Pillapalu Forest Retreat

We are a Retreat where business and groups stay but we also make a wide range of functional mushroom extract products.
We try to set an example how forest owners can produce sustainable revenue without cutting down trees.

We are super friendly if you are :) We have traveled all over the world and so understand the needs of travelers and volunteers. We are a small family business, including Cookie & Poppy (the dogs), plus some friends help out now and then.

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It was an amazing volunteering experience. I was able to relax and get inspiration from the forest to do beautiful art. Birgit and Robin are awesome hosts. This has been the first volunteering experience where I have felt like home. It really felt like family! It was great to come together during lunch and dinner time sharing interesting conversations and in addition, we had the chance to experience Estonian culture and lifestyle at all times. Also, I and the volunteers had so much fun learning new skills and exploring together Estonia. Thank you so much! I will miss everyone.

8 days ago

Robin replied

Thanks Sandra, you did a great job (and cooking) and yes we had some fun conversations over dinner etc.



My one-week stay with Robin and Birgit was unforgettable. I enjoyed every single day of my volunteer experience and recommend to those looking for contact with nature, animals. My primary task was to build a platform for Cookie and Poppy, their lovely dogs, to play. I also helped Robin with packaging and labeling of his products. We had great conversations and I learned a lot about Estonia. Biking to the nearest grocery store in Aegviidu takes about 40 min. Train to Tallin around 50 minutes. My room was very comfortable and the food, delicious. Could not have asked for better hosts! Thank u!

about 1 month ago

Robin replied

So kind, thanks Roberto....see you agaian one day maybe :)



My experience at pillapalu forest retreat has been an absolute disconnection and relaxation, the place in the middle of the forest surrounded by nature. The chores were not very difficult from cleaning, organizing and walking with Popi and kuki who are very adorable. Robin and his family are very friendly and help you with anything you need.

3 months ago

Robin replied

Pillapalu has never been cleaner! Poppy and Cookie were very lucky to have you...more walks than usual for sure. Thanks for all your help :)

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I had a delightful experience at Pillapalu Forest Retreat. Robin and Birgit are amazing hosts, very respectful, kind, and welcoming. I felt like one of the family. They happily included me in activities such as family meals, saunas, movie night, and swimming at the lakes. The natural setting was ideal for connecting with the local ecosystem. In terms of the work aspect, the expectations and tasks were clear from the beginning, and were exactly as advertised online. They encouraged my own creativity and ideas. It was a pleasure creating art for them and I would 100% visit again! Cheers!

4 months ago

Robin replied

Schucks, thanks. You were pretty cool too!



I had a fantastic time! Robin, Birgit, Josep and Miabel were a kind and welcoming host family, and the work was a good experience of working in the forest. I definitely recommend this to other Worldpackers!

4 months ago

Robin replied

You are welcome. Super helpful and look forward to see some pics one day :)

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