Friluftslive is the Scandinavian concept of spending time outdoors, directly translated to “open-air living.” It is described as “the value of spending time in remote locations for spiritual and physical wellbeing.” The concept is closely linked to allmansratten – the right to roam.
After talking with others about their excitement about this movement, I did a little research. I found that it is good for your physical and mental health, creates more energy, and most importantly in my life – a deeper connection with nature. In Sweden companies block 90 minutes a day for this or encourage flexible work schedule so that both parents can create family time outdoors. I have committed to scheduling my friluftsliv into my days. I find that reconnecting with nature, even the nature in my own yard, helps me to become more mindful and present in the moment. It leaves me feeling refreshed and alive. It is food for the soul.
So, lets brainstorm some ideas to get more Friluftsliv in our lives today
- Nature Journal Clubs
- Outdoor Clubs
- Take a lunchtime hike
- Create ways to have walking meetings
- Spend 15 minutes in your own sit spot
- Walk your dog
- Find your nearby park and enjoy it
- Visit a farm
- Remote Wilderness Experiences
What else can you think of to add to this list?
How can I help?
- Nature Journal Club is the 3rd Saturday of Each Month
- Nature Journaling Retreats – Next one April 14-17, 2023
- Nature Connected Leadership Training – 4 weeks
- Custom Experiences in your area
See you outside!
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