Weekend Retreat in Finland April 6th-8th 2018 with Mikko

Welcome to an inspirational, fun and uplifting Ashtanga yoga weekend retreat in a waking Finnish spring! This is a very special opportunity to submerge into your practice in the magical spirit of Tuomiston Kartano, a beautiful 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 peaceful surroundings, this retreat focuses on the essence of the Ashtanga system: subtle workings of the breath, vinyasa and other foundational tools. The program is designed to help us reach a more peaceful state of mind and reducing stress.

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 has gone 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 we will start with some moments of silence and gentle pranayama exercises followed by Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style practice. In the small group each student will be individually supported. Afternoon classes will focus on deepening your relationship to breath, bandha and yourself.

As we are in Finland, we’ll have a traditional sauna heated on Saturday evening.

All levels with an established practice are welcome. Teaching will be in English.


Friday April 6th
15- Arriving
17-19 Welcome, get together and a light practice
19- Dinner

Saturday April 7th
7.30-9.30 Breath work, meditation and Mysore practice
9.30 Breakfast
13 Lunch
15-17 Afternoon workshop
17.30-19 Sauna
19- Dinner

Sunday April 8th
7.30-9.30 Breath work, 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 by the house chef
  • Full yoga schedule in a small group setting with plenty of individual attention
  • Sauna
  • Spacious and comfortable lounge areas in your use 24/7
  • Magical atmosphere. Beautiful nature, with apple tree garden and lake just a stone’s throw away

Price and payment

Price for the weekend retreat is 2300 DKK.

A non-refundable deposit of 500 DKK is required to hold your reservation. The balance is due and must be received on March 15th latest. If you cancel 14 days or less before the retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Book early – there are only 16 spaces. First come, first serve!

Register now

How to get there

Flight options

Copenhagen – Helsinki
Copenhagen – Stockholm – Tampere

Copenhagen – Helsinki
Copenhagen – Helsinki – Tampere

Copenhagen – Helsinki.

Price for a return ticket Copenhagen – Helsinki is between 500 and 900 DKK and 1200-1800 DKK for a return ticket Copenhagen – Stockholm/Helsinki – Tampere.

Travel to Tuomiston Kartano from Helsinki by train

The recommendation is to take flight to Helsinki and continue by train to Tuomiston Kartano. Train is generally faster and easier than transferring to the connecting flight to Tampere and commuting from Tampere airport. There is a train station right at the arrivals hall in Helsinki Airport.

  • Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere. The journey takes less than 2 hours.
  • In Tampere change to a train towards Pori. Our stop is Karkku train station, around 30 minutes travel from Tampere.
  • Tuomiston Kartano is 10 minutes walk from Karkku train station

Price for a return ticket is approximately 25-30 €. Book as early as possible for cheaper rate. Tickets can be bought online on Finnish Railways website: www.vr.fi

When we know who is joining from Copenhagen, we can coordinate the travels together! The retreat is naturally open also for those students of Ashtanga yoga who don’t practice at MYC or live in Copenhagen.

What to bring

Bring your yoga mat, comfortable clothing, practice outfit, towel and your personal hygiene products. Check the local weather forecast here.

”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita

“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita

“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita