LIVING MYTH

All Age Creativity Festival in Estonia

June 29 – July 10, 2020

Living Myth Creativity Festival
is a democratic space
for people of all ages
from different countries
who speak Russian and/or English.

We invite children without adults,
adults without children,
and children with adults.
Living Myth Creativity Festival is a place where we encounter ourselves and others in a variety of creative contexts. Being in contact with ourselves, we co-create a shared environment rich with important events, contents and meanings. It can be anything from cooking dinner to dreamwork laboratory, from going to the river to looking into each other's eyes during a jam session. Such interactions create an atmosphere of heart, warm communications and everyday miracles. It is about joy of the present moment, freedom of expression, seeing nuances and details, hearing music of being, feeling our humanness and laughter, experiencing all that we sometimes miss in everyday life. . .
We learn to be ourselves together. And we invite you with us.

Michael Yoshpa
festival founder
WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT
Children and adults create and live this summer adventure together: set up camp, cook food, organize camp environment, play, and do all kinds of creative things. Every day many labs and workshops will be offered: performance, theater, music, painting, dancing, photography, land art, nature studies, etc. We will engage in sharing circles, body-oriented practices, role-playing games, day trips, and nature immersions. We also plan to sing under the stars, swim in crystal-clear lakes of Lahemaa National Park, pick berries and mushrooms in the forest, bike to the Baltic Sea, enjoy our camp's Forest Spa, and laugh many times a day!
FESTIVAL LOCATION
Our festival will take place at Kodu Retreat Center, in Estonia's Lahemaa National Park. Project Kodu is just 60 km away from the capital city of Tallinn, but it is a very special world. Upon arrival you will find yourself in a real fairy tale, amidst ancient pine trees, pristine lakes and Baltic seashore. This natural off-grid retreat center has all necessary amenities, including large cosy tents with beds, sauna, outdoor spa, hot showers, well-equipped kitchen and free bicycles. But what is even more important, you will be surrounded by pristine nature in the company of friends!
Our festival offers a lot of space and time to just be. Be alone and together. Be joyful and sad. Be creative and co-creative. One could read a book or cook lunch, do some gardening, daydream in a hammock, sing or dance in the forest, swim in a lake, build a raft and embark on a spontaneous journey. Here we create and celebrate together. Everything we dream about happens here. And it feels good.
Yana K.M
festival founder
OUR DAILY SCHEDULE
08:00 – 08:30
08:00 – 08:30
Wake up
08:30 – 09:30
08:30 – 09:30
Body-oriented practices
09:30 – 10:00
09:30 – 10:00
Breakfast
10:00 – 10:30
10:00 – 10:30
Camp meeting
10:30 – 13:00
10:30 – 13:00
Workshops and labs
13:00 – 14:00
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 16:00
14:00 – 16:00
Free time
16:00 – 18:00
16:00 – 18:00
Workshops and labs
18:00 – 19:00
18:00 – 19:00
Dinner
19:00 – 21:00
19:00 – 21:00
Evening activities
21:00 – 22:00
21:00 – 22:00
Qigong
22:00
22:00
Bedtime
OUR TEAM
Michael Yoshpa
facilitator, leader of creativity laboratories
Doctor of Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry, Master's Degree in Biological Sciences, graduated from the International School of Shiatsu, as well as the SAT Program by Dr. Claudio Naranjo.

Facilitator at internal development and self-realization retreats, photographer, Sun Moo Do martial arts senior instructor of Grand Master Bong Pil Yang lineage (USA), Ashtanga Yoga instructor of David Swenson lineage (USA), and Zhineng Qigong teacher of Master Ming Pang lineage (China).

Michael Yoshpa is engaged in the development and integration of innovative learning systems for children and adults. He is the author and leader of several educational laboratories: MySelf, LifeStream, Living Science, Living Dreams, and Living Myth, all of which are syntheses of traditional and devised approaches that Michael has developed over the course of many years in study, practice and research. He is founder of Russia's nationwide educational project, Future Now, as well as Facilitators school designed for psychologists and interpersonal specialists. He teaches yoga, meditation, Qigong and martial arts, works to develop and organize creative workshops, seminars, retreats, and individualized creative spaces. Michael is also engaged in conflict mediation.

Michael Yoshpa has fifteen years of experience in creating educational spaces, workshops, retreats, and seminars in the USA, Russia, Israel, Slovenia and Ukraine.

At the festival Michael will teach Qigong, LifeStream and creativity laboratories.
Tatyana Shultz
psychologist
For more than fifteen years Tatyana has been working as school psychologist creating supportive and positive environment for all participants of the educational process. She took part in many democratic camps, including one of her own, created in 2013. This camp, called "Poluchayetsa," is still active. Tatyana also led educational programs at Children's "Bumper" Book Bus Project. She presently works as a psychologist at a school in Moscow, and supports several book-based projects.

At the festival Tanya sees her mission in keeping children comfortable and safe, while maintaining respectful and beautiful environment for creative freedom and growth. She knows how to be attentive to children's needs, how to engage them in activities and conversations about all things important.
Katya Kalyuzhnaya
choreographer, dancer and pedagogue
Katya is engaged in "Ohne Zucker" Project, researching performance and contemporary dance. She creates solo projects and collaborates with other Russian artists. In her work she addresses everyday activities and body-oriented practices, such as dance, authentic movement, qigong, etc., aiming to create various precedents and conditions for improvisation.

In November 2018 during her art residence at ZIL Cultural Center in Moscow, Katya presented her solo project "I'm enterning the forest." Before that she collaborated with a Russian composer Kirill Shirokov and a group of actors from "Stanislavsky Electro Theater," during Sixth Moscow International Junior Art Biennale.

Since 2018 Katya has been teaching dance to children, and leading dance and movement laboratories of her own design. Presently she is a teacher at children's Glaz-Almaz theater studio. Last summer she led "Antiquity through performance" lab for students of Russian State University for the Humanities. She is currently launching Aesthesis lab to investigate the interplay of movement and perception.

At the festival Kaya will lead dance and improvisation workshop, which in the end might culminate in a group performance.
Julia Zagarova
comfort and nutrition coordinator
By education Julia is a project manager, but by vocation – a creator of comfortable and cosy settings.

In the course of her extraordinary professional life Julia managed to switch several successful careers ranging from call-center operator to tender process manager for a large company, from air hostess to chief flight attendant on giant Aeroflot's Boeing aircrafts. Julia was also employed as a bartender, a CEO personal assistant, and tried many other things. As jobs kept changing, Julia kept developing her core talents: working with people, attention to details, and creating safe environments filled with love and care.

Julia is also a talented artist, a great Italian chef, loves planning and organizing data in Excel spreadsheets... and at one time she even got into the "Most beautiful Russian stewardess" pageant finals!

At the festival Julia will serve as kitchen coordinator and beauty and comfort promoter.
Sergey Remizov
musical experiments
Education: Department of Foreign Languages at Lomonosov Moscow State University; Vocal Performance at British Institute of Modern Music, London.

Activities: Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, sound engineer, composer, songwriter, instructor in development projects designed for children and adults, author of LaMuse Musical Laboratory, creator of several music collectives, and now the front man of Hypnoblue. For four years was a team member of Future Now educational camps for children and adults, where he led musical labs, jam sessions, created orchestra of unimaginable music, and other musical insanities.

Sergey has taken part in an endless procession of educational and creative projects around the world, projects that constantly keep him looking for new tools to develop as a musician himself. In his opinion, the most important thing in music is that which cannot be put into words – a kind of magic, which makes you hang on every note and stop in fascination at the unexplainably beautiful capacity that music has to paint the world. And even though there are many subtle difficulties in getting a handle on this thing, he is sure it is possible. And that is what lies at the foundation of his course; a course that incorporates years of practice and collecting the best of what he's learned throughout the world.

Sergey is fluent in four languages, is a Qigong teacher and loves Radiohead and Coldplay bands. He is half Italian, so some people call him Sergio :)

At the festival Sergey will create all kinds of musical activities and musical experiments.
Polina Vaserman
daily life and excursions coordinator
Polina was born and grew up in Moscow, and moved to the US after graduating from high school. She currently lives in Boston, MA. Polina graduated from University of Michigan, specializing in computer technologies, and has been working in this field for the last fifteen years. She also earned an MBA degree, which fostered her organizational and management skills. Despite her job and college education, her high school liberal arts education is a core of her lifetime interests. She takes active part in Boston' Russian-speaking community life, organizes music festivals, theater projects for all ages, family camps, etc. Polina is a mother of two kids, aging seven and nine, who recently became her travel and camping companions, and colleagues in children's theatrical performances.

At the festival Polina will gladly use her organizational skills to streamline everyday life, activities and field trips for all ages.
Sofia Dorobinskaya
facilitator and organizer of evening activities
Sofia graduated with a law degree from The Higher School of Economics in Moscow. At the moment, Sofia is studying Transpersonal Psychotherapy at Naropa University (Boulder, USA).

Sofia is an educational facilitator in projects for children and adults, photographer, aspiring psychotherapist, and co-organizer of music laboratories LaMuse. She also led two Living Myth expeditions to Israel.

All you need to do is look at Sofia to dispel any doubts you might have about her. She has the rare gift of bringing an especially comfortable atmosphere into the room with her, wherever she goes. But all the same, it's good to know that Sofia has been working in the field of development and education with children and adults for over ten years. For over five years, she was involved in anticorruption activities and human rights efforts in Russia.

She spent one year living on an eco-farm in Israel, learning the principles of Permaculture and applied ecology, but right now, Sonya lives in America and studies at Naropa University, where she also works as a photographer.

During the festival Sofia will lead evening activities and teach a photo laboratory.
Photo Album 2019
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What makes Living Myth special?
Living Myth Festival is a special environment designed for creativity research and experiments, where everyone composes one's own melody of interests. It is an environment of depth ecology of relationship with oneself, with nature, with others, with silence... with everything we encounter. We do not teach about life and its purpose, we do not preach, and we do not give any ready-made answers to important questions. We offer an opportunity to be together and be by oneself, to feel and perceive harmony and beauty, to open oneself to life, feelings and discoveries. People, flowers, rain, birds and pebbles... everything around us is filled with music that resounds for those who listen and are willing to hear. We, children and adults, co-create our festival together. We are cooking food, playing, making decisions, traveling, creating, deepening our contact and fine-tuning our awareness to the world within and around us.
At what age can children participate in the festival?
We invite children from age three to our festival.
How many people will be at the festival?
We will have a relatively small amount of festival participants, about fifty people including children and adults. We create an intimate environment where we can give everyone our full attention, address all initiatives and hear all suggestions. We maintain an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation fostering co-creative teamwork that supports all of us during and after the festival.
Where will we sleep?
We will sleep in large luxurious tents with beds, provided by Project Kodu.
And what about food?
We will eat fresh organic fruit, vegetables, cheese and other delicacies from the Project Kodu and from other neighboring farms. We will cook our food on site. We will play cooking and enjoy eating together in the Conscious Eating and Spontaneous Cooking Laboratory. This is an important part of our festival.
How to get to the festival site?
There is a comfortable bus from Tallinn to the city of Loksa. Bus Tallinn-Loksa number 155E departs every 1,5 hours from the Bus Stop number 5 at Baltijaam located near the railway station. You can see the Bus schedule at www.peatus.ee. Bus trip to Loksa takes about 1,5 hours and costs 3 Euros. Please let us know in advance the time of your arrival, so we can arrange a free shuttle from Loksa to the festival site for you.

You can also take a taxi to the festival site from Tallinn for 50 Euros, or from the airport for 90 Euros.
What should I take with me for the trip?
Please, pack light, comfortable clothing and footwear, suitable for hiking, body-oriented practices and trekking. You will also need a swimsuit and a yoga mat. We will send you a detailed list after you register for the festival.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, all festival participants need international medical insurance.
How to make a payment for the festival?
You can make a nonrefundable downpayment of €450 Euros in person, through PayPal or to our bank account. The remaining amount is paid in cash on the first day of the festival. We encourage you to make a downpayment as soon as possible, so you could take advantage of all early booking benefits, such as:
– The best price with maximum discount for "early birds"
– Guaranteed place in the program
– Possibility to get the best airfare prices

Participants are strongly requested to pay in Euro with new, unmarked and undamaged bills! If you pay with other currency, marked or damaged bills, an additional fee of 10% of the festival price will have to be paid.
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."
– Joseph Campbell
PRICING
June 29 – July 10, 2020
12 days
«Early Bird» Discount
The discount is valid only if a nonrefundable
downpayment of €450 is paid by May 1, 2020.
Regular Price
A nonrefundable downpayment of €450
must be paid by June 20, 2020.
What is included?
  • Transfer from Loksa to the festival site and back
  • 12-day accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Participation in all laboratories and workshops
  • Participation in hikes, field trips and excursions
  • Bicycle rental

Not included:

  • Visa
  • International airfare
  • Bus fare from Tallinn to Loksa
  • Insurance
To book a place at the festival you need to pay €450 downpayment.

Attention:
€450 is a nonrefundable downpayment. We use this money to book lodging and meals for you. If you decide to cancel your participation, the downpayment will not be returned.
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