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As summer cools down, the backyard sauna heats up

There is growing interest in the “Backyard Retreat” sauna concept, where a few steps out your back door, you can escape to your own health and wellness center.

Hot room with wood burning sauna stove
Hot room with wood burning sauna stove

A small space carved out in a neglected corner where there’s no competition for a spot in the parking lot or floor space in the locker room.  A space where you can play the latest Wilco album as loud or quiet as you wish.  A space where you share the sauna bench with family, and friends old and new.

I’ve received a fair number of emails lately, folks curious as to my backyard set up.  I built my backyard sauna over 10 years ago, in 2003, and when not at our lake cabin, I use this sauna three times a week.  My backyard sauna has been a key lifestyle enhancement.

changing room (albeit with lots of bric a brac that drives my wife crazy)
changing room (albeit with lots of bric a brac that drives my wife crazy)

Socially:  My backyard sauna is miles better than a bar.  I invite friends to sauna and have formed new friendships with kindred spirits.  We solve worlds problems and become legends in our own minds.

Healthy:  My backyard sauna is a key enhancement to better fitness.  I run, then sauna.  I bike, then sauna.  In winter, I ski out my back door, then sauna.  I enjoy fresh air and the spontaneity of a varied fitness routine, and authentic sauna feels f**ing awesome after a work out.

Mentally:  Sauna is a reset button.  Whether getting rid of airplane juice, or trying to untangle wires in my head from a busy week, sauna helps me, mentally, better than any other activity.  Plus, it’s a great way to connect with my family.  I have had deep, open, honest conversations with our two sons in sauna that i’m pretty sure would never happen in any other environment.

Outside my backyard sauna with outdoor shower and a misty garden all wet with rain.
Outside my backyard sauna with outdoor shower and a misty garden all wet with rain.

 

 

And here’s a little video that shows more:

 

I can help you realize your own authentic sauna dream.  Life is short, and I think now is a good time for you to start enjoying your own authentic sauna in your own backyard.

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