7 Days All Inclusive, Nature and Meditation Retreat

About This Event

Deep in the Swedish forest by a beautiful lake you find Virserum Village and Indigo Nature Centre. 

We run small friendly retreats with healthy food, lots of nature experiences, stunning nature and wonderful walks as well as classes in mindfulness and meditation helping you connect with your inner wisdom and serenity.

This retreat helps you find you inner calm that you can bring within you wherever you go after this retreat. You will be able to connect with nature and yourself in a deep, satisfying way and detox from modern stressful life.

Mindfulness helps you to unwind, recharge and become more focused, mastering this practice will enable you to be focused and calm in you daily life even when going through usually stressful situations. You will also be guided to connect with your inner wisdom through meditation and nature experiences while also connecting with nature on mindfulness walks in the forest and meditation by the lake, helping you find serenity and oneness.The centre aims to help you detox from stresses of modern life and technology so that you can truly connect with yourself and nature and find inner peace and serenity.

Your day is structured with daily meditations combined with nature excursions. Starting with daily meditation and mindfulness sessions and daily mindful forest walks, followed by planned excursions for each day, like guided tours of the local Swedish culture and arts, cycling trips or other local outings. You will be able to spend most of your waking time outdoors enjoying the pristine nature and clean air, whether engaging in activities or relaxing in the garden.

An enjoyable part of the experience is the healthy, seasonal vegetarian food we serve. The food is sourced from local farms and gardens as much as possible and even gifts of the forest, like blueberries and cranberries. All meals are included and you get breakfast, packed lunch and dinner buffet plus healthy snacks and drinks. Dinner is taken alfresco in the garden and a picnic lunch is provided for your daily outing.

You can also learn how to make natural teas and nettle soup or to forage for blueberries and cranberries among other things.

You can chose to be very active during your stay, if this suits you, with long walks around the lake of 10k and 20k, go canoeing or cycling etc. but you can also enjoy relaxation and just being in nature if you prefer your focus on relaxation, you can find the balance that suits you! You can spend time by the beautiful lake or go for slow mindful walks in nature or relax in the hot tub in the garden. The aim your stay with us is to regenerate from a stressful life, enjoying the peace and serenity of this beautiful place and learn new practices to adapt into to your daily routine, so you can enjoy the benefits from this retreat once you come back to your usual life again.

Apart from the structured activities there is plenty of leisure time for you to explore the village with its quaint shops and cafes as well as cultural heritage centre and gardens. You can also rent bicycles and canoes from the centre.

The retreats starts on a Friday and ends on a Thursday. It may be possible to arrange for a longer stay if your travelling requires it, so feel free to ask us if you have any practical questions. We offer discounts if you want to book more than one retreat consecutively.

Welcome!

I am so glad I found this beautiful gem in the Swedish forest, it's a truly unique place where you can find inspiration to grow and really connect with yourself. I feel more focused and refreshed than I have for a long time, and I feel inspired to continue using the practices I learned as it really works!

Event Highlights

  • Meditating by the lake daily to connect with nature and recharge
  • Mindfulness forest walks for connecting with your self and nature
  • Daily guided meditations and mindfulness instructions/practices
  • Personal Development sessions and Reiki sessions
  • Daily organised local excursions such as cycling and walking or local guided tours
  • Trolley cycling along the old railway through beautiful untouched forests
  • Exploring the local culture centre giving insight into the Swedish soul with art gallery and exhibitions
  • Lake with five small beaches to explore and a forest trail going around it
  • Swimming in the clean water or relaxing on the beach
  • Hiking around the lakes with trail of 10k or of 20k and there are shorter trails to try as well
  • Nature reserve on the doorstep to explore
  • Canoes and bicycles to use when you like
  • Beautiful walk along the river through the village and beyond
  • Learn how to make your own herbal infusions, nettle soup and foraging for blueberries and cranberries

Schedule

8-9 am breakfast (first half hour in silence)
9-10 pm Instruction in mindfulness practice, relaxation techniques and guided meditation
10 am till noon mindfulness forest walk (at your own pace)
Noon Picnic lunch in forest or park
1-3 pm Excursion of the day: a guided culture tour, short course, cycling or walking in nature
3-5 pm leisure time, there are canoes and bikes you can use, explore the area or relax in our hot tub
5 pm Meditation by the lake
6 pm Dinner in the garden

Venue Highlights

Connecting with nature:
The retreat is by a lake with several natural beaches and forest trails to explore.There is plenty of berries to forage and you may even spot some wild life! We will show you how to make your own natural teas and where to find cranberries and blueberries, (if in season).

Meditation by the lake:
Each day starts with a mediation by the lakeside.There are two meditation session daily, morning and evening, giving you the opportunity find inner calm and reconnect with your self and nature. You will learn techniques for distressing and deep relaxation as well as connecting with your self.

Organised Daily Excursions:
Lake trail, up to 10 k forest walk with beautiful views and peaceful tranquillity.
Trolley cycling along the old rail-road, taking you deep into the untouched forest, with lakes and old station houses swishing by.
Village Heritage Centre with exhibitions, museums, gardens, old saw mill, smith hut, cafes and local craft shops.
Exploring the lakes natural beaches and swimming in the lake, or just dipping your toes!

You can rent bicycles and canoes directly from us to explore the area and.
Relax in the garden with hot tub and plenty of space to unwind and detox from modern life.

There is no internet or TV to distract you here so you can really emerge yourself in the process of detoxing from modern stressful life, (although there are cafes with WI-FI nearby). We suggest that mobiles be left off as this is your chance to detox from technology and modern life! Although the village is small you will find a few quaint shops and cafes, as well as a bank, chemist and food shops etc.

Accommodations

Our small and friendly retreat is located in a century old house filled with character and charm that was once a B&B. There are 5 bedrooms, a meditation/yoga room, large modern kitchen, lounge and a cosy covered veranda. The lush garden is perfect for relaxing. The accommodation vary from shared twin rooms to private single or double rooms. We can accommodate 5-10 people. Shared bathroom in the hallway, (no en suits bedrooms).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included and you can have all your meals al fresco if you like. Almost all your waken time will be spent out doors while enjoying activities in nature, mediating or relaxing in the hot tub and getting to know wonderful people!

You can relax and enjoy healthy activities and forget about the stresses of the outside world and recharge while detoxing from modern life, eating healthy food and breathing clean air.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

We provide three meals a day of vegetarian food, sourced when possible from the local farms and gardens around the village, as well as some treats from the forest, gathered on our foraging excursions! We provide breakfast, packed lunch bag for your daily venture and alfresco dining in the garden at night as well as snacks and drinks. We use only what is in season and you can even enjoy forest treats such as cranberry and blueberry as well as locally grown strawberries and raspberries. You can even pick berries in the forest on your walks! You will also learn how to make herbal teas from natures resources etc.

The menu vary depending on what is available from the local farms and gardens and you will get a chance to try out traditional Swedish health foods, such as sour dough bread and stone baked rye bread, cranberries and blueberries etc.

Example of menu:
Breakfast: A selection of: yoghurt, muesli, fruits, juice, Ryebread sandwiches, fresh eggs, various teas, etc.
Lunch bags are provided for the daily outings, Ryebread or sandwiches, lentil salad, fruit, berries.
Dinner: Salad buffet with deliriously prepared vegetarian dishes.
Snacks: Fruit berries, home baked cakes etc.
Drinks: Water, teas and juices.

It is possible to make the vegetarian menu vegan when required and we can provide gluten and lactose free options.

Directions

Flights start from as little as £50 return going by Ryan Air, Easy Jet or Norwegian to either Gothenburg or Copenhagen. We recommend renting a car and it takes 2.45 hours to drive to the village from the airport. There is free parking.

We are located deep in the forests of rural Sweden so the options of transport are limited but we offer a pick-up from either: Växjö Train Station or Jönköping Bus Station for a fee of £45. The two locations can be reach directly from respective airports, (see below).

Flying to Gothenburg, Landvetter: take direct bus from the airport to Jönköping Bus Station, 1.45 hrs (around £10 and over 10 departures per day) Pick-up from Jönköping can be arranged for around £50. (1 hrs by car to Indigo Nature Centre in Virserum).

Flying to Copenhagen: from Copenhagen Central Station take direct train to Växjö, 3 hrs, (around £45 and some 3 departures per day).
Pick-up from Växjö can be arranged for around £50 (1 hour by car to Indigo Nature Centre in Virserum). Or take bus from Växjö to Hultsfred, get off at Virserum Centrum, (around £10, there are 1-2 departures per day so check these departures correlate with your train arrival). Walk 300 metre to the Centre from bus stop.

Tags: culture exercise forest lake meditation mindfulness nature selfdevelopment walking yoga

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