TUE—October 24—7 PM, free


MoreLectures + Literary

On October 24, join us for a book discussion with author Emma O’Kelly on Sauna: The Power of Deep Heat! With moderator Eero Kilpi (President, the North American Sauna Society), she’ll discuss her book exploring the new wave of sauna culture spreading throughout the world, out September 19 from Welbeck.

Saunas are now being built in unique settings providing tech-free spaces in which to gather, share stories and enjoy nature. The tradition has a rich history, filled with rituals that encourage us to soak up the mental and physical joys of deep heat. Sauna highlights the benefits the sauna brings to body and mind, its connection to nature, its history and mythology and its compatibility with another great invigorator – cold water swimming.

Accompanied by stunning photography by Maija Astikainen, Sauna honors the old, embraces the new, and plunges headlong into the transformative power of steam.

This program will take place at Scandinavia House. Registration recommended; sign up at the link above.

“Smartly written and beautifully illustrated”—Mikkel Aaland, author of Sweat

“An essential guide to a movement reborn, blending modernity and tradition, design and wellness, community and nature”—Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief, Wallpaper* magazine

Special thanks to the North American Sauna Society.

About the Author

Emma O’Kelly grew up on a farm in the British countryside where there was not a sauna in sight. She now lives in London and writes for the likes of the TelegraphFinancial Times, Condé Nast Traveller, and Scandinavian Review, and is a long-term contributing editor at Wallpaper* magazine.

Over the years, she has carried out many design and travel assignments in Scandinavia, and it was during a work trip to Finland in 2016 that she discovered the joys of a real sauna. She is currently building a sauna in her back garden.