Stora Bornö Yoga center is a non-profit organization. Our foundation focuses on the preservation of Stora Borno and continuing education for Yoga instructors. Our Island retreat center is situated in the center of Gullmars fjord in a beautiful isolated forest. We are located in a cozy spot on the island surrounded by dense forest, a running stream, vertical cliffs, and sandy beaches on all sides.
The island has been inhabited for thousands of years with written records going back to the 14th century and sites from the bronze age scattered throughout the island. Stora Bornö is a nature reserve and we work very hard to not only have zero impact on nature but to have a positive effect on the ecology of the island. We have some special wildlife living here and are extremely lucky to get to be a part of it. Yoga is traditionally shared and taught in nature, it is such a joy to be at rest and rejuvenated here in this special place.
the yoga center
You can expect to see foxes, deer, moose, even wild boar if you’re lucky! We have seals, porpoises, salmon, cod, and a plethora of marine life.
Our summer retreats feature 18 hours of daylight, filling us with warmth and joy. In winter, you can expect 18 hours of dark, with plenty of cozy hibernation to compensate. We do get to see northern lights here, but it is a rare sight, reserved for magic nights by the sea.
Come join us in nature, in isolation, in silence. With calm and serenity as far as you can see.
Come chop wood and carry water with us, come see the wildlife and help us protect the island for future generations.
We get the opportunity to live in harmony with the land and sea, to commune with nature and the spiritual divinity of the island. The timeless energy of Stora Bornö is a magical experience that we are proud to have in our retreat. Fresh forest air, bright, clear seas, world famous hiking, kayaking, and endless space for solitude and communion with mother earth.
Facilities are simple, comfortable, and luxurious while being tucked safely away from the world. The food is spectacular, and the views are unbeatable.
Our mission is to protect the island. We have regular projects running to clean up the beaches of any debris washed up from the ocean, to map out the forest and update on forest regrowth, to keep a record of endangered species of animal and plant life. We keep a record of the archeological sites and relics that are uncovered and ensure that they are treated with care.
We also work to ensure that any visiting neighbors have garbage disposal at their fingertips and easily accessible information on the island. We do get visitors in the summer, and we try to make their impact as minimal as possible. We mitigate the damage from invasive species of insects, fish, and plants, and encourage the natural flora and fauna to regenerate and flourish. We are composing a book about the island’s unique ecology and history. Our board of trustees is involved in the running of the non-profit organisation and are regularly composing initiatives to protect and preserve the island.