Mikkel Aaland - Perfect Sweat (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

Everyone sweats. It’s one of the most elemental things a human body can do. But when its pursued intentionally, like eating, drinking or making love, it’s also one of the few natural experiences that can rejuvenate us and bring spiritual and social reconnection to our lives. Our ancestors understood this and have ritually practiced various forms of intense sweating since the beginning of time.

Today, all over the world, people still seek out the banya, steam room, sweat lodge and hammam. The question that Perfect Sweat seeks to answer is why? The motivation can vary by region, culture, country and tradition. Each episode will be a journey exploring the root of that question and seeking the answer. The series will be less about the act of physically steaming and more about the story behind it.

We are in search of the perfect sweat!

Inspired by the book Sweat by Mikkel Aaland and starring a host of characters, Perfect Sweat will take the form of an exploratory journey to every corner of the world. Each episode will take place in a new location that can be anything from a Navajo sweat lodge in Monument Valley to a gigantic Turkish bathhouse to a Swiss sauna inside a mountain gondola dangling high above the peaks. Within that there are three goals for each show:

  1. To visit someplace fascinating
  2. To understand why people have historically sweat in the location we are visiting and why they continue to do it today
  3. To meet some incredible and entertaining people along the way

Mikkel Aaland is a professional photographer and the author of 12 best selling books on digital photography, including two Adobe Lightroom Adventure books (Iceland and Tasmania). Aaland's non-technical books include County Fair Portraits, (for which he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman) Sweat, an illustrated tour of international bathing customs (which inspired the streaming video series Perfect Sweat, currently in-production), The Sword of Heaven, Pilgrimage to Kailash, and a recently published memoir, The River in My Backyard.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925