The Year of Rituals: Discover the Power of Ancient Wisdom from Finland

Rediscover our lost connection to nature and the past by applying ancient rituals in your own everyday life.

  • Ancient Nordic rituals as the antidote to our hectic, disconnected, urban life style
  • A guide for people who feel detached from themselves, who feel alienated from nature, who are looking to connect

Can people who live their lives in cities, and mostly connected to technology, benefit from ancient rituals and discover a life in rhythm with nature? What can we learn from the ancestors of the happiest people in the world?

The Year of Rituals is a book that invites us to take inspiration from long-forgotten and living traditions of the Finno-Ugric people, and to create rituals that strengthen our connection with nature, the cycle of life, and with our inner selves.

Rituals create a connection with the past, the present moment and the future. Ancient cultures and indigenous peoples created songs, poems, rituals and celebrations to rhythm life. We lived in harmony with the rhythm of nature, and offerings and chores were planned according to the seasons and seasons. With our urbanized and secular lifestyle, we have forgotten or abandoned many of the rituals and customs that have traditionally helped people transition from one season and life stage to another.

The Year of Rituals invites you to encounter ancient rituals in a modern way. It is a guide for those who have lost their souls, those who are alienated from the church or nature, those looking for connection.

Reetta Ranta has delved into the mythology of people of Finnish origin and indigenous peoples, and based on them, she has extracted and developed rituals related to the cycle of life and the cycle of the year, which help us to feel rooted in hectic, estranged from traditional life.

Back to Nature Finland: Explore Nature, Myths, and Ancient Wisdom

Back to Nature Finland is a calming, relaxing experience that takes you on a journey throughout Finnish nature, with a touch of ancient wisdom, mythology and local history. Based on the internationally acclaimed TV show!

The book presents 24 beautiful travel locations in Finnish nature. It reveals stories about Finnish mythology related to those locations, and provides delicious local food tips to enjoy when visiting. Learn the secrets of the Archipelago Sea, discover Lohja’s groves and caves, and meet the most beautiful tree in Finland. Travel with us from the Åland Islands, across the Nordic archipelago’s seashores and dunes, to the mysteries of lake Saimaa. Join us as we follow the origins of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala; climb to the top of Pyhä-Nattanen, the Mountain of the Gods; and explore some of the many sacred sites of Finnish Lapland.

The original Finnish book titled Metsien kätkemä (‘Hidden in the Forests’) was based on the TV series by the same name. The series first format localization, Back to Nature Australia Season 1 (8 x 30-mins) is live now in ABC TV and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the Australian viewers. The format has also been optioned by producers in New Zealand, UK and South Africa. The completed series (Finnish or Australian versions) have been sold to or broadcasted in Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, China, Japan, Thailand, India, and Finnair in-flight entertainment. Negotiations are ongoing with several other territories.

Reetta Ranta

Reetta Ranta is a storyteller and media professional. Reetta has worked for more than 20 years in media with several startups and media companies including Rabbit Films, Gutsy Animations, The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, and Basso Radio. Reetta is the creator, host and producer of the TV series Metsien kätkemä (‘Hidden by the Forests’), which showcases the gorgeous landscapes of Finnish nature. Her next book about rituals (Rituaalikirja) will be published by SKS Kirjat in Finland in the fall 2023.