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Who wants to build, enjoy, and share transformative sauna experiences this winter—& every season following?! Sauna Society needs you.
Who wants to build, enjoy, and share transformative sauna experiences this winter—& every season following?! Sauna Society needs you.
Who wants to build, enjoy, and share transformative sauna experiences this winter—& every season following?! Sauna Society needs you.
233 backers pledged $33,810 to help bring this project to life.

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LET'S BUILD A SAUNA SOCIETY. TOGETHER.

The story of the 612 Sauna Society began in an expedition tent called The Surly. Camped underneath the mighty auspices of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, right there on the century old trading floor, the tent was often used by Members of COCO (a collaborative coworking space) for lunch ideation sessions. There, future Sauna Meister John Pederson tossed out the idea that he might pivot his current tiny house project, instead creating a mobile sauna. 

In that single pregnant moment, you could feel the flames of tradition rekindled, completely reimagined. A movement was born.

John (JP) went on to finish that little mobile sauna with the help of Hack Factory tools (a non-profit Makers’ space in South Minneapolis) and a ton of Community support. It would be called The Firehouse. Rollerblading ahead of his brother’s truck with a 15’ measuring pole, JP made sure The Firehouse made its way safely to its next home, and immediately began hosting sessions that would grow in frequency and depth - each magical night producing at least one new Sauna Enthusiast, and memories forever.

In the winter of 2014 it was obvious that something special was happening. Architects Molly Reichert and Andrea Johnson designed and created Little Box Sauna - bringing striking design to cool places throughout the Twin Cities. Restaurants, cafes, breweries, Lake Como - even Nicollet Mall. But soon, the thirst for bench time outgrew the available seats. The Sauna Society would grow to over two thousand participants in the winter of 2015-16!

AND SO... HERE WE ARE.

This year, dozens of volunteers have been working hard to lay the groundwork for a Sauna Cooperative - a business model designed to bring the joy of Sauna to as many people as possible throughout the Twin Cities. Through this planning and discussion, it became evident that in order to become a workable reality, the 612 Sauna Society would first need to own its own Sauna while simultaneously building a core of strong financial and volunteer supporters. It also became evident that there would be no better way to do this than to build our very own Sauna - together. Cooperatively.

The available expertise in our group of Volunteers is staggering. Maybe you'd like to join this cadre of volunteers as they put together a new 8 person unit with sweat equity and smiles? We expect to be up and running before January of 2017 . . . 

 

 

BUT RIGHT NOW, WE NEED YOU. 

Right now. In order to have the funds necessary to purchase the building materials, this Kickstarter Campaign has to fund. We know we have the volunteer strength to get it done, but without the funds, our love and commitment doesn’t mean much.

HOW DOES THIS ALL COME TOGETHER?

Good question. We know that if 150 people donate $200 or more, together we can build an epic mobile Sauna, and those 150+ people will not only have access to the Sauna they built, they will be the foundation of a noble social enterprise that can bring Sauna to 100s and 1000s of Twin Citizens for generations to come.

In the end, the goal is to keep making Saunas, and to make the experience cost-effective so that we can include everyone, every day.

Please give at the Level you can afford, and know that your gift is only the beginning. As this movement continues forward, more saunas (both mobile and brick & mortar) will populate the Twin Cities. We simply need to leap this initial hurdle, and only YOU can make it possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The only major risks we face would be volunteers not showing up, or a catastrophic early winter burying the Twin Cities. Our core Volunteers have a proven track record of 3 years of showing up, and we wouldn't be here but for them. If a catastrophic winter hasn't beaten us yet, it never will. We are The North.

An inverse risk is that during the Campaign we may be gifted a trailer or some other major building materials that are currently written into the cost structure. This could leave us with a surplus of funding. In that event, we would leverage those funds to make the Sauna available to lower income individuals who may not be able to afford it. Our core value in this endeavor is that Sauna is a gift, and we're coming together to share the gift with as many Twin Citizens as possible. It is our sincere hope that this Kickstarter Campaign will inspire a broad base of generosity, continually expanding the possibilities for more individuals to enjoy the health benefits of Sauna.

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    Spark

    Support Sauna Society and stay connected as things heat up.

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna
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    Kindling

    Support this community, stay warm this winter and join the party.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna
    • 612 Sauna Society Knit Hat - Black *
    • 1 Sauna Reservation Spot ($20 value)
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
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    Flame

    Get your foot in the door and help Sauna Society burn bright.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna
    • 612 Sauna Society Patch and/or Knit Hat
    • 2 Sauna Reservation Spots ($40 Value)
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
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    Society Pride

    Stoke this community, share the gift of sauna and show your Sauna Society pride.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna
    • 2 Sauna Reservation Spots ($40 Value)
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Ltd Edition 612 Sauna Society Designer Hoodie *
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    Founder ** EARLY BURN SPECIAL **

    Sauna Society is waiting for you! Secure your spot on the bench and qualify for Founders' Status and rewards.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Invitations to Secret Sauna Sessions
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • 4 Sauna Reservation Spots ($80 value)
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Status
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    Founder

    Sauna Society is waiting for you! Secure your spot on the bench and qualify for Founders' Status and rewards.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Names Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • 4 Sauna Reservation Spots ($80 value)
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Status
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • Secret Sauna Invitations to Pop-up Openings in 2017
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
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    Founders' Pride ** EARLY BURN SPECIAL**

    Join us on the bench this winter and show your commitment to the Sauna Revival.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Invitations to Secret Sauna Sessions
    • 4 Sauna Reservation Spots ($80 value)
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Status
    • Ltd Edition 612 Sauna Society Designer Hoodie *
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    Blue Flame Special

    Qualify for Founders' status, and get a limited edition LAPIS BLUE Sauna Society Hoodie!

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Secret Sauna Invitations to Pop-up Openings in 2017
    • 4 Sauna Reservation Spots ($80 value)
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • Name Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Ltd Edition 612 Sauna Society Designer Hoodie *
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    Founders' Fire ** EARLY BURN SPECIAL **

    Secure your spot on the bench and a future for the Urban Sauna Revival.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Invitation to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Invitations to Secret Sauna Sessions
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Status
    • 6 Sauna Reservation Spots ($120 value)
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    Double Broiled ** EARLY BURN SPECIAL **

    Give yourself, The Cities, and a significant other the gift of sauna this winter and every winter to come.

    * Item pickup at sauna

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Names Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Invitations to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Invitations to Secret Sauna Sessions
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • 4 Sauna Reservation Spots ($80 value)
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Stati
    • Ltd Edition 612 Sauna Society Designer Hoodies *
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    Double Broiled ** EARLY BURN SPECIAL **

    Give yourself, The Cities, and a significant other the gift of sauna this winter and every winter to come.

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Names Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Invitations to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Invitations to Secret Sauna Sessions
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • 10 Sauna Reservation Spots ($200 value)
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Statuses
    • Ltd Edition 612 Sauna Society Designer Hoodie *
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    Double Broiled

    Give yourself, The Cities, and a significant other the gift of sauna this winter and every winter to come.

    Includes:
    • St Casimir's Project - 7 Song Sauna Download
    • Name Burned into Sauna (Top Bench)
    • Invitations to Campaign Finale Party at Surly Brewery
    • Invitations to Secret Sauna Sessions
    • Guaranteed and Immediate Access to Sauna Sessions in 2017
    • 10 Sauna Reservation Spots ($200 value)
    • Qualify for LIMITED Founder's Statuses
    • Ltd Edition 612 Sauna Society Designer Hoodies *
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Funding period

- (30 days)