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The Healing Power of Indigenous Smudging

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

In the tranquil heart of Raven's River Rest Guest House, we invite you to delve into the ancient practice of smudging. This sacred ceremony has been a cornerstone of Indigenous traditions for generations. We explore the profound healing and cleansing properties of smudging, shedding light on its rich history and its relevance in our modern world.


The Art of Smudging: A Connection to Spirit and Nature


For countless years, Indigenous cultures have recognized the significance of smudging as a way to cleanse the spirit and establish a profound connection with nature and the divine. At Raven's River Rest, we honor this tradition by offering smudging ceremonies guided by Linda, a cultural leader in her community.



Your Journey Begins Here


At Raven's River Rest, we embrace the healing power of smudging and cedar brushings. We invite you to experience its transformative effects. Join us in a smudging ceremony and let the sacred smoke purify your spirit, connecting to the sacred land passed down for generations. Many of our guests feel a sense of serenity as soon as they arrive.


Incorporate smudging into your journey of well-being, tradition, and healing, and let it guide you toward a more balanced and harmonious life. Your path to renewal starts with a simple ceremony.


Traditional Cedar brushings


Cedar brushing is used in our traditional territory of Tseshaht people. Cedar brushings can be compared to smudging. Cedar carries blessing and purification. During the cedar brushing, you will face the east as we welcome new beginnings and a new day. Your brusher will stand facing you and gently brush your body with the cedar branches. An eagle wand might also clear off negative or stuck energy.  Once the ceremony is complete, the cedar branches will be sent off with a prayer into the river to release what was let go of in the ceremony.


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