Welcome

At Our Place, we aspire to share a way of life that is in harmony and balance with nature and filled with joy, beauty and creativity.

This unique experience is set in the tranquility between the ancient lakes of Toven and Alsjon in the fairy-tale forests of Smaland, Sweden.

Stay with us and reclaim your balance in life. Share your doorstep with fox, deer and more than 40 species of birds in one of four idyllic wooden cottages perched on the hills overlooking the lakes, or choose the spacious apartment in the historic main house with its 3 foot deep solid walls.

Let us guide you on recharging walks through the surrounding forest during our Retreats, inspirational Seminars and Workshops tailored to your specific needs at this time in your life.

Or you can choose a leisurely stay and spend your vacation in our lovely place, with the lakes and forest ready and waiting to be enjoyed by children and grownups alike.  Hike through the woods, dip in the lake, paddle the canoe into the sunset, or have a refreshing morning fishing experience slowly drifting in the summer breeze. Kids love to bounce on our trampoline, and become happy ‘popcorn”as we like to call them, and we don’t mind at all when mom and dad have a go as well 🙂

We honor Sustainability, Local, Seasonal, Eco and Fair-trade products, and during our retreats we serve a mostly Vegetarian menu.

Lena, Peter and Korinne

Please use the scroll arrows to the right to discover more about the team … our Bio’s and the fascinating history of Tofvehult  >>>>

About us

Meet the Creators @ A Way of Life in Tofvehult

After 18 successful years as proprietors of this renowned gem in the forest of south Sweden, husband and wife Peter and Lena Goransson are transitioning into a new adventure.

Korinne May, Lena’s best friend since their twenties joined forces to extend their award winning establishment Tofvehult Cafe and B&B into a habitat of Inspiration and Awareness.

A Way of Life in Tofvehult was born in 2016 and has been blossoming under their loving care ever since.

Scroll to the right for personal Bios

Korinne May - Spiritual Nomad

 

Korinne May started her quest for the truth of life, in 2000 by making the crucial and life changing choice to end the 24 year relationship with the father of her son and her 2 heartdaughters,  as well as a successful 10 year career as a movie producer.

A challenging, inspiring and unpredictable journey began, leading her on a nomadic track, back and forth between Miami , Hawaii, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Italy, Sweden and onwards. Since then, all outward travels and life experiences are continuously leading to deeper levels inside herself, constantly illuminating the consciousness she is seeking.

This ongoing path of awareness inspired her to share one of her discoveries; INNER WORLD GUARDIANSHIP, and she is currently writing an experienced based guide on how to become the explorer, topographer and guardian of your own Inner Space.  Her personal transformation in life, as a result of  cleaning up and taking care of this unseen Realm, is a true testament to how that work reflects our Outer World experience and how incredibly important it is to become aware of that responsibility toward ourselves, and to become the powerful creators of our own life story.

Ten day silent meditations at various VIPASSANA Centers around the world, and what ended up to be a one year Solitarian Sabbatical, while Korinne lived with her dog Super in isolated Drake Bay Costa Rica, became yet another study of self.  Facing fears, past traumas and challenges of the unknown resulted in an infinite wealth of insights, discoveries and healing and became a further  inspiration for Korinne to share these found treasures in the form of seminars and workshops at A Way Of Life-Tofvehult in Sweden, co-founded by Lena Goransson, her husband Peter, and Korinne in 2016.

Lena and Korinne met in Lanzarote, one of the Canarian Islands of the coast of Morocco, during their international modelling careers 30 years ago. They instantly recognized a deep connection and forged a life-long friendship. Throughout the years both Korinne and Lena successfully managed their modelling careers, motherhood and various entrepreneurial ventures each dealing with the challenges and obstacles in their own unique way while living far apart in different continents. Only recently they merged their individual desire to share their experiences and their own Way Of Life with others, inspiring Awareness on all levels of existence. They are currently co-writing a series of books with tales containing the mystery and the magic in their lives, and are growing their Inspirational habitat in Sweden with the intention to become an International gathering place for all individuals seeking a balanced, peaceful and joyful life.

 

Lena Lindberg Göransson- Seeker of beauty and balance in life

 

When I was five I sat on a tree stump in the woods behind my grandparents summerhouse and something spoke to me, through me…I became aware of a wisdom, ancient and timeless, residing inside of me. It changed me forever…

My life’s journey has taken me through many adventures, I´ve met many inspiring, curious travelers on my road to finding out more about life’s mysteries and I find life to be a very rewarding experience.

I met my soulmate, the father of my children when I was 17. It took a year for him to understand that he was meant for me and I for him, but since then we´ve shared our lives and now we are parents to three amazing young people, Evelina, William and Simone.

I met Korinne in Lanzarote, while I was working as an International model, something I did for twelve years. There was an instant recognition, I knew we were meant to be in each others lives, there was a reason for our meeting and even though our lives has given us different roads to travel, we have kept in touch and now we are setting out on this new adventure together, like we were always meant to do.

I believe in seeing opportunities in life, being aware of the beauty that exists in everything. To me nature is a religion and I speak to the trees and vibrate with mother earth. I believe strongly in natures power of healing our stressed souls and I think that we need to reconnect with the simple pleasures in life to find and regain our balance…

Simple things like eating good and healthy food, together, sitting down with a good book and a nice cup of tea, enjoying the beautiful flowers in the garden, counting all the shades of green you can see when you are out walking in the woods. I believe in speaking softly and in caring for each other, looking for the best in another person and in forgiving, forgive yourself and forgive others…

I believe that what we all need is love, the unconditional love that asks for nothing back, but the simple joy of feeling that giving it can make the world a better place…for all of us…

Oh, and by the way, besides being an International model, traveling the world for 12 successful years, I have also been running my own business “Tofvehult Kafé, Konferens and Boende” , (café, conference and lodging) for  18 rewarding years, receiving prizes for entrepreneurial skills, had numerous articles written about our success story, started a book company with my husband Peter and two friends, given out 6 titles, won international awards for some of them, held seminars on being a woman in business, talked about how it is being a countryside entrepreneur and what that could entail.

I have been part of several different business networks, sat on a number of boards, started a school for children the age of 3-12 years with the profile of outdoor activities and lessons outside in nature, “a greenhouse for growing”.

Last, but not least, I have also studied, all my life I have been a student, through books, (I love to read!!) or by taking actual classes, in business and marketing, languages , yoga and Qigong, pottery, writing courses, reading circles and cooking and more…much more…

My latest studies have been in the “School of Graceful Living”, founded by Agneta Nyholm Winqvist. www.gracefulliving.se . I took both their courses, the Interior Design program and their Leadership course for women. This has given me beautiful friends for life, wisdom and insights, apart from the knowledge in how to design and live a graceful life that I will make use of in my own way… our way… “A way of life-Tofvehult”…

Peter Goransson- Curious Seeker

 

Life is a strange journey filled with exciting moments, difficult misfortunes, tricky challenges and amazing meetings with delightful people. That is what makes it so interesting! I am in what we call ”middle of life” and that feels good to me. When I look back at the first part (50+ years) of my life I can see three qualities that have shaped it, curiosity, creativity and my social skills. One of my first employers used to say “ it doesn’t matter where one puts you, you will always manage” or as our son William once said; “Dad, you say hello to anything that moves…even the trees when it´s windy”. I am inclined to agree.

Curiosity has led me through a number of exciting choices of professions and with that a whole lot of experiences. I have worked in sales, marketing, capital investments and financing but also as a lecturer, moderator, coach and a couple of other things as well. Quite different lines of business that all have one thing in common and which is what I like most- meetings with people. There have been many encounters with people through the years, where every occasion has been unique and filled with surprises. We have so much to learn from each other, even when it feels difficult there is an opportunity to grow or to quote Kay Pollack; “In every meeting with another person there is an opportunity for me to find out something about myself.”  Just as uncomfortable as it is wise!

I guess it is that curiosity about what we can learn about ourselves and others (in that order) which led me to coaching and also to eventually get certified in it. Coaching is a technique that I use to look at myself as I go about life, to help others help themselves and as a simple tool in everyday challenges.  But it is not always easy just because it is simple…

My life partner and wife Lena is my main “sparring partner”, my coach when it comes to questions about the peculiarities of life. It can be as challenging as it is developing! Our three “grown up kids” Evelina, William and Simone are what I am most proud of in my life, they are three strong, wise, kind and insightful individuals who will bring much good into this world, all in their own unique way.

Well, I have to tell you that I have been lecturing for almost 10 years. In my company “Arbetslivsglädje”  I share my thoughts , and the ones of others, on “your personal brand”, “workhappiness” and hosting, but there tend to be other things as well, since it is the participants involvement and the energy in the room that to a certain degree controls the outcome. A result to the fact that my wife Lena used to say to me; “It is more important that you all are having fun and that the energy is good, than it all is perfect.”…she is so wise!

My curiosity in people as well as in the difference between cultures has lured me into traveling and with that, many magical meetings. There are a number of countries, that have made a strong impact on me, but strongest of them all is Japan and the impressions I took from there. Have you too been in a place where you feel you belong? Almost as if you have lived there during a different time? Japan is one of those places to me, a country where their history, culture, food and their mystique made me feel extremely present.

Maybe that feeling is the primary reason why I during fall of 2015 chose to participate in a Vipassana course http://www.dhamma.org.  Vipassana is one of the worlds oldest meditation techniques and means “to see something as it is”. To see things as they are, is a big challenge, but I think there is a very important message in trying to not complicate things, which we often do. Through meditation, even if it is just a short “sitting” for five minutes, I can find peace and become more present.

I am not only 50+, I am also a man and in that lies a lot of challenges and on occasion, we “strong men”, feel inadequate, but we do hide it so well!? It is hard to admit and to talk about, but that is how it is. This is only one of the areas where I am convinced that we need to find more ways to be able to “ventilate”. Another area is how to find joy in working, “arbetsglädje”, and motivation in workplaces, and I know there are a lot of places where this kind of work needs to happen. I hope that I in one way or another can contribute!

Our Inspirations and more

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Here you can find some links to sources of our inspiration, motivation and confirmation…..

  • BOOKS – Dan Millman-Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Antoine de Saint-Exupery-Little Prince, Miguel Ruiz-Four Agreements, Mark Nepo- The book of Awakening, Elisabeth Gilbert-Big Magic & The Signature of all Things , Marshall Rosenberg- Non violent communication, Brandon Bays-The Journey, Eckhart Tolle-A new Earth, Mary Magdalene line Trilogy by Kathleen McGowan, Satan-an autobiography by Yehuda Berg …
  • WISE DUDES & DUDETTES – Osho , Eckhart Tolle, Buddha, Jeff Foster, Oprah, Rumi….
  • PEOPLE – (To check out on FACEBOOK) Alain de Botton, Prince Ea, Elisabeth Gilbert, Jeff foster
  • WEBSITES – School of Graceful Living http://www.gracefulliving.se , Vipassana Meditation http://www.dhamma.org
  • MOVIES- Karate Kid, Pay it forward – Director Mimi Leder, Peaceful warrior -Director Victor Salva, Inside Out-Director Pete Doctor, I am – Director Tom Shadyac, Forrest Gump-Director Robert Zemeckis, The Green Beautiful – Coline Serreau….

 

 

 

History

Retreats

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                           “ A  Spiritual Sanctuary where people can come home to themselves… ”

 

Our Retreats are built securely on the foundation of  our essence.

They are designed to inspire you and start re-balancing your own ways, rippling from the most minuscule details to universal shifts.

We share and lead by example and our hands-on approach allows you to taste the fruits of mindful Awareness in daily life and to bring the seeds home to continue your harvest of new found inspiration.

Our Retreat concepts range from basic Inspiration and Recharging, to deep and continuous Inner Work.

Look at what is going on in our calendar to see when the most suited concepts are featured, for your needs and desires at this moment.

 

Please use the scroll arrows to the right,  to find out if this is for you… and to read about our Essence  … and the five retreat modalities we offer…    >>>>>>

Our Essence

All our actions come from a place of Love.

We speak softly and with love and listen to each other.

We respect ourselves and others and commit to be honest and straight.

We aspire to refrain from gossip or speaking negatively about ourselves and others.

We love nature and animals, and look after them as best we can.

We strive to live sustainable, grow delicious organic vegetables, fruit and berries & support local and seasonal produce as best we can.

We buy and serve organic and Fair-trade products when available and use bio degradable materials as much as we can.

We preserve our well-water and use as little as possible.

We re-purpose materials as much as possible and recycle our used glass, metal, paper and plastic with your help.

We strive to leave every place better then we found it, therefore we clean up after ourselves.

We never litter in nature and respect the Swedish Allemans rätten (The right to roam).

We don’t wear shoes inside and when we can, we love to walk barefoot because we know our feet and toes love some freedom once in a while 😉

And….we have tons and tons of FUN!!!

 

 

 

Is this for me?

Do any of the following ponderings resonate with you?

How can I improve the quality of my life?

How can I relax and stop worrying?

How can I recognize habits that hold me back from a fulfilled life?

How can I detox from the digital world I am in?

How can I let go of the past, and stop it from influencing my present and future?

How can I choose what is best for myself without feeling selfish?

How can I become the best version of myself?

How can I get to truly know and understand myself?

How can I become more compassionate towards myself and others?

How can I learn to improve my physical, emotional, spiritual and social health?

If so then maybe A way of Life Tofvehult  is where you can come and start finding some answers. Allow the serene setting of Our Place , embraced by the magical forest of South Sweden and the peaceful energy of the ancient lakes and streams , to serve as a safe and nurturing womb, while we inspire you towards a path of recovery, discovery and reconnecting with self.

 

 

 

PEACEFUL DAYS

If you and your partner are ready to give yourselves the priceless gift of a few days of uninterrupted pampering and relaxation, then Lena,

Peter and Korinne at Tofvehult, A way of Life  invite you to come and spend those wonderful days here in our beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

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As you step through the gates into the fairy tale setting of Tofvehult, stroll under the ancient fruit trees, and inhale the sweet aroma of Roses and wildflowers,

you will know you have arrived at the ultimate setting for anyone who longs to wind down and immerse themselves into the precious gift of nature,

graceful accommodations and delicious home cooked meals.   You will be greeted by a steaming pot of fresh mint tea from the garden, or if you prefer,

handed a glass of deep red wine while you sink into one of the comfy chairs in the salon.

          ahh the delights of a little peace and quiet…

 

Tofvehult, a Way of Life is the PERFECT place to spend 1 or 2 nights to treat yourself to long, leisurely walks, and lazy afternoons in the hammocks swaying between the pines.

You will have free use of our spacious Yoga and Meditation room, and after a recharging activity like an invigorating dip in the lake, comfortably relax with a good book in the

lounge or enjoy the tranquility of your fully equipped and lovingly decorated private cottages overlooking lake Ålsjön.

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… imagine the blessing of leaving the stress of life behind for a few days,

                                 and to deeply relax and fully recharge…

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Dreaming of turning off the digital demands … even if it’s just for a few days ..?

…we are happy to take care of everything so that you can totally concentrate on yourself for a change.. and let the lake’s ever changing reflections echo into your mind

and smooth the worries and tension of your day-to-day life…

Having trouble finding time for yourself and your partner..?

…no worries,  a little break from Wi-Fi and some quality time together spend in our magical forest guaranties a great connection … 😉

Can’t seem to relax or get a good night sleep ..?

… allow natures tranquility, pure fresh air and our super comfortable beds, instantly turn that around for you …

 

   …so why should you come and hang out with us …?

 

Simple, this is the PERFECT environment to get that much needed personal time for you and your partner of best friend.

There is no need to wait, we are here to take care of you and share our magical bubble of peace to invigorate your energy and bring back that bounce in your step and the glow on your cheeks.

Plus you will create unforgettable memories of romantic sunsets over the lake and maybe even surprise visits by the deer and moose that roam the forest

 

      yes  sign me up!  lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

The Venue

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Tofvehult is a former leather tannery with an intriguing history dating back all the way to the eighteen hundreds, including Lena’s birth family since the late 19th century,

while the Peter and Lena Göransson family added their mark since 1997 with the award winning Tofvehult Café, and by adding 4 lovely cottages overlooking the lake.

Situated between two lakes in the mighty Småland forest, it is a true Nordic Paradise with an abundance of wild life and serene nature.
The cuisine

Since this weekend is all about pampering you with the best that life has to offer, it is only fitting, that all the mouthwatering dishes are created by our own chef Lena Göransson.

Her talent and the personal touch of love she infuses into all that she does, has been attracting people from all over Sweden for almost two decades to her (did I mention… award winning?) café.

Her homemade pastries, jams ( most of them featured in her again award-winning cookbooks) and let’s not forget all the scrumptious dinner creations,

served in the cozy candlelit dining room ( or “al fresco” under the ancient pear trees, if the weather permits) will delight your senses on all levels.

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   “…the feeling of going out in the garden on a dewy morning and filling up a basket with ripe apples or gathering bundles of fresh herbs from the

                                   kitchen garden is hard to beat.   For me preparing delicious meals and baking with fruits from our trees is the art of

                                                                              bringing joy to share with those dear and near…” Lena Goransson

 

           … ahh all those beautiful benefits…

 

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If all that is not tempting enough let me sum up the precious gems that are free for you to enjoy and have been scientifically proven to be great benefits to your overall health  …

Waking up to birdsong and the breeze through the high pines, will contribute to the benefits of long sleeping, and result in improved memory,

reduced risk of heart attack as Harvard University studies suggest..

Spending leisurely vacation days following your every whim, and leaving the worries to the Team at Tofvehult… has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, and improve your creativity..

Practice the ancient Art of forest bathing called SHINRIN-YOKU which creates measured relief of stress hormones and improves your overall health and so much more..

Indulging yourself in this amazing gift of self-love will allow it to to boost your energy and reset your incredible the inner strength..

 

 … yes I am ready to give myself this wonderful gift!!

                    sign me up  🙂      lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

About Sweden …

What can I say … we LOVE Sweden … it’s a beautiful country, a true Nordic Paradise with a vast history and awe inspiring nature with rolling hills covered with moss,

ancient glacier formations and deep dark lakes …

The people are kind and hospitable, and they know how to relax and enjoy life and good company …

they even have a word for it …”FIKA”  the magical combo of a hot beverage, a fresh pastry and a great conversation with a friend …    English is spoken by most Swedes

and everyone is happy to tell you about their proud legacy in  music  like   ABBA & ACE OF BASE,  or film  … we all remember GRETA GARBO, INGMAR BERGMAN

and what about JOEL KINNAMAN, authors (STIEG LARSON /THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO& ASTRID LINDGREN/PIPPI LONGSTOCKING) ,

brands (H&M, IKEA & VOLVO) and much much more …

Suffice to say that Sweden makes you dream of old movies and ancient fairy tales, bringing magic to our lives…

 

What is included:

During your Peaceful Days Retreat, you will be staying in one of the rustic cottages overlooking lake Toven and Ålsjön. All accommodations, including the main building,

are lovingly decorated according to the principles of the “School of Graceful Living” to create harmonious and healing environments.

The cottages are uniquely furnished, but all feature a double bed, private kitchenette, bathroom with shower and a private veranda.

Included in your stay ( each day) are a  lovingly prepared Gourmet Dinner served in the dining room , a lavish Breakfast Basket (delivered at your cottage at the time of your choice)

all  prepared with love and a much deserved dedication to offer you the most memorable time imaginable.

Our menu’s primary focus is on vegetarian, with elements of fish, shellfish and game, sometimes even locally produced meat.

We serve seasonal, organic and/or locally produced meals a much as possible.

Also available to you is a Canoe and or row boat trip on lake

A Fishing license  (bring your own fishing equipment )

and Bicycles

To check availability and make a reservation please contact Lena at  lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

What is not included

A scrumptious lunch if so desired.

The option to sit down for a one-on-one Life Reflection Session with Lena Goransson to deepen your personal understanding of what matters most in your life and how to achieve it.

(See more in her personal bio) – or a Life Coaching session with Peter Goransson to strengthen your leadership abilities and reaching your fullest potential. (More in his personal bio)

-0r enjoy an inspirational Life Session with Korinne May to awaken your courageous spirit to venture unknown territories inside and out. See personal bio. (Only in English or Dutch)

Transportation from your home to Tofvehult, A Way of Life in Sweden.

Any alcohol you order after our welcoming toast for you and your partner.

Any gifts or  books available in books in our shop.

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How to get here

The beautiful seaport of Västervik is the nearest town, and is conveniently reached by bus and or train.

There are several roads to choose to get to us, but we recommend that you take E22 to Gunnebo, 25 kilometers south of Västervik and drive further south towards Västrum for 9 km

until you reach a sign on your right pointing you to our place 2km down the gravel road. GPS coordinates: Latitude: 57,6435  Longitude:16,5655

For those guests arriving by plane: Linkoping airport is approximately 1,5 hours away by car, Stockholm 3 hrs and Gothenburg 4 hours. From there you will be able to rent a car.

 

To check availability and make a reservation please contact Lena at  lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

FINAL DATE FOR BOOKINGS IS TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT

Upon receiving your reservation, an invoice will be sent to you by email for the total amount of the Retreat including the lodging and full pension, to be paid upon receipt to guaranty your place.

This price includes a non-refundable registration fee of 600: – per person.

In case of cancellation, 30 days prior to the Retreat date, the full amount, minus the 600:- registration fee will be refunded promptly. Cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival will not be refunded.

 

We are looking forward to welcome you at any of our retreats!

 

Korinne , Lena and Peter

            … a few Peaceful days to bring you a Lifetime of memories …

Contact us to learn more >>

 

SILENT RETREAT FOR WOMEN

If you have been longing to reflect and re-calibrate your personal energy, and understand the infinite value of time spend in solitude and silence,

then Tofvehult, a Way of Life is the ultimate retreat setting for you.

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In my experience, submerging yourself in silence is the best way to find your Inner Voice… so if you are looking for long lost answers or to find direction to move forward in life,

then these moments spend in the tranquility of Tofvehult will be priceless …

When you feel the ancient energy of the forest wrap around you like a comforting blanket, you know you have come to the right place to find the safety and support

needed to venture into the inner realm.

 …ahh the blessing of  switching “TO DO” into “TO BE’ …

 

Tofvehult, a Way of Life is the ideal place to spend these 2 nights to treat yourself to long, mindful walks at your own personal pace,

and contemplating afternoons in the hammocks swaying between the pines.  Allow the silence to reconnect you with yourself through meditation,

quiet walks in the fresh air, gentle exercise and loving self-reflection.

Our signature Silent Female Retreat is a wonderful opportunity for women of all ages to recharge with a focus on mindfulness.

A Way of Life, Tofvehult invites you to come and experience our beautiful healing environment,

treat yourself to delicious and lovingly cooked food in a peaceful setting with a crackling fire at your feet, and come home to yourself…

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 … imagine the stress of day to day life just washing away into the  lake,

     making room for inspiration and creative energy …

 

Longing to find some peace and quiet to listen to your inner voice?

… Lena and I are dedicated to take care of everything so that you can totally concentrate on yourself and let the silence do its magic …

Having trouble finding quality time for yourself ..?

…no worries,  a little break from Wi-Fi  spend in our magical forest, guaranties a great connection to your inner world … 😉

Do a few days without distractions and obligations sound like heaven to you ..?

…  then allow the safety of a group of like minded women and the tranquility of Tofvehult be the perfect setting for you …

 

  …so why should you come and hang out with us …?

 

Simply because this is the ideal environment to get that much needed quiet time and solitude!

There is no need to wait, we are here to take care of you and share our magical bubble of peace to support you on your Inner Journey and recharging of self.

And on top of that you will create unforgettable memories of magical sunsets over the lake and cozy evenings around the fire circle in the company of love and respect …

 

      yes  sign me up!  lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

The Venue

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 Tofvehult is a former leather tannery with an intriguing history dating back all the way to the eighteen hundreds,

including Lena’s birth family since the late 19th century, while the Peter and Lena Göransson family added their mark since 1997 with the award winning Tofvehult Café,

and by adding 4 lovely cottages overlooking the lake.
Situated between two lakes in the mighty Småland forest, it is a true Nordic Paradise with an abundance of wild life and serene nature.

The cuisine

Since this weekend is all about supporting you to find you, it is only fitting, that all the mouthwatering dishes are created by our own chef Lena Göransson.

Her talent and the personal touch of love she infuses into all that she does, has been attracting people from all over Sweden for almost two decades to her (did I mention… award winning?) café.

Her homemade pastries, jams ( most of them featured in her again award-winning cookbooks) and let’s not forget all the scrumptious dinner creations,

served in the cozy candlelit dining room ( or “al fresco” under the ancient pear trees, if the weather permits) will delight your senses on all levels.

 

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“…the feeling of going out in the garden on a dewy morning and filling up a basket with ripe apples or

                        gathering bundles of fresh herbs from the    kitchen garden is hard to beat.  

                                   For me preparing delicious meals and baking with fruits from our trees is the art of

                                           bringing joy to share with those dear and near…” Lena Goransson

 

           … ahh the delicious delights …

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If all that is not tempting enough let me sum up the precious gems that are free for you to enjoy and have been scientifically proven to be great benefits to your overall health  …

The Amazing Benefits of Silence and Solitude according to psychologytoday

1. Relax and Slow Yourself Down
This is one of the most important benefits of silence and solitude. Nowadays relaxation is something we need more and more every day.Life is full of stress and silence is one possibility to find some relaxation. Silence and solitude provide everything you need to slow your body down. Instead of finding some expensive therapies to calm yourself down, enjoy the same benefits by sitting in silence.

2. Overcome Difficult Challenges
When facing a difficult challenge it is wise to spend some time in silence and solitude. By spending time in silence, you clear your mind from distracting thoughts and focus the mind power on solving the challenge ahead. By removing distractions, you enhance inspiration. By focusing your mind, you boost creativity.

3. Find Yourself Through Silence
The benefits of silence go far beyond relaxation or overcoming difficult challenges. When feeling empty inside, enjoy some moments of silence and solitude. Silence helps you to do some soul searching and offers a great opportunity to find the undiscovered strengths of your mind.

4. Recharge and Refresh Your Mind
Stressed environment and outside noise burden your mind and body. To be able to go on at full speed, you need to recharge and refresh your senses. The best way to recharge and refresh your mind is to sit a few minutes in silence and solitude and let your mind rest.

5. Quiet the Noise Within Yourself
It´s not just a outside noise that is causing the stress. It´s also the noise within yourself. Enjoying some silence and solitude to quiet your mind. Let go of all the issues that are bothering you. Empty your mind and enjoy the benefits of silence.

 

                     … yes I am ready to give myself this wonderful gift!!

                                                 sign me up  🙂      lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

About Sweden …

What can I say … we LOVE Sweden … it’s a beautiful country, a true Nordic Paradise with a vast history and awe inspiring nature with rolling hills covered with moss,

ancient glacier formations and deep dark lakes …

The people are kind and hospitable, and they know how to relax and enjoy life and good company …

they even have a word for it …”FIKA”  the magical combo of a hot beverage, a fresh pastry and a great conversation with a friend …    English is spoken by most Swedes

and everyone is happy to tell you about their proud legacy in  music  like   ABBA & ACE OF BASE,  or film  … we all remember GRETA GARBO, INGMAR BERGMAN

and what about JOEL KINNAMAN, authors (STIEG LARSON /THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO& ASTRID LINDGREN/PIPPI LONGSTOCKING) ,

brands (H&M, IKEA & VOLVO) and much much more …

Suffice to say that Sweden makes you dream of old movies and ancient fairy tales, bringing magic to our lives…

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What is included:

During your Silent Retreat for Women, you will be staying in one of the rustic cottages overlooking lake Toven and Ålsjön. All accommodations, including the main building,

are lovingly decorated according to the principles of the “School of Graceful Living” to create harmonious and healing environments.

The cottages are uniquely furnished, but all feature a double bed, private kitchenette, bathroom with shower and a private veranda.

Included in your stay ( each day) are a  lovingly prepared Gourmet Dinner served in the dining room , a lavish Breakfast Basket (delivered at your cottage at the time of your choice)

all  prepared with love and a much deserved dedication to offer you the most memorable time imaginable.

Our menu’s primary focus is on vegetarian, with elements of fish, shellfish and game, sometimes even locally produced meat.

We serve seasonal, organic and/or locally produced meals a much as possible.

Also available to you is a Canoe and or row boat trip on lake

A Fishing license  (bring your own fishing equipment )

and Bicycles

 

To check availability and make a reservation please contact Lena at  lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

What is not included

The option to sit down for a one-on-one Life Reflection Session with Lena Goransson to deepen your personal understanding of what matters most in your life and how to achieve it.

(See more in her personal bio) – or a Life Coaching session with Peter Goransson to strengthen your leadership abilities and reaching your fullest potential. (More in his personal bio)

-0r enjoy an inspirational Life Session with Korinne May to awaken your courageous spirit to venture unknown territories inside and out. See personal bio. (Only in English or Dutch)

Transportation from your home to Tofvehult, A Way of Life in Sweden.

Any alcohol you order .

Any gifts or  books available in books in our shop.

 

How to get here

The beautiful seaport of Västervik is the nearest town, and is conveniently reached by bus and or train.

There are several roads to choose to get to us, but we recommend that you take E22 to Gunnebo, 25 kilometers south of Västervik and drive further south towards Västrum for 9 km

until you reach a sign on your right pointing you to our place 2km down the gravel road. GPS coordinates: Latitude: 57,6435  Longitude:16,5655

For those guests arriving by plane: Linkoping airport is approximately 1,5 hours away by car, Stockholm 3 hrs and Gothenburg 4 hours. From there you will be able to rent a car.

 

To check availability and make a reservation please contact Lena at  lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

 

FINAL DATE FOR BOOKINGS IS TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT

Upon receiving your reservation, an invoice will be sent to you by email for the total amount of the Retreat including the lodging and full pension,

to be paid upon receipt to guaranty your place.

This price includes a non-refundable registration fee of 600: – per person.

In case of cancellation, 30 days prior to the Retreat date, the full amount, minus the 600:- registration fee will be refunded promptly.

Cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival will not be refunded.

 

We are looking forward to welcome you at any of our retreats!

 

Korinne , Lena and Peter

            … allow some precious moments of silence and solitude to deepen

                                the connection with the wisdom of your inner voice…

Contact us to learn more >>

 

 

 

Awareness Intention Retreat

RECOVER-DISCOVER-RESET

The third of our retreat modalities is the AWARENESS INTENTION SERIES where a deeper Inner Awareness is explored through a series of guided weekend retreats based on the concept of Inner World Guardianship guided by Korinne May.

This retreat is only in available in English or Dutch, see calendar for more information.

For those who walk the path to a greater Awareness, Korinne May  invites you become inspired to map out your Inner World. Be an explorer of this unseen Universe, and go on a guided journey within to reclaim your personal guardianship and recover, discover and reset your inner most secret self.

In addition to our standard retreat schedule with its balanced routine of Outer and Inner work, the workshops, seminars and share circles are all focused on Awareness and the Inner World Guardianship work.

Within the safe embrace of our comfortable home away from home, lake shore cottages and spacious rooms in the main house, feel our loving support for your physical, spiritual and emotional well-being resonating throughout the Center and its magical surroundings.

The phone and Wi-Fi free time allow for full attention to self, while our tranquil forest meditation walks are guided to inspire Inner Awareness.

While the daily gentle yoga routine complements the workshop, seminar and share circle, feel held in serenity by the ancient walls of the main house built in 1800.

Nature inspired Ritual Awareness Meditations will gently support you to shine your light into the darkest corners of your Inner World.

Between the reeds of the lake shore, the impressive Ballroom Boulders, a flat rock formation created during the Ice-age vibrates the immense power of Mother Earth and our fire circle and lake rituals echo the elements of life to inspire you to courageously venture into the unknown territories of self.

This full circle Recover-Discover and Reset experience is catered by our simple but delicious and nutritious home cooked cuisine where we use organic, local grown and seasonal products, inspired by the Graceful Living principles.

Return home after this precious time of your very unique recovery and discovery and resetting of self, and feel your inner awareness and purpose strengthened and expanded.

THE WEEKEND RETREAT INCLUDES (Friday 5 pm-Sunday 5 pm, all inclusive @ 3990 sek)

  • Gentle yoga stretching-our way 🙂
  • Nature inspired Awareness Meditations.
  • Ritual Awareness Meditations.
  • Workshops to inspire Inner Awareness.
  • Seminar by our host Korinne May on the Inner World Guardianship principles.
  • Circle group to promote inspiration by sharing our individual experiences.
  • A welcome tea & fruit Fika on Friday.
  • Light nutritious dinner with homemade soup, salad and bread both evenings.
  • Buffet breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Generous lunch prepared with local, organic and seasonal products both days
  • Throughout coffee, tea, water and fruit available.
  • With advance notice, any special dietary requests can be honored.

OPTIONS AT ADDITIONAL COST

A one-on-one -Life Reflection Session- with Lena Goransson to deepen your personal understanding of what matters most in your life and how to achieve it. See personal bio.

A one-on-one -Life Coaching Session- with Peter Goransson to strengthen your leadership abilities inspiring you to reach your fullest potential.  See personal bio.

A one-on-one -Inspirational Life Session- with Korinne May to awaken and inspire your courageous spirit to venture unknown territories inside and out, and INNER WORLD GUARDIANSHIP WORK . See personal bio. ( Only in English or Dutch)

All sessions are based on a 700 sek p/hour rate.

Contact us to learn more »

Mystery Retreat

Details to be revealed at a later time 🙂

Travel Retreat

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Meetings

A Way Of Life Tofvehult offers a unique back-drop for a diversity of functions.

The main building, sheltered for over 200 years by ancient trees, and surrounded by lakes dating back to the Ice Age, centers a peaceful and unexpected oasis, away from the chaos and the daily demands of our lives.

From March through October we are open for conferences or other functions. Please contact us for more information »

During that time, our three beautifully appointed small family cottages, our large family cottage and our large and luxurious two bedroom apartment are all available for vacation rental. For more info, pricing, availability and reservations, CHECK US OUT ON BOOKING.COM


Please use the scroll arrows to the right for more information about our Conferences …the Creative Consulting Team…the Lectures and Workshops…the Think Tank team… and the One-on-Ones >>>>>

 

Conferences

 

Our spacious conference room hosts up to 20 people comfortably. Packages can, at your convenience, include lodging in any of our accommodations, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon Fika, dinner and drinks for any number of days. Please contact Lena to discuss your own specific requirements.

We only cater to one group at a time, to ensure your peace and quiet and our full attention to all your needs.

We offer the option to sit at a long table all together, or to create smaller individual groups. You can even request a floor circle sitting if you dare 😉

In addition you can make use of the dining areas and weather permitting, our beautiful garden  provides ample options for alfresco seating. And a refreshing walk or relaxing mediation along the lake shore can all be part of the experience

If you wonder if our place is for you, for any event, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.

Our kitchen uses local, fair-trade and Eco-friendly products and by request we cater to Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free and or Lactose intolerant clientele. Feel free to talk to Lena about any other options.

Creative Consulting Team

We offer consulting based on our way of “Living a Graceful Life”,  and the decades of creative Experience of Lena and Korinne.

Whether you are starting up your own business and need inspiration and hands on advice, or are stuck in your attempts to create a home for yourself,  Award winning entrepreneur Lena Goransson and Upcyclist and Mood Magician Korinne May will be able to guide you to your own personal look and feel.

Please contact us for availability and pricing pertaining your specific project

Lectures & Workshops

‘ARBETSLIVGLADJE”  by Peter Goransson offers lectures for groups or companies on the subjects of

‘your personal brand”, “work happiness” and “how to be a good host/hostess in business and in your own life”

Peter also offers workshops on the same subjects and leads circle meetings for “strong” men to share their stories.

For more information and pricing please get in touch.

Think Tank Team

Work with the dynamic team of Peter, Korinne and Lena to bounce off your ideas on a new project, life dream or your current business.

One-on-Ones

Peter Goransson, Lena Goransson and Korinne May are available for One-on-One sessions,pertaining their personal fields of expertise.

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Find the Way to a Graceful Life – Love as the main ingredient – Entrepreneurial Inspiration

PETER GORANSSON »

Team Dynamics – Electricity and life – Choosing Love over Fear

KORINNE MAY »

Finding your True Self – Become the Guardian of your Inner World – Spiritual Nomad – Find your Truth one step at a time – Navigate the Way to your personal Top of the World

 

All sessions are based on a 700 sek p/hour rate.

Please contact us for more information and availability

Ongoing

 

Besides our own signature Retreats, Seminars, Workshops , we also host Third Party Events, all covering a wide range of inspiring subjects.

Individual One-on-One  consultations are available by each member of our team  see  info page.

Lena & Korinne are also consulting on the subject of Interior Design.  By applying the principles of our Essence,  in combination with the elements of the School of Graceful Living, our Place in Tofvehult becomes a living illustration to our values and style.

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

Please use the scroll arrows to the right for more information about Day Doings…Evening Events…Pay it Forward…and Special Offers… >>>>  and go to our event calendar for dates and specifics.

Day Doings

We aspire to share with you the many layers of Our Way of Life. Check out our calendar to see if any of the scheduled events are appealing to your sense of fun, need for growth or desire to relax into peace and harmony.

SEMINARS

WORKSHOPS

WALKS

GATHERINGS

CLASSES

SESSIONS

Evening Events

Check out our calendar to see if any of the scheduled evening events appeal to your sense of adventure, need for connection or desire to relax into peace and harmony.

FIRE CIRCLES

NIGHT WALKS

RITUAL GATHERINGS

SHARING CIRCLES

GUIDED DANCE

Pay It Forward

An element of our A Way Of Life Essence is our PAY IT FORWARD program.

Please feel free to contact us for more info on any of the following opportunities

 

VOLUNTEERING &  VOLUNTOURISM

INTERNSHIPS

PAY GRADE BASED TUITION FOR OUR RETREATS

TRADE YOUR TIME FOR A SPOT IN ONE OF OUR RETREATS

Please contact us to know more »

 

 

 

 

Special Offers

Here we will keep you updated on our Special Offers as soon as they become available 🙂

Please contact us to know more »

Vacations

From early Spring to late Fall, Our Place welcomes you with open arms to spend your vacation, getaway weekend or personal Digital Sabbath, in one of our three  family cottages HAPPINESS, JOY  & LONGING comfortably sleeping two adults and two children, or the larger family cottage FREEDOM, sleeping 6 adults comfortably.

In addition we have a luxurious two bedroom apartment located in the main building available, sleeping 4 adults and two children. Scroll to the right for pictures 🙂

For more info, pricing, availability and reservations, CHECK US OUT ON BOOKING.COM

 

Please use the scroll arrows to the right for more information about the Small Family Cottages…The Large Family Cottage … The Apartment ..  and our new projects  … and the guestbook


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Small family Cottages

 

Wake up with the happy birdsong in the pines surrounding our three small-family cottages HAPPINESS, JOY and LONGING,  just footsteps away from Lake Toven and Alsjon,

Each cottage has been lovingly decorated as a home away from home with comfort and tranquility in mind, and is fully equipped with own kitchenette, bathroom with shower. The cottages sleep two adults and two children comfortably, and are featured with a private covered patio and BBQ equipment. HAPPINESS is handicapped adjusted. All our accommodations are smoke free. We do not allow pets. (With some exceptions, please contact Lena for specifics) Free WiFi is available in the main house.

For more info, pricing, availability and reservations,  CHECK US OUT ON BOOKING.COM

Large family cottage

 

Perched on the top of the hill, footsteps away from Lake Toven, FREEDOM is our largest cottage with a separate bedroom, two spacious lofts and a comfortable two person sofa bed, sleeping 6 total.

Lovingly decorated as a home away from home with comfort and tranquility in mind, it is fully equipped with its own kitchenette, bathroom with shower.

FREEDOM features a covered patio, a deck, an outdoor dining area with a table for 6, and BBQ equipment. All our cottages are smoke free. Free WiFi is available in the main house.

We do not allow pets. (With some exceptions, please contact Lena for the specifics)

For more info, pricing, availability and reservations, CHECK US OUT ON BOOKING.COM


Apartment

 

The impressive main house with its 3 foot deep solid walls and antique Swedish chimneys, built in 1865 accommodates a luxurious two bedroom apartment sleeping four adults and two children.  A private entrance, bathroom, dining room and gourmet kitchen are included. Enjoy your breakfast on the private balcony and watch the sun rise over stunning Lake Toven.

The Barbecue for the apartment guests is at the Pavilion in the lush flower garden surrounding the house.

Free Wi-Fi is available. All our accommodations are smoke free. We do not allow pets, with some exceptions (Please contact Lena for specifics)
For more info, pricing, availability and reservations, CHECK US OUT ON BOOKING.COM


Shelter Rooms

 

On our near-future dream list is the conversion of our intriguing Shelter-rooms into a unique space to stay in solitude and reflection. The river passing by right outside your room, the early morning birds and the seclusion under the arched ceiling, chiseled out of the local granite centuries ago will guaranty a prime setting your personal digital detox. We will keep you posted on our progress in realizing this dream 🙂

Our guestbook

Just a tiny excerpt from our delightful guest books ….

What we hear most often from our guests  is…  “….we wish we had booked a longer stay … ”    so just keep that in mind 😉

 

Calendar 2017

 

Welcome!

Check out our Retreats scheduled for 2017 … more information and fun events are on their way 😊

Please contact us for any info, reservations and or bookings, regarding the Events.

 

 

 

 

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Seasons in Tofvehult

All the images used in the website are taken in and around Tofvehult by Lena, Peter and Korinne

 

Our habitat

All the images used in the website are taken in and around Tofvehult by Lena, Peter and Korinne

 

Our animals

All the images used in the website are taken in and around Tofvehult by Lena, Peter and Korinne

Our walks

All the images used in the website are taken in and around Tofvehult by Lena, Peter and Korinne

Our activities

All the images used in the website are taken in and around Tofvehult by Lena, Peter and Korinne

Contact

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A Way of Life Tofvehult

Tovehult 3, 593 74 Gunnebo, Sweden

WEB                                    www.awayoflife.se

EMAIL                                 lenaitofvehult@gmail.com

INSTAGRAM                       @awayoflifetofvehult & @tofvehultawayoflife

Lena Göransson                +46 (0)70 292 63 51

Korinne May                      +46 (0)76 840 79 84 only English or Dutch

Peter Göransson                peter@tofvehult.se

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Directions

How to find us?
There are several roads to take to get to us, but we recommend that you take E22 to Gunnebo, 25 kilometers south of Västervik and drive further south towards Västrum for 9 km until you reach a sign on your right pointing you to our place 2km down the gravel road. GPS coordinates: Latitude: 57,6435  Longitude:16,5655

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Booking Info

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