Spiritual Ceremonies

Sweat Lodge Melbourne

The Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society (SOTEMS) has a fundamental goal to create a pathway to express the unique spirituality of this continent and its people, drawing on the wisdom and healing traditions of many cultures as a starting point. The SOTEMS sweat lodge ceremony has been developed as part of the ongoing creation of a healing community distinctive to contemporary Australia. It is not part of the Lakota (North American Indian) traditions.


The Vision Quest is one of the most powerful and enduring experiences which is available to us in our contemporary society. It is an opportunity to step outside of all the routines of everyday life and perceive one’s self and one’s life through a new set of lenses informed by the land upon which we live.

SOTEMS Healing Ceremonies

Individual ceremonies conducted by the Society are taught to initiated apprentices. It is important for each member of the Lodge to establish where they are in their spiritual life....self-reflection and an assessment of values and life direction for example.


An exciting opportunity to explore what it means to view our lives in a contemporary modern society through a uniquely Australian shamanic context.

Drumming at Sunset

A unique and immersive 4 month journey to explore the personal experience of medicine ways of birthing your own shamanic Kangaroo Skin Medicine Drum and Beater through the spiritual dreaming wheel of SOTEMS.

Fireput at Ceres

The SOTEMS monthly medicine drum circle is an opportunity to be part of a community dedicated to medicine ways though the collective rhythm of the drum; through playing, movement and ritual.

Men's Initiation Program

The men's initiation program is part of the ceremonial practice and cultural property of the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society.