Swiss Alps Raw Food & Hiking Retreat
You are invited to a hiking and raw food retreat in the amazing region of lake Thun, in the center of Switzerland. Relax and recharge while also enjoying all the beauty this region has to offer: lakes, waterfalls, mountains, forests, rivers.
We offer hiking in incredible locations and a delicious raw food menu. The settings are cozy and warm, reflecting the nurturing environment that will host you on your unforgettable holiday.
– Daily hiking on beautiful and safe tracks
– 3 daily organic (bio) raw food meals
– Experienced raw food chef and a local hiking guide
– 7 nights accommodation in an authentic Swiss chalet
Staying at the SwissHut is an invitation to relax, enjoy the peaceful environment, and beauty of the Swiss alps breathtaking views that surrounds us. An authentic Swiss chalet, called „Full Moon House“, since all the wood used to build it was harvested during the last full moon of the year, which makes us feel a very special energy.
The configuration is a total of 4 bedrooms (3 triples and 1 family bedroom for 4 guests), 2 toilets, and 2 showers, for all to share.
2 triple bedrooms have one king size and one single bed, one triple bedroom has 3 single beds, and the family room has 4 single beds.
SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY:
10:00 Start of the Hiking
13:00 Lunch pic nic
16:00 Back to the chalet, free time
RAW FOOD CHEF:
Kathrin Söderberg, Certified Raw Living Food Chef & Holistic Health Coach
Kathrin has recently moved to the South of Spain to work full-time with facilitating retreats, where she offers advice and coaching on plant based foods and holistic living. Before she was a founder of the Open World Cafe in Stockholm, where she was responsible for developing its concept and the daily management of the creative cuisine during several years. Kathrin runs regular workshops in Raw Food and holds a Raw Food Chef Diploma from the Creative Health Institute in Michigan/USA as well as a Aromatherapy & Massage Diploma from Axelsons Gym-nastiska Institut in Stockholm/Sweden. She has further training in Natural Skincare and developed her own line of products as well as holding creative workshops on how to easily make your own body and skin & haircare products. Kathrin has been working for several yoga retreats and festivals in Sweden, England, Spain and Costa Rica. Furthermore, working as a part-time private chef in Stockholm has enabled her to develop her passion of sharing knowledge on holistic well-being with health interested individuals and families.
Kathrin speaks fluently German, Swedish, English, Spanish, some French and some Portuguese.
Who better to introduce you to the beauty and charm of Lake Thun area than someone who was born here and grew up hiking in the Swiss alps?
Swiss-native and raised in the small village of Schwanden nearby SwissHut, Katrin makes it easy to find the best trails to hike or for nordic walking. She has a deep knowledge of the region and she is passionate about sharing «her» mountains and the traditions. Her background includes working in a political and international environment. She became a qualified kids ski instructor and spent a winter season on a small ski field in New Zealand. After travelling to Hawaii, Australia and on several trips through Europe, she is back.
Swiss-German speaking, with fluent French and English, she loves chatting it up with people from all over the world and enjoying Swiss food, culture, history and humor!
The mountain village of Sigriswil is located between Interlaken and Thun, overlooking the lake Thun and the Swiss alps. Still a very preserved and authentic Swiss village, only 30min from the Swiss capital of Bern, with easy highway access of 2hs from the main airports of Zurich, Geneva, and Basel.
REGION BERNESE OBERLAND:
Breathtaking views, magnificent mountains, unspoiled nature, glistening lakes and genuine hospitality.
Picturesque landscapes surrounded by countless mountain peaks, more than 800 lakes, world-class events and great experiences, pleasurable moments and feelings of happiness, living traditions and visible customs: the Bernese Oberland is one of Switzerland’s most diverse regions.
Sigriswil – 5 minutes
Thun – 15 minutes
Interlaken – 20 minutes
Lauterbrunnen – 30 minutes
Bern – 35 minutes
Grindelwald – 40 minutes
Geneva, Basel, Zurich – 2 hours
FOOD – Delicious taste and high in nutrients:
„Raw food is a practice of eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods, including a selection of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, but generally not foods that have been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.“ (Wikipedia)
Health Benefits of Eating Organic Raw Foods:
„If you slowly begin to eat in this fashion, you will be amazed at your increased energy levels, youthful appearance and decreased visits to the doctors office. Increasing raw food intake has also been linked to a decreased need for sleep, with many reporting that they have more energy when they wake up in the morning, and that they find it easier to get out of bed!
Other benefits include improved skin appearance, excess weight loss, improved digestion, the reduction of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as many other health debilitating ailments.
Raw foods are also extremely high in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, fiber and plant phytochemical. A report from the Journal of Nutrition stated that increased use of raw foods in our diet lowers both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, some of the main indicators for heart disease, obesity & high blood pressure.“ (Global Healing Center)
Local, fresh, and organic (Bio) ingredients:
Our vegetable, fruits, eggs are local, fresh, and coming straight from a certified organic (bio) farm.
Other ingredients, like seeds, nuts, spices, are mostly sourced locally, all organic (bio) certified.
Sample daily menu:
Breakfast: Raw oat porridge, nut milk, cinnamon & cacao granola, fresh fruit, smoothie, gluten free bread and avocado
Lunch: Mexican taco wraps with salsa & guacamole Cashew sour cream, Crackers & pesto
Dinner: Polenta pizza with marinara sauce, ruccola, marinated mushrooms & nut cheese, Salad bar, Crackers & pesto , Fruit sorbet
Menu may include warm soups and dishes as well, like Quinoa & Tofu stir fry, Curry spiced Lentil veggie burgers and Buckwheat crepes with mushroom filling.
HIKING – re-energizing the body and relaxing the mind:
We will bring you to amazing places, hiking on average 3-4 hours a day, easy tracks, enjoying the beauty of nature, spectacular views, re energizing the body and relaxing the mind.
Each day a different destination, off the tourists, but still demarcated and secure official tracks.
During the hiking, some short stops to rest, and one longer stop for lunch (pic nic).
Health Benefits of Hiking:
A therapy, known in Japan as Shinkin-yoku, or Forest Bathing, focuses on how we receive a dose of healing medicine simply by spending a short amount of time in a forest environment.
Research has shown that there are many health benefits to be gained by soaking up the atmosphere in a forest and the most significant ones are that our cortisol levels and blood pressure both decrease, so after a short walk we are far less likely to feel anxious, stressed or overwhelmed.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (not included in our price):
Here is a list of the additional activities you can book while here:
Swimming/Sailing/Stand Up on the lake
Spa (sauna, massage, jacuzzi)
Local Wine, Beer, or/and Cheese tasting
Tour in Bern (the Swiss capital) or Thun
– 7 nights accommodation
– Access to personalized advice on health, and nutritional meals
– Daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
– Daily hiking adventures
– Transfer from nearby train station (Thun) to and from retreat
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
– Airfare to and from Switzerland
– Airport transfers to and from Thun train station
– Travel insurance
– Cable cars & trains up to the mountains
– Optional activities