7 Days All Inclusive, Walking & Nature 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 and walking trips with healthy food, lots of nature experiences, stunning nature and wonderful walks where you can truly connect with nature.

This Walking & Nature retreat helps you connect with nature and detox from modern stressful life in a beautiful setting where you can find inner peace and serenity on long walks and fun excursions. 

Daily forest walks of 10k - 20 k, around one or two lakes as well as planned excursions, with guided local tours of Swedish culture and arts, cycling trips etc ensures you will be able to spend most of your time outdoors enjoying the pristine nature and clean air, whether engaging in activities, walking or just 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 including 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 outings. You can also learn how to make natural teas and nettle soup or to forage for blueberries and cranberries among other things.

Enjoy long walks around the lake of 10k and 20k, go canoeing and cycling or swimming in the lake or simply enjoy the various peaceful settings around the lakeside. In the lush garden you can chill in the hot tub and regenerate from a stressful life, while enjoying the peace and serenity of this beautiful place.You will have plenty of opportunity to go for long walks in the beautiful rural landscape and you can rent bicycles and canoes directly from us, the lake is within 100 metres so you are never far from the water and there are several natural beaches to explore. An old rail-road trail starts near the house and goes on for many miles through untouched forests and its a treat to follow the river path that takes you through the village and beyond, so you are always sure to find things to see and do. The village also has some quaint shops, restaurants and cafes including a cultural heritage centre and several parks.

Example of a day:
8-9 Breakfast
9-12 Lake trail walk
12-13 Lunch
14-16 Oganised excursion
16-19 Leisure time
19.00 Dinner in the garden

Snacks and drinks available throughout the day* Relaxation exercises available*  

Retreats starts on a Friday and ends on a Thursday. It may be possible to arrange for longer stays if required, feel free to ask us if you have any practical questions. We offer discounts if you want to book more than one retreat consecutively. We offer Mindfulness & Meditation retreat alternated with Walking & Nature retreats.

Welcome to the heart of southern Sweden!

A serene place with unpolluted nature and miles and miles of forest trails, the lake has many small beaches to explore and the river path is very nice too. The old rail road trail takes you deep into untouched forests and showed me what nature really can be like, the feeling in this place is magical and can't be described, it has to be experienced!

Event Highlights

  • Daily forest walks from 10-20k around one or two lakes
  • Organised local excursions, such as cycling outings and local guided tours of the area
  • 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
  • Nature reserve on the doorstep to explore
  • Canoes and bicycles to use when you like
  • Beautiful walks along the river through the village and beyond
  • Learn how to make your own herbal infusions, nettle soup
  • Forage for blueberries and cranberries

Schedule

8-9 am Breakfast

9-12 am Lake Trail Walk, Choice of 10k or 20k

12-1 pm Lunch

2-4 pm Group Tour of The Local Heritage Centre and Art Gallery

4-7 pm Leisure Time, Canoeing in The Lake

7 pm Dinner in The Garden

8 pm Evening Entertainment

Snacks and drinks available throughout the day*
Relaxation exercises available*

Venue Highlights

Lake
You will be staying just 100m from a beautiful Swedish forest 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).

Lake trails
Trail around the first lake is 10 km, combining it with the second lake makes the trail is 20 km. The village is one hour away from the Swedish part of the Camino de Santiago meaning the lake trail is maintained and used by people practising for the Camino. The trail with the second lake is very varied and you will be able to go through forest and along rural country roads as well.

Walks:
Each day starts with a walk by the lakeside, giving you the opportunity find inner calm and really connect with your self and nature. You can also learn some techniques for relaxation if you like. After the walk there is a daily organised outing for the group.

The Old Railway Track and Trail
This trail is of a total of 50k and you can cycle along the old railway on a Dressin or walk on the forest trail beside. You can turn back at any point that suits you and thus make the walk as long or short as you like, or continue to the small town of Åseda at 25k. You will be going trough forests, passing by old station houses, lakes and open landscapes. You will be deep in untouched forests, only seen by the few people that have taken this very path, it's a unique and powerful nature experience that you won't find anywhere else!

Organised Daily Excursions:
Village Heritage Centre with guided tours, 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!
Lake, forest and rail trails with beautiful views and peaceful tranquillity.
Trolley cycling along the old rail-road, taking you deep into untouched forests, with lakes and old station houses swishing by.

Canoeing & Cycling
You can rent bicycles and canoes directly from us to explore the area and enjoy the lake.

Relaxation:
Relax in a lush garden with hot tub and plenty of space to unwind and detox from modern life.
You can sit by the lakeside and natural beaches varying from rock, grass and sand. Relax in one of the parks or by the riverside, anywhere you turn you are close to nature, even the small village has river going through it so you will always surrounded by soothing nature.

There is no internet or TV to distract you here so you can really emerge yourself in nature and wind down form modern stressful life. We suggest that mobiles be left off as this is your chance to really enjoy being in nature! Although the village is small you will find a few quaint shops and cafes (with wi-fi), 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.

Amenities

  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent

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.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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