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Pirts Ritual

Ziedlejas Gaujmaļi, Siguldas Novads, Latvia

Watch a unique and spiritually rich ritual unfold—the Pirts ceremony, orchestrated at the retreat of Ziedlejas Gaujmaļi, Latvia.


About the Pirts Ritual in Latvia

In the enchanting retreat of Ziedlejas Gaujmaļi, nestled within the picturesque landscape of Siguldas Novads, Latvia, a unique and spiritually rich ritual unfolds—the Pirts ceremony, orchestrated by the renowned Pirts master and founder of the official Pirts School, Nauris Zutis along with Pirts Practitioner, Mara Zutis.

As the custodian of age-old traditions, the Zutis infuse the Pirts ritual with a deep reverence for nature and a profound understanding of the body's connection to the surrounding environment. Ziedlejas Gaujmaļi becomes a sacred space where the elements converge to create an immersive and transformative experience.

The ceremony typically begins with participants being welcomed into a rustic Pirts house, where the intoxicating scent of freshly gathered herbs permeates the air. Nauris, with a masterful touch, guides individuals through a series of purifying rituals, each step carefully designed to cleanse the body, mind, and spirit.

Inside the traditional sauna, the heartbeat of the Pirts ceremony, the air becomes infused with the soothing aroma of herbal infusions, chosen for their therapeutic properties. The crackling of the wood-burning stove provides a comforting soundtrack as participants surrender to the warmth, allowing tensions to melt away.

Nauris Zutis, with his wealth of knowledge passed down through generations and refined in the crucible of experience, employs ancient techniques to facilitate the detoxification process. He skillfully utilizes aromatic birch twigs, dipped in water infused with herbs, to enhance the cleansing ritual. The gentle swaying of the twigs against the skin stimulates blood circulation and awakens the senses.

Amidst the rising steam, participants experience a harmonious blend of physical rejuvenation and spiritual renewal. Nauris weaves in elements of guided meditation and chants, grounding the ceremony in a holistic approach that goes beyond the physical realm. The Pirts ritual becomes a sacred journey, a celebration of the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.

Ziedlejas Gaujmaļi, under the guidance of Nauris Zutis, serves as a beacon for those seeking a connection to their roots and a revitalization of the spirit. The Pirts School, founded by Nauris, stands as a testament to his commitment to preserving and sharing the ancient wisdom of Pirts rituals, ensuring that future generations can partake in the transformative magic of this Latvian tradition.



Filmmaker - Samuel Aarnio

DP - Sampo Johansson

Director - Petri Luukainen

Sound Designer - Juho Luukkainen


Nauris Zutis - Pirts master, grounder of the official Pirts School

Mara Zutis - Pirts Practitioner

Kristīne Valdmane-Makrekova - Pirts recipient taking part in the ritual


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