November 10-12th, 2023
“If in every breath you strip naked just like winter the joy of spring will grow within”.
In 2020 I took a major step- to change my career and started creating Be Outside Coaching. I knew very little about the challenges that are waiting for me.
As I was giving it all in to create life out of my Nr1 passion- Nature- at the same time my personal life went down the hill...
Many mornings I did not want to wake up and stayed in bed covered with the blanket.
I lost friendships, went through doubts and fears, I felt alone, I had to become honest about what I wish in all areas of my life.
In 2022, I changed everything: where I lived ( moved from Geneva to Montreux), how I lived, I re-clarified my core values to myself.
Early 2023 hit me hard again- I had to step up one more time to follow my own personal truth not only in my work but also in my personal life.
How did I pick myself up? I was blessed to be surrounded to few people who knew what I am going through, they listened and supported me unconditionally.
The fundamental part of healing was also simply listening to myself and not forcing to do whatsoever, solo nature walks and.... Breathing!
Thank you to a beautiful soul and friend who has the same name as mine, invited me to go for a breathing session. I did not believe it in the beginning, I was resisting. But I was so broken and desperate inside myself, that I decided to try.
This is how I met with Alev. From the very first session, I felt a massive emotional relief, easiness inside of me. As if I had the biggest emotional detox ever.
Its been more than a year now that I regularly breath with Alev and it has an enormous impact on all aspects of my Life.
I decided that I would love to contribute in spreading this very impactful wellbeing technique with others- and most importantly- my community. This is how this retreat was born.
To keep very special and intimate- we will only host 6 participants who resonate with this retreat idea fully.
Releasing, letting go through breathing, empowering and re-connecting with your deepest self through Nature. This is what this retreat will be about.
We will dedicate important part of the retreat for breathing, then sharing and human connection. The days will be topped up with very gentle hikes, nature connection practices and yin yoga & yoga nidra.
Food will be beautifully created by our exceptional food & nature loving chef- Donata.
We welcome you in a small village of typical Swiss houses surrounded by a pristine alpine environment.
Come and enjoy the energy of this exceptional valley while dipping into a hot tub after a full-day outside!
Val d’Hérens is known for its unspoiled nature, variety of landscape- mountain lakes, glaciers, and the protected area of Ferpecle that is known not only for its breath-taking landscape but also for high energy.
In autumn due to the vegetation in this valley, it becomes a colourful valley.
Nothing recharges your batteries like a breath of alpine air. Genuine valley traditions, unspoilt nature, ancient houses made of sun-darkened wood.
The Val d’Hérens stretches from the Rhône Valley near Sion, some kilometres south of the majestic Dent Blanche, which, at 4,358 metres, is the emblem of the valley.
about transformational breath
Dent Blanche - the most prominent mountain in the region
Transformational Breath® works on the three levels of our being, physical, mental-emotional and spiritual. Addressing and integrating these three levels enables us to create wholeness, balance and harmony.
We go through all of these three levels in a session and each level corresponds to different processes. The amount of time we spend in each level will vary depending on our individual needs.
Physical Level is about opening the breath. Most of us use only the third of our respiratory capacity due to closed and restricted breathing patterns. By opening our breath we bathe all of our body cells with Oxygen. We learn how to better engage our diaphragm which stimuate our lymphatic system, internal organs and Vagus nerve. Utilising our entire respiratory system and maximising our respiratory capacity enables us to have more energy and support for the body’s natural healing abilities. Physical benefits are endless.
Breathing is linked to two different nervous systems and it is the link between the conscious and the unconscious. By consciously breathing and opening our breath patterns we clear our subconscious from repressions and suppressions. We shut down and control our breathing to keep things “stuffed” in our subconscious mind. Bringing breath into these closed places enables all these old unexpressed emotions, negative beliefs and past memories stored on a cellular level to be transformed into a higher energy form. Resolving these suppressed energies naturally makes our true and authentic selves to emerge.
As our subconscious becomes clear we access higher consciousness and bring clarity and wisdom to manifest our future. We receive guidance and insight and gain spiritual awareness.
In the Val d’Hérens valley rich of patrimony and culture, one can find 300-400 old houses called ,grenier’, ,raccard’, ,mayen’, some preserved, some getting demolished and lost.
The place where we will be staying has saved 6 of them and created a tiny village, this is where we will be staying- this is an exceptional place, old from outside, creative and limitless inside.
Retreat venue- 4 front houses
Inside the house...
Made for cozy autumn evenings
activities during retreat
Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
Hiking - easy level
Yin yoga & Yoga Nidra
Creative healthy food
Yoga & Sharing Circles
food during retreat
Nature Connection Practices
Soak In Nature while spending time Outside and ...you will be eating only Nature.
Feed your body with nourishing food
Develop a healthy relationship to food & eating
Learn to eat healthier and more balanced foods
retreat Chef donata, inspired by nature
Donata creates food with love & passion. She is a nature lover and gets her main inspiration to cook from the nature - using natural products. Aesthetics of food is part of her style, she spoils multiple senses of the one who tastes her food.
Lithuania is her home country and her initial inspiration to cook came from her mothers vegetable & fruit garden.
You will eat healthy & natural food prepared by Donata. Allow your body to energize with seasonal & local goodness. Find joy in eating the rainbow on your plate and feel yourself becoming more grounded and feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Ruta Mikulenaite did her first hike back in 2013- she then realized that the real life is not happening in the indoor- office environment but rather outside.
This made her realize that she was missing something important in her life- connection with Nature. Since then, most of her time she spends outside- climbing, hiking, wild camping, walking in the forests, parks and other natural places. She has become hiking ‚guru‘ and is now passionate to share the most beautiful places in the Swiss Alps with the others. Retreat participants often say that Ruta's passion for Nature is contagious.
Ruta is a professional neuro-coach (Neuroleadership Institute, London), forest therapy guide (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, USA) and mountain leader (Association of Mountain Guides in Switzerland). Ruta has also studied ancient yoga in Bali and is a certified yoga teacher. She loves bringing nature to the mat through the practice of yin and and yang yoga.
By creating Be Outside Coaching movement, she has connected her 2 major passions: activities outside and human evolution. Be Outside Coaching delivers immersive and holistic Nature experiences in the different corners of pristine the Swiss Alps.
Be Outside. Be Authentic. Be You
Alev discovered Transformational Breath® by chance in 2007. Fascinated by the power of this technique, she pursued her trainings internationally. She is the Transformational Breath® Foundation’s National Leader and International Breathwork Foundation’s National Representative for Switzerland. She is a Certified Senior Trainer of Transformational Breath®, completed various trainings as a shamanic practitioner and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She gives private and group sessions and leads training and workshops. Her mission is to inspire and support others on their journey of self-realisation, with the guidance and wisdom of their own breath. Session after session she witnesses with awe and appreciation the unbounded healing power of breath. Supporting others towards their own inner light fills her with gratitude
This retreat is for you if:
You are holding onto the past, cumulated emotions, feel heavy inside
You tried a number of different healing techniques but none helped you to create a long lasting change
You are longing to manifest your deepest desires but feel stuck and nothing is moving to a direction to wish for
You are curious to discover a life changing breathing technique
You wish to improve your wellbeing holistically
You wish to expand your awareness and connect further with your inner self
You wish to reduce your anxiety, stress, clean the messiness inside of you
You value nature and believe in its impact on a human wellbeing
“To the degree that the breath is open and flowing, we are in the flow of life!”
Testimonials From Last Retreats
'After 3 weeks I still close my eyes and find myself immersed in a powerful experience in nature leaded by Ruta.
I'm a nature lover and explorer yet the wonderful retreat had layers of experience that I did not expect. I would do this again any time, and I recommend anyone who would like to let themselves be guided both in the outside and inside for a little while, to join one of Ruta's retreats. I went there with the intention of simply do what I was told, without questioning or wondering why. I just did it and gave myself to it and it was really wonderful. Thank you Ruta, hope to see you again!''
Barbara, business owner and coach from Italy
'This year has been so hard and I have felt a terrible urge to escape my daily life, the uncertainty and the heavy routine. Joining Ruta's Autumn retreat was one of the best things that happened to me in 2020.
Ruta's carefully chosen location for the retreat was beyond what I could have imagined.. She is madly passionate about nature and outdoor living and she transmits this passion and to everyone around. I have discovered forest bathing, mindful hiking, participated in many activities I've never heard of before, I have let myself follow the rhythm and it was incredibly calming, nurturing and emotional experience.
I'm impressed with Ruta's facilitation skills too.
We were a group of 12 women with 12 different nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, personalities and expectations sharing this 3-day experience. Ruta managed all that diversity and strong emotions coming out with ease. She created an inclusive and safe environment for all of us to feel comfortable, heard and supported. Through many different activities, each of us could find a way to share (or not) that one was comfortable with. She managed to keep us motivated and outdoors even when the weather was difficult, during those 3 days we had sun, rain and even snow!!
The retreat was well planned, the sessions were well prepared with little surprises that went straight to the heart of each participant (I can't name as it would be a spoiler for next participants!)
I loved the place so much that I have prolonged my stay by an additional day and I'm already looking forward to next year!!'
Alena, business owner & mother of 2 from Switzerland
Logistics details and booking
Price and booking policy:
November 10-12th, 2023. Important: this is 3 full days retreat.
On Friday it will start at 12 pm and on Sunday we will finish at 3pm
Please plan accordingly.
To ensure quality and intimacy, this retreat is limited to max 6 participants.
An exclusive retreat location offers different type of accommodation.
Room options & price:
Private small room shared bathroom: 970 CHF
Standard private room & shared bathroom: 1050 CHF
Superior private room shared bathroom: 1200 CHF
Standard private house private bathroom & stunning view: 1290 CHF
Deluxe private house private bathroom & stunning view: 1390 CHF
To secure booking: 50% deposit. The rest to be paid 1 month before retreat (October 11th).
2 weeks before retreat: non-refundable
1 month before retreat: 50% refundable
If retreat has to be cancelled due to force majeure, 100% amount will be reimbursed
What is included in the price?
· Accommodation in a local high quality Swiss houses
· Facilitation & all activities included in the retreat program:
breath sessions, yoga, hiking, coaching, forest bathing, access to hot tub
· Vegan-vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch/snack & dinner)
What is not included in the price?
· Transportation to the retreat venue
· Personal travel & accident insurance