Collingwood Invites Community to Spring Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

The Town of Collingwood welcomes residents and visitors to experience a traditional Sweat Lodge at the Awen’ Gathering Place from May 9th to 14th. The Madoodiswan (Sweat Lodge) is one of the oldest Indigenous Ceremonies in North America and will be led by Indigenous Traditional Healer and Oshkabewis (Helper) James Carpenter.

This ceremony has been practiced and preserved within many Indigenous nations for thousands of years. The sweat lodge represents the womb of mother earth. In this ancient ceremony, there is an opportunity for individuals to build their spirit connection, cleanse their physical beings, and seek guidance from ancestors. There are many reasons to attend a sweat lodge ceremony.  Those who participate are often on their own individual personal healing journeys, and at times seeking clarity for their path of life. 

The Sweat Lodge Ceremonies are free to attend, and we encourage participants to join only to the degree in which they are comfortable, and for the duration that they feel appropriate. Two ceremony times have been designated for collective learning and experience-sharing among first-time attendees. Another two ceremonies have been reserved for members of our Indigenous community, as we honour and respect their cultural practices. The remaining times are open to all, and we encourage returning attendees to share this experience with friends, family, or neighbours and bring them along to a ceremony.

Sweat Lodges

Tuesday, May 9     2 – 4:00 p.m. & 6 – 8:00 p.m.    Reserved for first-time attendees only
Wednesday, May 10     2 – 4:00 p.m. & 6 – 8:00 p.m.    All welcome
Thursday, May 11     2 – 4:00 p.m. & 6 – 8:00 p.m.    Reserved for the Indigenous community only
Friday, May 12     2 – 4:00 p.m. & 6 – 8:00 p.m.    All welcome
Saturday, May 13     2 – 4:00 p.m. & 6 – 8:00 p.m.      All welcome
Sunday, May 14     2 – 4:00 p.m.    All welcome

There is no cost to participate but space is limited so pre-registration is recommended. For full details and to register visit the Town of Collingwood website:

Leave a Reply