Mairela Reiki Healing Retreat is situated on the shore of Linnajärvi nestled amongst the pine forests of Finland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Come and spend some time here, leave your worries behind and learn to feel the true meaning of peace, tranquility and relaxation.
Offering holiday accommodation in the cottage for relaxing breaks, holistic healing holidays, spiritual retreat, mental detox or just plain old fashioned holidays!
Mairela Retreat's Holistic Healing, Spiritual Holidays have featured in several health publications across the world including Fifty Great Escapes, A Global Guide to Creativity.
Small group retreat weeks learning a selection of very simple and practical techniques which guests can take home with them and incorporate into their daily lives thus giving each the ability to guide and create their own unique and wanted experiences of life.
This Self Healing Retreat teaches tools which anyone can learn to use. No special skills are required because all we are doing is learning or relearning or remembering to use a muscle we haven't used for a long time.
Reiki is a great healing and life enhancing tool working both gently and powerfully on all levels.
Energy Healing is a holistic approach facilitating the return journey to health by restoring the natural flow of energy towards perfect health.
There is no set itinerary here, you are here to revive & heal your mind, your body & your soul.
Just sit down on the pier, close your eyes and experience life all around..
- Includes accommodation, full board, use of sauna, attunement & all group sessions
- Daily meditation practice covering a variety of techniques to discover which suits best
- An attunement to connect with own healing energy and ability
- Group healing practice
- Use of lake and rowing boat
- Traditional sauna
- Airport transfer available
- Maximum 5 places
- Accommodation is shared in the retreat cottage and house
What is healing?
There are many different aspects to the art and essence of healing. On the physical level we think of curing illnesses and getting rid of headaches. On the emotional level we imagine a more balanced flow between our various emotions and on the mental level we tend to think of healing as having clearer thoughts and better decision making to create a happy life.
Paradoxically, the culmination of our healing journey occurs when we come to recognise and embody that there is nothing to heal!
Why is Mairela Retreat a good healing place?
Because it embodies the energy of unconditional love. The intention at Mairela is to allow everyone to come and be whoever they want to be. I sit with them in the middle of a forest and they are free from work and family constraints so they can drop all their perceived roles. I'm not their parent, spouse, sibling, child, boss, employee, teacher, student or any other role so guests are free to notice their own true self.
Healing & Health
Sauna practice goes back many hundreds of years and spans many different countries and cultures. The advantages of the sauna and sweating are documented in the Ayurveda, around 568BC, as being important to health . Here in Finland the Sauna is a national institution.
The physical sauna benefits are derived from the sweating and increased vascular activity. Sweating is an important bodily function, if the body cannot purge toxins it locks them away in fat cells and mucus. Skin is so important as a elimination organ it's known as the third kidney.
Metabolism and pulse rate increase during a sauna which increases circulation. Increased circulation enhances elimination and oxygen delivery. Germs cannot thrive in oxygenated areas.
The traditional wood burning stoves ensure the air doesn't dry out. Steam is produced by pouring water onto rocks on top of the stove. This steam production causes a large amount of negative ions to be released which makes the air cleaner and refreshed thus reversing anxiety, tension and fatigue.
You can super increase circulation by jumping in the lake or rolling in the snow or dipping in an ice hole!
Dipping in the lake gives you a natural high, you come out of the water and stand naked and wet on the pier taking in the view regardless of the surrounding temperature. A unique experience that is highly recommended.
Finns also increase the sauna benefits by using twitches made from birch twigs that they slap themselves with during a sauna. This encourages the release of toxins and tones the skin and muscles.
You can also add aromatic oils to the steam water for additional relaxing and healing effects.
Sitting in the sauna improves circulation which flushes out the internal organs releasing toxins which are then sweated out. Detoxing and cleansing doesn't get any easier or pleasurable!
The ionising effect of the sauna steam cleanses and refreshes.
A visit to the sauna helps the body to eliminate lactic acid formed by heavy exercise.
The simplest way to detox is to abstain from the substance causing the toxins in the first place. The body then stops storing those toxins and switches energy to healing and elimination.
Our bodies naturally flow towards a healthy state of being so when we stop and do nothing the healing begins. .
Many different kinds of toxins affect us including emotional and environmental e.g. processed foods, cosmetics, household products or media bombardment.
The clean and quiet air at Mairela is perfect for detoxing especially combined with the sauna and the fresh spring water.
The air quality around Mairela is especially good as shown by the growth of lichens in the forest, in particular Alectoria Sarmentosa or Witch's Hair.
In her book 'Light Emerging' Barbara Brennan states that "The trees in a pine forest pulsate at a rate very similar to a human's auric field. Sitting in such a forest will recharge your field when you need "it" and Calm lakes have a great soothing effect on us by relaxing the tension or hyperincoherent pulsations in our field caused by the stress of modern living."
As you begin to detox you feel bad for a few days as the toxins make their way to be eliminated. This can be eased by drinking lots of water and resting as much as you can. The sauna also helps to eliminate toxins.
Your body has been protecting itself by locking these poisons away and when it gets the signal to let them go the priority becomes eliminating them as quickly as possible. The headaches, tiredness and grumpiness are what you would feel all the time if your body allowed these toxins to roam freely.
Detox symptoms also manifest on other levels so cleansing in a restful environment is helpful.
There are many natural ways to detox our bodies, the simplest of which is to fast for a few days and drink plenty of pure water to flush out the toxins.
There are also many different plants and herbs growing in the forest and garden which can assist our bodies healing.
When we begin to study and use these plants in our everyday lives not only do we become much healthier and therefore rarely in need of any kind of detoxification or cleansing but we also develop a stronger link to the natural world.
A stronger link to the natural world and its cycles and rhythms enhances and develops our innate ability to discern what is right for us in each and every new unfolding moment thus eliminating the need for reliance on the tangled and contradictory world of other people's opinions. Accordingly we retain the ability to seek advice and guidance without being overwhelmed or sidetracked by it.
Young Angelica stems are gathered in the spring to make a delicious sweet sauce which acts as a stimulating expectorant and overall tonic as well
as a tasty pudding
The young tips of the spruce tree are collected in the spring to make a wonderfully delicious syrup that is also a natural cough syrup
The new spring birch leaves make a powerful detox tea which revitalises and cleanses the kidneys
The coltsfoot bright yellow flower is one of the first spring splashes of colour. Mother Nature lets us know that it is here to help us eliminate mucous from our chests after the long cold winter. As a Flower Essence coltsfoot creates a light in a dark place
All parts of the dandelion are useful for detoxing and healing. The young leaves are wonderful in salads and the petals can be added to anything, including omelettes and salads.
St John's Wort is most commonly known for its use as an antidepressant which energetically means that it helps us to let go of old energy therefore it is also extremely useful for muscle and joint pain as this is most often caused by "holding" onto outdated thoughts and feelings.
Reiki is a safe, natural, hands on therapy. It's a great way to heal yourself on all levels whether for easing a headache or riding waves of anger or sadness or giving greater mental clarity or connecting to spirit.
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) means Universal Life Force Energy in Japanese. Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui and brought to the west in the early part of last century.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki. It can be practiced by any faith or by anyone with no faith.
Everyone has the ability to use it.
Reiki energy is a Holistic Healing Energy. A session involves channelling (funnelling) energy through the practitioners hands, which are placed on the body in varying positions. It is not necessary to remove any clothing.
As Reiki is a Holistic Healing Energy it treats the whole body rather than just symptoms. It works on all levels both powerfully and gently by flowing through the body like water.
Reiki works in Harmony with the body and promotes the body's Natural Ability to heal itself.
Reiki supports all forms of treatment both orthodox and complementary. Reiki energy can do no harm, has no side effects and cannot be overdosed.
You can add individual sessions to your stay or learn to use reiki for yourself in a 1 day course.
Energy Healing is the process of bringing light and consciousness to those parts of our lives where we have blocked the flow of our life energy.
Energy Healing is an holistic approach to facilitating the return journey to health.
It involves tracing the cause of any suffering through the physical and emotional symptoms to its roots deep within our psyche.
Our natural flow of energy always moves towards perfect health and well-being. However, when faced with difficulties in our life we tend to hold this unresolved energy in our aura creating blockages in our energy field which depletes our vitality leading to ill-health.
Energy Healing guides these blockages to light and releases them enabling healing on all levels.
Energy Healing is a Holistic Therapy treating the whole person rather then the symptoms. This means it can be effective in any situation.
Energy Healing complements and enhances the positive effects of all other types of health care.
Mairela Retreat is within easy reach of Tampere airport which is serviced by low cost airline. Ryan Air or slightly further Helsinki serviced by Finnair, British Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian.com Blue1 from Heathrow, Gatwick & Manchester
Having been to Mairela twice (so far), the first time, by myself, for the solitude, rest and quietness and the second time as part of a group retreat i recommend both experiences. The energy of Mairela is very welcoming and so is Sara, the healer/facilitator of the retreat. I am very happy to have been led to this mystical, healing, new earth space and both times I have come back deeply informed and feeling/knowing myself even more. I found Sara to be a very human healer and for me that is truly inspiring. I know I will be coming back to beautiful Mairela...soon.
Celia (carer) London
....thank you for having me at Mairela as my Reiki teacher for the third degree.
.....walking this road of Reiki is a never ending process of learning about oneself, of self healing, of starting to really care for one self and for our world and our brothers and sisters;
Doing this learning in a place like Mairela and with a person like Sara has touched me profoundly. I have found an island of peace, of loving energy, of pure light that I carry around with me and that I can call upon any time I want.
Completing my formation at "autumn retreat" I have found myself being part of a little group of four very different persons, who didn't know one another and were a little afraid to find themselves in a group. Very fast, opening up to this special place, doing meditations, energy work, Sauna, walks and talks, we felt belonging together, growing together. Each one of us now has come home with valuable tools to go ahead in our lifes, but upon leaving taking "rendez-vous" at Mairela again in a few month time to exchange what we have achieved, and to share again love and light in this wonderful place with it's living heart, Sara!
Iris (reiki master) Pyrenees
Just wanted to say a big thank you for a great time at your home. I've learned a bit about meditation now, and a surprising discovery about myself, way deeper than any therapists have told me about me. A very rewarding trip and I hope you continue for the next 50 years to help others like you've helped me!!
Adeline (executive director) /Singapore
Sara, I know I've thanked you countless times already for the loving healing I've received in Mairela, but you know what..?.... I'm going to thank you again! It's been a few days since my visit, and when I look back at my time there I can truly see how immense and powerful the experience was. Mairela is such a beautiful place; and yet it's more than nice views. There is a pristine energy rising out of the earth and the air sings with it. It's definite and it's strong, and simply sitting by the lake, or high up on Kuhmoinen Hillfort, is enough to make your heart tingle and soar. I am in awe of the place.
And I loved the cottage, and the simplicity of the life there. To walk to a natural spring well and pump water from deep in the earth and then bring it inside to cook with and drink, or to build a crackling log fire with birch and pine from the woodlands, or simply to open the door and step into the brilliant air of the trees, all of these things truly reconnect you to the earth, and remind you that the ground beneath your feet is indeed Mother Earth, and she provides plenty, and we touch her with every step we take.
And thank you so much for your warm embrace when I arrived at the airport. You have a great gift of welcome. I felt that same welcome throughout my stay, in fact I felt as though my week there was a great acceptance that came from your heart, and I was greatly strengthened and reassured by that. It created a strong sense of safety and assurance, and yes, great healing can truly take place when the heart is safe and assured.
And the healing. Without a doubt, without a shadow of a doubt, the healing I received through your hands has been one of the most profound experiences of my life, and it has been life changing and will stay with me forever. I can say no more than that, because it is beyond words. Except these two.
Love and Peace,
Sean (Wexford) Farmer
Dear Sara, you are so welcoming & there is such love here. The difference in me in 5 days is amazing! This is the most beautiful place. I will take back so many wonderful memories.... You have been so kind. Your love and healing has helped me see so much and within such a warm & comforting environment. It has felt so natural & I have felt so held. I thank you & this beautiful place.
Dear Sara. thank you for providing me with the opportunity to immerse myself in life at Mairela Retreat. You have a beautifully energised home - and the surroundings certainly enhance this special energy. I am in awe of the unspoilt beauty that this location affords - Mother Nature at Her very best. The healing sessions have taught me a great deal about myself and I'm sure I have yet to unravel a great deal more from our time together in coming days, weeks, months and years....
I would like to think this isn't my first and last time at Mairela - I have developed a strong magnetism towards this natural healing space and these past 7 days have felt much longer – in the sense that I feel very fulfilled by the experience. I would love to stay in touch with both of you. Please give Freija and Milly a big kiss from me. You will all be missed.
Love Anoushaa xxx (corporate trainee executive)
Dear Sara, I have waited quite a long time to write a testimonial about my stay in Mairela simply because I felt quite a lot of resentment towards you. As soon as I felt those feelings I knew that it was just a matter of time before I found out just what part of me I was really angry about, a part that you reflected and brought forth during my stay.
I eventually did get a breakthrough which brought me closer to parts of myself I had suppressed or chose not to see.
My expectations of what my healing sessions were going to be were definitely not met (and this I recognized as a positive sign!) as I found myself working through parts of me I had not even thought about before. All I can say now about your healing sessions is that I definitely did not get what I wanted but I got exactly what I needed!
I have no doubt in my mind that everyone who is attracted towards your retreat will get from it what they need and this certainly can’t be said of all retreats; Mairela is quite special in that regard!
Besides the healing sessions, you also know I loved the place and came to really appreciate the simplicity of life there, together with the incredible closeness to animals, plants lake and woods! I must say, both as a holiday and a healing retreat, it has everything one could possibly need to experience. It was my first holiday alone and Mairela provided the perfect frame into which I could simply be with myself and yes also my many thoughts! :) I also want to add that the cottage is super cozy and your food just wonderful! I often find myself thinking back to my time there quite fondly and even miss the outdoor toilet at times…believe it! :)
Thank you and continue your wonderful work!
Love Valentina (student)
I have had just the best time ever, with the best people and animals in the most beautiful and peaceful place I have ever seen. I feel different...better different and safe..like there is nothing I can't do.
Sandra (book keeper/mum)
Wow! What a perfect holiday and to think I was worried about coming on holiday on my own! Thank you, thank you for holding my hand in this marvellous, special and fantabulous place and allowing me to be me and deal with process and let go of lots of stuff. You're all fab and even as I leave I can't wait to return.
When everything is mad and manic, I think back to my lovely time in Finland with you and your daughter. I think back to sitting on the little pier when I first arrived and holding my breath when a leaf fell into the water and broke the absolute quiet. It was a great inspiration to come and stay with you. It was a ‘meant to be’ situation for me. You were lovely with me, leaving me be when I was happy to find my own way and then being there when I asked for a session. I very rarely ask for ‘help’ but you were wonderful. Thank you!
Christine - The Grange (IoW)
Money cannot buy the healing that you just gave me
Fenni (Helsinki) -Chef
The memories of the stillness and quiet of Mairela still linger. People did remark about how composed, relaxed and still I had become. On the week of my return a lady at a craft fair directly asked if I was a spiritual healer because she could sense great depth in me. I imagine this could be the combination of the place and what you Sara add to it. I think Mairela is in a location of incredibly concentrated earth energy which I felt as a powerful stillness almost skin-prickling in its intensity. It doesn't feel like I have taken away anything, more like a link has been forged.
Since my visit I have found it easier to flow through situations and coalesce at a point where there is a purpose for me to draw peoples' attention. Your Blog is still an inspiration and a delightful link to natural events at the lake as well as an intriguing ramble on other items
Nick - Project Manager
I never knew how relaxed I could be until I came here!
Tina W. (Northampton) - Aromatherapist
Despite having read everything on the web site, I did not know what to expect of a healing week at Mairela. All I can say is that Mairela was a complete panacea for a fairly toxic, stressed, professional from London. The beauty of the environment, the simplicity of living so close to nature and being so looked after by Sara. I had my retreat from the world and was nicely independent but not alone. Thank you so much, I learned and experienced many things that I will carry with me for a long time - if not forever. Thank you.
Caroline Crawford (London) - Solicitor
Thank you so much Sara for being such an inspiration & providing me with the hope that I needed. lots of love,
Jill (Northampton) - Administrator
I don't know what it was you did to that horse but he is now going like he has done this all his life and he has just taken the Gold cup at his first show. Thank you so much for everything.
Penny (Powys) Horse trainer
Thank you so much for everything!!!
We had a LOVELY vacation at your place in Mairela. That place is wonderful.
So relaxing, away from everything… just us, the lake, the animals… it was great! I would have spent there the whole summer!
Elena Bohjanen (Spain) - Teacher
Thank you SO much for EVERYTHING. It was a beautiful, chilled-out week. No frustrating computers, no driving, no hassles. I miss the lake, the space, the sauna.
Angie (Norfolk) - Care worker
Thank you for a wonderful stay at Mairela. We're very sad to be leaving but we'll be taking home many happy memories! Thank you for supplying such a lovely place to honeymoon! We had a wonderfully relaxing time and returned home feeling refreshed
Monica & Alex (London) - Architects
Thank you so much for all your help and kindness during our stay. We certainly gathered some wonderful photographs and an insight into Finnish culture
Cathy & Clyde (Wales) - Artist & Poet
Thank you very much for making us so welcome at Mairela - we had a great time, felt really relaxed, and are very happy with the tales of lost pikes, local elk burgers and axed legs that we can interest our friends with!
Jenny & Craig (London) - Teacher
Thank you for a great week. I felt more relaxed than I have for a long, long time. I'm not surprised that you moved out here, it's idyllic.
Karen (UAE) Teacher