it can get very hot and crowded. Most leaders do not permit women on their “moon time” (menses) to go inside. Ask them. If you have any health concerns or concerns about the health of other participants (e.g. HIV, Zika, etc.), please discuss them beforehand with your doctor. Participation is open, voluntary, and “at your own risk,” and you are free to leave at any time during the ceremony.

DateTimeSweat Lodge Leader
Friday June 307:00pmSteve C
Saturday July 17:00pmBrian H
Monday July 36:00pm & 8:00pmScott Z
Sunday July 9 (Full Moon)5:00pmSpider & Miguel S**
Tuesday July 117:00pmTeresa S
Saturday July 296:00pm & 8:00pmMark Z
Friday August 118:00pmTeresa S
Saturday August 127:00pm & 10:00pmCyndi E
Sunday August 137:00am (morning)Neal R
Monday August 21 (Eclipse)11:00am (women only)Spider**
Saturday August 267:30pmGrandmother Fire Ceremony***
Sunday September 37:00pmSteve C


** For Spider’s lodges: The entire ceremony includes fire lighting and teaching and lasts well after dark. Bring rattle, food or non-alcohol drink to share for feast after lodge (including your own utensils and cup), and a medicine bag if you have one. Women on “moon time” are welcome in Kansi ceremonies. Before attending, it would be good to prepare by checking out   Elder Miguel Sague’s site is

***Grandmother’s Healing Fire

The Grandmothers are the Elders of the Women’s Lodge, and through their ceremonies, they send prayers and healing for the planet and those in the community. This ceremony is open to older women. If you are interested and wonder if you are old enough to participate, then come down to the beach and join us. This is a sacred healing space, not a bonfire party or sweat lodge. Bring a rattle or drum if you have one. Please bring food or drink to share for the feast following the ceremony.–

Contact Lily Dale

Lily Dale Assembly
5 Melrose Park, PO Box 248, Lily Dale, NY 14752

Phone: (716) 595-8721, Fax: (716) 595-2442,
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