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Forest Mind- method turns 10 years old !

Forest Mind Inspiration Seminar

Time: 30.8.-31.8.2024
Place: Hotel Sveitsi, Härkävehmaankatu 4, 05900 Hyvinkää, Finland
More information: erja(at) or forestmindseminar(at)

As the main event of the 10th anniversary of the Metsämieli® - i.e. Forest Mind method, we will organize a seminar in Hyvinkään Sveitsi in the southern Finland. The seminar is aimed at the network of Forest Mind experts and all professionals interested in utilising nature-based methods from the fields of health and social services, education, and nature.
In the mornings of the both seminar days, we will hear interesting lectures on nature and mental skills, as well as research perspectives and experiences of nature-based methods in different customer groups and countries. In the afternoons, our Forest Mind experts lead workshops with different themes in the nearby nature.

Inspiration seminar is held from the 30th to 31st of August. On the 30th the day and workshops are conducted in Finnish. The 31st of August will be held in English.

See the whole program also of the 30th August here in Finnish: Metsämieli- inspiraatioseminaari 2024

The Forest Mind® method combines the health effects of nature with exercises that strengthen mental skills. It is based on research-based information on mental and physical wellbeing and the wellbeing effects produced by nature. Forest Mind has become a well-known and trusted welfare method both in Finland and internationally. We have already trained more than 800 professionals from different fields to become Forest Mind experts in Finland, and there are almost 100 experts in Europe outside Finland. Forest Mind is widely used, for example, in early childhood education and educational institutions, social and health care services, and tourism and program services. Forest Mind peer tutors also work in organisations.

Program at Saturday 31.8.2024 

We reserve the right to make changes.




8.30 am

Registration opens

9.30 am

Opening of the day and security info

Aana Vainio, Forest Mind Trainer

9.35 am

The story of the Forest Mind

Sirpa Arvonen, M.Sc. (Econ.), developer of the Forest Mind method

09.45 am

Forest Mind- method in Europe

Erja Järvelä, Forest Mind International Lead and Martina Holcova, Forest Mind- trainer in Czech

10.00 am

Nature based activities development in China

A representative of the chinese delegation, tbd

10.30 am

Nature in supporting mental health

Jane-Vera Paakkolanvaara, PhD student, psychologist,

10.55 am

Forest Mind exercise indoors

Aana Vainio, Forest Mind trainer

11.05 am

Running community groups with a nature-based method

Stephen McGabe, Tariki Trust, Health All Round, Green Temple Therapy

11.35 am

Nature-based integration and why it works

Lena Enlund, social scientist, R&D Expert at Centria University of Applied Sciences,


Information about the workshops in the afternoon

Erja Järvelä, Forest Mind Trainer

12.10 pm


13.00 pm

Workshops (mostly outdoors) in English in small groups

Choose workshops here:  Forest Mind seminar workshops

16.00 pm

Panel discussion, summarizing of the workshops

Erja Järvelä, Forest Mind International Lead

16.30 pm

Closing words

Sirpa Arvonen, developer of the Forest Mind method

16.45 pm

The end of seminar

Workshops in english at 13-15.30 pm:  Forest Mind seminar workshops

Choose and reserve the workshops you want to join: forestmindseminar(at)

The seminar can be attended as follows. We have the following options for participating:

Package 1

From 30th to 31st Aug 2024, 2 seminar days on the spot. This includes the lectures and workshops for both days, lunch and snacks + materials of the lectures in electronic format
Price: 590 € incl. vat

Package 2

Friday the 30th of August, one seminar day on the spot
This includes the lectures, workshops, lunch, snacks and materials of the lectures in electronic format
Price: 350 € incl vat

Package 3

Saturday 31st of August, one seminar day on the spot
This includes the lectures, workshops, lunch, snacks and materials of the lectures in electronic format
Price: 350 € incl. vat

Package 4

The lectures from 30th t 31st August in the morning, via zoom (or other
This includes the participation for all the lectures remotely, and the materials in electronic format.
Price: 250 € incl. vat

Binding registrations by 30.5.2024:  

Cancellations free of charge no later than 15.6.2024, after which we will charge 30% of the participation fee. The seminar place can be transferred to another person until 15.8.2024. 

If you need accommodation, book it well in advance directly from the hotel . Inform the hotel about the groupcode: 2988272. If the hotel is full, please contact other accommodation in the Hyvinkää region directly.
On seminar days, snacks and lunches are served from a buffet table with a variety of options. If you have any special dietary questions or wishes, please contact the hotel directly:

Note!  You have a possibility to join us for a common dinner on the 30th of August evening. This is at your own cost, but you will meet participants, Forest Mind professionals and lecturers. Tell us you are joining no later than 15.8.2024 at
There is the Kaarna buffet group menu available, look at here:

More Information in english: erja(at) or forestmindseminar(at)