Swedish Canoe retreat
25th of July - 2nd of August 2020
A summer journey across the lakes into the wilderness.
Canoeing on the Swedish lakes is a liberating experience in nature. It offers a surrounding with the most peaceful sounds and opens all your senses with its pureness, from the clear air to the breathtaking landscapes. A nature cleanse. A digital detox. This unique canoe journey will be combined with our personal development program of Unleashing of Potential. A retreat is a moment to break with regular routines and see life with perspective, discover realignment with your core self. Our workshops will guide the group dynamic & personal discovery process.
journey in nature
This canoeing journey will take place in Dalsland, a Swedish region known for its pure wilderness and serenity. With an area of 10.000 square kilometers Dalsland is characterized by its hilly landscape, fresh green colors and thousands of interconnected lakes and canals. We switch of canoe days with also a day of just being in 1 place in nature so you have time to take it all in.
You will fly in above a scenery of lakes and forest into the beautiful city of Göteborg. Our first day is really about tuning in with the rhythm of the water and arriving in nature. On day 2 the scenery starts shifting to small canals and little island. One of these islands will be a location where we will stay for a first rest day, here we have time to really enjoy ourselves and do some more profound workshops. With rejuvenated energy and more developed canoe skills we will continue the tour on day 4 and 5. Another nature spot will become our home for an enjoyment day, which we have experienced to be very rewarding. Our last day of the canoe journey ends in Bengstfors with a unique celebration, closing workshop moments and a nights in a comfortable hotel with a hot shower.
Our canoe trail will cover about 80 km. Ideal for participants who are beginner as well as medium experienced with canoeing.
Following your intuition, taking time for yourself, discovering how your energy works, going in deep connection - all skills we feel we need to know but often lack a space were we can practice and learn them. A retreat is designed in a way that creates space for personal development insights. Our program will make use of four dimensions: Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Physical. Identifying where you currently stand within each dimension and how it impacts who you are as a person. Throughout the journey you learn different insights, tools and skills that focus on being alive and present.
The canoe retreat contains all the ingredients for a profound personal process to take place. Unique is to have people there to support you with insights and mirrors that can trigger discoveries within. Key is for you to really feel present, detached from worries from the past and stress about future plans. Create clarity by bringing focus. The physical aspect in nature triggers a key component needed for inner potential to be unleashed which is feeling vibrantly alive.
Meals & Lodging
All meals during the retreat are provided, someone will join our group to focus on making sure everyone is well fed. Key is that your are well taken care for in this retreat, the food will be simple but delicious.
Every day we will stop at one of the hundreds of designated camp grounds along the lakes. These campsites are prepared, all equipped with wind shelters, open fire pits, wood and environmentally friendly toilets. You have the option to sleep alone in your own tent if you bring it or share a tent that we provide per 2 people. Per request you can ask for a private rented tent as well.
On the first night of arrival we sleep in a guest house with beds and hot showers, to make sure you are well rested when we start the canoeing journey. Also right after the canoe retreat ends we will stay in the same guest house so you can return home well refreshed.
People seeking to extend their stay can inform us. Tips & connections are always at hand.
Joris & Sanne will guide the reflective workshops that will guide the group in their personal discovery process. A canoeing journey becomes even more unique when guided with insights. Before the retreat starts they will also be the ones who you will be in contact with.
An extra 2-person team joins to make sure the cooking and logistics is all taken care of. They make sure that you feel at home in nature. It is essential that you have freedom to really take in this beautiful experience and have time to yourself.
Joris Van Doorslaer
This video gives you a feeling of what you can be expecting this summer when you are canoeing on these lakes. The Swedish lakes offer a unique nature setting that gets you away from everything.
In 2019 we did this canoeing retreat successfully for the first time. A powerful experience. Taking time to connect back to nature and live at a different pace of life. Canoeing across the waters and camping in Swedish nature brings a whole experience that touches upon all the elements that our program stands for.
After 16 years I had resigned my job, without knowing what the future would bring. Something that for me as an “over thinker” gave me quite some uncertainty and discomfort. I gave myself a sabbatical year, but when it came it was really hard to simply enjoy it, my overthinking took over…
After a short intake call my feeling was clear. This was it.
In the meanwhile I have so much more insight in who I am, what I need (or not), what make happy (or happier). To summarize, I’m living life so much more consciously, I overthink much less and live much more from my intuition. Their style resonated with me so much that aside from this week in Sweden I added their coaching program.
attended Sweden Retreat
As a highly sensitive person it can be hard for me to take in “space”. In the past, I have often let other people’s needs go before myself. When I sawI this concept I was immediately attracted: a full week in beautiful Swedish nature combined with “inner work”. As of the first phone contact it immediately felt warm.
The week in Sweden was an incredible experience that put a lot for me in motion. The nature surrounds you 24/7, which had a healing and inspiring effect, and the interaction with the other participants taught me a lot about myself. It always felt like a very safe environment where anything could be said.
Joris & Sanne were strong at pinpointing what is underneath a certain behavior or emotion, which made me work on deeper layers instead of the superficial where you can get stuck. And whoever thinks this retreat would be “too heavy” or “too emotional”, I can assure you that we laughed a lot and there was plenty of personal time and fun games in between.
attended Sweden Retreat
Either you are interested, then just leave your email address for more information and during the phone call you can decide whether we are the right fit. Or you are ready to immediately book and lock down your spot, then click "book now" which will take you to a page where you can choose the price option and pay online (different payment methods available to make it easy). Special offer is our in-depth group coaching program which can be combined with the Swedish canoe trekking, for the combo you will receive a 300 euro discount.
This next link will take you to the sign-up page for your free coaching call. This retreat is different because we combine the adventure experience with personal development. To start your personal growth we have noticed that a personal coaching conversation is the best way for you to experience this. You can expect a 30 to 60 min. phone call. As you can see in the testimonials, for many people this coaching conversation was a key starting point.
Add our coaching program to your Sweden canoe trekking and receive a 300 euro discount.
The price for the Swedish canoe retreat is
1400 euro - (100 euro discount during call)
In-depth Workshop & Coaching Program
Preparation Call & Materials
Guide & Coaches during the canoe journey
Sleeping accommodation (2 nights in hotel)
Outdoor nature camping (6 nights)
Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Snack & Dinner)
Swedish National Park permits
Canoe material & Dry storage barrels
Transportation from Gothenburg airport (25/07) and back (2/08)