Our Philosophy

Why Villa Mandala?
Because we wanted to hear more of positive life changes. We found it frustrating to read staggering statistics of burn-outs, sick leaves and people feeling unable to cope with their ever increasing stress levels. We didn't want to just get stuck with “oh no’s”.

Instead, we wanted to do something concrete. We wanted to celebrate positive stories with a happy end and raise a toast for people who get their lives back on track again. Enough with the reports and studies. So we established a top-notch wellness center for stress management and relaxation in Finland.

In today's world thrills and exotica mean no more fast water jets, a stuffed zebra in living room or a pricy spa experience in Maldives. We believe luxury is redefined: glitz is gone.

New luxury stands for rest and recreation, silence, fresh air, meaningful encounters, good exercise, healthy food and bare feet.

A vacation in Villa Mandala means all this. It also means beautiful and thought-out details with just the right wabi-sabi twist; quality surroundings for solid sleep and a chance to reconnect body and mind; relaxing sauna baths; plus high quality teachers who are forerunners in their fields. You are in good hands.

Our Retreats

“Zensations” wellbeing vacations in Villa Mandala, 

Zensations (midnight sun) coming soon

Villa Mandala Manor & Resort is a conference and retreat center in Loviisa, Finland, about 1 hour’s drive from Helsinki. The programs at Villa Mandala are tailored for stress-relief, relaxation, great yoga, culinary nutrition – clear minds and healthy bodies. Our staff are all trained professionals. We provide English speaking retreats for our international customers.

Zensations is a 4 day holistic wellbeing vacation for groups (15-25). It assembles in a package what Finland has to give to releasing the (oh so) common stress. Zensations-wellness vacation offers space and silence, daily yoga and mindfulness exercises, wellness lectures by professionals, healthy Scandinavian super food and outdoor activities in the pure nature with a twist of Finnish mythology and folklore. Treatments like traditional sauna and dip in a lake or herb bath help you with stress management. Rustic countryside settings guarantee digital detox – instead of isolated hotel room traveler experiences authentic Scandinavia with every sense.

See more information of Villa Mandala´s holistic Zensation wellness holidays (PDF) >>  

Contact us: info@villamandala.fi

See all our international retreats from our event calender >>


Book a private retreat

We are welcoming private retreat groups, from 10 to 26 people, to our beautiful Villa! Villa Mandala´s facilities may be used for retreats, workshops, trainings and seminars.  If you are interested in bringing your own group to Villa Mandala, please contact myynti@villamandala.fi.

"Villa Mandala is a magical and peaceful place. There is something about the forest and the stillness that makes you feel completely relaxed. Between the yoga sessions we had enought time for being on our own, sharing with others, visiting some amazing places or doing  sauna treatments.I was so impressed with all the attention to detail, the outstanding service from every staff and the indescribably tasty vegetarian meals. Please write a cookbook!  I’d like to say thank you to Mia and Mikko for their warm hospitlity and hope to come back to this beautiful place with an other group in future. " -ShantiShanti, Yoga holiday operator, Switzerland

Yoga workshops in Urban Mandala (Helsinki)

Urban Mandala is a unique 200 m2 yoga space in beautiful Helsinki harbour area "Telakkaranta" near the ocean.

See all our workshops here.

Address: Urban Mandala yoga studio, Telakkakatu 8 C 28, 00260 Helsinki
Ask for more: info@villamandala.fi or +358 45 1499925.



Villa Mandala

Villa Mandala is a conference and retreat center located in Loviisa, Finland. Loviisa is about 1 hour’s drive from Helsinki. There is frequent and convenient public transportation between the cities. Villa Mandala is located just outside of Loviisa in the most picturesque Finnish countryside.

The programs at Villa Mandala are tailored for stress-relief, relaxation, great yoga, culinary nutrition – clear minds and healthy bodies. Our staff are all trained professionals. Many of the retreats are taught in Finnish, but we do provide some English-speaking retreats for our international guests. For more information, visit page “our retreats” on this site.

You can also book a private retreat for your own group. Read more about our venues and services underneath.

We warmly welcome you to experience silence, rest, caring, custom-tailored wellness services, into-the-wild-experiences, organic food, stress-rehab, recreation, white noise and detoxing of mind&body – altogether the forceful now-effect.

The People

  • Mikko
  • VM's CEO
  • B-to-B sales

Mikko Harma

Mikko is Villa Mandala's CEO. Villa Mandala's seed started to grow years ago when Mikko - as a director and photographer in the hectic world of advertising - saw how stressed people wore themselves out. He himself felt he had the power to cope with his own demanding job because he frequently retired to his country home to recharge in the nature, by means of healthy food, silence and physical work involved.
Mikko's vision of tired people finding a similar place for rest outside of their busy daily lives grew to become a calling. In Villa Mandala Mikko has created the climate for all senses to rest and every visitor to recover.

Mia Jokiniva

Mia Jokiniva is Villa Mandala's content manager. Mia is also a business and stress-management coach, yoga teacher and well-renowned writer and lecturer outside of Mandala.
In Villa Mandala Mia combines her enthusiasm for creating "next level business" and corporate responsibility issues with her background in social sciences and non-governmental work. She is a practical visionary who loves to study new ideas, expert who never stops studying/learning and an idealist, who wants to create a positive change - now.

  • Mia
  • VM´s content manager
  • B-to-C
  • MSSc, cultural anthropologist
  • Journalist
  • E-RYT (Yoga Alliance, experienced registered yoga teacher) and LCF-life coach

Virtual mansion tour

Villa Mandala is an oasis for relaxation in Loviisa.

Villa Mandala is a wellness center in Loviisa, an hour's drive from Helsinki. It specialises in giving courses, retreats and educational services for stress-management and relaxation.

See on the video how this oasis was created. We combined the magic of the most mesmerizing international resorts and the Finnish rural romanticism...

The shala

The shala covers a space of 87 m², with a 5-meter high roof.

The church-like venue is suitable for small conferences, lectures and launches for max. 40 participants, and for exercise for max. 26 people.

With its acoustics and lighting the hall is designed as a Stress-Free-Area© and it maintains the participants' vitality even during long conferences. All negative stress stimuli have been removed from the hall and rooms. The hall can also be used as a photography studio. Its wide and windowed balcony doors on the second floor open up to a beautiful garden, and the hall is flooded with natural light. The plank floor and a big traditional wood-burning stove create just the right warmth and atmosphere.

Data projector / screen / WiFi / AV

Bed rooms

Villa Mandala's 15 m² bedrooms are designed for 1-4 persons. Each bedroom is its own individual rustic romantic entity.

The rooms are decorated according to the Stress-Free-Area© ideology to guarantee relaxed sleep. Each room also has its own terrace or balcony giving a tranquil rural view.

Dining hall

Villa Mandala's dining hall opens up through wide windows towards a scenery: fertile grain swaying in the wind or a garden in full blossom or ski tracks lined with heavy snow banks - depending on the season.

From spring to late autumn the dining hall stretches onto a big terrace framed by a fountain.

Main building

Villa Mandala's main building is drawn by the awarded architect Arja Lehtimäki and was inspired by Finnish national romanticism, as well as old, organic building materials from the area.

The roof reaches to 11 meters and much of the walls are covered with wooden shingles. The beautifully tiled roof and the large, ornamented windows will take your breath away.


Wellness center Villa Mandala's yard consists of the original farm's manor house Solvilla, the smaller Rengintupa, traditional farmhouse buildings and the old smoke sauna which is renovated in respect of the traditions – and used without smoke nowadays.

The buildings are surrounded by a hundred-year-old traditional garden, giant old trees, a pretty park and hundreds of acres of forest. In the "forest of silence" there is a walking path with such stops as the Big Meditation Rock and Forest Yoga Place. Villa Mandala is situated in a beautiful and valuable cultural setting, in the heart of the countryside.

Farmhands House

There are also rooms for accommodation in the Rengintupa, which was used during the old times as a separate house for the farmhands family.

Nowadays Rengitupa is refurnished, respecting the old, to be a romantic little home with its own fireplace and bedroom. The old part from 1800’s is the most coveted accommodation of Mandala. It accommodates 4-6 persons at a time and is well suitable for a family or group of friends. And once again, all rooms have their own terrace.

Sauna and treatments

Villa Mandala's sauna is a unique, traditional, Finnish sauna that fits up to 15 bathers together enjoying the steam in the candlelight. It is a wood-heated 19th century sauna that has been renovated with Moroccan tiles and local carpenter skills to add a touch of modernity to it. The sauna can also be used for spa-like treatments - in the Finnish tradition sauna has always been a place for curing illnesses and imbalances of both body and mind. Try the traditional bone setting treatment, traditional cupping, turf treatment or herbal sauna. Or perhaps you're more into shiatsu or traditional sports massage. Ask beforehand since we don't organize treatments on all retreats - the treatments are to be booked in advance.


Groups & Teachers

Villa Mandala provides a peaceful, healing environment for individuals and groups from 10 to 26 to refresh, recharge and study. Facilities may be used for your workshops, teacher trainings and seminars. Vegetarian meals, lodging and workshop space are provided. Our studio is a uniquely beautiful space, with a specially designed Stress-Free-Area© which guarantees perfect and stressless learning experiences.

If you are interested in bringing your own group to Villa Mandala, please contact .

Volunteer Program

Volunteer program is available at Villa Mandala for those interested in living and working within an intentional community with service and recreation as a primary value. Depending on the center's needs, work is assigned in event set-up, gardening, kitchen, housekeeping, landscaping or general maintenance. Participants receive accommodation, meals and participation in community activities (yoga, meditation, workshops). Most of the classes are taught in Finnish, but our volunteers have had it easy to join the yoga and meditation anyway. Some English-speaking community classes are offered every week. Our community is intense and small - besides our regular staff of 3-4 people two volunteers will stay in Mandala every month. You can also apply for the program together with your best friend.

Villa Mandala’s volunteer program is on during Finnish holiday months 1.6.-30.6 / 1.-31.7., / 1.8.-31.8. / 1.-15.9. / 25.12.-25.1. Program is open for those who are willing to experience new and take part in creating a community which provides healing experiences for all people. Read on, if you are capable of working independently, wish to take a break from the everyday life and keep things simple, live stress-free and healthy lifestyle, live close to the pure Finnish nature and work whole-heartedly sharing our values.

Our volunteers will work 6 hours per day, 6 days a week in different jobs according to their skills such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, communication, maintenance, carpentry, teaching yoga/mindfulness, administration. Sometimes work might include visits to our Helsinki city studio. We look for volunteers who can stay at least for one month. We will pick you and drive you back to the airport.

You are min. 22 years
You share our values and are interested in holistic wellness.
You are physically and mentally healthy.
You are responsible worker and motivated to learn and try new things.
You might have special skills, especially cooking, massage, carpentry and teaching yoga are highly valued.
You understand that countryside living is different from city living – you also cherish and love time on your own and don’t expect there to be activity all the time. You can stay minimum 1 month.
Volunteers will pay 175 euros per month as a program fee and are provided food & accommodation & some activities.
For more info, contact

Contact us

  • Retreat Center Villa Mandala
    Villa Mandala

    Lapinkyläntie 613 B, 07870 Loviisa
  • Urban Mandala
    Telakkakatu 8,
    00150 Helsinki

Urban Mandala

Team Urban Mandala

Esimerkki retriittipäivästä


  • Klo 17.30
    Saapuminen Villa Mandalaan, tervetulotilaisuus ja tutustuminen
  • Klo 18.00-19.45
    Iltaan sopiva, kehoa ja mieltä hoitava harjoitus ja rentoutuminen
  • Klo 19.45


  • Klo 7.30-9.00
    Retriitistä riippuen joko aamuharjoitus ja rentoutus tai unta
  • Klo 9.00-10.00
  • Klo 10.00-12.00
    Luento ja/tai harjoituksia ja tehtäviä teeman alla
  • Klo 12.00-13.15
    Vapaa-aikaa ulkoiluun, päiväunille, keskusteluille etc.
  • Klo 13.15-14.15
  • Klo 14.15-16.15
    Luento ja/tai harjoituksia ja tehtäviä teeman alla
  • Klo 16.15-16.45
    Iltapäivän kahvitauko ja välipala
  • Klo 16.45-18.45
    Harjoitus tai luento + ohjattu rentoutuminen
  • Klo 19.00-20.00
    Illallinen + mukavaa yhdessäoloa ja maailmaa parantavia keskusteluja.
  • Päivästä riippuen sauna, mahdollisuus elokuvan katseluun, tms.


  • Klo 7.30-9.00
    Retriitistä riippuen joko herättelevä aamuharjoitus ja loppurentoutus tai unta
  • Klo 9.00-10.00
  • Klo 10.00-11.15
    Luento ja/tai harjoituksia ja tehtäviä teeman alla
  • Klo 11.15-12.15
    Vapaa-aikaa loikoiluun, ulkoiluun, päiväuniin, keskusteluihin etc.
  • Klo 12.15-13.15
  • Klo 13.15-14.00
    Yhteen kokoontuminen, retriitin lopetustilaisuus ja kotiinlähtö