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Sauna Talk: Managing Partner of Wisdom Woods tells us what it’s like to run a first class private resort

In this episode of Sauna Talk, we get a behind the scenes view of Wisdom Woods, Spooner Wisconsin, from Managing Partner Nate Focht.

“Sitting on the sauna bench, everything that comes out of your mind is pure.”

– Nate Focht, Managing Partner, Wisdom Woods.

Nate: A Modarem who white water rafts and canoe guides in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Ever wondered what a $100,000 sauna building looks like?  Well, how about we add another zero to that number and double it.  That’s what we experience while taking a sauna at Wisdom Woods.  The hot room is symmetric and generously sized 12’x12.’  Thankfully, we made the ceiling 7′ such that the wood burning stove can do its job heating the sauna to good temperatures.

Wisdom Woods sauna hot room.  Photo: Julia Auerbach Photography

Transom windows to the South and West plus a full glass door give the hot room a light airy, spacious feel.  The “money seat” is in the middle of the West wall, whereupon the sauna bather can gaze through the full glass door, past the full size exterior window in the hallway straight out to the lake: a generous, wide view.  This treatment is example of how we welcome the outside in at the Wisdom Woods spa.  Nature is everywhere.  Nature wins at Wisdom Woods.

The awesomeness of this sauna experience starts to reveal itself once we leave the hot room and make our way down to the sandy beach for a cool lake plunge.  The small lake rarely has boaters.  It is crystal clear: deep and cool.

Heading into cool waters after sauna round at Wisdom Woods.  Photo: Julia Auerbach Photography

As we gaze back up to the spa, our endorphins start firing and we feel like kids at a playground.  Should we go inside the spa for a drink?  Should we hang out on the deck and relax?

Wisdom Woods Spa after cold plunge (note the window on the left that opens up to the hot room).  Photo: Julia Auerbach Photography

 

Where should we sit?  The generous deck spreads all the way around the spa building at Wisdom Woods.   Hanging out at the front area, we settle in and look out over the lake.

Photo: Julia Auerbach Photography

 

We can find ourselves walking to the back side of the spa and gazing out over the extensive wetlands, another vista of beauty where we stop, breath deep, and reflect upon.  Enlightenment?

Back on the sauna bench, for this episode of Sauna Talk, Nate takes us on a virtual tour of Wisdom Woods.  60 acres of trails, adjacent to hundreds more on County land.  Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, skeet shooting are just a few of the more popular activities at Wisdom Woods.  With an emphasis on wellness and sustainability, guests to Wisdom Woods stumble upon interesting features scattered about the property.  During our conversation, we learn about the organic community garden, the bee hives, the new brewery, and the solar panels that provide energy back to the community.

Part of Nate’s skill set as a Hot Shot Firefighter is being able to handle a chainsaw with a 44″ bar.

Nate is a Modarem:  A Modern Day Renaissance Man.  He is a nurse in town, a father, a white water kayaker, a canoe guide, a Hot Shot fireman.  He’s jumped out of planes and he can stitch a cut hand.  Nate is the kind of guy you want with you while hiking a remote trail.

Nate guiding guests through the trails at Wisdom Woods (before sauna).

Please welcome Nate Focht to Sauna Talk.

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