The Stockholm project. 11 nature and culture reserves, 22 walks, 65 identified calm places with diverse natural attributes. From wide lake views to deep forest to open cultural landscapes. More than one million people in the city of Stockholm and suburban cities can access these walks directly from their homes/workplace or after a short commute by bike, metro, bus or car.
The project was launch to the public in the spring 2016, including 11 small brochures, webbinfo, appinfo, signposts and maps at entrances.
Update 2018: During the fall of 2017, all signage on the 65 peaceful sites has been completed and two new areas have been evaluated. Rågsveds friområde and Hagsätraskogen (also known as Östra Ävsjöskogen).
Things we want to highlight in the Stockholm project!
The 11 small brochures will show the way to two walks and 5-7 calm places in each reserve. Both printed and webmaterial will also show how to expand the experience in nature.
The walks will be branded based on accessibility, we use the same idea as for branding of skislopes: green = easy (flat wide trails), blue = intermediate (roots, stones) and red = tuffer (elevation, rough).
Noise maps. With inspiration from the Norwegian mapping of calm areas in Oslo we included noise map for each nature reserve. These maps will give a overview of all the areas. You can directly see which nature reserves have the most and least noise disturbance from traffic. And you also see how the different parts of each reserve are affected.
If you want a closer look go to our Virtual Walks page, two of the Stockholm walks are included. Contact us if you want more information about the Stockholm project.
Ulf Bohman: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +46-730-46 13 77, Project manager City of Stockholm, Anna Edström: email@example.com, +46-8-508 28 760.
Talks/seminars, hikes and retreats. We offer lectures and short walks in Stockholm and Åre, as well as longer walks/hikes and retreats in Åre.
Talks/seminars. A short 20-minute talk about the need for silence at a conference or a 40-minute seminar on how to find your own quiet places and adress the need to just be or ... We tailor a setup that suits your group.
Hikes. A silent walk or sound walk does not only include the aspect of outer silence but also the ability to perceive sounds and engage our senses as we move in nature. We offer everything from 1.5 hour walks to full day hikes.
Retreats. 3 days in Årefjällen during spring, summer or autumn. We disconnect from our everyday world and connect with nature and the present moment. During our retreats many but not all of the walks and activities take place in silence.
Contact us or follow us on facebook/twitter to see examples of what we've done before and get suggestions on lectures, hikes and retreats.
The Guide to Silence book. A book that shows the way to inner stillness, silence and presence. A guide whose pictures and short texts aim to inspire you to find your own calm places in nature. The book is almost complete an it starts with these lines:
"We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. This house, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense”, Dag Hammarskjöld 1957.
Hammarskjöld, the Swedish UN Secretary General wrote this as an introduction for the visitors of the reopened meditation room in the UN-building. Hammarskjöld was also known as an outdoorsman and avid hiker in the Swedish mountains. He had a deep appreciation for nature and visited the area in the picture above (close to Padjelanta National Park in Sweden) several times. Since 1957 the world has become an even more intense and hectic place. Most people live in a high-speed world filled with information and entertainment. The big cities are just getting bigger and nature, space and silence is more and more sparse, especially in the fast growing mega-cities of the world....
Excerpts from the book will be published this spring on our facebook page @GuideToSilence.
The Sundbyberg project. Sundbyberg is a direct neighbor to the city of Stockholm and at the same time, by land area, the smallest city/community in all of Sweden. Sundbyberg was in 2014 also the fastest growing community in Sweden. In the already dense city several new building projects are on the way so it was even more encouraging that the city of Sundbyberg wanted to identify and present calm green areas in the midst of its expansion. The key difference from the Stockholm project is that Guide to Silence Sundbyberg includes small parks and green areas as well as one nature reserve.
Important parts of the Sundbyberg project:
One folder covers the six calm places and five walks. At the start of each walk a map and short explanation is presented on a large sign. All six places also have our new blue signpost. (We couldn’t find any good signposts to highlight the places we identified, so we designed them - one for the calm and beautiful places in nature and one for stillness in the inner sense).
The blue signpost for outer silence follows the form and color scheme that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency uses for signposts in nature reserves and national parks. The green sign post for inner stillness will be used in books and digital media to showcase inner stillness.
You can find all six designated places in Sundbyberg on Google maps. Search with the Swedish spelling: Guide till tystnaden Sundbyberg. One of the Sundbyberg walks Nötbacken, is also included in our Virtual Walks, link.
Contact us for more information: Ulf Bohman: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +46-730-461377, Project manager Angelica Aronsson City of Sundbyberg, email@example.com, +46 8 706 80 58 On the web: City of Sundbyberg (only in Swedish)