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Otro Elements expeditions

Otro Elements is an initiative to let people experience mountain life in a different way, not only through hiking in the mountains, but also through working in the fields, chopping wood, making fire and making your own locally grown food. A team of locals and experts will guide you through a wonderfull experience.

In 2017 we offer:

  • Otro Elements for men only
  • Otro Elements – mixed men & women
  • Winter expedition
  • On request for companies, friends and trainers

 

Otro Elements Expedition for Men only

Your true core is flickering somewhere deep inside you. Somewhere inside you where your true blood flows. Where your longing to chop wood and breath in cold mountain air resides. Your longing to work hard and get rested. To bake bread and build fires.

Men like us build bridges and houses, we explore the world. Once upon a time we lived in the wilderness. We fought each other and our surroundings just to survive. We found shelter in huts and caves. Nowadays we predominantly fight time. The wilderness slipped away from our lives without us noticing it. We swapped our long days out in the field for an office with nothing but views of our computer screen.

What will remain of us if we leave all distractions of our everyday lives behind us? Who are we, stripped from our roles, our jobs, our status?

We’d love to take you to a place where you will eat the food the land has to offer, drink the water the river provides. A place where nature is wider and wiser than you and I, many times over. A place where it’s quiet and you don’t have to do anything. Where nature will challenge you to truly look at yourself: who you are, where you are and where you’re headed. We’ll be hiking through the rugged Italian Alps near the secluded Otro Valley for five days. Working hard and getting rested. Just being a man, and at times finding the boy that is still there deep down inside you. We’ll be guided by the elements: Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Space.

Our objective? Back to nature, back to you, to feel your physical and mental strength. It’ll be a journey from which you will return rested, despite the considerable physical demands that will be made of you. Five days you will never ever forget, allowing you to clear space in your head and gain beautiful insights or a perhaps even a new outlook on life itself.

Otro Elements

5 days - 5 elements - 10 men

digi detox

time to reflect & bake your own bread

chop wood & make fires

local and honest food

work hard and get rested & sleep under the stars

no expectations, no obligations

and a bit of good old goofing around

Let yourself be stunned and guided by the 5 elements: Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Space.

Val d’Otro

A secluded valley in the rugged Italian Alps at the foot of Mount Rosa. A place where time stands still. Far away from luxury and civilisation. This is our stage for our five-day expedition.

Dates

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Costs

The cost for this five-day expedition is 875 euro pp (excl. VAT). Price includes 4 nights’ accommodation, all meals, qualified mountain guides. Transport from and to the airport is included. Please note: price does not include return flight to Milan Malpensa.

Contact

For questions, further information or to registration, please email: raymond@otro-elements.it. Or call us at: +39-347-3526669.  

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Experiences of Otro Elements participants

Otro elements is the most beautiful journey you could possibly make, second only to Life’s journey itself.  (Daan de Leeuw, 30, entrepreneur)

The road to the Outdoors is the most beautiful road to the Inside.  (Julien Althuisius, 31, journalist)

No expectations, exceeded nonetheless. Being surrounded by people who get how life is to be lived. (Menno, 35, entrepreneur)

Otro elements is a must. Dare to truly face yourself by leaving the economy, the shops and the clocks far behind. I have been given the opportunity to experience the incredibly energy of a group of arbitrary men, none of whom I knew beforehand. Nothing but the intent of a journey across the elements. I am forty years old, go on holiday at least twice a year, and have never been able to make such an extraordinary short trip. Thank you, Ray and Jaap, for this amazing journey with extraordinary experiences. (Jeroen van der Sluis, 40, entrepreneur)

A journey that takes you to the core, challenging and tranquil. In heavenly surroundings under Raymond’s and Jaap’s inspirational guidance. Thank you, guys! Immensely inspiring!(Wessel, 32, Psychologist)

Otro elements expedition: you have showed me so many insights. Grazie mille! (Bas de Cock, 36,  medical specialist)

Surrender yourself to Luca, Raymond and Jaap. And let yourself be set free. (Krijn, 29, strategy consultant)

Otro Elements Expedition - mixed Men & Women

Otro Elements - International Mixed edition

5 elements

10/12 man and women

digital detox & time for reflection

shop wood and make your own fire

local, fair food& sleeping outside in million star hotel

traditional Sweatlodge ritual

no expectations, no disappointments

Be surprised by the 5 elements: Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Space

 

Otro Elements

Otro Elements is an initiative to let people experience mountain life in a different way, not only through hiking in the mountains, but by chopping wood and making fire. A team of locals and experts will guide you through a wonderfull experience.

 

Location: Val d'Otro

A beautiful magical valley in the foothills of Monte Rosa, away from the stress of daily life and luxery 

 

Data

friday 8 - sunday 12 september 2017

Arrival friday 8 september in the evening around 16.00 at Alagna Valsesia.

More detailed information will follow after subscription

 

Price

The introduction price for this short weekend expedition is 450 euro pp (excl. 21% VAT). Price includes 2 nights, all meals, qualified mountain guide and a sweatlodge ritual. Please note: price does not include return flight to Milan Malpensa. The expedition will be confirmed when there are at least 8 participants.

 

Contact

For questions, further information or registration, please email: raymond@otro-elements.it. Or call us at: +39-347-3526669.  

 

 

EXPEDITION for young adults

Are you at a point where you need to take important decisions, but you’ve got stranded in doubt and uncertainty?

Do you feel the pressure to achieve from those around you as well as the fear within yourself to make the wrong choices?

While at the end of the day you just want to follow your heart, you just don’t know how to….

It’s good to step back and reflect on things every once in a while. Reflect on who you are and what you want. Discuss the things you struggle with and talk about your fears and uncertainties. You need to make the time and space for the things that truly matter.

Going back to nature and finding its peace and quiet is a great way to do this. This is where it all started: earth, water, fire, air, space. The elements: our prerequisites for life on earth. Nature is the ideal place to let go of your stress. To unwind, get some air, reflect, just be. No external influences, no phones, tv, social media and superfluous luxury. No expectations, no distractions. Drinking fresh water from a stream, chopping wood, preparing food from your own back yard, baking fresh bread, having conversations that inspire you and sleeping under the stars that currently merely appear in your dreams…

We’d love to take you to a place where you will challenged, both physically and mentally. Back to nature, out of your comfort zone, to get to new insights, new solutions, new ideas. Or perhaps to realise that things are good as they are… Hiking through the Italian Alps with a group of up to 15 young people. It’ll be a week you will never forget. A week in which nothing is a must, everything is a go. Take a break when you’re tired, swim when you feel like it. Talk. Or be quiet. Do as you wish.

A week of mesmeric views, unforeseen insights, new encounters at the magical place that is the foot of the Monte Rosa, where you will be allowed to just be you. Just. You.

Go crazy, break free of life’s chains and join us on this adventure. Are you up for it?

 

 

Val d’Otro

A secluded valley in the rugged Italian Alps at the foot of Mount Rosa. A place where time stands still. Far away from luxury and civilisation. This is our stage for BreakWeek.

BreakWeek

6 days & 10-15 participants between the age of 17 - 24

digital detox, time to reflect & bake your own bread

chop wood, make fires & eat local and honest food

work hard and get rested & sleep under the stars

no expectations, no obligations

Let yourself be stunned and guided by the 5 elements: Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Space.

Dates

see agenda

Costs

The cost for this Break Week is 695 euro pp. Price includes 6 nights’ accommodation, all organic meals, qualified mountain guide and excursion guides. Transport from and to the airport is included. Please note: price does not include return flight to Milan Malpensa.

Team

This BreakWeek is organised by ‘breaker’ Sara Eenhoorn, family doctor Raymond Landgraaf and psychologist Blanca van den Brand. Our fabulous host Luca will give us a warm welcome in Val d’Otro and we will be guided by our local mountain guide Checco.

Contact

For any questions about the programme, further information or registration, please email: raymond@otro-elements.it. Or call us at: +39-347-3526669