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Go to a Temazcal Sweat Lodge

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Guided traditional temazcal ceremonies in a handbuilt sweat lodge on the hillside in Riberas del Pilar.

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Have you been to a traditional temazcal sweat lodge ceremony yet? Get a group of up to ten people together for a ceremony at Coyohualli Temazcal.

The experience starts with the invocation of the four directions:

Coyohualli Temazcal

Then you’ll get cleansed with sage before entering the temazcal:

Then it’s time to head inside the temazcal where everyone sings and beats on drums:

Inside the temescal.

After getting out of the sweat lodge, you’ll get watered down and it’s time to go back inside. Each round inside the temazcal lasts about 20 minutes.

Ceremonies last about 90 minutes in total. If you feel like you’re too hot after one of the rounds inside the sweat lodge, you don’t have to go back in (and shouldn’t, according to the experts). The atmosphere is warm and accepting at Coyohualli Temazcal, so you won’t be seen as less of a spiritual if you can only stand one or two rounds of baking inside the temazcal.

You should bring a towel to clean up with (you’re definitely gonna sweat), plus a blanket to cover yourself with completely from head to toe afterward for a quiet period lying down outside.

The total cost for the experience will set you back $250 pesos. It includes fruit (for after the ceremony) and drinking water, but you’ll need to bring your own cup and fork. (Jalisco recently banned disposable plastics, so businesses are doing their part to comply.)

Feel free to bring other things to eat, drink or share for after the ceremony, but neither drugs nor alcohol are permitted.

Contact Coyohualli Temazcal through their Facebook page or call Yadir Flores at 558-452-6102 to make an appointment.

Last updated February 19, 2019

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Yadir collects fallen wood from the property to make the fire that heats the temescal.

Yadir collects fallen wood from the property to make the fire that heats the temescal.

Bringing wood back to the temescal.

Bringing wood back to the temescal.

Yadir stokes the fire to raise the temperature inside the temescal.

Yadir stokes the fire to raise the temperature inside the temescal.

Natalia lights incense that infuses the air before the ceremony.

Natalia lights incense that infuses the air before the ceremony.

Adding more wood to the fire.

Adding more wood to the fire.

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Though the smoke doesn't permeate into the actual temescal area where everyone gathers, you're still going to smell smoky afterward and your hair will smell like smoke for several days.

Though the smoke doesn't permeate into the actual temescal area where everyone gathers, you're still going to smell smoky afterward and your hair will smell like smoke for several days.

Collecting sage.

Collecting sage.

Natalia gathers fresh sage, which is abundant on the property.

Natalia gathers fresh sage, which is abundant on the property.

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Before you enter the temescal, you can participate in the mud part of the ceremony if you like.

Before you enter the temescal, you can participate in the mud part of the ceremony if you like.

The mud comes from the area nearby.

The mud comes from the area nearby.

Natalia pours mud onto a participant.

Natalia pours mud onto a participant.

The mud will dry quickly.

The mud will dry quickly.

Temazcales at Coyohualli are done clothed (men in shorts and women in shorts/top).

Temazcales at Coyohualli are done clothed (men in shorts and women in shorts/top).

Musical instruments, including a drum and shakers.

Musical instruments, including a drum and shakers. Inside the Temescal, there will be time to take an instrument and sing some simple songs. (You'll be able to sing along without knowing Spanish or any indigenous languages.)

Natalia prepares the sage after gathering it for the ceremony.

Natalia prepares the sage after gathering it for the ceremony.

Natalia places sage on the floor of the temescal.

Natalia places sage on the floor of the temescal.

The herby smell and healing powers of the sage are released in the hot, humid air while you're inside.

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Natalia uses sage to blow the copal smoke over each participant before they enter the temescal.

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Before you go inside the temescal, you do the invocation of the four directions, an ancient rite shared the world over by many cultures.

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A conch shell is used during the invocation.

A conch shell is used during the invocation.

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Inside the temescal.

Inside the temescal.

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A beam of lights cuts through the darkness inside the temescal.

There will be several rounds of going in and out of the temescal. After each round, you'll be washed off with cool water before going back in.

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After the ceremony is complete, you are supposed to eat some fruit, which is said the replenish sugars lost during the temescal.

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