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  1. One final nudge for this topic as we've now reached an impressive 90% of our ambitious fundraising target. A big thank-you to all our generous contributors. Just a few more donations will see us through to next year when we can welcome everyone back to our unique venue. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lost-horizon-sauna
  2. Another gentle bump to keep the thread near the top. We've reached 65% of our ambitious target, so only a few more donations should see us set fair to return next June. Our hot sauna, cold plunge and warm showers would have been a godsend last weekend, not to mention the trampoline to dry off! Please give anything you can afford, however small the amount. Thank you! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lost-horizon-sauna
  3. Just a gentle bump to keep this thread prominent. We've now reached 57% of our ambitious target at a difficult time for fundraising. If you can afford to donate even a small amount to help this unique venue we will be hugely grateful. Thank you! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lost-horizon-sauna
  4. Just a gentle nudge to keep this thread more prominent. We're doing pretty well, having now reached 46% of our target. Thank you to all the generous donors so far. New readers please consider giving what you can afford, however small the amount. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lost-horizon-sauna
  5. We're doing pretty well so far, reaching 38% of our ambitious target. I know it's a difficult time financially for many of our supporters, but I'm determined that this unique venue will survive. Please give what you can afford, even if it's a very modest amount. Karma tells us you'll be richly rewarded. Thank you! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lost-horizon-sauna''
  6. As a member of the Lost Horizon crew I don't think this has anything to do with our sauna & solar stage set-up. Shangri-La seem to have nicked our name. Mind you, we in turn nicked the name from Frank Capra's 1937 film which was based on James Hilton's 1933 novel which featured the mythical mountain paradise of Shangri-La. So there's a certain symmetry to all this naming!
  7. You may have heard of the wonderful Lost Horizon Sauna & Solar Stage up in the Tipi Field. It's a great place to relax and revitalise with a sauna, showers, plunge-pool, yoga classes, organic café, live music, trampoline, etc. all in a safe body-positive space. Lost Horizon is a labour of love for its team of devoted volunteers, but love doesn't pay the bills! Attendance at Glastonbury Festival is our main source of income, so this year we're seriously short of finance and have launched a crowdfunder. Please donate what you can afford, however little, to help keep this unique venue going and so we can be back next year. Thank you! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lost-horizon-sauna
  8. I've just been reading about life in Germany in the 1930s and I believe we should be careful to learn the lessons of history. "Kill Jewish Scum" would have been a perfectly acceptable song at the time.
  9. My top tip for tipi-dwellers ("tipsies"?): come and visit us up at Lost Horizon, the wonderful "hippy hangout" top-right of the Tipi Field. Pop in and we'll happily show you round. For a small admission fee* enjoy the scorching sauna, hot(-sh) showers, organic cafe, plunge pool, trampoline, live music and a unique safe space for unencumbered sunbathing. It's fabulous! (*It was £10 all day in 2017 as I recall.)
  10. I'm one of the crew at the Lost Horizon Sauna nearby in the Tipi Field. I wonder if we'll be overlooked by the pier and if we'll need additional screening. (This is the stuff of saucy seaside postcards!)
  11. I'm not one of the organisers of that side of things but I guess we'll have a list at reception of all the £30+ donors' names. So it should be enough simply to quote the name you put on the crowdfunder to get the weekend pass. I'll speak to James next time I see him and confirm if that's the case. Of course if you opted to be anonymous this probably won't work!
  12. Good news! We've smashed through our ambitious crowdfunding target and have now reached a staggering 104%, so we're definitely confirmed for Glastonbury. Plus today a very positive report on Somerset Live which is worth a read: https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/glastonbury-festival-2019-lost-horizon-2860261
  13. In the north-east corner of the Green Fields, by the railway embankment, next to the entrance to Shangri-la, you'll find Sue & Mark's magic-hat sauna. It's a lovely venue popular with traditional festivalgoers. Get in the sauna (in a converted horse-box), get extremely hot, drink plenty of water, then head to the showers. There's usually a queue for the hot showers, but never one for the cold. Don't forget to give a little scream as the icy water hits (just to prove you're still alive!) then head back to the sauna to restart your heart. But when you're hot enough again and return to the cold shower it is absolute bliss. You'll be revitalised and feel great for hours afterwards. Remember to leave a donation in the magic hat. They're not capitalists, so it's whatever you can afford.
  14. Greetings Glastonbury-lovers! (in Alan Freeman voice) I'll be a whopping 67-years-old next month and this will be my 16th, incredibly. I discovered this other-worldly celebration of the joy of life in late middle-age after seeing coverage on Channel Four and determining to find out for myself. I picked-up a spare ticket from Radstock Tourist Information and checked-in to a B&B in Evercreech before cycling to Pilton. Needless to say I was "literally blown away" (as the youngsters say) when I entered the site and experienced the unique sense of excitement. After a few years I discovered the wonderful Lost Horizon Sauna up in the Tipi Field and became a regular visitor. Eventually they invited me to join the crew and this year I'll be on-site for 10 days, helping with the set-up, acting as a kitchen boy and chopping wood for the sauna. It's an extraordinary experience and the crew are a lovely bunch of cool characters. I do feel slightly guilty when I read of the trauma of those who couldn't get tickets and I'm forever humbled to be chosen to help at Lost Horizon. If you're passing the Tipi Field (just above Pennard Hill Ground) do pop-in and we'll show you around. It's a beautiful little haven of peace and everyone is welcome (well, not the idiots, obvs!)
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