Dear ISA Members and other saunalovers

1- XVII International Sauna Congress

The Congress is over and those over 200 visitors from 24 countries were mainly happy with all the arrangements. Thanks to Bastuakademie !


The program started on Thursday morning with a special smoke sauna trip to Soukolojärvi .  27 people  mainly from Far-East had an opportunity to try e.g. the Kexi – sauna there. This should be one of the oldest smoke saunas in Sweden and was also the subject  of the laser scaling method in one of the presentations on Friday. Those who had been visiting Kexi did get much more out from the presentation.


Bastuakademie is going to put the presentations/abstrakts etc. material on the web page and also naturally the material is going to be on the ISA webpage.


Jack Tsonis has promised also that at least the interesting presntations arepublished on the first edition of the International  Journal of Sauna Studies.


So let´s wait some time before the material is there.


There are also quite alot photos  which have been distributed to many people. If You feel that You have not got any please contact me.


Media including TV and radio have been making a lot of material about the Congress.

Bastuakademie is collecting that material . Enclosed is one interesing article:


One of the key speakers was Mr. Perfect Sweat Mikkel  Aaland. he was showing a short trailer 
of the coming film .

2. The general meeting of ISA during the Congress
The members have been receiving the Minutes some time ago. The main decisions were related to the membership fee which was agreed to be increased with 10 % for  member types.
The total amount of members is today 25 . The Board was proposing that ISA is trying to get at least two new members every year. Here the Board Members as well as other members should  help by
The meeting elected  also the Board  Members for  2019 – 2022, there were some changes but still all the members are male even though we were hoping that at least the Finnish Sauna Society FSS  is proposing a female to the mandate seat of FSS .
Now anyway the ladies have to wait until 2022.
The Board  from 01.01.2019 is as follows:
Peter Jeitler                     Vice President    Austria
Carsten Sonnenberg      Member              Germany
Rolf A. Pieper                  Member              Germany
Kenseki Kim                     Member               Japan
Kim Pedersen                  Member               Denmark
Piotr Koper                       Member               Poland
Lars eriksen                      Member              Norway             New
Jussi Niemelä                  Member               Finland                New
Risto Elomaa                  President              Finland

3. Interbad
We had invited two people from Interbad exhibition organisation to the Congress.
Mrs. Kaja Hoppe gave an interesting presentation about Interbad which is today the biggest exhibition in the filed of sauna and spa.
Together with the seminars etc. the event is really the place for visiting and meeting also sauna friends from all over the world.
The event is in Stuttgart 23. – 26.10.2018.
The cooperation between Interbad and ISA is continuing  and as one example of that Interbad promised to arrange free tickets for the ISA Members as well as Congress visitors .
You can print Your ticket from the following link:
The  promotion code  for us is Sauna_2018
The German Sauna Bund is having their booth also there and You can meet the people of sauna Bund there.
And on Thursday evening there is the normal event at the booth after the closing of the exhibition.

4. Aufguss
The WM is happening in Satama , Berlin , Germany. The qualifications are in different countries according to the schedules which one can find from here:
The popularity has been growing and the tickets are sold out early. So if You are interetsed please  make the reservations on time.
Please note that Mikkel  Aaland is going to film part of the finals for the film Perfect Sweat.

5.Some coming sauna events
In Finland we have the central  Finland sauna week 30.06. – 07.07. Many saunas are open for visitors against a small fee.
For smoke sauna people there is the traditional  Haanja Smoke Sauna week in August in Vöru , Southern Estonia.
Ikaalinen sauna Festival is in the middle of July  in Finland.

More material coming after summer is over. Now we just have sauna time!

And follow the website


Risto Elomaa



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