Welcome to Holistic Health and Wellbeing
My name is Riitta Okkonen, nutritionist and owner of the captivating Itäisen rajan Helmi, “Pearl of the East”.
My roots are in Tohmajärvi, Finland which I left in 1981 to conquer the restaurant world. After working in several high-end restaurants in Finland and Central Europe, I started my entrepreneurial career in 1999 as a trainer and lecturer. Additionally, I studied to be a nutritional advisor in Finland and completed a number of courses related to nutrition in Germany.
In my business, I make use of my diverse know-how in a creative and relaxed way. My Karelian roots show themselves in my positivity and life-affirming curiosity. I strive to constantly develop and improve my skills.
Get to know our services!
On the top of a high hill, near the village of Jouhkola in Tohmajärvi, The Pearl of the East enfolds you in nature’s embrace.
Lectures on nutrition for companies and organizations as well as personal nutrition programs.
We arrange retreats for rest and relaxation in the Austrian Alps.
Relax and enjoy at Riitta’s “Pearl of the Eastern Border” -place
The unspoilt nature of Nothern Karelia, the beautiful, authentic Finnish birch forest and undulating hills call to you to spend some time at Riitta’s “Pearl of the Eastern Border”!
The Pearl of the East offers well-being and a simple, unhurried life in the midst of a traditional Finnish setting. We are found high on a hill near the Russian border in Jouhkola, a village in Tohmajärvi. Riitta’s popular lectures on nutrition for companies and organizations as well as personal nutrition programs. Rest and relaxation retreats to the Austrian Alps. Find out more!
+358 44 7444 070