Post-conference activity: Meditation retreat

Meditation retreat 21–22 November 2020

After the conference, we offer the possibility to join us for a meditation retreat. The idea is to deepen our understanding of ecofeminism. When we take care of our bodies and minds, we are more able to transfer our understanding and learning to everyday actions. As we add feelings of community in our lives, we gain more resources for ourselves to keep living more sustainably.

The meditation retreat is held in collaboration with yoga and meditation teacher Riina Laitinen and meditation teacher Derek Rasmussen (CAN). The two-day retreat includes discussions, silence, sitting and walking meditations, yoga, accommodation and food.

You will need to bring your own sheets or sleeping bag and a towel. We recommend warm clothes, as well as suitable clothes for outdoor activities.

Time: 21.–22.11.2020

Price: 60 eur (includes accommodation, vegetarian meals and transportation)

Place: Niemi-Kapee cottages located on shores of lake Näsijärvi in Tampere, Finland (Kapeenniementie 22, 34260 Terälahti)



Riina Laitinen, Vinyasa & Yin yoga teacher – Meditation teacher

Despite of her young age Riina Laitinen, founder of Ivalo Yoga, has gathered a wide range of experience from yogic studies that has lead to her graduation as a Vinyasa yoga teacher in the Spring of 2018, in Chamonix, France. She is an adventurer at heart, a calm nature lover who loves sports and wellbeing and spending time outdoors, especially in Finnish Lapland or the Central European Alps.

Yoga has helped her through many obstacles in the past few years – both physical and psychological – and taught her how to live a more meaning-full, happier life while discovering the mystical connection between our physical and psychological selves. Background from various sports has taught her to understand the human anatomy and its complexity. Through this she has developed an interest in correcting the imbalance in the body created by sports performance – and everyday life – through regular practise of yoga.

As a teacher, Riina is versatile, individual and safe. Vinyasa Yoga style is a swaying, body-orientated movement that, at its best, helps to achieve the so-called flow-state, where the movement is simultaneously continuous, strong but gentle, and creates a deep feel of peace and presence.


Derek Rasmussen, Meditation teacher and activist

Derek has taught meditation in Nunavut, BC, Ontario, Quebec and New Zealand for over 20 years. He is a resident teacher at the Morin Heights Dharma House in Quebec. He mixes meditation with activism, ecology, art, and humor. He helped to found and the Alliance for NonViolent Action (ANVA) and the first East Timor solidarity group in Canada. For the past 20 years, he has worked with Inuit organizations in Nunavut.