Nature of Wonder

A year-long journey into the wild, awakening to the ancient wisdom of living with nature and her seasons.

Nature of Wonder offers a continuous program of nature retreats and rewilding journeys to embrace the ways of the wilderness and integrate nature’s ancient wisdom in our daily life.

Unleash your creativity in Spring, manifest your wildest dreams in Summer, let go of what you no longer need in Autumn, and discover your inner silence in Winter.

Integrate the qualities of every season in your life.

Drawing on indigenous wisdom and spiritual teachings from all over the world, you will integrate powerful techniques, healthy habits and ancient rituals that will help you live in harmony with yourself and your environment.

Embrace nature as your teacher and move with grace.

Using meditation techniques, contemplative exercises and moments of storytelling, 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.

Become self-reliant in the wild and live courageously.

Learning how to survive and thrive in the wilderness reconnects us to the root of our humanity. You will learn the wilderness skills you need to rewild your body, mind and spirit, deepening your connection to nature, and building resilience to face any challenge in life.

Join a tribe that supports you in every way.

In the wilderness, we need each other to thrive. By going on this journey together, you will join a new tribe of friends, celebrating life together and supporting each other through hardship, be it physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

Autumn Retreat

De Hoge Veluwe, The Netherlands

7-9 October 2022

Winter Retreat

De Hoge Veluwe, The Netherlands

9-11 December 2022

Spring Retreat

De Hoge Veluwe, The Netherlands

24-26 March 2023

Summer Retreat

De Hoge Veluwe, The Netherlands

23-25 June 2023

Autumn Rewilding Journey

Fulufjället National Park, Sweden

14-24 September 2022

Spring Rewilding Journey

Fulufjället National Park, Sweden

26 April – 6 May 2023

The retreats focus on opening ourselves to a deep, embodied relationship with nature.

We come together to discover ancient techniques and philosophies from indigenous cultures that help us integrate nature’s wisdom. The retreats are gentle, with plenty of time for silence and meditation to reflect on the larger currents of our life. They also offer a safe space to slowly get acclimatized to being outside in nature and sleeping in the forest, laying the groundwork for the immersive rewilding journeys.

The rewilding journeys focus on reawakening our wild spirit by returning to the root of our humanity.

We learn what it takes to survive and thrive in the wilderness. We practice wilderness skills, strengthen and rewild our bodies, and reignite the awe and wonder for the mesmerizing beauty surrounding us everywhere. By becoming part of the wilderness, we realize happiness can be as simple as the pure enjoyment of our senses in the present moment.

Together, the nature retreats and rewilding journeys connect mind and body in the heart of our being.

About your guide

My name is Sacha Post. I am a wilderness guide and philosopher from the Netherlands.

I organize rewilding journeys, nature retreats, as well as courses and workshops to share nature’s ancient wisdom and help people reconnect to their wild self.

After obtaining a master’s degree in cultural analysis, I continued to study the ancient traditions and practices of people who lived in harmony with nature for over seven years. I lived in communities all over the world and spent a great deal of time in remote wildernesses, learning first-hand how to integrate these practices into my own life. 

Forever remaining a student of nature, I now share how to live a life full of awe and wonder, aligned to the cyclical flow of life.

If you are interested in the program but want to get to know me first, send me a message at [email protected] to schedule a call or follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Those who came before

Many have completed the program in the last years. Read on to discover how they experienced their journeys.

“The journeys are great to take some time off to think about deeper processes, choices and undercurrent. I am in awe of the wisdom, effortlessness, balance, and pureness that Sacha just seems to ooze. He guided me back to nature. Not only with long walks and bushcrafting, but especially through the ancient philosophies of the world and the wisdom of our ancestors. The peace and clarity I found prove that Sacha is a wilderness guide in the most holistic sense of the word.” —Klazien

“Do not underestimate the power of these journeys, of nature, or of Sacha as your guide. You will sink deep, you will reconnect, and you will develop stillness. Learning from nature through Sacha is a pleasure and a gift. The core of this teaching and the treasure I take home is presence: the deep listening and awareness of my inner and outer world through inner stillness. This presence is the invitation of nature and the direct experience of Nature of Wonder.” —Maurits

“These journeys are a toolbox for life. By understanding the season’s essence, I feel more prepared for the months that come. Sacha is a wise, loving, calm facilitator with an insane amount of knowledge and wisdom. He uses many ways to let us experience the season’s essence, like meditations, visualizations, walks in nature, learning tools to understand nature, storytelling, and exercises. He takes you on an exciting, fresh, deep, real, necessary, fun, playful, and meaningful adventure.” —Maike

Do you want to learn more about how previous participants experienced the program? Continue reading about their journeys here.

Frequently asked questions

What is the schedule like, and what will I learn?

We wake you gently in the morning to gather around the fire in the morning and start the day with natural movement and breathing exercises to rewild our bodies. We then meditate together and guide you into a deep state of surrender to listen to what nature has to tell us.

Each day, there are two to three two-hour sessions, with plenty of free time in between. We focus on embracing the ways of nature in the sessions, and you will immediately apply what you have learned. For example, you learn how to use your senses to become completely aware of your environment and discover what the plants, trees and animals can tell you about yourself. You will receive contemplative exercises based on seasonal wisdom, after which you are free to roam in nature on your own and reflect on the larger currents in your life.

We use ancient techniques to help you merge with nature and find inner peace, such as vision quests, in which you will be on your own in nature for an extended period within a safe container. We spend time in complete silence to become more attuned and sensitive to nature’s guidance and wisdom. And in the evenings, there are bonfires with music and storytelling under the stars.

The rewilding journeys focus on reawakening our wild spirit by returning to the root of our humanity. We learn what it takes to survive and thrive in the wilderness. You acquire practical skills that you need to survive and thrive in the wild, 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. We practice wilderness skills, strengthen and rewild our bodies, and reignite the awe and wonder for the mesmerizing beauty surrounding us everywhere. By becoming part of the wilderness, we realize happiness can be as simple as the pure enjoyment of our senses in the present moment.

I have never done something like this. Do I need to have experience?

No. We designed this program to be accessible for everyone who is reasonably fit and healthy. 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 can go on this journey, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sacha at [email protected].

What do I need to bring with me?

Most of us have never learned how to be comfortable outside, especially in what we consider foul weather. Learning to dress for the outdoors is simply life-changing. When we know what to bring and wear, our bodies can relax and become intimate with nature in all of its shapes and forms.

When you join, you receive a packing list explaining what you need and why you need it, including recommendations for all budgets. We keep it simple, encouraging you to do more with less, relying on skills instead of bringing more things.

Expect a simple list to fulfil your basic needs in the forest, like a tarp, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, headlamp, and clothing to keep you warm and dry. The list will be more extensive when you join a rewilding journey, adding a backpack and tools like a knife, folding saw, firesteel, compass, water bottle, and cooking pot.

What will I eat? How will I wash? And where will I sleep?

In The Netherlands, we come together in a beech forest near a large wooden cabin in the national park of the Veluwe. We provide nourishing plant-based meals, fruits, snacks and herbal tea. The cabin is heated by a wood stove and has running water, a toilet and a hot shower. Although most sessions are held outside around the fire, you can use the cabin to relax and unwind during the day. We sleep out in the forest, where you can pitch your tent, tarp or hammock under the stars.

In Sweden, The wilderness will be our accommodation. At a leisurely pace, we will explore the wilderness of Fulufjället National Park, setting up camp in the ancient forests at the foot of the mountain. We give ourselves more than enough time to reflect, practice the ways of the wild and live with each other as a tribe. There are plenty of pristine lakes, rivers, and streams where you can wash. You will prepare and carry your food and camping gear for this journey. Of course, you will receive all the guidance you need to prepare yourself well.

Where will we meet and how will I get there?

The cabin in The Netherlands is located in the northern forests of the Veluwe, between Epe and Nunspeet. When you join, you will receive a detailed route description. The location is accessible by car, but not easy to get to using public transport. We offer you the possibility to connect to other participants so you can offer or request rides.

In Sweden, we will meet at a trailhead with parking at the edge of Fulufjället National Park and hike into the wilderness together. You can either drive, take a train or bus to Mora or fly into Stockholm or Göteborg. A small airport near Mora also offers domestic flights from and to Stockholm. From Mora, you can get to the nearby town Särna and then the park’s edge by bus. We connect you with other participants to make travel plans together when you join. When making your plans, take into account that we will hike into the wilderness in the morning on the first day of the journey. We recommend arriving in the area one or two days early, so you feel well-rested and ready. We return to the trailhead in the late morning of the last day of the journey so that you can continue travelling home.

What is included in the full program?

When you join the full program, you will receive over 200 hours of training, spending up to 34 full days in nature. You will also gain access to an online community, where you will be able to share your experiences, support each other and ask questions. Finally, when you complete the program, you will receive a beautiful booklet helping you to integrate everything you have learned into your life.

The retreats include the retreat program in the Dutch forests of the Veluwe, all meals, and wild camping in a beautiful beech forest. The rewilding journeys include the rewilding program in the Swedish mountains, two online sessions, and all course materials in which you learn how to prepare yourself, your gear, and the food you need for your journey. The full year program includes all retreats and one of the rewilding journeys.

Can I sign up for a single retreat or rewilding journey?

Yes, you can. Although we recommend fully immersing yourself in nature and complete the program in one year, it is possible to complete it in two years. For example, you can participate in the retreats this year and a rewilding journey next year. Feel free to get in touch with Sacha at [email protected] to explore the possibilities.

Photos of retreats and journeys

We reconnect to a sense of awe and wonder for nature during the journeys. These photos give you an impression of our time spent in nature.

Are you ready to embrace the ways of nature?