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 info@azredlodge.com.

Red Lodge Year 4 Debuts in AZ in 2011

Red Lodge Longhouse

Red Lodge Longhouse debuts new Year 4 curriculum in Arizona January 2011

In 2011 Arizona Red Lodge Longhouse completes the cycle with the new, improved Red Lodge curriculum as it debuts the new Red Lodge Year 4.

Year 4 allows students to deepen their knowledge of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path healing paradigm, explores how we play out and deal with addiction patterns in our lives, and works with a broad set of teachings and ceremony related to self-growth and the maturation process.

Year 4 also provides opportunities for students to complete the 3rd gateway ceremonial process.

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

Red Lodge Longhouse is offered in several locations around the world: 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.

Rites of Passage First Seed Ceremonial Weekend

Congratulations to all participants in our first Rites of Passage First Seed Ceremonial Weekend!

Held August 20-22, 2010 in Arizona, this Rites of Passage weekend focused on honoring the transition and maturation of boys (11-15) to young men, according to the teachings of Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. Five young men participated in the ceremonies honoring their growth and individuality. In addition, the parents/guardians received teachings and ceremony to better understand and give ongoing support to the young men through their transition.

Many thanks to Razel Wolf and Jeff Hohensee, ceremonialists, and to Bonny Phyfield, logistics coordinator, as well as to the young men and their families.

What some participants said:

I am deeply moved and grateful for the Rites of Passage experience. It has opened up a new way of thinking about relating to a young man in my life rather than just a growing boy. It has also opened his perspective of who he is and how he will relate to the world he is entering. Thank You. The weekend and level of care for the young men was beautiful.

Brian North, family member

Rites of Passage are so important. Our young people and people of all ages need this experience of connection throughout our lives. This is as important as schooling. Thank You.

Michael Chavez, family member 

It was an absolute privilege to witness and celebrate the honoring, growth, and beauty of these young men as well as their parents/guardians. Thank You.

Bonny Phyfield, logistics coordinator

Rites of Passage Intro Book Now Available

The Sweet Medicine SunDance Path has a rich Rites of Passage tradition, celebrating and empowering every stage of human life and transformation from conception through death.  In recognition of the growing interest in and need for Rites of Passage, DTMMS has published a new introduction to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Rites of Passage.

Introduction to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage Intro cover

Designed to provide a basic understanding of the purpose of various Rites of Passage ceremonies within the context of human maturation, this 75-page book outlines the general aspects of maturation that we face at different times of our lives, and the types of ceremonies available to us at those passages of our lives.  When we think of rites of passage, we often think only of puberty-related ceremonies, or those which mark the transition from childhood into adulthood.  However, there are many additional significant transitions in our lives, such as birth (pretty significant transition!), and the movement from adult to elder.

“A rite of passage acts as a contributing agent to assist humans in effectively navigating their lives. It helps an individual to meet basic human needs and to move into and through adulthood with greater resources of inner strength and connection to Spirit.”

The book also includes information about Life Transitions and Special Occasions rites, such as bonding ceremonies.

The Introduction to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Rites of Passage is available from the DTMMS online bookstore.

More about the Introduction to the Sweet Medicine SunDance Rites of Passage…

Note: This book is not intended to guide you through specific ceremonies.  Rites of Passage ceremonies must be facilitated by a certified Rites of Passage ceremonialist.  For more information on this, contact the DTMMS Center at dtmms@dtmms.org.