Pyramid & Sweat Lodge

The Meditation Pyramid At Samara Healing Center

Pyramidos (Greek), “fire in the middle”

Photo Dec 10, 3 20 21 PMThe meditation pyramid is an enclosed pyramidal structure (base:14ft. sq. apex:9ft.) that was built over the course of two years (2012-2014) at the Samara Healing Center. The intention is to provide a sacred space for meditation, reflection, prayer, and rest, that is aided by the potent energies created by the pyramid geometry.

The pyramid structure at Samara Healing Center is constructed in proportion to the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt, which uses the very unique number, Phi (1.618034), to form a precise 51º 49′ slope angle.

Otherwise known as the Golden Mean Ratio, Fibonacci Sequence, or Phi, it has been used in the design of many modern and ancient structures, including the Great Pyramids, the Parthenon, and the Taj Mahal.

The pattern is prevalent in all of nature, including your own human body. Whether it is the spirals of conch shells, whirlpools and galaxies, the arrangement of leaves along a plant stem, or the relationship between your hand, wrist, and forearm, it is a guiding pattern that is manifest everywhere. The Meditation Pyramid at Samara is an expression of this omnipresent template.

IMG_2854Furthermore, the meditation pyramid is gridded with four large quartz crystals in the base corners, a double terminated quartz hanging from the apex, and another double terminated quartz embedded in the Earth below the structure. The pyramid contains a sound system, multi-color LED lighting around the interior perimeter, as well as ventilation ports and a space heater which allows the temperature to be adjusted. The pyramid frame is cedar and is joined together with wooden dowels. The structure itself, is aligned to True North.

The meditation pyramid is used to hold group events as well as provide an option for individual spiritual retreat time.

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Watch the video slideshow below to see the initial building process of the pyramid:

The Sweat Lodge At Samara Healing Center


“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.”

-Black Elk, Oglala Sioux

final-4A sweat or purification lodge has been a part of many traditional cultures around the world. While the purification certainly occurs on a physical level with a release of toxins with perspiration, the lodge ritual is intended to support us in releasing mental, emotional and spiritual accumulations to make room for new inspirations, commitments and creativity. The sweat lodge ceremony at Samara is a unique combination of wisdom traditions that honor and cultivate our connection to the Earth, Spirit, and Ancestors.

Built in 1998, the sweat lodge at Samara, affectionately know as “the turtle,” is a permanent structure with a ferro-cement covering over a wooden frame. The lodge opening faces East with a sacred stone between the lodge entrance and fire circle.

In coming to a sweat at Samara, participants need to bring two towels, T-shirt and shorts to wear inside the lodge, a clean change of clothes, water bottle, drum or percussion item, and a small spiritual icon that is important to you to place outside of the lodge. After the conclusion of the lodge ceremony, there is a potluck meal in which participates are asked to bring a dish to share. Depending on the number of attendees, the event usually ends around 11pm. We are limited to 10 participants each sweat.

If you are new to Samara and/or have never taken part in a lodge before, please contact Jim prior to registering. If you would like to participate in the evening but prefer not to sweat at that time, you are welcome to come and support the participants and assist in tending the fire. We would ask that you stay for the entire evening and also bring a dish for the potluck.

The fee for the evening is by donation. Unless there are severe storms that night, we hold the sweat lodge ceremony rain or shine.

**We typically hold sweat lodges every two to three months. Please check our events page and Facebook page to see if any ceremonies are currently scheduled, and sign up on our mailing list to receive sweat lodge and other event announcements.**