Korpinkieli provides training and mentoring in Uralic ancestral traditions, nature awareness and the mythic worldview
Korpinkieli is the name of my company, and much of the deeper meaning in my work ties in with the Raven, both as the bird (Corvus corax) itself and as a messenger of the Otherworlds. Literally translated, Korpinkieli means both "raven tongue" and "raven language".
My work as a teacher and mentor is based on Baltic Finnish traditions, nature awareness and the mythic worldview. I am a certified Nature & Wilderness Guide and Tradition Bearer from Western Karelia. My work is informed by my academic background (History & Folkloristics) and my ever-deepening kinship with the nature of the North.
Guided by knowledge ranging from traditional wisdom to permaculture and beyond, I am especially keen on exploring and expanding the connections between humans and the rest of nature. Stemming as I do from Karelian soil, I have a complex relationship with language – a persistent love of word-wrangling mixed with the dawning realization that full-bodied participation in the more-than-human world requires going beyond words. In this regard, the Raven has been a trusty-if-tricky guide in my work, so I offer my deepest gratitude and juniper-scented thanksgiving to the mysterious, maddening, black-as-night wonder that is the Raven!
HERE'S WHAT I OFFER:
I mentor people in Uralic ancestral traditions, focusing on Animistic, Spiritual and Mythical themes and especially as they relate to our current Eco-Spiritual Crisis. Themes and topics are personalized according to individual needs, but only as much as the traditions allow. Connection is at the heart of mentoring - connection with Nature, connection with the spirits as well as connection with your internal nature.
The way I mentor is based on three things: the mentoring wisdom of my teachers Susanna Aarnio and Johannes Setälä, the 8 Shields Mentoring Model and my personal experiences in being mentored in these traditions.
My courses deal primarily with traditional Uralic forms of noituus, roughly translatable as Witchery (or Shamanism). The basics include the haltija spirits and the ancestral spirits, the Baltic Finnish myths and folklore, as well as practical techniques (ie. singing, drumming, chanting, rituals etc.) After the basics have been studied and consciously understood by the student, more advanced work with spirits and nature becomes possible.
Studies in the Uralic traditions are recommended only to people with Uralic ancestry, as well as people currently living in an Uralic area. The reason for this is that these traditions are intimately connected to our Nature - and the Uralic concept of Nature includes language, culture and people - and transporting them to another location does not make sense.
I also provide non-religious, nature- and tradition-based ritual services to people with ritual needs. I specialize in transition rituals and ancestral rituals. Rituals are adapted to suit individual needs, yet carried out with a sense of connection to both the Biosphere and the Otherworlds.
If you want to know more about my offers, please contact me: