The Kitzbüheler Alpen’s soul paths

The forest and nature have been a great attraction for Lisa Flatscher since childhood. As a mountain hiking guide and forest educator, she shows her guests the rewarding path to their own inner sense of well-being along Kitzbühel’s Alpine region.

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Lisa Flatscher is truly a child of the Kitzbühel Alps. Even as a young girl, she would rather go exploring in the mountains with her father than go to school. While her friends were playing with dolls, she was already building her first tree houses. A trait to which she has remained true to this day. "Nature and the forest are the home for my soul." She never felt the desire to travel the world. "I can't tell you anything about New York, for example, I don't know., but I'm sure it's nice there?" What she can talk about for days, however, is the power of nature and the forest. As a trained mountain hiking guide and forest educator, she founded her own hiking and exercise school in the PillerseeTal Valley, a goal she had in mind for a long time. "I took several detours professionally until I found the right path."

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© Daniel Gollner Fotografie
© Daniel Gollner Fotografie

Forest bathing for one's own well-being

Her motto is not based on competitive sport, but rather on sport for one’s well-being. "It is incredibly important to me that people feel good. So much good comes from that - contentment, mental balance. People who exercise experience new stimulus, gain new memories, eat healthier, live in harmony with themselves." In her opinion, it doesn't matter at all whether a group of ladies goes Nordic walking, someone goes swimming or simply cycles a leisurely lap around the nearest Alpine lake. "Everyone should find what suits them." Once people dare to get involved with nature, they begin to release completely different feelings.

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It's the same with forest bathing: "When adults feel the damp earth under their bare feet for the first time since childhood, grasp the smells surrounding them in the forest and absorb all this through several senses, peaceful feelings of happiness spread through every soul." What sounds romantic is now filling scientific books. "The fact that the forest improves and boosts our well-being has been proven by several studies." Every day, nature gives Lisa the strength she needs to live. "My husband and I also run a farm, rent out rooms, and I am the proud mother of three wonderful children."

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© Daniel Gollner Fotografie
© Daniel Gollner Fotografie
© Daniel Gollner Fotografie
© Daniel Gollner Fotografie

Hike further to walk with a difference

The hopeless leisure time stress that many of their guests unconsciously carry in their luggage can be unloaded while long-distance hiking at the very latest because: "the further you go, you always leave something behind along the way". Fortunately, long-distance hiking trails in the Kitzbühel Alps are anything but scarce. Whether it's the impressive KAT Walk or its little brother, the Waiwi hiking trail in the PillerseeTal Valley, they are all grounding and bring stressed minds back down to earth. "When I'm out and about around the Pillersee Valley, the focus is not on technicalities, but on experiencing nature. We are currently living in a time when people believe they can make everything their own. But if you walk with me past old, gnarled trees, step out over the edge of the forest and feel weathered rocks that have been persistently defying wind and weather for thousands of years, you will realise how small we actually are and how much power and energy surrounds us." Staying true to oneself is her secret to a happy, fulfilled life and Lisa manages to do this every day in the Kitzbühel Alps, the source of strength for her mind, heart, and soul, for paths in life that ultimately become paths of the soul.

Kitzbüheler Alpen - Ways of life | Lisa Flatscher

Sabine Ertl

Sabine Ertl

...nurture body and soul. Born 1986 in Carinthia, studied media and communication sciences in Klagenfurt. As a freelance journalist, copywriter and blogger she likes to travel a lot. Mountain freak, horse freak, neo-cellist and gourmet. More details: www.gedankenschmiede.at more details

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