Aufguss Sauna and Yoga Solstice Retreat at Wild Rice Retreat Center in Bayfield, Wisconson

December 16-18, 2022

You’re invited to join us for a rejuvenating weekend of traditional Aufguss Sauna and Yoga Retreat! Explore the beauty of the north woods, at the gorgeous, and immaculately designed Wild Rice Retreat Center in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Enjoy delicious locally-sourced cuisine, daily guided sauna, daily yoga classes, and the deep stillness that only a wellness retreat can provide. A pause to re-calibrate, and recharge your life. A solstice celebration. We will plant seeds of intention together during the longest nights of the year.

We are thrilled to welcome you on a journey into vibrancy, purification, and reconnection to your body and to yourself. Find meaningful connection to others. Deepen your restorative yoga practices for vitality and radiance.  Connect with nature. Leave the weekend feeling refreshed, and inspired. Experience your natural capacity to hold deep, lasting peace in body and in mind.

Your Guides:


Alex is a Saunameister from Germany who will introduce you to a traditional, yet unique, sauna wellness ritual called Aufguss. During his guided Aufguss sessions, Alex combines hot steam with beautiful natural essential oils and breath work exercises what allows you to enter a state of deep relaxation, relief and connectedness. Alex follows a procedure that involves alternating hot temperatures in the sauna with cold water exposure followed by a rest period. These three pillars promote physical and mental health and help to improve your mood, resilience and performance. During his Aufguss sessions, Alex works with each person individually and aims to push limits in a very gentle manner so everyone can experience deep relaxation, presence and peace. Learn more about Alex here:


Jaina has been teaching yoga, and leading meditation & wellness retreats all around the world for the past 22 years. She will guide you through daily gentle yoga practices that will be comfortable for all levels of fitness and experience. Morning sessions will be energizing, while evening sessions will be more restorative. On Saturday, enjoy a 2-hour workshop to explore Yoga Alignment. You will learn practical techniques that balance and nourish your energy systems through pranayama (breathwork), vinyasa (active flow), meditation, rejuvenating stretching, and yoga nidra (deep rest). Jaina will support you wherever you are on your yoga journey through personalized alignment attention, use of props, and meditation guidance. She uses asana, pranayama, kriya, and beautiful music soundscapes to transport your consciousness into deeper realms of inquiry and expansion.

The Retreat

Experience a beautiful balance of indoor and outdoor group activities, with downtime for you to rest and relax solo. Each day you’ll have the opportunity to engage in meaningful connection with others, enjoy divine meals together, and also find space for solitude and reflection. Our main focus this weekend is guided sauna, breath work sessions, gentle yoga, and exploring the alignment of yoga. All sessions are curated for any level of experience. Everyone is welcome.

The Location

Nestled between growing pines and the red rock shores of Lake Superior, Wild Rice is a vibrant destination retreat center in the Midwest founded on the pillars of nourishment, expression, and movement. Located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, it is a four-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Your lodging includes:

The Food

All meals are included. The on-site restaurant creates a welcoming dining experience that nourishes the soul. The kitchen focuses on light, pure flavors with a creative twist, while our beverage program features a rotating selection of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, as well as tonics, artisan coffee and tea, regional beers and ciders, and small-production natural wines.

This retreat is open to anyone, with no prior yoga experience required. More information about Wild Rice here:

This retreat will give you the opportunity to:


Friday December 16
4-5pm Arrival
5-6pm Opening Circle
6-6:45pm Yoga
7-8pm Dinner
8-10pm Walk & Aufguss Sauna
Sleep Well
Saturday December 17
8am Light Breakfast
9-10am Yoga
10:30-12:30pm Workshop on Yoga Anatomy
12:30-1:30 Brunch
2-3:30pm Free time / Outdoors
4-6:30pm Aufguss & Breathwork
7-8:30pm Dinner
8:30pm Free Evening Activities (sauna, walk, candle-lit meditation)
Sleep Well
Sunday December 18
8am Light Breakfast
9-10am Yoga
10am Closing Circle
11am Brunch
12pm Check-out

All participants enjoy:


Prices below are total cost for the retreat weekend.

Refund Policy and Covid Details can be found here.


Designed to promote creativity and community, the Treehaus offers communal living and dining spaces with four individual guest suites. Each guest suite includes a queen bed with an attached European-style bathroom. Shared kitchen and living space. Best suited for individuals attending the retreat, to make new friends!

Private Room & Bath / Per Person: $1199


A stand-alone cabin featuring a Twin bed, the RicePod™ is the perfect place to cocoon into nature. Each unit includes a kitchenette, European-style bathroom, and front porch. Entire private cabin. For a solo traveler.

Private Cabin & Bath / Per Person: $1369


Our most luxurious lodging type, the Nest offers separate living and sleeping quarters. Each Nest includes a king bed adorned in luxury linens, sleeper sofa, kitchenette and front porch. To enjoy alone, or as a couple sharing a bed.

Private Cabin & Bath / Cost for Single Occupancy: $1499

Private Cabin & Bath / Cost for Couple Sharing a Bed: $2340 (total)

Full payment is due upon registration. Ready to register or find out more? Email jaina@belovedretreats to save your spot today!

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