You might feel disconnected from yourself or from nature. You might feel overwhelmed by the pressures of work, family and social life. Or you might long for calmer waters where you feel aligned with your purpose. Let nature guide you home.
Nature of Wonder is offering a year-long program of four nature retreats in the forests of the Dutch Veluwe and one optional ten-day journey into the Swedish wilderness. You will be guided by Sacha Post, certified wilderness leader, nature guide and life coach.
The dates for the year 2019-2020 are:
6-9 September 2019
6-9 December 2019
6-9 March 2020
5-8 June 2020
16-26 October 2019
You are an integral part of nature. Nature moves through you. In this program, you will discover that, much alike nature, you are always growing and never the same. By understanding how the seasonal changes influence you and everyone around you, you will learn how to live a balanced and peaceful life. Your state of being will not be so heavily influenced by your circumstances. Understanding how to move with the seasons in nature also allows you to share your unique gifts to the world most effectively. You will feel calm, productive and inspired, aligned with your purpose, trusting in the natural flow of things.
Drawing on indigenous wisdom and spiritual teachings from all over the world, you will integrate powerful techniques, healthy habits and beautiful rituals that will help you live in complete harmony with yourself and your environment.
Being able to survive and thrive in the wilderness is a vital skill that everyone should have. The more you learn about nature and its ways, the less you fear life itself. You will build strength and find the courage to face any challenge in life.
Using meditation techniques, contemplative exercises and moments of sharing, you will learn how to use all of your senses to receive nature's guidance. You will discover how to allow the force of life to flow through you freely, opening up limitless possibilities.
In the wilderness, we need each other to survive and thrive. You will gain a new community of friends, celebrating life together and supporting each other through hardship, be it physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.
This year-long journey is guided by Sacha Post and a team of experienced assistants. Sacha organizes nature retreats and workshops, teaching people how to integrate nature's wisdom. He is also a trained life coach, helping people break free of destructive patterns. He found his purpose in this life sharing how to live a life full of wonder and in harmony with nature.
Here is what previous participants of retreats have said about Sacha:
"His knowledge about traditions, spiritual practice, and the human mind seem endless. This quality alongside with his intuitive skills go hand in hand to help anyone gain clarity on self." –Sensi
"Being comfortable around Sacha requires you to drop your insecurities and your false personal stories because you cannot project that onto him. It feels like he does not care about your story, but he deeply cares about you. And for that he is one of the most loving persons I have ever met." –Adrien
"Sacha is holding so effortlessly the space so that you can go deep within. Being in his presence felt liberating." –Karu
When you sign up for the full program, you will receive over 300 hours of training, spending 26 full days in nature over the course of one year. All course materials are included, including four beautiful booklets, one for each season, containing everything you need to integrate nature's wisdom in your daily life. In The Netherlands, all meals and accommodation for 12 nights are provided. In Sweden, we will camp in the wild for 10 days, where you will be guided by two well-trained and experienced wilderness leaders. You will also gain access to an online community, where you will be able to share your experiences, support each other and ask questions in between the retreats. And last but not least, upon completing the program, you will receive a certificate and a stylish badge that you can sew on your backpack!
No. This program is designed to be accessible for everyone who is reasonably fit and healthy. You do not need to have survival skills. You will be in a safe space, supported by an experienced team, so you can feel at ease and allow nature's wisdom to come to you naturally. If you doubt whether you are able to go on this journey, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
We will wake up early and gather by the fire for a morning meditation. You will be given something to reflect on and have your breakfast in silence. In the mornings we will go into the forest together, where you will be taught ancient skills and techniques by the team, applying what you have learned immediately. Among many other skills, you will learn how to use all of your senses to become aware of your environment and discover what the plants, trees and animals can tell you about yourself. You will also learn practical skills, such as how to make shelter, how to build a fire with primitive means, how to nourish and heal yourself with plants, how to navigate by natural means and how to create essential tools from what nature provides. Depending on the flow of the program, we will either have lunch in the forest or go back to our camp. After lunch, we will gather again for a moment of stillness, followed by an explanation of the important concepts of the day. You will be given a contemplative exercise for the afternoon, after which you are free to be in nature on your own or practice skills with the team until the late afternoon. We will meet again at camp to share in the group what we have learned, after which we will cook dinner over the fire together. The evenings will be playful and light, and you will be free to be on your own or with the group by the fire. We will also spend at least one day in complete silence, so we can become more attuned and sensitive to nature's guidance.
In The Netherlands, we will come together in a large wooden cabin in the Dutch forests of the Veluwe. Nourishing plant-based meals, fruits and herbal tea will be provided during these retreats. The cabin is heated by a wood stove and has running water, a toilet and a hot shower. Inside the main living space, there is an large, open loft where you can roll out your sleeping mat and sleeping bag. If you want to have a more immediate experience of nature, you can also choose to sleep outside in the forest. You can pitch your own tent, tarp or hammock or sleep in a primitive shelter made of natural materials. If you want, we can show you how to build one of these yourself.
In Sweden, the wilderness will be our accommodation. At a leisurely pace, we will explore the Glaskogen nature reserve, setting up camp in the wilderness, giving you more than enough time to reflect, learn from nature and live with each other as a tribe. There will be plenty of pristine lakes, rivers and streams where you can wash yourself. For this journey, you will prepare and carry your own food and camping gear. Of course, you will receive detailed instructions to prepare yourself well. You will also receive a detailed packing list when you sign up, so you have time to collect the things you need to survive in the wild.
The cabin in The Netherlands is located in the northern forests of the Veluwe, near Epe. The location is accessible by car, but is hard to get to using public transport. If you do not have a car, let us know so we can try to connect you with another participant who you can share a ride with.
In Sweden we will meet in the town of Glava and hike into the Glaskogen national reserve together. You can either choose to drive to Sweden or fly into Stockholm or Karlstad. It is possible to get to Glava using public transport, but know that it is a full-day journey to get to Glava from Stockholm, so you will need to depart one day earlier. If you want, we can connect you with other participants so you can make travel plans together.
Although we recommend following the flow of the program, which is deeply tied into seasonal flow of nature, if you cannot join one or more of the seasons this year it is possible to join the same season(s) next year. It is also possible to complete the program in two years, for example by participating in two seasons this year and two seasons next year. Finally, you can also choose to only join the ten-day wilderness journey in Sweden. Feel free to get in touch to explore the possibilities or if you have any other request.
Only twelve places are available for this life-changing journey. The contribution for the four seasonal retreats is €2000. To further deepen your connection to nature and learn how to live in the wild, join us for the extra ten-day journey into the Swedish wilderness for only €1500. These prices include Dutch VAT and paying in terms is possible.
Find out more or apply by contacting Sacha Post at [email protected] or +31 6 5580 8898 and/or join one of our free gatherings with a guided nature meditation and a short nature connection workshop to get a teaser of the program. These are the dates we have currently planned: