Over the last decades, researchers and mental health professionals have discovered that the ancient mindfulness practice can alleviate many types of mental disorders. Mindfulness helps us understand what is the basis of our behavior. We thus have the opportunity to change negative habits, which can make our lives rich and meaningful.
Mindfulness can help us meet our challenges, disappointments and difficulties. We enjoy the life we have, rather than fleeing or fantasizing about another life. By being more aware of our body, our thoughts and feelings we will receive and recognize signals about what's out of balance. Mindfulness teaches us to respect these signals and welcome them instead of pushing them away.
At Finnskogen Retreat we are committed to practicing mindfulness in all our daily activities. This is a good instrument to enable us to build our lives as we wish. Mindfulness meditation at the retreat involves
Formal practice (yoga, sitting meditation, lying meditation, walking meditation)
Informal practice (in work, activities, communication and otherwise in everyday life)
Yoga is an ancient eastern discipline that involves controlled breathing, body positions and meditation, aiming at achieving a higher state of physical and mental well-being.
The retreat offers daily yoga sessions. Exercises help to free tension in the muscles and nervous system, calm the mind and increase the concentration. It is also an effective method of disassembling compulsive and impulsive behaviors and triggers, gaining self-esteem, regaining physical health and learning physical and mental self-control. Yoga is moving meditation.
Participating in a working community gives dignity and meaning. It gives the opportunity to contribute, to be useful, to mean something. We create and maintain something together. The working community has therapeutic effect on many levels. By bringing mindfulness, awareness, to work and activity, we live more in the moment, we get to know ourselves better and we create an opportunity for change in old patterns. A consequence of the working community is that the expenses for the retreats members will be kept as low as possible. In this way we can maintain a sustainable community where more people can make use of the offer.
The work at the retreat consists of gardening, planting, harvesting vegetables, maintenance of farm and buildings, carpentry of what the community needs, cleaning public spaces, preparing food and cooking.
We work at a leisurely pace and let the hands do the work that is in front of us, while we observe the mind and feel the movements of the body, the air against the skin and the feet against the ground. We work in groups or alone, 1.5 hours daily from Monday to Saturday. Sunday we rest from work.
“Silence is essential. We need silence just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
An important part of our community is the practice of Noble Silence. We ask everyone to take part in this practice. The silence is very healing and a unique opportunity to calm down mental activity and observe what is happening in our minds and in our bodies.
Noble Silence is a break for all the senses. It's about having a pause from eye contact and conversations, social media and updates. It's about carving the mind in our head, seeking shelter in the inner peace and calm in a quiet mind.
The ancient practice of Noble Silence helps us start listening in a new way. This is a timeless and wise practice that helps us to be more sensitive and observant. It is a practice of rebuilding power.
We practice Noble Silence every day, see retreat info for details about time.
You are welcome to read more about Noble Silence here.
At Finnskogen Retreat we are committed to learning from each other. Group exercises and activities can contribute to greater understanding of ourselves and others, and to make us better able to meet challenges in our lives in a balanced way.
The group exercises aim to make you more aware of who you are and what qualities you have. They give you the opportunity to understand yourself and others better.
Nature forms a basic starting point for the retreat, and is healing in itself. It invites to activities, walks, observations, learning and contemplation. The retreat area is surrounded by forests, creeks, springs and water, vibrant life and colors.
The lake Skasen invites you to bathing, strolling and quiet reflection. The forest is the gateway to the tundra, which stretches for miles eastwards. It has a rich bird- and wildlife.
The retreat facilitates self-development, learning and growth. We make sure you can be in a supportive community, rest in the routines, learn about yourself and others, listen and share. We can stimulate internal growth through dissemination, tasks and activities, conversations and meditation.
But only you can find the best edition of yourself.