Primitive Fire Starting and Sweat Lodge

All ages are welcome to come and ignite their life and knowledge of Primitive Fire Making, with an optional Sweat Lodge to follow.

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During this wonderful session with Len Mackey we will explore the two oldest forms of fire-making, via the hand drill and bow drill; techniques that have lived for thousands of years.

We will learn how to make a teepee fire structure of entirely natural materials to warm the heart, the spirit, and the stones for the sweat lodge (a form of sauna), rain or shine.

A sweat lodge ceremony will follow the fire-making fun for those who are interested, so bring your bathing suit and plenty of drinking water if you wish to enter the lodge following the fire-making workshop.

The benefits of deep sweating such as in a sweat lodge include stress relief, relaxation of muscle and aches, the flushing of toxins, refreshed skin tone, deeper sleep, improved cardiovascular performance, and the burning of calories.  And the benefit of doing it with Len's just going to be fun!


Primitive Fire Starting and Sweat Lodge
Saturday, May 30, 2015
2:00 p.m. - lasting 3 to 4 hours with the sweat lodge component

Len Mackey has been attending and running sweat lodges for the past 15 years for groups as large as 83 people and as cozy as two. Literally, thousands of people have gone through sweats he has helped facilitate. Over this time Len has found that the sweat lodge has a universal power to heal and connect people to the Earth, to themselves, their ancestors, and to each other.
Len has attended more than 25 classes at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker Survival School in NJ to further his knowledge of the primitive skills of survival and spiritual awareness.
Len Mackey is a local Yoga and African Music instructor at St. Lawrence University.

Due to limited attendance, participants must register to receive the exact address and directions to the venue.  Please see "To Register" below.


  • For this unique learning experience, a $24 general admission donation is requested to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.  $45 discount for a couple/ family of two, $12 for students.
  • Donations can be made by cash or check to "Local Living Venture" and will be collected on site during registration. Reduced Rate / Scholarships are available upon request.
  • Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.

Send email to or call  (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot.
It is requested that the number in party,  contact phone number and email address should be given when reserving. 
Email confirmation will be sent to all registrants within 24-48 hours.

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THE  Local Living Venture  MISSION
The Local Living Venture coordinates near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share. 
Our brand new website, at, is made possible by a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation.

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May 30th, 2015 2:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
Canton, NY 13617
United States
Phone: 315-347-4223
Mobile: 315-261-1926

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