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LaSpa Health & Wellbeing Academy

Welcome to a three-day program of learning about the most important areas of health, namely physical activitydietsleep and mental health. The LaSpa Health & Wellbeing Academy has been developed together with international, and some even world-leading, experts – our Faculty. They are Professors and specialists from Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University. More about our Faculty members here.

Our faculty members will also lead some of our Academy courses on-site at LaSpa.

So, how does it work? During the three days you will enjoy five two-hour theory sessions, led by our medical experts. Each session will focus on a specific area of health (physical activity, diet, sleep and mental health) and then the final one on the art of changing habits.

For each health area, we will cover four aspects:

1. The basics
2. The key simple steps or “hacks” for you to take to improve your health
3. The latest relevant research and news
4. Recommendation on good literature, podcasts, and technical equipment if you want to deepen your knowledge.

During the Academy days, you will not only study and learn about physical and mental health. You will also live it. We believe it is very important for the learning process to practice and experience the true feeling of health & wellbeing. We want to inspire you to have happy and healthy days for the rest of your lifetime. During the programme, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature, exercise, eat and drink well, enjoy amazing body treatments and have fun and learn from others in a small group of 15-25 people.

After the Academy, you will receive a quarterly letter on health and wellbeing, exclusively distributed to our LaSpa Academy participants. We will also arrange on-line group reunions to see how you are proceeding with your small or large changes of habits.

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See here publications in Estonian newspapers from our faculty members.

LaSpa Academy Faculty

Meet our faculty of world-leading experts

Anna Martling Professor of Surgery at Karolinska Institutet
Carl Johan Sundberg Professor in Physiology at Karolinska Institutet
Jessica Norrbom PhD in physiologist and researcher in the field of molecular exercise physiology at Karolinska Institutet
Kay Sundberg PhD, researcher and a senior lecturer in nursing at Karolinska Institutet
Lina Martinsson Specialist in psychiatry, MD PhD, senior physician
Mai-Lis Hellenius Professor of Cardiovascular Prevention at Karolinska Institutet
Tommy Cederholm Professor Emeritus at Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Department of Public Health and Care Sciences Uppsala University

Why & How

Did you know that only around 30% of our life expectancy depends on our genes? The rest is up to us and our environment. There is a lot we can do, and it does not need to be difficult at all. Usually, what is preventing us from making these small changes, is knowledge and motivation. With a good lifestyle, most cardiovascular diseases can actually be avoided. If we live a bit healthier, the likelihood of us being diagnosed with cancer is significantly reduced. Common diseases like type 2 diabetes can be avoided or improved. Furthermore, the risk of dementia decreases with a good lifestyle.

So much would be gained in terms of quality of life on an individual level and financially on a macro level if we, together with our health care professionals and politicians, would focus more on staying healthy, through PREVENTING ILLNESS rather than getting ill. In Sweden alone, the cost of obesity is around €7 billion per year, and in Estonia €600 million per year.

So, the arguments are clear, but it still feels very complicated. Some of us think a lot about our health, but it is not easy to navigate all the various diets and health and training trends. We hear about superfoods, vitamin injections, freezing your body to very low temperatures, hot yoga, breathing classes and training in fancy boutique gyms. We get excited and start something new with great enthusiasm, but often the interest fades over time. It is too complicated, too expensive, or it does not make us feel any better in the long run…

LaSpa Health Academy

Many of us, on the other hand, do not really have the time, interest or energy to think about health and wellbeing before we suddenly realize that we have no choice. If we were just to make some minor adjustments to our daily life, this could be avoided.

The LaSpa Health and Wellbeing Academy is probably as far as you can get from tough training camps or quick-fix health “hocus pocus” solutions. Instead, we aim to share with you the point of view and the knowledge of the leading medical experts. It is based on the results of millions of scientific studies and their own research and personal experience. The goal is to inspire you to make the small, simple changes to your daily life that you can hold on to.

The mission of the LaSpa Academy is to give you knowledge and tools for strengthening your physical & mental health long term.

  • Increase your knowledge
  • Practice your knowledge
  • Discover, experience and be curious
  • Soak up the calming environment and nature
  • Enjoy healthy and excellent food
  • Feel the opportunity in movement and exercise
  • Take care of your body – enjoy treatments
  • Experience the healing effect of culture
  • Hang out & socialize

LaSpa Academy team

Throughout the Academy Days, you will be taken care of by the expert team of LaSpa by Academy founder Anna Elam, nurse and nutritionist Maarja Randväli, Naudi LaSpa therapist, our head chef Angelica Udeküll and her sous chefs Helena, (Estonian Chef of the Year 2022) as well as Margot and the meetings & events team.

Anna Elam
Maarja Randväli

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Academy Days

Each Academy week group will have a maximum of 15 -25 participants.

A typical Academy day will include four hours of lectures, several physical and mental training sessions indoors and outdoors, at least one of the days a body treatment of your choice, and of course, healthy and tasty meals served by our “Estonian Chef of the Year 2022” and Guide Michelin plated kitchen.

We will also visit the beautiful Arvo Pärt Center. Our close neighbour Arvo Pärt is the world’s most-played now living classical composer and also the 2023 years Polar Music prize winner.

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At LaSpa in Laulasmaa – a famous spa resort only 45 minutes from Tallinn and its airport – it is nestled between the pine forest and a long sandy beach.

LaSpa is a place for enjoying, relaxing and feeling and being well – both in body and mind.

You will stay in our beautiful beach house that underwent a complete renovation in 2022. We hope you instantly feel that you are our guest in a warm, exclusive Nordic beach house.


Two nights, three-day programme per person, including Academy, room, meals (dinners with two glasses of wine or beer, non -alcoholic alternatives also available of course), one 60 minute massage or facial, health check by our nurses, all activities, Mai-Lis Hellenius book “Vitally Important”, LaSpa hair & body treatment products

800€ (shared room), 900€ (single room)
950€ (junior suite shared room), 1200€ (junior suite for single usage)

All Academy programmes, excluding the room (for local participants not staying at LaSpa) 600€

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*For reservations, if you wish to join the programme without the room, please write to Maarja Randväli at

Recommended flights from Sweden
SAS & Ryan Air

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5-7 April 2024
With our specialists in mental health and physical activity. Faculty members attending are:
Lina Martinsson Specialist in psychiatry, MD PhD, senior physician. Head of Operations at Psychiatry South West, Karolinska Huddinge Hospital (so for around half of Stockholm).
Jessica Norrbom, PhD in physiologist and researcher in the field of molecular exercise physiology at Karolinska Institutet. Awarded “Enlightener of the Year” in Sweden 2022.

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23-25 August 2024
With our specialists in physical activity and cancer. Faculty members attending are:
Carl Johan Sundberg Professor in Physiology and Dean at Karolinska Institutet
Anna Martling Professor of Surgery at Karolinska Institutet, World-leading expert in bowel cancer and former Dean of Karolinska Institut
Kay Sundberg PhD, researcher and a senior lecturer in nursing at Karolinska Institutet

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8-10 November 2024
With our specialists in physical activity, cardiovascular health and nutrition. Faculty members attending are:
Mai-Lis Hellenius, Professor of Cardiovascular Prevention at Karolinska Institute and world-leading expert in the field of prevention with a focus on physical activity and eating habits
Tommy Cederholm Professor emeritus at Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Uppsala University. World-leading expert in the field of food and exercise for healthy ageing

Also attending are Nurse and nutritionist Maarja Randväli and Academy founder Anna Elam
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Comprehensive health assessment

We invite you to have your fundamental health indicators measured during the first they of the Academy, allowing you to attain a thorough understanding of your essential health indicators in a convenient manner.
All analysis results are available immediately. Following the analysis, a nurse specialist provides feedback and offers guidance on further steps.

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“After a health check with bad values for blood sugar, blood fats and blood pressure, I was looking for something long-term rather than short-term diets. We found and booked LaSpa Academy. Now four months later, including a long holiday with a bit of carelessness, both the blood sugar and blood fats have dropped significantly. Blood pressure has dropped to a good level and I have lost 1kg/month without being hungry or sacrificing anything of value. The Academy was really an eye-opener with really good lectures. It made a big impression on me that everything was scientifically proven and led to both longer and better lives. Also, really good solid advice. That you live in top class hotel, surrounded by powerful nature and eat first-class but healthy food is a fantastic experience in itself. And then I haven’t mentioned their luxurious SPA with all kinds of massages, baths, saunas, relaxation, salt rooms, etc. This is the best thing I have done in education and I have both Insead, London Business School and IFL in my luggage.”

Lars R., LaSpa Academy participant, May 2023

Being the head of marketing here at LaSpa, I have had the privilege to see the development of this programme from the very start when it was just a vision of LaSpa owner Anna Elam and to be influenced and motivated by the fantastic members of the Faculty. And the influence could not have been more significant. This programme has completely changed how I think about my health and the health of people close to me. The programme gave me motivation and factual proof of why and what are the small and big changes in my life needed, together with instructions on how to start going about it. I could not be more thankful.

Helen v., LaSpa Academy participant, May and august 2023