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Survival & reconnection retreat

About the experience:

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Nordic wilderness while learning about survival and self-mastery in this 4 day retreat. David, or perhaps more known as Nordic Nomad, will share some of his knowledge on how to survive in the wild, as well as how to reconnect with nature, with yourself and with your ancestors. Skills such as how to make a fire using a fire steel, how to filter water and how to build a shelter; valuable knowledge for anyone who spends - or wants to spend - time in the wild.


You will also learn how to master your own mind - essential in a survival situation, as well as in every day life. Dive into discomfort to strengthen and discipline yourself. Ice baths, sauna and meditation is on the agenda, along with a lot of time to rest, reflect and reconnect - to become more in tune with the natural world.

Date: 7 - 11 August 2024 

Northern Dalarna, Sweden

Price: 12 000 SEK per person (€1075)

At the time of booking, you only pay the booking fee, which is 25% of the total amount.

You pay the remaining amount 30 days before arrival.

Fästpunkt 2

  • Arrive by own car after 15, (or get picked up in Mora at 14). You will then be shown to your cabin or tipi. This day will pass in a slow manner. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the silence and harmony that nature provides. Take a swim in the lake, and a pleasant sauna. Explore the surrounding forest, sit in stillness or get acquainted with the group.  

  • 19:00 - dinner, after which you will be free to explore again

Reconnection day 1

  • Breakfast is served at 8:30 (it is recommended to eat light here).

  • 9:00 - we go for a morning swim in the lake to start the day with focus and energy. If it gets us cold, we go through some movements that can warm us up. 

  • 10:30 - an introduction to meditation. By focusing on our breath, we observe our fluctuating minds and our surfacing emotions, and we get to practice on observing without reacting. This is a great tool for dealing with the world around us.

  • 13 - lunch is served, after which you are free to do whatever you like. Meditate more, walk around barefoot, or perhaps just rest and reflect.

  • 16 - ice bath and sauna. Discipline yourself and strengthen your mind by pushing your limits through discomfort. Getting used to discomfort will not only be helpful in a survival situation where you might face extreme temperatures, leaving your comfort zone will also prove to be valuable in your day to day life. 

  • 19 - dinner is served around the fire where we will discuss together. Did this day brought upon you something? Did any negative emotions or thoughts resurface, and if so, what can you do to handle it? Spend the rest of the evening around the fire if you would like, diving deep in the conversations, or feel free to enjoy the tranquility of the forest.

Self-Cultivation day

  • Breakfast is served at 8:30. 

  • At 9:00 we walk off into the woods where we will talk about the flora and fauna, how to behave in a meeting with large animals and how we can use different things that grow in the forest. We then arrive at the forest camp where a tipi awaits us. Here we will learn to safely construct a fireplace and how to build and start a fire, using a firesteel. We then make a structure for cooking, after which we start preparing food.

  • 13:00 - lunch around the campfire, after which we take some time to tune into the forest. Hear the song of birds, feel the wind against your skin. Walk barefoot in the moss, or just enjoy a relaxed conversation around the fire.

  • 15:00 - We gather again to learn how to signal for help, before heading back to the wilderness lodge. 

  • 19:00 dinner around the fire, after which you may go for an evening swim and sauna, or whatever you like. 

Survival day 1

  • Breakfast at 8:30 again, after which we learn how to store and filter water before heading out back out to the forest camp.

  • 10.30 - I will go through what to do if you get lost, and what you can do to be prepared for such a situation. What can we have with us and how do we remain calm?

  • 11:00 - I will demonstrate how to make a shelter. 

  • 13:00 - Lunch around the campfire.

  • 14:00 - You build your own shelter in which you will spend the night. There is also the tipi available if you would prefer to sleep in there.

  • Making a shelter can take a long time, so we have the rest of the day open for it.

  • 19:00 dinner around the campfire, after which we are free to enjoy the forest for a last evening.

Survival day 2

Reconnection day 2

Breakfast at 8, after which we start heading back to the lodge, where you will be free to completely relax in the stillness of the wild for a last time before it's time to head back. Enjoy a last swim in the lake if you wish or just take in the beautiful landscape. Maybe practice some skills you have learned during the retreat. The shuttle back to Mora will be at 12, and those with their own cars are free to stay until 15. Today there won't be any lunch but there will be the possibility to eat more breakfast up until 12. 

How do i get here?

If you arrive by plane: From Arlanda Airport you go by train to Mora Station. You can find tickets here: At Mora Station we will pick you up by minibus/car and drive you to Navardalen Wilderness Lodge.

If you come by car: We send GPS coordinates to the location before arrival.


On the crystal shores of Navarsjön in the northern wilderness of Dalarna, Navardalen’s Wilderness Lodge stands in the tranquil dignity of the deep forest. Solitude can be found in every direction while moose and brown bear roam the mountain surrounds. At Navardalen, there is no electricity: relax, unplug and re-connect by the healing blaze of an open fire. Here you can stay in a room in the cozy wilderness lodge with wood-burning stove (12 spots) or in a tipi tent in the forest (5 spots). You write your choice of accommodation in the booking. 

Fästpunkt 1

Good to know

Payment & booking: At the time of booking, you only pay the booking fee, which is 25% of the total amount. The booking fee is non-refundable. You pay the remaining amount no later than 30 days before arrival.


FoodThe dishes will consist of locally produced vegetables (much from our own garden) and meat from animals who have enjoyed a free life in the surrounding wilderness; such as moose and reindeer, and trout/char from the lake of the retreat. Vegan meals will be provided for those who pre-order it.


Relax and Unwind: Screen Free Policy – Treat yourself to a screen-free weekend, let go, and experience the weekend with full attendance. Phones are handed in on arrival and returned on their way home. (Your relatives will receive a number before departure that they can call if needed) Emergency phone is available at the scene. 

Transport: Transport from Mora Station is included. Pick-up Mora 7/8 at 14.00, drop-off Mora 11/8 at 13.15.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge is required for this experience.

Alcohol-free event: For maximum recovery, this is an alcohol-free event. We want you to come home with new energy in both body and soul.

Security: We have clear security procedures to make you feel safe.

Photo: We will photograph and immortalize the experience. The pictures will be sent to you after the weekend. You can also bring your own camera if you wish. If you do not want to be in the picture, just tell us.

Hygiene: Experience a shower the old-fashioned way by heating water in the sauna stove or take a dip in the crystal clear lake . We have outdoor toilets. There is no electricity or running water. The water in the stream is so clean and is drinkable.

Packinglist: - 1-2 months in advance, we will send out more detailed information such as directions, tips on packing list and more for the weekend.

Contact us: We would love to hear from you:

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