Urnatur Forest Bath Retreats
09-13 may 2018
22-26 august 2018
Reconnecting with nature is like resetting your brain
Over thousands of years our body and brain have developed together with nature. There is a part of you which instantly still feels at home in nature. Being connected with nature results in some amazing changes inside your head which begins to calm you and sooth your nerves.
Welcome to this unique forest bath retreat that brings you back to basics and back to the woods – the beautiful natural woods of Urnatur.
We live in the world of knowledge. But for a few days you will just experience the forest with all your senses. Experience it open minded like a child.
Reconnecting with nature is like resetting your brain. Back off your hectic modern everyday life for a while and give your distracted brain the rest it deserves.
Forest bath, also called shinrin yoku, is great for stress release, reduces blood pressure, fights depression, improves your sleep, increases your immune system and accelerates recovery from surgery and illness. But it is also great for people who already are in love with the forest and just want more of it – because on top of all these great effects – it simply makes you happy :)
As the animals in the forest, we will listen, smell, move quiet and cautious – and have fun together. We will be barefoot in periods if the weather allows it.
7.30 – 8.00 quiet morning in the forest: the forest wakes up, our soul awakes.
8.00 – 8.30 morning in the studio or forest: the body wakes up
9.00 – 10.00 breakfast
10.00 – 14.00 shinrin yoku/ forest bath and meditations, lunch in the woods.
14.00 – 15.00 reflections of the day, background information about the health effects of forest bath but also knowledge about the forest ecosystem, wild herbs for food & medicine …
After 15.00 own time.
For example, self-meditation in the woods, wood fired sauna, swimming in the lake, canoeing, fishing, SUP boards, forest walks, hammocks …
Check in, day of arrival: 15.00
Check out, day of departure: 11.00
More information and FAQ
We start the morning by experiencing the forest with all our senses. Presence in silent community. After that we will wake up the body. Depending on the weather, we will be either in the forest or in the yoga studio. Here we mix yoga, natural movements and forest qigong.
Breakfast: Delicious breakfast buffet is served in the tin castle.
Lunch: We eat together in the woods.
Dinner: Made by participants themselves in our outdoor kitchen by the lake. The outdoor kitchen is equipped with all that is needed to cook a organic vegetarian dinner. There is a gas stove as well, but the intention is that the participants practice cooking over the open fire. The food can be cooked by yourself or in groups.
NOTE: Fish and meat is not included but can be purchased (lamb from the farm, perch or rainbow trout from the lake or own fish farm). So even beer and wine. We have a nice little collection of natural wines.
Last night we end with thoughts and stories at the campfire.
No previous knowledge required!
Soft clothes for yoga and meditation that you can use in the forest. Good shoes for bad weather and rainwear to pull over. Warm clothes just in case. Small simple backpack to carry in the woods. Slippers for the cottage. Swimwear. Yoga mat if you have.
The leaders for this forest bath retreat:
• Åsa Ottosson is Sweden’s leading author in nature and health. Åsa regularly runs courses and workshops with qigong and forest baths, including Tiveden, Sörmland and Stora Karlsö (Gotland). For three weeks Åsa experienced shinrin-yoku in Japan in 2016, and interviewed leading forest scientists and forest therapists.
• Ulrika Krynitz is a biologist, herbalist, designer, guide for natural movement, yoga and forest bath and founder & owner of Urnatur.
For Ulrika the forest is a sacred place. But also a place to gather herbs for food and medicine and the best spot to practice all kind of well being.
Cost & Registration for Forest Bath Retreat
|price/p inclusive VAT||shared board||single room|
|board and lodging||5200,-||7200,-|
all prices in SEK .
The price includes space in a shared cabin or tree house (4 nights) in the woods as well as full board as described above.
Children are welcome from 15 years of age.
Registration is binding. We will send an invoice with a deposit of 3000, – SEK.
Only when the deposit fee is paid are you registered.
The deposit fee is non refundable but also non-personal if you can find a replacement.
The remaining amount will be billed about 2 months before the retreat.
NB: Limited number of participants!
forest qigong with Åsa Ottosson