Help me build a nature and yoga retreat and enjoy the summer by a beautiful lake - Saimaa, Finland



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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    Come and help me build a nature connection- and yoga retreat venue in beautiful Finnish nature! My home (formally summer house) is on a 100 meter private beach in the most beautiful and authentic Finnish lake- and forest landscape. This place is unique in it's beauty, just 2,5 hour train trip from Helsinki. I will pick you up from train station (45 min. drive).

    Plan is to use my beach house as a yoga- and nature connection retreat venue beginning from summer 2020. Until then, I am doing some development work on the premises to make it ready for the action! That means building stairs/terrace and cleaning to forest around the house, repainting the house, refurninshing the bedrooms to they work as accomodation etc. If you can use the axe (chopping wood) or even better the chain saw, that would be great, but not at all obligatory. I like doing the work myself but I can't do it all by myself, and as my father starts to be old, I don't want to bother him with this project. So, I would be very happy to have you here for 1-3 weeks. I can have 2 (couple or friends) persons at a time, sharing a room.

    I am great cook (why be humble about it) and not a workaholic myself. I want to do things in a way that is enjoyable! You have to have time to relax and enjoy the summer too. And this applies to work-awayers too...

    This place has been our family's for generations and my siblings (brother and sister) also have their summer houses by the same beach. We spend time here together in the summer time, kids and dogs included, and the atmosphere is relaxed!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will experience an authentic Finnish summer cottage life by lake and forest; sauna, swimming, rowing boat, hikes in the forest, sunbathing, relaxing, fishing, barbeque, picking berries/mushrooms (depending on the weeks you come).

    I do yoga and I am shiatsu therapist and interior architect. I study to be a nature connection guide and breathing therapist, so maybe we can have interesting conversations around such topics as well-being, life etc.

  • Help


    Outdoor work mainly; cleaning forest, cleaning beach, painting the house, helping to build terrace/stairs, chopping wood, warming the sauna and other occasional maintenance/household work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Finnish, English

  • Accommodation


    Your private own room (if you come as couple or you take a friend, you can share.)
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I will pick you up from Imatra train station by car. There is not much going around here near the cottage, other than my siblings families by the same beach. 5 km to Village store of Utula, I 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!

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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