Medicinal Sweatlodge

with Íris Garcia & Lila Moreira

The medicinal sweatlodge represents a return to the Womb of the Great Mother Earth.

It takes deep into her grounded darkness and allows a space for contemplation and transformation unlike any other, where the space that weaves together life, death, transformation and renewal is tangible.

Sweating ceremonies are a fundamental part of the medicinal herbalist practices of both native Europeans and native Americans.

Through the stimulation of heat and steam from medical plants a process of profound metabolic detox, nervous discharge and somatic regulation arises. The plants are carefully selected according to the participants in each ceremony and their needs.

The Inner Journey

The sweat lodge is also a symbolic place, where the psyche travels deep and reaches an expanded understanding of who we are and our life’s map.

The sweat lodge is a millennia old ceremony, and we find traces of this practice, with some degree of variation, throughout the whole world. Although most people are more familiar with native american sweat lodges we find traces of archaic celticiberian, roman and greek lodges throughout pre-christian Europe, remaining common for centuries after Christ.

Our sweat lodges are aimed towards the life cycles of women and feminine physiology, being composed of several ancient complementary medicinal practices in order to foster a deep experience of care, regeneration, community and trust, even during the challenging stages of the process.

They are inspired in the feminine care traditions of chilean and mexican midwifery, iberian herbal medicine and therapeutic animism, symbolism and somatic education.

Sweat Lodge Specialized Themes:

  • Women’s health: physiology and psyche;
  • Birth preparation sweat lodges;
  • Birth closure sweat lodges, with medicinal herbal baths and rebozo bone; closing;
  • Celticiberian sweat lodges: to celebrate the wheel of the year and Iberian shamanism (open to all genders).

Therapeutic benefits of the Sweat Lodge


  • Detox and regeneration of all organs and body systems;
  • Cellular regeneration;
  • Cardio-vascular revitalization;
  • Purification of the respiratory system. 

Psycho-emotional (Part 1):

  • Healing the birth trauma ( as daughter/son and as mother);
  • Harmonizing with Life: choosing to be fully alive;
  • Release of the conscious or unconscious desire to die;
  • Harmonizing the relation with one’s body and encarnacion;
  • Conscious expression and relation with one’s inner shadow;
  • Recognizing the wounds behind the impulses of fight/ flight/ freeze and choosing how to act consciously;
  • Dealing positively with fear, anxiety, stress, urgency, pressure and recover the important messages of self-revelation each of these emotions have to communicate;
  • Releasing sexual traumas;
  • Resolution and liberation of somatic memories, conscious and subconscious;
  • Develop a natural relation with life- transformation-death-renewal on a physical, emotional and spiritual level;
  • Support the clear choice of whom I become, what I do, think and feel;
  • Harmonize familiar and close relationships;
  • Enhance your capacity to perceive your sensations and your pleasure to be alive.

Psycho-emotional (Part 2):

  • Develop the capacity to deal with situations of emotional intensity;
  • Increase self-esteem and express your inner power;
  • Express boundaries while creating resources to respect them as well as respecting the boundaries of other people;
  • Allow authentic expression within a safe space;
  • Make space and time for oneself while harmonizing your rhythm to the demands of your worldly life;
  • Be present and embodied;
  • Identify which thoughts, beliefs and value systems are constructive and which are destructive, cultivating the first and releasing kindly the second;
  • Create inner space to listen to ourselves, our needs and gifts;
  • Recognizing our power to bring forth learning and healing to and from every experience;
  • Develop a sense of belonging to oneself, to Earth and Life;
  • Trust what we can’t control;
  • Develop the capacity to open our vision and bring that vision to fruition through our actions;
  • Finish what we start, release what we cannot hold;
  • Develop the capacity to give and receive in reciprocity and to accept what is;
  • Create a sense of self-support, emotional sustainability, and learning when to give, ask for and receive the support we need;
  • Understand clearly that we are part of the living Mother Earth and therefore we are inter-connected to all beings of all species, families and generations;
  • Honouring the fact that we have a purpose and allow Spirit to speak to and through us.

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Íris Garcia


Mother, Woman, mammal, pilgrim and caregiver of the wild places.
Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist, somatic movement educator, doula, herbalist, artist, author, iberian healer, recollector of iberian and proto-celtic traditional, medicinal, artistic and shamanic wisdom.
Researcher of the intricate relation between body, Earth and the Sacred through animism, ecology, psychology and physiology.
Tendering to the fertile places of Earth and Body, soil and soul, through movement, therapy, ritual and teaching. Nourishing sensitive presence, active listening, conscious observation and weaving connection.

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Lila Moreira


Woman, Mother, Sister, Caregiver.
Living from the experience and observation of Earth’s cycles, in deep reverence for all of Her generosity.
Therapist: crystals, dreams, somatic education, holistic herbalism. Conscious and medicinal cooking and teaching, shamanic healer.
Creativity and healing are the two beacons that guide and inspire each aspect of this work in all of its complementary diversity.


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