Mountain Mindfulness Weekend

Wild Mindfulness

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 our Wild Mindfulness weekends we explore how different practices can help us with these aims and how we might incorporate them into daily life. 

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

Weekend highlights

  • Learn mindfulness practices in a kind, supportive environment
  • Opportunity to explore new practices that reconnect us with wild nature
  • Two nights and all meals at our warm, friendly family run hotel
  • Time outside in the beautiful nature of Venabygdsfjellet

The benefits of mindfulness

These have been well documented, mindfulness can:

  • help to develop calmness, clarity and concentration
  • reduce stress, anxiety and rumination
  • help memory and focus
  • help us to be less emotionally reactive
  • support relationship satisfaction

Price: 4600,-

per person sharing a twin/double room. Single supplement 200,-


           10th - 12th July 2020

            7th - 9th August 2020

            2nd - 4th October 2020 - no places available 

Minimum group size: 3, maximum 8

Weekend itinerary:


18.30 Dinner together

20.00 Introduction to the weekend and a settling practice

Saturday Slowing down, the bodyscan and solo time in nature

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Practice and check in

10.00 Going out for the day – we aim to be outside all day, taking a packed lunch. We 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

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 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 we will be walking short distances and sitting on the ground. We will each be carrying a small rucsac with spare clothes, a drink and food - the things we need to remain comfortable while practising outdoors. We aim to make this weekend accessible to as many people as possible so please contact us 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 contact Joy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Your teacher:

Joy O'Flanagan

Joy works leading 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.

To book contact us:

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You may also be interested in our yoga and natural movement weekend and the week-long holiday: yoga, natural movement and mindfulness.