10 to 12 October 2013

‘Boundaries on the border’ is an open seminar for those who seek new boundaries, for those who defend the old ones, for researchers of human growth and development, for supervisors, for developers of organisations. For all these people in their different roles: as professionals and as clients, as acquaintances and as strangers, as supporters and as opponents. ‘Ordinary people’ without professional splendour or background are especially welcome. This seminar aims at supporting – with a light hand – authentic speech and the touching of important and topical issues. In itself, this seminar is an experiential learning experience: an attempt to approach and open up the dimensions of gaining new insights and the dimensions of possibilities. An attempt to ruminate together.

‘How to see? How to say it?’ We work and live our lives within various boundaries. Gradually we begin to see what has been on view the whole time; little by little we are encouraged to say what needs be said, and even that which has been left unsaid. As if in a miracle we pass through the impossible, and then we stop, amazed – realising that we have crossed the border. This seminar poses the question of what we know about boundaries, do we notice it when we cross a border, do we see and understand, what do we say and can we express what we understand?

‘Important and topical’. The question of ‘important and topical issues’ renders us empty and irresolute when we do not know what to say. Uncertainty easily makes us underrate our own knowledge. At its best, that uncertainty may make us sensitive and it may lead us to becoming seekers. Without noticing it, we may also end up knowing more than we are aware of. Our own experience often knows more than we are aware of. The philosophy of lightness may help us study and recognise the boundaries. This seminar is a light-spirited yet serious-minded series of professional dialogues and individual encounters, of old questions, new answers, new questions and, perhaps, old answers.

Programme: Each day includes a short outdoor recreation trip and/or excursion, an insight discussion on the subject, science and art rounds, as well as an evening by the fire. It is also possible to participate for only one day. This seminar is part of the innovation and interconnection work of the Metanoia Institute. Hence, there is no actual participation fee. (Accommodation, meals and travel are at the participants’ own expense. Limited availability of accommodation!) There will be an open book market. You are welcome to bring your own books to the book market as well. Please note that minor changes may be made to the programme.

Thursday 10 October

Arrival, check in. Orientation: sense of time and place.

10:00 a.m. ‘Boundaries on the border’. The concept of the seminar. Introduction, orientation and opening words. Opening of the book market.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

13:30 p.m. On the boundary between individuality and community. ‘How to see? How to say it?’ Experiences of studying W.R. Bion. Science, art and religion as dimensions of human experience. Dialogue lecture. (Timo Totro D.Th. BA )

15:00 p.m. Coffee

15:30 p.m. On the boundary between our own individual humanity and universality. DVD presentation: ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ by Samuel Beckett. (Psychoanalyst Erkki-Pekka Kinnunen).

17:00 p.m. Dinner

18:00 to 21:00 p.m. Sauna and evening by the fire (the sauna at Harrinpirtti, the smoke sauna at Iikan Pirtti Museum Cottage).

Friday 11 October

9:00 a.m. A short nature and history excursion. ‘On the boundary between the seen and the passed’. Departure from and arrival at Harrinpirtti. (If the weather demands, we will stay indoors). Short walks to (alternatively, depending on the weather): the Spring, Iikan Pirtti Museum Cottage and the old mill, the Brook, the Great Rock.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

13:30 p.m. Language and identity. On the boundary between language and the lack of language. How can we speak? About what and in which language?  (writer Pänktti Pohjanen PhD).

15:00 p.m. Coffee

15:30 p.m. Music as an image of the boundary between the heavenly and the earthly (researcher and cantor Marja Mustakallio PhD)

17:00 p.m. Dinner

18:00 to 22:00 p.m. Evening by the fire. Touching important and topical issues.

Saturday 12 October

9:00 a.m. A short nature and history excursion. ‘On the boundary between the seen and the passed’. Departure from and arrival at Harrinpirtti. Same destinations as on Friday, new alternatives.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

13:00 p.m. ‘On the boundary between the new and the old’. Old and new thoughts on organisational structure. Organisation and the society. New democracy. (Risto Puutio PhD Psych and Organisational Consultant FINOD Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä)

14:30 p.m. Coffee

15:00 Open Space: creative repetition of nature destinations and discussions. Packing, waiting for the train, discussions indoors and outdoors. Closing of the book market.

Accommodation is at the College, where meals are also served. Evening events at Harri’s hideout.

Meals €48/person/day + VAT 14%
Accommodation in flats €33/person/night + VAT 10%

The prices include:
– Accommodation in a single room in a flat of six room, shared kitchenette, toilet and bathroom.
– Thursday: coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner and light evening snack
– Friday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner and light evening snack
– Saturday: breakfast, lunch and coffee

Registration: metanoia@metanoia.fi

Venue: Oulu Deaconess Institute, Ylitornio College in Ylitornio. It is located in northern Finland just below the arctic circle. Nearest airport: Kemi-Tornio. Ylitornio can also be reached by train. The organisers are happy to help in ground transportation from the airport or train stations.

Venue address: ODL Ylitornio College

Alkkulanraitti 2, 95600 Ylitornio Selttamäki 23

Finland                 www.yko.fi 95600 Ylitornio, Finland