Twenty Count Tuesday – Sacred Measure of Intellect

treecircle_1280It seems as though the Circle is complete, but then we really begin to awaken. We feel drawn, pulled by a spinning, whirling sensation. It is as if the winds of a tornado were blowing us towards the North of the Center of this Great Wheel, this Great Orchestra. The Power is elusive, the sound is on a very high scale and comes from the tenth Power. It is on such a high scale that the light-within-the-sound seems beyond our ability to perceive. The sound-within-the-light seems to be ringing inside our head, inside our own mind. For a brief moment as we are singing our Song, playing our Music, dancing our Dance, we fall into perfect rhythm and harmony. In this moment, we realize that this tenth Power is the Great Measure, the Great Intellect that lies within ourselves. It lies within every Note, Song, Sound, Light, Presence and Power within this Great Orchestra.

We are conscious of it and yet unconscious of it. We seem to be a part of it and yet not a part of it. We struggle to remain in harmony and not lose it, for we know, intuitively, that it is here that all of the Energies, all of the Instruments, Sounds and Songs are collected. They are blended together in a Collective and Unified Circle.

Now we dance at a Gateway. We see, hear, sense and feel the experience of this great SunDance. We realize that if we can dance through this Gateway, an even greater Song is being played. This Song is coming from within the Circle and from outside the Circle at one and the same time. There is a “double energy” that is coming from each of these Powers on the Wheel of Life.

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Red Lodge Year 4 is Launched!

Jan 21-23, 2011, was the Arizona launch of the new Year 4 curriculum for the Red Lodge Longhouse. This curriculum will now expand to other Red Lodge programs around the world.  Red Lodge Longhouse is currently offered in several locations: Toronto, ON, Canada; Detroit, MI, USA; Calgary, AB, Canada; Tuscany, Italy; and Australia.  For more information about Red Lodge in these other locations, visit the DTMMS Red Lodge locations and schedules page.

From the DTMMS website:

“This fourth year of Red Lodge offers skill training in leadership to discover your individual gifts and shining as you evolve into the Rainbow Warrior who is committed to being of service to life and others and being part of the solution on this planet.”  This fourth year of Red Lodge includes a specific emphasis on the Sweet Medicine SunDance healing paradigm.

For more information on Arizona Red Lodge, visit the AZ Red Lodge web site, or call (888) 391-9033, or email

Red Lodge Comes to Australia!

Red Lodge Longhouse

In 2011, Australia begins its own Red Lodge Longhouse!

Program dates for 2011 are:

Visit the Red Lodge Longhouse in Australia web site

  • Session 1: Jan 13-16
  • Session 2: Mar 17-20
  • Session 3: June 2-5
  • Session 4: Jul 28-31
  • Ceremonial Week: Aug 31-Sept 4
  • Session 5: Dec 1-4

For more information on Red Lodge in Australia, email, or visit

The Red Lodge Longhouse Program is the basic training program of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path:

The “Gateway” process is the underlying structure of self-development within all of the Eight Great Powers. Red Lodge is a structured educational program that takes students through the first three gateways of the Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path. These gateways are designed to teach us how to do the three G’s: “Grow up, Get over it, and Get on with life.” Our path is the path of a warrior – it will challenge all of your pre-conceived notions of who you are. We are not another religion, belief system or weird cult that claims to do it for you. We want you to become an inquisitive free-thinking autonomous individual who takes responsibility for your life and lives it to the fullest. We will empower you and provide a safe journey within a circle of friends who share a desire to make a difference, to take their power and grow up into their highest potential. It is a great journey – but you must do the walking. You must have the willingness to change and make the leap into the next level of human evolution.

Visit the DTMMS web site for an overview of the Red Lodge Longhouse program.

Red Lodge Longhouse Curriculum: New and Improved!

Red Lodge LonghouseThe Red Lodge Longhouse is DTMMS’ intensive program featuring the foundational teachings, wheels and keys, and gateway ceremonies in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.  For many years, the format of our Red Lodge program was a 3-year curriculum, broken into 3 year-long levels or segments, which students could engage in year by year (that is, a student signing up for first year was under no obligation to go on the second year).

In 2008, a committee of Red Lodge teachers revised the entire program curriculum, expanding from a 3-year format to a 4-year format.  This allows for:

  • additional teachings and workings on topics relevant to our daily lives
  • more time for discussion and integration of the teachings, wheels and keys in each year – especially Year 3 and the new Year 4
  • a better organization of the related ceremonies, which contribute significantly to the integration of the knowledge into our lives

In the new curriculum, as in the old, students commit to one year at a time, similar to a college or university program. Each year meets seven times in a twelve month period, for six weekends and one full week of ceremony in nature.

In the first year, students learn how to work with wheels and keys, the circular paradigm of knowledge.  The basic wheels and keys in first year Red Lodge are the foundation of future work, and are highly relevant to life.  (For example, the elemental balance wheel is key to our health!)

In second year, students focus on their particular lives and how they negotiate within them. Students will discover what kind of character structure they have and why their bodies look and work as they do. They also learn about your molding, sculpting and armoring and how they have created a predictable pattern of reaction to people and events in their daily lives.  The task of this year is to see where and how our patterns limit our experience of anything new.

In third year, students are introduced to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Healing Paradigm and begin to learn how to use its tools to heal themselves and others.  Third year also explores the concept of living in “Dharma”: living a life of strong spiritual determination where you are no longer at the effect of old patterns but open to new opportunities and evolution into your higher potential.

In fourth year, students go more deeply into the Healing Paradigm, as well as Dharmic living.

DTMMS offers the Red Lodge Longhouse in Phoenix, AZ; Detroit, MI; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Tuscany, Italy.  For more information, visit: our Red Lodge page.

Arizona Red Lodge 2010 Begins

On January 22, the Arizona Red Lodge Longhouse began its 2010 program – featuring the premier of the new, improved Year 3 curriculum.

Year 3 introduces students to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path Healing Paradigm, a highly sophisticated paradigm that helps us to uncover the cause behind all symptoms of sickness, disease and illness, and offers us tools for self-healing.  The new curriculum includes tools for living your life in “Dharma” – a life of strong spiritual determination where you are no longer at the effect of old patterns but open to new opportunities and evolution into your higher potential.

The new Year 4 curriculum will debut in 2011!

Arizona Red Lodge dates for 2010 are:

  • January 22-24
  • February 26-28
  • April 23-25
  • June 4-6
  • August 2-8 (Ceremonial Week)
  • September 24-26
  • November 12-14

DTMMS offers Red Lodge Longhouse programs in Phoenix, AZ; Detroit, MI; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Tuscany, Italy.  Arizona Red Lodge runs on a calendar year schedule; the other programs begin their new years in September.  For more information on the Red Lodge Longhouse Programs, visit: