Hello there! I am Virva Niissalo, outdoor enthusiast and activity guide. My company Kuntovirkku offers nature walks, urban hiking and Forest Mind wellness walks in Helsinki area.
Nature promotes our health in many ways. Spending time in nature can bring every one of us more vitality, better health and fitness, and most of all more joy! Besides bodies, I want to move people’s minds, and get my customers to think about their health and wellness from new perspectives.
Forest Mind Method
Forest Mind is a Finnish method of mental skills exercises designed to utilize and intensify the natural healing effects of forests. This method uses the latest, most widely accepted trends in psychology, therapy, and coaching, including mindfulness and life coaching, in a natural setting or with natural imagery.
Anyone can use the Forest Mind exercises consciously and purposefully to develop internal mental skills that support physical and mental wellness. There are more than 100 exercises, which you can practice either outdoors or indoors, alone or in a group. Forest Mind is ideal for promoting self-awareness, relaxation, stress relief, refreshment, and invigoration.
Forest Mind Wellness Walks
Recharge your body and mind in nature! During this nature walk you will get to know the Forest Mind method. We intensify nature’s own health effects by activating our senses and strengthening a receptive and friendly relationship with ourselves. After the exercises your body feels refreshed and relaxed, you feel better with yourself and have more positive feelings and energy.
Want to join me? I arrange regular wellness walks on Wednesday evenings, starting from Myö Hostel, Tenholantie 10 F, Helsinki. The walk starts at 18.oo and lasts about 1,5 hours. Price is 20 euros per person. Please sign in by emailing me to virva (at) kuntovirkku.fi.
Next walks: 13.6. / 20.6. / 27.6. / 4.7. / 11.7. / 18.7.
Forest Mind wellness moment can be arranged in a park, garden, forest, seashore or other natural environment. Prepare for the weather, put on enough clothes suitable for light movement and wear shoes which allow you to walk on natural surfaces. The program is suitable for everyone, disabilities can be taken into account depending on location.
You can also book a Forest Mind Wellness Walk for a group. Prices start from 225 € + VAT 24% for a group of 5-15 people. Please contact me for more details!
See the city with new eyes: combine sightseeing, exercise and nature experience!
Urban hiking means exploring the city by walking. The route follows streets, walking paths and trails, and you can see both interesting sights as well as beautiful nature views. Maybe we’ll stop in a nice café on the way too. Hiking in the city is good exercise, and you will see and experience things you wouldn´t see while sitting in the car.
My first urban hike will take you to Töölö district. On the way we will see interesting local places and refresh ourselves in city nature. The route follows streets and in some parts sandy walking trails. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water and a little snack. We may also stop for an ice cream or a cup of coffee, so take some cash with you.
Route: Kamppi – Hietaniemi – Sibelius park – Laakso/ Central park – Winter garden – Töölö bay – Kamppi
Lenght: appr. 10 kilometres, estimated duration about 3 hours
Starting point: Kamppi metro station opposite of Autotalo at 10.00
First test hike on Monday 25.6., participation fee 10 € (card or cash). The walk will be guided in Finnish and/or English depending on participants.
Want to join? Sign up by email virva (at) kuntovirkku.fi or 050 379 2879 by Thursday 21.6. Welcome!
Let’s meet in nature!
Outdoor activity guide & Forest Mind instructor
virva (at) kuntovirkku.fi
+358 50 379 2879