Going Off the Grid to Experience Food and Nature at Stedsans in the Woods
When going to Stedsans in the Woods, you leave fancy clothes and harmful toxins at home to fully experience the sustainable lifestyle of the future in the midst of nature.
This summer, I was flipping through a Danish interior magazine at a friend’s country house when I found this article about Stedsans in the Woods – a sustainably operated wild outdoor resort and permaculture farm located in the depths of the forest. Totally off the grid, no electricity. In other words: a dream escape from busy city life. This is exactly what founding couple Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen did – escape. The chef duo exchanged their thriving rooftop restaurant and home in Copenhagen for a life of quiet and natural splendor in Hyltebruk, Sweden. By the help of a large number of volunteers and a very successful Kickstarter campaign, their dream of opening up a forest retreat was realized in the summer of 2017.
This is the kind of place where you leave your best clothes at home – as well as any hygiene article (soap, toothpaste, shampoo…) that isn’t fully biodegradable; no chemicals allowed. This is of course completely in line with the resort’s extensive commitment to sustainability, but also has a very real function as they recycle all their water and/or bring it back to the source. During a stay at Stedsans in the Woods, you are therefore provided with homemade, 100% natural soaps and shampoos for showering, and anything else you might need you can get at the reception – including a homemade, all-natural mosquito repellent, which you’ll be thankful for around midsummer’s (believe us).
The retreat layout is made up by a floating sauna, a camping site, several Bedouin tents, and wooden cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows that allows a clear view of the surrounding forest and stars at night. The greenhouse restaurant serves clean, simple food (which is a feast for the eye as well as the taste buds, we’re sure) with an emphasis on plant-based and seasonal ingredients from the forest and gardens, together with some additional produce from sustainable farms, dairies and fishermen in the area.
They call it a playground and lab for ‘the lifestyle of the future’, being mindful of people, animals and planet in everything they do. Obviously, I can’t wait to go there myself.
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