Yoga on and off the mat – Spring retreat in Finland, March 22-24 2019

Welcome to an inspirational, fun and uplifting weekend retreat in the waking Finnish spring! This is a special opportunity to submerge into your practice on and off the mat in the magical spirit of Tuomiston Kartano, a charming old manor standing on a high hill overlooking an authentic Finnish lake scenery.

In addition to enjoying the unique atmosphere, delicious food, good company and beautiful surroundings, this retreat focuses on the essence of Ashtanga and any classical yoga system: subtle workings of the breath and other foundational tools to cultivate the state of peace, calm and joy.  Yielding everyday commitments and distancing yourself even just for a few days from the daily grind, gives you the chance to regain a renewed and positive perspective towards life. 

About the venue

The roots of Tuomisto manor stem from the 1500s and its unique spirit has been forged over many generations. One of the biggest cities in Finland, Tampere, is only 40 km away, to which there is easy flight, road and rail connections.

The manor went through a major transformation in 2016-2017. From being a private residence, it has become a retreat centre for the advancement of well-being, in caring hands and heart of Mikko’s long-term friend Tuuli. Manor’s soul always ensures a peaceful and uplifting experience. The benign spirit of Kalle, the resident ghost, and the zen-master Yoda the cat, also play their role in creating a magical atmosphere.

About the retreat

We will gather together on Friday afternoon and start with a light and grounding breathwork and asana session. Both mornings begin with a moment of silence followed by Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style practice. In the small group each student will be individually supported. Afternoon classes will focus on pranayama, theory, and deepening your relationship to the practices and yourself.

Since we are in Finland, on Saturday evening we’ll have a traditional sauna heated, together with a hot water tub.

All levels with an established (at least basic level) practice are welcome. Teaching will be in English.

Schedule

Friday
15- Arriving
17-19 Welcome, get together and a light practice
19- Dinner

Saturday
7.30-9.30 Day opening, meditation and Mysore practice
9.30 Breakfast
13 Lunch
15-17 Afternoon workshop
17.30 Dinner
18- Sauna and hot water tub

Sunday
7.30-9.30 Day opening, meditation and Mysore practice
9.30 Breakfast
13 Lunch
14-16 Afternoon workshop
16- Snack and good bye

What’s included?

  • Accommodation in 2-4 person cosy rooms.

  • Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea is served throughout the day. All meals are healthy, fresh and prepared on site.

  • Full yoga schedule in a small group setting with plenty of individual attention.

  • Sauna and hot water tub.

  • Spacious and super cosy lounge areas in your use 24/7.

  • Magical atmosphere, great company and amazing memories. Beautiful nature with apple tree garden and lake just a stone’s throw away.

Price and payment

Early bird price: 390 €. Payment January 22nd latest.
Price after January 22nd: 450€.

Book early – there are only 15 spaces. First come, first serve!

If you are traveling from abroad, please contact me to say hello and receive some tips for a smooth travel.

Terms: Full payment is required to reserve your spot. There will be 100€ administration fee on refunds for cancellations made over 14 days in advance.  If you cancel 14 days or less before the retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.