Wilds of Finland – Spirit of the Four Winds
August 3-17, 2017
Journey into Lapland with us:
Purify in the Midnight Sun
Learn to speak some Finnish
Drink deep of Sami Traditions
Journey to the Wild & Sacred Sites of Finland
Co-Facilitator Support Team:
The journey begins at Wildsoul Finland, August 4-6…
Imagine your feet pulsing on the earth, feeling the direct current of wilds of Scandinavia. Suomi, or Finland, is the birthplace of seers, the harbor of Northmen, the epicenter of indigenous Sami traditions, and refuge for a vast expanse of wilderness sculpted by glaciers. Pure waters abound and beckon to the traveler. Sink into icy rivers and lakes while being refreshed by the Finnish sauna. In the world between time, ice giants, dwarves, and dragons lurk at the edge of our imagination. Listen closely, and we can still hear their voices on the four winds.
Hail the Guardians! For hundreds of years, Finnish seers and wind magicians were coveted for their skills in the art of sea navigation and controlling the winds. Not only could they read the stars to navigate, but they could also read the invisible forces in the space between the stars. As you move through the Finnish landscape, whether these seers run through your DNA or you have begun to awaken your indigenous Wildsoul, you can feel as if you were walking through a waking dream. The Telluric currents, boreal forest, lakes, fens, and midnight sun all speak in the voice of the Four Winds, the heart of the Sami people.
This journey will begin after our Wildsoul Retreat in Finland in the summer of 2017, with firewalks, trance dances, shamanic journeys, and the Sami yoik singing tradition. The Wildsoul Finland Retreat will set the container for our group, form group bonds, invite us into a living relationship with the land, and allow us to step into the time between time. We will time in the Finnish Lakeland, then travel further north into Lapland. On the journey, we will be embraced by the natural elements and greeted by the beings who call this north country their home. We will merge into the elements in the Finno-Ugric traditions, carrying our gifts to the Four Winds into Lapland and then back to our homes. We will learn some Finnish. We will activate and integrate the powerful and sacred landscape of the northern wilds in our resonant fields. And, we will have a lot of fun together!
August 3 – Arrive in Helsinki and commute to the Päppäri Retreat Center, Puhossalontie, Finland for Wildsoul.
August 4-6 – Wildsoul Retreat Finland – Opening retreat and team building for the journey to Lapland.
August 7 – Northbound to Lapland, stop in Puolanka area and stay at the Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve.
August 8 – Hepoköngäs waterfall hike and continue journey north to Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Yoiking (Lapish singing), sauna, tee-pee, Lapish dinner, and short evening hike.
August 9 – Pyhä-Luosto National Park Lampivaara amethyst mine visit. Hike into Isokuru for ancient forests and water blessing at a Pyhänkasteenputous (“initiate of the sacred”) waterfall that has been a part of water blessing ceremonies for centuries.
August 10 – Drive from Pyhä-Luosto to Ivalo and from Ivalo to Inari. Visit Siida (The National Museum of the Finnish Sami). Take a ferry out to Ukonsaari Island, a rocky island with steep cliffs and sacred cave, rising in the middle of lake Inarijärvi. This is the most famous sacred place of worship among Sami people in Finland. Settle in for our homestay on a reindeer farm for our time in the region.
August 11 – Day hike out to the Cave of Tupavaara (Tupavaaran Luola ja Karhunpesä) and the bear nest through old-growth boreal forests. We will partake in a shamanic journey in the cave. Beautiful forests, cliffs, lakes, and fells in the some of the oldest trees and forest in the world. An evening of story telling around the fire, traditional Lapish meal, yoiking, deep listening, and sharing.
August 12 – Today we will hike deep into the wilderness, possible kayaking, and cultural heritage site visits along on the River of Love (Lemmenjoki) in the Lemmenjoki National Park. Sauna and cold plunge at our homestay.
August 13 – Soak in the essence of Lapland! We will spend a day in the Inari area at or near our homestay for a day of relaxation, meditation, qigong, yoga, sauna, and free time with options for solo time in the wilderness.
August 14 – Commute to the west coast (Gulf of Bothnia) traveling south towards Turku into Finnish-Swedish sunshine and beach camping at Kalajoki. Day hike on the way to the mysterious Kivipirtti cave, gathering place of elemental beings to compete and share knowledge.
August 16 – Enjoy the archipelago of islands stretching to the southwest for a few days of kayaking, boating, and integration on the Baltic Sea before heading back to Helsinki to fly home on the 17th.
August 17 – Commute back to Helsinki. If you plan to stay in Helsinki or have other Finnish travel plans post-trip, please let us know. Otherwise, please plan to fly out no earlier than 12:00 pm on the 17th.
Registration for this program includes the Wildsoul Finland retreat as well.
$2,595.00 / €2.180,00 per person (approx.)
$3,035.00 / €2.580,00 per person (approx.)/(all cabins with beds)
Cost for registration for the Wilds of Finland journey includes the cost of the Wildsoul Finland weekend (August 4-6, 2017). For accommodations on this journey, we will both be in forested campgrounds as well as homestays and cabins. All camping gear with the exception of sleeping bags will be provided by the Finnish ground team. For those who wish to stay in cabins with beds at the campgrounds for the 6 nights that we will be camping, there is an increase in the fee to cover the additional cost. Breakfasts are included. Deposits of $300 per person must be received by June 21, 2017, in order to obtain the Early-bird rate. Registration is $2,595.00 (approx. €2,180.00) for the Early-bird rate including all transportation, guide/entrance fees, 6 nights camping fees, 5 nights cabin/homestay fees, breakfasts, and more. You will be responsible for your own lunches and dinners, though these will be shared meals. If you wish to stay in the cabins with beds at the campgrounds, the cost is $3,035.00 (approx. €2,580.00). The price will go up on June 22, 2017, to $2,995.00 (approx. €2,460.00) per person for the partial camping option, or $3,435.00 (approx. €2,860.00) for the cabin option.
It is preferred that you register by contacting Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org and send a check by snail mail, but registration is also available online via PayPal. All payments are due by July 4, 2017. Cancellation refund policy is return of payment less a $175 service fee through July 4, 2017. After July 4, 2017, we will be unable to refund any cancellations.
You are responsible for your own flights to and from Helsinki (HEL) from your home city. We will have vans to transport everyone from the airport to Päppäri retreat center for Wildsoul Finland, where the journey begins, on August 4th. In order to utilize this transportation, everyone must be landed in Helsinki and at the airport or other predetermined location by noon, local time, on August 3, 2017. This is when the vans will leave. Arrivals after 12:00 PM local time on August 3, 2017 will need to find their own transportation means to the Päppäri retreat center. Flights home on the 17th should be scheduled no earlier than 12:00 pm.