Welcome to Life!
Life is an international Christian arts and action camp, organized by Finnish Lutheran Mission and Creative Arts Europe.
Every summer about 150 students and 100 volunteers & workshop and bible teachers gather up in southern Finland to learn more about God and the potential He has put into us. For those, who don’t speak Finnish (yet!), the camp program and workshops are translated into English. :)
If you want to discover your talent in arts or develop your skills as a dancer, actor, musician etc. this is camp is for you! It doesn’t matter how much you know already or how good someone else is compared to you. This camp is not about comparing! In our encouraging atmosphere everyone has a chance to learn something new about their passion, about themselves and about the Person who made you that way!
Everyone is talented, so pack up and head out to spend an awesome week at Life camp!
Please register on July 6th at latest. If you don’t know whether you’re coming or not, we recommend to register now and cancel later, if needed. Cancelling doesn’t cost anything. :)
Creative Writing – Hanna Kivisalo
Can you make an impact writing? What and when from your own life should you write about on the net? At the workshop we’ll start a blog (your own or for the joy of others, we’ll look for our own personal writing style and shake loose superfluous self-criticism.) Dive deep into the world of creative writing!
Do you wanna learn how to make high-quality videos? In this workshop, we’ll learn the basics of modern video production, such as filming, editing, lighting and recording. Both beginners and advanced students will both benefit from this workshop! If possible, please bring with you a laptop or a camera.
Photographing – Susanna Lönnrot
At the workshop we’ll go through different aspects of photography such as light, shadow, design, colour combination, personal style, film directing, and the fundamentals of technique/technical areas. We’ll take a lot of photos so you will start practicing right away, and put theory into practice! The workshop suits photographers of all levels.
Sound And Light – Ville Saarikangas
This workshop is available only in Finnish. In this workshop, we’ll dive into the sound & light technics as we learn the basics of equipment set-ups and how to use the equipment safely in a live situation. We’ll also take a look at setting up and controlling a small lighting set. The Sound and Light workshop is for both beginners and troupers!
Band – Ossi Mäki-Reini
In the Band workshop, we’ll play good music, practise playing together as a team and polish our harmonies in a relaxed, but determined atmosphere. Please, bring your own instrument!
Performing Artist – Alexa James & Jarkko Luhtala
Do you wanna touch people through voice and performing? In this workshop, we’ll help you get out of your shell, learn to pick songs that match your voice & performing style and practise performing on stage and expression. In addition, we’ll familiarize ourselves with the basics of recording and songwriting. Come along!
LA Voice – Rory Partin
Learn to sing like the stars of the Los Angeles entertainment industry! We’ll learn techniques with the aid of which you can sing lower, higher, firmer and with a more confident voice than ever before. We will also sing as a group and with a band, and practice natural performance.
Capoeira – Rachel Riveros
Energetic Capoeira contains dance, struggle, music, and acrobatics. At the workshop we will also train in modern ballet techniques. You don’t need previous experience in any of them! It’s also suitable for those with longer experience.
Lyrical Jazz Advanced – Lara Bianca Pilcher
Lyrical Jazz combines the expressive Fusion & techniques of Jazz and Classical ballet. Lyrical is a slower, melodic, and more expressive form of Jazz to current music. In this workshop, you’ll gain fluidity of movement, grace and control. In the mornings, the group will train Ballet technique. This workshop is for advanced students only!
Street Jazz Beginners – Cat Lane & Hanna Launonen
At the workshop we’ll dance to the beat of the music in both a relaxed and supportive setting/milieu. We’ll train in jazz dance technique and learn street choreography. Novices are welcome!
Horseback RidingCancelled for this year.
Sports – Olli Toivonen & Sakari Mäkäläinen
Do you enjoy playing and competing with brothers and sisters? In the Sports workshop you’re in for a full week of wonderful people, the joy of sports and Christian fellowship. Time to break a sweat and make a B line towards the sports workshop! Trip fee: 30 €.
In Master’s Footsteps – Mika Falk
This workshop is available only in Finnish. In this workshop, we’ll think of ways to live out our everlasting lives already, seeking guidance from the Master himself. We all follow the same Jesus, yet each and every one of us has a unique life. Join this workshop to ponder what yours looks like!
My Story – Eero HuhtanenCancelled for this year.
Movie Acting – Matt Watt & Cat Lane
Action! This summer at the workshop we’ll be acting in English! We’ll shake off our camera fright and act for the tape as well as handwritten and improvised scenes. At the same time you will learn how to perform for the camera naturally and with assurance. It’s also suitable for beginners!
Theater Intermediate – Roosa NymanCancelled for this year.
Theater Beginners – Iiris AutioCancelled for this year.
Drawing – David HarperCancelled for this year.
Surprising Spaces – Henna-Reetta KeskitaloCancelled for this year.
Questions & Answers
How Do I Get There?
The easiest way to get here is by train. Ryttylä, where the Life camp takes place, is a small village in southern Finland. Ryttylä town is located close to a city called Riihimäki. However, Ryttylä does have a train connection to the outer world, wohoo!!
Trains can take you all the way from Helsinki Airport to Ryttylä. It’s about one hour travel time with 1-2 transfers; one in Tikkurila and sometimes another one in Riihimäki. If you come from Russia or Sweden, we recommend the train for you too. Traveling from Helsinki city center to Ryttylä takes about an hour and often the very same train you hop on in Helsinki will take you all the way to Ryttylä train stop.
An adult train ticket from Helsinki Airport (or from Helsinki city center) to Ryttylä costs around 20 euros – it’s usually cheaper if you buy it well beforehand. If you have a valid Finnish student card, you can choose a student ticket, which is cheaper than the adult one.
Check your train connection and prices at www.vr.fi/en
From Ryttylä train stop it’s a 15 min walk to the camp site. You can do it!! Just don’t overpack. :) It’s about 1 km (that’s 0,6 miles). This is how you get from trainstop (A) to camp site (B). Our street address is Opistotie 1. This is a small village with two tiny grocery stores, 2000 residents and no ATM – you can’t get lost here! :D (Also, if you need to draw money, you may wanna do that in Helsinki before arriving here.)
Finns are not that scary and Finland is a relatively safe place to have a little train adventure. If you can’t find your train, don’t know how to buy a ticket etc. just ask a random human walking by. You can also contact us at +358444477970. If something goes terribly wrong and you end up in a wrong town, we’ll send someone to rescue or come and pick you up! :D
How Much Does The Camp Cost?
Please check the Life camp registration form!
How Many Workshops Can I Participate In?
There may be a possibility to try one of the other workshops once during the camp, but basically you’ll participate in only one workshop per camp. When you register for the camp, you need to chooce a back-up workshop as well. If there’s no room in the workshop you registered for as your first choice, you’ll be participating in the back-up option.
In June we’ll know for sure who will be participating in which workshop. Some workshops are only available in Finnish.
When we have the workshops figured out and the teachers have informed us about what you should pack with you for your workshops, we’ll email you a info letter. That will be in the end of June / in the beginning of July.
Arriving Early And Accommodation
Sometimes it’s a lot cheaper to fly during the week than on weekends. It’s okay to show up a few days later or early to the camp. Just make sure we know when to book accommodation for you or your group! From our point of view it’s easier if you don’t come super-super-early, because there are other camps going on and your room might be booked for them. In that case you may need to sleep in another room for a few nights and later, when the camp begins, switch to your Life camp accommodation.
Anyways, it’s not a problem to show up early, just make sure we know when you’re coming! :)
How To Contact Us?
The easiest ways are emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a text/Whatsapp message to +358 503406858. In this number ”358” in the beginning is the country code for Finland.