72h Nature Quest
Retreating alone into the wild Nature Quest and sharing your experience with other participants provides a powerful opportunity to step back and reflect on your life. It opens one up to a relationship with the natural world, which can enrich your own life as well as give you a deeper understanding of nature as a whole.
What: a unique opportunity for you to GetWild in a Nature Quest by being alone with yourself overnights in the Archipelago.
Why: To give your Self a ”gift” – a unique and transformative, deep experience by reconnecting to nature.
Who: One that wants to calibrate one’s inner compass and re-connect to inner-, outer and true Nature.
Where: In our Nature Quest, we are visitors to a nature reserve. The Stockholm Archipelago offers a unique nature with well-preserved habitats, flora, or fauna, which gives you the opportunity to immersive nature experiences. But it also means that you must be extra cautious when you visit there. The forces of Nature shape the Archipelagos. Including erosion and rising or falling sea tables, as dynamic landmasses, archipelagos tend to offer dramatic scenery and breathtaking view.
Thursday, 16th – Sunday 19th, Sept 2021
Thursday, 30th – Sunday 3th, Sept/Oct 2021
Thursday, 14th – Sunday 17th, Oct 2021
Thursday, 28th – Sunday 31th, Oct 2021
Price per person:
6.875 SEK inc. VAT/private/self-employed – invoice.
13.125 SEK inc VAT for organizations – invoice.
How: Sign-up by using the checkout below.
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 into the wild Nature Quest and sharing your experience with other participants provides a powerful opportunity to step back and reflect on your life.
It opens one up to a relationship with the natural world, which can enrich your own life and give one a deeper understanding of Nature as a whole. Spending time alone in Nature is at the core of our genetic coding – when we are in solitude in Nature, we enter a world of long-past experiences and become free and wild again.
Before and after the Solo, you will engage in sharing processes with your co-participants, such as campfire dialogues and awareness practices to deepen your experience. Some practices cultivate and refine the perceptions and senses, while others involve body scanning, meditation, and teaching wilderness skills. Together, the practices and sufficient time will help you prepare and integrate the experience in yourself and re-enter your daily life.
More about the Nature Quest, a sense-based experience in nature
Busy rhythms in life make it essential to step back and re-evaluate the paths we walk regularly. 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 and 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 support you to integrate the Solo experience before returning to your everyday life.
During the Solo, you will find a special spot for yourself 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 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 choose to fast, your diet on the days before 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. A base camp is located nearby, and a call brings an adjoining solo partner or guides into your site 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.
Departure & Arrival:
We will gather Thursday before lunch and engage in preparing for the Solo. In this case, a Solo is spending two whole nights alone on an island with your “Self.” Then, around noon on Sunday, we will come back together to integrate the Solo experience before you return to the city. The quest will be held in either English or Swedish, depending on the language of the participants.
The GetWild process works with individuals or groups. The group size allows each person ample opportunity to receive focused attention and personal coaching and benefit from the wisdom and experience of other members of the group. In this program, we will give a brief overview of theories, methods, and tools and ”read more” like – Theory -U, ”Thanksgiving Address”, Nature Awareness & Tracking, Way of Nature and The Twelve Principles, Shamanism and the Medicine Wheel, e t c.
A welcoming letter
A letter with practical advice about the Quest, gear and advice for preparation, etc.: attached is also a recommended but voluntary questioner to read and answer (only for oneself) with the purpose of better tune in mind, heart, and soul to the Quest.
A 90-minute introduction and get to know each other to build security and trust in the group. Assess where you are right now and identify the areas in your work and personal life that need attention. Clarify what area(s) you want to explore during your solo time on Day 2-6. Learn to utilize the GetWiLD process for calibrating the inner compass. A brief introduction to; Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, The Medicine Wheel, The 12 Principles, The U Journaling Practice, and Sensing e t c Q & A
Introduction day 1. – Wisdom and Intention
Practice and learning the GetWiLD tool and methodes like; Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, The Medicine Wheel, The 12 Principles, The U Journaling Practice, and Sensing for calibrating the inner compass.
Solo days & nights 2-3. – Insight
Spend solo days outdoors in the mountains, in the forest, or by the seaside. Described as a profound ”presencing” experience, a unique opportunity to be alone to fully experience and reconnect with nature and GetWiLD.
Re-entry and Integration day 4.
Tell the story of your solo experience and expand your understanding of its message and meaning. Weave your insights from the days into a compelling vision that will inspire you to practical action. Clarify and commit to what it will take to bring your new vision into reality.
Day 1 preparing day is held on the basecamp grounds for some hours.
Day 1 – 3 will be at a remote, beautiful location
Day 4 re-entry days are held on the basecamp grounds.
Packing List – Personal Equipment
A packing list will be sent in conjunction with the booking.
Pathfinder: Our pathfinder is Göran Gennvi, Sweden’s most experienced leader in nature quests. You will be introduced to the WiLD method to find balance and establish a deeper understanding of the inner self and sense of interconnectedness with the natural world. Göran Gennvi has worked as a pathfinder, leadership consultant, and coach. He has offered Solos in Nature for three decades, with the main focus on unearthing the inner conditions for leaders and individuals to cultivate deep and lasting change and connecting people with Nature. The sources of Görans inspiration for bringing about new perspectives and awareness come 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.
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, VD 29k, 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.