Lapland nature retreat invites you to calm down

This is our new Lapland nature retreat to return to yourself, strengthen your connection with the nature and let go of the everyday stress. The retreat combines silence, breath taking arctic landscapes, well-being and mindfulness meditation. Wake up with calm stretches and flow movements and enjoy an energizing slow breakfast at your cabin. Instead of the morning news, we prepare for the day with meditation.

During the days, our guides take you on slow retreat walks into the fells.  There you have time to enjoy the silence, connect with the nature and search for some inner peace too. We will cover short distances and take breaks admiring the miracle of the nature around us. In the evenings, we will calm down with mindfulness meditation for an hour or so. One evening we will do a silent sauna meditation, and one evening we do a guided walking meditation.

This retreat is held at the time when the nature slowly wakes up after the winter. Some years in May we still have snow, sometimes the first green shoots push through the ground already. We will have a change to observe this change over the days.

No phones, no internet, no instant sharing everything with the world. We even recommend you to leave your cameras in the cabin, and to be present and enjoy the nature retreat experience with all your senses. We keep silence during most of the programme.

 

 

Additional information

dates19 – 24 May 2018, Dates available on request
group-sizeMin 4 Max 8
duration6 days
destinationKilpisjärvi

The retreat is suited for both newcomers and those who already meditate daily. There is no religious or other ideological content apart from respect of each other and the nature around us. People of all beliefs are welcomed to join.

The price includes transport to / from Tromso (TOS)/Kittilä (KTT) airport, accommodation in shared double rooms in a modern, airy chalet. Single rooms for an additional cost depending on availability. Price includes breakfast and packed lunch and dinner, which are prepared together at the chalet.

Your guide Gareth is a professional outdoor instructor, personal trainer and photographer, and his wife Elina is a trained mindfulness instructor. Both have been practicing meditation, mindfulness and yoga for many years.

This Lapland nature retreat is also bookable for private groups, minimum 4 people. You can ask for completely silent retreat or agree that only the walks and other programmes will be in silence.

Mindfulness means being aware and awake in every moment. Thich Nhat Hanh has explained it as the energy that helps us to know what is going on at this given moment. Other teachers say it is a way to pay attention to the present moment. A dictionary definition is for example: “Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations..

Today there is an increasing interest towards mindfulness as a tool for coping with pain, chronic illnesses, stress and busy lifestyles. Mindfulness based programmes are used in the care of for example depression, eating disorders and chronic pain. The number of scientific studies showing the benefits of mindfulness practice is growing exponentially.

For us at Adventure by Design mindfulness has given the tools to cope with Elina’s cancer and the consequent chronic pains.  Over the years mindfulness has turned from simple practices we made to cope with stress into a way of understanding our life.

Elina studied mindfulness instructor qualifications with dharma teacher Seija Mauro, a frequent guest at the Plum Village. Elina’s mindfulness meditations are gentle, full of compassion towards oneself and those around us. There is no religious or other ideological content apart from respect of each other and the nature around us. People of all beliefs are welcomed to join.

All the wonderful things that you are looking for–happiness, peace, and joy–can be found inside of you. You do not need to look enywhere else.
— Thich Nhat Hanh