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Sauna du Nord - A mobile sauna!

Sauna du Nord, Duluth's truly mobile sauna, needs some extra löyly (steam) and love to come to life!

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Project Description

Sauna du Nord is a mobile, nordic-inspired, wood-fired sauna rental serving the Duluth-Superior area. It is available for events and private rentals. My goal is to bring the benefits and wellness that sauna provides to any driveway, backyard, or gathering.

A mobile sauna allows access to the sauna experience anywhere you desire; at your summer cabin, backyard, holiday party, family reunion, or ski chalet after your first loppet race. In addition to weekend and week-long rentals, Sauna du Nord will partner with local Northland events and organizations to provide a pop-up sauna that offers an hour-long sauna experience at accessible rates. Sauna du Nord is a totally mobile sauna built on a 7x14 trailer complete with a high-quality Finnish wood stove and solar/battery-operated lighting.

Sauna culture is strong in Minnesota and the Midwest, no doubt a connection to the Nordic cultures that have rich ties to settling in the area. A traditional wood-fired sauna is hard to come by in today's residential homes and a mobile sauna is an easy solution and can be used in creative ways!

Lastly, I've spent my lifetime in environments where it was essential to bring people together for the greater good.  Sometimes competitive teams, sometimes in the workplace, a board room here or there, and many times on the water or the trail in my days as a wilderness guide. There's something about sauna that makes us equal and gives us a chance to get to know people in a quiet, restorative environment. In some cultures, the sauna is near-sacred. I wouldn't be disappointed if Sauna du Nord was a place for people to come together for a conversation that transcends the tenor of today's society. A popular quote in sauna culture goes something like this; "All are created equal, but nowhere more so than in a sauna". 

I am planning to use any funds raised to finish paying for the sauna unit and the start-up costs, conservatively estimated at $35,000-$40,000. I have been encouraged by trusted advisors to consider crowdfunding in addition to traditional financing. If I reach this very lofty goal, I intend to host a sauna day for teachers in the public school district of Duluth.  The work they do and have endured over the last three years, especially, is so important to communities. 

While I (Megan K.) am a sole proprietor in this endeavor, it would not be possible without very supportive friends who are virtually family and who have supported me with a variety of resources. Lissa Flemming of Silverwaves Jewelry in Bayfield, MN; Steve & Sherry Johnson of Hermantown, Ann & Doug Melander of Duluth, and Toni & Jesse Aalberg of Rosemont, MN. These people have shown me a belief in me previously unknown. 

P.S. In northern Minnesota, it's pronounced "Sow-na", not "Saw-na"!!

 

The Campaign FAQs

When will you launch your business? 

The sauna will be finished in late August/ Early September 

Where are you getting the sauna? 

The sauna is being built by Voyageur Saunas in Shakopee, MN. 

How much does it cost to rent the sauna?

Private Rental rates are as follows: 

  • 1 Night/2 days - $325
  • Weekend Rental (3 nights/ 4 days) - $625
  • Weeklong (7 nights/ 8 days) - $925
  • Community/ Pop-Up Sauna: 1 hour sessions- $30

 

GMak
08/03/2022
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07/29/2022
This is intense. THANK YOU.
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Wendy McNally
07/27/2022
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$100
07/25/2022
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07/25/2022
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07/24/2022
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Gayle and L7
07/24/2022
250.00?? I'm dying! And maybe crying!
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James Montana
07/24/2022
This is intense. THANK YOU.
$500
07/17/2022
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Ted
07/15/2022
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Just Because I Care

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Kiitos

A personal thank you with logo sticker!

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100.00 USD
You. Are. The. Best

A personal thank you, logo'd stick, logo'd buff, and free hour session at a pop-up event. 

10 Supporters
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250.00 USD
250.00?? I'm dying! And maybe crying!

A personal thank you, logo'd stick, logo'd buff, and 2 free one-hour sessions at a pop up event. 

2 Supporters
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500.00 USD
This is intense. THANK YOU.

A personal thank you, logo'd stickers, 2 logo'd buffs, and 4 hour-long sessions at a pop-up event and invite to the "first -fire". 

You will be considered my Setri, or Cedar Tree, a staple in the construction of a proper sauna. 

 

 

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Löyly

A note of thanks. 

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Kiitos

A personal thank you with logo sticker!

2 Supporters
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100.00 USD
You. Are. The. Best

A personal thank you, logo'd stick, logo'd buff, and free hour session at a pop-up event. 

10 Supporters
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250.00 USD
250.00?? I'm dying! And maybe crying!

A personal thank you, logo'd stick, logo'd buff, and 2 free one-hour sessions at a pop up event. 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
This is intense. THANK YOU.

A personal thank you, logo'd stickers, 2 logo'd buffs, and 4 hour-long sessions at a pop-up event and invite to the "first -fire". 

You will be considered my Setri, or Cedar Tree, a staple in the construction of a proper sauna. 

 

 

4 Supporters
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10.00 USD
Löyly

A note of thanks. 

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