Women's Rewilding Retreat
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Northern Sweden is a wonderland beyond imagination. Through my work as a photographer I have had the priviledge to travel all over the world to chase light and beauty with my camera, but it has struck me that few places compares to my home in Swedish Lapland.

So, with my passion for the craft coupled with my love for this northern paradise I would like to invite a small crew of female photography enthusiasts to come join me for a 3 day long adventure where I will be taking you to some stunning spots in the mountains.

I have teamed up with Lennart Pittja, the founder of epic Sápmi Nature Camp in Laponia - one of the most unspoiled places on Earth - which we will get to call home during these days.

For whom?

This long-weekend is intended for anyone identifying as a woman, with a love for nature and photography, and a longing to explore a remote corner of northern Sweden.

You will get carried away by stories of the indigenous Sámi people that have looked after this land for generations. Our host Lennart is Sámi himself and will share his own in-depth knowledge about this way of life in close relationship with these untamed landscapes.

I will be by your side all weekend to teach you how to capture beauty everywhere and answer any photography-related questions you may have, in order to help you become a better photographer, no matter what level you're at.


What's included?

⦁ Full board: Traditional (delicious) home-cooked meals, starting with brunch day 1 and ending with lunch before departure day 3

⦁ Two nights glamping accommodation in a beautiful lavvu tent, shared by two. One private tent available at an extra cost.

⦁ Transport from/to Gällivare train station

⦁ Your private professional photography guide

⦁ Your private Sámi host, chef and encyclopedia for wildlife and local indigenous living

⦁ Day hikes and excursions to Stora Sjöfallet National Park

⦁ A wood-heated sauna by the river

⦁ Free access to kayaks 

⦁ Evenings around the fire under the stars, and potential aurora shows, etc, etc.  

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About the location

Our home for the weekend is located right in the mighty Laponia; a giant unpoiled land area above the arctic circle. Here mountains, old growth forests, glaciers and enormous wetlands spread over thousands of square kilometres.

We will be staying comfortably in traditional lavvu tents, miles and miles away from nearest human settlement or any form of light pollution, creating amazing opportunities for stargazing and night photography. With some luck we may even get to witness the northern lights dancing on the night sky.

This off-grid camp has been listed by National Geographic as one of the world’s most spectacular and sustainable places to stay if you care about the planet 

Simple living 

Here you won't only be told what life is like, rather you will get to experience it hands on.

The camp does not have any electricity, nor do we have running water/sewer, but Lennart has made an amazing job to secure comfort anyway. To make sure you will be able to capture all the magic with your camera, we will use a generator to charge batteries for a couple of hours each evening. 

When it comes to showers, the sauna will be heated by the end of the day so that you can freshen up like the locals do. I do this all the time myself, and it is a lovely experience making me feel fresh like a princess, in a natural way that's kind to Mother Earth. 

More info about our accommodation and host here.

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Intinerary

I don't like keeping to a super strict plan as the forces of nature can't always be predicted and each group is different, but here is a rough idea of what these three days together could look like.


Friday

Arrival day. I will come pick you all up at Gällivare train station in the morning, where we will have a briefing for the days ahead, while enjoying a brunch together. Then we'll kiss civilization goodbye for a few days and head west towards our remote base camp.  

Once you're all settled in your cozy home for the weekend, we'll pack our cameras and daypacks and head out for shorter hike in the beautiful surroundings. A delicious traditional dinner will be waiting when we get back, prepared by our sweet host Lennart.

We'll make the most of the soft evening light, and afterwards you might want to enjoy the sauna, and maybe even a plunge in the cold and mighty Lule River.

Although days are getting shorter, September at this latitude brings a lovely mix of late sunsets and fully dark skies, allowing excellent opportunities for both day and night photography. So unless you're ready for bed, now would be prime time to bring your tripod out to create some epic long exposures. All with a crackling, warming fire nearby.


Saturday

After breakfast we will jump into the van and venture deeper into the mountains to hopefully hang out with moose, lynx and other wild creatures that call this stunning place home.


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Me and Lennart will take you to some of our favourite places for landscape photos along the road, and also bring you on another great day hike. Lunch will be enjoyed under an open sky.

This drive itself is rather breath-taking; the longest dead-end road in Sweden that takes you through a spectacular and yet quite unknown natural area.

The evening will once again offer a lovely dinner, campfire moments, saunas and star-gazing opportunities.


Sunday

For those of you who'd be up for an early start, we will rise with the sun (about 5am!), grab a thermos of coffee and head out to capture some early morning magic. Chances to spot wildlife at this hour are extra high.

Once we return home breakfast will be waiting for us and after that, the rest of the morning is free for you to enjoy in whatever way you'd like around the camp. Go for a forest stroll, munch on berries, borrow a kayak, work on your cold plunging technique, or snap some last amazing shots to add to your Laponia collection. 

After one final meal together I will drive you back to Gällivare where we will part ways in the afternoon. My goal is that you will be heading home full of new knowledge, inspiration and energy, and hopefully several new friends richer. 

Booking

If the above description makes your heart scream YES, then fill out the form by clicking the button below and I will get back to you with the payment details.

Further questions? Don't hesitate to shoot me a message through the same form. 

Please be sure to include any meal preferences and/or allergies when booking. When your payment is completed, you will receive a confirming email that secures your spot.

(Interested in extending your stay for more arctic adventures? Let us know in advance and we'll help you as much as we can!)


Price: SEK 9,900.-

Group size: minimum of 4, maximum of 7 participants. ​


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EARLY BIRD BONUS (worth SEK 3,500.-):

Book before July 31st and receive either;

1. A free mini photo shoot with me in these gorgeous landscapes (I call it my "Wild Woman Shoot" that aims to portray your own innate wildness, but it can be whatever you want it to be).

Or:

2. A free 60-minute follow-up coaching session with me a few weeks after your return home, customized after wherever you're at on your photography journey. Could include portfolio review, advice on how to get started with a photography career, what gear to invest in, post-processing tools and techniques etc etc. 

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CANCELLATION POLICY:

Until 30 days before start date - 50% of the fee will be refunded in the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your booking. After this point no refunds will be given due to the difficulty to fill your spot on such short notice (unless you find your own replacement).

Make sure you have an insurance covering you in case you would get sick and unable to attent.

If we are forced to cancel the workshop for any reason (like too few participants signed up), your entire participation fee will be refunded to you.



Travel directions

Arrival point: Gällivare train station. 

The night train from Stockholm is a great, sustainable way to get here!

Make sure to be on this location in Gällivare no later than 9 am. Although we encourage starting your adventure by travelling here by rail, an option is to catch a flight to Gällivare (a couple of departures per day). More info here: nordica.ee

Another option is to fly to Kiruna or Luleå. There are several trains and buses heading to Gällivare from both airports every day.

Again, don't hesitate to reach out for any questions! Hope I will see you there :)

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