Will I get a conference certificate?
Only those participants who participate in the seminar and the retreat will be awarded a certificate of the first IFTD event. This because who ever participates will get a heavy dose of theoretical as well as practical knowledge and we do not want this fact to go unnoticed. However, this event alone will not enable you to become a shinrin-yoku, Metsämieli, Natural Mindfulness, etc. guide. What it does, however, is introduce you to an array of approaches out there which you can then choose to further pursue, in case you want to become certified guide.
What do I need to have with me?
You should dress like you will be spending lots of time outside. Finnish summers are usually warm – but it of course depends on where you are coming from, if you agree with this statement. Warm to Finns might mean anything above 15+ degrees.
- Something to wear on your head – to protect you against any mosquitos
- Long pants to protect you against ticks in nature.
- Good walking shoes
- Swimming suit
- Personal hygiene items
- Materials for note taking
- A warm pullover for the evening campfires
- Rain gear
- Mosquito repellent
Are there a lot of mosquitos in Finland?
Yes and no. It depends on the summer (whether it has been dry or wet) and the conditions (windy, open area, location near the water, etc.). Mosquitos leave you alone in open spaces and in the sun, but in the forest and in the shade, they will go out hunting. But in any case, you can rest assured, that the “Finnish airforce” is not harmful (not carrying diseases) but rather a nuisance.
During your retreat, you have a change to experience Finnish sauna and couple forms of sauna treatments. Finns have a long history with sauna, as you may have heard. Few decades ago sauna represented a gateway in and out of this world. Babies were born in almost sterile saunas environment and upon a death, the body of deceased would get its final wash in sauna. It’s hard to describe what sauna means to Finnish people. It seems like all explanations are somewhat understatements.
In Finland there is in average one sauna for every two people. You can find saunas in private homes, cottages, corporate headquarters, at the Parliament House and saunas have been built into cars, buses or even on bicycles. In Finland, we even have an annual mobile sauna event. How cool is that!
A known fact amongst Finnish people is that major decisions get made in saunas, not boardrooms or meetings. Sauna brings people to same level, in sauna all are equal, and people can find themselves having deep and meaningful conversations even with strangers.
Sauna has nothing to do with sex and it’s a serious point amongst Finns. It’s said, that one should behave in sauna as they would in church. Sauna is for cleansing – physically and mentally. Post-sauna feeling is almost the best feeling there is if you ask from a Finn
Things to do with sauna are wild swimming, swimming in “avanto” (ice hole in lake or sea), “löyly” is the steam in sauna, “vihta” is a bundle of fresh aromatic birch branches that you pleasantly whip yourself with and we cannot forget rolling in the snow in between sauna rounds.