+41 79 102 48 03 gerlinde@naturdiplomatin.com

Building bridges between city and nature, between man and nature, and finally to oneself.

Hi, I am Gerlinde,

Having grown up in the mountains and in the city, I combine ancient knowledge and new scientific knowledge today to reconnect people to themselves and their environment.

Hi, I am Gerlinde,

Having grown up in the mountains and in the city, I combine ancient knowledge and new scientific knowledge today to reconnect people to themselves and their environment.

From the Montafon mountains …

Since my childhood, I have learned ancient wisdom of peasant life in harmony with nature from my grandparents in the Montafon mountains. I was fascinated by the beauty of the mountains and forests, the calmness and the strength that radiated from them. But at the same time I had an overwhelming wanderlust, I wanted to explore the big world, and dive into foreign cultures and languages. I wanted to know how people live in other parts of the world.

… into the world

That’s how I became a diplomat after studying law, international relations, and languages. I was very enthusiastic about building bridges between my home country Austria and Japan, Senegal, then Israel, Switzerland, New York, and finally the Principality of Liechtenstein. I have communicated and informed to the best of my abilities, I built understanding and trust where misunderstanding and distrust prevailed. It was not always successful. Sometimes I was at my wits’ end and very frustrated.

In these more than 25 years of experience as a diplomat and government spokesperson, in which I accompanied numerous crises, my ever-close relationship with nature has helped me to master many a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Today I know: I could not have survived the stress of being a single mother, career woman, and crisis manager without my regular deep connection to nature.

Building bridges

Today I still build bridges. As a nature and mountain hiking guide, I mediate between man resp. woman and nature, I help to overcome boundaries with diplomacy, and I support stressed people in coming to rest, in breathing deeply and in finding meaning and joy in their actions and in their lives again. 

 

Hereby I particularly refer to mountain hiking in connection with Japanese forest medicine, 森林浴 – shinrin’yoku.

Forest medicine – 森林浴

is a traditional Japanese therapy with the goal of strengthening health and accelerating healing. In many clinics in Japan and the USA, forest therapy is used as a supplementary form of therapy to Western ‘school’ medicine.

Mountain hiking

is similar in its effect to forest bathing and is both a means of prevention and an accompanying treatment of civilization diseases. It helps you in difficult times to keep your head above water and to keep track in difficult times.

Nature and cities

You can connect with nature almost anywhere, even in big cities like New York, London, or Tokyo. With nature longing in the heart and an open view even for small things you can find a park, a green island of rest, or simply a beautiful tree or flower.

Time and again I am drawn into the vastness of the Arctic North or other still primitive areas, in search of deep encounters with nature and with the indigenous people living there, from whom I always learn a lot. The following pictures show a small part of my travels.

And since I was so often asked by my friends if I would not take them on a trip – because they do not dare undertake such travels alone – from 2019 on I will take a few like-minded people to Northern Scandinavia.

2012 Greenland: A dream come true

2011 Arctic adventures in Spitsbergen

2010 – 2011 Trekking in New Zealand

1998 Adventure Alaska

1996 Journey of the Waters Colorado