Ritual the #EstonianWay

with freelance journalist

Todd Pitock

Ritual the #EstonianWay

  •   Source: Ott-Erik Eendra, Visit Estonia

Source: Ott-Erik Eendra, Visit Estonia

Whether you seek to cleanse your body or spirit, in Southern Estonia, stepping into a soot-coated sauna may be the answer. Võrumaa smoke sauna is one of Estonia’s four traditions on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Follow an American journalist and a traditional smoke sauna healer into this holy space to experience a ritual the #EstonianWay.

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Sauna session in a traditional Old Võromaa smoke sauna at Mooska

"I felt through the experience of smoke and the heat and the icy water that I was shifting into different physical dimensions."

Todd Pitock


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About Todd Pitock

Todd Pitock is an award-winning American freelance journalist who has written on topics from travel to environmentalism for the Boston Globe, New York Times, Smithsonian, The Telegraph Magazine and more. His curiosity about people and how they live has taken him to over 70 countries, including Estonia, which he calls ‘one of Europe’s most intriguing destinations’.

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