Seaside Sauna Haus - a sauna for our beaches

by #seasidesaunahaus in Bridport, England, United Kingdom

Seaside Sauna Haus - a sauna for our beaches
We did it
On 29th February 2020 we successfully raised £9,677 with 128 supporters in 28 days

Bring a mobile, woodfired sauna to West Dorset beaches. Encouraging the community to connect to our coastline and reap the benefits of sauna

by #seasidesaunahaus in Bridport, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

- There is an option for a Larger eco model, UK sourced and built sauna - more people, more fun! From the Welsh company www.heartwoodsaunas.com (coming in on. A trailer at just over £21,000)

- Or another option to have a locally built bespoke sauna from the Beaminster based company www.fatleaf.co.uk (initial quote of around £12000)

- Additional funds will help cover costs of adding shower facilities at each Seatown seaside station

- Optional Plunge pools 

- And the inevitable need for adding additional sauna days to out schedule as well as more wood! 


I'm Sarah. I've lived in Bridport all my life. I'm a mum, daughter, wife, sister, social worker and friend. I'm also just me. And whenever I sit in the sauna I return to being just myself. The sauna philosophy is simple. Par back, get back to basics, sit, be still, sweat it out. And then get back out there and crack on with life. 

Having lived in Dorset my whole life, I am very passionate about our wonderful coastline. We are so lucky to have it on our doorsteps. When the tourist season ends the beaches clear and the skies become moody. And yet we can still find solace and connection to our landscape. A sauna on the beach will encourage this connection to continue through the year and also into the depths of winter. 

Why a sauna here? 

This love of the sea and our beautiful West Dorset beaches is not unique to me. Woodfired saunas are beginning to pop up across the UK see www.beachboxspa.co.uk 

www.dezeen.com/2019/12/23/haeckels-margate-bathing-machine-sauna). 

There is a movement of people enjoying their benefits - for health reasons as well as social aspects. 

The sauna symobilses slowing down, recouping and recharging through heating the body, sweating and detoxing. It is a communal activity enjoyed by many cultures, allowing us to destress in a cocoon like environment away from the distractions of the modern world. 

The process of heating up and cooling down, means that a quick sea dip or splash with icy water post sauna just enhances the whole experience. 

What your money is for? 

This crowdfunder will allow Seaside Sauna Haus to purchase a sauna similar to the images below and a trailer to tow it - a first rate commercially built sauna. 

The sauna will seat between 6-8 people at a time, with changing facilities. It will have a state of the art harvia sauna stove, to efficiently burn wood and heat up to temperature within 45mins of being lit. 

The Crowdfunder will support Seaside Sauna Haus in the start up costs needed to get liability insurance and trading licences, as well as rental space for keeping the sauna safe when not trading. 

What will it look like when the sauna arrives? 

We can pitch up on any flat area near on the coast... West Bay, Dorset with easy access to the beach. We know we'll get a lot of support from fellow sauna lovers but the aim is to also bring the wellness of sauna to the wider community.... Introducing the benefits mentally and physically for a wider audience. Water sport enthusiasts will love it for pre or post exercise (sea swimmers, paddleboarders, runners, rowers and kayakers, etc) throughout the day. And people will use it as a hub to relax and reset from daily life. It is going to be fantastic to have something that extends the season....as nothing beats a hot sauna as the days and nights get colder and damper. 

I am to start small, a few days a week. And will grow as the sauna grows in popularity. Those keen to sauna will be able to book one off sessions throughout the day at a time that suits them. There will be discount rates for multiple sessions and opportunities to hire as a group. 

I've also been offered a pitch next to The Anchor in Seatown and have full support of the beach owner and landlord of the pub for those visiting the beach and surrounding area. I know other beaches will follow suit as it grows, so watch this space! 

The sauna can be hired out by businesses as well as private individuals (local to West Dorset) to help subsidise the communal beach sauna sessions. We've already had discussions with www.weareresurface.com in Bournemouth who would love a beach sauna once a month to enhance their Rise and Conquer morning swims, which any member of the public can attend.


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

Redeemable sauna pass (4 sessions + 2 FREE)

This pledge gives you 6 sessions (1 hour each) in the sauna for the price of 4. To redeem by booking each session at a time that suits you. There is no time limit on this reward, so it's up to you how you choose to space out your sauna sessions. But I guess, if you use up all your sessions in the first month you could always buy another pass?!

£15 or more

24 of 24 claimed

1 hour sauna voucher & essential oil roller blend

A voucher to be redeemed at our pop up sauna sessions (bookable on the website) Plus a Doterra essential oil roller blend of your choice to use on your temples before or after your session.

£20 or more

£20 Seatown Painting A4 Print by Angie Porter

Angie Porter's Painting of Seatown has been promised as an A4 Print for a reward. Please see our update section for a close up of her work. This is to be one of our sauna locations and it is a beautiful moody view of the beach, with The Anchor behind. I do love a positive affirmation (sauna to be added at a later date, but you can see where it will go, can't you?!)

£20 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Wild Swim book by Flora Jamieson & Sauna voucher

Book - An introduction to wild swimming, with practical advice, safety tips and health benefits, as well as inspiring quotes, useful resources and beautiful illustrations. This guide is perfect for those wishing to dip their toe into the glorious pursuit of wild swimming in lakes, rivers, pools, waterfalls and the sea. And a 1 hour sauna voucher to redeem at one of our pop up beach locations.

£20 or more

Beach Yoga with 'Yoga with Leah' and Sauna session

A morning yoga session led by Leah Miles from 'Yoga with Leah', on West Bay beach followed by time to unwind in the sauna, post stretch. Groups of 6 for each class

£30 or more

£30 for a sauna and complimentary Turkish towel

Beach Yoga Luxury Hammam Towel 100% Cotton As well as an hour booked into our sauna, you also receive a towel for use in the sauna to get you started on your sauna journey. Choice of colours

£30 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Rise and Conquer sunrise swim and breakfast

In collaboration with www.weareresurface.com, a ticket for their Rise and Conquer morning sunrise swim followed by breakfast around the firepit and access to our sauna at their centre on Boscombe Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset. Date to be confirmed when crowdfunder is completed and sauna has been delivered! Est. May 2020

£30 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Sauna session plus a pair of cashmere gloves

In collaboration with maisiemade (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/maisiemade dorset) when you pledge for this prize you get a session in our sauna plus a gifted pair of maisie made cashmere gloves (to keep those warm long after you leave the sauna!)

£40 or more

Paddleboard morning followed by a sauna

A guided 2 hour Paddleboard excursion from West Bay by Sara from Bay PaddleBoarding, followed by an hour in the sauna on returning to dry land. 6 participants per group. Reward is per participant.

£60 or more

6 month Sauna Membership Reward

With this 6-month membership you will be able to book sauna sessions at half the normal rate. That's £5 per hourly session rather than £10! Membership will be activated on your first sauna session. This is a great way to up your sauna sessions per month without breaking the bank. You will get priority booking for special sauna sessions and notified by. Email.

£84 or more

£84 6 month Joint Membership Reward

6 month Joint Sauna Membership Reward With this 6-month membership you will be able to book sauna sessions at half the normal rate for you and a friend each time you come. £5 each for you and a friend. Membership will be activated on your first sauna session. This is a great way to up your sauna sessions per month without breaking the bank. You will get priority booking for special sauna sessions and notified by email

£115 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£115 Ticket for Stir to Action Playground Festival

Stir to Action's Playground for the New Economy Festival ticket in a beautiful green field in Somerset! (more info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stir-to-action-festival-a-playground-for-the-new-economy-2020-tickets-88660230135) This gives you a unique 3 days of inspiring conversations, virtual reality experiences, live podcasts, interactive workshops, idea surgeries, live crowdfunding, food, craft, beer & free sauna use as thanks

£120 or more

Sauna Annual Membership Reward

With this yearly membership you will be able to book sauna sessions throughout the year at half the normal rate. That's £5 per hourly session rather than £10! Membership will be activated on your first sauna session. If you want to sauna more than once a month, this discount is for you. You will get priority booking for special sauna sessions that may be run throughout the year at any other pop up location.

£150 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Back our Business Plaque

Have your business advertised on the outside of our sauna haus, for all to see when we're out and about on the road and pitched up.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Night in a Safari Tent with Sauna

Our friends at Jurrasic Glamping near Axminster have gifted a Saturday night in June for you to enjoy a night under canvas www.jurassicglamping.co.uk/rowan With the sauna set up alongside your tent, you can enjoy a night under the stars in this beautiful location with friends or family. The sauna will be ready on your arrival for a wonderful evening. 'Rowan' sleeps up to 5: one double, bunk beds and single daybed. Subject to availability.

£200 or more

Private Sundown Sauna and Prosecco at The Anchor

Private hire of the sauna for up to 6 people. Soaking up the evening sunset at Seatown Beach, followed by complimentary glass of prosecco.

£200 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£200 Airbnb Railway Carrriage in Dorset with Sauna

A night staying in a Railway carriage (upto 4 people cosily!) with exclusive use of the sauna at a beautiful location in Dorset. More information about accomodation can be found at https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/13518262?source_impression_id=p3_1580515200_2geZLB2kosB1%2FUb7 Dates to be arranged with Bryony, your Airbnb host, once sauna has been built and delivered (ie. After June 2020!) Covers accomodation costs and sauna use for the night

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pizza and a Sauna on the beach (for up to 10)

Gather a group of friends and enjoy pizza around the firepit with unlimited sauna time on Seatown beach, Dorset for one evening only. Limited to 5 couples.

£300 or more

2 of 10 claimed

1 Day Private Sauna Hire at a venue of your choice

The sauna will be delivered to a venue of your choice (extra mileage rate to cover fuel costs),1 Day Weekend Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon until the following morning to be enjoyed for a whole day. Perhaps you have a special birthday, family celebration or event coming up that would be even more fun with a sauna to play in? Delivered and fired up and wood provided for the duration of your special day.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£400 Dinner for 8

Dominic from BearKat in Bridport will cook dinner for 8 people at your home or his cafe

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£400 Seatown Painting by Angie Porter

Angie Porter has painted this scene as inspiration for our sauna dream and to raise money for our crowdfunder. She will take £200 of the pledge for her hard work and anything above this will go to the crowdfunding pot. Please give generously, this truly is art from the heart. And if you'd like the sauna painted on afterwards Angie will add it on! Available to view from her studio The Front Room, South Street, Bridport on Wednesday and Saturday.

£600 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Long Weekend Sauna Hire

Long Weekend Private Hire – Friday afternoon until Monday morning (+mileage depending on distance travelled to venue) The sauna will be brought to your location and set up for you with wood provided for the duration of the weekend. Perhaps you are a holiday rental in Dorset and would like to offer extra facilities on top of your accomodation to your guests? Or you are an individual wanting to celebrate in style with your friends and family?

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