The “Itsipi” (Sweat Ceremony) is a structure built with bendable tree branches of (willow or bamboo), following specific sacred geometry rules, and covered with blankets or clothe tarps. The lodge represents the “womb of Mother Earth” into which we come to be reborn through the spirit of the four elements.  In the lodge we come to pray and to purify ourselves.  During this ceremony many things can happen: healing, reconciliation’s, forgiveness, realizations, insights, . . . etc. It is a return to the primal beginning.  At the source of all life.

Schedule for upcoming Itsipi: The last Sunday of the month, except for June and July, we will not sweat.

LOCATION: 1970 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43085-3461

TIME: [11:00] AM
(Please arrive one hour before start.  We hold pipe ceremony  and instruction).

Itsipi (Sweat Ceremony): Finally, every participant should bring firewood and an offering.  It is appropriate and honorable to gift the Medicine Worker whom you have requested to work for you. To fail to do so is dishonorable.

Ignacio (Iggy) Garcia ~ Chief Hoop Watcher
Tiwehkthihmpt of the Itsipi Society of Nemenhah
Great Lakes Nemenhah Itsipi Chief

Walk Sacred, Talk Sacred

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If you would like to request a lecture or ceremony in your area, contact Chief Hoop Watcher at According to Indigenous customs, Hoop Watcher does not charge a fee for his medicine work and ceremonies, but according to the law of reciprocity money donations are usually offered in lieu of a fee for his work. (He should also be given financial assistance for his travel and accommodations when traveling out of his home town).