Reunite with the Earth
Essentially this is an outdoor sauna for the adventurous spirit. Its an absolutely amazing experience that reunites you with the earth.
The basics are that you enter a low roofed dome that you help make from hazel sticks. The dome is insulated with rugs and a waterproof top. Stones are then heated up in a large fire. You chop the wood for and maintain the fire. The stones are transferred to the dome and placed in a hole in the middle of the dome.
On the day we do hot drinks and a meal such as a vegetable curry or a stew. Participants bring swim gear to change into and bring a towel and flip flops or crocks.
It takes a while for the stones to heat up so lots of chopping and a bit of stick whittling by the fire until its ready.
Part of the day is explaining the ritual to participants and the power of the lodge will depend on your mental and spiritual attitude.
The maximum number in the lodge is eight persons so as not to be too squeezed.
If you have any conditions that saunas exasperate this is not for you.