Yoga & Wellbeing retreat in the Swedish Forest
in Korsån, Dalarna (Central-Sweden)
27-30 September 2019
On retreat we'll practise gentle somatic yoga, meditate, do some guided visualisations and inquieries, wander through the forest, share some conversation, maybe book a massage, eat Anna-Lena's delicious home cooked food, and we rest....oh, the treasures found in stillness!!
During retreat Lisan and Anna-Lena will hold the space for you and all of the daily chores will be taken care of so that you can truly relax into your 'beingness'. Experience how deep relaxation can fill you with fresh energy and inner peace, and how gentle somatic movement can bring healing to your nervous system. Together we'll explore what 'wellbeing' means to us and how we can culitivate our inner resources, which is the feeling in our body of inner joy, calm and safety.
"You didn't come into this world
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean
You are not a stranger here."
The natural world
For many it is easier to connect to that place of inner peace while being in nature than while sitting on a cushion trying to meditate at home. The feeling of awe that we get when we're surrounded by nature contributes to making us happier and healthier. Scientific studies show the mechanisms behind the many healing effects of being in wild and natural areas. For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system's way of fighting cancer. Other proven effects are reduced levels of stress, improved sleep and ability to concentrate.
In Korsån we are surrounded by beautiful nature. There are no sounds of traffic in the forest, just the whispering of the wind and rustling of the autumn leaves. Some periods of time we'll be in silence. There will be plenty of free time for you to wander of by yourself, maybe paddle canoe, read a book, nap, or dream away in the hammock.
In the evenings we’ll enjoy the wood heated sauna and gather around the campfire.
Gentle Somatic Yoga
’We are born as embodied creatures however, once our higher brain develops we move away from our embodied, sensory knowledge as guide, and instead rely just on our minds ideas to make our way through the world’.
Through listening to the body, softening and focussing on opening we can connect with our subtle core, our breath deepens and energy flows. Morning classes will be more revitalising and start with waking up the body through free somatic movements, standing, seated and lying poses. Evening classes are more yin and restorative; we’re going to slow it all down and prepare for a good night’s sleep. Classes are suited for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. Meditation and Yoga Nidra is woven into morning and evening classes.
Lisan is an experienced yoga teacher and runs her own yogastudio from her home in Torsåker. Through her years of practising she has developed her own style and her yoga has become a slowing down, a proces of exploration and undoing. The invitation is to discover a new sense of connecting to yourself and your body. Lisan offers retreats in Sweden and yogaholidays in Greece.
’I like Lisan’s style of ‘teaching’. She isn’t ‘putting us through the yoga poses (a lot of yoga teachers do, sadly) but more an exploration of postures. It felt so good to slow down our practice together and talk about and feel the benefits. I love the way Lisan shares her understanding and enjoyment’.
Yonnie Frazer (Edinbrough)
Lisan is a wise and generous teacher, I learned a lot of new things and my love for yoga has been totally renewed. Claire (Bristol)
Anna-Lena is a mental coach and runs Korså Herrgård, she’ll be your host during your stay. She is known for making her guests feel very welcome and has a lot of knowledge about the area. She supervises the kitchen, meals will be vegetarian, delicious and healthy. Anna-Lena is famous for her warmth, enthousiasm and luscious cakes and tarts.
Note: please let us know if you follow a vegan diet or if you suffer from any food allergies.
Basic comfortable accommodation is in the charming old herrgård (guest house), in the heart of Korså Bruk, in the south of the provence of Dalarna, amazingly situated in the forest and surrounded by lakes. Korså Bruk dates from 1842 and is the oldest preserved iron industrial settlement in Sweden, The old school, village shop, mission house, timber barracks where the blacksmiths used to live, the country estate where the cartridge housed; the large water wheels, hammers and power plant are all still intact in this unique historic little settlement.
The herrgård offers single and double rooms with shared bathrooms, all rooms are uniquely decorated by Anna-Lena. In the cozy dining room we'll sit by the open fire and eat around the big wooden table by candle light.
Program ( can be changed depending on the weather or spontaneous happenings)
Friday arrivals between 15.00-16.00
16.00 Welcome fika
Saturday and Sunday
fruit and tea
8.30-9.00 morning meditation
9.00-10.30 yoga, followed by brunch.
After brunch we will go into the forest and fika at the log cabin/ wellbeing exploration.
18.30 diner or picnic /evening sauna at the lake/ meditation/yoga nidra
fruit and tea
8.30-9.00 morning meditation
9.00- 10.30 yoga
Closing ceremony and fika in the forest
14.00 goodbyes and check out
You may choose to book a few more nights to have the time to explore the area and some of the interesting towns around Korsån. Like Falun, the capital of Dalarna county with its copper mine that was once upon a time the biggest copper mine in Europo and is now listed on Unesco’s world Heritage Site. There are guided tours all year around. Anna-Lena can give you lots of tips to make the most of your extra days.
The cost for this weekend is 4900 sek (470 euro) and includes vat, tuition, meals and accommodation, based on sharing a double room. For single occupancy you pay a total of 500 sek extra (50 euro) for the 3 nights. Note: there are only 2 single rooms. Exta night: 450 sek incl breakfast. Max 10 pers.
There will be he possibillity to book a holistic massage for an extra cost of 600 sek.
We can help you with the logistics of your travels (flghts to Stockholm) and arrange for transport from the nearest town Hofors, to Korså.
Warm welcome to us in Korså!
Anna-Lena Olsson & Lisan Bremmers.