Setomaa is located in the most south-eastern corner of Estonia, forming an island of specific and characteristic culture and language. The local customs of this border area have been passed from generations to generations for centuries, remaining rather unchanged due to the isolated nature of the region. Setomaa is a place with beautiful nature and specific culture. It has a lot to offer visitors and one can even briefly pop into Russia without a visa!
The Seto people have also remained the same. But who are these Seto people? Their name in Estonian refers that they are neither this nor that. Their language is similar to Estonian, but not quite the same, and their religion is similar to Slavic, but not quite the same. When Estonians ask the Seto people to speak Estonian, they do. When Russians ask the Seto people to share their religion, they do. But they also bring their own beliefs. As the saying goes – the wolves are fed and the sheep are safe!

If you want to hear the most archaic Seto language, it is worth listening to a Seto chanting choir. Chanting is the Seto folksong where the lead singer improvises, chanting words for the choir to repeat. Since 2009, the Seto chants are included in UNESCO’s representative list of spiritual cultural heritage.
By the way, do not hope to make the Seto people sing or dance to your tune! The Seto people love to sing and dance, but they sing their own song and dance to their own tune.

Our Practical Workshop includes a visit to Uue-Võhvi Centre, which has been built with support from the LEADER programme.
We will do community work at the Seto Farm Museum and take a closer look at the Seto culture. Lunch at Seto Tsäimaja, followed by a visit to Värska skate park.

The bus route is approximately 190 km long.
Fee 60€ per participant.
The trip is organised by a non-profit association Setomaa Turism and the Borderlands Leader
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