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3 Day Mountain Mindfulness Weekend Retreat in the Beautiful Venabygd

Venabu Fjellhotell, Rondeveien 860, N-2632 Venabygd, Norway

Wild Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Norway

Calm, clarity, and relaxation: these are just some of the benefits of mindfulness, along with better concentration, greater enjoyment of life, and improved relationship satisfaction. On this Wild Mindfulness weekend, you explore how different practices can help you with these aims and how you might incorporate them into daily life.

Meet the instructors

Joy
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Highlights

  • Gain calmness, clarity, and relaxation
  • Learn mindfulness practices in a kind, supportive environment
  • Opportunity to explore new practices that reconnect you with wild nature
  • Time outside in the beautiful nature of Venabygdsfjellet
  • 2 nights at a warm, friendly family-run hotel
  • Meals provided

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: 3-8 participants
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Accommodation

Owned and run by the Tvete family, the hotel has been welcoming guests since 1950 and has a well-earned reputation for friendly, attentive hospitality. Many guests return year after year, summer and winter.

The hotel and cabins sit in the center of the Venabygdsfjellet plateau at the southern edge of the Rondane National Park, 78 kilometers north of Lillehammer. This special mountain area offers many fine experiences of nature right across the plateau with its lakes and streams, its waterfalls, and mountaintops.

Built in the Norwegian architectural style with light and airy rooms throughout, the hotel has 56 comfortable en-suite rooms, six of which are suitable for wheelchair users. The superb mountain views from the dining room and the open fire in the sitting room make this a wonderful place to relax.

There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel that is free to use, as are the saunas. Complimentary tea and coffee are always available in the lounge.

Guest amenities

  • Fully licenced Bar
  • Reception
  • Saunas
  • Yoga studio
  • Television rooms
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Dedicated massage room
  • Sunny terrace with warm blankets for enjoying the afternoon sun
  • Drying room
  • Skistall and shop for expert advice and ski servicing
  • Games room with pool and table football
  • Table tennis
  • Library
  • Conference room
  • Small shop stocking carefully chosen gifts to help you remember your stay

We pride ourselves on our ability to ensure our guests enjoy their stay in the mountains, exploring by themselves or with one of our guides, summer or winter.

Footpaths and ski trails start at the door of the hotel and head in all directions. From our riding stables we offer horse riding and carriage driving throughout the year.

We can also offer choices for wheelchair users. We have a 50-year tradition of welcoming disabled guests for our ”vintersportsuke” at the end of the winter.

Our family has built up the hotel since 1950 under the motto ”friendliness & helpfulness”. We have loyal staff and we hope to welcome you soon to Venabu and the mountains!

The Tvete family

Program

This is "Wild Mindfulness": you practice outside as much as possible, experiencing how nature can support and enrich your practice. Time in nature has been shown to have many positive effects, here the retreat combines mindfulness and time in nature is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and the rest of nature.

Itinerary

Friday

  • 18:30 Dinner together
  • 20:00 Introduction to the weekend and a settling practice

Saturday: Slowing down, the bodyscan and solo time in nature

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Practice and check in
  • 10:00 Going out for the day – you aim to be outside all day, taking a packed lunch. You may make use of the hotel’s laavu and fireplace.
  • 17:30 return
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Reflections on the solo

Sunday: Refection and integration

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Practice and check in
  • 10:00 More on the bodyscan, practices for daily life
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Closing circle and departure after lunch

The itinerary may change to reflect the needs of the group and/or to adapt to the weather conditions.

Who is this for?

This weekend will suit both those new to mindfulness and more experienced practitioners who would like the opportunity to deepen their practice and enjoy time spent sitting with others.

During the weekend you will be walking short distances and sitting on the ground. You will each be carrying a small rucksack with spare clothes, a drink, and food - the things you need to remain comfortable while practicing outdoors.

Venabu Fjellhotell aims to make this weekend accessible to as many people as possible so please contact them if you have any special mobility requirements.

While mindfulness can support good mental health, this weekend is not therapy. It may not be suitable for those who have recently / are receiving treatment for mental health issues or who have recently experienced major life events such as bereavement or loss. Please send an inquiry if you have any questions.

Your teacher, Joy O'Flanagan

Joy leads groups in wild places, summer, and winter. She is a UIMLA International Mountain Leader and BASI Nordic Ski Instructor. In her free time, Joy loves to spend time outdoors: skiing, running, or climbing.

A mindfulness practitioner for many years, she now teaches mindfulness. Her work is united by her passion for helping people to express their potential and to explore their relationship with nature.

Originally a qualified physiotherapist, the pull of the mountains became too strong, so she relocated to the Alps and now lives in Norway. Joy is also a Pilates teacher.

Note

Regarding Coronavirus: Venabu Fjellhotell will adhere to the health guidelines that have been set. The hotel has plenty of space in the dining room and will not be serving buffet meals. There are other well-designed solutions in place too. If you have any questions, please send an inquiry.

Instructors

Joy O'Flanagan

Location

Experience Norway's nature! The natural scenery around Venabu is gentle but nonetheless exciting. The hotel lies in the middle of a wide-open plateau surrounded by rounded peaks.

There is a collection of lakes and streams and in the middle of this gentle plateau, there are deep gorges and high waterfalls. It’s an easy area to get around with well-marked trails.

Venabu Fjellhotell lies at an altitude of 932 meters on road 27, "Rondevegen", on the mountain pass between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen, just south of Rondane National Park. The hotel is shown on Google Maps.

Distances from Venabu:

  • Oslo via Rv, 4230 kilometers
  • OSL Gardermoen E6 220, kilometers
  • Trondheim, 270 kilometers
  • Lillehammer, 78 kilometers
  • Røros, 181 kilometers
  • Folldal, 87 kilometers
  • Elverum, 172 kilometers
  • Ringebu, 18 kilometers

Food

Venabu Fjellhotell serves traditional Norwegian food.

Good food is important! Venabu Fjellhotell is well known for its delicious, homemade food. In their dining room they serve generous meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer a variety of vegetarian dishes daily and source many of the ingredients from local producers.

Their talented chefs from different countries are encouraged to express their creativity and passion for food. They believe that these qualities, blended with a respect for traditional, local, and seasonal food, make the food special.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals
  • Meditation practice, body scan, closing circle

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Oslo

  • Follow E6 to Frya, 5km north of Ringebu centre, then road 27 signposted Venabygd/Folldal ca 16km.

Driving directions from Trondheim

  • E6 to Hjerkinn, road 29 to Folldal, then road 27 to Venabu, Norwegian Scenic Route, Rondane.
  • Please note road 27 is a mountain road and can be closed at short notice during the winter if there is bad weather. Road 27 is closed at night during the winter, east of Venabu between Spidsbergseter and Enden. This road closure doesn't routinely affect the road up from Ringebu.

Driving directions from Røros

  • Road 30 to Tynset, then road 3 to Alvdal, road 29 to Folldal & road 27 to Venabu (Ringebu).

Driving directions from Elverum

  • Road 3 to Koppang, then road 219 to Enden & road 27 to Venabu (Ringebu). From Elverum it is the same distance if you drive the main E6 road.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL). Venabu Fjellhotell offers its own direct bus to and from the airport every Saturday, only in the winter season (also in connection with the Christmas holidays). This service must be booked in advance.

Departure from Gardermoen is 2 p.m. Return 9 a.m. the following Saturday, with arrival at Gardermoen at 1 p.m. The transfer time is about three hours.

Arrival by train

Travel by train to get to Ringebu (the closest station to Venabu) is straightforward and rail services in Norway are excellent. At Oslo Gardermoen Airport (lufthavn) the railway station is in the same building as the airport, downstairs. Buying tickets is easy: online, at the ticket machines, or in person. You'll find that the station staff speak excellent English and everything is well signposted.

Booking ahead - once you know your flights and you have decided to travel by train it makes sense to book your rail journey. It is best to book ahead as the trains can become booked up - everyone has a seat, no standing. Booking ahead may give you the option of a reduced price ticket, the minipris ticket, though this is non-refundable. The Vy website is easy to use and has an English version.

Take the train to Ringebu on the Dovre railway line. It's a scenic journey of about two and a half hours from Oslo Gardermoen. Oslo city centre and Lillehammer are on the same rail line.

The hotel staff will pick you up from the railway station in Ringebu if you book this service with Venabu Fjellhotell in advance (at an extra cost). The transfer time to the hotel from the station is about twenty minutes.

Arrival by express coach

Take the Nettbuss to Ringebu station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Availability

Arrival: Friday October 2, 2020
Departure: Sunday October 4, 2020

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