Let yourself be guided by the shepherd through the raw wild coastal landscape of Western  Denmark. Switch off your phone and slow down, wandering into a timeless space of pure  presence with the sheep: we go back to basics and participate in one of the oldest  professions on earth. 
 
Tourists and locals are invited to join the shepherd in their daily work of taking the sheep  out of the night-fold into the open landscape, where the sheep help with nature  conservation, reducing invasive species and increasing biodiversity. This also provides the  participants with an opportunity to get away from daily stresses and to connect with  nature, themselves, each other, and the animals.


Along the way the path is open for  enjoying the meditative quiet, for sharing life-stories, philosophic questions or songs, and  for getting a good dose of exercise and fresh air. All accompanied by the sound of waves  beyond the sand dunes at Husby, Vestylland. 
 

According to the seasons it is possible to forage for wild food along the coast, heath or  forest, and learn how to prepare it, for example: which herbs and flowers to use for tea and  tasting it. Special focus is put on invasive species like  rosa rugosa  (dog-rose) and  stillehavsøsters  (oysters). There is the possibility to engage in hand crafts and meet local  artisanal producers.
 

We are part of a growing movement reviving this ancient workplace, which is a  fundamental part of our own cultural heritage.  
 
Can we imagine a possible future where; while agriculture becomes highly efficient and  technologized, using fx. drones for precision farming: there may also simultaneously be more land reserved for nature and responsible recreation, in which shepherding could play  a core role?  

Here, participants can witness and participate in an old way of life re-explored to match  modern needs; to de-stress, disconnect from social media, reconnect with sources of food  and expand our attention. To be present and patient.  


Through these days spent shepherding, can we develop tools and resources that we can  integrate into our daily lives and work places? How does this contribute to taking small  steps to making ourselves, our communities and ultimately the world a better place and to  live more sustainably? 


At the end of the day it is possible to swim in the sea and watch the sunset over the west  coast. Sleep in simple accommodation in a summer house, or shepherds wagon. Enjoy local  seasonal food cooked over fire. 

How to Participate  
You can come for one day, a weekend, or for longer retreat holidays. 


One day Walk with the shepherd
A day to go down in gear. Switch off your phone and  lose track of time as we spend the day watching over the sheep as we go about the daily  work conserving nature. We take the sheep out of their night fold and go out of the fence  into the open landscape. are in symbiosis and go in flow with the sheep and the sheep are  the ones who decide when lunch break is.

 

There is time and space for what is necessary, if  wished we have time to talk and share stories from life, concerns and joys. There is also  time for silence and this can be a highly meditative practice. The skill is to pay attention to  the sheep no matter what. They know as soon as you are not looking.


Over coffee in the  morning there is time to engage in conversation over what really matters in life, we may  also wish to simply spend hours in silence, sitting in the sand dunes, the sound of the sea.  On a windy day the sheep can be more restless and that means we also need to be more  active, to collect them together or move them to a new area. It is impossible to plan ahead  exactly how the day will be, and that is the beauty of it: we can only be present with what is.  We are out in almost all weather; wind, sun, rain and cloud, so be prepared!