Metsämieli- menetelmä
Mielellään luonnossa

Forest Mind seminar workshops 31.8.2024

The program of the seminar at 31.8.2024 is here: Forest Mind Inspiration seminar

At Saturday there are 8 different workshops in english, four workshops in parallel. You can choose or wish which workshop you want to join. The trainers of the workshops are experienced nature based method experts and/or Forest Mind trainers or instructors.
The workshops will be held nearby the nature, ridge terrain and under the shelter of coniferous forests, except for workshop TP3. The workshops will start in front of the Hotel Sveitsi, where the workshop trainers will pick up the participants.

Dress according the weather and prepare to walk leisurely, stand and talk through the themes and exercises of the workshops. Take a small backpack and a water bottle with you, if the weather is hot. You don't need to make notes in the workshops, because you can get a summary of the workshop contents electronically afterwards.

Participants are accepted for the workshops in order of registration. If the workshop you want is full, we will suggest another one instead. If the workshops are full by 30.4.2024, we will organize more workshops on different themes if possible and inform those who have registered about them by 15.5.2024 at the latest. Workshops are subject to the same cancellation conditions as the entire seminar. We will notify those in the queue for the workshops about possible cancellations via e-mail no later than 15.8.2024 the seminar.

Choose and reserve the workshops: forestmindseminar(at)gmail.com

13.00- 14.00 pm

TP9. Running Nature Based Community Groups, Stephen McCabe, Tariki Trust, Health All Round, Green Temple Therapy

TP10. Resilience by Forest Mind, Erja Järvelä, Forest Mind International Lead

TP11. Wellbeing from the nature  +65 - activities
Virpi Jussila, The Association of Recreational Sports and Ourdoor Activities

TP12. Forest Mind- training inhouse, Aana Vainio, Forest Mind Trainer

14.00 pm

Coffee break at the hotel

Coffee break at the hotel

Coffee break at the hotel

Coffee break at the hotel


TP13. Forest Mind in mental health work - based on experiences, Eva Romi, Forest Mind Trainer

TP14. Forest Mind- training inhouse, Aana Vainio, Forest Mind Trainer  

TP15. Forest Mind for Humankind, Jeanette Srabonian, Forest School Leader

TP16. Forest Mind workshop by Czech- style, Martina Holcova, Forest Mind Trainer



The content of the workshops:

TP9. Running Nature Based Community Groups
When people think of nature therapy experiences, they often imagine retreats out in the wilderness. However, many people live in towns and cities without the opportunity to take themselves away for such immersive experiences. Nature-connection community groups that are run in urban environments offer a different way. These groups tackle social isolation by connecting people with each other, as well as with everyday nature – even the weeds that grow in the pavement!
Stephen McCabe is an ecotherapy practitioner and writer. His work includes tutoring for the Ten Directions eco-therapy training programme and facilitating eco-therapy groups for a mental health charity in Scotland. He is a qualified person-centred counsellor and he has worked therapeutically with people for many years. He is currently writing his first novel, which is based on Scottish nature and folklore. You can find him at www.naturetherapyonline.net
Trainer: Stephen McCabe, Tariki Trust, Health All Round, Course Director at Tariki Trust, Green Temple Therapy

TP10. Resilience by Forest Mind
Many Forest Mind exercises support various sides of our resilience capability. Erja will guide you through a set of exercises, combined with a little bit of talking  about resiliency and give an example how one can improve own resiliency in nature.
Trainer: Erja Järvelä, Forest Mind International Lead.
Erja is a Holistic Health Coach, Ecotherapy practioner and  Forest Mind Trainer. She is currently studying also to become  a Neuropsychiatric counsel end of 2024.
More Information about Erja:  https://www.mixingnuts.fi/en-us/aboutme/


TP11. Wellbeing from the nature  +65 - activities
There is a variety of ways to be outdoors throughout the life. Being outdoors is much more than just enhancing the physical activity. It connects people to each others and nature surround them. Nature gives a good space to support also social and mental wellbeing especially in that age group.
Virpi works as a project manager at Outdoor association of Finland. Our project is called Wellbeing from the outdoor activities (age group +65), funded by Ministry of Education and Culture. More information: www.suomenlatu.fi/hyvinvointiaulkoilusta
Virpi is a biologist, environmental educator, outdoor activator and a certified Forest mind -guide. I have worked in a variety of  projects to promote and train nature-based learning and activities.
Trainer: Virpi Jussila, Suomen Latu/the Outdoor Association of Finland


TP12. Forest Mind- training inhouse
If your clients are not able to go outdoors, you are still able to use pictures, materials from nature
and their imagination to wake up senses and sensitivity indoor. The impacts for well-being are
quite equivalent for being outdoors in the nature. We will share experiences how to adapt and
make use of Forest Mind -exercises indoor.
Trainer: Aana Vainio, Forest Mind Trainer


TP13. Forest Mind in mental health work - based on experiences
Natural environment supports the well-being of the mind. Still, we can bypass these good effects, e.g. by focusing on performance or ignoring our own needs and resources.
The exercises of the Forestmind method help to find a connection with ourselves and the surrounding nature. In the workshop, we will try out exercises that you can use to support and maintain mental well-being. Eva has guided the Forestmind method exercises for several years in mental health work.
Trainer: Eva Romi, Forest Mind Trainer and solution- focuced brief therapist


TP14. Forest Mind- training inhouse
If your clients are not able to go outdoors, you are still able to use pictures, materials from nature
and their imagination to wake up senses and sensitivity indoor. The impacts for well-being are
quite equivalent for being outdoors in the nature. We will share experiences how to adapt and
make use of Forest Mind -exercises indoor.

Trainer: Aana Vainio, Forest Mind Trainer


TP15: Forest Mind for Humankind
Practicing skills for long term positive change.
Jeanette is an Archimedes Forest School Leader with a passion for delivering authentic Forest School programmes in the UK, inspired over the past 10 years while working with multiple brilliant young minds aged from 2-16 years old across the spectrum of educational backgrounds. These include children experiencing trauma of homelessness, to the most affluent, privileged primary school children as well as longer- term programmes for holistic development of mainstream and home schooled learners.
This workshop is presented through the combination of a Forest School session and Metsämieli methods where both promote the ethos of regular engagement with nature and a social connectedness to break down all barriers to learning and personal development. Through the established research, well recognised understanding of outdoor experiential learning and its significant benefits, participants explore together how can we ensure that our Metsämieli programmes reach everyone in our groups as we come across many differences, diversities and perceptions in our clients? Together, through knowledge, experiences and voices from within our profession, the question which deserves our further study, discourse and attention is how can we encourage, promote and share this emerging, innovative approach to bring about more positive change and increased awareness of Metsämieli to the wider world?

Trainer: Jeanette Srabonian, Forest School Leader


TP16. Forest Mind workshop by Czech- style
Trainer: Martina Holcova, Forest Mind Trainer. More Information:  https://lesnimysl.cz/o-nas/mgr-martina-holcova/Luomme parhaillaan sisältöä tätä osiota varten. Jotta voimme ylläpitää palvelumme korkeita standardeja, tämä vaihe kestää vielä jonkin aikaa.