Seminar Program on Saturday, 28th October

Program for All Seminar Guests:

Riitta Saarikko, Finland

Coach, PhD

Rosen Bodywork Practitioner, Essential Motion Leader

Seminar Organizer, Forum of Life Art

Opening and closure of the seminar day

Riitta welcomes all participants to the second seminar day, takes care of the timetable and facilitates discussion in the afternoon together with Henna Tarjanne-Lekola: What has been important? What are you bringing back home?

Henna Tarjanne-Lekola, Finland

Practitioner of inner communication and gentle chi-movements, EHEYS – center of wellbeing

Introduction to the program, lecturers and workshop leaders

& seminar closure in the afternoon

- facilitator & interviews

Pirjo Salo, Finland

Coach, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Essential Motion Leader


Why play with spontaneous movement and whole body involvement is so crucial? For many of us this natural quality from our childhood has become rusty!

The body can hold memories, stories and feelings. BodyPlay helps to release such storage that is no longer necessary to be carried on. In BodyPlay you can explore your innate bodily wisdom.

Pirjo encourages us to find again bodily play - and we open the seminar day with play! Before we say goodbye and travel back home we gather together in the atmosphere of play to embody and digest all we have experienced and learned under the seminar day.

Saturday Morning Lecture and Workshops, select one:

Helmi Boese, Germany

MD, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner


Out of my practice: Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Physician – does it match?

I like to welcome you into my therapy space, to discover the environment I am working in: With different perspectives, views and encounters – to share the challenges and joys of healing dynamics in embodied self-awareness - possibilities and limitations; meet my patients and some of the health care system’s double bind procedures.

Arnoud van Buuren, The Netherlands

MD, Psychotherapist, certified therapist, supervisor and trainer in PBSP

Arnoud van Buuren(1956), MD, psychotherapist, certified therapist, supervisor and trainer in PBSP is a medical doctor and psychotherapist in free practice since 1989.

After working as a medical doctor in addiction care in the eighties he specialized as a psychotherapist in the nineties in psychodynamic psychotherapy, PBSP and EMDR. In his own practice he offers PBSP in groups and individual therapy since 1994. He is a supervisor since 2000 and a certified trainer since 2014. He is also a teacher in mental health care for general practioners at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and in various themes at the RINO-Noord Holland, a postdoc training center for psychologists and psychotherapists in Amsterdam.

He is living and working in Leiden, the Netherlands.


Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor

In the workshop participants can experience the work by doing excercises while some theory is highlighted on the spot. For one participant there is an opportunity for a demonstration session (called "structure" in PBSP).

Further information: look at the description of PBSP lecture on Friday



Heidi Valasti, Finland

Psychotherapist, Clinical Sexologist, Tantra Coach



D. Sexual Energy: From Obstacles to Flow. How to Work with Sexual Issues on Bodily Level?

I have worked under many years as a clinical sexologist and therapist with sexual disorders. As a tantra coach I have combined these two approaches and also included the effects of kundalini yoga into my work.

This workshop is for you who want to explore the own sexuality and its capacity on bodily level. You will recognize your sexual energy and obstacles in its flow. When we loose up control and shame plus increase spontaneity, we start to love and receive love through all energy spots (chakras) in our body and soul.

(In the workshop we wear clothes.)


Jonna Aaltonen, Finland

Freelance Dance Artist, NLP Practitioner, Dance-Movement Therapy Student

During her over 20-year-international career she has worked broadly in the field of dance and theatre: in contemporary dance productions, dance theatre-, musical- and opera productions.

She has danced in more than 70 different pieces and worked with more than 40 choreographers. (Mats Ek, Nigel Charnock, Benoît Lachambre, Michael Klien, Anu Sistonen, Tommi Kitti, Carl Knif etc.)

Jonna has also been a member of several reputable companies in Europe, for example Norrdans and the Royal Swedish Opera Ballet in Sweden and in the Volksoper Wien, Austria.

In addition she has danced in several freelance-productions both in Finland and abroad and performed and toured widely in Europe, also worldwide in Canada, Japan, Korea, China and Dominican Republic.

In 2006 Jonna moved back to Finland and since then she has been working as a freelance artist.

It is close to her heart to bring dance out and close to the people, to the streets, old-age homes, schools and kindergartens, for example by her improvisational performance-character "Sorrowcollector" ("Surujenkerääjä") and her solo for children “Miss Ida” ( Hanna Brotherus).

Aaltonen has enjoyed several artistic grants both from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and from private funds.

She also has experience as a rehearsal director, choreographer, choreographer's assistant and workshop-based-teacher. In addition she has worked as a production manager and -organizer.


E. Genius Body

Genius Body is a movement based life-skill workshop. We’ll be activating and stimulating the brain, memory and the body by using means of creative movement, dance and versatile, creative self-expression.

We’ll be moving, dancing, meeting, seeing and listening each other and tenderly encouraging to move away from the comfort-zone and offering possibilities do things in a different way.

In the workshop led by dance artist Jonna Aaltonen, we’ll also be using dance-movement therapeutic methods in order to add empowering and integrative elements of the movement in the excercises.


-to increase the holistic well-being and physical, mental and social vitality

-to improve on the body-mind connection, body-awareness and to reinforce self-knowledge and self-esteem

-finding new, diverse channels of communication

-to generate joy, happiness and creativeness and to increase creative thinking and the elasticity of dicision-making in everyday life

No previous experience or knowledge in dance needed.

Wear comfortable clothing, in which you’ll be happy to move. Firm socks or sneakers can be practical.

Read more:

"Genius Body" (“KehoNero”), Helena Malmivaara & Suvi Kivelä (eds.) Art and Culture – Keys for Better Brain Health. Developing service models with a citizen-centred approach 2015, Course material from Turku University of applied sciences 102.

(link: pages: 169-177)

Saturday Afternoon, Lecture & Workshops, select one:

Pia Kiviaho-Kallio, Finland

I work as Senior Lecturer in foreign languages and communication at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. My pedagogical approach is based on teaching embodied awareness in business communication. I have a background as dance teacher and over the years I have developed my own Business Ballet method with focus on an open and breathing body as basis for performance skills.

I hold an MA in English and Romance languages and I am also a qualified dance teacher with a diploma from Helsinki Theater Academy, Center for Further Education. I started my ballet studies in 1975 with legendary Finnish Ballerina Margaretha von Bahr. When her ballet studio was taken over by Amica Backman, I became ballet and children’s creative dance teacher in that same school. Later I also worked as dance teacher and choreographer at Musikinstitutet Kungsvägen, the Swedish-speaking music institute in Espoo and Vantaa.

I have taken part in international conferences with presentation on the use of dance and movement improvisation in teaching business communication. My research interest is in bringing dance and movement into a non-dancing context. For further reading on my pedagogical approach, visit by Dancing English teacher blog at



A. Beam me up, Scotty! The Poetry of the Articulate Body

Just the moment before Spock in Star Trek materializes into a state of perfect clarity upon his return to his spacecraft, you can see his shape emerging as blurred and transparent. This “Beam me up, Scotty” may also be understood as a metaphor in my method of teaching performance skills, where I use dance as pedagogical resource when teaching English communication to business students at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. In my presentation I will examine my pedagogical approach and the development of “Dancing English Teacher”.

Being well-rooted and aware of the core of the body is the point of departure – any successful performance starts from being silent and fully present. Nervous performers have a tendency of rushing into speech before their body is fully prepared to speak. A beautifully articulate body is open and is breathing along with the audience. The arms follow the speech; as expressed by American dancer Martha Graham: ”Our arms start from the back because they were once wings:” Or as Soviet theater theoretician put it: “The fingers are the eyes of the body.” So why do then so many insecure speakers hold on to their body as if it was a crutch, instead of taking full possession on three-dimensional space?

Before Haaga-Helia UAS I worked several years as ballet and children’s creative dance teacher and I am a qualified dance teacher. I started my ballet studies back in 1975 with legendary Ballerina Margaretha von Bahr. She taught me courage and creativity. After many turns I finally found myself teaching embodied business communication to business students. I am intrigued by the idea of bringing dance and movement to a non-dancing environment where thinking mainly takes place in the brain. Embodied awareness brings a new dimension to future business professionals. As I always tell my students: ”Don’t be faint-footed!” – among other things, we explore during my lessons the impact of walking on expression in general. Accordingly, dance and movement help students to explore their own capacity as performers in order to avoid flatness of expression. “Be the perfect 3D copy of yourself!” And finally, most important of all, discover the poetry of the articulate body.

Reija Suntio, Finland

Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Breathing School Instructor, Mindfulness Instructor



B. Facing Anxiousness through Breathing

Anxiousness is natural in challenging situations but our approach to it is often very negative. We would like to get rid of it as soon as possible. We feel ashamed of it and want to hide it. When anxiousness becomes worse it starts to restrict our everyday life.

What would happen if we could make peace whit anxiousness and learn to live with it? What if we could see anxiousness as a sign of deep feelings, needs and wishes longing for fulfillment?

Woud it make a difference if we learn to listen our body and needs and to meet unpleasant feelings by compassion and breathing?

This workshop gives you a short experience how breathing and compassionate attitude towards the body can help you to cope with challenging situations and anxiousness. The exercises are mostly based on Psychophysical Breathing Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion.


Marika Kivinen, Finland

Singer, Voice Teacher

Demian Seesjärvi, Finland

Singer, Voice teacher, certified TRE-instructor

MARIKA KIVINEN has focused on methods that enable freedom in the body and in creative expression. Essential to her work is joy, building a community, supporting diversity, respecting boundaries and strengthening the body-mind connection.

DEMIAN SEESJÄRVI emphasizes in his teaching a sense of security, accepting interaction and being present in the moment. Important objectives are strengthening body consciousness, deepening awareness and respect of bodily boundaries and a connection to an authentic self. Demian has, based on his own experiences, studied voice transition in transmales from a psychophysiological point of view.


C. Voice, Song and Movement

Voice is part of the human psychophysiological structure. Through the voice we can find self-expression, show emotions and come into contact with others. In our work as singing teachers we see that singing and using one’s voice are important parts of well-being and human experience. The sound we make can be joyful, happy, hilarious or cautious, small, silent or shy.

We start this workshop with a TRE-exercise (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise) as an orientation towards the body, the space and the group. We combine movement with voice improvisation and singing. There is room for silence, non-doing, resistance but also for courage, strength and a sense of investigation, observation and experiment. 

This workshop is open for everyone: you do not have to have a background in singing.

Helmi Boese, Germany

MD, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner


D. Trauma, Life & Motion

The workshop will continue with my findings of the morning lecture.

Rosen Method Bodywork (RMB) in Medical Practice in View of Medical Diagnosis – from chronic states via acute transitions to healing. Let us experience the different stages as follows:

In General: Hands-on Practice with RMB Touch.

In Particular: Working with Medical Conditions. 

Intrinsic Properties: The Transformation of Trauma into Motion with Embodied Self-Awareness.