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About us

Søsætra Retreatsted is the result of many years of experience, dreams and planning. We have experienced for ourselves how our lives have been transformed through meditation and personal development. Now we are passionate about creating a place where others can explore these practices and experience growth and healing.


The resort is owned and operated by the foundation En Bedre Verden. The foundation's purpose is to promote awareness, emotional and relational competence. Personal development and increased awareness are necessary for us to take better care of ourselves, each other and the planet we live on. The operation of Søsætra and the courses that will take place here are a central part of the foundation's work.

We work with skilled instructors to create a varied program of courses and retreats that are in line with the foundation's purpose. Please get in touch if you think Søsætra can fit your events.


We are creating a unique place for presence, silence and insight. A place that supports awareness, rest and compassion. ​​


With great consideration and love we are creating an environment where you feel cared for and welcomed.

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Who are we?

Meet the people who work on the development of Søsætra.


Ann Kristin Sødal

General manager

Ann Kristin leads the process of developing Søsætra. She is a trained psychotherapist and runs the private practice Ressurssenteret Sør i Kristiansand. Ann Kristin has a strong aesthetic sense and ensures a beautiful, harmonious atmosphere.


Geir Edvin Hovland



Geir is a philanthropist and chairman of the foundation En Bedre Verden. In addition, he is chairman and general manager of the technology company Hokarob AS in Grimstad and has been a professor doing research and teaching at the University of Agder for many years. Geir is an important supporter of the team.


Mari Aanensen


Mari takes care of administrative tasks and marketing. She is a trained occupational therapist and mindfulness teacher and runs the company Mindfulness Kristiansand. 

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