What is Lithuanian Heritage Stovykla? To me, it’s the one place that feels more like home than anywhere else I have ever lived. It’s an experience that, if you let it, will change you forever. There is comfort in knowing that no matter where life takes you, there will always be a place far away from the rest of the world, where people truly open their hearts and come together as a šeima to enjoy every little bit of wonder and magic that Dainava has to offer.

This stovykla has taught me more about life than I would have ever imagined possible. I have learned how to love and what true friendship is and that with responsibility comes trust and how respect can teach humility and, again, how to love. I am proud to say that this stovykla has played a huge role in my life and has helped mold me into the man that I am today. I am forever grateful for the lessons learned at Heritage Stovykla. Now that I am a vadovas, it is an absolute honor for me share the experience, knowledge and love that this stovykla has to offer with new generations of stovyklautojai. I hope that the wonderful tradition that we call Lithuanian Heritage Stovykla (and Dainava) will live on forever.

Mykolas Rušėnas

Citizen of Dainava