On Saturday, 6th May I have travelled to Ängsö, which is a beautiful and calm countryside area just outside Västerås, surrounded with waters of lake Mälaren, Sweden´s third largest lake. Here, in the middle of nature and at the furthers peak of a small peninsula, was held a happening organized by a group of enthusiastic women driving #kvinnligaäventyrare.
This day was devoted to all women who love nature, outdoor life and all different outside activities.
With increased trend on communication through social media and different virtual tools, the focus of the day was on “real” interactions – to bring together all those who do not want to be seen only “through the screen” of their computers or smart phones but want to connect with others in a “real life”, put actual faces behind the pictures on Instagram and FB and find a moment for a chat with others in richer extend than with only hashtags and short expressions.
The red thread was the main mission of #kvinnligaäventyrare project (www.kvinnligaäventyrare.se), whose goal is to enhance women as adventurers and by various activities to inspire and encourage them to spend more time outside, discover nature and outdoor life. Simply to empower women in becoming more “adventurous” and to dare to pursue their own outdoor dreams.
The day was full of activities and inspiring workshops. One of the workshops which I personally liked very much was “writing workshop” during which Sanna, a writer and a travel blogger, took us through her tips and tricks how to write about our adventures and what are the things we shall never forget.
A very good knowledge to have before my summer adventure!
Another session focused on how to pack things for our adventure in a smart way in order to avoid way too heavy rucksack or unnecessary things. I got very good tips for my summer project, especially when I am right now working on my equipment list. This is always a tough question where you need to negotiate between the weight and things you believe you might need.. I must say I have always hard time to pack myself smart and light so this is a real challenge which I still need to work on! 🙂
From a moment of desperation, when it took me for ages to be able to set fire with help of just a fire steel (fire striker tool) and a knife, to a looong minutes of patience when I was sharpening my super dull knife with sand paper or trying to carve a wooden horse, I have finished the day with finding my calmness and peace during “hikefullness workshop” with Angeliqua from Vandringsbloggen. To walk in nature and be aware of all the natural phenomenon around you, allowing yourself to be present in the moment, feel the wind in your face, hear the sound of water breaking against the shore or the singing of birds far up in the crowns of the trees made me feel relaxed , slowed me down from my everyday hectic pace and brought me a reward in feeling the harmony and peace in my soul..
I came back home relaxed, inspired for future adventures and enriched with new friendships! I truly believe in women strength and I am so happy that happenings like this are organized! Let´s inspire and get inspired! Let the adventurers in us bring us again soon together!