Pictures of Karoliina Laitinen—woman behind Villipihlaja

A DANCER GONE WILD!

I am a 1978-born freelancedancer and performer, teacher, nature and environmental advisor, natural resources producer, wild vegetables advisor, mother, spouse and of course, a lot of other things as well. The best description could be “an old ballerina gone wild”. 
Years ago I got really interested about understanding myself and looking behind roles people normally perform in their life. I tried to look deep to find my roots, but at the same time the joy of being. Nature was—and still is— my best teacher in all of this.

As I was changing through this process of understanding myself so was my work. Teaching ballet changed to guiding dance meditation, muscle exercises made way to a more holistic approach of taking care of my whole body. Striving for a ‘right posture or move’ changed to listening of my body. Finally the dance studio changed to forest and my body and mind developed a taste to wild and authentic movement. I understood that as my favorite tree, rowan, is not meant for straight lines of trees of modern commercial forestry, I am not meant to be in the rigorous rows of a corps de ballet.

  • Nature and Environmental Advisor

  • Natural Resources Producer

  • Nature Connection Advisor

  • Wild Vegetables and Herbs Advisor

  • Dancer

  • Dance teacher