Have you ever been curious about Smudging? If you've never heard about it, or aren't quite sure, the instructors of Saturday's workshop explain it like this:

[Smudging]Is a traditional Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce a smoke cloud which is used in many cleansing or prayer ceremonies, purification, and healing rituals. Smudging is the ritual cleansing of the mind, body and spirit. The smoke disperses impurities, lifts negative thoughts and emotions as well as purifying the air (really works, scientific fact) The smoke rising is a symbol of prayers that reach the spirit world.

Personally, I have a smudge stick that is very dear to me. My mother bought several for me at the reservation on which I was born, so it's sentimental to say the least. The smell is comforting and the act meditative. It reminds me of where I came into this world and where I will one day rest forever, beside my family going back generations.

Burning incense or herbs is a common spiritual practice across many different cultures, but smudging is specific to North American indigenous peoples. I believe no matter your ethnicity, if you wish to respectfully learn about this practice, then by all means this workshop is for you.

This workshop is a collaborative effort from Tumbleweed Botanicals and Seed to Sprout Yoga. As per the event page: "this 2 hour co-led event will combine the benefits of smudging with the benefits of yoga"

For more information and/or to let them know you are coming, head over to their Facebook Event Page. 


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