LaSpa Health & Wellbeing Academy
Welcome to a three-day program of learning about the most important areas of health, namely physical activity, diet, sleep 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, especially during the start-up of the Academy, summer and autumn 2023.
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 a maximum of 15 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.
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…
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.
Each Academy week group will have maximum 15 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.
At LaSpa in Laulasmaa – a famous spa resort only 45 minutes from Tallinn and its airport – 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.
6-9 September – Sold out.
E-mail maarja.randväli@laspa.ee if you wish to be on a waiting list
Three-day programme per person, including Academy, room, meals, body treatment, health check, activities
690€ (shared room), 900€ (single room)
825€ (shared junior suite), 1200€ (junior suite for single usage)
All Academy programmes, excluding the room (for local participants not staying at LaSpa) 450€*
Read more about what is included in the price and book.
*For reservations, if you wish to join the programme without the room, please write to Maarja Randväli at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.