IFTDays 2020 will be held in Parkano, in the western part of Finland on 2nd – 8th of July.
Speakers and guides IFTDays 2020
hails from the Great State of Minnesota in the Upper Midwest. He is a licensed Landscape Architect and lover of forests, music, and delicious food. David is an ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Trail Certification Consultant. He enjoys public speaking and leading public engagement exercises. David is a thinker of big thoughts and tries everyday to become a better practitioner of Stoic philosophy.
Dr Gorana Isailovic is a professor at Academy for applied studies Belgrade Department Higher education, School of Professional Health Studies. Gorana is the President of Medical SPA Association of Serbia from the 2011 and Co-President of Forest therapy SEE from 2019. She’s a ANFT Certified forest therapy guide (2017) and INFOM certified Forest medical Specialist from 2019. She conducts research in the field of Forest medicine, Rx nature, mental wellbeing and Art in nature and certifies trails, individual approaches to health tourism and forest SPA clients.
Riitta Wahlström is used to trees from early childhood in Finland in the deep forest. Later on she became Environmental educator teaching at university. As a psychologists she got very happy to develop practices reconnecting people to Nature. She found that tree practices are the best ones to inspire people to love Nature and become more balanced. She loves to share those in her trainings and books all over the world.
Sirpa Kurppa is a Research professor (Emerita) Ph.D., from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) the group of Sustainability Science and Indicators. Her special competences are: agroecology, ecology of food systems, integrated and sustainable food production, environmental assessment, life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-design. Sirpa’s novel interests are ‘soft infrastructure’, frugality and role of elderly people (women especially) in sustainable and regenerative economy. At present she is coordinating the guiding group of the association Elonkierron Ystävät ry http://elonkierronystavat.fi/. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saija Lehtonen is an artist and a creator. She spent her childhood in a middle of a forest in the Central Finland. Nature as a whole and natural materials such as fish scale, elk hair, wood and mushroom pigments are her main sources of inspiration and the profound basis of her work. Saija is also intrigued by the cultural heritage and traditions of the Arctic. In her opinion ecological arts and handicrafts are often reflecting deeper understanding of the circle of life and nature. Working with natural materials and with our own hands connects us to this cycle and to our surrounding environment.
Henrik Ohlsson shares his time between Stockholm, where he is working on his PhD at Södertörn University, and a countryside homestead, where he engage in developing permaculture subsistence farming. Henrik is conducting an ethnographic study about experiences of deepened nature connection. His ambition is to contribute with a humanities perspective to the fast-growing field of research on nature and wellbeing. (Photo: Anna Hartvig)
Mirja “Metsäkellijä” Nylander is a forest worker, master of science of forestry, forest mystic and author of four books – two of which are related to healing forests. She lives in a small wooden house in the middle of old forest. This is the forest in the Finnish Lakeland area, where Mirja’s ancestors lived over 700 years ago. (Photo: Paavo Hamunen)