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Bliss: 5-day Waves residential retreat in Finland

Helsinki - 20 Jul 2022 to 24 Jul 2022
Karoliina Valontaival

Welcome to a dance holiday in the wonderful, restorative beauty of Finnish nature! “Bliss” is a residential retreat, a summer paradise for moving and resting, with the 5Rhythms dance supported by breathwork. Awaken your senses, free your creativity, tune into your body and breath, and melt and release into deep rest. Dancing is offered twice a day, morning and evening. In between, there is ample time to swim, read or write, enjoy nature or just be. This holiday gives space for solitude and togetherness, as well as the opportunity to follow what you need in the moment. The luscious lake landscape, delicious local food, sauna and natural peace invite you into a journey of rejuvenation and earthly embodied delights. A heartfelt welcome just the way you are!

The venue is a fantastic, unique place situated in the beauty of Finnish nature. Amazing food and beautiful surroundings will nourish all your senses. The majestic dance room has windows and views of the lake scenery, and walls can be opened on both sides, temperature and weather permitting, so that we are almost dancing in nature herself (and you can also go and dance on the grass outside). It also allows for great ventilation in these covid/post-covid times. The venue is easily reached by public transport from Helsinki (about 2 hours) and workshop start and end times are planned according to the bus schedules.

WORKSHOP BEGINS: 20 July at 15.30 pm (EET)

WORKSHOP ENDS: 24 July at 15.00 pm (EET) 

(workshop times will be adjusted if bus schedules to Labbnäs change)


300€ early bird price (until 20 May 2022)

350€ thereafter


2-3 person room: 358€

1 person room: 418€

Price includes: accommodation in beautiful rooms, sheets and towel, delicious food (3 meals per day, plus afternoon and evening snack and tea/coffee), sauna option every evening, gorgeous dance space.


Sign up at the latest on 6 July 2022 HERE. This workshop is paid in two parts if you sign up by 30 June. The first part (your deposit of 20€) is paid when you register and the remaining part will be invoiced via email on 1 July 2022. From 1 July full payment is charged at registration. Food and accommodation are paid directly to Labbnäs (by 13 July 2022), see my website for details. By registering you are making a commitment to this jourmey and a commitment to pay the full amount. 


Endless Waves: residential retreat in Suomenlinna

Helsinki - 26 Aug 2022 to 28 Aug 2022
Karoliina Valontaival

Endless Waves 2022: retreat in Suomenlinna
Taught by Karoliina Valontaival

Endless Waves is a residential 5Rhythms retreat on the island of Suomenlinna, just off the coast of central Helsinki. Melt, unwind, and ease into the pleasure and restorative power of movement. The nature around us will support us in relaxing and opening our senses: time in nature is scientifically proven to bring down stress levels and boost our soothing parasympathetic nervous system. 

Dance to clear your mind, free your body, and ignite your creativity. Dive into your movement, wave by wave, layer by layer, and allow yourself to be embraced by the dance. We’ll learn how to soften into our stuck places, allowing them to set the pace and teach us how to open. There will be time for silence, movement and rest, sharing and solitude, and magic in motion. Weather permitting, we will also be moving outside, allowing ourselves to be opened and nurtured by the elements.

Suomenlinna is an 18th-century sea fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a bewitching combination of nature, cultural history, and stunning views over the urban Helsinki skyline. You can stay at Hostel Suomenlinna for a residential experience or arrange your own accommodation. Join us for an unforgettable dancing experience!

How to get there: flights to Helsinki airport. Easy transport to the centre from the airport. There is a ferry every 20 minutes to Suomenlinna. The venue is a 25-30 minute walk from the ferry terminal (the hostel is right next to the ferry terminal). See the public transport journey planner here.


Friday 18.30 – 21
Saturday 10 – 18 + optional evening programme (restaurant dinner)
Sunday 10 – 17




Early bird price: 230€ + accommodation (book by 1 June)

Regular price: 250€ + accommodation

Accommodation in Hostel Suomenlinna (prices are for two nights):

65€ per person (8 person room, mixed genders)

85€ per person (3-4 person room, one for men and one for women)

95€ per person (2 person room) - FULL

Optional special buffet dinner on Saturday night:

30-35€ per person, paid separately on arrival to the workshop

Online here

Sign up at the latest on 24 August 2022. This workshop is paid in two parts if you sign up before 1 August. The first part (your deposit of 20€) is paid when you register and the remaining part will be invoiced via email on 1 August 2022. From 1 August full payment is charged at registration. By registering you are making a commitment to this jourmey and a commitment to pay the full amount. 



Ruutikellari (retreat) ja Hostel Suomenlinna (accommodation)
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress


Karoliina Valontaival is an accredited 5Rhythms® teacher and DJ. She’s been a passionate 5Rhythms dancer since 2005. Karoliina creates a safe, grounded, and accessible space that is an invitation into the unique magic of your own dance. Her expertise in holding space and facilitating group processes is based on a wide variety of education and work experience in science, arts, and embodied practices. Her inspiring music, sensitive soulfulness, powerful presence, and gentle and intuitive guidance will enable you to discover the joy and wisdom of your body and movement.


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Karoliina Valontaival Helsinki   Baila desde: 2005

“Love is not a mood but a dynamic way of being. Love is essentially the primal energy of all our emotions flowing, of really feeling and responding moment by moment, situation by situation. -Gabrielle Roth”

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