Our Next Camp

The Lakota Tipi Camp

The Lakota Tipi Camp is located on the land of the Lakota Waldorf School near Kyle, in the Medicine Root District, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota Tipi Camp is a place to host and guide visitors through the Pine Ridge Reservation and provide services and vacation opportunities for groups up to 13 people, for individuals, families and schools.

We need a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 13 participants. If interested, fill our our registration form and we will send you a confirmation letter with payment and annulation conditions.

For questions or more information, please visit our contact page or email Alfred BrĂ¼lisauer at alfred.bruelisauer@outlook.com.

Our Next Camp

Our next camp is July 29 – August 12, 2023
Cost is $2800 per person

About the Camp

What You Need to Know

Each participant needs to have their own insurance; Lakota tipi camp does not take on any responsibility for accidents, losses or thefts. The flight ticket is not included in the price.

Included in Your Package

  • Transportation from and to the Rapid City Regional Airport upon your arrival and departure (130 km / 80 miles)
  • Transportation throughout the whole camp to all locations on the schedule
  • Accommodation in Tipis or in the Lakota Waldorf School in case of bad weather
  • Bathrooms, kitchen, and showers
  • Meals with vegetarian option available
  • All tours, entrance fees and tour guides
  • A Lakota guide who is available to you 24 hours a day
  • All Lakota guest speakers, artists, guides, instructors, and drum group

Not Included

  • Meals at restaurants
  • Workshop materials (beads, quills, leather etc.) which are approximately $20.00
  • Translators for German and French on a daily rate

Activities That Await You

  • A traditional cooking workshop
  • Lakota art workshops (materials not included)
  • Game night with traditional Lakota hand games
  • Excursion and hike through the Badlands
  • A tour through the Black Hills: Mount Rushmore, mining towns, Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park, Buffalo Gap, and Wind Cave
  • Trips to historically significant places on the Pine Ridge Reservation: Wounded Knee, the Heritage Museum at Red Cloud Indian School, the Historical Center at Oglala Lakota College, and the buffalo pasture
  • Visits to the Oglala Lakota Nation Powwow
  • Horseback rides
  • Swimming in creeks, lakes, and rivers
  • Depending on the weather and on which day events take place during your visit, activities might be added, exchanged, or moved to another day

What You Need to Bring

  • Clothes for warm and hot days, chilly evenings, and potentially cool nights
  • A flashlight
  • Adequate clothing: Rain coat, hiking shoes, swimming attire
  • Respect, an open mind, and flexibility as the culture on the reservation is very different from what people imagine it being
  • Understanding and interest for everything and everyone you encounter

Important Notes

Lakota Tipi Camp

Sacred Ceremonies

In Respect of the Lakota believes and culture, the Lakota Culture Camp will not take tourists to sacred ceremonies or sun dances. These ceremonies are sacred rituals and we are committed to honor the efforts of the Lakota people and elders to protect their spiritual heritage. We hope for your understanding and we are convinced you will have a great time.

Alcohol

Further we would like to inform you that alcohol and drugs are prohibited on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We would like to make you aware of some photography restrictions, i.e. prohibition visitation to burial grounds and sacred sites.

And last but not least

Your stay in the Lakota land will not only give you the opportunity to learn about the life of the Lakota people but your memories will last a lifetime. With your participation you will enhance the economy on the Reservation and you will support the Lakota people directly; through your participation you create summer-jobs and at the same time you donate to the Lakota Waldorf School.

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