Wood Soul is a traditional Carelian wooden block castle, a sight on its own! Within its walls it houses a wood art exhibition, where you can experience international and local woodart and carving, as well as purchase wood art from small to large , functional or simply beautiful.
jewellery, gifts and utility objects.
In the main building as well as newly renovated outhouses we have space and facilities for eating or coffee breaks. We also facilitate for conferences and parties.
The house is surrounded by an arboretum, with a large variety of species. The garden spaces are filled with beautiful flowerbeds, a large pond and various carvings created by international wood artist. All the small buildings in the local style also make the full round through the gardens worth while!
The Carelian Wood school has been running since 1996. We organise courses in wood tunrning, wood carving and intarsia wood work upon request.
Onnela's atmospheric conference spaces are available for rent year-round. In addition to conferences, you can organize pre-Christmas, birthday & graduation parties and alike.
The Birth of Wood Soul
In my childhood, before I started school, my grandmother brought me behold the nature during nighttime. She taught me to identify constellations, to harken to nightingale's singing, to sense the smells of flowers, cornfields and birches, to listen to the sounds of streams, the unforgettable time! In the evenings, after darkness had fallen, we gazed upon the stars in a silent place surrounded by trees. It was then when I learned to tell apart different species of trees by their form.
At the same time, my parents were building a new house. Excited, in the evenings, after they had stopped working, I gathered bricks from the site, brought them behind the fence of the meadow and began to build my own house. It was enough for only a row of bricks. My excitement over building my own house drew attention and concern in my family. All other children played, while she only builds.
After love brought me to Onnela, I was so excited by new nature and love that, without even noticing, I began to realize my childhood dream. Only after the windowpanes were installed, I was brought to tears. Somewhere deep in my unconsciousness laid the dream to build that house, which I had started at the age of six.
In Onnela I got an idea of starting a business, where one could study and share their experience with others.