Welcome to Metsäsydän – Forest Heart – our family company located on our own farm in south-eastern Finland on the shores of lake Saimaa. Our place is an old farm that has been in our family for over a hundred years, to which we have given a new phase of life with accommodation and well-being-based events and retreats.

We are a nice and ordinary couple with one particularly nice and particularly ordinary little daughter. Our family also includes a dog and a cat. We are both masters in forestry, our special expertise is forest ecology. This knowledge we combine with the wisdom of the heart. We keep learning to listen to that wisdom here, surrounded by the silence of our forests and the purity of our lake. Maria has studied yoga with many different teachers and shares the knowledge she learned in her classes and events. We combine nature and yoga – and it is from that wisdom that the services of our company are born..

Authenticity, creativity, presence and adaptability are the values ​​of our everyday life and our company.


The upper floor of our home has been transformed into the Bird’s Nest, Linnunpesä, a guest house with five double rooms. Linnunpesä also has a shared kitchen, toilet and shower. The rooms offer a marvellous  view, some of them directly onto  the Lake Saimaa. Our accommodation prices always include bed linen and towels. If required, accommodation can also be arranged in the summer in our atmospheric barn, which has three double rooms. The barn is built from thin wooden planks, and there are no windows in the rooms. Guests staying in the barn can use Karhusali’s toilets and the summer kitchen next door.

The best way to get further information about accommodation is to contact us by email.


Karhusali – the Bear Hall – is our farm’s former cowshed, which has been renovated into a wonderful yoga space. Karhusali has all the Yoga equipment and also aerial yoga silks for nine participants. You can get to know Karhusali with Maria’s yoga classes, which are held weekly in the summer. The classes can be partly held in English. The schedules of yoga events and classes can be found here, the instructor is always stated – not all classes are held by Maria. Maria also offers private lessons for individuals or groups. You can email us, and we will be happy to tell you more.


We organize Metsäsydän yoga retreats and silence retreats, where Maria and Olli act as instructors. In addition, we rent our place for retreats focused on well-being. We organize the meals ourselves or with our local partners. If you are interested in bringing your group to Metsäsydän’s peace of nature, please send us an email.


Maria 0504143697 /maria@metsasydan.fi
Olli 0505703565 /olli@metsasydan.fi