Founder, owner, facilitator, meditation and yoga teacher
Some of the collaborators
contributing with program at the retreat:
Ani Könchog Lhamo
Ani is an ordained nun from the Tibetan-Buddhist tradition and educated psychologist. She has extensive experience from meditation and silent retreats both in Norway and abroad.
Mindfulness instructor and founder of Skogens ro. Tour leader and nature enthusiast. Arve has extensive experience with teaching and supervision of groups and individuals within several different industries. He has a solid established meditation practice and he wants to share the benefits and pleasure of this with you.
Roos van der Laan
Coach, mindfulness instructor and mentor, resident in the Netherlands. Roos runs her own practice in Amersfoort:
Robbin van der Crussen
Musician, producer and breathworker Crussen travels the world with his playful, easily accessible, electronic music and plays harmonica live. He also facilitates breathwork and sound journeys with, among other things, harmonica, harp and chanting on his travels.
Torunn Avelsgaard Lien
is a yoga teacher, unit therapist, musician and medical student, and holds courses and retreats with a versatile and knowledge-based approach to healing and self-development. She is driven by curiosity about how people can get in touch with their full potential, for a more peaceful and loving world.
The background and purpose of Finnskogen Retreat
Finnskogen Retreat is the result of a vision I have been
inspired and driven by for several years.
Behind me, I have many years of experience in social work and
management. In the extension of ambitions and great responsibility,
I gradually experienced a more hectic everyday life, high demands
and time pressure, a large amount of work and increased
expectations from others and myself. Slowly, life changed from
being exciting and rewarding to be characterized by stress.
The quality of life was gone and every day was difficult.
Finally I quit my job and began to search for a new way
to cure my chaotic mind.
A long-term stay at a mindfulness retreat in Chiang Rai, Thailand,
became the turning point for me. Meditation and silence in a healing
community made me slowly aware of my own thinking patterns, and
eventually I learned to let go of these and create new, positive ways
to talk to myself.
We can consider crises as gifts and opportunities, an offer, a proposal for change. We suddenly face some major choices, and can find out more about who we really are behind roles and facades. We can cope with some established habits, physical or mental, and become more authentic and genuine. Deep inside the crises there are treasures - unknown possibilities that we had not seen without adversity. View of something new.
My own crises have proved to be invaluable opportunities for me and I want to share what I have learned.
In addition to education and wide experience in management, leadership, special education, social education and organic farming, I am a trained yoga and mindfulness instructor and have studied and practiced various meditation techniques since 2009. I teach people with stress-related difficulties, depression and anxiety disorders, and I guide individuals in crises, people looking for deeper meaning, and other types of mental challenges.
To me, meditation is an important source of insight and inner peace, balance and wisdom. Meditation makes my life richer and more nuanced, and I am more aware of diversity, in me and around me. Meditation practice also makes it easier to understand myself and others, and have compassion and love for all living. It gives me a greater ability to be present in what I do, and in what I am.
My goal for creating a place for retreats is to give other people the opportunity to come together in a safe and supportive community and practice meditation, silence, yoga and other healing activities. In this way we can cultivate inner growth. We can get to know our vulnerability, our courage and our strength. We can find insight and wisdom, develop trust and patience, and experience love and fellowship.