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7 Days Mountain Mindfulness, Walking and Meditation Retreat in Venabygd, Norway

Venabu Fjellhotell, Rondevegen 860, N-2632 Venabygd, Oppland, Norway

Mindfulness and Walking Retreat Norway

Discover the transformative power of mindfulness in the mountains. Take time and space for yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of Norway’s wild nature. Explore mindfulness and learn practices that can support you in daily life and discover our interconnection with the rest of nature.

This retreat combines walking with mindfulness practices, indoors and outside. You will explore different elements of mindfulness and the daily walks are designed to support you in this exploration. You will find that the movement of walking through the landscape can add a joyfulness and lightness to your practice.

Join like-minded people for a retreat to refresh the mind, body, and spirit.

Meet the instructors

Joy & Rob
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  • Mindfulness teaching
  • Daily mindfulness practice in nature
  • Daily guided walks in the peace and beauty of Norwegian mountains
  • 6 nights of accommodation and meals
  • Free time to relax and enjoy
  • Delicious homemade food

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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You will be staying at Venabu Fjellhotell, a comfortable family-run hotel on the edge of the Rondane National Park. Venabu sits in the middle of the Venbygdsfjellet plateau surrounded by tranquil, wild nature with mountains, lakes, canyons, and waterfalls.

The hotel has plenty of public indoor and outdoor space including lounges, a library, saunas, and a sunny terrace. The retreat will have the exclusive use of the meditation room. All this means that you have the choice of social or quiet time during your stay.

Rooms are simple and comfortable. All rooms have en suite bathrooms. Single, twin and double rooms are available.


Practicing mindfulness outdoors, in nature gives you the opportunity to settle your mind on physical experience: of the weather - the sun on your skin, a breeze, even rain and on the physical journey through the landscape.

To further help you in your exploration, a different theme is used each day from the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. You will weave practices with that element into the walk for the day.


Arrival day

Dinner at 6:30 p.m. You will start to get to know each other over dinner. After dinner, you will have an introductory meeting.

Days 2-5

The itinerary for each day may vary according to the weather and the needs of the group. A typical day is outlined below:

  • 07:00 Mindful movement practice outside
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Walk in the mountains with guided practices and perhaps some time in silence, packed lunch outside
  • 16:00 Return to the hotel and free time
  • 18:30 Dinner buffet
  • 20:00 Free time

Departure day

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Closing and goodbyes

The walks are chosen to take you to some of the most beautiful places: local summits, canyons and waterfalls, clear mountain lakes and stunning viewpoints.

Venabu sits on the edge of the Rondane National Park, Norway's first national park, created to protect the wild reindeer that live there.

Walking grade

This walk is for intermediate mountain walking for regular hillwalkers. A typical walk is about 12 kilometers with 200 - 500 meters of ascent. Some days maybe a little longer and some a little shorter, expect to be outdoors all day and walking for between four and a half and five hours. You will be walking on mountain paths which may be muddy or rocky. You will use short transfers by minibus to help explore the area.

Included excursions

Some examples of the walks

Dynjefjellet, 1,151 meters

  • 12 kilometers 390 meters ascent - steady ascent, mountain paths.

A steady path leads to the summit of Dynjefjellet. The high peaks of the Rondane are visible to the north. The wildland of Venabygdsfjellet opens before you. Distant to the west are also the glaciated peaks of the Jotunheimen. On this tour, you will also see evidence of man’s earliest relationship with the wild reindeer of the area.

Canyons and waterfalls: Dørfallet and Myfallet

  • 12.5 kilometers 300 meters ascent.

The highlight of this hike is sure to be the Dørfallet and Myfallet waterfalls. Experience for yourself the powerful force that carved this landscape.

Ramshøgda, 1463 meters

12-18 kilometers, ascent 460 meters, descent 620 meters.

Today, you hike to the peak of Store Ramshøgda. You discover the Rondane, Norway’s first National Park, created to protect the genetically unique, wild reindeer living here. Descending from the high point, you discover an unfrequented valley where you may see birds not often encountered elsewhere in Europe.


  • 12 kilometers, 380 meters ascent.

Both tranquil and sublime Finnsjøvola offers you a relaxed yet spectacular day. You ascend steadily through delightful, pine forest to open land and sparkling lakes with views of the Rondane massif and east towards Sweden. You may be lucky enough to hear or see wild reindeer.


Joy O'Flanagan

Rob McKenna



You will be well looked after at Venabu Fjellhotell, well known for its warm welcome and delicious food. At breakfast and dinner, you will be served generous buffets. At breakfast, plenty of fruit is available and a daily smoothy is offered. In the evening, there are salads, starters and hot dishes and deserts made using many locally sourced ingredients. Dishes are a mixture of Norwegian food and other favorites. A good range of vegetarian dishes is available.

The hotel makes up your packed lunch at breakfast and thermos flasks can be filled with hot drinks, all included in the package price.

On Wednesday evening we serve our special Norwegian Buffet.

Teas and coffee are freely available for guests in the hotel lounge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner buffets
  • Packed lunches and filled flask
  • Mindfulness teaching and hiking guiding on five days
  • The services of the experienced mindfulness teachers and knowledgeable hiking guide
  • The renowned Norwegian Buffet served on Wednesday evening
  • All transfers for the time outdoors
  • Tea and coffee at the hotel

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Transport to and from the airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

The is an excellent and straightforward rail connection from Oslo Gardermoen airport to Ringebu, on the Dovre line, the closest station to Venabu. The journey is scenic and takes approximately three hours.

Book tickets on Vy.no, the price is about 450 NOK and discounted tickets are available if booked in advance. Venabu Fjellhotell will meet you at the station for a twenty-minute transfer to the hotel.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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.
7 days / 6 nights
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