Tel: +16138856970 | Email: notwaste@gmail.com
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an outdoor experience to remember
Site facilities Russian banya (three packages) Forest Therapy walks clay tennis court - lessons available Playmate ball machine team-building (e.g. corporate) access to Mayhew Creek indoor meeting space eco-friendly outhouse NOC is a non-smoking environment
Russian Banya (an outdoor sauna with a twist) A Russian sauna (banya) uses steam and operates best at 95 0 C. It’s humidity level is 80%. In comparison, a Finnish sauna runs at low humidity levels, so slightly higher temperatures are used. It is referred to as a “dry sauna”. Whereas, the Turkish sauna operates at 50-55 0 C and 100% humidity. It’s known as a “wet sauna”. In addition to the banya’s steam, an experienced user demands a hand-crafted venik. After the tea break, it is used during heat cycles. Read about the using it properly in The Process. But throughout the heat cycles, once the pre-heated water is splashed onto the hot granite cobbles you will feel is penetrating power of the steam - then it becomes an addiction.
Benefits - boosts the immune system - detoxify the body of salts and toxins - increases blood circulation - promotes exfoliation and improves the health of the skin (i.e., ideal for teenagers) - aids in Rheumatism, joint pain and relaxes sore or overworked muscles - combats depression - guarantees a good night’s rest
The Process When you arrive, the banya’s steam room (parnaya) will be operating at ~ 95 0 C. You are expected to add supplied firewood, as required, to keep maintain this optimal temperature. There is a guard around the stove, but be careful, it could be hot. The 10L watertank attached to the woodstove acts as a heatsink and moderates the internal temperature of the parnaya. It also provides ample hot water for showering or for reheating your venik. Small groups of up to 8 can use the sauna comfortably. While some are in the banya during the heat cycle, others will be outside cooling. For safety reasons, always use the buddy system. Don’t forget to review and sign the waiver. Place clothes on the bronze antlers inside the entrance. Boots remain outside and hang coats on the cedar post. Remove all valuables and leave on inside ledges. Put on a shapka or toque, but don’t wet your hair yet. Put a hand towel on the bench or stool for sanitary reasons and to protect yourself from the hot cedar planks. Remember, the room can be quite hot, so focus on controlling your breathing and relax! Use the lights (or not) and timer provided. Place on the lower benches to protect against the heat. Ideal heating cycle are 5-7 minutes. Never exceed 10 minutes. When going outside take the light and timer. Cool yourself by whatever means you wish. Brave souls use a pail of cold water. Others roll in the snow. Cooling cycles mirror heating cycles in length. Repeat the hot-cold cycles two more times. Then, enjoy a 20-30 minute break to replenish your fluids. Your host will provide you with jams, honey and tea as per Russian tradition. Afterwards, your group will be provided with a venik. It will be used during the next 3-4 heating cycles. The host will demonstrate how to use. Follow closely to unlock the secret of the banya. Don’t tell anyone! After the final cooling cycle, enter the Dosh room to wash. Take half a pail of cold water from the wine barrel and mix it with the hot water from the woodstove tank. Stir with the spatula. Lather up and rinse in sailor-style. Shampoo, conditioner, soaps and towels are all provided. Allow 3-7 hours depending on the option selected. Still confused? RT Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BFCHJRJOYc or Dasha’s explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg8FB9BAhXg or Oleg’s personal video (below):
Forest Therapy Mr. Bongard received his Forest Therapy guide certificate from GIFT. Notwaste welcomes groups of 4-20 for guided walks on this private land. However, until authorized, only groups of 4-8 can be accommodated at this time. Trails are meticulously groomed for increased accessibility. Most off-trail areas are untouched and wild. Feel free to explore and discover the forest and yourself. Click on the Forest Therapy tab for more information.
History & Features Multiple stories retell the origin of the banya. One even involves a witch back in the 6th century! However, the first recorded mention of it dates back to 1113. The banya was built for personal hygiene and was also a symbol of wealth. Luckily, communal ones were built as well where everyone could enjoy it. Further, Russian settlers to Canada would clear just enough land to build a banya. Then, they would live in it, bake bread, give birth, etc. until their regular home was built. Today, all that is needed to enjoy the millennium old tradition is a vinek, shapka, bathrobe and the desire to try something new. Our finely-crafted, building is woodstove- heated with triple the normal amount of granite cobbles for steam generation. I t is more than just a place to wash - it’s an equalizer. All social classes blend into one where everything from politics to business are discussed. Experience it here in Quinte without needing to board a plane!
Tel: +16138856970 | Email: notwaste@gmail.com
About
an outdoor experience to remember
Site facilities Russian banya (three packages) Forest Therapy walks clay tennis court - lessons available Playmate ball machine team-building (e.g. corporate) access to Mayhew Creek indoor meeting space eco-friendly outhouse NOC is a non-smoking environment
Russian Banya (an outdoor sauna with a twist) A Russian sauna (banya) uses steam and operates best at 95 0 C. It’s humidity level is 80%. In comparison, a Finnish sauna runs at low humidity levels, so slightly higher temperatures are used. It is referred to as a “dry sauna”. Whereas, the Turkish sauna operates at 50-55 0 C and 100% humidity. It’s known as a “wet sauna”. In addition to the banya’s steam, an experienced user demands a hand-crafted venik. After the tea break, it is used during heat cycles. Read about the using it properly in The Process. But throughout the heat cycles, once the pre-heated water is splashed onto the hot granite cobbles you will feel is penetrating power of the steam - then it becomes an addiction.
Benefits - boosts the immune system - detoxify the body of salts and toxins - increases blood circulation - promotes exfoliation and improves the health of the skin (i.e., ideal for teenagers) - aids in Rheumatism, joint pain and relaxes sore or overworked muscles - combats depression - guarantees a good night’s rest
The Process When you arrive, the banya’s steam room (parnaya) will be operating at 95 0 C. You are expected to add some firewood, as required, to keep maintain the optimal temperature. There is a guard around the stove, but be careful, it could be hot. The 10L watertank is attached to the woodstove. It acts as a heatsink, moderates the internal temperature and provides ample hot water for showering afterwards. Small groups of up to 8 can use the sauna comfortably. While some are in the banya during the heat cycle, others will be outside cooling. For safety reasons, always use the buddy system. Don’t forget to review and sign the waiver. Place clothes on the bronze antlers inside the entrance. Jackets and boots can remain outside on the hooks there. Remove all valuables and leave on inside ledges. Put on a shapka or toque, but don’t wet your hair yet. Put a hand towel on the bench or stool for sanitary reasons and to protect yourself from the hot cedar planks. Remember, the room can be quite hot, so focus on controlling your breathing and focus on relaxing! Use the lights and timer provided. The ideal heating cycle is 5-7 minutes at 95 0 C. Never exceed 10 minutes. Go outside and cool yourself by whatever means you wish. Cooling cycles mirror heating cycles in length. Repeat the hot-cold cycles two more times. Then, enjoy a 20-30 minute break to replenish your fluids. Your host will provide you with jams, honey and tea as per Russian tradition. After the tea break, your group will be provided with a water-soaked venik. It will be used during the next 3-4 heating cycles. The host will demonstrate how and when to use. Follow these instructions closely to unlock the secret to the banya. Then, you’ll know why it is a way of life. After the final cooling cycle, enter the Dosh room to wash up. Take half a pail of cold water from the 262 L wine barrel and mix it with the hot water from the woodstove tank. Stir with the spatula. Lather up and rinse in sailor- style. Shampoo, conditioner, soaps and towels are all provided. Allow 3-7 hours, depending on the option selected. Still confused? Review the following: RT Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BFCHJRJOYc or Dasha’s explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg8FB9BAhXg or Oleg’s personal video (below):
Forest Therapy Mr. Bongard received his Forest Therapy guide certificate from GIFT. Notwaste welcomes groups of 4-20 for guided walks on this private land. However, until authorized, only groups of 4-8 can be accommodated at this time. Trails are meticulously groomed for increased accessibility. Most off-trail areas are untouched and wild. Feel free to explore and discover the forest and yourself. Click on the Forest Therapy tab for more information.
History & Features Multiple stories retell the origin of the banya. One even involves a witch back in the 6th century! However, the first recorded mention of it dates back to 1113. The banya was built for personal hygiene and was also a symbol of wealth. Luckily, communal ones were built as well where everyone could enjoy it. Further, Russian settlers to Canada would clear just enough land to build a banya. Then, they would live in it, bake bread, give birth, etc. until their regular home was built. Today, all that is needed to enjoy the millennium old tradition is a vinek, shapka, bathrobe and the desire to try something new. Our finely-crafted, building is woodstove- heated with triple the normal amount of granite cobbles for steam generation. I t is more than just a place to wash - it’s an equalizer. All social classes blend into one where everything from politics to business are discussed. Experience it here in Quinte without needing to board a plane!