Among Wildflowers - an interview with Anne Solveig
“My inner wild woman loves walking barefoot early in the morning, when the grass is still damp with dew…”
Anne Solveig is an artist, author, musician, retreat leader and co-founder of Mundekulla Retreat Center in Småland, Sweden. She lives a semi-nomadic life, travelling between Sweden and Spain, and offers retreats, courses and festivals mainly for women, passionate about empowering and inspiring women to shine – embracing and loving themselves more fully, sharing their gifts with the world and living their lives in tune with their innermost calling.
Anne’s women’s circles, retreats and gatherings have meant so much to me over the years, and during my last trip to Mundekulla, when I took part in Anne’s "Shine Sister Women’s Retreat," we sat down together after the retreat to record an interview. As I am currently working on a book and collecting interviews with people about their relationship with nature, I was curious to learn more about Anne’s relationship with nature and connection to her own inner wild woman.
Although Anne loves the mossy woods surrounding Mundekulla, she is most at home on the wildflower meadow, out in the open in the sunshine. “I love flowers in their pure, wild form,” says Anne. “Flowers are so fascinating, how they can grow in the most unexpected places. They are so open, so trusting and such a beautiful expression of Mother Nature in her own wild, natural form, sharing their beauty in total surrender.”
Anne talked about her grandmother who lived on the island Öland, off the east coast of southern Sweden, and who meant a lot to Anne growing up. “She loved flowers and often said that nature was her church, her sanctuary. She loved walking out on alvaret – a special meadow on Öland full of wildflowers.”
“My grandmother had such a deep love for nature and animals. I remember her once telling me about a time when she helped a swan who was injured after a fight with another swan. She walked out in the water and carried the swan back to land, saving the swan from drowning…”
“Öland has always had a special place in my heart, in my roots, and it always reminds me of my grandmother. I often return to Öland during the summertime and I love walking out on the alvaret. The meadow is so open and you can see far out over the landscape. There are so many flowers of all kinds… and I feel so at home there and such a strong connection to the divine…”
“She feels the earth under her bare feet, the wind in her hair, and she lets go of all worries, in total surrender…”
“Here at Mundekulla there many wildflowers as well, and I especially love a flower called solvända – a small yellow flower that always turns towards the sun, just like me! I love the sun, and my inner wild woman truly comes to life in the springtime, when the earth is stirring and the flowers begin to blossom.”
“My inner wild woman loves walking barefoot early in the morning, when the grass is still damp with dew, and when it is warm enough so she can wear a light dress… She feels the earth under her bare feet, the wind in her hair, and she lets go of all worries, in total surrender. She is most at home on the meadow with the wildflowers, but she loves the forest as well, especially in the autumn…”
What does wild woman mean to you? Who is she?
“For me, wild woman doesn’t care about what the world expects her to do or look like… she goes her own way and listens to her heart. She knows that she is beautiful and whole just as she is. Mother Nature helps her and is always there for her. She reminds me of a book I once read about a group of women living in India who shared a strong longing for the divine… and they would dance and sing out of pure devotion… and they let go of all their possessions, sharing their love and wisdom with the people…”
“Wild woman is not afraid of letting go of things… she is free… and she loves food as well! My inner wild woman loves fresh fruit and picking berries in the forest… and in the summertime she can live off of a simple diet of fresh fruit, living in the little cottage up on the hill here at Mundekulla where there is no running water but where you can easily fetch fresh water from the well close by…”
To learn more about Anne Solveig and her upcoming events, visit her website.
Learn more about Mundekulla Retreat Center here.
För svenska läsare – Anne Solveig har en grupp för kvinnor på Facebook som heter Shine Sister. Hon har skrivit en bok om kvinnocirklar som du kan läsa mer om här. I år (2019) bjuder Anne återigen in till en Shine Sister kvinnofestival på Mundekulla som du kan läsa mer om här.