Lake Sorjosjaure in northern Sweden. Ulf Bohman, sat there as a hut-warden for two short summers in the 1990:s. A lot of outer silence, reflection and inner stillness. Maybe it could be called one of the birthplaces of the Guide to Silence idea. But it was in 1998 the project really came alive. Ulf Bohman was in charge of a EU-project together with a well known nature photographer (Bo Kristiansson) and a local media company. The result was a small guide book, printed in English, German and Swedish. The purpose was: 1) To market the silence, solitude and fantastic wilderness that you can find in the Swedish mountains. 2) To help people wind down, lower their stress levels, find new levels of well-being and enjoy nature in new ways. The video below shows the first chapter of this original Guide to Silence.
The guidebook was sold in tourist offices and hotels in the area. But maybe it was a bit too much ahead of its time. 15 years later in the fall 2013 the project was revived, with a new approach.