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Charles Lawrence & Kulkijat performing Return to the Earth. More videos to be released!

Documentation from Four Winds concert in Sammatti, Finland, in August 2023. Photographs by Mia Johnsson.



Pello is located in the western part of the Lapland province in Tornionlaakso. The Northern Arctic Circle passes through the southern part of the municipality, at the village of Juokseng. Tornionlaakso’s culture has been given its own color by its location in the territory of two states. The part on the Finnish side is the central area of ​​the municipality of Pello, the part on the Swedish side belongs to the municipality of Övertorneå. It is very common that even a Spouse is sought from a neighbor, i.e. from Sweden.

At the end of the Continuation War and during the War in Lapland, the inhabitants of Pello had to evacuate to the Swedish side. The German army burned almost the entire construction stock of the municipality when retreating, which happened elsewhere Lapland as well, considering the entire construction stock of Lapland. After the wars, at the time of construction and food rationing, ”joppa” flourished in Tornionjokilaakso. ”Joppa” means smuggling, in this case specifically from Sweden to Finland.

The villages are typically long and spacious riverside villages in Lapland. Only a small part of Lapland can be classified as an agglomeration. Dispersion of settlement over large areas and outside of built-up areas is a dominant feature in Lapland. Lapland’s municipalities are typically large in area and small in population. The settlement is spread over large areas and the distances are long.

Tornionjoki gives the Pello area its own look and, together with the nearby dangers, forms a unique natural environment. Tornionjoki is Europe’s longest free-flowing river, and a very prestigious salmon river. The river also has great historical significance in the culture of Tornionlaakso as a whole. The locals call the river Väylä, because it was used as the main passage in the old days.

When you think about images of Lapland, Sámi and things related to it quickly come to mind. The topic is multifaceted and big. Geographically, Pello as an area does not belong to the Sámi region or the Forest Sámi region, but of course Sámi people live all over Finland. If you want to learn more about Sámi issues, we recommend the following links: 

Pello is part of the reindeer herding area of ​​Northern Finland. In Pello and its neighboring municipality Ylitornio, you can visit the reindeer at several locations. Reindeer is the provincial animal of Lapland. Reindeer is a semi-domesticated animal, which in its way of life and structure is similar to its base form of fell deer. Hundreds of years ago, deer hunters roamed in large areas according to the seasons, in the winter to the lichens of the shores of the Arctic Ocean and in the summer to the summer pastures of Northern Lapland, among other things. The number and density of reindeer remained low when natural factors, such as large predators and parasites, taxed the reindeer population. Reindeer management and established national borders made the reindeer population numerically larger. Laplanders have dozens, even hundreds of different names for reindeer, which describe e.g. gender, age, color, condition and character of the reindeer.

Lapland is full of contrasts and unique natural phenomena: kamos, northern lights, midnight sun and autumn. In Lapland, instead of four years, the annual cycle is divided into eight different periods. The model for eight seasons comes directly from the northern nature. The old people lived in nature and from nature. You can view Pello’s natural attractions from the following link: 

In Lapland, people’s way of life is connected by a certain state of mind: things are busy and a lot is done, but you don’t really feel the rush (at the time of the tourist season, that may not apply to everyone, though). Lapland has a can-do attitude. Something new is always being developed here. Life in the arctic north requires a unique attitude, creative madness and an excellent sense of humor. There is enough room to breathe in Lapland and Lapland has an empowering effect. One can well ask, is Lapland a state of mind or is it geography?

 Finland’s population is concentrated in southern Finland, and things are often viewed from there. Sometimes we forget how long our country really is and the different starting points that result from that. One can also well So ask, are we in Lapland far from everything or in fact the opposite, in the middle of everything? Imaginations and reality always compare when talking about Lapland.

North Wind Summer Event in Sammatti

Four Winds summer event in Lapland have changed location from north to south. New event name will be North Wind. North is still part of the event theme.
Four Winds North Wind -summer event will be organized at New Fire Center on 29th to 31st of July. (Haukantie 471, 09220 Sammatti, Finland)

Now is possible to buy tickets to Four Winds “North Wind” summer event. Check out tickets and detailed program information. There will be special Lakota sweat lodge ceremony from Black Elk tradition!
You are warmly welcomed! 🌿

Change of Plans

Summer camp Dances With Winds has been postponed to 2021.

Instead there will be a mini camp “Back to the Roots” in Rausjärvi, Lohja 21.7.- 23.7. 2020. More info will be updated on the page linked above.

Concert Memories

One is Our Earth – Four Winds Concert in Malmisali, Helsinki on 10th May 2019 was one of the kind, and surely left its mark to everyone participating.

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The production crew likes to thank all the wonderful Artists, the audience, technical staff at Malmitalo – Sauli Närhi, lights and Antti Vanhanen, sound – and all who assisted and supported in making the concert happen!
Thanks also to Lea Kömi for these great photos and Pekka Varis and Teemu Ajatus for video documenting.

Sacred Pipe Ceremony

Sunday 19th May at 10 am – 4 pm.
Charles Lawrence’s Sacred Pipe Ceremony and Full Moon Drum Circle,
Oulunkylä Old Wooden School, Teinintie 8.

45 € Four Winds members or 50 € otherwise. Send mail to tell that you will be there: info(at) / Paymenents: vweb shop or with cash on the door.

There’s a break so bring a lunch if you like. Tea and snacks available.

Four Winds Summer Gathering

The Four Winds summer gathering “ONE IS OUR EARTH” 25.-28.7.2019

PLACE OF THE EVENT: Lappeenranta, at Marjola holiday resort by the lake of Saimaa, Eastern Finland. Place is easily reachable by public transportation (train, bus). The entire place is reserved for Four Winds only.

Rainbow Eagle (USA): Seventh Fire Peace Shield teachings
Mary Rainbow Snake Woman (USA): Native American beadwork
Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir (ICELAND): Fairy folk and Earth spirits of Iceland
Charles Lawrence (USA) : Inner journey with Grandfather of the Four Winds
Swami Atmananda Puri (INDIA): Sacred Hawan Ceremony
Swamini Anuradha Puri (INDIA): Morning circles, Veda Art with children


Daily program will be published closer to the event. Each guest will have his/her own day. Daily tickets also available.

Program will also have space for free time – sauna every day, swimming in the lake, communicating and sharing with others, Sacred Circles, drumming, singing, dancing, celebrating life and our precious Mother Earth.

PRICES (includes accommodation, meals and program for all days)

For Four Winds members (adult):

-Accommodation indoors (3-4 persons in the same hotel room) 340 euros
-Camping (in your own tent) 220 euros.

For non-members (adult):

– Indoors 370 euros
– Camping 250 euros

Possibility to book sleeping place in our half-platoon tent if you don’t have your own tent.

Rooms will be reserved in registration order, so gather your friends and be quick to register.

-Daily tickets 100 euros

2-12 years old – 110 euros
13-16 years old – 190 euros

Indoors/hotel accommodation with parents
2-12 years old – 150 euros
13-16 years old – 280 euros

Children under 2 years for free.


Send e-mail to and tell us:
– Your name
– Contact information ( e-mail, phone number)
– Do you have any allergies – food is mostly vegetarian, might also have fish.
– Do you have any diseases etc. which organizers should be aware of in case of emergency
– Accommodation wishes – who is your roommate if you arrive with friend or children

Payment here:
Information is only in finnish, but you will find right one based on the price, which are all different. Check your price above, and find that same amount from web shop options.

If you wish to join Four Winds and get your membership, you will need to pay membership fee. It is for calender year 2019.

20 euros/year for adults
10 euros/year for students, pensioners and unemployed.

From web shop it can be found under ”jäsenmaksu”. After paying, you are allowed to pay your camp fee as a member of Four Winds. No other information of membership needed.


No alcohol or drugs are allowed on our camp.
Changes in the program are possible.

For questions and more information, please contact:
Facebook: Saila Anttila
Phone/WhatsApp: Virko Kolulahti +358-45-272 4003

Four Winds web pages:



Podcast Episode 3: Power of Music

One is Our Earth – episode 3: POWER OF MUSIC (19.4.2019) 62min

Featuring voices by: Tuomas Rounakari, Hanna Rajakangas, Ringa Koskinen, Charles Lawrence, VJ Tuulinen Kaaos. Interviewers: Kalle Kuisma ja Meri Hietala.


journalistic editor: Kalle Kuisma, Sisko Pajari, Meri Hietala
editing: Kalle Kuisma ja Sisko Pajari
sound design: Kalle Kuisma

production crew

Kalle Kuisma, Sisko Pajari & Virko Kolulahti
Four Winds / Korppiradio

music & soundscapes

Tuomas Rounakari: Kutsu
Tuomas Rounakari: Call of the Earth
Tuomas Rounakari:Procession
Tuomas Rounakari: Langetus
Duo Hurme: Höga Visan
Charles Lawrence: Return to the Earth
Klava: Sillat
Munnaripartio: (nimetön)

Ferkessedougou, Argile Tour 2007
Pierre Gauthier: appel à la priére,dinangourou

meisterjaan: shaman’s drum
inchadney: thunderstorm
Martin.Sadoux: Africa, Burkina Faso , in the north. Wind and birds in the bushes.
EpicWizard: Morning in Eastern South Africa captured with Sony M10.
LukeIRL: People gather in a hindu temple, Udaipur for a ceremony that involves a lot of singing
woodflutes: native american style flute in a
andre-onate: indra-slice
andre-onate: indra-call