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9th World Congress for Psychotherapy 2020
9th World Congress
for Psychotherapy
"Children, Society and Future – the Planet of Psychotherapy"
June 26-29, 2020
Moscow, Russia

Training marathon at Lake Baikal

Post congress program at Lake Baikal

June 30 — July 6, 2020: Decadnik (10-day workshop and training campaign) «Stars of Psychotherapy 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 16:00.

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 Decadnik program is from 200 Euros.

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 relict larches of Pribaikal national park, and beach of Kurkutny Bay, the warmest bay of Baikal!

Прибайкальского национального парка, пляж самого теплого Куркутного залива Байкала!

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 37 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 19 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 35 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.

July 6, 2020 at 12pm we will depart on a journey to the local places of power, which are located in the Tunkinskaya valley.

Tunkinsky national park is probably the most unique and intriguing place in the Baikal region, strongly associated with multiple legendry of the Buryat folk. Many centuries ago the infamous Khagan of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan, marched with his vast hordes of troops there along the Irkut river bank.

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.

The journey to sacred places, silent volcanoes, bathing in hot springs, treks to waterfalls, shamanic places and Buddhist shrines will provide a feeling of incomparable unity with the strong and astonishing nature. The excursions cost from 66 Euros, accommodation — between 10-15 Euros per person per night.

From the Tunkinsky national park we will continue to the east. We will take a train to a town of Slyudyanka on July 8, 2020 in the evening.

Enjoying with socializing and passing-by landscapes of Baikal, we will ride the train for 5 hours. We will visit the capital of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, discover Buddhist relics and learn national rites. We will also see 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.

The following day we will visit the old village where we’ll get acquainted with the unique culture and traditions of the Old Believers (Siberian Orthodox) of Transbaikalia. The cost of the train ride to Ulan-Ude varies from 10 to 19 Euros. Accommodations in Ulan-Ude cost between 20 and 40 Euros. Prices for excursions start from 15 Euros.

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 will be able to 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.

We are looking forward to meeting you in 2020!


Organizing Committee:
Irina Vizntiyskaya
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English language assistance
Sofiya Kamalova
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