Tantra Festival 2016
Heart, bliss and power
The Tantra Festival is Ängsbacka’s juiciest festival and offers you the opportunity to meet other people willing to explore sexuality, relationships, personal development and spirituality trough tantra, one of the most powerful methods of self-realization.
This year the Tantra Festival is about finding the truth of one’s heart, its ecstatic enjoyment and its vitality and to be centered in meetings with others. Heart, bliss and power.
Tantra is not just about sex and sexuality – it is an exploration of being true, free and in our power. It offers the gift of seeing past illusions and limiting patterns, fully engaging us with life in a potent and fulfilling way.
You don’t need any previous experience of tantra to come, just an open mind and a willingness to face yourself and others honestly. The festival is suitable both for beginners and advanced practitioners, 18 years old and above. All sexual orientations and preferences are welcome in the practice of tantra.
You can come alone as a single or together with a partner; there will be opportunities for everyone to grow.
The festival offers workshops on sexual tantra and tantra massage for couples and singles, including tantric meditations. We invite you to experience powerful ceremonies, men’s circles and women’s groups, dance and concerts. It is a festival dedicated to joy, pleasure and unconditional love, but also a place of profound peace and rest in stillness.
The festival offers the opportunity to experience many magical encounters with other people, but it’s also fine to do most workshops with the same person if you come with a partner. It is a great place to heal old wounds, especially around shame and self-doubt. It is a place for really saying YES to yourself and for bringing in greater peace and fulfillment into your life.
We have invited many experienced and exciting teachers, mystics, spiritual guides and energy workers who help us on the path, and the intent is to create a strong energy of togetherness during the festival. The experience is included in addition to great music and lively dancing, delicious vegetarian food and, not least, the beautiful surroundings of Ängsbacka.
A taste of the festival lineup 2016
- Bruce Lyon – Cosmologist and Tantra Teacher
- Kamala Devi – Sacred Snuggle Party
- Michael McClure – Experiment in Sex, Love and Enlightenment
- Dhyan Niten – Tantra workshops, The Integrated Masculine
- Matt Schwent – Sacred Sexuality, The Wheel of Consent
- Åsa Kullberg – Shamanic Sexual Wisdom – Shamanic BodyDearmoring
- Santoshi Amor – The Art of Loving Touch, Tantra workshops
- Anna Maria Hernmarck – Shamanic Tantrika Arts & Taoist Sound Journey
- Herman Ottosson – Presence Training for Men
- Sara Gustafsson – Women’s Health, Pelvic Floor Dance & Movement
- Lin Holmquist – Tantra massage workshop, Energy Work
- Kareem Raihani – DJ, Ecstatic Dance, Party Night
- Eugene Hedlund – TribalTantra, 5Rhythms®
- Estera Saraswati – Tantra Teacher, Temple Art Priestess & Shaman
- Zenon D. Dorje – Four Pillars of Tantra
- Beta Lisboa – Yin Fascial Yoga
- Simon Calder – MyoFascial Daoyin
- Dakini Cat Nightingale – Tantra teacher, Dakini & Sacred Intimate
- Fredrik Swahn – Musician, Be the Voice workshops
- Charlotte Cronquist – Talks on Sexual Energy, Energy Work
- Shima Hessenauer – The Holy Lover
- Kobi – Tantra Heart Workshops
- Aron Wängborg – Guru Training
- Maria Pravasi – Yoga Shaking, Shamanic Chakra healing
- Anna-Karin Nilsson – Relating in dance
- Hajni Makk – Shamanic Heart Movement
- Smrati Skog – Pulsation Breathing
- Jimmy Lundgren – Sweat lodge
- Samuel Lu – Violinist
- …and more to come!
The full list of workshop leaders and musicians will be updated continuously. Check back for updates!
What is Tantra?
Tantra is an exploration that leads to freedom and enlightenment. There are thousands of techniques and methods to step out of your old patterns and discover the thoughts and behaviors that prevent you from seeing the truth. Tantra serves as a way to authentically engage with life in the present moment; moving towards living without anxiety, jealousy or being judgmental. It also reminds us that at a deeper level, there is no separation between ourselves and “others.”
Exploring your boundaries
At the festival there is room for both fun and seriousness, magical encounters, tough challenges and unconditional love. All workshops are voluntary and color-coded to better inform you of what will take place. Self-responsibility is the key and it is you who decides how far you would like to go. There is no pressure to expand your boundaries any further than feels right to you. There will also be a “code word” that can be used throughout the festival by anyone when boundaries are being crossed. This is all done to respect the power and potency of Tantra, which can be both challenging and rewarding.
What is expected of you?
At the Tantra Festival we expect that you are honest and that you take responsibility for your own feelings and your actions. You are expected to be dressed in the garden and the woods around it, and that you keep your sexual relationships in your own private room or in your own tent. We expect that you are open and accepting towards the other participants at the festival. Compassion, honesty and openness with our emotions is embraced and encouraged. All participants must respect that Ängsbacka is a drug-free and alcohol-free space. Those who violate this policy will be asked to leave. Everyone will be presented with the Tantra Festival Ethical Guidelines after they sign up for the festival.
Curious what a Tantra Festival really looks like?
Check out pictures and video from previous festivals and take a look for yourself!
A typical day might look like this:
- 7.00: Morning Practice (Yoga, Breathing, Shaking, etc.)
- 8.00: Breakfast
- 10.00: Morning Ceremony
- 11.15: Workshops
- 13.00: Lunch
- 15.00: Sharing
- 16.15: Workshops
- 18.30: Dinner
- From 20.00: Workshops, dance, music or socializing in the café.
All workshops will be color-coded and categorized so that you know how advanced or challenging the exercises you will encounter are – it’s up to you to take responsibility for your well-being during the festival and workshops to choose – not for your ego, but from a deep desire to participate in this particular session. Information about the workshop leaders and their backgrounds will be available on the info board for all to see.
Express your deepest desires
On Friday afternoon there is the possibility to freely explore your inner dreams. Everyone is invited to a spectacular party where you can explore all aspects of your being: all colors, all shadows and embrace them together with people you feel safe with. Dress in your finest or your sexiest clothes. Dress up like your dream character, or why not express a fetish. Come dressed as a princess, police or in latex, leather, beads or feathers – or come in your everyday dress or your workout clothes.
During the party we will play a game that is about enjoying life fully! How much can you enjoy this very moment and how can you let that happiness and love overflow to serve others? it’s a game that suits some – but not others. The party is a real opportunity for you to give and recieve love!
Divine Cuddle room and Open Stage
For those who prefer to rest in intimate connection, there is a “cuddle party” on Friday efternoon, a beautiful room with loving guidance regarding the art of sensual massage. One night on the edges between dreams and reality awaits those who fulfill their dreams in the cuddle party.
Perhaps you also intend to express yourself on stage. Then there is the possibility of performing on the Open Stage on Friday. The audience during Ängsbacka’s open stage gives you the love and encouragement you need and perhaps births new focus and inspiration for your life after the open stage!
On the Saturday evening, you will be invited to a tantric ceremony. During this ceremony, we will wear white clothes. Make sure to bring white or light colored clothes when you pack.
Deepening courses after the festival
Directly after the festival you can stay on and go deeper by joining the ISTA-training (8-14 Aug) med Bruce Lyon, Kamala Devi och Dhyan Niten. Later in the autmn Beta Lisboa , Estera & Zenon, Åsa Kullberg, Smrati Skog and others will return to Ängsbacka offering various courses and retreats.
The participants are offered a variety of massage, energy work, counseling and coaching from selected professional therapists. You book and pay for your session by cash on-site at Ängsbacka, in the information tent, before you receive your treatment session. The coordinator and the session-givers in the Healing Circle will be presented at one of the morning meetings at the beginning of the festival.
All participants receive tent space in the campground with their ticket. Please bring your own tent. If you come with a partner you can book a double room or use your tent for your own practice. If you book a dormitory or 4-6 bedroom, these rooms are intended for recovery and sleep only.
The food, cafe and sauna
The food at the festival is cooked with love and passion and is to be enjoyed by all the senses. We serve mostly organic vegetarian food and you are invited to a variety of surprises along the way. Our cafe prepares delicious baked goods and raw treats that you can delight yourself in. We also have a large wood sauna which you can enjoy with others and let go of all your stresses.
The beautiful and peaceful surroundings with meadows, lakes and forests around Ängsbacka offers and creates a supportive atmosphere for those who want to immerse themselves in the tantra. From early morning to late evening, your day is filled with yoga, tantra, love and nature.
Lin Ananda Holmquist
Program coordinator for Tantra Festival 2016
E-mail: tantrafestival (at) angsbacka.se
Are you curious about how yoga changed Lins life? Read the article on our blog!