Where Cultures Meet and Retreat: Haudenosaunee Learning Tour and Sweat Lodge Ceremony

17nov(nov 17)4:00 PM19(nov 19)7:00 PMWhere Cultures Meet and Retreat: Haudenosaunee Learning Tour and Sweat Lodge Ceremony

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Where Cultures Meet & Retreat with Haudenosaunee Learning Tour and Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Join Six Nations Tourism and Five Oaks as they team up to offer an informative and transformational experience including a visit to Woodland Cultural Centre and Mohawk Chapel in Brantford, Ontario to learn about Haudenosaunee history and culture.


The retreat will begin on Friday with an Opening Circle preparing our heart, soul and mind to hold the stories and learning to come.


Leaving bright and early on Saturday morning, we will travel to the Woodland Cultural Centre for a guided museum tour and cultural workshop. Participants will be introduced to the history of the Haudenosaunee people and the Mohawk Institute Residential School and more.

From there we will head to Mohawk Chapel for indigenous inspired lunch and “A History Etched in Stain Glass” tour with local Barry Hill, and author of St. Paul’s H.M. Royal Chapel of the Mohawk: The Chapel’s Place in Six Nations History 1710-2016 and Knowledge Carrier. Built in 1785, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks is the oldest surviving church in Ontario featuring eight stained glass windows that tell the history of the Six Nations and the Chapel.

Before we head back to Five Oaks, we will check out the GoodMinds Bookstore, just down the street offering an incredible selection of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Check out their selection here:GoodMinds

After this powerful day of learning, storytelling and reflection, we will relax before a nourishing dinner. Time will be spent in the evening to debrief the day and share with each other.


We are grateful to host a teaching sweat conducted by Stephanie Hill and the fire keepers here onsite at Five Oaks. This is a powerful element of this retreat. As a teaching sweat, Stephanie will take time to explain the significance of the ceremony and take into consideration the needs of the group. However, you don’t need to enter the sweat lodge to participate. You may help to hold those inside the sweat lodge by helping to dress the lodge and gathering with others around the campfire. The sweat will end with a dinner feast in gratitude for all that was experienced.

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Six Nations Tourism

alongboat@sntourism.ca 2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken ON Canada

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