Sweat Lodge

September is Hope Peace Chamber Month

Watch this space for the breaking news about Hope Peace Chamber!

We are doing the site preparation and erecting the "woodhenge" structure in September.

We will be calling on you to help birth this baby.

At the International Gathering of Peace Chamber Keepers at Birdson Peace Chamber in Pennsylvania this summer, the baby Hope Peace Chamber model was blessed by Grandfather Benito Rael and the assembled Peace Chamber Elders and Keepers from around the world. With their loving attention and support the next phase of construction is in process.

I meet with Rhino Services to plan the earthworks phase of the project this coming week. We'll schedule the work in September, giving us enough time to prepare the trees for the wood henge. I'll know more about scheduling after this meeting.

Calling All Mission Partners!

Meanwhile, fundraising is amped up! I anticipate this phase costing between $5,000 and $6,000 dollars, with $4,280 of it for the earthworks contractor. He is also moving the trees for us. Last year various fundraising events raised about 10% of this amount. This year, the Peace Chamber speaks. It is ready to go in the ground.

Can you hear the call? There is a way for everyone to contribute, from $1 to $1000 or more. Use the chip in box on this blog. Watch for news about an Art Sale. And prayerfully consider if you are able and willing to pledge a significant amount of $500 or more. I will be in touch with you soon!

The sweat lodge is asking for you to come to sweat and pray for peace on September 11. It is the 10th anniversary of the attacks we remember as 9/11. My children were born in New York in the shadow of the World Trade Center, and they both learned to walk in the flat expanse of the great plaza between the Twin Towers. It is fitting that Hope Peace Chamber month is September, and we shall have a sweat lodge in remembrance and Peacemaking.

September 11 will also be a work day to prepare the trees. Come join us.

Diva Carla with the baby Hope Peace Chamber at the Peace Chamber Gathering.


The New Sweat Lodge

Thank you Stevan, Peter, and Ferris for your work, energy, blessings, and fun company as we build the most beautiful lodge structure we've ever had.


The Circle of the Old Lodge

Lodge poles

Circle of the New Lodge (notice it's a smaller diameter)


The poles are bent and tied.


To make a star at the top.

It looks amazing with the circle around it.

The finished lodge seen through the smoke of the fire burning the old lodge.


Peace Chamber News September

In this newsletter:

Thank you

Peace Chamber

Sweat lodge Sept. 12

Long Dance October 16-17

Gifts to Hope Peace Ceremonies

Awakening Passion Peace Abundance

My thanks to each of you who came to Awaken Passion Peace and Abundance and celebrate Hope Peace Chamber on Tuesday. Deepest gratitude to Shawn Madden, Anna Mather, and David Dodson and friends for your gifts of music, energy, dancing and Love!

I want you to know I see you all. I see your gifts, your powers, your blessings, and I love you! I claim you as my people, with honor for all you are and all you give. You warm my heart and bless me. I can’t wait till you come back to the land and I can embrace you all again.

Peace Chamber News

Log peeling party Saturday and Sunday September 4-5

The excavator is coming! Late next week! It’s time. It’s time to peel the pine logs. Come on over this coming weekend. I’ll be around Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Let’s do a little work and eat some food together, and enjoy the beauty of the land and this glorious summer. The pine borers have separated the bark from the tree. I can lift it off with a butter knife. A bunch of us can work for an hour and git her done, and then go jump in the lake, after some cantaloupe and ice cream.  If you can't come on the weekend, I am around all week. Call 763-4356 and come on over for a little while. I'd love to see you and every bit makes a difference. Thank you!


Sweat Lodge September 12

On Sunday, September 12, we are rebuilding the sweat lodge and initiating it with a sweat ceremony. We’ll begin at 10 am with the building and sweat later in the afternoon.

Bring a bag lunch and potluck for the post sweat feast.  This new lodge welcomes the Peace Chamber to the land, and is also preparation of the energy of the Long Dance.

Suggested donation: $30

Long Dance

October 16-17, join us for the Long Dance vision quest. One of Grandfather Joseph Rael’s inspired ceremonies, the Long Dance asks us to dance our past, present, and future as individuals and as a community drumming for each other. This year, we will make a dance arbor within the Peace Chamber site and continue dancing Passion Peace and Abundance, the themes of the Horn of Plenty. Each dancer makes a banner expressing his or her past, present, and desires for the future, and brings it to the dance to hang in the arbor while we are dancing. We gather on Saturday morning to prepare the site, followed by a sweat lodge, then we have a light meal and enter the dance arbor to dance our visions through the night. We return to the house to rest and share a potluck brunch.

Dance Chiefs are Carla Sanders and Fire Chief Ferris Donoso. You will receive an email by early next week with your detailed invitation to Vision Quest Ceremony.


The Mission of Hope Peace Ceremonies

Hope Peace Chamber is the centerpiece of the mission of Hope Peace Ceremonies, which is to support spiritual activists and healers through ceremony, permaculture, art, wealth and orgasmic energy. We've posted an article on the website that tells about the origin of the Peace Chamber and the emergence of Hope Peace Chamber.

Even if you live far away or can’t directly participate in ceremony at this time, you can still bless the Peace Chamber and its medicine. You can participate in and support the Peace Chamber through donations. Each person receiving this email giving $10.00 and sharing the invitation to give with a few friends supplies the money required to complete the first phase of the Peace Chamber this fall. The goal is $10,000.00, with $3,500.00 needed to complete the first phase of building this fall. We have received about 15% of this amount over the course of the year. We need to gather the remaining amount in the next few weeks in order to have the structure of the Peace Chamber in place before winter sets in.

NOW IS THE TIME! For your convenience there is a paypal button for donations at https://hopepeacechamber.com. If you prefer to mail a check please contact me by email or phone for information.


We also invite you to consider being a Mission Partner. Look into the heart of your abundance to see if you have a larger gift to make for Hope Peace Ceremonies. Please call me at 763-4356 for a conversation of how we may be of service with you. We are here for you and your mission, to help you build your community as well. Call upon us.

With Loving Blessings,

Diva Carla Sanders



Sweat Lodge and Peace Chamber Chanting

Virtual Sweat Lodge with Peace Chamber Chanting

So many friends around the world have expressed a desire to join us in ceremony. Someday I hope you can all come to pray, sing, and dance on the land in Hope. Till that time comes for us, I invite you to consciously join your prayers and songs to ours whenever we are in the Sweat Lodge or the Peace Chamber. Please leave a comment below to let us know you participated, and share with us and the world any gifts you received that may bless us.

The next sweat lodge on the land in Hope is tomorrow evening. All times are Eastern time in North America.

If you are able to come in person, be sure to RSVP by email or phone!

Wednesday Evening, July 14: Start fire at 5 pm, enter lodge about 7 pm emerge at nightfall under the light of the crescent moon for a light potluck feast. Still in the New Moon/Eclipse Energy, our prayers this evening are for personal healing and appreciation of abundance.
Please RSVP by email or phone and let me know how many guests you are bringing.

The sweat lodge and Peace Chamber are requesting more ceremony and chanting. Please share this invitation with other friends. Help build the Peace Chamber community.

Donation: $30
Please call or email to say you are coming and the number of guests you are bringing.

List of items to bring and what to wear is at the end of this email.

Two more dates to remember!

Sunday, August 1, 2010. Sweat Lodge Start fire 3 pm.

August 24, Awakening to Peace, Passion, and Abundance with Shawn Madden
and other great local artists. Stay tuned for more information!

A big Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Peace Chamber. We are gathering what we need to proceed with the building. Donations are accepted through PayPal, and you do not need an account to make a gift.

Please  Make an Offering to support the work of Hope Peace Ceremonies and the building of Hope Peace Chamber. Your donations make our work possible. Thank you.

Star Sept 2 07

Sweat Lodge and Deep Freedom

Dear Friends,

The next sweat lodge is happening on Saturday April 3, 2010
12 Noon to 6 or 7 pm
We will begin with ceremony at the Peace Chamber.
There is a chance that the sacred Kubota will excavate that day too.  So much depends on the weather.
This Lodge is very important for Supporting the Peace Chamber site as we disturb the earth for the building process.

Offering: $30.00

RSVP required. Please respond by Friday April 2.
Thank you for your courtesy.
Scroll to the bottom of this email for a list of what to bring and directions.


My friend Olivier Tryba has answered my invitation to come to Maine in May with his wonderful work on his way to Europe, where he will spend three months teaching and writing.
His workshop is called:

Deep Freedom, Deep Connection!: 

Living Authentically with Natural Wisdom & Connective Desire,

A Visionary Journey Through & Beyond Cultural Trances

May 22-23, 2010

I have found Olivier's work to be an anchor for all the medicine I have received through my 8 years of initiation with Nut Tmu-Ankh and Grandfather Joseph Rael.  Olivier and I are inviting 10 visionary leaders to join us for this experiential weekend, which I call Permaculture for the Soul. This is for you if you are called to leadership in any field that is preparing the human race and the earth  for thriving in THIS TIME, OUR TIME of transformation. This is for you if you've been engaged in personal growth and spiritual development for years, and yet, the change you seek has eluded you. Deep Freedom, Deep Connection will show you why that hasn't worked. I promise!

In a couple of days, I will be sending you a letter from Olivier describing the weekend in detail, along with prices and other information.  I look forward to taking this inward journey with you and Olivier!

Did you know that you can subscribe to Hope Peace Ceremonies through the website and through a facebook Fan Page?
You can keep up with news, events, and videos of what's happening at Hope Peace Chamber through the internet media.
Please visit https://hopepeacechamber.com  and if you are on facebook, become a fan of https://www.facebook.com/hopepeacechamber.

Many blessings!
Diva Carla

Hope Peace Chamber news

This is a time of powerful blessing and challenge for our earth.
Hope Peace Chamber chooses 2010 to be born. You are invited to be part of the family.

It is time to prepare the Peace Chamber site for building. I'll be talking to Sam and his Sacred Kubota excavator this coming weekend, and we'll dig out the site within the next week or so.

Then we build the structural "woodhenge", the reciprocal roof frame, and prepare the cordwood for building walls.
View this blog post at hopepeacechamber.com to see the video that inspired the cordwood and cob building we are planning for the Peace Chamber.

Some of the building material is here on the land. We will need some of it donated from other sites. If you know of a place with big pine, spruce or fir that will make good posts for the wood henge, and sturdy long rafters for the reciprocal roof, please let me know.
Hay, gravel, drainage pipe, duct work and bottles (see the video), and other materials are needed, as well as equipment and people to operate it. Cash and donations in kind are needed to get this baby up and singing!

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting schedules, supplies, and ways you can be involved. For now, please write me with ideas, networking suggestions on natural building, and expressions of commitment to get muddy and dirty with building Hope Peace Chamber. And join us to pray and chant in the upcoming sweat lodges.

Sunday, March 21 and Saturday, April 3
Noon to 6 pm approximately

We will begin with ceremony at the Peace Chamber site.
Then we'll start the fire and prepare the sweat lodge.
These lodges will be singing lodges, chanting to support the new chamber.
Pot luck feast following

Offering for each lodge: $30

There is space for 10 people in each of these lodges.
RSVP is required to attend these lodges.
Please RSVP by March 19 for the March 21 lodge
and by April 1 for the April 3 lodge.

Scroll to the bottom for list of things to bring for sweat lodge and directions to Hope Peace Ceremonies.


Save this Date!
May 22 - 23
Dare to Unknow! an introduction to Deep Freedom Now

My friend Olivier Tryba is bringing his experiential workshop into the nature of Being, Feeling, and our Ancestral Wisdom
We have space for 10 Deep Freedom adventurers in the weekend. An email with more information and price will be arriving by next week.

Besides my years of Sun Moon Dancing and my Initiation in the Temple of Wombn, my work and play with Olivier has been the most meaningful work I've engaged. My conversations with him provided an opening in my foundation that allowed the Dance medicine and Orgasmic Alchemy medicine to anchor firmly. His work is essential for people leading communities through the changes and challenges that are upon us now. This is Soul Permaculture for the Linchpins of our time.

And Olivier is a hoot to hang out with. He's fun, outrageous, irreverent, full of love and more than a little coyote.
He's come into his medicine through a long, earthy, world wide journey. I can't wait for you to meet him and experience your own gifts through his work.

Please let me know of your interest right away. Don't wait for details!


After a deep quiet winter of inner work, Hope Peace Ceremonies is quickening with life!
This is the year we have been waiting for, and we are the ones we have been waiting for!
On digging day, when the Sacred Kubota comes to the Peace Chamber, I'll let you know.

I'd love to have a group of your here, with cornmeal, tobacco, and cameras! (and food)

With Loving Blessings,

Diva Carla