Join the Route Diverse Nest Weaving Workshops in Karula National Park!

Route Diverse invites everyone interested to free nest-building workshops in
Karula National Park in April and May.

“What do non-human beings – birds, insects, fish – consider home? We bring this theme with spatial installations in beautiful Karula National Park to a human scale. Some nests will be 3 metres in diameter or over 2 metres high. This way, we can go inside of the nests and experience what life might look like for a bird or a spider, for instance,” said artist Jane Remm.

The four free nest-building workshops are part of Route Diverse art programme, which will be open to visitors from June until the end of September. The completed artworks are created in collaboration with local communities from South Estonia, but non-human beings also play an important role in the creation of the nests.

Route Diverse is a different kind of tour and art experience and part of the  European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 programme. The initiative invites people to explore the fascinating fringes of Estonia. The exciting 3.5-hour journey starts from the border town of Valga, continues to Hargla village where visitors get to be absorbed to sound installations. The art trip then concludes with a nest exhibition at picturesque Ähijärve. The program also includes activities on the bus during the tour. At the end of the trip, the bus brings art-curious explorers back to Valga.

Buy tickets for the tour from Piletilevi!

Become a co-author of the art programme!

As the number of places is limited, organisers kindly ask participants to register in advance

April 27, 12:00–16:00. Workshop on weaving black stork nests
Instructor: Margus Rebane
Location: Ähijärve. Meeting point in front of Karula National Park Visitor Centre.
Register here!

May 18, 12:00–16:00. Building cave walls with clay and painting with clay
Instructors: Mihkel Säre and Jane Remm
Location: Ähijärve. Meeting point in front of Karula National Park Visitor Centre.
Register here!

May 18, 13:00–16:00. Weaving a net tree
Jane Remm
Location: Ähijärve. Meeting point in front of Karula National Park Visitor Centre.
Register here!

May 25, 12:00–17:00. Horse felting
Location: Ala-Mähkli farm
Register here!

We invite you to come to the buzzing Karula National Park to enjoy spring in nature and build nests together!

Practical information for workshop participants

Registration. Your place in the workshop is guaranteed by prior registration and confirmation sent by the organisers. The number of places is limited. Please make sure you receive a confirmation email. Register here to participate.

Clothing. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and shoes suitable for outdoor activities. You can also bring spare clothes for more comfortable handling of materials (especially for working with clay).

Catering. For lunch, we offer mainly light meals made from local ingredients. If you wish, you can bring something to share with others.

Meeting point. The meeting point for workshops at Ähijärve is in front of Karula National Park Visitor Centre (coordinates BL: 57.712486, 26.504927). The workshop on May 25 will take place at Ala-Mähkli farm (coordinates BL: 57.748481, 26.48339). If you can’t find the location or have any questions, call or write to Nastja Pertsjonok,, 5132891.

Let’s take care of the environment!

For more information:
Nastja Pertsjonok
‘Route Diverse’ project coordinator
Phone: 5132891