Journey into Your Heart Sweat Lodge
Weekend Retreat

North Georgia Mountains between Helen, Hiawassee, Blairsville


Weekend Ceremonial Gathering
Journey into Your Heart with Sweat Lodge
with Carlos Sauer

Friday November 18 - Sunday November 20, 2011

  • Renew your spirit with this weekend's special healing journey.
  • Journey into your heart with a Sweat Lodge purification ceremony
  • Participate in Native American & Brazilian chants & drum beats
  • Work with sacred herbs for self cleansing and healing
  • Participate in an evening Healing Circle
  • Greet the new day with ceremony, drumming & singing
  • Discover indigenous spirituality of both Brazilian & Native American ways
  • Rejoice with a ceremonial dinner & blessing
  • Process the healing received in a Fire Circle
  • Experience simple Shamanic Healing techniques
  • Cleanse unwanted energies and negative feelings
  • Learn to live in a state of balance and harmony
This weekend retreat is designed for people interested in learning about the spiritual path (way of life) of indigenous people. The spiritual path of the Native Americans is called Red Road.  We will be learning about the spirituality of the Native Americans and Brazilian Indians. In addition to a series of special teachings, Carlos will also conduct the ancient healing ceremony - the sweat lodge.

Native people have been singing their prayers for thousands of years. These prayerful songs have great depth and power as they have been passed down for generations.  We will be drumming, singing and learning different chants from the Cheyenne, Chumash and Lakota traditions to name a few. Come with your hand drums, rattles, flutes and other music makers as we will journey together into the heart by chanting healing songs. This practice empowers our inner essence, creating an environment that induces healing for all participants and our planet.

  Part of Carlos' ceremony at Enota Mountain Retreat



Sweat Lodge is an ancient purification ceremony used by different cultures especially indigenous people around the world to worship our Mother Earth and to honor our relationship with all living things on our planet and the Universe. 

We pray and sing together for the four directions focusing our attention on the great mystery of life. As the hearts of the participants begin to open, healing occurs as we experience the healing powers of Fire, Water, Earth and Air. The powers of the four elements keep us and all are relatives alive, and the teachings of the four directions, the East, South, West and North bring us knowledge and wisdom. 

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Carlos Sauer was first introduced to the Sweat Lodge purification ceremony in 1981 at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He worked as a fireman for over 15 years for many Sweat Lodge leaders such as Hector Gomez, a roadman from Argentina. Another teacher was Crowbear, a Sundancer from the Mohawk tribe. Carlos had the honor to participate in Sweat Lodges with Wesley Black Elk and his deceased father, Wallace Black Elk from the Lakota tribe.

In 1991, Carlos met his adopted father Nelson Turtle, a roadman from the Southern Cheyenne Tribe from Oklahoma. Carlos worked side by side with Nelson for many years and was encourage to lead Sweat Lodges by Nelson Turtle in 1996. Carlos is connected to the Native American church, and by rights he received Nelson Turtle's Cheyenne fireplace in 2005. Carlos has been conducting Sweat Lodges in the US and in Europe for over 14 years. He is very honored and deeply touched to be learning the Native American ways of the Red Road from such great teachers and elders and to have received the encouragement, support and the blessings of his primary teachers, especially his deceased Cheyenne dad, Nelson Turtle.

Excerpt: Carlos & the Sweat Lodge

It is a great blessing that some Native American elders are open and kind, generous and willing to share their teachings and beautiful knowledge to people of all walks of life.

For more information visit Carlos' website




5:00 p.m. Welcome and meet your fellow participants. 
Questions and answers with Carlos Sauer.

6:00 p.m. Healthy, Fresh, Home-made Dinner

7:00 p.m. Evening Healing Circle

Workshop Introduction: Participants will have a chance to introduce themselves and meet each other. We will begin to learn about smudging and the use of sacred herbs such as sweet grass, sage, bear root and cedar for self cleansing and healing. We will also begin to learn different drum beats and Native American chants.


8:30 a.m. Breakfast

10:00 am -12:30 noon Greeting the New Day :

We will begin our day by drumming and singing facing the sun as we welcome a new day that we have never experienced before. 

Carlos will teach about indigenous ways both Brazilian and Native American as we prepare for the sacred sweat lodge purification ceremony. Teaching will be geared towards a deep understanding of this sacred ceremony and how it can help us to heal and bring our lives into a state of balance and harmony. We can truly heal our mind ,body and spirit with this ancient healing ceremony.

1:00 p.m. Light Lunch

2:00 p.m. Sweat Lodge Ceremony and Journey into the Heart

Carlos will guide the group how to receive the most from the sweat lodge by journeying into the heart.  We will sing and pray from the heart and keep our minds and our hearts open.

The tradition of the Sweat Lodge conducted by Carlos Sauer is called Little Boy - Little Girl or Young Men's Lodge. It is not a Lakota traditional ceremony, in the sense that it is much more gentle then other traditional Lodges. This tradition was pass down by the elders of Cheyenne/Arapaho tribes to encourage the teenagers and young ones to participate and begin to learn from this amazing healing ceremony.

Items to bring:
Clothing for the sweat (women traditionally wear modest tops and long skirts but may also wear sarongs, men can wear sarongs or shorts)
Towel & Change of clothes for afterwards
Plastic bag for wet clothing
Blanket or coat to wrap up in after Lodge (if it is cool)
1 gallon of distilled water (you can fill up at Enota)
Any items you wish blessed during the Lodge
You may bring a bag tobacco, corn meal, sage, or sweet grass to honor the teacher and the land
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6:00 p.m. Ceremonial dinner and Blessing of the Food

8:00 p.m. Fire circle

In this fire circle we will relax and process the healing received in the sweat lodge. We will drum, sing and pray around the fire as Carlos gives a more in depth introduction to Brazilian Indigenous and Native American ways of life. 


8:30 a.m. Breakfast

10:00 a.m. -12 noon  Shamanic Healing, Greet the New Day and Closing Circle

We will sing and drum facing the sun to welcome the new day.  To conclude our weekend we will discuss how to continue on the healing path and how to incorporate the ways of the red road into our everyday lives with songs, use of herbs and prayer. 

We will also learn and practice a simple Shamanic Healing technique on ourselves and on each other to help clear and cleanse unwanted energies and negative feelings.

There will be a closing circle where participants will have an opportunity to give feedback and express their thoughts and feelings about their experience in the sweat lodge and the workshop.

Participants will go home with these Native songs in their hearts and will be able to continue to practice the use of smudging combined with the Shamanic healing technique that they learned and practiced in the workshop.



Space is always limited for a sweat lodge, so register early before registration closes on this retreat.

All registrations include healthy freshly prepared meals, Carlos' teachings, sweat lodge ceremony, and the experience of Enota's hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and organic farm & garden. 



November 18 - 20, 2011
Enota Journey into Your Heart Sweat Lodge Weekend Retreat with lodging in the Dormitories (shared accommodations,  bathroom & shower) or in a Tent Site on the Stream (you bring all camping equipment)



November 18 - 20, 2011
Enota Journey into Your Heart Sweat Lodge Weekend Retreat with single occupancy lodging in a Private Motel Room (queen bed, bathroom & shower, private accommodations)


for 2 people

November 18 - 20, 2011
Enota Journey into Your Heart Sweat Lodge Weekend Retreat with double occupancy lodging in a Private Motel Room (queen bed, bathroom & shower, private accommodations)




November 18 - 20, 2011
Enota Journey into Your Heart Sweat Lodge Weekend Retreat with NO OVERNIGHT LODGING


* Registrations may be transferred to another participant, but can not be refunded nor credited

There is no direct or additional charge for attending the sweat lodge and it is an understanding among the elders of the native people that donations are welcome. Please never offer donations in form of money around the Sweat Lodge ceremonial grounds.  Thank you.

For more information on this weekend's registration options or lodging, please contact Enota at 706-896-0828 or events@enota.com

For more information on this weekend's activities, teachings, or sweat lodge, please contact Carlos at 404-578-2430 or carlossauer1@gmail.com

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