Learning Village 2015

Photo by Irmeli Aro

Living our Future – Exploring the ways in which we want to work and live together

Suomenlinna / Sveaborg, Helsinki, Finland
27-30 March, 2015

Welcome to the first Learning Village in Finland! The purpose of the Learning Village is to come together, share and reflect on your questions, inspire each other, bridge people and projects, work together, and strengthen our relationships through our conversations and stories.

Since this is also a meeting of practitioners using participatory approaches,  we can exchange experiences and learn from our practices. Methods will not be taught; but there will be opportunities to practice and methods will be introduced if used (e.g. Open Space and Circle Work).

We will live and work on the historical fortress island of Sveaborg in Helsinki. Sveaborg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in maritime environment and surrounded by nature and layers of history. We will here explore questions, ideas and concepts we wish to be part of our future world: what do we want to leave behind, what are the key aspects we want to take care of on a deeper level? You are welcome to invite friends and colleagues who may be interested..


  • Aime Virkkilä-Accorsi, Brazil/Finland
  • Aleksis Nokso-Koivisto, Finland
  • Amanda Fenton, Canada
  • Anu Lajunen, Finland
  • Beatrice Lukas, Austria
  • Christine Langinauer, Finland
  • Cristian Costin, Romania
  • Danae Valenza, Australia
  • Diana Jean Reyes, Singapore
  • Eleni Tsitsirikou, Finland/Greece
  • Elselien Epema, Netherlands
  • Felix Moser, Austria
  • Heli Vuoksimaa, Finland
  • Irmeli Aro, Finland
  • Jan-Erik Tarpila, Finland
  • Jani Turku, Finland
  • Jesse Soininen, Finland
  • Juha Huuskonen, Finland
  • Jukka Lokka, Finland
  • Kirsi Joenpolvi, Finland
  • Kristiina Ullgrén, Finland
  • Lena Maria Jacobsson, Austria/Sweden
  • Maija Kotamäki, Finland
  • Maria Joutsenvirta, Spain/Finland
  • Markku Hakala, Finland
  • Martin Röll, Germany
  • Myles Byrne, USA/Finland
  • Nancy Bragard, USA/France
  • Niilo Remes, Finland
  • Olivier Winghart, France/Sweden
  • Oskari Niitamo, Finland
  • Pekka Leikas, Finland
  • Petri Lievonen, Finland
  • Rachid Bouhalloufa, Algeria
  • Rainer von Leoprechting, Austria/Germany
  • Simo Routarinne, Finland
  • Simon McGuinness, Australia
  • Stephanie Roiko, Finland
  • Tanja Korvenmaa, Finland
  • Thomas Perret, Finland
  • Tiina Hoskari, Finland
  • Tuomas Laasanen, Finland
  • Wilma Kusek, Austria
  • Vilma Mutka, Finland
  • Viola Tschendel, Germany/Denmark
  • Viv McWaters, Australia
  • Åsa Lönnqvist, Finland

Calling Team:

  • Juha Huuskonen
  • Jan-Erik Tarpila
  • Vilma Mutka
  • Kirsi Joenpolvi
  • Stephanie Roiko


  • Rainer von Leoprechting
  • Amanda Fenton
  • Lena Maria Jacobsson
  • Viola Tschendel
  • Nancy Bragard

Three stages of the Learning Village week

2014-10-17 13.42.40-1Design and Settle (1,5 days) – Settling down in Sveaborg and living it’s historical and natural beauty in the Helsinki archipelago. You are welcome to prepare the premises and spirit of the learning village, hang around with others or be helpful in any other way. If you wish to take part in the designing and hosting, please contact anyone in the calling team. The info can be found at the section Hosting.

DSCN7403LEARNING VILLAGE (4 days) – Exploring the ways in which we want to work and live together. We are living our future by exploring and listening to where we are and where we want to go. We are finding wise ways forward and witnessing each other into our individual and collective potential. We will use circle and Open Space and other participatory methods that the villagers are inspired to use together.

sveaborg_wallsPost learning village reflection time (1,5 days) – The premises and accommodation are available for slow check-outs. There is time to create self-organized activities, spontaneous post-workshops, space for reflection and time to explore surroundings in good company or just to hang around and do nothing.


Post-event reflections – poems, stories, etc:


A great selection of photos from Learning Village 2015 can be found from Irmeli Aro’s Flickr page.


learning-village-viola-2Illustrations by Viola Tschendel