Bodil Skadberg

Founder, owner, facilitator, meditation and yoga teacher

Read more about my intention for Finnskogen Retreat here


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.


Arve Monsen

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.

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Roos van der Laan

Coach, mindfulness instructor and mentor, resident in the Netherlands. Roos runs her own practice in Amersfoort: 

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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.

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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.


Cecilie Csiki

Yoga teacher for this summer's personal retreat. Cecilie practices and teaches yoga with an intention of genuineness and humility, and invites to softness and playfulness in the classes. She is educated in Hatha yoga, takes further education in "Yoga as therapy" and is concerned with making yoga easy, safe and accessible to people, with the starting point they have. Her background as a nurse has taught her the importance of self-love and self-care, and has given her a deeper understanding of the holistic human being.

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Caroline Hargreaves (Ináya) is an ecotherapist, yoga teacher and artist with background in diplomacy and peace processes. She is the woman behind Norwegian Sage, a portal for awareness of wholeness, nature and regenerative being. Caroline is a meditation teacher at this summer's personal retreat, and she also holds her own courses and retreats with a focus on deep contact with inner and outer nature. More about Caroline:

Finnskogen Retreat

The background and purpose of Finnskogen Retreat


Bodil Skadberg

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. Read more about life coaching here.


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.