monika schaffner

born & raised in nepal, I was privileged to explore the himalayas from a very young age. these early experiences have heightened my sensitivity for the extraordinary value of pristine mountain nature

in connecting with nature, I refuel, regenerate and empower my potential. it is home-coming most fundamentally as an innate part of this great divine universe. this is why I focus my work on encouraging a conscious, respectful perception of nature, as inspiration, mirror and nourishing ground for our personal development as human beings.

connecting spaces

with connecting spaces I connect individual & collective transformation work in switzerland & nepal

the rich patchwork of my work follows a clear thread: personal and global transformation are interrelated and interdependent. the inner development of us human beings is the essential basis on which the much-needed global change can eventually take place.

re.connect retreats

I accompany you through the fascinating wild mountain landscapes of switzerland & nepal

with re.connect nature retreats & himalayan journeys, I support you in re-connecting intimately with nature and with the deeper levels of your self. I create spaces for you to experience the unique pristine beauty outside, as you move step by step to discover your inner values, qualities and meanings in your life.

lomi lomi massage

home-coming to yourself

a lomi lomi massages is a moment out of space, a timeless experience of relaxation reconnecting you to deeper levels of yourself. this holistic form of body work strenghtens you in your personal development, helps you effectively deal with challenging periods in life, or simply provides a nourishing time-out from busy everyday life.

current offers

are you ready to fulfil your himalayan dream?

then I would love to support you. with my +40 years of experience exploring himalayan spaces, and with my deep connection to its nature, culture and people, I build on a rich foundation. let us create a once-in-a-lifetime journey for you, tailored to your very individual needs, wishes and possibilities. starting with design and planing, up until the actual day-to-day experience on the tour, I am there to guide and support you.

current offers

Muschel auf Lomi Lomi Massage Tisch

lomi lomi massage | energy work

take a time-out from your daily life

appointments on request, in aeschlen | switzerland

a lomi lomi massage creates a valuable space of inner peace, relaxation and regeneration. this deep form of body work strenghtens you in your personal development and helps you fruitfully deal with challenging life changes. or it can simply be a nourishing time-out from your intense every day life.

Goyko Lake, Everest, morning light

individual himalayan journeys

fulfil yourself your himalayan dream

I would love to support you, starting from design and organisation, through to guidance and reflection on your actual day-to-day experience. with +40 years of experience exploring nepal, and my deep connection to its nature, cultures and people, I draw upon a rich foundation.

Gasterntal, zwei Menschen am Wasser

summer solstice | gasterntal CH

18. – 22.6.2023  | 5-7 TN | overnight in hotel
in collaboration with mathias forster

experience this cosmic moment in the mystic mountain world of gasterntal. tap into its transformational potential and draw upon it for your own personal development, in conscious exploration of nature and yourself, supported by those who are there with you.

timeout in mountain nature

a miracle of nature. yet undisturbed by human hand. we reached this place, totally unexpected: a clear, still, magical mountain lake high up at the foot of a receding glacier.

flower energy

Have you ever stopped to take a moment and fully take in the energy of a flower in the field next to your path? So much kindness smiling out at you!

wollen wir das wirklich

Über den Wert unverbauter alpiner Landschaften im Zeitalter der CO2-neutralen Energiewende.

leaving no trace

In immer grösseren Massen zieht es die Menschen in die Natur, die Berge, zum Wasser. Das macht mir Sorge, beschäftigt mich sehr. Nicht die Tatsache an sich, dass es Menschen in die Natur zieht. Nein – Sorge macht mir die Art und Weise.

die natur geniessen & ihr dennoch nicht schaden

Die schönsten Naturräume in der Schweiz sind Naturschutzgebiete – eine verdiente Auszeichnung und bedeutsamer Schutz der Natur. Doch dann treffe ich darin auf Viehherden, Stauseen, Heliflüge und das Militar. Nur bivakieren darf ich hier nicht.

wenn du den ruf vernimmst, folge ihm

Ist es in Anbetracht des Klimawandels ökologisch noch vertretbar, in den Himalaya zu reisen? Eine berechtigte Frage. Sie beschäftigt mich ebenfalls sehr. Aus einer übergeordneten Perspektive sage ich: Ja.

eiger, mönch & jungfrau

Erfüllte, eigenverantwortliche Menschen ist es, was unsere Welt am dringendsten braucht: Wache, bewusste Individuen, mit sich selber und ihrer Mitwelt verbunden und wirkungsvoll darin unterwegs, ihren Lebenssinn zu erfüllen. Deshalb, wenn es Dich ruft, antworte.

Tracing wilderness as our most primal place of home

Do wilderness experiences perceived with all senses hold the key to the much-needed societal transformation towards a sustainable future of our planet? In this article, I reflect upon the relationship of human beings with wilderness and on the role of wilderness in the ecosystem of planet earth.

my video portrait by ECCO

two years ago, a team of danish brand ECCO Shoes came to interview me at my home on the lake thun. read and watch the interview here to learn more about my biography, my values and the background of my work.

madi eco-village – opening soon!

madi eco-village: where tourism bridges the need of rural regions to gain income – with the need to take care of its assets: their unique natural & cultural heritage