Discover your inner strength, empowerment and voice in Sweden this September 7-16, 2020. Leaders Helle Thun and Leonore Tjia guide you to learn self-reliance through wilderness skills and help you free your voice through the ancient practice of kulning. Hosted at renowned mountain getaway Fjällbäcken Lodge, you will experience a cultural immersion into a Scandinavian way of living closer to the earth.
We have canceled the 2020 Nordic Woman retreat in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be posting updates about when the next retreat is scheduled. Currently, we do not expect to run a full 9-day retreat in Sweden until 2022. In the mean time, as health conditions permit, Leonore and Helle will be teaching smaller groups in a weekend format in both the US (Vermont) and Scandinavia (Denmark/Sweden). Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified of those alternate events.
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Find Power and Self-Reliance in the Wilderness
The Nordic Woman offers immersion into Scandinavian pastoral culture and wilderness. Experienced female teachers will lead you through backcountry hiking and wilderness skills in a supportive group of other women, in an environment that empowers you to learn.
You will visit historical cultural sites and learn about ancient songs, stories and ways of life. We will introduce you to Scandinavian folk music traditions and the power of kulning. Grounding, meditative practices will help you access your creativity and unlock the power of your voice.
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“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up to come but what I experienced was beyond anything I could have dreamed up. Engaging in such an old practice that involves the whole body awakened within me a curiosity and trust in a connection to the wilderness and old ways of being that I didn’t know existed. It’s as though my ancestors left a treasure inside me and I’m learning the way to unlock its gifts.” -Mae
We welcome adult women of all ages and backgrounds who are drawn to experience the power of wilderness skills and kulning. You do not need to be an experienced singer; you just need to be willing to learn! In the course of 9 days, we will help you unlock the power of your voice.
You do not need to be an experienced outdoorswoman to attend, but you do need to be able to hike for several miles through wet and windy weather carrying a backpack. Read more about our program and what you can expect.
You Will Learn and Experience
The Nordic Woman program guides you to meet your own self-reliance, courage and creative power in the landscapes of rural Sweden, where for thousands of years women have lived in intimate relationship with natural world.
You will be inspired by stories, songs and mythology that are the lifeblood of this ancient place. You will add your own powerful kulning voice to the landscapes where women’s songs have echoed for centuries and experience the strength, courage and self-reliance that wilderness life reveals within you.