”There is a Native American saying to think seven generations ahead before any important decision. I have had this idea with me since we started, and I hope we get to continue this adventure for many more years to come ”
- Peter Elmberg
CIRCULAR ECONOMY AWARD 2019
"Mundekulla Retreat Center has shown that it is possible to build a successful business at the same time as energy and climate issues are central. The retreat center is built with reclaimed and environmentally friendly materials, has solar panels on the roof and the restaurant uses local and seasonal produce in their vegan based menu. "
Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, October 31st, 2019. CIRTOINNO, EU Interreg project to support Circular Economy in Tourism in the Baltic Region.
Mundekulla, with its calm and peaceful surroundings, is a place for mindfulness, yoga, retreats and even festivals and events from 15 to 300 participants. Many people who have visited, describe Mundekulla as a little paradise where the only thing you hear is the sounds of nature. The creative atmosphere with music and art also makes it an inspiring and beautiful place for courses and events.
A Sustainable Foundation
Mundekulla is built on ecological principles, with warmth and care, uniting the past and the future. Mundekulla started with restoring a house from the 1820s and has slowly grown into the center it is today, using many traditional ways of building, as well as recycling, upcycling and reusing material.
The site offers a varied and beautiful landscape surrounded by old forests, creeks and freshwater ponds for swimming as well as with walking paths. The property rests on 60 hectares and the facilities include four beautiful meeting halls, the largest of which is 240 square meters, a wood-heated sauna, spa, hay/clay house (meditation room) with a total of 125 sleeping spaces in five different buildings on the site. The roof of our barn is clad with 120 square meters of solar panels and all of our rooms are insulated with sustainable materials.
"We wanted to create a place that shows that it is possible: to live in harmony with the environment. To build sustainably. To eat healthy and organic. We wish to bring people, learning, creativity and wisdom together. When we started we wanted to create a little piece of paradise and we continuously create from that inspiration. "
- Anne Solveig
AT MUNDEKULLA WE WORK, WE ORGANIZE RETREATS AND ARE HOME TO MANY EDUCATORS AND ORGANIZATORS. WE FIND INSPIRATION BOTH LOCALLY AND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. HOWEVER, EVERYTHING WE DO BREATHES SHARED VALUES THAT GIVE OUR WAY OF WORKING AND PROGRAM A SOLID FOUNDATION.
When we truly meet other people, that's when the magic and learning happens! Mundekulla brings people together and aims to create special - or even transformational - meetings that will stick with us as great memories long time after the course or event. Meetings that bring us new insights, joy, tools and skills that enrich our lives.
We are inspired by many different viewpoints and directions. We love to bring science, culture, wisdom traditions and different perspectives together. We invite people to think for themselves and to ask new interesting questions. We give inspiration, we reflect, we share, we explore. In doing so, we collaborate with a great network of renowned teachers, organizations and speakers
Mundekulla is a place where creative projects blossom. Music, storytelling, dance, visual arts, poetry. We stimulate the senses with small surprises all over the terrain and in the programming. We love to give people the experience of beauty, nature and cultural history of Småland. Culture and creativity give color to Mundekulla.
We want our activities to be in harmony with the environment. We aim to make this little piece of land a little more beautiful and balanced than when we first came here. We do this in many ways. From solar panels to climate smart buildings, from recycling to meals that are made with organic and local produce (80%). We have also planted more than 30 % leaftrees in the forest of 60 hectares.
“We want people to feel inspired and stimulated to evolve. To do something that might feel challenging at first, but that you feel proud and happy about afterwards. I feel it's fantastic to see people grow”.
- Peter Elmberg
In 1998 a father and a son - Berndt and Peter Elmberg - started restoring an old house in the tiny village of Mundekulla. The house had been standing empty for many years and rain was dripping through the ceiling in every room. Anne Solveig joined them in working on this 'dream' in the countryside, as she had a deep wish to bring to life a retreat center.
Together they wanted to build a place that shows that it is possible: we can live in harmony with nature and each other. A place that lifts the region and shows its beauty and brings people together. A place filled with music, peace, nature, community, creativity, personal development and sustainability.
Over the years Mundekulla grew bigger than the house with the traditional red walls and characteristic double doors. Now, more than 20 years later, Mundekulla is a retreat and course center, visited by many people from all over the world.
The Daily Runnings of Mundekulla
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD AND A TEAM TO CREATE MAGIC
Founder & musician
Peter is a trained musician and behavioral scientist with a background in project management and entrepreneurship. Since almost 25 years he runs Mundekulla and organizes events such as the annual Mundekulla Festival, Man in Mission etc.
Organization & Education
Stephanie Verstift works with organizational development, EU projects, marketing and circular gastronomy. Stephanie loves working with people and general organization, applying her background in organizational change, facilitation and Service Design.
Gardener & builder
Clint has a background in sustainable architecture from Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a great passion for building and creating gardens. At Mundekulla he tiredlessly works with landscaping, growing vegetables and supporting the organization of events.
Volunteer Coordinator & Education
Sandra works as a volunteer coordinator for the European Solidarity Corps program (ESC) and wider volunteering at Mundekulla. She brings celebration, connection and creativity to both the program and Mundekulla events, from her background in zen coaching, dance and creative writing.
Head of Kitchen
Alfonso rocks the kitchen with beautiful flavors, smiles, patience and a cool head in the busiest of moments. Alfonso has great passion for beautiful produce, seasonal cooking and wonderful flavor makers from all over the world.
Caretaker and photographer
Björn has two hands that are great with any maintenance challenge. With a smile and eye for detail he makes sure all works as should. But above all Björn is a skilled photographer and a lover of music.
Beside the Mundekulla Retreat Center, there is also an idealistic association called Mundekulla Friends (Mundekulla Vänner). The association consists of people who love to support Mundekulla through cultural events, volunteering, pearls of wisdom and more. The association has been the organizer of different musicals about the history of Småland (Hemstannarna) and today (Hitkommarna), as well as the annual Jazz Festival (until 2020).
The association manages different funds, like Irene´s Fund (for people with less financial means), Berndt´s Fund (for sustainable building, forestry and countryside development) and Björn Natthiko´s Fund (to support Mundekulla in challenging times of Covid and for supporting events that bring mindfulness and community.