***A WINNER OF VISIT FINLAND AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE AWARD 2018***
Our 2h Cocooning experience starts in Veitservasa, a place full of stories and family history. We walk through Raekallio family's old woodlands, and hear how the forests history is intertwined with the events of the 1900s. We take a chance to experience the trees, marvel at the stillness of the nature and breathe in worlds cleanest air.
After a 500 m walk we arrive at the HaliPuu hugging tree forest. Pappa, an old lumberjack and the owner of the woods, saved it from harvesting and now the century-old pine-trees are being adopted by people from around the world. Can you spot the cocoons among the trees?
During the walk our specialist guide takes you through a series of relaxing exercises designed to bring you into the here and now. When you feel ready, you are tucked into your hammock-nest for the ultimate forest relaxation. There is nothing to accomplish, nothing to perform. You are free to just be.
Afterwards we share a traditional warm blueberry soup and a savoury snack.
We head back the same route, but this time at a bit different tempo we are now in the rhytm of the forest.
*Finnish people have been drawing their health from the forests for centuries. We have been going into the woods for stress release and healing even before the modern research into the medicinal qualities of trees. Nowadays we know that the phytonsides emitted by pine trees take down the cortisol and adrenaline levels of the body, decrease the blood pressure and increase the white cell count. Just a couple of hours in the forest can bring health benefits that last for weeks.*