VALUES and WHAT WE BELIEVE
Leave No Trace – The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of what we do. They provide simple guidance on how to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way, that avoids human-created impacts. The principles are simple and adaptable to any wilderness activity and are principles we not only follow, are certified in, but also we aim to educate about when you are with us.
The Seven Principles are :
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Rewilding – Rewilding ensures natural processes and wild species to play a much more prominent role in the land- and seascapes, meaning that after initial support of (replanting, species reintroduction or land restoration), nature is allowed to take more care of itself. Rewilding helps landscapes become wilder again, whilst also providing opportunities for modern society to reconnect with such wilder places for the benefit of all life.
Mind, Body and Soul
TENTSILE TREE TENTS
Our primary partner, inspiration and leader of the tribe … TENTSILE
From the moment he could see, touch, and climb, Alex Shirley-Smith loved trees and treehouses. A deep rooted, all-in, passionate love for hanging out in trees. In 1983, he watched a BBC documentary about the destruction and deforestation of the Amazon. His heart hurt. His head spun. He knew the only way trees would survive was if they were valued for more than just timber.
He knew he had to build treehouses.
Nearly 20 years later, in 2001, Alex became a treehouse architect’s apprentice. He worked by day on elaborate fixed treehouses for elite clientele, and by night on his mobile treehouse dream. His heart and head forged a plan. And the sketches, beta tests, living room prototyping began. Still, Tentsile seemed a far-off dream and Alex shelved the idea for another 7 years.
In 2009, the dream came alive again and Alex dove in with gusto. By 2012, talented product designer Kirk Kirchev had joined Alex on the crusade and together they brought the vision of Tree Tents to life in a practical, lightweight, super desirable way.
They called it, Tentsile.
In March 2013, they sold their first Tentsile – the Stingray. It was more than a tent in trees; it was adventure, secrets, playfulness, mystique, and flat-out “cool factor” manufactured out of nylon. It was an escape in a bag. Within a year, adventurists the world over would be clambering to have one. REI became an exclusive dealer in 2014. Online sales quadrupled in 2015.
Benefits of Tentsile reach far beyond its cool factor (though, really, every Tentsile owner is the envy of all their friends). It’s versatile. It keeps warm bodies off of cold grounds. It lessens environmental impact. It makes it possible to camp just about anywhere, without a rock in your back – no more searching for flat ground. We’re pretty sure it’ll hold up great in the zombie apocalypse, too.
RE-WILDING EUROPE and LAPLAND
Our Partner and how we pay it forward
”Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, with much more space for wildlife, wilderness and natural processes. Bringing back the variety of life for us all to enjoy and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild”
We believe that all kinds of landscapes, from city centres to wilderness areas, can and need to be rewilded. Not all of them becoming pure wilderness of course, but all habitats can become quite a bit wilder. Including all areas under different levels of legal protection. If the level of ”wildness” could be measured on a scale from 0 to 10, where zero is a city centre and 10 a remote wilderness, we would like to see all of Europe move up a notch or two or three along that scale. This we believe is completely possible, it is really mainly about which attitude we humans choose to have to the wild beings and places.
We are focusing our efforts on ten selected areas in Europe, where we are helping our local partners to make those areas considerably more wild than before, in this case its LAPLAND. Even areas who might be seen as “wilderness” already. We mean that even our wilderness areas need to be rewilded, because there is hardly even one large area in all of Europe, which is allowed to function naturally by itself, without detailed human “management”. We believe that wild nature, wild beings and natural processes are necessary and good for both man and nature. We think that we simply need more of that. Therefore, we help to bring back the Variety of Life, our Biodiversity, so that we can all be able to better enjoy it. We also believe that there is a solid business case for the wild values and we are working hard to prove that in real life.
You are very welcome to join us in that effort www.rewildingeurope.com
Making Europe a wilder place. For the benefit of man and nature alike.
Meet your Hosts in the Trees
Shane is an Australian, who has lived, travelled and adventured across the globe from the hustle and bustle of the biggest of cities, monsoonal frontier towns, remote extremes of the Arctic and isolation of tropical reefs. After years in the Navy as professional mariner, Shane has chosen his home of Swedish Lapland after falling in love with the wilds of the Boreal forests in northern Sweden. Shane has been living and exploring northern Sweden since 1996 and making Luleå home in 2013. Since then, Shane has worked as a guide across the 1300 island Archipelago ofLuleå where, if it moves he has utilised it to get out into the ‘quiet places’ of the islands. This includes by hovercraft, snow scooter and boats and there is no better personality of the islands to take you to that remote bay, beautiful sunset or amazing experience than him. Shane loves the remote beauty of the islands so much, his family and him can only be found on a their own deserted island cabin, not living with nature but within it.
Shane, a certified Assistant Wilderness guide (PAWGI and Leave No Trace), Master Mariner and wilderness lover, believes in sustainable eco tourism and actually making a tangible and physical impact to conservation and responsible and sustainable travel. The ‘Nest Sweden’, his eco island tree camping experience, has been in the making for more than 7 years and itis a logical marriage of the missions and values he holds closest. Shane is proud to partner and work with Tentsile Tree Tents, Leave No Trace and Re-wilding Europe to provide the lowest impact and most memorable experience within nature in one of the most remote and unique locations.
MEET ERIC – OUROBOROS OUTDOOR AND YOGA
Eric co-founded Ouroboros Outdoor & Yoga with his partner Susanne to bring a human powered focus of guiding and experiencing the incredible north Baltic region of Sweden.
Eric was born in the US, and joined the US Army after high school to see the world and test himself physically. After tours in Germany, Louisiana,and Panama, Eric was posted to Alaska where he fell hard in love with the great outdoors. Summer, winter, fall and spring Eric has cycled, skied, paddled, and climbed, done triathlons, races, lone tours in many disciplines – Eric has enjoyed them all and loves to share that feeling of ¨earning your turns¨ of the self-propelled adventure with everyone. After retiring from the US military, Eric was free to move to northern Sweden to be with Susanne and continue the story…..
Eric’s passions are the human powered experience. Nothing in the motorized, electronic, data driven world compares to the feel of the first ascent, the paddle in the water, long days in the saddle and the snow under your skis.
Eric is a retired US Army First Sergeant, Wilderness First Responder, Rational Registry Emergency Medical Technician and graduate of many planning, safety & leadership courses and has deployed overseas.
MEET SUSANNE – OUROBOROS OUTDOOR AND YOGA
Susanne started Ouroboros with her partner Eric to spread the passion for sustainable human powered activities and camping in Swedish Lapland’s northern archipelago. Susanne was literally born in nature, being raised in a small village in northern Sweden north of the arctic circle. Susanne’s early years were spent picking berries in the forest with her family, camping in the mountains, hiking and riding horses before being bitten by the travel bug and moving to the “big city” after secondary school looking for adventure.
Susanne has travelled to from Asia to Europe to Africa and is eager for more. A lifelong affinity for yoga led Susanne to a career switch to realize her dreams to be a yogi – and partnered with Eric to openOuroboros Outdoor & Yoga to provide a unique blended experience to Swedes and visitors alike. Susanne’s passions aside from yoga are to provide a real and genuine experience to guests that focus on traditional Swedish tastes in food and culture, blending with non-traditional ideas such as yoga, fatbikes, kayaks, snowshoes, and stand up paddleboards to create an lasting and completely one of a kind trip.
Susanne is a certified yoga instructor and city guide who has worked in international tourism in Turkey.