The Saltwater Sauna: authentic Finnish beach-sauna

by Arlene Lukkarinen in Poole, England, United Kingdom

£6,638

£8,000 stretch target 9 days left
110% 109 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £6,000 is pledged by 6th December 2020 at 12:00pm

Bringing a portable, wood-fired sauna to Sandbanks beach. Connecting the community with nature and developing authentic sauna culture in UK.

by Arlene Lukkarinen in Poole, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Help me reach the stretch target for our bespoke community sauna!

The extra pledges will allow more freedom to create the perfect sauna; working closely with Heartwood Saunas, anything is possible! 

I want to make sure we get the perfect size / shape sauna to complement our beachside location, ensuring it has great accessibility and easy portability. Your pledge will also ensure the windows maximise the viewpoint, and that we get the ideal changing room features and choice of cladding, right down to the finer details inside, such as lighting and the style of seating.

With your help, we can create the perfect sauna, designed with the help from Heartwood Saunas’ knowledge and experience.


The project in a nutshell.

The Saltwater Sauna will bring an authentic Finnish, wood-fired sauna to the stunning beach of Sandbanks. With additional sauna experiences across East Dorset beaches, my aim is to connect the community with nature and the ocean-sauna remedy, and to further develop the sauna culture on the South Coast of England.

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Once Covid-19 has subsided, The Saltwater Sauna will be a welcomed wellbeing experience offering escapism, relaxation and much needed reconnection with nature. I've chosen to begin my Crowdfunder now to offer our local community something to look forward to over the difficult forthcoming months, as we all navigate the implications of a global pandemic.

For more on Covid-19 implication, please read further down the page.


A little bit about me.

I'm Arlene, a sauna-loving Finn living in Bournemouth with my wonderful partner. I’m an artist, surfer, yogi and currently working in marketing. Born and raised in Finland, with a ratio of 5.5M people to 3.2M saunas, I’m extremely passionate about bringing my love for authentic sauna culture to Dorset, and encourage others to share its detoxifying qualities.

In Finland, sauna life is simple; it’s what brings people together as the cornerstone of our weekly routines. No matter the day you’ve had, once you step into the sauna you’re immersed in a blissful state of peacefulness and calm, and leave feeling revitalised.

I’ve witnessed the beach as an integral part of why we all love living here, and what better location to connect beachside living with sauna culture than our stunning East Dorset beaches, starting with Sandbanks.

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I think all of us occasionally neglect the importance of slowing down, yet through connecting with nature, you’ll be able to plunge into the sea, socialise and warm-up in the ‘löyly’ (the steam that rises from the sauna stove) and adopt a new way of healthy living. For me, the sauna is a steamy vessel of escapism; a place to reconnect with your mind and body, and to recuperate in the midst of the busy lives that we’re living.

I want to develop year-round beachside wellness in our local community, and help others experience golden sunsets and sunrises, crisp autumn and winter mornings, moody skies, and stormy weather-fronts, all from the comfort of the seaside-sauna.

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Sauna movement in the UK.

What I have planned for us is not new to the UK. Having been inspired by several local wood-fired sauna companies that have been popping up across the country, I’ve been in creative conversation with these organisations to see how I can move this project forward:

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The sauna experience.

The sauna represents a recharging of the body through heat, sweat and detox, as a powerful means to de-stress. Here are just a few added benefits of the sauna:

  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Reduced chronic pain & fatigue
  • Improved exercise performance & muscle recovery
  • Improved cardiovascular health & reduced stroke risk
  • Improved overall brain health
  • Improved moisture barrier properties of the skin
  • Protection against dementia & Alzheimer’s
  • Protection against respiratory diseases & pneumonia
  • Detoxification & fat loss
  • A social place to connect with others

Combining the sauna experience with the healing power of cold water & blue space is a wellbeing experience like no other, and will leave you on a natural high!

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My vision.

My aim is to have the sauna up and running on the beach early 2021, Covid-19 permitting. The plan is to operate the sauna daily in due course; early in the morning, throughout the day and/or late into the evening, reflecting its initial demand and my initial time to manage its operation.

Coupled with support from sauna enthusiasts, the sauna will be available for wide-ranging coastal audiences, such as water-sports fanatics (e.g. sea-swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders, surfers alike) for pre/post activity immersion.

Crafted by our community values, I am eager to introduce sauna culture to the wider community, and to those that have not tried it before, to bring friends and families together in a social wellbeing invoked hub. I aim to extend and invigorate the beachside season, for when those winter days approach and days get shorter, to offer our community something to look forward to.

Community mental health is also a huge passion of mine, and I’ll be working with local charities and non-profit organisations to offer wellbeing experiences, such as Resurface’s monthly Rise & Conquer.

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Covid-19, Implications.

With Covid-19 in the forefront, full risk assessments will be carried out, and I will adhere to the government guidelines / appropriate measures for sauna spas in the UK that are in place when I begin, ideally early 2021. For example, throughout Sept/Oct, public sauna use was only permitted for private hire sessions for households and support bubbles. Currently, during November, no sauna use has been permitted due to the national lockdown.

Should the case be similar to Sept/Oct in early 2021, I will focus my initial period of operation on offering 30/60 min sessions for private hire only. If we happen to be in another lockdown, I will simply postpone my start date to later in the year when it's safe to begin. As Covid-19 eases, I'll look to offer communal sessions, including pop-in's and membership options, alongside private hire. It goes without saying, the sauna will be deep cleaned between sessions.

Once Covid-19 has subsided, The Saltwater Sauna will be a welcomed wellbeing experience offering escapism, relaxation and much needed reconnection with nature. I've chosen to begin my Crowdfunder now to offer our local community something to look forward to over the difficult forthcoming months, as we all navigate the implications of a global pandemic.

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What your money is for.

By supporting this Crowdfunder, you will help The Saltwater Sauna to purchase a bespoke, handcrafted, portable sauna from ‘Heartwood Saunas’ (similar to the ones presented in the images), to be primarily located at a council-agreed site on Sandbanks beach. Your pledge will also support The Saltwater Sauna with start-up costs, such as liability insurance and trading licenses, and a rental space for keeping the sauna safe when not on the beach.

The more money we raise, the larger the sauna we can get and the more people it will seat, with my aim being 8-10 people. The sauna will include changing facilities and an authentic Finnish wood-burning stove, and it will be a beautiful and relaxing space to be in that looks and feels right.

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Heartwood Saunas are made in the UK from sustainable materials, and every detail of their work is carefully thought out and designed to last in the UK weather. The timber used comes from a sustainably managed forest surrounding their workshop in Wales, and they use 100% stainless steel fixings / fixtures to ensure their saunas last a lifetime. This is really important, given our coastal location!

The sauna will also be heavily insulated, which combined with a vapour barrier, not only makes it energy efficient, but also optimises heat up times and running costs.

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Next steps.

If you’ve made it this far down, you’re awesome! Hopefully I’ve been able to convince you that this is worth while, and tempted you with sauna sessions and our locally sourced rewards. Now, there's only one thing left to do...

Pledge now.*

*Please. Every little helps. I really appreciate your support.


Rewards.

You will find a host of rewards to choose from on the side tab of this page, so don’t hesitate, select one that sparks you joy, and get yours before your favourite goes!

Our experience rewards (surfing, yoga & sauna) are redeemable from early 2021 (Covid-19/start date permitting) and valid for 18 months. Please read carefully the subtext for each reward providing specific information on how to reclaim your reward.

There are also a host of smaller rewards, including Wild Swimming books, bags of Bad Hand Coffee, homemade cupcakes, wetsuit shampoo, natural candles, and handmade macrame. If you'd like your reward before we open for business, you'll be able to pick up your reward on Saturday 12th December from Sandbanks (location to be confirmed). If you are further away, I can post your reward to you if you're happy to cover postage.

Otherwise, you will be able to pick up your reward from the sauna when we're up and running. If you have any questions about reclaiming or picking up your reward, don't hesitate to get in touch via social media or at thesaltwatersauna@gmail.com.

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Your discounted ‘early bird’ sauna experience rewards & Covid-19.

To give you peace of mind, your pre-purchased sauna experiences will be valid for 18 months (from the time of beginning), allowing ample time for Covid-19 to ease and you to redeem your sauna experience reward.


Other ways you can help.

If you’re not able to contribute but like what I’m doing, spread the word!

Share the story on Instagram (@thesaltwatersauna) and Facebook, WhatsApp the project to your friends, email it to your colleagues and talk about it to your family. And feel free to get in touch, say hi, grab a socially distanced coffee, and give me a greeting of your choice (e.g. elbow touch, shaka sign, namaste) when we meet!

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THANK YOU.

Arlene x

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£8 or more

6 of 15 claimed

Wild Swimming Book by Flora Jamieson

An introduction to wild swimming; with practical advice, safety tips and health benefits, as well as inspiring quotes, useful resources and beautiful illustrations! Perfect for those wishing to dip their toe into the glorious pursuit of wild swimming in lakes, rivers, pools, waterfalls and the sea. Check out @thelittlewildswimmingbook (IG) for more about this reward. To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£8 or more

12 of 30 claimed

Bad Hand Coffee - Shaka Blend (250g)

This pledge gives you a tasty blend of Bad Hand Coffee’s signature espresso, for a chocolatey kick to your morning! This is a super versatile blend that works great as an espresso or a filter for all methods. To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£10 or more

7 of 10 claimed

A Box of Cupcakes by Becca’s Bakes

6 delicious homemade buttercream cupcakes. Perfect for special occasions or whenever you fancy a sweet treat! Choose from Chocolate, Vanilla, and Lemon flavours. Valid for 6 months (from 6th December). To redeem this reward, please get in touch with Becca on Instagram @xbeccasbakesx to arrange a suitable date, or see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page to redeem your reward before Christmas.

£12 or more

11 of 20 claimed

SOAP Original Wetsuit Shampoo

Longer lasting, fresher smelling wetsuit! With antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, SOAP's original formula is kind to your skin, your suit, and the planet. 100% natural fragrance, infinitely recyclable bottle, vegan, cruelty free & made in the UK. Add a dash to 5L of water, throw your wetsuit in and leave it for 15 minutes. To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£30 or more

1 of 16 claimed

90-minute Surf Lesson at Bournemouth Beach

This pledge gives you a surfing experience in Bournemouth, from our friends at Surf Shack Spa. This will involve a 90-minute group lesson, with wetsuits and surfboards provided. To redeem this reward, you’ll be contacted upon booking by a member of staff. Date: Sunday 28th March 2021, at 12:00pm (Covid-19 permitting).

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Silent Yoga Vinyasa & Sauna Experience

This pledge gives you a 45-minute Silent Beach Yoga Vinyasa class followed by a 45-minute sauna experience for up to 6 people. The class is hosted by Silent Yoga UK, and suitable for everyone who likes to move + breathe to the rhythm of good music! You'll sweat, stretch and likely fall in love with the Silent Yoga headphones. This reward is redeemable through direct contact with us, and subject to availability and weather.

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Silent Yoga Nidra & Sauna Experience

This pledge gives you a 45-minute Silent Beach Yoga Nidra class followed by a 45-minute sauna experience for up to 6 people. The class is hosted by Silent Yoga UK, who will guide you through deep, yogic sleep with the intention to release, what doesn't serve you any more, as you fall in love with the Silent Yoga headphones. This reward is redeemable through direct contact with us, and subject to availability and weather.

£250 or more

2 of 3 claimed

3-hour Staffed Private Sauna Hire

This pledge gives you staffed private use of The Saltwater Sauna for 3 hours at a venue of your choice. Great for events & parties! I'll bring the sauna to you within a 30-mile distance from Sandbanks. Once the Crowdfunder is complete, I’ll contact you to discuss an agreeable date/location. You’ll be able to redeem your reward up to 18 months after the sauna opens to the public. Wood and whisks provided. Refundable deposit required upon booking.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Relaxing Hypnotherapy Session with Jana Henley

Unlock your mind and subconscious with Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy (worth £300). This hypnotherapy technique helps change unwanted beliefs and habits into powerful new ones, freeing you to move forward with a clear focused mind. Many find it useful in treating stress, anxiety, relationship issues, phobias, anger, and addictions among other things. To redeem this reward, please contact Jana Henley Hypnotherapy at jana@biglovetherapy.com.

£300 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Silent Yoga & Sauna Party

Enjoy a 45-minute Silent Beach Disco + 1-hour sauna experience for up to 6 people & bottle of prosecco to finish. The class is hosted by Silent Yoga UK, who will provide a fun-filled, accessible yoga + dancing class, with the use of their comfy silent disco headphones! This is perfect for parties such as Hen Do’s. This reward is redeemable through direct contact with us, and subject to availability and weather.

£600 or more

0 of 2 claimed

12-hour Private Sauna Hire, over 24 hours

Staffed private use of the sauna for 12 hours over a 24-hour period at a venue of your choice. Great for events & parties, allowing you to keep the sauna overnight. I'll bring the sauna to you within a 30-mile distance from Sandbanks. I’ll contact you to discuss an agreeable date/location. Redeemable for up to 18 months after the sauna opens to the public. Wood and whisks provided. Refundable deposit required upon booking. Other rules apply.

£10 or more

20 of 20 claimed

30-minute Sauna Experience (early bird discount)

This pledge gives you a pass for The Saltwater Sauna, available for communal use, at a discounted rate from what I’ll offer when opening in early 2021. This is a great opportunity to connect with other likeminded people, or a gift and unique Christmas present. Once the Crowdfunder is complete, you’ll receive a voucher code, and you’ll be able to redeem your reward up to 18 months after the sauna opens to the public.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Handmade Macrame Wall Hanging (Extra Small)

Natural handmade macrame wall hanging on local driftwood. Size XS is approximately 14 x 10 inches (35 x 25 cm). To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£15 or more

20 of 20 claimed

60-minute Sauna Experience (early bird discount)

This pledge gives you a pass for The Saltwater Sauna, available for communal use, at a discounted rate from what I’ll offer when opening in early 2021. This is a great opportunity to connect with other likeminded people, or a gift and unique Christmas present. Once the Crowdfunder is complete, you’ll receive a voucher code, and you’ll be able to redeem your reward up to 18 months after the sauna opens to the public.

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Handmade Macrame Wall Hanging (Small)

Natural handmade macrame wall hanging on local driftwood. Size Small is approximately 18 x 12 inches (45 x 30 cm). To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£24 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Limited Edition Christmas Candle by Old Green

Natural, eco friendly rapeseed wax & essential oil candle, hand crafted in Dorset using recycled bottles. Burns for 50-60 hours. Christmas no.1 uses essential oils of cedarwood, tangerine, ginger, clove & cinnamon for a warming & traditional festive scent. Refill at any of their candle stockists for money off your next candle purchase! To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Handmade Macrame Wall Hanging (Medium)

Natural handmade macrame wall hanging on local driftwood. Size Medium is approximately 25.5 x 18 inches (65 x 45 cm). To redeem this reward, please see details in the ‘Rewards’ section of the page.

£60 or more

15 of 15 claimed

60-minute Private Sauna Hire (early bird discount)

This pledge gives you private use of The Saltwater Sauna for up to 6 people, at a discounted rate from what I’ll be offering when opening in early 2021; that works out at £10 p/p, a bargain! This would be a great gift and unique Christmas present. Once the Crowdfunder is complete, you’ll receive a voucher code, and you’ll be able to redeem your reward up to 18 months after the sauna opens to the public.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Taste of West Dorset's Seaside Sauna Haus

Our friends over in Seatown, West Dorset, have been a great inspiration for The Saltwater Sauna. The founder, Sarah, has kindly offered a 60-minute private sauna hire for up to 6 people on any Friday. Once the Crowdfunder is complete, you’ll receive a voucher code, and you’ll be able to redeem your reward straight away on the first available Friday, at a time that suits. Reward valid for 12 months.

Let's make 'The Saltwater Sauna: authentic Finnish beach-sauna' happen

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