Rest and Explore
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. Discover our interconnection with the rest of nature.
On this retreat we combine hill walking with mindfulness practices, indoors and outside. We will explore different elements of mindfulness and our daily walks are designed to support us in this exploration. We find that the movement of walking through the landscape can add a lightness to our practice. This retreat will suit those new to mindfulness and established practitioners.
The benefits of mindfulness have been well documented, mindfulness:
• helps to develop calmness, clarity and concentration
• reduces stress, anxiety and rumination
• helps memory and focus
• helps us to be less emotionally reactive
• supports relationship satisfaction
Join like-minded people for a retreat to refresh mind, body and spirit.
Price: from 14800 NOK
per person based on a twin/double room share
Dates and tour codes:
7 - 14th June 2020 MM1
21 - 27 September 2020 MM2
Intermediate mountain walking for regular hillwalkers
Typically about 12km per day with 200 – 500m of ascent.
Mountain paths which may be muddy or rocky.
We use short transfers by minibus to help us explore the area.
• Explore mindfulness and learn practices that can support you in daily life
• Explore our interconnection with the rest of nature and the mountains
• Suitable for those new to mindfulness and for established mindfulness practitioners
• Hike in unspoilt this wild reindeer country of lakes and mountains
• Discover the Nordic flora and fauna, migratory birds and birds of prey, arctic alpine plants
• Relax into the warm hospitality of a family run Norwegian mountain hotel
• Enjoy quality home made food and a good variety of vegetarian dishes.
Dinner at 18.30 We will start to get to know each other over dinner. After dinner we will have our 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:
7.00 Mindful movement practice outside
9.30 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 Evening practice or free time.
9.00 Closing and goodbyes
Practising mindfulness outdoors, in nature gives you the opportunity to settle your our minds 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.
Some examples of our walks:
12km 390m 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 wild land of Venabygdsfjellet opens before us. Distant to the west are also the glaciated peaks of the Jotunheimen. On this tour we will also see evidence of man’s earliest relationship with the wild reindeer of the area.
Canyons and waterfalls: Dørfallet and Myfallet
12.5km 300 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.
12-18km, ascent 460m, descent 620m.
Today we hike to the peak of Store Ramshøgda. We discover the Rondane, Norway’s first National Park, created to protect the genetically unique, wild reindeer living here. Descending from our high point we discover an unfrequented valley where we are may see birds not often encountered elsewhere in Europe.
12km, 380m ascent.
Both tranquil and sublime Finnsjøvola offers us a relaxed yet spectacular day. We ascend steadily through delightful, pine forest to open land and sparkling lakes with views of the Rondane massif and east towards Sweden. We may be lucky enough to hear see wild reindeer.
Your course leaders:
Rob managed a diverse sector of the catering industry before becoming disillusioned by its unsustainable practices. This led him to full-time residency on Holy Isle, Scotland - a centre dedicated to peace, ecology and wellbeing. He enjoyed 8 years on the management team whilst studying Tibetan Buddhism and secular Mindfulness. He is a member of the Scottish Mindfulness Association.
He currently sits on the board of Moray Food Network and is a Project Co-ordinator for sustainable food initiatives in Moray. He has 25 years meditation experience and has taught mindfulness to a cross-section of the community.
He is also qualified Shiatsu Practitioner and lives at the edge of Culbin Forest, North Scotland.
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 ourdoors as a keen skier, runner and climber. A mindfulness practitioner for many years, Joy now teaches mindfulness. 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 spends large parts of the year in Norway. Joy is also a Pilates teacher.
• Six nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner
• Packed lunches and filled flask
• Mindfulness teaching and hiking guiding on five days
• The services of our experienced mindfulness teachers and knowledgeable hiking guide
• Our renowned Norwegian Buffet served on Wednesday evening
• All transfers for our time outdoors
To book please contact the hotel reception:
t: +47 61 29 32 00
For more information please contact Joy O'Flanagan: