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



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    LOOKING FOR HELP FROM 1 WORKAWAYR AT A TIME 24.5-21.9 (take 1-3 slots from below) :
    24. May - 12. July / 21. July-16.August / 18. August -21.September
    (There might be room for adjusting the arrival and departure times, depending on circumtances)



    Utula Nature B&B is a family owned summer retreat on Lake Saimaa in South-East Carealia in Finland. We provide accomodation, that includes breakfast and traditional woodlit sauna. As extra services we offer one daily vegetarian option for dinner and wellness services such as yin yoga, yoga nidra, nature therapy walks and shiatsu massages. We have 5 rooms and max. 10 beds.

    We are located 4 hours from Helsinki by car and 2,5 hours to Imatra, to nearest railway station. We are opened our doors as B&B in summer 2020 and had a surprisingly active season last year. We are planning to be open in season 2021 from 27.5.2021-21.9.2021, from Thursdays to Mondays. Our and your free days will be Tuesday and Wednesday.
    We are looking help with:

    - Warming the daily sauna
    - Doing dishes by hand (not loads of them)
    - Cleaning the rooms for guests (5 rooms, 10 beds max)
    - Cooking (you will get trained, but it helps to make tasty food, if you are somehow interested in subject)
    - Random outdoor work (such raking the pinecones, sweeping terraces etc.)
    - Other supportive work in daily tasks

    5 hours of work and working hours will be around between 08:30-18:00, with a good 3 hour siesta in the afternoon. You will have your evenings off and Tuesday, Wednesday every week.

    We provide a monetary payement 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 (tue and Wed) 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, sometimes owner runs this place alone and occasionally with support from family, butyour part in making Utula work is critical, so we are looking for people who are commited to doing their part/work in Utula! We are also very happy to find a team-mate to do summer season 2021, 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 taking the laundry and shopping), but not mandatory.


    What you get?

    -Your private room in the mainhouse with single bed, your own entrance, access to kitchen/shared space and open view on the lake and Utula beach in the pure Finnish nature surronded by forest!

    NOTE! The room is also used as a treatment room for massages occasionally in the day time (not so often), and on those days you just need to make the room tidy (make the bed, and put your clothes away), for it the be decent to take in customers. I will let you know the those days and times well before, so you know when they are, and will not come as surpise to you!

    - There is a bike for you to use on your evenings and free days. We can 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.

    -You will be part supporting of a beautiful wellness and B&B retreat and whenever possible to arrange workwise, you will have free access to the yin and nidra classes we give. 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 preparing our staff meals in shifts (you prepare half/we prepare half) and when it is convenient we eat the same food as customers, mostly vegetarian. Breakfasts are self-served.

    You will make you way here by car or by taking a train 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! We will fill the places, especially the first June slot, ASAP as summer season 2021 is approaching. So if you get that special feeling, don't hesitate to ride the wave!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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, 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 B&B and wellness retreat as a part of the 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!

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    Cleaning rooms (5), washing dishes, cooking for guests (1 meal shared daily), warming the sauna, other indoor/outdoor supportive work

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Your private own room with single bed, private entrance. Room is used occasionally as treatment room in daytime, and you will be informed well before hand about it, so you can prepare by making the room tidy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I will pick you up from Imatra train station by car (45 min drive), when you arrive! 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. If you are willing to explore Finland further on your free days, lift is possible to train/bus station!

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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