Photo by Taavi Tamtik
Friday, 13 February 2015 12:30
Karin Ivand - Estonian Life No. 06 2015
Ingel Undusk (Musician and poet from Tallinn, Estonia, led MÜ study group). "This is my third year here, and it has been a deep experience for me. The community here has opened its heart and are very receptive to what I have to offer. You can connect with your deepest self here."
Tiina Hiis and Hans-Ashton Soots (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Tiina: "This has been one of my favourite themes. I can really relate to it. We're so immersed in the world of electronics every day – it's important to take the time to be in nature and ground yourself, re-energise and regenerate. Everything here is so alive around us – we forget about that when we live in the city."
Hans-Ashton: "It's a week in the year where I know I won't have any distractions, where I can reflect on what has happened and what's coming. We've learned this year how our actions are fueled by our emotions – when you're here, you get to re-set those emotions."
Jaak Rakfeldt (New Haven, Connecticut, the US). "A healthy spirit is utterly essential for grappling with life. It's what makes us healthy. MÜ is holistic on all levels and helps us to achieve that – it's a whole week with vibrant, talented, interesting people. It's an enriching experience where you develop lifelong friendships."
Indrek Wichman (Okemos, Michigan, the US). "Sometimes we want something deeper, more meaningful than the usual hum-drum of daily life in a world where discussions are often shallow and superficial. In the massive "tossed salad" that is modern North America, it is almost necessary to anchor oneself in a smaller, tighter world where history, culture, art and kinship can fill the void. Being here with my own 'tribe' is very fulfilling."
Anu Grabbi (Washington, DC, the US). "This was my first year at MÜ. The experience reveals itself layer by layer as the week goes on and you go deeper and deeper – the true, good Estonian spirit is here."
Erik Kõvamees (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). "In one week, you can learn an incredible amount about Estonian culture. It really broadens your horizons and leaves a lot of lasting impressions. It helps me understand what it is to be Estonian."
Elva Mikk (Rochester, New York, the US). "This is my tenth year at MÜ. It gives you more depth, you understand your roots better and explore your culture. I get so many insights from the people here and whole new worlds open up in the study groups."
Karin Ivand, Estonian World, Life, December 2014