November 29-December 1, 2019
Traditionaly, whisking has ever belonged to Nordic European style of sweat bathing. Lithuanian Bath Acdemy has made tremendous effort to return the ancient art of whisking to our national bath. Whisking was one of the major tpics in the last two Sauna Congresses. A lot of other whisking events has also taken place in Lithuiania, Latvia, Russia during last 12 years. Whisking has undergone fast development and has been re-introduced in a number of steam bathing places. And of course a large number of people has learned and are still actively learning this ancient technique of bodywork.
Association of Professional Bath Masters and Lithuanian Bath Academy organize this Conference in order to keep track of eventual development of contemprary professional and ammateur whisking. To share knowledge about whisking. To discuss and define appropriate whiking terms and definitions. To promote whisking in countries where it is still a novelty.
Goals of the Conference
To keep track of eventual development of contemprary professional and ammateur whisking. To share knowledge about whisking. To discuss and define appropriate whiking terms and definitions. To promote whisking in countries where it is still a novelty. We expect to cover following topics:
- Current situation with whisking in various countries
- Definition and types of whisking
- Whisking terminology
- Ethics of whisking
- Whisking alternatives
- Whisking safety
- Recent medical studies
- Self whisking
- Group whisking
- Requirements for whisking room
- Whisking and steaming microclimate
- Teaching and qualification of whiskers
- Recommendations for organizing whisking services
- The future of whisking
Similar event – I-st International Whisking Conference was organized by Lithuanian Bath Academy in 2014 June in Trakai, Lithuania.
During Conference pirtis excursions you will be able to experience the art of Lithuanian pirtis masters
Kaunas, 29th of November – 1st December 2019
29th of November, Friday. Gather together.
15.00-17.00 Registration of participans. Exhibition of whisks and bath gadgets.
17.00 – 17.30 Short opening speaches.
17.30-18.00. Short self-introduction of presenters and important guests.
18.00-19.00 Free time. Tea, snacks, Lithuanian music and films.
19.00-23.00 [P1] Welcome to the steam. Lithuanian steam bath for all participants.
30th of November, Saturday. Presentations.
9.00 – 10.30. [T1] Oral and visual presentations.
10.30-11.00. Communication brake. Tea, coffee. Whisking art presentation.
11.00-12.30. [T2] Oral and visual presentations.
12.30-13.30 Lunch and non formal communication.
13.30-15.00 [D1] Dry practical whisking presentations.
15.00-15.30. Brainstorming brake.
15.30-17.00 [D2] Dry practical whisking presentations.
17.00-18.30 Light dinner. Free time. Non formal communication.
18.30-19.00 [P2] Welcome ritual in Lithuanian pirtis.
19.00 – 19.30 [P3] Group whisking. Interactive presentation.
20.30-23.00 [P4] Whisking International. Interactive presentation of masters from different countries.
23.00-00.00 Late nate snacks, fun, music.
1st of December, Sunday. Conclusion.
8.00-9.00 Breakfast. Announcing of the pirtis excursions.
9.00-10.00 [T4] Overview of brainstorming results.
10.00-11.30 [T5] Discussion on therminology and definitions.
11.30-12.00 Free time, coffee, tea.
12.00-12.30 [T6] Conclusions.
12.30-13.00 Awards. Photos. Hugs and kisses.
13.00 – Depart for local pirtis excursions.
Real experience and some teaching in hot pirtis – [P]
P1. Self whisking tryout.
P2. Welcome ritual.
P3. Group whisking.
P4. Masters from different countries
Verbal and visual topics and presentations [T]
1. Current situation with whisking in various countries
2. Definition and types of whisking
3. Whisking terminology
4. Ethics of whisking
5. Whisking alternatives
6. Whisking safety
7. Recent medical studies
8. Self whisking
9. Group whisking
10. Requirements for whisking room
11. Whisking and steaming microclimate
12. Teaching and qualification of whiskers
13. Recommendations for organizing whisking services
14. The future of whisking
Dry practial presentations [D]
Live examples of the main whisking techniques and methods. Main topics:
1. Light techniques
2. Whisking and massage
3. Full whisking
4. Whisking ergonomics
5. Intensive techniques
6. Bodywork techniques
Who are presenters:
Conference invites to present, participate in discussions and practically show the details of their mastery masters from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, United Kingdom.
Primary list of presenters:
- Agnė Mikalauskaitė (Kaunas, Lithuania)
- Audra Staskevičienė (Kaunas, Lithuania)
- Birutė Masiliauskienė (Kaunas, Lithuania)
- Maaria Alen (Helsinki, Finland)
- Mari Keski Korsu (Helsinki, Finland)
- Eda Veeroja (Voru, Estonia)
- Kate Bracher (Brighton, United Kingdom)
- Aridas Pabedinskas (Skaidiškės, Lithuania)
- Jonas Kariniauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania)
- Egidijus Žukauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania)
- Giedrius Gervys (Vilnius, Lithuania)
- Rimas Kavaliauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania)
- Janis Pavlovich (Riga, Latvia)
- Henadzi Moroz (Minsk, Belarus)
- Jussi Niemela (Espoo, Finland)
- Nikolaj Petrov (St. Petersburg, Russia)
- Igor Ischenko (Kiev, Ukraine)
- Ondřej Sochůrek (Czech Republic)
Participants are granted accomodation in a shared sleeping room with shared showers and toilets. Accomodation also includes breakfast.
Post Conference events
We undertstand that during your stay in Lithuania you may want to learn more from our bath masters. This is why we offer impertant additional post-conference educational events and seminars. All these require additional registration.
December 1. Genuine Lithuania steam bath experience. You will be able to register to professional stem bath procedures, held by Lithuanian bath masters.
If you want to participate as a presenter or participant, please, send us an e-mail to info[at]pirtininkuasociacija.lt and we discuss your proposal and give clear answer.
Price before November 5 – 95€. During registration 45€ has to be payed in advance. The rest of the sum is due to be payed upon arrival.
Price after November 5 – 110€. During registration 60€ has to be payed in advance. The rest of the sum is due to be payed upon arrival.
The price includes
- Full participation on Get together pirtis evening on November 29th
- Full participation on Main presentation day on November 30th
- Participation in education sauna event on November 30th
- Participation in brainstorming and closing of the Conference on December 1st
- Accomodation in a shared room
- Breakfast and lunch
- Providing access to Conference materials after the event.
We will offer excellent opportunities for learning more bout traditional Lithuanian pirtis (sauna) and whiskings and plants. For those who need to leave earlier – there still will be opportunity to experience well tailored steam bath procedures lead by Bath masters from Association of professional bath masters.
29th November, Friday. Gather together.
15:00-17:00 Registration of participants. Exhibition of whisks and bath gadgets.
17:00 – 17:30 Short opening speeches.
17:30-18:00 Short self-introduction of presenters and important guests.
18:00-19:00 Free time. Tea, snacks, Lithuanian music and films.
19:00-23:00 Welcome to the steam. Lithuanian steam bath for all participants.
30th of November, Saturday. Presentations.
7:30-8:15 Breakfast for the guests, staying in “Brolių menė”
8:15-9:00 Registration of newly arrived participants
9:00 – 9:30 Official opening of the conference
Words from Organizers and supporters: Rimas Kavaliauskas, Birutė Masiliauskienė, Jussi Niemela, Jūratė
9:30-11:00 First round
Rimas Kavaliauskas (30 min)
Jussi Niemela (20 min)
Michael B. Jensen (10 min)
Katie Bracher (10 min)
Giedrius Gervys (20 min)
11:00-11:30 Communication and discussion. Tea.
11:30-13:00 Second round
Janis Pavlovič (30 min)
Ondrej Sochurek (10 min)
Birutė Masiliauskienė (30 min)
Robertas Gruzinskas (20 min)
14:00-15:30 Third round
Eda Veeroja (30 min)
Igor Iscenko (20 min)
Audra Staskevičienė (20 min)
Henadzi Moroz (20 min)
15:30-16:00 Communication and discussion. Tea.
16:00-17:30 Fourth round
Rimas Kavaliauskas (20 min)
Vasily Liakhov (20 min)
Aridas Pabedinskas (20 min)
Nikolaj Petrov (30 min)
17:30-18:00 Concluding discussions, questions and answers.
18:00-19:00 Snacks. Informal communication. Getting ready for pirtis.
19:00 -23:00 Pirtis/sauna/banya evening. Hot and live presentations of bath basters.
23:00-00:30 Night party
1st of December, Sunday. Conclusion.
9:00-10:00 Overview of brainstorming results
10:00-11:30 Discussion on terminology and definitions
11:30-12:00 Free time, coffee, tea
12:30-13:00 Awards. Photos. Hugs and kisses
13:00 – Depart for local pirtis excursions