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Designed for deep recovery

This retreat is suitable for individuals and groups of all ages and fitness levels, designed for your rejuvenation and boost in energy. 

  • Our 26-year-old retreat offers a unique program designed to relieve internal stress, enhance flexibility, strengthen your core, and uplift your body and mind. In this 5-night intensive course, Marja has crafted a unique approach to well-being and rejuvenation, offering immediate release.

  • This programme resets your body from within, beyond the surface, leaving you relaxed. Aches and pains disappear, the mind feels clear and all your muscles are invigorated - all long lasting effects.

What you can expect from this special course

You can ignite your life to renewed energy and vitality, you´ll  get the time to tackle unnecessary fatigue and transform it into boundless energy.

  • ·New Approach to Well-Being: Say goodbye to fatigue and hello to vitality with our innovative programme structure and expert guidance.

  • Stimulus for Growth: Discover your untapped potential and redefine your vision for success, both personally and professionally.

  • · Expert Guidance: Benefit from the wisdom and support of our experienced team of professionals, also keen students, who are all dedicated to helping you thrive.

How does the course progress?

A strong and flexible and relaxed body is the real gift for life!

All exercises, both indoors and outdoors are carefully chosen, blended and designed to create the best results. Throughout the week we will also enjoy great music for our warm up moments. 

“For me, Marja and Francis’ stylish and unique selection of music is just top-notch. It’s so enjoyable, it supports training, concentration, feeling and energising.”

The week begins

You will be welcomed with drinks and all of us and then settle into your room. 

We will explore the relaxing landscape on a small tour followed by a lovely dinner together.

Each day begins with a morning Nordic walk with Francis. These fresh and brisk morning walks will energise you. The enthusiasts will carry on with a swim in the lake.


After the breakfast there will be a session by assistants to warm up.

Marja opens the day with 'top to toe' exercises sessions one element at a time. Afternoons  face exercise sessions you will not only beautify the face by clearing your mind.  Late afternoon light sessions are  deeply relaxing and energising. 

We will move into deeper breathing, gentle rotation movements to correct and mobilise the back. 

Energy begins to flow through the spine and a sense of relaxation deepens. Core is now active. 

The face will be lifted and the skin will be firmer!

Evening programme

We have Alison’s famous Quiz evening and enjoying the summer evening.


We also treat ourselves to Francis’ Disco evening with all dancing styles appreciated.  

A detailed timetable will be given after booking

Who is this suitable for?

For those of you who wish to improve your posture, flexibility, strength and feel well and more energetic. For those who wish to balance their body.


Come either alone or with a friend or partner.

“Stress is often invisible, yet it's something we all need to manage within our busy lives. Why not alleviate deep stress in the most enjoyable way possible? During the course, each day you will discover a new element related to our body's stress mechanism and recovery process. This leads you to a new skill set you can take with you to maintain your new level of well being - independently.”

Join me and us in this beautiful historical manor house by the lake in Finland

- Marja

Massages, treatments and private lessons to support your results


Together, we become skilled 

team of carers. You can choose from a range of classic massages. You will be informed about the treatments and how to book them after you have registered.


When you pre-book your treatments, we will invoice you for the final payment.

You have the opportunity to book more treatments on the day at Vanajanlinna.


Method Putkisto - private lessons

You can book a private session with Marja or an instructor from the MP team for an additional fee. 

Marja Putkisto Invites you to rejuvenate and renew yourself

A warm welcome to join us at this special course in Happy Finland, where summer nights are long, lakes are pure and air is fresh. 

Reserve your spot today and take the first step towards a brighter, more energized future. Your wellbeing is the most valuable asset in your life.

Come experience the magic - revert stress to strength and fatigue to energy!

Practice that will make a difference

Our carefully chosen exercises, both indoors and outdoors, are carefully chosen, blended and designed to create the best results:  

  • Beauty - face work: Remove brain fog and improve facial muscles.

  • Flexibility - deep stretching to get lighter and stronger.

  • Strength - deep core work to support your posture and to make any movement easy.

  • Relaxation - to sleep better, rejuvenate and gain energy.

  • Cool down - rebuild your relationship with your own body.

You will learn how significant recovery is for our health, body shape, and energy.

Ultimately, you will discover that one singular movement will create the chain of change. This is the skill you will take home with you, to create a positive outcome for your life! 


Each day begins with a morning Nordic walk, followed by delicious breakfast.


Our lovely instructors offer you a morning session as a warm-up. Holistic Top-to-toe practice is led by Marja.

Lake is warm and clean just wanting you to dip in! Lunch is a moment of appreciation of delicious tastes knowing that it truly will nourish your body and soul. 

Afternoons feature face exercise sessions for beauty and mental clarity, and late afternoons offer deeply relaxing and energizing sessions.



Evening programs include wonderful summer evenings and warm welcome to fun activities like Alison's Quiz evening and Francis' Disco evening.

A detailed timetable will be given after booking

Treat yourself with all this

  • Welcome drinks

  • A total of approx. 25 hours of training

  • Marja Putkisto's training sessions

  • Morning sessions by Method Putkisto assistants

  • Walking sessions by Francis

  • Equipment on site

  • Hands-on personal assistance

  • Initial and final measurements and analysis

  • Evening programme


You will gain

  • Clearer mind  

  • Boosted metabolism

  • Lighter and stronger body 

  • Flexibility, agility  improved balance.

You can book massages and Marja`s private sessions at an additional cost. More information >>

​Accommodation is booked separately with Vanajanlinna. More information >>

What do our clients say about this course?

"An incredible amount happens in one week. The process gets deeper day by day. Afterwards, you're completely exhausted but refreshed and renewed, and the feeling lasts well into the autumn. The best part is the feeling that follows after Marja's week of intensive guidance!"

"This is my third year and so probably the pattern of each day is now familiar. So each year becomes almost a complete picture to take home. I`ve got positivity and a more aware body"

‘’ A great way to improve your body shape and everyday life.’’

Accommodation prices and reservations

Accommodation is booked separately from Vanajanlinna. You will receive a Vanajanlinna booking code in your inbox when you have paid the deposit.


  • 5 nights

  • 5 breakfast

  • 4 lunches

  • 5 dinners

  • Refreshments

Breakfast is served on weekdays 7.00-9.30 and on weekends 7.00-10.30.

Standard rooms: 1394 € /single room or 1094€ /double room
Superior rooms: 1494 € / single room or 1144 € / double or twin room/night

Club Suites: 1694 € / single room or 1244 € / twin room/night

Hotel Vanajanlinna

Vanajanlinnantie 476

13330 Harviala Hämeenlinna

Puh. 0300 870577

Enjoy the stunning setting

Vanajanlinna (built in 1924) is a magnificent hunting lodge in the heart of Kanta Häme. The movement in the castle is created by the light and its clean air. The spirit of the space is created by the people and their mutual energy. The castle is part of a story of a century of glamour and splendour on the banks of the Katumajärvi. The castle has been appreciated by lovers of quality, beauty and the good life, from Marshal Mannerheim to President Svinhufvud. It is a place of relaxation and peace.


The atmosphere of the castle is a rarity. It is reportedly the only one in Finland to have been built at the beginning of the century to meet people. It is a place to recharge, where Finland's leaders have made wise decisions.


May it be a place for us too, where we can sense the atmosphere of the past and draw from it energy and support for the future. 


Our training venue is the castle's atmospheric ballroom. The hall is located at the end of a corridor.  It has beautiful light and the lake view from the windows. 

You will be provided with all the necessary equipment on site.


Dining room & bar

The dining room of the castle exudes a rare sense of glamour from a period era. There we enjoy delicious traditional Scandinavian flavours prepared with the best possible ingredients.



A beautiful lake view opens up in front of you and the lakeside sauna pier is at your disposal. Take a dip in the refreshing Katumajärve, perhaps even in between classes.



valid until 3.6.2024

Normal price: 990€

Fill in the form below to register. On registering a booking fee of €400 will be sent to you. 

What to bring?

  • Exercise clothing 

  • Walking shoes 

  • Casual clothes

  • A nice outfit


  • An open mind

  • Enthusiasm 

  • Curiosity

  • A hint of humour

Travelling on your own?

This is a perfect break to join in on your own, also with a friend. You can feel free to enjoy your privacy any time and mix with the group whenever you feel like it. There will be like-minded people - appreciating the work on our body and mind. Overall, it is care, good friends, laughter and the joy of life that heal and cure everything.

"I trust a person’s abilities more than often my own. I have the basis for this and that is the part of my work that inspires me.  As confidence moves into our body and mind, it brightens our personality."

Vanajanlinna welcomes you

András Pummer, Hotel Manager, greets you with open arms!

Marja explains in this video why this course is the highlight of the summer and what is the most essential thing for wellbeing.

Why is this the highlight of the summer?

International Summer Break 2024

Sunday 21st to Friday 26th July 2024

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Breathtaking Nordic nature and beauty 

Experience the magic of Finland's summer with long days, mild weather, fresh air, and clean water. Enjoy endless possibilities for outdoor adventures amidst stunning natural landscapes.

​One of the best things about summer in Finland is the abundance of daylight. In midsummer, the sun never fully sets in the northernmost parts of the country, creating the famous "Midnight Sun" phenomenon. Even in southern Finland, the days are long, with up to 19 hours of daylight at the peak of the season.

Cancellation Policy

Booking fee is non-refundable.


Refund of the balancing payment: no later than 12 weeks before workshop date

50% refund of the balancing payment: 8 - 11 weeks before workshop date


No refunds after this period. We reserve the right to make changes.

If you wish to pay for your summer course in several instalments, please contact



If the COVID pandemic situation requires it, we reserve the right to change the workshop to be held online. In this case, the final price of the course will be confirmed after the decision.

Marja Putkisto

Internationally respected expert in body and movement management, instructor, trainer and author. She has developed the versatile Method Putkisto method and is the founder and director of the internationally operating Method Putkisto Institute.

Francis Mitchell

A walking expert with years of experience behind him. He has a natural ability to inspire and get everyone moving. Francis carries with him a twinkle in the corner of his eye and every now and then his humour surprises!

Method Putkisto Instructors & Assistants

Experienced instructors with diverse backgrounds here to assist you along your journey. 

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