We invite you to a true celebration of Latvian pirts, wellness and nature - the ninth Pirts and Wellness Festival 2023!
Pirts and Wellness Festival 2023 is a true celebration and a treat for the body, mind and spirit. We welcome all pirts-lovers, all those who like to feel good and those who appreciate a healthy lifestyle, hand in hand with nature within and around us.
This year’s festival will take place over five days - from 19 to 23 July - on the grounds of the Latvian National Forest (LVM) Nature Park Glamping site - amidst a beautiful pine forest on the shore of Tērvete Reservoir, locally referred to as the Swan pond.
This year for the first time the festival will comprise two parts - Nature Wellness Retreat and the Festival Weekend.
19 to 22 July - three days in our nature wellness retreat (registered participants only).
This nature wellness retreat will be your opportunity to enjoy a programme which has been designed with relaxation and enjoyment in mind. The retreat includes a full board stay, daily morning exercise, daily pirts or a massage, creative and practical workshops where you can learn skills to your selected theme, and shared dinners around the bonfire.
We also have two very special evening events planned in the lead up to the Festival Weekend – Dainas Meditation with Inese Kozuliņa on Thursday 20 July, and a Fire themed evening in the woods on Friday 21 July: Rihards Lībietis’ ambient concert “The Cycle of Nature” in collaboration with pupils of the BJMK Rock School will be followed by a fire ritual, meditation and walking on hot coals. Entry by invite or tickets only. Limited availability!
22 to 23 July - the traditional festival weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday the festival will open its doors to everyone with the annual, established and popular programme: pampering pirts, massage and wellness treatments, consultations, pirts and healthy lifestyle-themed lectures, masterclasses and creative workshops (also in English) as well as exhibitions, auctions, concerts and dancing. The international conference “Nature and wellness world” and the competition for aspiring pirts practitioners: “Pirtnieks of the future 2023” will also be hosted during the festival weekend.
Like every year, the festival will gather a growing number of pirts practitioners and pirts lovers, massage and SPA professionals, and other healthy lifestyle specialists from Latvia and abroad.
Local artists, producers and makers will offer healthy and handcrafted goods at our market.
"Nature and Wellness World"
This year for the first time a two-day International Conference "Nature and Wellness World" will take place during the festival weekend 22 - 23 July on thePirts stage.
The Conference will host speakers from the USA, Japan, Czechia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The Conference will focus on topics related to wellness, green and healthy lifestyle, pirts traditions and wellness practices abroad. The importance of the theme is highlighted by the recent expansion of awareness of Latvian pirts traditions abroad and the global tendency of turning towards nature and more holistic approaches in order to enhance wellbeing.
The Conference will be in English.
A live stream of the Conference will be on Latvian Pirts and SPA Association and/or Pirts Domnīca Facebook pages.
The festival is organised by the Latvian Pirts and SPA Association with support from Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA), Dobele County Council, Latvian National Forest (LVM), VMS Timber and Baltic Candles.
On 15 June 2023 Latvian Pirts and SPA Association signed a legally binding contract No. SKV-TL-2023/54 with Latvian Investment and Development Agency as part of a project promoting international competitiveness (tourism), the latter being co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
More info about the Festival/Programme: https://latvjupsa.lv/pirts-un-veselibas-festivals-2023/
More info about the Conference/Programme: https://latvjupsa.lv/starptautiska-konference-dabas-un-labjutes-pasaule/
The press release in English: PDF fails pielikumā
For more information and interviews contact Aija Stepanovathe Executive of Latvian Pirts and SPA Association. E-mail: info@latvjuPSA.LV
See you at the festival - our nature wellness journey! 🌞💦🔥🌿
*Labjūte – fiziskā un garīgā labsajūta, veselīgums, ko apzināti veido ar īpašu pakalpojumu kompleksu; visaptverošas veselības koncepcija “Wellness”, kas radās ASV 20. gs. 50. gados, terminu veidoja mediķi K. H. Kūpers un H. Dunns, no angļu vārdiem “well-being” (labklājība), “fitness” (fiziskā labsajūta) un “happiness” (laime). (Tūrisma un viesmīlības terminu skaidrojošā vārdnīca. Rīga, LR Ekonomikas ministrija, 2008.