On a remote mountain farm a series of rudimentary saunas had been constructed since the late 1970’s, each advancing in permanence. Unfortunately, the last iteration burned a quarter century after the first. For 15 years the site lay dormant, setting the stage for another generation to resurrect the spiritual sanctuary. The project was reimagined as a research driven design/build; blending students, professionals and craftsman, exploring time-tested construction techniques as well as new methodologies.The design abstractly references historic traditions based on the teams research while embracing regional farm vernacular. While an asset conceptually, the saunas remoteness was a primary challenge during the teams 10-day sojourn. Logistical complexities included getting materials to the property as well as physically working at the site which sits at the edge of a small pond. Without access to heavy machinery all aspects of the work were completed manually or with small power tools. While intentionally small and hand crafted, major components of the design required considerable technical expertise much of which was learned by the team on-site. This project is fundamentally about learning by doing. It is an effort to use a small, completely off grid project as a catalyst for learning and understanding. By designing and crafting a project in this way, collaboratively across a short span of time between professionals, tradespeople and students the project exemplifies the tradition of apprenticeship. The intended outcome is to impact all participants in a positive way, expressly in an effort to teach stewardship through an understanding of how an entire project, from conception to completion carries environmental impacts. These impacts run the gamut of a projects carbon footprint, from direct site impacts to the logistics of procuring and delivering materials and tools to a remote site. Considerable thought was given to minimizing material waste. This was rooted in an effort to minimize cost, fuel consumption and the necessity for waste disposal.