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Are you looking for a nature getaway in one of the most beautiful national parks of the Netherlands and would you like to improve your Dutch at the same time? Great news! We are organizing an intensive Dutch language course in the Weerribben-Wieden, a gorgeous national park in the Netherlands. In the morning you’ll have Dutch classes and in the afternoon we’ll explore the National Park and its surroundings together. If you already know the basics of the Dutch language (A2) this week is for you! DUTCH CLASSES You’ll start your day with Dutch classes (8.30am-1pm). To make sure you make the most out of the lessons, Taalservice Leiden, with over 16 years of experience in giving Dutch lessons, has tailored a fun and practical program especially for this week. The program emphasizes on real life situations and has a high focus on conversation. Through speaking exercises/ games you will improve your pronunciation, gain more confidence in speaking and you’ll learn how to apply the rules of Dutch sentence structure in all kinds of sentences. The group is kept small, max 12 students, so there is a lot of space to ask questions and for personal feedback. In short, it is a week in which you can really boost your Dutch language skills. Language level: The level of the course is A2/B1 of the CEF, with level A2 being a min. required level for participation. Upon registration, you will receive a short intake document and a placement test. Certificate: At the end of the course you’ll receive a certificate issued by language school Taalservice Leiden, stating your reached language level and what you’ve learned during the course. NATIONAL PARK WEERRIBBEN-WIEDEN We are staying in one of the most beautiful national parks of the Netherlands, Weerribben-Wieden. Thanks to the human hands of peat(turf) diggers and reed cutters, a beautiful landscape full of lakes, waterways, reed lands, peat forests and quaking bogs was created. This water abundant area is the habitat of hundreds of extraordinary plants and animals. One of the rare inhabitants is the otter, also the symbol of the Weerribben-Wieden. The best way to experience the atmosphere of the Weerribben-Wieben is on foot or from the water. It is amazing to canoe through this gorgeous area in peace and quiet. You will see many kinds of waterfowl and insects, and with a bit of luck you may even spot an otter among the vegetation in the water and on the banks. Besides walking and canoeing there is a lot more to do in this beautiful area. We will leave it up to the weather and our energy what the exact program will be. Of course we’ll speak Dutch on all of our adventures. COST AND PAYMENT Price EUR 695,- MORE INFO AND SIGN UP HERE: https://www.natureconnects.com/tours/dutch-language-course-in-nature/ WHAT IS INCLUDED Included: -24 hours of Dutch lessons (30 academic hours) -7 nights/ 8 days in a twin room or in a cupboard bed (traditional bedstee) -2 beautiful guided walks through forests and heather fields(10-15km) -Visit to the market of Steenwijk -Neatly made beds on arrival -Tourist tax -Booking costs -Great social atmosphere -Tea and coffee during the lessons (except on the last day) -End cleaning Not included: - Transportation to the accommodation - Canoe safari - Lesson materials/course book EUR 10,- - Breakfast, lunch, dinner - Notebook and pens
BAT WALK, THE SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT (AMSTERDAMSE BOS) Join us for an exciting after-dark journey in the Amsterdamse Bos. As dusk falls and armed with torches and a bat detector we are going on a bat hunt. While we search for these mysterious acrobats by sight, and listen for their clicks with the bat detector we’ll learn a lot about their habits. The bats use the Amsterdamse Bos as their home and hunting grounds and only after dusk they come out to play and feed on flying insects. This walk is a great opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the Amsterdamse Bos at night. AMSTERDAMSE BOS Located on the edge of the city, the Amsterdamse Bos is Amsterdam’s largest park and recreational area. The Amsterdamse Bos is three times the size of Central Park (NY City). It is an essential green resource for the crowded city. The lush forests and grassy meadows offer a lot of space for walking and the area is home to several animals like polecats, weasels, ermines, Scottish highlanders, hawks, owls and bats. UNPLUG AND EXPLORE Parts of this walk will be in silence. It offers you the chance to hear the sounds of the night and to connect with others who want to experience nature fully and deeply. Come and join this night-time walk through the Amsterdamse Bos during which you’ll track down the bats with the help of a bat detector, which makes their echo-location calls audible to us mere humans. • PRICE AND PAYMENT EUR 11,- (only payment confirms your attendance) You can secure your spot through this link: https://www.natureconnects.com/tours/bat-walk-sounds-of-the-night-amsterdamse-bos/ • WHAT IS INCLUDED? Nocturnal guided tour through the Amsterdamse Bos led by Giulia with a bat detector. • WHAT TO BRING Rain jacket, warm clothes, flash light • WHERE DO WE MEET Visitors’ Center Amsterdamse Bos “De Boswinkel”, Bosbaanweg 5, 1182 DB Amstelveen. • HOW TO GET THERE? Please visit https://9292.nl/ for public trasportation to the Visitor’s center. • IMPORTANT TO KNOW We are LEAVING the visitors center at 21:00 and we finish around 23:00. All participants (members and their guests) on any of Nature Connects walks or activities are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Payments are non-refundable.
Are you up for a challenge? This beautiful canoe trip takes us through the forest, through narrow waterways, past meadows with beautiful estates and along a historical dyke with old bunkers (part of the Grebbe Line). It is the perfect nature getaway. This amazing route is 16 kilometers long. It is a little challenging because we need to take the canoe out of the water a few times to pass the locks that were built in the past to control the water in this area. The route is truly stunning and definitely worth the challenge. THE “GREBBELINIE” On our way we'll pass the Grebbe Line, in Dutch the "Grebbelinie". It was built in 1745 as a line of defense to protect the Netherlands from invading armies. If an invasion was imminent, parts of the area between Spakenburg and the Grebbeberg in Rhenen could easily be flooded to stop the invading armies. Along the way we can still see the remains of bunkers, forts and casemates. After the Second World War the Grebbe Line was decommissioned and covered with a layer of greenery. More than 40 kilometers of military history is now hidden in a beautiful and elongated nature reserve along the Valleikanaal and the river Eem. • PRICE AND PAYMENT EUR 30,- (spaces are limited). You can secure your spot through this link: https://www.natureconnects.com/tours/canoe-expedition-grebbelinie/ • WHAT IS INCLUDED Guided 16km canoe tour Canoe rental (2p canoes) Dry bag/ box for your belongings • WHAT TO BRING Rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, something to eat/ drink, clothes that can get wet. We’ll have a lunch break in the middle of our canoe tour (food is not included). • WHERE DO WE MEET Boerderij Berg Langesteeg 2A 3831 RZ Leusden (check https://9292.nl/ for bus, train schedules) • IMPORTANT TO KNOW We are LEAVING at 10.15 (so make sure you arrive before 10.15) and we finish around 16.00 (depending on our speed). No prior experience needed, but you do need to be in shape as it is a full day of paddling. All participants (members and their guests) on any of Nature Connects walks or activities are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Payments are non-refundable.
Great magic can happen when women spend time together. Get ready for an amazing Women in the Woods Weekend. Connect with like-hearted women and feed the wild woman within. Let’s walk barefoot in the grass, sleep under the stars, connect with the moon, hike in the woods, celebrate sisterhood, wrap up in blankets and share stories by the open fire. Since ancient times women have gathered together, to work, to create, to raise children, to sing, to dance and to sit in circles. Nowadays most of us are far removed from our ancestral roles and the rhythm of nature, but it is possible to come back to them. All of us have female ancestors who have lived in connection with the Earth’s patterns and cycles. Now more than ever, it is vital for us to come together to reconnect. Join our soul nourishing Women in the Woods weekend at the beautiful Dutch Veluwe. THE VELUWE The Veluwe is a beautiful forest-rich ridge of hills (1100 km2) in the province Gelderland. The area is notable for its diversity of scenery, which includes everything from dense forests to sand dunes, hills and heath. It is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer and wild boar. THE FULL MOON It is almost full moon during our weekend in the woods. As women we are mysteriously connected to the moon. Before electricity and other modern miracles, ancient humans followed the moon and its cycles. The phases of the moon coincide with the phases of a women's menstrual cycle. Just as the Moon takes about 28 days to circle around the Earth, a woman’s menstrual cycle is approximately 28 days.The Full Moon reflects a time when we too may want to express ourselves fully, being visible in the world connecting with others, our energy extended outwards. As the Moon journeys from fullness to darkness we may felt the need to go inwards and wish to be alone, to rest and dream anew. Let's explore during this weekend what the moon does to us. THE WEEKEND Between 17.00 and 18.00 we gather in the forest of Epe, our home for the comings days. This weekend is an opportunity to retreat from the attachments of everyday life and to connect with like-hearted women in the middle of nature. We are staying in 4 large tents in an open space the middle of the forest. It is a private area, reserved exclusively for us. It has a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, a large group tent and a small building with toilets and showers (the toilets and showers are shared with another group). If you want to pitch your own tent, that is possible too, there is plenty of space. During the day we’ll make rejuvenating hikes in the woods (10-20km) and in the evening we gather around the fire to eat, to share stories and to play the drum. Everywoman attending will be asked to bring an offering for the weekend. It could be incense, an instrument, a quote, an offering to the fire, any positive vibes you feel to share with your sisters. FOOD On Friday evening we open the weekend with a potluck, a shared dinner. Everyone brings a small portion of her favourite dish and we'll eat it together. A potluck creates a wonderful sharing atmosphere and it is great way to get to know each other.Breakfasts, picnic lunches, tea, coffee and soup on the evening of arrival are included (all vegetarian). On Saturday evening we'll cook together. All the ingredients are provided. If the weather is good enough, we can cook an outdoor meal above the fire. PRICE & PAYMENT EUR 179,- (spaces are limited and payments are non-refundable.) You can secure your spot through this link: https://www.natureconnects.com/product/women-in-the-woods-weekend-veluwe/ WHAT IS INCLUDED? - 2 nights in a large tent (shared with max 5 women, space for 10) - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (vegetarian) - Coffee, tea - 2 Guided walks - Use of the outdoor kitchen - Cutlery, plates, cups etc. - A wonderful connective weekend in the woods NOT INCLUDED - Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow - Transportation to the location