On the field trip day, all participants have a chance to visit one area with distinct heritage culture. This year, one coffee break and lunch are included in all the trip fees. If you wish to have a day off, wander around in Viljandi or surroundings, you can choose not to participate in the field trip offered by the organisers of the camp. However, the field trips include visiting small enterprises, local craftsmen and rural places which are not always open for tourists to visit. In case the minímum number of participants is not met, we reserve the right to cancel a certain trip. The group for Järvamaa trip has met the maximum number of participants; you can currently choose between Peipsiveere and Mulgimaa trips.
Järvamaa, Järva county is at the center of Estonia. The heritage culture and folk costumes are characteristic to Northern Estonian area. During the past 7 years Paide has become known for hosting the Opinion Festival every August.
The trip will begin in Esna Gallery. The permanent exhibition displays the work of the best temporary masters. Esna Gallery is part of Lilian and Martin Bristol's household which includes textile, woodwork and goldwork workshops. This year, Lilian Bristol will have a short course on the basics of goldwork embroidery at Esna - the materials and bolstering at goldwork embroidery. The three types of bolstering introduced, include felt bolster, string bolster and cardboard bolster. Lilian will show different examples for illustrating the practical techniques. Coffee break will be held in Esna.
The trip continues with the introduction of the Park of Natural Living and Learning (Hobukooli Park). They organize natural building workshops and construct houses. They use natural and local building materials such as wood, clay, sand, straw and traditional building methods where possible. Lunch will be held at Kirna Manor Café, surrounded by an energetically powerful park.
In the afternoon, you will visit Wile alpaca farm. You can get acquainted with the lovely alpacas, learn more about their wool and see their craft products. The trip will end at Saara Publishing House - they publish Estonian craft books in English. The printing takes place elsewhere but you can see all the other stages of creating a book.
The bus tour will be partially guided by a local guide who will introduce the culture and history of the area. This trip includes relatively short bus rides and is suitable for people who can't stand long bus trips. The main keywords of the day are goldwork embroidery, natural building, alpaca wool and publishing craft books.
Peipsiveere (literally the verge of lake Peipus) is an area on the west coast of lake Peipus. The locals say that the area includes two nations and three cultures. In addition to Estonians, the biggest community of Russian Old Believers lives in the area. The manors are a reminder of the Baltic German culture from the past. The coast of lake Peipus has become a popular tourist attraction over recent years. It's best known by the onion cultivators and sellers, even the tourist route through the area is called the Onion Route.
The trip will begin with the introduction of Neo-Gothic Alatskivi Castle which is inspired by Balmoral Castle in Scotland, being one of the most outstanding examples of Estonian manors. Coffee break will be held there. The journey will continue to Peipsimaa Visitor Centre where local handicraft traditions, including block printing will be introduced. Part of the Visitor Centre is Cichorium Museum which includes agriculture and cuisine. Aunt Šura's Restaurant will offer some more local cuisine for lunch there.
The day will continue by bus, driving through the Old Believers villages - Kolkja, Kasepää and Varnja with a local guide. In Varnja, you can get an insight into a local chapel. The day will end with the visit of a local museum and Voronja Gallery. Over the course of the day, you can get acquainted with the heritage culture of the Russian Old Believers.
The tour will be partially guided by a local guide who will introduce the culture and history of the area. The trip is suitable for people who can stand longer bus trips. The trip goes through a rural area, villages mostly. The main themes of the trip are manor culture, local handicraft (block printing), religion and wider cultural heritage.
Mulgimaa is an area in South Estonia that includes 5 historical parishes. They have their own dialect, folk cultureand local cuisine. The area was well known by intellectuals and outstanding farmers in the 20th century, the wealth was mostly based on selling flax. The heritage culture and folk costumes have preserved older stratum compared to the northern neighbours in Northern Viljandi county.
The trip will begin from Heimtali Museum of Domestic Life which is known for it's rich textile collection. The collections will be introduced by Anu Raud, the establisher of the museum. At the time of our visit, there will be a temporary bobbin lace exhibition on display. At the end of Heimtali visit, Anu Raud will give an overview of her work as a textile artist at her farm, located a short walk away from the museum. Coffee break will be held there.
The next stop will be at the Õisu smithy which maintains the interior and tools from the beginning of the 20th century. You can see old tools and test your knowledge in identifying them. Kristjan Tuuleveski, the teacher of blacksmithing a knife at the current camp, will give an overview of his current working facilities at the smithy.
The trip will continue to the heart of Mulgimaa. Lunch will be held at Halliste canteen which has been preserved almost unchanged since the Soviet times. The food is made on authentic cooking stove with wood heating and the menu resembles with the Soviet-time homelike cuisine. Nearby, one of the most outstanding renovated prayer houses in Estonia is located. In the former Kulla prayer house, a short lecture about the culture and history of Mulgimaa will be held. The last stop will be at Koordikamber, the farm owned by bonework master and Craft Camp teacher, Monika Hint.
The tour will be partially guided by local culture and architecture specialist Andres Rõigas. This trip is the shortest one and is suitable for people who can't stand long bus trips. The trip goes through a rural area, villages mostly. The main keywords of the day are ethnographic textiles, blacksmithing, Mulgi culture and bonework.