Smoke Bath Experience

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Project Name: Smoke Bath Experience

Artist Name: Archer

Description of Project

Smoke baths and similar customs trace their roots back to many cultures…Arabs in Sudan, the Himba tribe in north-western Namibia, First Nations people in the Americas, Nordic people of Finland. They all have common objectives: a ritual cleansing for the mind, body, and soul.

At the Alchemy Smoke Bath Experience we provide an opportunity for Burners to create their own variation of these ritualistic practices. A large tent with all sides covered (to capture the smoke) will be erected and decorated inside with Moroccan string lights and hand painted mural banners featuring elemental symbols. The central focus inside will be a terracotta brazier used to generate smoke from sage, lavender, juniper and other herbs. Participants can use this environment to relax, rejuvenate, cleanse, and commune. Shells will be provided for skin scraping, feathers offered for wafting the smoke, and various acoustic instruments available to use for rhythmic meditation and harmony. Burners are welcome to bring their own drums, flutes, and other instruments. Drinking water will be available as the smoke and warmth will quickly dehydrate participants

A colorful sandwich-board style sign will provide information about the Smoke Bath Experience.

I practice as an independent eclectic shaman and ritual has always been a big part of my spiritual life. Bringing a bit of body ritual to Alchemy seemed natural fit. Additionally, the idea of providing a ""bath"" that does not use water is in keeping with the principles, as well as providing some level of actual hygiene.

We must always walk a path that honors others' views and teachings without sacrificing their customs or our own.

Community Involvement

The Smoke Bath Experience will give burners the opportunity to cleanse their bodies, minds, and spirits. It will be available to all Alchemy burners at periodic times throughout the weekend. (Times TBA).

Many participants in 2016 enjoyed their experience and have asked for its return.

Requested Minimum:  $177.98

Requested Maximum: $177.98


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