WHY NATURE CONNECTS WAS FOUNDED
Nature Connects was founded by me, Karen Boelhouwer after I came back from a 2,5 year trip through Europe with my camper van. The story started a few years earlier when I was doing my yoga teacher training in Spain. On one of the days we had to make a silent walk. In the beginning I was laughing, it felt like we were going to a funeral. Alone I went into the forest and arrived at the edge of a valley with massive green trees. Swallows were flying around me chasing mosquitos. I was standing there, just looking at them. It was a beautiful sight, but all of a sudden I felt really sad.
How is it possible that we got so disconnected from nature, ourselves and each other?
I thought about my life in the Netherlands, the speed with which I was living, constant impressions, constant noise, always busy and so many hours inside an office. It was intense. I experienced the beauty and tranquillity of the valley and at the same time I saw the busyness of the western world.
There and then I took a decision, I am going to takepeople back to nature and back to themselves. Step one, I had to start with myself.
BACK TO NATURE
To the outside world my life looked pretty good. I had a well-paid job, I pretended to care about my career and I had a busy social life. On the inside I knew my life was a compromise, it felt empty. I had put aside my passions and dreams, in the name of security, status and fear. I was living on automatic pilot and my life didn’t fulfil me. On the contrary, it took away a lot of my energy. Against everyone’s advice, I took a radical decision and
I QUIT MY JOB
I wanted to play and feel alive again. With my camper van I travelled through Europe. I windsurfed, spent time with Thich Nath Hanh (a meditation guru), did a Vipassana course (10 days with 10 hours of meditation), took part in shamanic ceremonies, met beautiful open minded people, became a mindfulness trainer, was snowboarding, taught yoga and spent lots of time in nature.
It was a life changing trip. I rediscovered who I am and I emerged with a new vision for my life. Nature, meditation and stillness were my greatest teachers. After 2.5 years I decided it was time to go home and I founded “Nature Connects”.
Nature Connects’ mission is to build an awesome tribe of conscious, empowered, connected people who love to travel and who care about the natural world. You can read more about the Tribe here.