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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.
On this retreat, we combine walking with mindfulness practices, indoors and outside. You will explore different elements of mindfulness and our daily walks are designed to support you in this exploration. We 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 mind, body, and spirit.
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.
Practising mindfulness outdoors, in nature gives you the opportunity to settle your our 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 us in our exploration we use a different theme each day from the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. We will weave practices with that element into the walk for the day.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m. You will start to get to know each other over dinner. After dinner, we will have an introductory meeting.
The itinerary for each day may vary according to the weather and the needs of the group. A typical day is outlined below:
The walks are chosen to take us 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 here. The walks are graded intermediate for experienced walkers.
A typical walk is about 12 kilometers with 300 - 400 meters of ascent. Some days may be 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. We will use short transfers by minibus to help explore the area.
Joy has been a mindfulness practitioner for many years and now teaches mindfulness. As an International Mountain Leader and Nordic Ski Instructor she spends much of the year leading groups in wild places. Her work is united by her passion for helping people to express their potential and 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 and a member of the Mindfulness Association, UK.
Rob is a mindfulness teacher with 25 years meditation experience. A trained chef, Rob enjoyed 8 years on the management team at Holy Isle, Scotland - a centre dedicated to peace, ecology and wellbeing. He studied Tibetan Buddhism with senior teachers including Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and secular Mindfulness with Rob Nairn. Now on the board of Moray Food Network, Rob is a Project Co-ordinator for sustainable food initiatives in Moray.
We will be well looked after at Venabu Fjellhotell, well known for its warm welcome and delicious food. At breakfast and dinner, we serve 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.
We make up our 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.
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Transfer not provided
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.
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