Re: Question about hot tub actual use
From: Joanie Connors (
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:50:48 -0800 (PST)
I'm an enthusiastic supporter of saunas for detoxification, relaxation and
gatherings! When I got a small inheritance in the 90's, I had a sauna
built. I was inspired by a book by Andrew Weill, which has one chapter on
saunas. It cost $7,000 and had room for about 10 people to sit, plus there
was a sitting area outside for cooling off.

While I lived there, we had weekly sauna gatherings (except for
June-August), which averaged between 5 and 25 people. There were occasional
women only nights and a few men only nights when I was gone.

It was a great community builder in my neighborhood. There were musical
nights, quiet nights and much personal sharing. You can probably tell I
miss it.

I suppose a hot tub could be used in the same way with someone in charge of
organizing it.

On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM, Eris Weaver <eris [at]> wrote:

> PatZy, I can pass your question on to FrogSong's hot tub committee and see
> if they have any data (I personally don't use the tub hardly at all)...but
> I
> don't think we're going to have very useful numbers.
> In order to even answer such a question, you need
>         1. A system for counting (we had a clipboard with a tally sheet in
> the enclosure for awhile)
>         2. People who actually USE the damn system (after a short period of
> time, people start forgetting to do it)
>         3. Someone to then compile the data in a useful way...and then keep
> and disseminate it
> This is true for so many of the things we do - we generally don't know how
> many/how much because we do not consistently count.
> I can tell you that, like any shared resource in cohousing, there are some
> people who don't use it at all, some who use it almost daily, and some in
> between.
> My impression from visiting & working with multiple communities is that -
> on
> other issues as well - people who don't currently have something in their
> daily life incorrectly estimate how much they WOULD use it if they had it!
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