Sauna Rental


Services for commercial sauna spaces




Stokeyard Outfitters
Hewing Hotel Rooftop Spa


Hewing Hotel Rooftop Spa
300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401


Oct 20 2021


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



The Full Moon Steam Medley is back!

Full Moon Steam Medley and Thermaculture Thursdays are back at The Hewing after a long COVID-induced hiatus!

Our most popular community sauna event is back (with limited seating availability).

The format of the Full Moon Steam Medley is a guided group session based off the German Aufguss tradition where a host (or Saunameister) gradually increases the intensity of the experience by adding steam to the rocks.

The art of Aufguss is creating and distributing steam in a way that makes the steam soft and relaxing, as well as intense. The Steam Medley sessions also incorporate aspects of other thermic bathing practices such as ice bathing.

Program information

The evening’s program is comprised of 3 rounds. Each round is a roughly 10–15-minute guided Aufguss session followed by a 10-15 minute cool-down session.

During the cool-down rounds, you have the opportunity to use the cold plunge, rehydrate, sample essential oils, and enjoy a spectacular view of the Minneapolis skyline from the pool.

Please arrive by 7 p.m. The first guided Aufguss steam round will begin at 7:15.

Must be 21 years of age or older to be on the rooftop.

As part of your registration, you will get a towel and a ticket for a mocktail at the Rooftop Bar.

One Stokeyard towel will be supplied.  Please bring an extra towel to sit on inside the sauna between sauna rounds.

Locker room and showers available.

Bathing suit required at all times.

Flip flops recommended – cold water on site. Please rinse in the shower before using the sauna and/or pool.

The full rooftop bar and menu is available for guests to enjoy after their steam rounds.

No outside food or beverages allowed at any time.

Sorry NO REFUNDS. Hewing Hotel program space is very limited –the sauna seats 22 but we are only hosting 10 seats per session due to COVID. These sessions fill up fast. If you register for a spot, please be prepared to use it or lose it.

More about Aufguss Sauna Steam Aromatherapy

Aufguss steam sessions are a German tradition that helps practitioners enjoy the full physiology of hot/cold conditioning through sauna.

The intensity and softness of the steam, aromatherapy and breathing cues help activate the thermoregulatory system to actively regulate the body’s temperature, which is as helpful for staying cool and comfy in the summer as it is to warming up in the winter.

Guests will enjoy three guided sauna rounds with special “steam recipes,” consisting of water-pouring and steam-throwing techniques with essential oil aromatherapy crafted to increase circulation by activating the body’s thermoregulatory system.

COVID Protocols

Stokeyard Outfitters has adopted the COVID protocols/standards set by the community hosting experts at the 612 Sauna Society, which include: 

– All guests are required to show proof of complete Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to their sauna session.

– All hosts are required to show proof of complete Covid vaccination.

– The sauna seats 22 but we are operating sessions at half capacity. We will split the group into two groups of 10 to maintain greater social distancing inside the sauna.

– Anytime you are not inside the hot room, we strongly recommend wearing a mask.

– Mask use is required inside the changing area for any guest that is not vaccinated and presents a negative COVID test.

– For vaccinated guests, masks are optional in the changing area, but highly recommended.

– You must use your own towel and water, and a towel is required for sitting on the bench inside the hot room.

– During cool downs outside, we require guests to maintain social distancing with those outside of their household, including hosts.

– Please clean your hands using hand sanitizer before entering the sauna.

– We will not accept walk-ins—you must make your reservation in advance.

– All people using the sauna are doing so at their own risk and will not hold Stokeyard Outfitters liable should they contract COVID.

– Staff cleans and sanitizes equipment per disinfecting checklist between each session.

Meet the Meister

John Pederson built his first mobile sauna – The FireHouse – in 2014 and was immediately struck by the hunger and passion it sparked in the hearts of Twin Citizens from all walks of life. From that little backyard club, John went on to work with Little Box Sauna, hosting 100s of sessions, peppered all over town in curious spots. And in 2016 he rallied this burgeoning community around a crowdfunding campaign to create The Forge mobile sauna, along with the 612 Sauna Society – the nation’s first Sauna Cooperative.

He founded Stokeyard Outfitters (formerly Sauna Society Builders) in 2017 with co-founder Rodney Buhrsmith as a platform to build partnerships, programming, products and services to bring the benefits of sauna and thermaculture to life throughout North America.