July 2019
News from Norway

Dear lovers of the wilds, fellows, friends!

Faint bird calls sound from the stealth of cool thickets, replacing their spring songs. Orange dots of ripe cloudberries contrast with the bright green carpet of the marshlands, and the summer breeze is whispering continously in the trees. Right off the middle of summer here comes an overview of the dates 2020. And a participant reports whether we actually saw bears at the BROTHER BEAR Camp.

The current topics:

Wilderness - Tours and Courses in Norway (picture)

Fixed Dates 2020

My 2020 program will be more comprehensive than any one before, including several new offers. I’m glad to present these dates already now, so you can make your plans calmly. Here’s an overview of both the new and the proven.

Next year you can choose between twelve tour and course dates. Especially thanks to new cooperations I can offer you so many different things. The dates are already fixed. And to top it off, there might be new projects added which I’m still working on. Details will be available shortly. For now, here’s the current state:

A brown bear's winter den in Sweden (picture)

Bear Encounter?

In June, a group met at the BROTHER BEAR Forest Camp in Orsa, Sweden, right in the heart of the Scandinavian brown bear habitat. One week we lived in the camp in immediate vicinity of a bear den. A participant reports how she experienced the events.

” In his inimitable way, Gunther gave us insights on the bears from a scientific perspective right at the beginning of the week. He works as a researcher at the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. Andrea, who also does research there, let us participate in the spring investigations of the bear dens. The two gave us sound knowledge that made it easy for us to go deeper later on. Because then we headed out to camp near the bear den, which Sællga and her cubs had left shortly before. The more time we spent there, the more tracks we found. And the more we discovered, the more lively this place became. Inconspicuous traces turned into stories. Stories of Sællga and the cubs, of blueberries, ants, mooses, pine trees and the vast forest land.

People who had differing interests in the beginning, formed an intimate group in the course of the week in camp. And as a group we discovered more and more questions. With Thoralf’s appreciative facilitation through many processes, we literally felt how we got more and more familiar with the bears. Some of us could even discover the bear within themselves. The bright nights intensified this experience, making me feel like in a timeless and completely different world.

‘Did you see a bear?’ I’ve been asked a lot since coming back from BROTHER BEAR. With relief, I can answer this question with a plain no. I’m not relieved because I might have been scared. But as deeply connected as we were with the bears during this week, we could almost feel, how much an encounter would have affected the bears.

I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of the group for this experience. Especially Thoralf, who made this experience possible. Then Gunther and Andrea, who shared some of their valuable time with us and who practically opened the gateway to the world of bears for us. And of course Sællga, with whom we allowed ourselves to share a place – even if it was not the same time. “

And many thanks to the author of these wonderful lines!

More info:

BROTHER BEAR Forest Camp : Sweden - Tracking, Animal Imitation, Wildlife Biology (picture)

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I wish you a wonderful summer full of nature connection! All the best!

Kind regards from Norway

Thoralf

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