Sydenkoulu is a complex, evolving, living organism. A shared project management and decision making bringing the inspirations, dreams and resources together. 

Antti is discovering his most unique self. Moving from a business-engineer background towards a more holistic understanding of the world. He operates in between systems, directed by openings that could use his attention and effort. After shifting from hoping for the current system to regenerate itself, to working for an alternative to emerge, things have felt much lighter.

To Sydenkoulu, Antti brings text, theories, connections to the contemporary learning ecosystem, funding ideas and sales experience, some tech-business-efficiency-energy whenever needed and perspectives from the other side.

Antti Kaivola

President / Puheenjohtaja

Sini Siipola

Secretary / Sihteeri

With people and other beings, Sini seeks connections and favorable environments. She wishes to encourage nourishing interaction and diversity. Enjoying her daily walks she loves to observe and listen. She aims to see how things are in nature and learn from that, working together with the surroundings. A web of life is a web of connections. Sini is walking a shamanistic path.

Sini is a dance artist, who finds value in the art of dancing together and takes on an inclusive approach. She has also studied some animal training. Recently Sini moved to the countryside. She's learning to herd sheep together with her canine family member.

Venla is our guardian of structures. 

Feet and hands on the ground (soil), she has magical skills at growing plants, creating delicious meals, and making people around her laugh. Persistence and creative problem solving are her strengths, as well as a combination of sentience and practicality. Her current deepening interests are in creating win-win situations in community life, learning as she goes.

Venla has work experience from kitchens, being responsible for making large groups fed. She holds a degree in Fine Arts, and her professional direction has been towards individual studies in creative handicrafts, healing, permaculture, and plant medicine. She is interested in understanding the current systems, and how to structure our work dancing with it.

Venla Vasko

Treasurer / Rahastonhoitaja

Julia Kukkonen

Vice president / Varapuheenjohtaja

Julia is a sharp-eyed seeker and a gentle radical activist, aiming at becoming an ancestor future generations can be proud of. She was brought up by the wild nature of her ancestral East Finland, and later during her nomadic years shaped by encounters with different cultures.

She is an Educator who holds degrees both in Architecture and Fine Arts. Julia is highly resourceful and has gathered experience in also wisdom traditions, frequency work, facilitation, and leadership. Recently, she has dived deep into learning about the systems theory, group processes and interconnectedness, and is particularly interested in the practical applications of these.


Dagmara Maslowska

Mara is a wandering old soul, deep in observation and listening. With sparks in her eyes, they say. She is a multilinguist and an inexhaustible ideas generator, they say. What they do not say she finds in Nature, where she feels free to simply be. She is in a continuous conversation with the Universe, moving naturally through its endless forms of expression. Her vivid imagination and strong kinetic sense are important allies in her work. She is dedicated to a body-centered and process-oriented perspective, exploring the relation between the biological and the spiritual.

Professionally, having an academic background in Cultural Anthropology, she then migrated from scientific research into embodied forms of knowledge, soft skills and creative practice in performance making. She gathered experience internationally working as a group facilitator, performing artist, project coordinator. Education in Dance and Somatics is her foundation. She is currently expanding it through ecological perspectives into a research on Ecosomatics. She is also learning about the communication with the more-than-human world and studying to become a wilderness guide.

Inkeri is a warm hearted soul in a process of rooting herself to the North after a nomadic lifestyle. She is constantly seeking ways to finetune her inner and outer surroundings to be of benefit for the wellbeing of all and is determined to embrace everything that is on the way with gentle allowance, curiosity and healthy boundaries.

She is passionate about communities and explores ways how to make them stronger. After years of intuition driven experiential learning Inkeri started studying to graduate as a community educator. She wants to build bridges between worlds and find the ways of communication that reach all sides.

Inkeri Kautto

Enda Mattila

Enda is a seeker, dreamer, and explorer with a gentle and brave heart. They are constantly stripping down layers and coming back to essentials. Currently their focus has been on connecting more deeply with their heritage and learning traditions that already their ancestors were practicing. In Sydenkoulu they have been part of creating the community and visual side of the project, serving as a strong grounding force for it.

We are grateful

for everyone who has helped us generously to make this collaborative project going so far:

Elisa Pirinen, Karoliina Korvuo, Emiliano Verrocchio, Katarina Huber, Kalle Heikkilä, Uska Sermo, Henna Hyvärinen, Karkki Manninen, Huck Middeke, Jessu Leino, Sanna Leinonen, Jaana Kouri, Alma Joensen, Jacqueline Aylward, Tuomas Lehesaari, Rebe Katko, Alex Alexopoulos, Sami Juhani Rekola, Mirka Kinnula, Antti Kristian Pärnänen, Kerttu Loukusa, Essi Vesala, Kaarne Karjalainen, Toua Heinonen, Laura Tuominen, Meri Karhu, Soni Pohjola, Katja Virkkunen, Karen Burns, Juha Mehtäläinen, Simo Saarikoski, Aapo Korkeaoja, Teemu Vuorenmaa, Opri Kangas, Ilkka Wahala, Katariina Stålhammar.

Big, big thanks for you!

Sydenkoulu ry