24h Nature Quest
Nature Quest is a guided wilderness experience built around a Solo time alone in nature. It’s a contemporary version of the ancient ritual of going into nature alone for contemplation, renewal, and realignment. Retreating alone in wild nature and sharing your experience with other participants, provides a powerful opportunity to step back and reflect on your life and work while reconnecting to nature. It opens up to an experience of a deep relationship with the natural world, which can enrich your own life and others as well as give a deeper understanding of nature as a whole.
Busy rhythms in life make it essential to step back and reevaluate the paths we walk regularly. For thousands of years, people have stepped into nature to recharge – to be challenged in new ways – or to smell the cool fresh air simply. As our lives speed up, this becomes increasingly important, but unfortunately also increasingly rare. Nature Quest is a guided wilderness experience built around a Solo time alone in nature. It’s a contemporary version of the ancient ritual of going into nature alone for contemplation, renewal, and realignment.
Retreating alone in wild nature and sharing your experience with other participants, provides a powerful opportunity to step back and reflect on your life and work while reconnecting to nature. It opens up to an experience of a deep relationship with the natural world, which can enrich your own life and others as well as give a deeper understanding of nature as a whole.
Björnö is located only 45 minutes from central Stockholm by car or bus. It is not only close to Stockholm, but the Björnö nature reserve also opens onto Nämdöfjärden and the beautiful and wild nature in the archipelago.
Base Camp – Kajakeriet
Surrounded by water on two sides, Kajakeriet is a great starting point to discover the archipelago and Björnö nature reserve and the base camp for our Nature Quests.
Sleep and eat
We stay in our tent but come together around the fire in Tepeetent or camp. The food is cooked together around the fire before and after the Solo. During the Solo (time alone in nature), we propose a light fast that it clears both the mind and body, although this is a voluntary choice.
Before and after the Solo, you will get introductions to awareness practices to deepen your experience. Some of the tools covered are cultivating and refining the perceptions and senses, body scanning, meditation as well as wilderness skills. The exercises, as well as sufficient time for sharing before and after the Solo, will help you to prepare and integrate the experience in yourself and re-entering your daily life.
Friday 24th to Saturday 25th April 2020
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th May 2020
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 5th to Saturday 6th June 2020
The broad outline of the program
Friday – The program starts at 10 am. Teaching, awareness exercises, sharing, and preparation for Solo. Lunch. After lunch, the participants find a retreat spot and start the Solo
Saturday – Coming back from the Solo to the base-camp in the morning. Lunch. Sharing, awareness exercises, and support to integrate the experience from the Solo before ”re-entry” back home. The program ends at 3 pm.
Price (minimum number of participants 4)
Private 2000 SEK (1600 SEK excl VAT)
Self-employed 2000 SEK excl VAT
Organizations 4000 SEK excl VAT
The price includes teaching, awareness training, and facilities at the base camp (Kajakeriet). Walking distance ca 5 km to the Solo spots. For the Solo, you fast or bring your own food as well as your own tent or tarp as shelter. The price does not include the ingredients for the Master Cleanse.
For more information
For questions or further information: Göran Gennvi, + 46 8 716 36 77, email@example.com or
For registration and payment
English or Swedish depending on the language of the participants.
A broad list of equipment
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping Pad
- Outdoor clothes appropriate for different weather and the season
- Basic utensils such as a water bottle, cup, and cleaning rag
A detail list for equipment needed will be sent before the Nature Quest.
Leader of the Nature Quest
Göran Gennvi has during the last three decades working as a pathfinder and leadership consultant and coach and has offered Solos in nature for three decades with the main focus on the inner condition for leaders and individuals on how to cultivate deep and lasting change as well as connection to nature.
The sources of Görans inspiration for bringing about new perspectives and awareness comes from his lifelong, continuous, time living in nature and close relationship with indigenous wisdom-keepers to get insights into ancient wisdom and science. Nature is and has always been, his trustworthy partner and companion, and he finds that nature´s beauty, ability to adapt, create and renew, is extraordinarily useful. He believes that nature helps us to reconnect to our senses, deepen our relationship to our inner and outer nature, giving the possibilities to transformative learning.
Göran Gennvi is the founder and CEO of Nature Academy Learning Lab. During the last 15 years, Göran has worked closely with John P Milton, Way of Nature and Professor Chief Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation, and many Sami wisdom keepers.
More about the Nature Quest, a sense-based experience in nature
Busy rhythms in life make it essential to regularly step back and re-evaluate the paths we walk. Nature Quest is a guided wilderness experience built around a Solo time alone in nature. It’s a contemporary version of the ancient ritual of going into nature alone for contemplation, renewal, and realignment.
Retreating alone in wild nature and sharing your experience with other participants, provides a powerful opportunity to step back and reflect on your life and work whilst reconnecting to nature. It opens up to an experience of a deep relationship with the natural world, which can enrich your own life and others as well as give a deeper understanding of nature as a whole.
The core of the retreat is the Solo, time alone in nature. It creates a setting for you to relax, find balance, and establish a deeper understanding of your inner self and a deeper sense of interconnectedness with the natural world. Before and after the Solo you will be engaged in group processes with your co-participants, campfire dialogs, and meditation practices to prepare yourself for the Solo and to support you to integrate the experience of the Solo before returning to your everyday life.
During the Solo, you will find a special spot for you in nature and stay there during the Solo time.
Researchers have identified two forms of attention: focus and non-focus. Focus attention is put into use in everyday life and is very demanding because competing stimuli must be eliminated. This brain frequency appears mainly in the left hemisphere. Over-using it creates mental stress, dysfunctions and, reduced tolerance for disappointments and misfortunes. Non-focused attention generates creativity, curiosity, and rapture. It comes spontaneously with pleasing sights, sounds, and smells. Non-focused attention seems to be a distinctive feature of the right hemisphere.
Consciously entering into the non-focused attention frequencies is one of the central skills that we practice at our Nature Quest programs. Our aim is that all our participants will be more creative and balanced after having rediscovered and exercised their senses, thus enabling them to enter into the different domains and facets of their consciousness, all according to the demands of the situation.
Read more: This is your brain on nature, National Geographic
During most Nature Quests, we suggest but do not insist, that you fast during the Solo period. We have had great success with the ‘Master Cleanse’ as our method of choice. Master Cleanse instructions will be included in the packing list. If you choice to fast, your diet on the days prior to and after the solo should be light and easy to assimilate. If you do not fast, we suggest that you keep on a light and simple diet, with only two meals a day, and that you progressively reduce the amount of food eaten (particularly heavier foods) the longer you are out on the Solo. Be sure to drink at least half a gallon of water each day, even if fasting. If you are eating, you will bring your own food during the Solo.
Read what the science says: Fasting can help against brain diseases, The Guardian
Your safety and well-being during the Nature Quest are of our utmost concern. Participating in a Nature Quest is as safe as going on a hike. Daily checks allow verifying the safety of everyone involved, while still honoring your solitude. In addition, a base camp is located nearby, and a call brings an adjoining solo partner or guides into your site within shortly. During the Solo no reading, writing, or campfires are recommended. You may fast or eat simple foods of your preference and enjoy the comforts of your own tent. When you remove the demands, habits, and trappings of everyday life, the essence of yourself can be revealed.
For more information
For questions or further information: Göran Gennvi, + 46 8 716 36 77, firstname.lastname@example.org
”Inte kunde jag ana att helt solokvist med ett tält, en renfäll, vatten, citroner och lite cayennepeppar, skulle bli några av mina viktigaste dagar i livet. Den starka upplevelsen av hur en känsla av Ensamhet förvandlas till en helt överväldigande upplevelse av Enhet blev så avgörande att jag nu definierar mitt liv som ett ”före” och ett ”efter” Solon.
När jag tillät den vilda fjällvärlden att hänföra mig, att föra mig bort från vardagens tankesplittring, uppstod två möten. Det första mötet var med vår fantastiska planet och hela himlavalvet därtill. Ett möte som plötsligt löstes upp med känslan av att jag var ju också detta. Begreppen ”ut i naturen”, ”vi måste vara rädda om naturen” kändes plötsligt märkliga – jag är ju detta.
Det andra mötet var mötet med mitt inre. Mina tankar visade sig genereras ur föreställningar och gamla mönster. Detta kunde i ”tystnaden” träda fram i ljuset på den lilla bergsplatå där jag slagit läger med dag och natt, fåglar och renar, bäckar och stenar. Identifieringen med mitt inre släppte och jag såg varigenom jag filtrerade verkligheten. Naturens kärlekskraft var tvingande. Känslan av gränslös frihet och tillit infann sig. I år är det minsann dags för nästa Nature Quest. Jag längtar…
Marie Ryd, dr i medicinsk vetenskap, vetenskapsjournalist och grundare av tidskriften Holone, ledarskapsutvecklare på neurobiologisk grund.
De tre dagarnas Solo var en av de mest kraftfulla verktygen för personlig utveckling jag kommit i kontakt med. När vi lämnar våra liv och distraktionerna bakom oss och ensamma ger oss ut i det vilda för att möta det som ligger framför oss händer något. Vi börjar se oss själva och de tankar och mönster som sällan kommer till ytan. De insikter som kommer under en solo är inte kognitiva, de är känslomässiga och därför mycket mer kraftfulla när det kommer till beteendeförändring. Upplevelsen är svår att sätta ord på, den måste delas och kännas, men jag lovar dig; den var av ett livsavgörande slag.
Erik Fernholm, forskare inom kognitiv neurovetenskap, positiv psykologi samt evidensbaserad coaching.
I was fortunate to participate in Göran’s Nature Quest in the mountains up north in Sweden. I got to some profound understandings about my life and my self.
Gadi Kenny, Founder Peoples Peace Found.