Sear­ching for ad­ven­ture the­ra­py – Re­flec­tions from the Fin­nish sau­na


Authors: Pekka Lyytinen


This ar­tic­le is most­ly about my per­so­nal im­pres­si­ons, fee­lings and thoughts brought up in the pro­cess of en­te­ring the in­ter­na­tio­nal Ad­ven­ture The­ra­py (AT) net­work. It is groun­ded on self-re­flec­tions and dis­cus­sions with col­le­agues in the net­work, as well as on a small-sca­le sur­vey I made du­ring the spring 2022 among Ad­ven­ture The­ra­py In­ter­na­tio­nal Com­mit­tee (ATIC) mem­bers. In the­se Sau­na-re­flec­tions dia­lo­gue is a uni­fy­ing con­cept: In dia­lo­gic prac­ti­ce the goal is a com­mon un­der­stan­ding of the sub­ject mat­ter or some prac­ti­cal agree­ment on it. In Fin­nish cul­tu­re sau­na baths are an in­te­gral part of ever­y­day or weekly life, gi­ving a set­ting for re­flec­ti­ve thin­king and dis­cus­sions, hence the title of this ar­tic­le. Glo­bal­ly, dif­fe­rent cul­tures have their own con­tem­pla­ti­ve prac­ti­ces that hop­eful­ly can en­rich each other and be shared in the field of ad­ven­ture the­ra­py.

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