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ABOUT US

 

About us


Here is a presentation of some of us that are co-creating the retreats, courses and give treatments.

Welcome out into the nature with us and to explore various practices and treatments for health, growth and developement. During the summer season we hold yogaclasses, yoga & mountain retreats and offer treatments at the inner end of Oldedalen in Stryn, Norway. We hope to create a safe space where we all can share, grow and inspire each other to live in deeper connection with our true self, nature and each other.

We look forward to meeting you! 
/ Johanne & Frank

 

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JOHANNE MELKEVOLL

I grew up in between the mountains and glaciers in Oldedalen, and already when young the seed was planted to enjoy living close to nature. Early on I dreamt about traveling the world and explore foreign cultures, traditions and places. 
Since the end of high school I also explored various philosophies and yogic practices, and I started to practice various techniques, and tested on myself how my feelings and mind works. Spontaneous experiences and shifts created a need as well as inspired me to go on journeys, seek out teachers, to learn and discover. 

In University I studied pedagogy, history, social anthropology, language and literature. I have been a teacher in primary and high school for several years, and I also shared yogaclasses with colleagues and students at this time. 
Since my first yoga class around 2000 I have mostly been exploring classical yoga, yoga nidra, philosophies and ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Since 2007 I have shared classes and courses both in school and later also in yoga studios and through Yoga Nordfjord. The later years I have held courses, workshops and co- created retreats in the nature in Oldedalen. 

Over the years I have been fortunate to study and learn from senior teachers in yogic knowledge and practices, both in Norway and around the globe. Some of the deepening studies has been at Centered Yoga Thailand with Paul Dallaghan, in Bali, as well as in Mysore, India among other things.  
I feel the whole life is included in the practices and find it impossible to put yoga into any box or attach it to any person or just a few branches of the "tree". For me the whole of these methods and insights inspires. 

Since 2012 I have went through deep changes in all areas of my life, and various experiences lead me into a change of direction. I moved from the city to live in nature, slow down the pace of my life, and allow a new approach to the various methods I had practiced so far. Since then I have spent a lot of time in Bali, and together with the yoga added studies like craniosacral therapy, therapies as well as educations in the medicine wheel based on the ancient Peruvian traditions, guided by Marie J. Ytterman. 
I also enjoy living a more free and creative lifestyle, with music, painting, dance, as well as writing that has always been a important part of my life. 
I have now settled in the nordic roots again, and spend most of the time in Sweden and in Oldedalen, Norway, where I share together with my love, family and friends, and explore life, arts and living in the simplicity of nature. 

It inspires me to see the equalness and universal principles that we find in the various cultural and spiritual traditions, and to approach the various tools for therapy and growth with awareness, heart and in a non-dogmatic way, that relates to our world in the now. 
I am grateful for all I have met; friends and teachers, that is guiding me and that has shared their knowledge so far.
Nature, practice and life itself is my main teacher in all ways.
My intention is to share the tools of yoga and the other modalities in a way that can support and inspire to explore living in deeper connection with our natural self, to open doors and create curiosity to study and investigate further.
I hope our gatherings and courses inspire to create balance, health and joy on various levels; to reconnect with the heart, and to support and inspire each other to live in a way that serve both us humans, all beings and nature we all are a part of. 


 
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AMAIA SANTACOLOMA 

People often find Yoga trying to find relief for a stressful lifestyle or for physical ailments. In my years of practice and teaching I have learnt that health is not just the absence of dis-ease. Real health endows us with vibrant vitality and inspiration for whatever our mission in life is.

I also came to Yoga hoping to heal a weak and achy back. I realized the effects of Yoga were immediate. As soon as I stopped practicing, my backache returned, and I decided that it was simply not an option for me anymore.

The more I practiced, the more rewards I could reap from Yoga, gradually becoming a better version of myself. Eventually I travelled to India, and spent about 2 years studying in the cradle of Yoga. In 2010 I got Authorized to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore, India. 

During my stay in this magical country, I experienced that the combination of Yoga and Ayurveda managed to rid me of both psychological issues and the chronic allergies I had taught myself to live with.

It was amazing to me, the undeniable effectiveness of Ayurveda and Yoga. I have ever since kept studying these sister sciences so I could humbly share it with others. Becoming a mother in 2012 helped me grow immensely as a teacher and Yoga practitioner. I discovered the innate wisdom of the female body, and the need to reconnect with its rhythms in the exhausted society we live in.

My biggest inspiration comes from the amazing teachers I have been lucky to study with, particularly Sharath Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa), Sudhir Tiwari (Pranayama), Uma Dinsmore-Tuli  (Womb Yoga & Yoga nidra), and David Frawley  (Vedic sciences).

I currently teach at the Mysore program in Oslo YogaBelly & Baby  and Leela Yoga in Oslo.

I work with both beginners and experienced practitioners, group classes, workshops, and individual sessions for those who prefer one-on-one guidance, or wish to work deeply with Yoga Therapy. Classes are taught in Spanish, English or Norwegian, according to your needs.


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FRANK ALEXANDER BJENNMYR

Just over 7 years ago, my life took a big turn when I received my first water massage treatment (Watsu). In combination with yoga, it became an awakening, and I immediately understood that I would move on in a new direction. I spent several years traveling and devoted myself to deepening in yoga & meditation, and to explore and learn different healing methods & treatments, which I then started sharing with others.

The most instructive and influential courses have been Watsu and Healing Dance (aquatic bodywork), traditional Hatha yoga in India, Sami Yoga in Bali and Inner Dance in the Philippines. Which led me to Craniosacral Therapy, something that for me has been deeply healing and transformational, and that I have continuously studied and given treatments since. In Sweden, I have deepened myself in shamanic healing methods, which contributed to grounding and maturity in my exploration and in knowing myself.

Kitesurfing was a true passion for many years before yoga and healing came into my life, and it is essential for me to spend time in nature. A lot of inspiration comes by expressing myself creatively, by playing & creating music, dancing and writing. Cooking has become another big interest, I really like to create natural healthy foods, something I've been sharing at our Yoga & Mountain retreats since the start in 2015.

So now I've found my way back to Scandinavia, where I live with Johanne close to nature, providing treatments, co-creating retreats & courses, co-managing a camping, sharing Inner dance & yoga and enjoying life!
I wish that I can continue sharing everything that has had a deep impact in my own life, to support others in their exploration and inspire to joy and health.
 


 
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JEAN MANUEL NADEAU

A Geminean spirit driven by an aquarius rising vision with a dash of Leo moon

At an early age Jean-Manuel, with a camera in hand, left the life he knew to discover our world.  What was supposed to be a simple adventure became his life’s journey and a pilgrimage into the practices of ancient wisdom.

Jean-Manuel’s awakening started with an immersion into Vipassana meditation, where he experienced a dissolution of the body-mind complex.  This experience forever changed his life.  It brought him an acute sensitivity in his ability to sense the subtle dynamics of the body, as well as a glimpse into the deeper meanings offered by the cosmos.  With no prior spiritual knowledge and therefore no real references to look towards, Jean lived in this dissolved state for some time without realizing the scale of what had happened to him.  Then, life brought him to Bali where he found both of his present day teachers.  With their guidance, Jean was initiated into the Sacred Mystery schools and into the practice of bio-dynamic craniosacral therapy.  His studies led him to discover the dynamics of time, ancient calendars and astrology, and he learned to master the sensitivity and wisdom gained in his meditation practice for the purpose of assisting others on their path of self-discovery.

Mystic visionary and talented visual artist, Jean-Manuel has now settled in Asia, where he continues to bridge the worlds of the visible and the unseen. Deepening his knowledge of "the big picture” through explorations in meditation, human evolution, and the science of time, Jean’s wisdom and healing discoveries are being shared with others through the practice of bio-dynamic craniosacral therapy, astrology, workshops and collaborations. He also continues to explore through a variety of creative projects including photography and graphic/web design.


 
 Torunn & Lars Kristian Yoga & Kayak 2017

Torunn & Lars Kristian Yoga & Kayak 2017

TORUNN TODAL LABERG & LARS KRISTIAN FAUSKE

Torunn Todal Laberg and Lars-Kristian Fauske are true outdoor enthusiasts, and they mostly wish to spend their lives outdoors. One area in which they spend alot of time in is Hurrungane in West Jotunheimen, and their company Bulder & Brak Opplevingar was established in Utladalen in Øvre Årdal, where thunder from waterfalls, rocks and ice that descends the steep mountainsides is part of life - and therefor, the name Bulder & Brak Opplevingar fits well with a company that pursues nature-based experiences. They believe that outdoor life brings with it something valuable - such as community, challenges for ability and the feeling of mastering something. And it's when nature makes some noise around us that we can get to know the forces we have around us. Being active outside in nature gives energy!

Torunn Todal Laberg has been working with mountain and glaciar hiking for many years, and she really enjoys bringing people on hiking trips. Torunn is particularly fond of Høgda, and is well known in West Jotunheimen. Utladalen is her prefered way to go into Jotunheimen - and if you join Torunn on that hike, you will be surely hear her tell a lot of stories about people and nature, geology and wildlife, for free.

Lars-Kristian Fauske is a physiotherapist of occupation and has extensive experience from a long outdoor life. If you want to try out riverkayaking, have a guide for downhill biking along steep mountains, need tips on the best ski trips in Årdal or want to practice some cross country skiing before Birken, Lars-Kristian is the man you want.