Life Within Inipi Certification

Life Within Inipi Certification

When: Part 1: 10th November - 12th November 2013
Part 2: 23rd February 25th February 2014
Part 3: 11th May - 13th May 2014
Suggested contribution: £1050 - £1300 (includes training costs, mentoring costs, three group calls and community inipi.)
Where: Waldron, East Sussex

Suggested contributions can be made via installments. To discuss payment plan options, work exchange please contact Marina Robb -

Life Within’ Inipi, Advanced Connection Practices, Certification Training in East Sussex
facilitated by Sal Gencarelle from the Helpers Mentoring Society.

Through this training the participants will thoroughly learn all aspects of these Advanced Connective practices based upon the Woptura lineage of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Native American people. Included in the Life Within Certification Training is construction, symbolism, natural fire making, creating and tending a sacred fire, pouring water, an overnight vision quest, a final exam, and the receipt of a certification documents.

This training is designed to take people on a learning journey which will delegate the responsibility of leading Inipi, ensuring that the students become highly competent water pourers, ceremony facilitators, and community leaders. The training takes approx. 8 months to complete and includes multiple gatherings, distant mentoring and an overnight Vision Quest.

The official certification documents obtained through "Life Within" Certified participants (see below) will have opportunities to assist and lead aspect of future courses, including the Leadership Initiation Program, Vision and Purpose (Vision Quests), Healing for Life (Canupa), Heart Song (Drum and Songs) and Vital Culture.

The lead facilitator will be Sal Gencarelle. Depending on numbers, there may be a second facilitator.


Life Within Training components

Part 1: Sunday November 10th – Tuesday 12th 2013

3 day Intensive Training + 2 day Community Inipi on 15th & 16th November + individual distant mentoring session.

Teaching of symbolism, construction, how to gather material, build an Inipi, take Inipi, distribution of songs and prayers. Supporting the Community Inipi gatherings.

Part 2: Sunday February 23rd –  Tuesday 25th 2014

3 day Intensive Training + 2 day community Inipi 21st & 22nd February + individual mentoring session.

Continue Advanced Connective practices, allowing for each participant to conduct Inipi throughout the days. Multiple inipi ceremonies each day. Work on songs and prayers. Teach about the community aspects and ceremony variations. Start preparing students for Vision Quest and graduation.
Supporting the Community Inipi gatherings.


Part 3: Sunday May 11th – Tuesday 13th 2014

3 day Intensive + 2 day community Inipi  10th & 14th May  + individual mentoring session. Supporting the Community Inipi gatherings.

Each participant will do one Over night Vision Quest, take final exam and then

graduate with "Life Within" Inipi Certification. Graduation may include other items such as personal medicine items, medicine wheels, eagle feathers, and other sacred items which the graduate may need in performance of their water pourer duties.
Continue distant mentoring. Focus on Vision Quest Preparation and ensure participants are holding regular Inipi gatherings. Completion of training.

Participants should hold regular (monthly) inipi gatherings at site or at home in their own constructed Inipi.


Full suggested contribution: £1050.00  - £1300
Training: £675 (£225 x 3)
Mentoring: £135 (£45 x 3)
Three group calls: £60 (£20/call)
Community Inipi: £180 (£30/day for participants of training to cover materials (6 days) over year)

Payment arrangements can be made to suit participants.

All money collected for these workshops/courses is to off set costs involved in providing these workshops/courses. There are significant costs incurred in hosting and providing these learning opportunities. We do not, nor ever, will demand payment for participation in these Advanced Connection Practices (aka Ceremony). People do not have to pay to smoke a Canupa or Inipi. All donations are based upon a person's willingness to support what they love and care about. Any charges are for the education and sharing of knowledge acquired through of years personal sacrifice.

Where: Waldron, East Sussex

Contact: Marina Robb on 07966 514469

Official Certification papers: Sliding scale of £125.00 - £200 payment to Godfrey Chipps via Sal Gencarelle – this includes ‘sacred permit’ and lineage paperwork (Chipps lineage historical documentation).

Understanding the Certification: 

The Purpose of providing the Woptura Lineage Certification is to ensure credentialing standards and set professional expectations. The Certification process ensures ceremonial specialists meet the requirements and standards set forth by the Woptura Lineage.  The Sacred Permit authorizes the holder to possess and use various sacred tools in compliance with the spiritual beliefs and traditions as practiced by the Woptura Lineage of the indigenous people of America. This includes but is not limited to Eagle and other Birds of Prey Feathers, Sacred Pipes, and other ceremonial items needed to facilitate ceremony.

The certification process will provide a means for people to become recognized experts in the understanding and use of natural ceremonies as passed down through the Woptura Lineage of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The Woptura Lineage Certification provides authority and permission for ceremonial experts to conduct defined (see list) ceremonies for the duration of the certification period.

The certification process has been overseen by Benjamin Godfrey Chipps Sr. a practitioner of the Yuwipi ceremony and 4th generation decedent of Woptura. The certification process is guided and ultimate dictated by the direction prescribed by the natural powers of creation. The powers of creation have set forth the requirements to be met for a person to be fully qualified to participate, utilize, and/or lead any of the ceremonial process and techniques listed as part of the Woptura Lineage Certification. As a Spiritual Interpreter and Yuwipi Healer, Benjamin Godfrey Chipps Sr. has overseen the certification process and has delegated authority to Salvatore Gencarelle to provide Woptura Lineage Certification.

To be a candidate for the Woptura Lineage Certifications a person must attend various courses which provide comprehensive instruction and mentoring around specific ceremonies, or ceremonial components. The courses provide the participant an opportunity to learn about underlying states of wellness, and how to assist people and communities in the prevention of imbalance and the restoration of internal and external balance. The participants will become experts in wellness as understood through the universal patterns of creation, expressed in indigenous ceremonies from the Woptura Lineage.

Candidates will also be required to know the Woptura Lineage. This is important because understanding traditional culture, fellowship, family, and values which have been passed from our teachers to the next generation is very important in the indigenous perspective of self, community, ceremony, and nature. 

Come and Learn about the Lakota style Inipi (Sweat Lodge)

These teaching come for the ancient Lakota traditions whose origins are in antiquity; as based on the Woptura (Chipps) lineage, taught to Salvatore Gencarelle.

In the 1890s the Lakota were forced upon the reservations and the ceremonies

were outlawed, Woptura’s sons, Horn Chipps and Moves Camp, prevented their eradication by taking them underground. Generations later the Grandchildren of Woptura began teaching non-Lakota these traditions.

Salvatore went through an intensive mentoring period that requires both dedication and sacrifice. It was through this mentoring process the he earned the responsibility to pass the teachings on.

Salvatore Gencarelle and his family are traveling from Arizona to bring his knowledge and experience to this workshop. Salvatore has worked in these traditions with the Chipps family for 23 years as a Helper, singer, and altar preparer.

Let's come together as a community of dedicated people to construct a sacred

structure of deep nature and spirit connection. We will welcome the day together, and join our hearts and minds together as one. We will prepare an Inipi structure and in the evenings we will hold an Inipi ceremony.

Items for each participant to bring:

  • 100% cotton material ¼-1 yard of the six colors (black, red, yellow, white, blue, green)
  • Large pouch of loose tobacco
  • Cotton string
  • A food item or dish (for the feast afterwards or to eat during the day)


Lead Facilitator for the Life Within Training

Salvatore Gencarelle

Salvatore Gencarelle is cultural bridge between Native American (Lakota-Sioux) healing ceremonies and the modern world. Salvatore Gencarelle went through an intensive mentoring period that required both dedication and sacrifice for 17 years as a ceremonial guide, creator, singer, and mentor, under the direct supervision of a Native American healer. It was through this process he earned the responsibility to pass these teachings on. Salvatore is also an artist, photographer, freelance writer, a musician, and a Paramedic. He is healer working with both Native American traditions and those of the modern world.

Salvatore currently travels across the country and world teaching and helping others learn from his experience. Through his organization, Helpers Mentoring Society, he provides various mentoring services helping people find true healing and how to live in the fullness of life. His teachings include the 4 Universal Gifts to Humans, The Leadership Initiation Program, Vision Quests, and the Map of Life.

Salvatore is the author of A Man Among the Helpers (ISBN 978‐1‐60264‐939‐2) and e‐book (ISBN 978‐1‐60264‐940‐8) which describes his experiences and wisdom gain while being mentored in Native American Healing.

For more information please visit

An Introduction to Native American Sweat Lodge by Sal Gencarelle

The Native American Sweat Lodge is one of the most profound healing and transformative indigenous ceremonies that I know. At the age of 16 I attended my first traditionally run Sweat Lodge and personally experienced the power and beauty of this ceremony. I’ve repeatedly witnessed this transformative and restorative power of the sweat lodge for over 23 years.

Sweat Lodges Around the World. There are many forms of the sweat therapy found across the world, from the European sauna to the Japanese Sento. Understanding of how sweating in a controlled manner in combination with ceremonial approaches can bring about healing and a deeper sense of connection is a universal concept. This is a good indication that sweating as a method of healing is a fundamental principle of health to human beings.

In America the indigenous structure used to induce sweat therapy is commonly called the Sweat Lodge. There are many variations of the sweat lodge among the different Native American peoples. One of the most common versions of the sweat lodge has comes to us from the Lakota Sioux. The Lakota Sioux version of the sweat lodge is called the Ini Kaga (E-nee Kah-gah) - To Make Live or commonly the Inipi (E-nee-pe), which simply means - We Live.

Legends of the Lakota Sweat Lodge. The Lakota Sweat Lodge is ancient. According to one legend, the Inipi originated with a cultural hero called Stone Boy. This young man was a sacred being who had great knowledge at birth. He was the first to construct and use the Inipi to bring his uncles back to life after they were bewitched by an evil sorceress.

Another, less known legend, tells the origin of the Sweat Lodge back in time when the first peoples began to have conflicts over territory. At this time the population of humans grew to a point where people began to compete over natural resources. People began to become more physical orientated and less spiritually connected. Conflicts erupted and people began to shoving matches that soon led to greater violence. These battles were just external expression of what was occurring within people on a deeper level. During one of these conflicts a person killed another, intentionally. This was the first time a human ever murdered another human. After this, people’s spiritual connections weakened even more and they began to experience hardship and difficulty in their lives that was previously unknown.

During this time a young man was internally guided to seek a way for people to come back to a deeper spiritual relationship. He was guided through a series of Vision Quest to the west coast of an ancient land. There, at the place where the earth, stone, water, and air mixed he Vision Quested in the mist of the Ocean. Through his quest he was given a gift of the first sweat lodge. He returned to the people with this new powerful gift of purification, healing and rejuvenation. The Sweat Lodge ceremony aided people to once again live in physical and spiritual harmony with themselves, each other, and the land.

Sweat Lodge and the Helpers Mentoring Society. For the past 23 years I’ve been educated in Lakota traditions and ceremony, becoming what is known as a Helper. During my training I came to a deep understanding of the power of the Inipi ceremony and how it can benefit modern people. Over the course of my training as a Helper I was taught every aspect of the ceremony; from stacking the fire, to singing the sacred songs, leading the ceremony, and even teaching others how to become Helpers.

The time for many others to become Helpers is now at hand. We, the people that understand the current disconnected and dysfunctional state of humanity, are being called forward to help return balance to human existence. In this task we have been given powerful gifts to assist us -such as the Sweat Lodge. Now is the time to learn how to competently utilize these sacred ceremonies to ensure the continuation of human life upon the earth. If you have the heart and mind to learn then now is the time.





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