Thanksgiving Sweat Lodge and Feast 2017

Thanksgiving Sweat Lodge Gathering
*November 18, 2017*
Ellenville, NY
39 Hang Glider Road

Community Work Day – Friday, November 17
10 AM Come if you can to help clean the space in the house for the potluck and prepare the lodge site.
Sweat Lodge & Feast – Saturday, November 18
10am – building & lighting of the fire | crawl into the lodge between 1pm and 2pm
Potluck Feast to follow in the cottage.
Talking Circle with Carl Big Heart – Sunday, November 19
We will gather in the onsite farm cottage at 9:30am.

It is with warm hearts of gratitude, joy and community that we gather again at the farm in Ellenville to join together in ceremony and prayer.Please bring warm clothes and a blanket to wrap in. Bring your own drinking water, dishes and utensils, and a prepared dish to share (there is no cooking facilities or running water).

We will be buying insurance, wood, a port-a-john, and offering a financial gift to the landowners. So we are asking everyone to help offset these expenses through a land-use fee of $15.

Saturday’s Sweat Lodge Schedule

10:00 AM:
Build and light fire, and cover the lodge. There will be an orientation for those who are new to the sweat lodge ceremony and an opportunity to make prayer ties to focus our prayers and intentions.

Between 1:00-2:00 PM:
Crawl into the sweat lodge

The pot luck which follows the lodge is a part of the ceremony and one we provide for together. So please bring nourishing prepared dishes that are ready to serve: main dishes, salads, fruits, etc.  Food can be dropped off for the day in the farm cottage. Please bring your own plates, utensils and serving utensils, as none will be provided. While there is no kitchen on the premises for heating or refrigerating food, there is electricity to run slow cookers / crock pots.

What to bring:

  • 2 gallons of drinking water – one for yourself and one to share with the community.
  • 2 towels
  • Sweat lodge clothing:
    • Women: skirt or sarong and short sleeve top or modest dress.
    • Men: shorts (and shirt if you like)
  • Food for the pot luck
  • Plates, utensils, and cups / mugs for yourself.

Navigate to
39 Hang Glider Road,
Ellenville, NY. 

Upon arrival you will notice colors and greetings assuring you that you are in the correct place. There will be instructions at the site for how to best park.

Public Transit:
If you are traveling from NYC. There are buses traveling to Ellenville three times a day:

The bus drops off at

Gaby’s Cafe
150 Canal St.
Ellenville, NY.

If you are taking the bus, or willing to pick people up from the bus drop-off location and shuttle them to the lodge site – please email so that we can coordinate with you.

Registration for the weekend:

There will be donation baskets for Carl and for expenses (fire wood and basic supplies).
We will be buying insurance, wood, a port-a-john, and offering a financial gift to the landowners. So we are asking everyone to help offset these expenses through a land-use fee of $15.

Please, let us together support the important and valuable work of our elders by being as generous as we can. That being said, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


There are not too many spaces for indoor lodging on this site – a few spaces for folks to sleep on the floor in the cottage. You may tent on site if you would like. It is recommended though that if you plan on spending the night that you secure a room, or bed at one of the  few motels and bed & breakfasts very close by.  Also groups might consider renting an AirBnB together and sharing it.

Lodge Build & Site Preparations:
If you would like to be included in coordinations for repairing the lodge or prepping the site for the community to gather on, you can email

A crew will at the site on Friday to clean and prep the space for the rest of the community.

The lodge starts the moment we commit to going to the ceremony and can have active effects in our lives.  Setting aside time each day for a few days prior to the lodge to focus our prayers and intentions is suggested.