For the health and well-being of our community, we ask that all of our guests be free of symptoms or illness 14 days prior to your private sauna appointment or present a negative Covid-19 test result
Relax and renew your body and mind
in Maine’s most originally designed, award-winning wood-fired sauna.
Experience our healing refuge in the woods; a hand~crafted circular, cedar-lined, wood-fired sauna near our spring~fed mountain brook.
Private Sauna Appointments
Private sauna appointments are year-round Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday based on availability.
Per hour fee for private appointments:
$75 – 1-2 guests
$5 – 3 or more add $5pp
$60 – 1-2 guests with 2-night reservation in one of our cabins/yurts
Delayed arrivals, early departures, and holiday periods are non-refundable. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel your appointment within 24 hours or do not keep your appointment, you will be billed for that session.
Private Sauna Appointments
Private appointments are available year-round on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays based on availability and by appointment.
Keep in mind, advanced appointments are necessary as it takes from 1-2.5 hours to bring the wood-fired sauna up to therapeutic temperatures, depending upon the season and outdoor temperature. Give us as much notice you are able to better guarantee your preferred appointment time! Pre-payment confirms your booking.
To book your private sauna appointment, please view availability and complete form below.
If you prefer, call us at 1-855-207-RETREAT (7387) or email us at email@example.com and we’ll be in touch with you shortly!
Our sauna welcomes children 10 and up with attentive parental/adult supervision.
Preparing for your sauna experience
Come well-hydrated to your sauna appointment and eat a light meal or snack an hour or two before your appointment. Please come to the sauna free of scented products, cologne, perfumes, and heavy makeup. We request all guests to bathe/shower just before appointments, either on-site (warm shower room at Pioneer shower room or take a brook plunge) or at home. Please note, our sauna is an alcohol and drug-free zone at Nurture Through Nature. A cleaning fee will apply if smoke is found in the sauna after your session.
What to bring~How to prepare:
- Head lamp/flash-light
- Boot traction devices/snow shoes/ hiking poles per season and conditions.
- Bath towel
- Bathing suit
- Hydrate well throughout the day and have a light snack about an hour or so before your session.
- Meet the staff at the sauna for your orientation 5 minutes prior to your appointment time.
- It is a 5-minute hike on our sloped and uneven footpath through the forest to the sauna. Please allow extra time during winter conditions. Follow signs through the archway just up from the parking area.
Health Benefits and Considerations for Regular Sauna Usage
Some avid sauna users say that the Sauna has many healthy effects on the mind and body. These sauna lovers enjoy their sauna for many reasons, including these:
- Saunas relax your sore, tight, overworked & tired muscles.
- Saunas are excellent for fighting winter colds.
- Saunas release daily stress and tension.
- You may feel deep relaxation and calm.
- Better and deeper sleep after a sauna.
- Revitalizes the body and mind.
- Refreshes the skin – deep cleans and moisturizes.
- Saunas are great for lower back pain & arthritis.
- Reduces aches and pains in joints.
- Sauna time is a time of peace.
Contraindications for the sauna:
Intense sauna heat is not recommended during:
- High-risk pregnancies. (Consult your physician prior to the sauna appt.)
- For patients with unstable angina pectoris, recent myocardial infarction, and severe aortic stenosis.
- Decompensated heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia are relative contraindications.
- Alcohol and drug intake before or during sauna bathing can create serious health risks and impaired judgment. For these reasons, the partaking of drugs or alcoholic beverages is not permitted at our sauna.
- Our sauna welcomes children 10 and up with attentive parental/adult supervision
Relax and release. Experience our spacious, inviting sauna, complete with 3 windows overlooking the surrounding forest, soft candlelight, and an inventive air circulation system allowing deep breathing in of the Eucalyptus-infused steam.
Once the sauna room reaches a therapeutic temperature of 160- 180ºF, you invited to settle into the soothing heat in the peaceful, natural environment offered here. Fresh mountain brook water is then ladled over the hot lava rocks, creating circulating therapeutic steam.
Throughout your session, fully experience the sauna in a customary way by pouring mountain brook water over your body, rinsing off the stress of the day.
Pass freely in and out of the sauna into the transition room for drinking water and healthy snacks, sit on the deck or take a dip in the nearby brook.
Traditional Sauna Experience
Finnish tradition suggests that the sauna space is sacred. The conversation stays light and loving with silence during the Loïyly; when the water streams on the rocks. Begin your cleanse by sitting in the heat and steam for 10-20 minutes. Once you feel your core body temperature rise, and your body will tell you when it is time, feel free to exit and rest in the transition room or outside, allowing your core temperature to decrease. Once you have allowed the heat to settle, return to the sauna. You repeat this process as many times as it feels right for you. For your final round, take a thorough rinse down/bath to complete your cleansing. Relax in the transition room until you become dry, cool, and grounded. Breathing. Smiling.
“Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing Outweigh Risks”
Samer Ellahham, MD, of the Washington Hospital Center (DC), Division of Cardiology and Minna L. Hannuksela, MD, of the Department of Internal Medicine and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland. Feb 2001 issue of the “American Journal of Medicine.
“For most healthy people, as well as for most patients with stable coronary heart disease, sauna bathing is well tolerated and safe. The physiological and hormonal changes that occur during sauna bathing are transient. Sauna bathing does not cause drying of the skin. The effects of hyperthermia on the pharmacokinetics of several orally administered drugs are minor. Sauna bathing does not lower fertility in men or women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Healthy children who are accustomed to sauna bathing tolerate it well. Sauna bathing has also been shown to be safe for most coronary patients with stable angina pectoris or prior myocardial infarction. The risks of myocardial infarction, coronary death and sudden death are lower during sauna bathing than during other daily activities.”
Sauna bathing may also tolerate therapeutic value. Some studies have suggested that regular sauna bathing may lower the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and increase the left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with chronic heart failure. Sauna bathing may also improve lung function in patients with obstructive pulmonary disease and alleviate pain in patients with rheumatic disease. Although sweating may increase itching in patients with atopic dermatitis, patients with psoriasis may experience some relief. Larger randomized studies are needed to establish the clinical relevance of these findings.