Went with Soma over to a sweat lodge lead by Yoga Dave. We brought Adi Guru and Bhakta Chris along and he blogged about the experience here.

Bhakta Rasa (initiated name) was there whom I hadn’t seen in 10 years or longer. We went through some intense adventures together back in the day so it was nice to see him again and catch up.

After his NV experiences, he went back to school and got a Master’s degree in Social Work. His first job out of school was leading 21 day expeditions into the forest in Oregon. After a series of jobs working with at risk kids in a wilderness setting, he has started his own business Potomoc Pathways working with troubled youth.

He also uses sweat lodges as a tool in his work so we had two lodge leaders in the lodge, both of whom are devotees. Prayers varied between traditional Lakota (Sioux) language prayers to the Nrsimhadev prayers in Sanskrit.

The picture is Bhakta Rasa drumming before we went into the lodge waiting for the stones to heat up. He went from Native American songs to Jaya Radha Madhava and back. The guy on the right is Leigh, a frequent visitor to NV especially back in the interfaith period.