the Knowledge of Steam
to the Contemporary World

Steamology. A Gateway for Steam Healing Exploration

What is Steamology Institute

Steamology Institute is an international non-profit focused on the knowledge of steam healing.

We teach, conduct research, promote projects, and facilitate dialogue on steam healing culture. Our work is directed towards private practitioners, communities, and retreat centers.

Our Values


We welcome and respect the global multitude of traditions which all contribute to the art and science of steam healing practices, as well as complimentary traditions in bodywork and mind training


We encourage the participation of everyone, independent upon race, nationality, gender, ideology, and background


We appreciate the community building potential of steam healing practices


We strive to establish the art and science of steam healing practices as a service to the communities and individuals, prioritizing the  collaborative pursuit of common good over commerce


We appreciate that steam healing practices can only be built upon a disciplined study. We strive to develop a learning environment to support and nurture the practice

Goals of Steamology Institute:

Create and operate a framework of lifelong education in steam practice & setting the professional standards

Nurture and spread the network of operating steam guides and masters

Conduct collaborative research on steam healing

Develop cross-traditional and cross-disciplinary dialogue on the culture of steam


We offer in-person programs for entry and advanced levels of steam practitioners. Join if you have or envision to have a banya or sauna, and wish to explore healing modalities of steam.

Intro to the Art of Steam course is an introductory journey into the knowledge of healing steam; first-hand experience of thermal, herbal, and sound healing modalities.


Two days, ten hours in total

The basic building blocks for your systematic study of steam. A successful graduate will be able to safely guide basic individual treatment in the thermal space.


Six days: forty hours onsite and forty hours of supervised practice

In-person examination and certificate

Essential to start your communal thermal space. A graduate will learn basic communal protocols including thermal, herbal, and veniki treatment.


Forty hours and twenty hours of supervised practice

Teaches how healing herbs can be used in the space of steam.


Four one-day workshops, six hours each

Steamology Institute Global Network

Petaluma Campus

California, US

The Petaluma Campus in Sonoma County, CA has been operational since November 2019. This is our main teaching/learning spot, a hub and model for other communal thermal spaces. Here we develop most of our programs and protocols.

Fly Ranch Campus

Nevada, US

The Fly Ranch Campus has been established and is being developed in conjunction with the Burning Man Foundation Fly Ranch project. This is a remote campus for in-depth retreats and programs, growing together with other Fly Ranch residents and projects

Moscow Campus

Moscow, Russia

The Moscow Campus of the Institute is projected to launch in 2021, offering education programs for Eastern European communities.

What makes this program unique is the fact that steam work is approached not only from physical (technical) aspect, but also from the ceremonial (healing) angle as well.
This enables to go much deeper in the understanding and practical application of how human body and soul can greatly benefit from steam spaces.

Dmitry Dumik

Founder at Chatfuel
Steam Guide Foundation program graduate

Learning from the masters of Steam Arts is truly the best gift I gave myself all year! I aspire to grow in the community of Steam enthusiasts for life, nourishing our essential nature and vitality.

Uma Friedland

SPA designer
Steam Guide Foundation Program graduate

I have no doubt that the Steamology Institute will have an important role
in promoting Banya culture throughout the United States. Their serious
approach brings much needed credibility to this important modality.

Laurent Rains

Chief of Staff at Carbo Culture
Steam Guide Foundation Program graduate

Join our educational programs, events and workshops

december, 2023


Psychophysiology of a communal steam

An open conversation “Psychophysiology of a communal steam” with Boris Ryabov, co-founder of the Steamology Institute.

Steamology Institute at The Stoa

A talk on encounter and philosophy of steam

Steamology Practice

A podcast dedicated to current topics and steam practices. Each issue contains a theoretical and practical part for working out in a steam room.

Steamology Institute in Life is a Festival

An interview with founders of S·I was done in early 2020.

Listen to learn about ceremonial aspects of banya, steam as a pre-semantic tradition,
and the mythology of Russian banyas.

How steam will heal the pandemic of loneliness

An article about the culture of steam: its origins, functions, and role in the future of our society.

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