My journey into the wild began one winter when I lived in the heart of an old forest in the south of Sweden. Both the forest and I were resting under a blanket of snow. I was free as could be - having ended a long relationship and with no other plans other than the simple joy of wandering the woods. Every day I went for long walks, listening to the whispers of stories in the woods.
When summer came along, I found myself a small blue tent and moved outdoors. I lived on a meadow together with a herd of horses next to a lake. The tent was my base but throughout the summer I went on many sleeping bag adventures, sleeping under trees, under stars and next to campfires. The horses became my tribe and I gave them all names, my favourite being a brown foal named Freja.
When autumn came around I headed north and began a one year full-time course in outdoor survival, wilderness and bushcraft skills. I have always been a wild child, most at home in the woods and mountains, but I had such a strong longing to really go into the wild, living with the seasons of the north and learning how to find shelter, make fire and all skills needed to not only survive, but to thrive outdoors.
Into the wild I went to learn, to see and listen to the ways of nature. Through rain and storm, cold and wet, hunger and exhaustion, the wild changed me inside and out. In the dark I gave thanks for the light of the flame. In the wet and cold I gave thanks to dry socks. In solitude I gave thanks for family and friends.
My journey into the wild opened my eyes to the simple joys and most precious gems of life. It opened my senses to nature's whispers. The wilderness course was an incredibly challenging, wonderful and life changing experience. I have never felt so strong, and so connected with my body, the earth, my surroundings and with other people. That year really taught me what it means to be human.
Stay tuned... more about my journey into the wild to come...
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