9th World Congress for Psychotherapy 2020
9th World Congress
for Psychotherapy
"Children, Society and Future – the Planet of Psychotherapy"
June 24-27, 2021
Moscow, Russia

Post congress program at Lake Baikal

July 6-10, 2020: sightseeing marathon.

The Decadnik is held at the shore of Lake Baikal, in the Baikal National Park.

Lake Baikal is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places on the planet. It is the most ancient lake on our planet, aged between 25 and 35 millions of years!

Baikal is the world’s largest reservoir of fresh water, containing 22% of all fresh and clean water of our planet.

It is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22—23% of the world's fresh surface water. Also, Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. In total, 336 rivers flow into Lake Baikal, and only one streams out of it — the Angara river.

Flora and fauna of the lake are very diverse and unique — Baikal is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which exist nowhere else in the world. Thanks to rich oxygen concentration it its waters, Lake Baikal hosts more than 2600 species of living organisms, most of which are endemic. More than 58 species of fish live it its waters, such as omul, Baikal black grayling, whitefish, taimen, Baikal sturgeon, lenok, Baikal oilfish live in the Lake Baikal basin.

Baikal coast is home to more than 2000 species of plants, and about 2000 species of birds. It is a habitat of a unique marine mammal — the Baikal seal,or nerpa. In the mountainous part of the Baikal region the smallest deer in the world can be found — Siberian musk deer, or kabarga.

Breathe the healing air of Lake Baikal with us, feel the power, the strength and the energy of this place! The legendary Baikal is a must-see local for every inhabitant of our huge planet!

Decadnik program starts on June 30, 2020 at 17:00.

The program of Decadnik at Lake Baikal includes workshops, trainings, seminars, lectures from renowned trainers, psychologists, psychotherapists of PPL Russia, many of which are members and/or holders of European and World certificate for Psychotherapy. Also in program: morning meditations and evening campfire meetings.

The participants of Decadnik will get acquainted with traditions and rituals of indigenous Baikal people — tea ceremonies at open fire, native rites, and visits to places of power.

For children we organize special kid groups under the guidance of experienced psychologists. For children we hold lots of interesting and memorable activities: trainings, hikes, quests, competitions at the shores of Lake Baikal. Kid groups operate daily, from 10 am to 11 pm.

The cost of participation in Decadnik program is from 250 Euros.

Committee for Balint Movement organizes International Balint Symposium on Lake Baikal within the framework of the Decadnik «Stars of Psychotherapy at Lake Baikal». The seminar will be attended by the leading experts in the field of Balint work. In the program of the seminar: workshops, round table discussions, various Balint groups. http://balintsymposiumbaikal.ru/main

Decadnik is held in a tremendously beautiful place of the region — at the Small Sea of Baikal in the recreational compound «Fregat»:

— Comfortable cottages and a modern hotel, built of Angarsk pine, with Baikal lake view from any room, 50 meters from the lakeshore!

— Stunning location: picturesque bay on the slope of the Baikal mountains, surrounded by reli ct larches of Pribaikal national park, and beach of Kurkutny Bay, the warmest bay of Baikal!

The recreational compound «Fregat» offers its visitors hot Russian sauna — banya — with straight access to Lake Baikal.

Accommodation costs in the recreational compound «Fregat» vаry from 35 to 45 Euros per person per night. Breakfast buffet is included in price.

Meal service is provided by the restaurant «Fregat» of the recreational compound, offering set meals (lunch and dinner) as well as a variety of fish courses, traditional Buryat buuz and other authentic dishes and local delicacies.

If you seek for money-saving options, you can choose the recreational compound «Olympus», which is located 900 meters from «Fregat». The costs of stay at the camp «Olympus» start from 23 Euros per person per night. Guest houses in Kurkut village, 2kms from toursist accomodation “Fregat”, start from 22 Euros per person per night.

Decadnik on Baikal will bring you the joy of a meeting with friends! It is a great holiday for body and mind at the shore of the legendary lake! Each participant of Decadnik is able to significantly improve his mental ecology, gain inner strength, obtain a powerful source for one’s inner self!


How to get there?

Flight from Moscow to Irkutsk, prices for return tickets start at 240 Euros, flight takes 6 hours. From Irkutsk to Baikal and back we organize a comfortable bus transfer, the trip takes 3 hours.


Sightseeing Marathon:

Besides the training activities, we provide a diverse excursion program for our guests.

This program includes speedboat trips to the islands of the Small Sea of Baikal, to Big Baikal, to the island of Ogoy to visit the Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment; bus tours to the caves of Cape Aya; horseback riding to the Valley of Stone Spirits and the legendary island of Olkhon.

The costs of excursions vary between 20 and 99 Euros per excursion.

Olkhon is the largest and the most famous island in the heart of Lake Baikal. It is a picturesque and sacred place. The island is located practically in the middle of the lake, where the lake goes 1642 meters deep. It has good weather almost all year round, and is ideal for hiking. In winter, the visitors of the island are astonished by the absolutely transparent ice of Baikal, in the summer, boat trips to the most secluded bays of Olkhon become possible. The center of Buryat and Asian shamanism is located on this island. Olkhon is recognized as a historical and cultural center of the Baikal region.

On July 6, 2020 we depart to Listvyanka village where we are going to visit the Baikal museum. Hotel check-in, dinner in Listvyanka.

July 7, 2020

09:00 — Breakfast, transfer to a pier to board the cruiseship «Babushkin».

10:00-12:30 — Lake Baikal cruise (2,5 hours) to Tankhoi village (40 km).

12:00-14:00 — Lunch in Tankhoi.

14:00-17:00 — Visit to Baikal biosphere reserve, 2-4 kilometer walk on a wooden trail among Siberian forest with its ancient cedars and diverse flora and fauna.

17:00-18:00 — Transfer Tanhkoi — Baykalsk, arrival to «Sobolinaya Gora» resort, accommodation in «Grand Baikal» hotel.

19:00-21:00 — uplift via cable ropeway, diner in the restaurant «Vysota 900» with panoramic view over Baikal.

July 8, 2020

08:00-09:30 — Breakfast, transfer to the town of Slyudyanka (40 km).

10:30-11:30 — Visit to the unique museum of Baikal gems.

11:30-09:30 — Transfer to Tunkinskaya Valley (130 km). Tunkinskiy national reserve is possibly the most unique place of Baikal region. Lots of legends and folktales of the local ethnicity — Buryats — are associated with this place. Many centuries ago numerous troops of the infamous Genghis Khan, Khagan of the Mongol Empire, marched here along the Irkut river to invade Kievan Russia.

Tunkinsky national park is rich with numerous sacred places, some of which are thousands years old, miraculous hot mineral springs, grassland meadows. Majestic peaks of the Eastern Sayan mountains surround Tunkinskaya valley on the one side, wooden slopes of Hamar-Dabana mountains — surround it on the other side, creating unique climate and pure air. The mountains stunningly frame the lowland with their high golets rising dramatically above green meadows to an altitude of 2500 meters.

The Tunkinskaya valley lies from the southern extremity of the Lake Baikal and is connected with Irkutsk by a decent asphalt road. We will have a night stopover in the mountain village of Arshan. There we will visit sacred places, crystal waterfalls and relict pine groves, bathing in hot springs (for those who interested, 40 km from Arshan). Accommodation in hotel вгостинице «Marya’s Grove», rooms with amenities.

Dinner in Arshan village

July 9, 2020

07:15 — Breakfast, transfer to Slyudyanka railway station

09:30 — Train journey along Lake Baikal via the unique Roundbaikal railroad: excursion with short-time stops along the Baikal. Lunch onboard.

19:00 — Arrival to Irkutsk, accommodation — aparthotel «Baikal» or other comparable hotels.

Costs of sightseeing program 388 Еuros

Included: all transfers, meals, cruise, accommodation, entrances to museum and national park, cable ropeway, tour guide, 1st class train tickets for Roundbaikal railroad trip with lunch included, water: 0,5 liters per person per day. Not included: alcoholic beverages.

NOTE: Continuing excursion marathon to Buryat Republic, Program «Sunny Buryatia»!

Dates July 9 — 12, 2020, Days/nights 4 days / 3 nights

July 9, travel by train № 70 Slyudyanka — Ulan-Ude Train departure at 11:44, Arrival to Ulan-Ude at 17:22

DAY 1 — Thursday — 09.07.2020

17.25-17.30 Meeting at the train station

17.30-17.50 Transfer train station — hotel

17.50-18.00 Hotel check-in hotels «Baikal-Plaza», «Buryatia»

18.00-19.00 Dinner cafe

19.00-21.00 Ulan-Ude City tour

21.00-21.30 Transfer to the hotel

DAY 2 — Friday — 10.07.2020 г.

8.00-8.30 Breakfast hotel

9.00-9.30 Transfer. Ulan-Ude — Ivolginsk datsan

Ivolginsky temple — the center of modern Buddhism in Russia. Ivolginsky temple is also known as the Ivolginsky Datsan, a modern center of Buddhism in Russia. Ivolginsky Datsan is also known as the “Monastery of the Wheel of Teaching”, which gives joy and bliss to its visitors. This Buddhist monastery complex is located in the Burya prairies near the village of Verkhnyaya Ivolga. Ivolginsky Datsan includes ten temples with original architecture, 5 stupas — suburgans, university, greenhouse of the sacred Bodhi tree, enclosures with roes, houses of lamas. Ivolginsky Datsan is the very place where the immortal body of the famous Lama Itigelov is kept.

9.30-11.30 Ivolginsk datsan tour — getting acquainted with datsan — visit to the Hambo Lama Etigelov Palace

11.30-12.30 Lunch Dastan cafe

12.30-13.30 Transfer. Ivolginsk datsan — Transbaikal Ethnographic Museum

13.30-16.30 Transbaikal Ethnographic Museum

16.30-17.00 Tea Museum cafe

17.00-17.30 Transfer to hotel

18.00-20.00 Visit to OPPL-Buryatia Psychology

20.00-21.00 Dinner cafe

21.00-21.30 Transfer to hotel

DAY 3 — Saturday — 11.07.2020 г.

8.00-8.30 Breakfast hotel

9.00-9.45 Transfer Ulan-Ude — Tarbagatai

9.45-15.00 Tour «Visiting the Starovers (Old Believers)» -visit to manor house, acquaintance with everyday life of the Starovers — lunch (old Russian cuisine) — Folklore concert — games and conventions — Museum «History of Culture and Life of the Old Believers of Transbaikal» — ancient Orthodox church.

15.00-15.45 Transfer Tarbagatai — Ulan-Ude

15.45-19.00 Shopping: — national clothes made of leather, felt, fur, ethnic jewelry, clothes — Buryat artists and jewelers merchandise — pine nuts, sweets, pine nuts treats etc.

19.00-20.00 Dinner cafe

20.00-21.00 Walking tour, rest

21.00-21.30 Getting back to the hotel

DAY 4 — Sunday — 12.07.2020 г.

06.00-06.15 Breakfast hotel

06.30-07.00 Transfer hotel — Airport

Flight Ulan-Ude — Moscow on 12.07.2020

Airline Departure from Ulan-Ude (local time)

Airline “Pobeda” 08:05

"S7 Airlines" 07:40

"S7 Airlines" 09:35

The total cost of the program (lunch and dinner not included):

Single room (breakfast included) 4 days/3 nights 25000 rub 360 € Room rate is 4,500 rubles per day (total 13,500 rubles per person)

Double room (breakfast included) 4 days/3 nights 21000 rub 300 € Room rate is 5500 rubles per day (total 8250 rubles per person)

Single room (breakfast included) 3 days/2 nights 23000 rub 330 € Room rate is 4,500 rubles per day + ½ day (total 11250 rubles per person)

Double room (breakfast included) 3 days/2 nights 19000 rub 280 € Room rate is 5500 rub/day + ½ day (total 6875 rubles per person)

Included in the cost:

all transfers according to the program, accommodation with breakfasts, entrance fees to museums, Ivolginsk datsan (with a visit to Khambo Lama Etigelov), an excursion program to Starovers, a tour guide, 0.5 liter water for trips.

Paid separately: lunch, dinner.


When booking hotel on your own, the room cost is deducted from the cost of the program. Train ticket for train No. 70 Slyudyanka —Ulan-Ude is purchased independently via official Russian Railways website or with a timely application to the organizer in Ulan-Ude, where you have to send your passport scan. Ticket sales start on April 1.

Souvenirs which you can take back with you as a memory of the hospitable Baikal (please, check the import permissions in your country in advance):

1. Jewelry from the local gems — lapis lazuli, charoite, seraphinite, nephrite.

2. Products made of bone and of silver, crafted by talented masters of Buryatia.

3. Fish delicacies: grayling, whitefish, taimen, halibut.

4. National clothes of leather, felt, fur.

5. Authentic amulets, souvenirs from Buryat craftsmen.

6. Pine nuts, candies and other pine nut treats.

In the Tunkinskaya valley you can visit the “Mongolian Market” and purchase warm garments from the wool of sheep, yak, camel, which will warm you through most severe weather conditions.

You should definitely purchase unique medicinal herbs that grow only on the slopes of the Eastern Sayans: sagan-dayilya, mother-of-thyme, wild rosemary and many others. Tea with the aroma of these herbs will remind you about this fantastic journey in the Baikal region for a very long time.

Participants can choose excursions they want or to participate in the whole excursion marathon.

After visiting these places, you will keep the greatness, power and beauty of Baikal in your heart forever.

«…Baikal is a pinnacle of creation and a mystery of nature, as if it was made for us to drink its crystal waters, to enjoy its stunning beauty, to breathe in its purest air»…

June 30 — July 6, 2020 — Decadnik al Lake Baikal

July 6 — July 12, 2020 — Sightseeing marathon

We are looking forward to meeting you in 2020!

Organizing Committee:

Irina Vizntiyskaya
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