The book. A guide that shows the way to inner stillness, silence and presence. A guide with pictures and short texts that aim to inspire you to find your own calm places in nature. The book has evolved over the last five years.
The Guide to Silence e-book is free to download and read. You can download your copy of the book here, choose which device you want to read on:
Our New YouTube channel. On this YouTube channel you will find short walks in beautiful nature settings. Around ten minute of slow, silent, walks accompanied only by the sounds of nature (and the faint sounds of steps on the trail or skis in the snow). Virtual walks on a screen can’t replace the real thing - being out in nature. But we know that even nature on a screen or seen through a window can have positive effects. Click on the YouTube link below, sit down, take a deep breath, turn up the volume and try some of our walks. If you enjoy them, please subscribe - we will publish new walks every week.
The Stockholm project. (NOTE: In September 2021, a second part of the project will be launched including 19 small parks throughout the city).The first part included 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 launched 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 was completed and two new areas evaluated. Rågsveds friområde and Hagsätraskogen (also known as Östra Ävsjöskogen).
Things we want to highlight in the Stockholm project!
The 11 small brochures show the way to two walks and 5-7 calm places in each reserve. Both printed and webmaterial show how to expand the experience in nature.
The walks are branded based on accessibility, we use the same idea as for branding of ski slopes: green = easy (flat wide trails), blue = intermediate (roots, stones) and red = tougher (elevation, rough).
Noise maps. With inspiration from the Norwegian mapping of calm areas in Oslo we included noise maps 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: email@example.com, phone: +46-730-46 13 77, Project manager City of Stockholm, Magnus Lindqvist.
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, On the web: City of Sundbyberg (only in Swedish)