⚠ THIS IS ROUGH. THIS IS RAW. THIS IS UNPOLISHED. ⚠
Here you will finally connect with The Silence Within.
 
August 28 until September 2nd, 2022 the Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp will take place in a forgotten valley high in the mountains in Ticino (Switzerland). Mountain hiking, meaningful group activities, full nature immersion, Silence…
You will encounter your deepest self in the mirror ♥

 

Break away from your daily routines and your daily social environment. Cut the cables! Imagine yourself in a remote place in overwhelmingly beautiful nature. Loose control & find yourself. Enjoy being who you really are. Share this unique and intense experience with a very diverse group, people of all ages and nationalities.
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Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp

experience
 Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp

date
 August 28 till September 2, 2022

open for ages
 18 - 81

location
 Ticino, Switzerland

accomodation
 rudimentary mountain hut on a small open spot in the forest

comfort

personal privacy

group fun

target # of participants
 10

mountains

water

culture

unforgettability

participation fee
from EUR 739

status
planned

By fully accepting the situation and by fully accepting our Self, we will eventually encounter the Silence Within. A very liberating experience.

In the daytime, we will be hiking in the overwhelming mountain landscapes. We will wash ourselves in the fresh water of the untamed stream next to the hut. In the day time and in the evening we will do (guided and unguided) meditations. In the evening we will do playful and meaningful group activities, cook and eat together, and do workshops and games to facilitate deeper connection etc. The Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp will be a life changer. Our base will be a mountain hut just for our group at an altitude of 1.000 m and far away from "civilization".
Silence will be an important element in this experience. Throughout the week we will build up silence: we will have moments of conscious silence in the hut; we will do some (parts of) hikes without conversation, and by the end of the week we'll have a complete day of silence. Well, the sounds of nature will always be there. The wind in the forest, the water in the stream next to the hut.

As we will, step by step, eliminate external sounds, we will finally hear the sounds in ourselves. Our inner voice. By fully accepting the situation and by fully accepting our Self, we will eventually encounter the Silence Within. A very liberating experience.

Let's enjoy this amazing adventure high in the Alps without any external stimulants! We will refrain from consuming alcohol and drugs. Our body will take care of generating adrenaline, endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and lots of oxytocins to get us high :) Read more here. All food is plant-based.
In the hut and directly around there is hardly any GSM/mobile phone reception. Also, on big parts of the hikes there is no (or almost no) network. In the hut there is no Wi-Fi and if we keep our phones on airplane mode (as there is no network anyway) we will not be generating any radiation ourselves either.
Read DisclaimerDisclaimer: this has been the situation in this hut in the past years. However, I can't guarantee that no telecom provider would put a new antenna somewhere that would change things. In all honesty, this is very unlikely because there is no economic interest to put extra antennas in this very remote place.

We will be in a basic mountain refuge in the middle of immense forests. Around us, mountains with peaks of up to 2.500 meters above sea level, valleys, streams, fields and more forests. It is in the Ticino province in south Switzerland. Decades ago, our valley was abandoned by the farmers that would graze their cattle there in summer. Forests took over. We will meet very few other hikers in this week. This place was forgotten by the modern world. From our hut, it is around 2,5 hours hiking to get to the nearest village (altitude difference: 700 m).
Our mountain refuge is really simple. The beds are simple mattresses in the attic. A wood stove on the ground floor serves for heating and cooking. There is no electricity. Our bathtub is a natural pool in the stream close to the hut. You're signing up for the raw experience. No smoking in the house. In and around the house, clothing is optional ()
We will be in Ticino in the south of Switzerland. There is a very convenient railway station nearby; 2:10h from Milano (with one change); 6:15 hr from Frankfurt with one change; 7 hours from Paris with one or two changes. And also from (for example) Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, etc. you can reach the station with just one change. Direct trains from Basel and Zürich over a very scenic route. The other option is to offer or join a ride-share, for example through blablacar or with other Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp participants (faq).

Switzerland is a member of the Schengen agreement. If you can travel in any other Schengen country, you can travel in Switzerland.

Landscape with text Meet Your Inner Silence

The days in the Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp will be mainly dedicated to mountain hiking. Not mountaineering; no ropes, crampons or helmets. More info on the trail classifications (T1 etc.) here. Please do read! There is a hiking program set up, but it is not an obligation to participate; if you are a seasoned mountaineer you might prefer to go rock climbing by yourself instead of hiking with our group. And also, if you want to spend your days relaxedly searching for berries or spotting birds, feel free to do so. (This having said, there are two serious hikes that you will have to make in any case: to get to the hut on the first dat – and to get back on the last). Basically, everybody is expected to participate in the group life at the end of the day and in the evening (faq).
The program might look something like this:
First day We’ll all meet in the afternoon at the train station in the village. From there, a car will drive us to the entrance to the valley. From there, we will be on our own. Hiking up to the hut (2,5 hours, T3, sometimes exposed). In our backpacks not only our personal stuff but we also share the weight of the food for the week.
Second day As a warming up we will make a hike (T2/T3) that is not very long and not very technical. It will take us to a natural 'amphitheatre' shaped landscape where we will have lunch and do meditations.
Third day A long and intense hike, some 10 hours including breaks, T3 and T4. We will leave a bit earlier in the morning. It will take us to a mountain lake high in the adjacent valley, where we can have a dip.
Fourth day After yesterday's effort, today we'll grant our legs a pause. No hike planned; just enjoy nature, do meditation and a workshop, and make a small walk in the area.
Fifth day Another long and intense hike (T3) that will take us into a side valley where only emptiness will keep us company.
Sixth day Vacate the hut in the morning and descent back into civilization.

Weather conditions in the mountains can change fast and often. For this reason, the program can be changed according to what is safe and enjoyable.

One thing about hiking in groups. Keep in mind that a 'stronger' person can adapt to a 'slower' person, but a 'slower' person cannot adapt to a 'stronger' person. So, when we hike in a group, we'll set the capabilities of the 'slower' group members as standard while the 'stronger' people will have the satisfaction of applying their social skills by adapting to the group :-)
Although the Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp is intended to be a relaxed, non-competitive event, mountain hiking is a sports activity that demands some extra attention for two reasons: altitude and safety. You will need a fair condition, good mountain hiking shoes, a daypack, a water bottle, rain protection and something warmer as well. A pair of hiking poles is helpful, but not a necessity. If you suffer from vertigo or acrophobia, some of our hiking program will not make you feel happy.

What if I love mountains but don't want to join that 'serious' hiking?

I really like the whole idea and I would really like to join, but I'm really not into all this T3 and T4 hiking. Are there options for me? Yes, there are. You can make easy hikes around the hut, for example. If you're into nature photography or drawing landscapes, you will find a multitude of subjects within 500 meters from the hut... Most probably, you will not be the only one that will not join the bigger hikes.

Cooking will be done by the group for the group; no à la carte service :) Because we are high in the mountains, our resources are limited, and we'll all have to be flexible. If you are very precise/specific with your food, then this is not the right experience for you, sorry. Read Details About Diets And Restrictions1. Gluten: Usually meals are low on gluten but if you have a hard core allergy, you're not safe. At breakfast, there is oatmeal as an option. 2. Nuts: Can usually be left out of meals/served apart, but if you have a hard core allergy, you're not safe. 3. Sugar/Diabetes: Usually things are without sugar. However, you will not be able to follow that precisely engineered menu that your dietician wants you to follow.
All food is vegan. Read Food DetailsThe provided food is vegan. Also, please don't bring any animal origin foods with you, such as meat, chicken, fish, seafood, honey, milk, yoghurt, cheese, products containing gelatine, etc. If you can't do without them, please choose another Crazy Camp :)
This is an alcohol-free event. Read Alcohol DetailsThe provided drinks are non-alcoholic. Also, please don't bring any alcoholic drinks yourself. We'll do without external stimulants :) So no drugs as well. Only for coffee, we'll make an exception. If you can't commit to this, please choose another Crazy Camp :)
There is space and time for workshop-like activities, so if you would like to share some of your knowledge or skills, feel free! Maybe you want to teach us some capoeira, do a photoshoot or make us sing the traditionals of your native culture? Just some ideas... it really can be anything. Another fun activity that we'll be doing together is... cooking! (and cleaning afterwards...)
If you are a couple, please understand that in the Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp, you cannot behave like a couple. In general, the beds are allocated through a lottery (faq) and we're all sleeping in one common space. And you are expected to participate in all activities and group life as individuals and not as a couple. Yes, you will be hugging – in the numerous group hugs! So be prepared to sit each at opposite sides of the table during dinner, and accept that someone other than yourself might be giving your partner a massage of the sour muscles.

Landscape with text The farmers abandoned the valley, now its just us. And nature.

The deal

Your participation in the cost for these 6 days / 5 nights is EUR 879 per person for accommodation, food (that we will cook together), and life enriching experiences.
If you identify as female or are genderqueer, and you choose to use the Gender Pay Gap Compensation (faq), then your reduced participation fee is EUR 739.

The reduced price of EUR 739 is also available for students and people that receive unemployment support. In these cases, you will be asked to provide a proof of your status.

If you feel that the Crazy Inner Silence Mountain Camp is really the right experience for you, and you are seriously struggling with the participation fee: please reach out to me.
What is included/provided?
+ Accommodation
+ Breakfast
+ Simple lunch (sandwiches, leftovers of yesterday's dinner)
+ Dinner (we will cook together)
+ Coffee, tea, water, juice
+ Guided meditations, workshops
+ Meaningful experiences
x Snacks, fruit, energy bars, soft drinks etc.
x Sleeping bag liners
x Towels

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This experience is not for everyone. Did you read the full description? And the faq and the testimonials? And do you feel a loud "YESSSS this is for me!!!" inside you? Then please use this application form to sign up. After review of your application, I will send you instructions on how to make the advance payment (faq) and about cancellation policies. The advance payment is EUR 480. Until you pay the advance payment, there is no commitment - not for you and not for me.
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