Understanding my story through Yoga – with Beth Cleland

This post is part of the series entitled “The embodiment of stories”. The 3 first posts of this series were written in collaboration with Beth Cleland, a certified yoga instructor who recently turned 60. Beth Cleland shares how the practice of yoga and...

A mother Kolibrí

Metaphora values any and every initiative that allows the seeds of family heritage to be nurtured and appreciated. On that note, we are very much supportive of the Kolibrí Festival in Helsinki: The Kolibri Festival is a way to experience multiculturalism and...

Integration through innovation?

Recently, Metaphora had the opportunity to be a part of larger discussions on the topic of non-Finns and the Finnish labour market.  At the beginning of April, I participated in a panel discussion on “integration”, gender and employment with five women...

A gift to my mother

My daughter has a birthday close to mother’s day. We usually have a party for her the day before we celebrate all the important women in our life. This year she turns 5, and she was my first child. The fact that my first child was a girl played a significant role in...

What is your story as an individual?

Another day I was talking to a friend about the importance of stories shaping our identity, directing our choices and dictating our self worth (this is kind of a passionate topic for me)… So I went on and on about how challenging it can be for some people to...

Community walk because place matters!

Last Tuesday, I had a wonderful opportunity to lead a community walk around Itä-Helsinki (East Helsinki). The community walkers are social work students with various experiences in the field, interested in social work engagement and the places where people live and...

Reflections on refugees’ stories

This post was inspired by an exhibition we attended. The exhibition entitled Stories from the Reception Centre addressed individual stories of refugees in Finland. Our interest in the exhibition is related to the type of work we are inspired to do at Metaphora. Even...

The World Storytelling Day in Finland and other events – March 2016

  The World Storytelling Day is approaching and along with it many storytelling events are organised around the world. But what is the World Storytelling Day? This is a direct quote from the official World Storytelling Day website: World Storytelling Day (March 20th)...

Reflections on International Women’s Day

Yesterday was international women’s day. I started the day with a latte, a rose given to me and other women in the Helsinki metro, and a copy of my completed PhD manuscript. The PhD manuscript took 6 years to complete and was fully funded, minus the maternity leaves I...

Shaibalaiba! The 40th Story Café

Shaibalaiba Story Café is a series of storytelling events that happen regularly (mostly) in Helsinki. I have been attending Shaibalaiba events on various occasions, and the gatherings are known for being set in cozy environments with different guests storytellers and...