Welcome to 'slow down' Retreat
May 9-12th, 2024 lauenen - GSTAAD VALLEY, SWITZERLAND
'slow down' and nurture through nature
After a long hibernation, in springtime nature in the mountains finally comes back to full life, the temperatures rise and the sun shines! The nature is slowly reawakening from the winter sleep and blooms in all colors. Awaken your senses with meadows of alpine flowers, mountain streams full of water and chirping birds.
Slow Down wellbeing retreat has been created with an intention to offer what humans may need the most: get away from every day tasks, technology, screens,- take time to connect & be in nature, slow down.. come back to self and realize what is important again.
Learning how to reconnect with thyself, with nature around us as well as how to deepen and expand awareness.
Nature connection practices, such as hiking and forest therapy, are pathways allowing to return to a basis of health and happiness. While exploring the outside environment, we can reconnect with our inner world.
By including movement & yoga, meditation and breathing practices in this journey, we offer the opportunity to explore deeper realms of inner reality which will open the doors to self-compassion, kindness and love. By enjoying these practices daily in a pristine alpine environment, true mental and physical detox will take place. You will learn to truly take care of yourself and expand the experience back home, nourishing the connection you’ve built.
'If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.'
activities during retreat
Nature connection and exploration: Forest/nature Therapy, connect with the senses (Japanese Shinrin Yoku)
Explore the 5 elements through activities in Nature and yoga practice
Mountain Therapy - a mindful way of hiking and connecting with your senses (Ruta is the only guide doing this in Switzerland)
Hiking (all levels, suitable for beginners): waterfall, hike like locals, alpine river
Yoga: vinyasa flow, hatha & yin
Creative experience: mandala drawing, land-art
Sacred traditions practices: text reading, sharing circles, fire ceremony...
Time for yourself
Spa Time: sauna and outdoor jacuzzi
Intimate experience: small group - max 12 participants
Tea Ceremony during forest bathing
Mindful walking, hiking, forest bathing
Go off-line and enjoy 'only your time'
Yoga and Mindfullness
Connection to Nature and Thyself. Awakening to your true Self. Connection to elements & senses.
Taking on a leap of being yourself.
about retreat venue
You will stay in an authentic Swiss chalet located in a pristine and wild Chateau D'oex- Gstaad Valley, a place still full of traditions and original lifestyle. Chalet is surrounded by the mountains and forest of the gorgeous Pays d'Enhaut region. This valley is reachable by public transport (gorgegous belle epoque train) and it's 1h 40min drive from Geneva and 2h 50min drive from Zurich.
On a day when you might not feel like hiking, you may just relax on a long comfy chair and keep watching it. This is what Swiss do when they do not feel like hiking :)
Immerse into Swiss life while staying in this beautiful jewel chalet which has full comfort, the charm of 200 years and even a private SPA.
Retreat place- chalet in the Nature's Nest
Enjoy mountain views directly from the garden of the chalet
SPA area- sauna and heated jacuzzi
Plant based food
Some local food
Rooms in the Chalet- enjoy mountain views directly from your room or even bed!
Food during retreat
Meet Donata - our Retreat chef
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, mountain leader, nature therapy guide & coach and Danielle, yoga and meditation teacher, combine their unique experience and energies. They invite you to explore the infinite beauty of nature and reconnect with your true self.
Ruta 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 mountain leader ( Association of Mountain Guides in Switzerland), neuro-coach (Neuroleadership Institute, London), and forest therapy guide (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, USA).
By creating Be Outside Coaching movement, she has connected her 2 major passions: activities outside and human development. Be Outside Coaching delivers immersive and holistic Nature experiences in the different corners of pristine the Swiss Alps.
logistics and price
Testimonial From the previuos Retreats
'I would like to thank Ruta for this opportunity to know myself better and even finding out again who I am. For a very long time i was standing like a wall and looking for excuses...during this retreat with the support of Be Outside Coaching i have discovered things that I would have never discovered by myself. Ruta supports you wholeheartedly and guides you in a way that you open your eyes fresh and start seeing things that you have never seen before. My 5 days with Ruta in the Swiss Alps have been unforgettable. Ruta gives more than one would think is possible. I am just so happy that i could participate in this journey of personal-discovery.'
Erika, service worker
Read More testimonials here and on Google Business:
Price and booking policy:
Retreat dates: March 29th- April 1st, 2024 Pays den Haut region
All rooms are for single use with a private bathroom.
Early Bird (until January 31st)
Superior room: 1290 CHF /person
Standard room:1190 CHF/person
Price after February 28th, 2021:
Superior room: 1490 CHF /person
Standard room: 1390 CHF/ person
To secure booking: 50% deposit. The rest to be paid 1 month before retreat (February 28th).
2 weeks before retreat: non-refundable
1 month before retreat: 50% refundable
If retreat has to be cancelled due to Force Majeure events, 100% amount will be reimbursed
What is included in the price?
· Accommodation in a local Swiss Chalet (bed linen, towels, private bathroom)
· Facilitation & all activities included in the retreat program: yoga, meditation, hiking, forest bathing, access to sauna&jacuzzi
· Vegetarian & plant based creative food (breakfast, lunch/snack & dinner)
· All transfers to & from the hikes
· Pick up from the train station if you arrive by train
· High quality SPA facilities
What is not included in the price?
· Alcohol during retreat (not recommended anyway)
· Transportation to the retreat venue
· Personal travel to Switzerland & accident insurance
Retreat start and end time:
Retreat will start on Friday, March 29th at 12pm with lunch
Retreat will end on Monday 1st 4pm