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News from the Woods

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 PETER IN PODCAST ABOUT HIS MUSICAL
JULY 2022

In contrast to the Emigrants, 'The Ecopreneur' Peter Elmberg together with Anne Solveig wrote the musical Hemstannarna (The ones who stayed) - the story of Maria & Karl Elof who remained in their homeland instead of emigrating. In the podcast "Echo of the Emigrants", Peter tells about the activities at Mundekulla retreat center where he searched for his roots and about playing Karl Oskar as a young adult. A conversation about the New Builder spirit, creativity, learning from the past and being true to oneself.

The interview is part of a podcast series about Vilhelm Moberg's Emigrant Epic, and the imprint the books have left in culture, debate - and in people's hearts. By Amanda Heijbel. Other participants in the podcast include Jan Troell (director of the original movie The Emigrants), Lisa Carlehed (acting as Kristina in the latest The Emigrant movie), Jens Liljestrand (author of the book about Moberg called "The Man from the Forest". Listen to the podcast here

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 PETER ELMBERG & STEPHANIE VERSTIFT ARE INVITED TO SWEDISH DINNER BY THE PALACE
APRIL 29, 2022

Since 2014, the King and Queen have annually invited around 100 entrepreneurs to their traditional Swedish dinner at Stockholm Palace, and at this year's dinner two people from Mundekulla are represented, with the following justification:

"Peter Elmberg is one of the founders of the Mundekulla course and retreat center in Emmaboda municipality. Since their inception 25 years ago, they have had a strong environmental and sustainability philosophy which includes, among other things, thinking seven generations in everything they do. Pioneering work in recycling and energy-smart solutions made Mundekulla Retreat Center the winner of a circular economy award presented by Energy Office Southeast 2019. During the pandemic, they have been hit very hard and have been caught between regulations and support systems. This has rather made them creative and they started early with live streaming events and have managed to keep the engagement around Mundekulla going. With the help of crowdfunding, they also printed their own vegetarian cookbook, containing recipes by the head chef Stephanie Pascalle Verstift. The cookbook "Mundekulla Cooks" was named "Sweden's best vegetarian cookbook 2020" by the organization the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards! It also won in the category "Best Hotel Cookbook Sweden". In 2021 the book was awarded, by the same organization, as the world's best vegetarian cookbook.

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 MUNDEKULLA COOKS LAUNCHED IN SWEDISH!
MARCH 15, 2022

After a wonderful adventure and with the help of everyone's fantastic support, the book "Mundekulla Cooks" was published in English in 2020. The first edition was sold out, but the book was also published in Dutch in 2021. Now it is available in Swedish! It is published by Bazar publishing house and the Swedish version is called "Mundekullas Gröna Kök".

You can order the book here.
Read all about Mundekulla's kitchen here.
More information about the book and the inspiration behind it can be found at www.mundekullacooks.com

WINNER BEST HOTEL COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD
WINNER BEST VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK SWEDEN
In the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2021

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 PEACE CONCERT FROM MUNDEKULLA 
JANUARY 16, 2022

The other day, the Swedish Public Radio announced that our Peace Concert, consisting of 12 peace prayers set to music from different traditions, will be played as a radio service on World Religion Day, on January 16, 2022. The concert was recorded in Mundekulla in 2019 and is now being rebroadcasted.

The image of the wagon wheel has become a symbol of this concert and the wagon wheel is placed as a window on the hayloft in Mundekulla. Each spoke is a symbol of resp. tradition and in the middle all roads meet and there is consensus and understanding, while at the edge of each spoke the conflicts arise as we seem to be very far apart. In the times we live in now, it is especially important to stay close to the middle and seek understanding and reconciliation rather than separation and division. The goal is for the 12 songs to be released on spotify shortly, as well as many other wonderful Mundekulla songs. Read more and listen afterwards here.

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