United Kingdom·October - March
Secret Sauna by the Plunge Pool in the Hidden Wooded Valley
This is a very special location to connect to yourself and the elements.VIEW DATES
Nestled in a secluded wooded valley near Whitby, our wood-fired Finnish sauna offers a blissful retreat in nature. After a short 10-minute walk through the woods, you'll find yourself surrounded by the tranquility of the forest, with only an ancient oak tree overlooking the sauna and plunge pool. Here, you can escape the world, enjoy the soothing heat of the sauna, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The sauna's benefits for the mind, body, and soul are enhanced by the optional cold plunge in the nearby river, providing a rejuvenating experience like no other. With the melodic symphony of birds and the gentle rustling of leaves as your soundtrack, you'll leave this sanctuary feeling renewed, relaxed, and deeply connected to nature, cherishing the memory of this unique sauna in the woods.
💧 Decreases the risk of stroke and hypertension 💖 Enhances heart health 💪 Eases chronic pain and fatigue 🏋️ Boosts exercise performance 🩹 Speeds up muscle recovery. 🧠 Reduces dementia and alzheimer's disease.
🌼 Cuts the chance of developing a mental health issues by improving mood- studies show this can last for 14 days after the sauna! 😌 Lowers stress levels and improves relaxation 💤 Induces a deeper and better sleep.
Feel the unity as you share the space with like-minded individuals, all seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and a moment of tranquility. The sauna becomes a hub where stories are shared, laughter is exchanged, and bonds are formed. 🌍🤝 Many friendships have been made in the sauna.
To help you in your wellbeing journey we have a team to offer assistance and knowledge while you’re here.
Meet Danny, a seasoned practitioner in the art of sauna hosting, meditation, and transformative breathwork. With a deep-rooted expertise in the revered Lithuanian tradition of sauna, Danny is your trusted companion on a journey of relaxation and revitalization.
With his calm and assured style, Sam ensures every customer feels safe and comfortable, creating a welcoming atmosphere. His easy-going nature instantly puts guests at ease, making the experience enjoyable from start to finish.
But Sam's talents extend beyond this! He adds a touch of enchantment to the sauna with his mesmerizing pan playing, creating a truly chilled and serene ambiance.
Have a look at our schedule below!
Pop Up Wild Sauna
You are sent location details via email. Please arrive early. We walk through the forest for 6-7 minutes and arrive at the plunge pool . You get changed into your cozzie. 🕒 We start with a gentle 10-15 minutes in the sauna, gradually increasing the heat. As your core temperature rises and you begin to sweat, we take a refreshing break to cool off. 🌬️💦
After cooling for a few minutes, we dive back into the sauna. 🔄 In the second round, we raise the temperature a little more, and in the third round, even higher! 🌡️💪
Your safety and comfort are our priority, as our experienced team carefully monitors the heat. ❄️😌
In just one hour, you'll experience three invigorating sauna rounds, interspersed with two or three revitalizing breaks. ♨️✨
To cool down, you have two options: Either relax outside the sauna or take a invigorating cold water plunge into the plunge pool. 💦🏊♂️
If you choose the plunge, we recommend a gradual approach to help your body adjust. Start by wading into the water gently, allowing your body to acclimate. Once up to your waist, take a deep breath through your nose, exhale slowly through your mouth, and gently submerge your body, sitting on the floor. Remember, there's no need to go beyond your depth for the full plunge experience. 🌊🌬️
However, please note that entering the water is at your own risk. ⚠️💧
Melting away every ounce of tension, and leaving you utterly relaxed and invigorated.
A beautiful peaceful hidden secret plunge pool
There are no words for how beautiful this location is
We are located deep in the woods. There is no noise. There is no light pollution. There are no other people. The air is clean. The water is clean. We are surrounded by forest and overlooked by an old oak tree. The plunge pool is a very short walk from the sauna down the river bank. The plunge pool is shoulder deep with low rain but gets deeper if there has been heavy rain. The plunge pool is safe with no underwater obstacles and an easy walk in.
Bring a bottle of water
You will sweat a lot and so bring some water... with maybe a crunch of sea salt in for hydration.
Wear swimming cozzie underneath
To save time when you get here just wear your cozzie underneath.
Be gentle and don't go out of your depth
If you do decide to have a dip , please be gentle on yourself, go in slowly and incrementally. Then when you are up to your waist slowly submerge. There is no need to go out of your depth. You go in the water at your own risk.
Wrap Up Warm It is Winter!
Bring plenty of baggy clothes to get back into once you are finished. Maybe a changing robe for modesty! It's cold so plenty of layers.
Head torch or torch
If you are attending a session before or after dark it is helpful for you to bring a head torch or torch. We do have lights, but it is best to have your own personal torch if you have one!
The river is pebbly and so this can be uncomfortable on some feet. So please bring sandals or wetsuit boots if you have them.
What Should I Do in a Sauna?
We recommend simply doing the sauna what traditional sauna-ers have long done: nothing. Just sit there. Let your mind go. Do some reflecting while your thinking is still sharp; meditate when your mind starts going blank. Just be.
We will have a guided meditation and breathwork if the feeling is right.
It is also Ok to chat- this is your session and gift to yourself.
What Should I Do After I Sauna?
During your sauna session, you’ll lose a lot of water through your sweat — up to four cups during a twenty-minute session! Be sure to rehydrate with plenty of water afterward. Supplement with electrolytes as needed.
We would also recommend to just go easy on yourself. You will be in a state of high vibration and relaxation. You want to be in that state as long as possible so stay away from stressful or negative situations, people or media.
What Should I Bring?
Bottle of water. Towl. Bag for putting clothes in while you are in the sauna. Dress in something loose and comfy with bathing costume underneath. We are just in bathing costume in the sauna then in and out of the sea (if you wish). Afterwards it's a case of getting back into your clothes again a bit wet, so consider a dressing gown/towel/ dry robe for modesty.
I do not want to go in the water
That is absolutely fine there is no pressure at all to go in the water! You can stay in the sauna as long as is comfortable and just take breaks out in the air.
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