Estonia Day

Estonia Day – celebrating 100 years of independence!

July 10, 2018


The sense of life and the cultural roots of Estonians – Valdur Mikita. Author and speaker whose messages about forest speak deeply to the people of Estonia and help to reconnect to natural environment.

The Singing Revolution: The power of song and culture – Tõnis Mägi. One of the most beloved Estonia musicians and composers who was also one of the key figures in Singing Revolution. He will share also two of his songs.

How Estonia became a Gaia Education pilot country? – Toomas Trapido. A biologist and nature protector, who has always been looking for ways how humans can live in more harmony with nature.


How to create a world-changing civic movement? – Kadi Kenk. An expert advisor of Let’s Do It Foundation/World Cleanup Day partnership team.

Estonia as an organic country: dreams and challenges – Anne Luik. The grand lady of Estonian organic agriculture, one of the first scientists and initiator in many activities in this field.

Awareness as the keyword in changing the world – Ingvar Villido. A master teacher on Awareness, who is showing the importance of a new paradigm and a way to start the change from within.

1.30 PM – 3 PM LUNCH

Greetings from the worldwide movement of ecovillages and intentional communities – Kosha Joubert.

Which innovative and sustainable economic solutions could bring Estonia to the world map? – Gunter Pauli, blue economy visionary, Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI), Club of Rome.


Open space discussions leaded by presenters, invited guests and all who are present. Please join and bring your wisdom and experiences!

6.30 PM – 8.30 PM DINNER

Why Estonia will become the first organic country in the world?

Here in Estonia we are honoring 100 years of independence this year. We’ve created a special Estonia Day before the Ecovillage Conference 2018 to rejoice and reflect our growth and development as a community and society. Music, runo songs, simple ceremonies, sauna and Estonian food and flavours will guide you through that day and the history of our land and people – because that day we’re really going to celebrate.

We’re also going to create a powerful open space that day in Lilleoru to create together a vision and an action plan for Estonia for next 100 years. We’re aiming for a community of 1.3 million enjoying cultural, social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Visionaries and changemakers will bring to the circle their stories of social change and community led innovation – from Singing Revolution to World Cleanup Day.

Please join and bring your wisdom and experiences!

Gunter Pauli will inspire a perspective into sustainable future of Estonia, sharing insights and inspiration about business solutions that are using what is locally available and sustainable both ecologically and socially. Gunter is a visionary entrepreneur whose activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. He is the author of the Blue Economy business model inspired by the vision of his Report to the Club of Rome.



Tõnis Mägi will speak about Singing Revolution, sharing how the power of song and culture helped Estonia to regain independence in 1991. He is truly one of them who knows it – one of the most beloved Estonia musicians and composers – being also one of the key figures in grassroots movement called Singing Revolution that united hundreds of thousands of people and was a non-violent way to one nation’s freedom and self-determination.



Valdur Mikita will take a step further into Estonian sense of life and relations between psychology, landscape and culture. He is an author and speaker whose messages about forest have spoken deeply to the readers of Estonia and are helping to reconnect modern people to local natural environment.



Kadi Kenk will invite to World Cleanup Day on September 15, when people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Kadi is one of the initiators of Let’s Do It!, a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours.



Anne Luik will open the dream of Estonia as an organic country, silently emerging all over the land and uniting individuals and communities into action. Anne is the grand lady of Estonian organic agriculture, whose work was recognized by Estonian President. She is one of the first scientists who started to research and implement environmentally friendly methods in agriculture and has initiated many activities in this field.


Ingvar VillidoIngvar Villido will show the importance for a new wisdom and paradigm: how to re-form and interact with human life, starting from the inside out by learning to use the quality of awareness in everyday situations. Being a master teacher on Awareness, he has pointed out that conscious change starts from inside and that it is the ignorance of human nature that takes to the disastrous consequences we are facing in the world today.


Toomas Trapido will share how Estonia is somewhat unintentionally becoming Gaia Education pilot country, as one can study in Gaia Education based institution not depending on age. Toomas is a biologist and nature protector, who has always been looking for ways how humans can live in more harmony with nature and through inventing and communicating he is spreading the ecological way of life in Estonia.



Kosha JoubertKosha Joubert will share the wisdom of intentional communities worldwide where people have set as their goal creating for themselves rich and meaningful lives that are driven by respect for nature and for other human beings. The foundation of these communities is often mindful cooperation, social and economic justice and they are seeking ways to administer and sustain the balance between the needs of the humans and the ecosystems of the Earth. Today, she serves as an Executive Director of GEN.


Rupert EncinasRupert Encinas is a long-time friend of Lilleoru and Estonia and a special guest of the day. Many Estonians have rediscovered their identity, inner wisdom and a new connection with nature with the help of Native American teachings and ceremonies and the two worlds are much more similar to each other than one could expect from people living that far apart. Rupert serves as a master of ceremony of his people and we’ve asked him to do the same on this day and throughout the conference.



Mari Kalkun will conclude the day with her songs and stories. Mari Kalkun’s music is rooted in Southern Estonian forests and song traditions. Her warm voice fills the room with a deep suggestive atmosphere. Mari’s approach towards music is very personal and she sings every song as if she was telling a story. In her compositions, she creates links between the past and the present – traditional lullabies become reflections of our restless world and contemporary poems mingle with extinct languages. She accompanies herself often on the traditional Estonian zither – kannel – and she feels at home when playing her music in the furthest corners of the world.

European Ecovillage Conference 2018 “Wisdom of Conscious Communities” is also our gift dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. It is a part of the series of events Estonian communities have created to celebrate hundred years of independence. You can find more information about the centenary and gifts here:


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