Come and work at our nature retreat and enjoy the summer by a beautiful lake Saimaa, Finland



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    (1 PLACE LEFT) SLOT 1: Week 19 & 20 (Mon 9th May - Sun 22nd May)
    Number of workawayers: 3-4 (couples welcome)
    Tasks: Maintenance, preparation for the summer season, footpath maintenance, making signs, erecting yoga tent, digging for cables for footpath lighting, painting, sanding the terrace by machine, creating an outside fireplace and benches, making outside planting boxes for herb and vegetable garden, raking the beach of reed, shared cooking duties, building a small outside wood-store behind sauna etc.

    (POSITION CLOSED) SLOT 2: Weeks 25 - 29 (Tue Jun 21st - Sun Jul 24th) & 31 - 34 (Tue 2nd Aug - Sun 28th Aug)
    Number of workawayers: 1 (for either or both parts, priority to someone who can stay the whole Summer season Jun 21st - Aug 28th, including 1 week vacation).
    Tasks: Assistance whilst guests are staying at the retreat, cooking, cleaning and making up rooms, raking the beach, lighting the sauna, general maintenance work, washing dishes etc.

    (There might be room for adjusting the arrival and departure times, depending on circumstances)



    We are a family owned summer retreat on the beautiful shores of Lake Saimaa in South Karelia, Finland. One guest described Utula as a piece of Bali on the beach in Finland. We provide accommodation, that includes all meals and traditional woodlit sauna. As extra services we offer wellness services such as yin yoga, yoga nidra, nature therapy walks and shiatsu massages. We have 5 rooms/cottages with max. 10 beds.

    We are located 4 hours from Helsinki by car and 2,5 hours from Helsinki by train to Imatra, the nearest railway station. We are opened our doors as B&B in summer 2020 and have had two full seasons with cyclists, holiday makers and retreaters staying. We are open for the 2022 season from June until mid September, some weeks for weekends only and others for 4 night retreat packages. Our and your free days will be usually Monday and Tuesday.

    We are looking help with:

    SLOT 1: 3 or 4 people

    May 9th until May 22nd 2022

    - Preparation for the summer season
    - Digging the footpath for cables for lighting
    - Footpath maintenance, laying gravel
    - Erecting the yoga tent
    - Making signs for the road
    - Sanding & painting the terrace
    - Painting work
    - Creating outside fireplace and benching
    - Making planting boxes for vegetable garden
    - Raking the beach
    - Shared cooking duties
    - Building an outside wood-store

    SLOT 2: 1 person

    June 21st until August 28th 2022

    - Warming the daily sauna
    - Doing dishes by hand (not loads of them)
    - Cleaning the rooms for guests once or twice a week (5 rooms, 10 beds max)
    - Assisting with cooking (you will get trained, but it helps if you enjoy making food or have some talent)
    - Random outdoor work (such raking the pine-cones and reed from beach, sweeping terraces etc.)
    - Other supportive work in daily tasks

    25 hours per week on average (for example 5 hours of work per day x 5) . This will depend on the schedule, some weeks we have guests coming just 2 nights, other weeks 4 nights, we will discuss flexibility on our zoom call, so some weeks are busier than others.
    Often you will have your afternoons free to enjoy the wonderful nature here, we will usually work a morning shift and an early evening shift until dinner time.
    Monday and Tuesday are normally the days off every week.

    We provide a monetary payment to our workers which will be settled in our zoom call.


    What we wish from you?

    -Self-management and self-reliance

    Of course we teach your tasks and are there to support you, but we wish you can operate independently too and feel comfortable with spending time by yourself on your free days. The working days are so social that we feel the need to go sometimes a little hermit for the free times to charge the batteries, so we are not available for socializing all the days but at the same time are happy to have you as part of team and as company!

    -Trustworthiness and commitment to work

    We are a very small team, Maiju, Paolo and Hani the labrador retriever, but your part in making Utula work is critical, so we are looking for people who are committed to doing their part/work in Utula! We are also very happy to find a team-mate to do summer season 2022, most things are more fun shared...

    -Happy to do physical work and laid back

    The work you will be doing is mainly physical, indoor and out. Not sitting on the computer, ever. So it's good if you like to be active and are not to afraid to use your body. Our attitude to working is a combination of getting done what it needed effectively but taking it easy and enjoying the moment whenever possible, so being generally laid back and flexible attitude goes well with Utula vibe.

    -Special skills

    Mainly the work is simple and can be taught easily. It would be helpful if you have some idea of how to operate in the kitchen and even better consider yourself a decent cook! Also a drivers licence would be helpful (for sometimes taking the laundry and shopping), but not mandatory.


    What you get?

    - Accommodation (those working on slot 1 will stay in one of our cottages with single bed or double if you are a couple), (those working slot 2 will stay in our caravan on the property in a secluded nature area), access to kitchen/shared space and open view on the lake and Utula beach in the pure Finnish nature surrounded by forest!

    - There is a bike for you to use in your spare time and free days. We can sometimes offer a ride for you to Imatra, if you want to do some trip by train or bus on your free days to explore, if arranged in advance with us.

    - There is a rowing boat and 2 SUP boards that can be used on the days when the guests are not staying or early morning and late evening, Saimaa has wonderful sunrises and sunsets and there is a nearby island which can be paddled out to and camping on one of the many nearby islands if you are adventurous, we have the gear to lend.

    -You will be part supporting of a beautiful wellness retreat, you will have free access to the yin and nidra classes we give if you are not on your workshift. Hopefully you will find us good company, fair, easy going and clear in our communication! That is what we respect too.

    -Daily sauna after the last client shift and of course in the warm days, cooling your self in the pure (and good tasting) water of Saimaa. Going rowing on the lake, or camping on some nearby island if you are adventurous, we have the gear to lend.

    -We will be taking turns preparing our staff meals in shifts (you prepare half/we prepare half) and when it is convenient in Summer we eat the same food as customers, mostly vegetarian.

    You can make you way here by car or by taking a train or bus to Imatra, from where we will pick you up (45 min. drive to forest).

    Please ask, if you are interested and have questions about coming to stay with us! So if you get that special feeling, don't hesitate to ride the wave!

    Maiju, Paolo and Hani warmly welcome you

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    They will experience an authentic Finnish summer cottage life by lake and forest; sauna, swimming, rowing boat, SUP boards,hikes in the forest, sunbathing, relaxing, fishing, barbecue, picking berries/mushrooms, exploring Finland (near or far) on your free days (depending on the weeks you come). We give you a ride to train/bus, when arranged in advance!

    Learning how to run and operate a wellness retreat as a part of our team.

    I, Maiju, am a shiatsu therapist, yin yoga and yoga nidra teacher and nature therapy guide. Also interior architect from previous life. I am interested in well-being and mysteries of life in general, love the nature and thus am happy to ponder these topics with you, when not working! My partner Paolo is a breathworker, nature lover and occasionally guides cacao ceremonies. He loves to explore the lake with the SUP boards and make handcrafted pizza's hopefully in our new pizza-oven we will be creating in May 2022. Hani is our beloved mascot and new addition this Summer to Utula Nature, she is a playful and kind labrador retriever puppy, easy to fall in love with and loves to go for walks in the surrounding forest with us.

  • Die vom Gastgeber angebotene Vergütung entspricht dem Mindestlohn

    Die vom Gastgeber angebotene Vergütung entspricht dem Mindestlohn

    Dieser Host bietet Unterkunft und Bezahlung.

    Der Gastgeber gibt an, dass er den gesetzlichen Stundenlohn seines Landes für jede gearbeitete Stunde zahlt und zudem die Unterkunft zur Verfügung stellt. Er sucht Mithilfe an seinem Unternehmen bzw. bei seiner Geschäftstätigkeit. Nutze bitte die Messaging-Funktion der Website, um mehr Informationen und Details zum gezahlten Lohn zu erhalten. Du solltest alle Absprachen im Vorfeld direkt mit deinem Gastgeber treffen.

  • Arbeit


    Cleaning rooms (5), washing dishes, cooking for guests (1 meal shared daily), warming the sauna, other indoor/outdoor supportive work, footpath maintenance, erecting tent, vegetable and herb garden, raking the beach, painting etc.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Englisch: Fließend
    Finnish: Fließend

  • Unterkunft


    Your own private cottage with single bed or double bed if you are a couple. Your responsibility to keep it clean as it is the guest accomodation in Summer, in Summer the workawayer will stay in our caravan on the property in a beautiful private location surrounded by nature.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    We will pick you up from Imatra train station by car (45 min drive), when you arrive! 5 km to Village store of Utula, We have a bike you can use, or you an well walk there is you are up for it. Possible to row to a near island at the lake and camp there for the night, if you like that. Sauna is warmed every night and the beach is perfect for swimming! There are interesting sights to and from Imatra train station, if you are interested. But mostly this experience is for the ones who really appreciate being and unwinding in nature ant the calmness. If you are willing to explore Finland further on your free days, lift is possible to train/bus station!

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Platz für Wohnmobile.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

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    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Kultureller Austausch: (5.0)

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Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 473252844149