During this retreat we will stay three nights at Shambala Gatherings Yoga retreat and one night in tents in a wolf territory.
• Begin the day with yoga
• Walk silently in the forest and meditate in a hammock among tall trees
• Watch for wild animals and and learn about the inhabitants of the Nordic forest
• Forage for mushrooms and berries
• Learn how to make fire and cook a tasty dinner outdoors
• Heat up in the sauna and cool down in the lake
We are carefully following all regulations and we have an extra flexible cancellation policy should you need to cancel last minute due to showing symptoms. For more information on how we are dealing with Covid, please visit our Covid page.
WHAT WILL WE DO DURING THIS RETREAT?
In the morning we will wake up our bodies and minds through yoga and free flowing movement. This will prepare us physically and mentally for an active day in nature.
In the evening we will escape into the forest. We will go for hikes, swim in rivers and take a boat to reach a secret island in a lake.
We will learn about berries, mushrooms, trees and plants, from the large and ancient to the tiny sprout. We taste what is edible and in the evenings we cook delicious meals on a camp fire.
We will learn some of the skills that our ancestors had naturally at hand to survive, such as making fires and using knives. Also how to get cosy and comfortable on the ground, being fully present and alive among trees and wild animals.
We will search for beavers, and meditate in the presence of wild wolves and hopefully even hear them howl in the night. We will spend our evenings in areas where wild animals roam free.
This is a slow retreat. We will move slowly and take time to reflect and feel. During the retreat we encourage you to stay away from technology, internet and social media.
At the end of our days we will relax in a wood heated sauna, and then cool down with a dip in the lake, and hopefully fall asleep feeling happy and free.
WHAT YOU WILL GET OUT OF THIS EXPERIENCE
• Truly strengthen your connection to nature and feel that nature is your true home
• Find ways to make your everyday life a bit wilder
• Disconnect yourself from stress and the modern lifestyle
• Become inspired and confident to spend more time in nature on your own
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF REWILDING ONESELF?
Just because humans can adapt to any environment and demand – such as a stressful life in the city – it does not mean that it is sustainable and healthy to do so. Instead of numbing yourself to be able to cope with the harshness of mainstream everyday life, allow yourself to be fresh, awake, alert, wild and free.
People naturally become happier and more energised when in Nature, it is an empowering and liberating experience.
With this retreat we want to reawaken the sense of curiosity and wonder about all expressions of life. To sharpen our observation skills towards nature and our own body, and feel how totally we belong into the natural world.
To be wild as we understand it, means to be genuine and unfiltered in your experience and reactions. To forget about what is expected of you in order to fit in contemporary city life, and to simply enjoy and connect to nature and to all living beings.
As humans, we used to be part of nature’s processes, and understand their cycles and power. Even though now we have been estranged from our natural environment, we can still regain much of our beautiful intuition and inner guidance.
We just need to spend time with the purest version of ourselves, in the purest environment, in order to trust it again. This way we will feel a vibrant connection to everything there is, and life will have a solid purpose.
During our first three nights we will stay at Shambala Gatherings in Skinnskatteberg, a yoga retreat center where many international yoga teachers hold retreats. We have chosen to stay here because of the great community vibe, where you meet inspiring and positive people from all over the World. The food is wholesome and vegetarian and we often eat out on the sunny deck overlooking the lake. This place has a nice yoga feeling and it is easy to get out into the forest. See the Shambala Gatherings website for more info about the place.
On our last night we will venture out into the forest and set up camp by a lake in wolf territory. You can choose single or double tent. We provide the following top-quality outdoor equipment:
• Sleeping bag (3-season Nordic climate) with fresh inner sheet
• Small pillow with fresh pillowcase
• Sleeping-mat (50mm)
The fee for this retreat depends on which room option you choose.
7950 SEK per person based on shared twin room. Shared bathrooms in the corridor. If you come on your own we will pair you up with another guest of the same gender. If there won’t be anyone to share with, you still just pay the shared room rate.
Shambala offer single rooms but only if the retreat is not fully booked. The extra charge for a single room is 1008 SEK for the whole retreat. You will receive an email when and if the single room option becomes available.
6800 SEK per person in your own tent. You will still have access to the Shambala bathrooms, showers and relax areas. If you don’t have your own tent equipment you can rent single or double tent + sleeping bag + travel pillow + sheets and pillow cover for 700 SEK per person for the whole retreat.
During the last night we will all stay one night in tent. During this night you will have the option to choose single or double tent at no extra cost.
Sign up for this retreat at WildSweden’s website: https://www.wildsweden.com/
meet the team
Marcus spends a lot of time out in Sweden’s forests. He likes to go for hikes among trees, swim in cold lakes and to sleep in tents. Marcus used to live at Shambala for a few years in the very beginning and he has visited many times since then.
His favorite season is Winter when he can walk on skis, heat up in saunas and cool down in frozen lakes.
He has worked full time as a nature guide since he founded WildSweden in 2003.
He shares his knowledge and love for Nature generously and sincerely, so every adventure is unique. Although he has seen innumerable wild animals and plants, his enthusiasm every time is as if it were the first time!
Christiana loves teaching yoga, and cooking delicious and vibrant vegan food. She has been a chef at Shambala for the last two Summers. Her heart is at home inside the forest, or by the sea, close to water and fire, under the stars.
She has completed a Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (200hrs) in 2010 at Atma Vikasa School of Yogic Sciences in Mysore, India, and has visited her teacher several times since. In 2014 she completed an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at Ashtanga Yoga Athens 2002, where she had been a long time student. She has been teaching yoga since 2010, in Greece and Scotland.
Her passion is to inspire living a simple and conscious life in nature, through freeing body and soul. Her teaching style is a combination of classical yoga principles, with body awareness, free movement, and self-love.
Having grown up in urban Athens, she came to Sweden with her dog Aretha and they both rediscovered the untamed version of themselves in the forest. Since then it’s been impossible to forget that truth for her.
MORE at Shambala
“We did the Wild Forest Retreat in Skinnskatteberg tour. This was a truly fantastic 5 days in the forest. I booked this tour primarily to get away from the City during the Summer and experience wild nature. It was everything I needed. Very professionally organised by Marcus and Christiana who took care of us throughout and made it an amazing experience. I didn’t know it was possible to eat such delicious food prepared on a campfire in the middle of the forest!! We were a small group (3-4) which made it possible to really get to know the other tour members and make new friends. During the 5 days we heard Wolves howling in our presence, saw Beavers and Moose, and number of wild birds. We also did yoga and meditation sessions, carved our own spoons and made pancakes with berries we picked ourselves. Really a range of new things I had not tried before. Would 100% recommend for anyone wanting to connect with Swedish wild nature in a safe and professionally organised way.”
“I did the Wild forest retreat with Christiana and Marcus. My expectations were high as I’ve been to many different retreats and I had such high hopes to hear the wolves. I was not disappointed in any way. The camp is deep into the Swedish forest, situated by a lake with a cosy fireplace an comfortable wooden benches to sit on. Marcus and Christiana created a beautiful, calm, caring and playful platform for us in the group to get to know each other on a very special level. They have the deepest respect for nature and wildlife. Marcus has a vast knowledge of nature and animals and was generously providing great stories around the fireplace. Christiana’s food is absolutely wonderful. She made us all feel like a part of the forest as her soft, mindful voice guided us in yoga an meditation. The wolf tour was absolutely amazing . As we walked even deeper into the forest, and sat in absolute silence, we watched the sun leave us in complete darkness. Three hours later we first heard the cubs then the male and female wolves just a few hundred meters away from us. Back in camp we sat talking around the fireplace until 2 AM. As I went into my tent and cuddled into the sleepingbag I looked out on the moon and the stars over the lake and could not believe my ears. I heard the whole pack of wolves howl again, two times. If you get the chance: DO THIS. It will be the memories of a lifetime.”
“Fantastic!! …the “wild forest retreat” gave me the chance of having a complete connection with pure nature and with myself. Howling with wolves, open fire cooking, meditation out in the wilderness, hot sauna at Shambala, and meeting very interesting people… unforgettable!
Besides, the complement between Markus’s wild-nature wisdom and Christiana’s meditation and yoga’s knowledge it’s perfect to clear the way into a much more profound experience. Totally recomendable!”
“I had the chance to be part of the Wild forest retreat with Marcus and Christina. Magical experience. Beautiful mix and flow with Yoga, meditation and deep nature immersion. In love. Much much gratitude. Looking forward for further experiences with you!”
“Ich kann von einem tollen Wochenende berichten. Ich hatte die Freude, dass ich 5 Tage bei dem ‘Wild Forest Retreat’ dabei sein konnte, welches sich an der Randzone zwischen Naturerlebnis, Naturverbindung und Yoga / Mediation bewegt. Wir waren eine kleine Gruppe und konnten unter anderem Biber & Elche beobachten und haben eine Wolfsfamilie aus 400m Entfernung heulen gehört. Die beiden ‘guides’ Christiana & Marcus waren wirklich toll und authentisch. Marcus, ist ein wahrer Naturexperte und kann viele spannende Geschichten erzählen, Christiana ist Yoga- und Meditationslehrerin und bringt viel Gespür und Herzlichkeit mit.
An den 5 Tagen habe wir neben den Abenteuern mit den Tieren viele schöne Elemente erlebt: Sitzplatz im Wald, Redekreis, Feuer, Yoga, Empathie und Achtsamkeit gegenüber den TeilnehmerInnen und der Natur.
Ich kann dieses Retreat sehr empfehlen. Ich bin immernoch in der ‘Euphorie’ dieses tollen langen Wochenendes.”
How to get here
Located just two hours away from Stockholm in Skinnskatteberg, Sweden, the area is easily accessible by air, train and car, making a great option for a short break wildlife destination.
- Coming by air: The nearest airport to Shambala is Stockholm Vasteras. The second nearest airport is Arlanda airport, the main airport in Sweden. You can easily take a train all the way to Skinnskatteberg from both of them.
- Coming by train / bus: We are fortunate to have a train / bus station at Skinnskatteberg only 5 minutes ride from the center. We offer free pick up services from this station in summer.
- Coming by car: Simply open this Google map on your navigator and follow directions to Borntorpet 1 in Skinnskatteberg, Sweden.