Nature and Wellbeing, 3 ECTS (School of Health and Social Studies)

Are you interested to learn about nature based activities in different environments to support individual’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing?

Welcome to the course of new experiences and adventures!

This Bachelor's level course is offered by jamk School of Health and Social Studies and it provides students knowledge of the physiological and mental impacts of nature.

During the course the students get familiar with the theoretical background of nature impacts and benefits and learn the basics of adventure education. They also learn to use and apply practical tools in different nature environments to support physical and mental health in rehabilitation, social work, and health care sectors.

The course is organised in the beautiful city of Jyväskylä in Finland during 29 May - 2 June 2023. 

Nature supports our wellbeing in various ways.

Course Programme

Please note that some changes may occur.

Monday 29.5. - Room C119, Rajakatu 35

9.00-12.00
Welcome to Summer School 
Orientation to the week and get together
Senior Lecturer Maija Jylhä, Jamk 

13.00-15.00
Adventure education and adventure therapy - the basics of the concept  

Tuesday 30.5. - Day at Laajavuori, Laajavuorentie 30

8.30-15.00
"I'm ready for the adventure!" - The use of adventure in rehabilitation, social work, and health care sectors

Wednesday 31.5. - Room C119, Rajakatu 35

9.00-11.30
Green Care - the basics of Green Care approach  

12.30-16.00
Field visit: Äijälä Rehabilitation Center, Äijälänkuja 6
Senior Lecturer Maija Jylhä, Jamk

Thursday 1.6. - Room C119, Rajakatu 35

9.00-12.00 
Flow with Nature - intervention and research 
Senior Lecturer Katriina Hyvönen, Jamk

13.30-17.30
Outdoor Activities, Lehtisaari
Senior Lecturer Maija Jylhä, Jamk

Friday 2.6. - Room C119, Rajakatu 35

9.00-12.00
Looking back: what have learned?
Senior Lecturers Maija Jylhä, Jamk

13.00-15.00
Celebrations and closing the week
Senior Lecturers Maija Jylhä, Jamk 

Course administration fees

The administration fees vary according to the applicant's status. The fees may be subject to changes. 

  • Students from jamk partner institutions abroad: administration fee varies according to the length of stay (1 week/300€, 2 weeks/500€, 3 weeks/650€-690€, Online Summer School Fee 100€/course)
  • Students from non-partner institutions: study fee varies according to the length of stay (1 week/500€, 2 weeks/700€, 3 weeks/1050€, Online Summer School Fee 100€/course)
  • For student groups special rates will be negotiated. More information from the contact person of each programme.

Jyväskylä, city of students

Jyväskylä has four beautiful seasons ranging from warm green summers to crisp white winters. The city, located in Central Finland, is surrounded by numerous beautiful lakes and scenic nature. Finland and Jyväskylä are safe places to study and live in. Jyväskylä is a city of students, where every 3rd person that you pass by is a student. The city is very dynamic. Take a look at the sports and cultural activities, not to mention the restaurants and cafés. One of JAMK’s international students was very surprised to get her lost wallet back. This can actually happen in Jyväskylä! Honesty is the hallmark of Finnish culture.

  • a pocket size metropol with a lively urban centre
  • all the services, shops, schools and work are close at hand
  • a wide variety of leisure and sport activities
  • a modern centre for industry and learning
  • situated between lakes and hills
  • population over 140,000

More information

Maija Jylhä

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Kuntoutusinstituutti, Institute of Rehabilitation
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358400989468

Katriina Hyvönen

Vanhempi tutkija, Senior Researcher
Kuntoutusinstituutti, Institute of Rehabilitation
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358505170986