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Mundekulla Festival
Workshop leader 2022

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Malin Berghagen
Lecture
(in Swedish) 

Malin Berghagen began her professional career as an actress but since she was little she has been interested in health and personal development. She has been working as a yoga inspirer since 1998 and holds courses and lectures all over the world with a focus on inner peace. She has also written six books, of which four were about yoga and zest for life. In 2020, her book "Freedom, to live one's longing" was published, which is about one's own encounter with oneself, to be free from one's own limitations and patterns. Asking the question is compassion something that only applies when it suits our own needs or is it in all situations? She asks herself: "Who am I and who do I want to be?". She is passionate about personal development and the inner journey and lives by the motto "If everyone strives for inner harmony and to feel good, the world will also feel better."

During the festival she will hold a lecture about her life journey and challenges along the way.

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Olle Carlsson
Devotion, lecture (in Swedish)
 

Priest, lecturer, author and social entrepreneur who was ordained a priest in the Church of Sweden in 1980 and since then has been active as a minister in Kista parish, Fryshuset, Allhelgonakyrkan and 2009-2019 as pastor in Katarina parish. Olle has previously worked as a manager, ethical advisor and therapist at the Alpha Foundation, Provita and Ersta.

 

Among other things, he has published the books Christianity for atheists, Just today, The steps of life, Called - struggle and love and most recently "On comfort, hope and courage" . Olle currently runs Kontempel in Stockholm and offers daily devotionals and reflections on Facebook. Read more here

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Peter Elmberg
Concerts, lecture, morning gatherings (Swedish & English)
 

In 1998 Peter started Mundekulla together with Anne Solveig, after reading Indian history in the USA in 1996 and having lived in a 10 sqm cottage in Mundekulla for self-chosen solitude. At this year's festival, he offers a lecture on the theme "Think seven generations ahead before each important decision" about his 25 years in Mundekulla and the thoughts about Mundekulla's future as he is now looking for a new owner who can take it forward in a similar spirit.

 

Peter also performs a concert called "A son and a mother" with songs written for his mother Irene who has been a great role model for him in terms of reconciliation and commitment.

He also leads the morning gatherings, as well as performing songs called "Mindfulness Songs of Mundekulla" inspired by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Ann Sjöling
Liberating dance

Ann is a trained Liberating dance teacher by Anne Grundel (Liberating Dance Academy) who annually offers a summer course at Mundekulla. Ann loves the expression of dance and how it tends to make us humans more open and free. During the festival, she leads liberating dance, from the calm to the wild - dance freely to wonderful music!


Ann ended her employment at Mundekulla at the turn of the year 2020/2021 due to Corona. Therefore, we are extra happy that we get to enjoy Ann's dance and presence at the festival after almost 8 years of faithful service at the reception at Mundekulla where she was much appreciated by both the working group and our guests.

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Magnus Bengtsson
Circus school  (for children and youth)
(Swedish & English) 

Magnus Bengtsson is one of the festival's great heroes and great inspirers, who offers Circus School for children, young people ... and adults!


While the adults participate in general wisdom and developing activities, Magnus offers something called play, acrobatics, hand standing, juggling and other fun activities that most adults have completely lost along the way.

 

In addition, there will be a closing show on Sunday for all ages (small and large…) This is definitely one of the highlights of the festival, at least if the children get to choose!  See clip

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Nils Kercher (De), Kira Kaipainen & Hale Heikkilä (Fi)
Concert & workshop
  (in English)

West African pulse merges with Nordic vastness and colourful singer-songwriter tunes. Three passionate musicians oscillate effortlessly between guitar sounds, cello, gripping percussion and the hypnotic sound of the kora, a 21-string African harp. In refined, yet simple and clearly arranged songs, they sing about the big and small themes of human existence, with voices that sometimes float transparently and vulnerably through space, then again ride wildly and with earthy power on vibrant rhythms. Nils Kercher's albums have received great international acclaim in the global fusion and songwriter music scene. The BBC and renowned British music magazines such as Songlines, fRoots and R2 compared his pieces with prominent productions from various cultural backgrounds, by artists such as Rokia Traore, Steve Reich and Peter Gabriel. The deep yet playful lyrics from Kira Kaipainen’s pen blend in seamlessly. The refreshing and unique trio takes you unto a journey through soothing rains, urban grooves and cross-cultural diversity. Listen here

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Jennifer Ferguson (SA)
Concert and Sacred Song workshop

Born and raised in South Africa, Jennifer trained in the schools of tai chi and chi qong, theatre, improvisation, voice, yoga and music, integrating them into her creative and therapeutic work. She has worked in the field of human consciousness development with corporates, the creative industry and individually as a voice/sound therapist. She is a metamorphic technique practitioner, drawing from the vast fields of mystic and indigenous teachings in her work as musician and universal song-sound interpreter. She served for 3 years under President Nelson Mandela in South Africa’s first National parliament. She shares a vision for social justice, peace and collective and personal transformation especially through music, bridging North and South, Sweden/SA. Her creative collaborations have been enriched by her family: her daughter Johanna, born with Down syndrome; musician son Gabriel and husband, choral conductor and composer Anders Nyberg. She currently lives and works as music director at Stiftsgården, Rättvik. Listen here >>

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Massive Vibe Live! (Uk)  
Concert   "A magical mystical tour"  

Super beautiful and groovy "Massive Vibe Live" from England comes to this year's festival full of enthusiasm and infectious energy! The 10-man band that travels the world with their beautiful grooves that get mosquitoes as well as wasps, deer, moose and not least festival visitors to "Go bananas" in Mundekullaskogen. The performance is beyond most that has been seen before at Mundekulla with big screen, rap, dance music with uplifting lyrics and music that moves across many different genres using instruments such as harmonica, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, piano, electronic beats, rap, singing, dancers and a unique visual experience. Massive Vibe Live gave a concert at Mundekulla 2018 that still vibrates in the trusses. Bring it on! Or as they themselves say "Get ready for a powerful explosion of great cheer and wonder!"  

Watch video >>

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Jem Fredriksson
Lectures, mindfulness walking, meditation, Qi gong

Jem left a legal career in Stockholm to live as a monk for 18 years (2002-2020) in Plum Village in France and in California. Jem has been a Dharma teacher since 2010, and Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn is his teacher. During his years as a monk, he has met and taught thousands of fellow human beings who have sought development and guidance in their lives and inner journeys. In the autumn of 2018, Jem himself suffered a major life test when he was diagnosed with cancer. The incident made him return to his roots and since 2020 JEM has left life as a monk and lives in Sweden. He has continued to dedicate his life to working as a Dharma teacher and has recently trained as a qigong teacher. During the festival, he shares thoughts and life wisdom from his life journey and offers meditation, mindfulness walking and Qi gong. During the past year, he has held both physical and livestreamed retreats at Mundekulla and a new one awaits this autumn on October 27-30. Read more here. 

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Emma Dinmali Holmlund
EFT tapping, TRE and workshop
(in Swedish) 

Emma Dinmali Holmlund attended Osho therapist training in Pune, India in 2002 and in Family Constellations in 2003. She is also trained in EFT tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and at the festival Emma holds a workshop where you can try this technique. By tapping meridian points, you calm the nervous system and it becomes possible to process and see memories, thoughts and feelings from a new perspective. She will also teach TRE (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) where you get to do some physical exercises that activate the body's own mechanism to release stress from the body and nervous system. Together with her love Jem, Emma will also have a workshop in "The Courage to Face Love" where we explore how we experience love in our lives and what possibly prevents us from experiencing love. Emma is also part of the team that organizes the festival.

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Jan Eric Ström
Concerts, morning gatherings

Jan Eric is a multi-musician who has gilded many festivals at Mundekulla over the years through his own work and as a comp artist for other musicians. He performs both his own music and participates in the morning gatherings with Peter Elmberg. Since his education at the Academy of Music, Jan Eric has been a guitar teacher at Hässleholm's cultural school, among other places.

 

Jan Eric has also performed and toured with many other musicians in Sweden, Europe and India, including Kevin James whose album Only One he also participates on. Jan Eric has also worked a lot with theater, but nowadays he devotes most of his time to his three "Ms", namely Music, painting (Målning in Swedish) and meditation. It is impossible not to be touched when Jan Eric takes tone.

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Lars-Magnus Österberg
Morning gathering, concert, accompanist

Lars-Magnus Österberg is a pianist and keyboard player from Gothenburg and one of the festival's recurring musicians and part of the house band. In a concert with Jan Eric Ström, he performs some of his own compositions, close and meditative. Listen, rest and sing along. Lars-Magnus also participates as a musician for various artists during the festival and the morning gatherings, Mundekulla Summit and with Peter Elmberg.

 

Lars-Magnus has worked with music education for 25 years and he now has a musician position in Högsbo parish, Gothenburg and also freelances in the region. His CD "Piano Songs" recently had its digital premiere. Listen here

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Sandra Geitz
Embodied Creative Writing Exploration

Sandra moved to Mundekulla in January 2021 and runs Mundekulla's European volunteer project and is a board member of Mundekulla Vänner Non-profit association, where she works to start training projects for youth workers. In addition to this, she works with Zen Coaching, in the form of individual sessions, workshops and mediation sessions as well as liberating dance and movement. During the festival, she will offer an "Embodied Creative writing Exploration" for women. It will be a guided journey into the body, an encounter with nature and the source of our receptivity to express ourselves in writing from there.It is also possible to book sessions with Sandra on site. Read more here

Mundekulla non-profit association offers talks, exchange of ideas, human encounters and a walking meditation in the Forest Garden.

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Tomas Rasmussen
Concert

Tomas Rasmussen is a self-taught guitarist from Ronneby who spent a large part of his youth with his six-stringed friend by his side. It helped him through challenges and the dream of devoting himself fully to music grew stronger as he learned riffs from his favorite artists in the 80's and 90's. For a while he lived in London and invested in the rock band "Head" and made some unique recordings and performances.

 

The guitar technique and musicality remain and it will be fun to see Tomas on stage again, this time with twin sister Anna Rasmussen on vocals as we get to listen to and sing along to Plum Village songs inspired by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.  

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Satyadev
Concert
  (in English)  

Satyadev comes from Calcutta in India but he is now living in Denmark with his wife and children. Music runs through his veins. He hails from Kolkata, India. He was brought up in an environment clouded with devotion, tradition and religion. His music involves a soulful tone which brings bhakti and endurance when you listen to it.

 

He does bhajans, mantras and intriguing religious music of the Bauls- the Sufi magic of Bengal. A big Krishna Bhakta, Barman, carries a huge understanding and love towards Vedic and yogic rituals and the beauty and power of ancient mantras. He believes religion is like the sun. One sun, but many rays. “The divinity has many facets, just like him”.

Listen to Satyadev here

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Lucy Ashley (Eng)
Yoga   

When she came in contact with yoga several years ago, it meant a turning point in her life and it has meant a lot of learning and new experiences since then, and a life closer to her own core.


During the festival, Lucy offers Vinyasa yoga that is suitable for both those who have been doing yoga for a long time and those who are beginners. Everyone can start from their own conditions. She is also practically knowledgeable in various areas and a person you can turn to if there is something practical you need help with, e.g. for those of you who live in rooms where something needs to be fixed.

"Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees."  — BKS Iyengar 

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Patrik Bonnier 
Open Stage

Patrik is the man with the big smile who works in Mundekulla for the second summer and is also an electrician and a handy person who you can ask for help if something goes wrong. He is also a talented musician and singer who in the Mundekulla context goes by the name "The Troubadour from Trollhättan". 

Patrik organizes the open stage, so if you want to perform with a song, poem, story, dance or some other trick, you should ask Patrik to write your name on his list before one of the highlights of the festival. Our hope is that everyone who wants to will be able to perform something at least once, you have a maximum of 4 minutes, in order to create space for everyone who wants to participate. Patrik starts the open stage by singing on his own account, so hold on to your hats because this is a man who has a voice for two.

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Bob Hansson
Performance (in Swedish)
 

Bob Hansson is the author of eleven books and debuted in 1998 with "Heja Världen". In 2010, he received SR's great short story prize, and the same year he was also named the Hero of Freedom of Expression. In Swedish poetry, there is sometimes talk of "before and after Bob Hansson", as he was the first poet of his generation to reach a wider audience, not least through his stage performances. Probably no other Swedish poet has collaborated with so many musicians including Joakim Thåström, Ola Salo, Fläskquartetten, The Nomads, Olle Ljungström and Staffan Hellstrand. In 2010, he performed the monologue "Om lykka" on Dramaten's big stage and, not least, has participated in the Mundekulla Music Festival countless times!! At the festival, he does a performance on Saturday night.

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Anders Nyberg
Choir workshop, lecture

Anders is one of Sweden's most appreciated choir leaders and his Swedish mass "Heaven within" has sung its way into the Swedish choir soul. Anders was also conductor for the Swedish group Fjedur. He has studied choral conducting at the Stockholm Academy of Music for Eric Ericsson and composition for Bengt Hallberg, but the most important musical influences come from local folk musicians in Dalarna and his second homeland South Africa. He has arranged choral arrangements for almost 400 songs, including "Mundekulladanserna" and his latest project "A Chorus of Miracles". He also started "Sång i Dalgång" in the 90's when he walked with a choir around Siljan and gave concerts. And later "Sång i Strandgång" and later "Sång och Gång" from 2007 at Mundekulla. Anders and Peter also arranged a song tour in 2012 (Trondheim to Copenhagen) for 5 months ( www.thepath.nu )   with 25 concerts that continued in Germany. In addition to a song workshop, Anders will also talk about his upcoming book on "The Path project".

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Pernilla Franzén
Embodied Yoga Principles
(in Swedish) 

Embodied Yoga Principles (EYP) is a mindfulness based way of practicing yoga where you gain deep insights about yourself. Through different yoga positions, we explore strengths and weaknesses together, discover what we need more or less of in our lives and gain knowledge in how we can get in touch with our own superpowers.

 

We also get a vision and the opportunity to balance the masculine and feminine qualities that we all have within us, regardless of gender. In short - EYP is a fantastic source of both self-awareness and empowerment, so feel free to give it a try!

Pernilla also works at Mundekulla's reception and is on hand if you have questions or need help of any kind during your stay.

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Alfonso Calabria
Mundekulla's green kitchen

One of the main characters at the festival and in Mundekulla in general these days is undeniably Alfonso Calabria who "rocks the kitchen" with beautiful flavors, smiles, patience and keeps a cool head in the most hectic moments. Alfonso has a great passion for beautiful ingredients, seasonal cooking and wonderful tastes from around the world and the food in Mundekulla is praised by many participants. Together with our ESC volunteers with participants from Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece and South Africa, a pleasant and safe environment is created in the dining room with special food for the children.

Mundekulla's cookbook is available in Dutch, English and Swedish and has been named the world's best cookbook 2021 according to the French organization Gourmand cookbook awards.

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"Sunday Summit" 
Devotional and inspirational moment 

On Sunday morning, for the fourth year, we invite you to a restful "Devotional and inspirational moment" in the spirit of Mundekulla called the Sunday Summit.

We listen to some of the weekend's lecturers and musicians who each share a little moment based on an inspiring theme and beautiful song and music. We stop, sing together and digest the weekend's experiences and feel what we take home with us. It will be a nice summation and a new start for the continuation of life after the festival.

Read about previous years' Sunday Summits here

Trädplantering

Planting of the Children's tree
"It takes a child to raise a village" 

At this year's festival, the children will plant a tree as a symbol of the future, on the theme "It takes a child to raise a village it takes a village to raise a child". We therefore ask all children to bring a small bottle of water from their hometown. This water will then be mixed with water that children have brought from their home villages from all countries of the world since 1990 in connection with previous tree plantings on the theme "Our uniting water" under the leadership of the organization Globträdet. Even some world leaders such as Kofi Annan (former UN Secretary General) have contributed water. Some of the older children/teenagers will read a declaration about the world's water. A workshop will be offered for the children and youth as we go through the ceremony. You also have the opportunity to pay for a tree through Mundekulla's Adopt a tree project.

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Children's activities with Per, Moa, Tina and Eva
Play, crafts, creativity, yoga

We are happy to be able to offer a rich range of activities for children with people who are genuinely passionate about supporting children to harmony and well-being, both in everyday life and at work.
- Per Berglund works as a fireman, but also leads children in circuit training sessions at the gym where Moa Karlsson works as a personal trainer and lifestyle coach. They like play, peace, exercise and adventure and during the festival they will hold an open space for play and crafts for two sessions.

- Christina Tina Gustafsson will hold several sessions focusing primarily on creative activities, which will, among other things, lead to the children's exhibition at the lodge.

- Eva Milletorp offers an introduction to the world of yoga through play and storytelling. 

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Elin Nordenberg
Tour of Mundekulla's garden 

Elin works as a gardener at Mundekulla during 2022. She is a certified permaculture designer and has worked in various gardens and regenerative projects for the past five years, with a great interest in perennial plants and the concept of forest arboriculture.


Mundekulla's garden has grown during the last 4 years on the initiative of Clinton Pereira who, with the help of biochar, wood chips, branches, compost, insect hotels, has carefully built up a circular bed that now produces vegetables of various kinds for Mundekulla's kitchen. Elin runs the garden together with 4 volunteers who are at Mundekulla for 7 months. Join us on a walk during the first lunch, starting outside the restaurant.

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Katja Schreiber (SA)
Ecstatic Dance Journey   

Katja hails from sunny Cape Town, South Africa, where she started leading dances in 2017. As a dance facilitator for the global Secret Sunrise movement, she has led dances across the world, from Bali to Amsterdam. Her down-to-earth and playful guidance sets the tone for a heart-opening dance journey in which she encourages participants to connect with each other and themselves. In April 2022 she arrived at Mundekulla as an ESC volunteer, and is excited to offer a dance journey at this year's festival.

Expect a dance journey filled with movement, connection, and expression. Come curious and ready to play, flow, feel, explore, and move as you are guided through a unique dance experience.

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Anna Rasmussen
Yinyoga, concert (in Swedish)

​In 2006 on an island in Thailand, Anna's real encounter with the world of yoga came and since then, yoga has been a part of her life. She trained in 2007 as a Virya yoga teacher in Stockholm and later also in children's yoga and yin yoga.

She carries a love for the many different parts of yoga, the physical positions, the breath, the meditation, the recovery and the philosophy of life as a whole that she believes provides support for a richer everyday life. Anna lives in Ronneby and regularly holds courses in Yoga and meditation and organizes events with yoga teachers that she is inspired by. Anna also gives a concert together with her twin brother Tomas based on her own Swedish translation based on the teachings of the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. In everyday life, she works within the church with people who are far outside the labor market, where the knowledge in the various branches of yoga is very helpful and permeates the work she performs. Anna is part of the Festival team behind the festival.

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