Living with brown bears

There was a huge song festival last week-end in Tallinn and I was singing together with 20 thousand singers. This is a special feeling to make music together with so many people. Estonian song festival is not about just singing, it is about making music together. These are the words of Raul Talmar, he is one of the main leaders of the festival. And indeed, we had about one hundred thousand people listening (that is 1/10 of Estonian population!).

Estonia is such a small country. There is one million of us speaking Estonian. Sometimes I say it is like a secret language when I write in Estonian, only few can understand me. So extraordinary!

I am living at Altja Toomarahva farm. This is my home, even though I have another home at East-coast of Sweden. Toomarahva farm is located at the North coast of Estonia, about 90 km from Tallinn, the capital. We have big forests here with many wild animals, including brown bears. There is lot of culture and history everywhere you look. The village is ancient. It is so old that none knows when exactly it was established. Our farm was one of the first one ever built here. People were always building boats, fishing, hunting and farming here. I love my home because it is just so very beautiful here and full of traditions!

Altja is a popular tourist attraction, ever since the borders re-opened after the collaps of USSR. There are many tourists visiting our small fishing village in the middle of the wild forests. We renovated some of the farm houses and opened a tourist farm twenty years ago. My mother Ülle Tamm is running this business now together with my sister Merilin Tamm. The visitors come from all over the world.

During my stay, I am always filming a lot. They say that picture is worth a hundred words. What about a video?


EDUCATION AS ART #artofeducation


Many people think that education is all about the government rules, school regulations, tests and boring workbooks without the right answers. There are some who know and many others who will never be as clever. I believe that education can also be something else. It is our personal choice how we look at education and most of the time we actually have a freedom to choose.

I have noticed that my learning starts when I am inspired, my imagination is flourishing and I have the possibility to follow my intuition. Learning begins when I feel the possibility of creative experimentation. Usually it happens when I have other creative people around me and I can get fully engaged with my surroundings and myself, totally forgetting about other things, the world outside the space. I begin to believe that everything is possible if I just keep on working. In this creative process I am able to learn very much in a short time. I think that anyone who is able to provide the kind of experiences to others, is a wonderful teacher.

This is an invitation for everyone to tag their personal learning moments and share them with others. In this way we can collectively inspire ourselves to become better teachers for each other.


Picture is taken yesterday by me. More pictures in my instagram account @evelintamm or twitter @tammevelin.