Forest Therapy Days

How do I book my food and lodging?

On the registration page of IFTD, you can choose the option that best suits your needs: seminar, seminar & retreat in one person room or  seminar & retreat in two or more person room. Note that there are is limited number of one-person-rooms available for which reason they are priced higher.

This is only the registration, you will not have t pay anything at this point. In the beginning of March, we will send you the payment information. You will be able to pay via a direct bank payment or via Paypal.

The following meals are included:

  • Seminar only: lunch & coffee/refreshments breaks. If you wish to stay for dinner after the seminar,  this dinner is to be purchased separately: 25 euros, unless you are staying for the retreat as well.
  • Seminar & retreat meals:
    • Seminar day: breakfast, lunch and refreshments + dinner on seminar evening
    • Retreat meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner – snacks in the evenings.

All Elontuli meals are predominantly organic and vegetarian. We will also be providing lake fish or game meals during the retreat.

Can I participate only in the retreat and/or the seminar?

You can participate only in the seminar  or only in the retreat. If you would like to participate only in the retreat, we would like you to arrive in any case already on the evening of the 7th to be able to start fresh on retreat day. Please be in contact with us directly for this option.

Can I have a room all for myself?

There is a limited number of one-person-rooms, to which reason these are priced higher. However, if need to have a room for yourself, you should book one. Or, consider the tent accommodation by yourself!

How do I choose to share the room with only women/male roommates?

We aim to place people who know each other, in the same rooms. You will be able to indicate with whom you would like to share the room with in the detailed registration form shared with you in March. We will do our best to consider everyone’s wishes, however there is limited space.

Where do I inform about my food allergies?

In the detailed registration form that we will be sending you in March, we will ask you to fill in any dietary restrictions or other requirements.

What is the best way to travel to the conference Place?

Elontuli course center is located about 92 km west from Helsinki International airport. Elontuli course center has detailed instructions how to get there by bus or by car: ELONTULI

For those who are signed up for the seminar & retreat, the travel is included in the fee. We will arrange a shuttle a few times a day on the 6th as well as on the morning of 7th for you to be picked up at the airport. For this, you will have to let us know your flight information.

Will there be a book and info table?

Certainly! Because this is a capacity building event, we want you to come armed with all your knowhow and your activities and make use of the time to learn, share and build your network. We will make sure there will be a space for your to set up your materials at display (tables, a carousel for brochures) at the seminar. Please be in contact with us to tell us if you need something else.

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.