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Open Arms – Open Village

“Stokeyard Outfitters in Minneapolis held a New Year’s Day open house at its Sauna Village to allow the public to try out its mobile sauna trailers. Clockwise from top, Sophia Pham squealed as she made a snow angel after coming out of a sauna with friend Alexandra Cooper, in the dark suit; Jason Kaasovic poured water on the back of his 6-year-old son Vuk, as they basked in the sauna; and Cooper breathed in cool air as she emerged from the steam bath.”

The closest place to pick up a paper in my neighborhood is Bobby & Steve’s Automotive on the corner. I was sitting in their waiting room with a big smile on my face from the article above when my mechanic walked by and asked what I was smiling about. He sat down next to me and I spent the next few minutes trying to explain the photos above. Just as I was starting to get self-conscious that I was rambling, and realizing that perhaps his question was less one of real curiosity and more of courtesy—a courtesy now costing him a significant portion of his lunch break—he interrupted me and said, “I have such pain in my hands from this work. Do you think sauna would help.” His eyes were serious. It was the pain speaking now. 

“You know, we don’t pay attention to our bodies here. We work so hard and we really don’t think about how we move. I’m 50 and I feel like I’m 100.”

I shared some of the recent studies about the health benefits of sauna and my own personal experience. He responded with a slow nod and I shook his hand, as I’ve done many times. He has the kind of grip you’d expect of a mechanic but with his confession I could somehow feel beyond his strength—the cost of it somehow equally present as he crushed my skinny fingers. 

Sauna and the ripples of Thermaculture that it creates has a way of humanizing us to each other—on and off the bench—and I love how these moments find me where I least expect, like reading the paper at the gas station. 

A few details that the article above left out: We’re working hard to make more consistent and affordable bench time available this year, starting with programming at both our current locations:

  • The Sauna Village will now be open ALL WEEKEND! We’re expanding our regular hours to include Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11am – 2pm. Reservations are now available here.

     

  • Join us Sunday morning January 12th at The Hewing Hotel for a new monthly wellness immersion experience, including a guided HIT workout, yoga, sauna steam recovery and light bites provided by Hewing’s award-winning kitchen. Click here to learn more.

See you on the bench—or at Bobby & Steves ; )

  • John Pederson (JP)

🔥🐣🧖🏽‍♂️🤘🔥

Open Village

Open Village

Book an authentic wood-fired sauna experience at The Sauna Village.

About The Village

In 2019 Stokeyard Outfitters began staging, stoking, & sharing our mobile saunas at 4700 Nicollet Avenue South – a spot we like to call The Sauna Village (formerly The Yard) – and it’s quietly becoming Tangletown’s neighborhood center for wood-fired rejuvenation, ice bath chasers, and quiet respite. January 2020 will see even more regular open hours, guided programming, & private events featuring Custom Mobile Sauna pods and SnowTrekker Tents.

WHAT TO KNOW

We provide a hosted sauna experience to ensure optimal sauna conditions for all guests.

Wood-fired sauna, solar tent, changing room, & secure storage available.

The Sauna Village is a RUSTIC sauna experience, featuring the highest quality deep radiant heat and few frills beyond that, except for our new smokeless bonfire pits. Be prepared for urban off-the-grid experience, complete with solar lights, portable toilets and the best sauna heat you’ve ever experienced! For those looking for more amenities, please check out our programming at The Hewing Hotel.

Registration required  – please see calendar for ticket information.

Alcohol not permitted on premises. Please arrive fully hydrated to maximize health benefits.

Bathing suits are required at all times, flip-flops and a water bottle are highly recommended, as are 2 towels – 1 for your bench seat, another for drying. And for those of feeling luxurious, a robe is always fun.

Sorry NO REFUNDS: Sauna Village is a tiny village – 4 to 13 seats – and the benches fill up fast. Your reservation is NONREFUNDABLE and dates are nontransferable. You can give or sell them to someone else (we recommend doing so on the Thermaculture Enthusiast Facebook Group).  If you register for a spot, please be prepared to use it or lose it.

Open Village

Open Village

Book an authentic wood-fired sauna experience at The Sauna Village.

About The Village

In 2019 Stokeyard Outfitters began staging, stoking, & sharing our mobile saunas at 4700 Nicollet Avenue South – a spot we like to call The Sauna Village (formerly The Yard) – and it’s quietly becoming Tangletown’s neighborhood center for wood-fired rejuvenation, ice bath chasers, and quiet respite. January 2020 will see even more regular open hours, guided programming, & private events featuring Custom Mobile Sauna pods and SnowTrekker Tents.

WHAT TO KNOW

We provide a hosted sauna experience to ensure optimal sauna conditions for all guests.

Wood-fired sauna, solar tent, changing room, & secure storage available.

The Sauna Village is a RUSTIC sauna experience, featuring the highest quality deep radiant heat and few frills beyond that, except for our new smokeless bonfire pits. Be prepared for urban off-the-grid experience, complete with solar lights, portable toilets and the best sauna heat you’ve ever experienced! For those looking for more amenities, please check out our programming at The Hewing Hotel.

Registration required  – please see calendar for ticket information.

Alcohol not permitted on premises. Please arrive fully hydrated to maximize health benefits.

Bathing suits are required at all times, flip-flops and a water bottle are highly recommended, as are 2 towels – 1 for your bench seat, another for drying. And for those of feeling luxurious, a robe is always fun.

Sorry NO REFUNDS: Sauna Village is a tiny village – 4 to 13 seats – and the benches fill up fast. Your reservation is NONREFUNDABLE and dates are nontransferable. You can give or sell them to someone else (we recommend doing so on the Thermaculture Enthusiast Facebook Group).  If you register for a spot, please be prepared to use it or lose it.