The Ängsbacka Yoga Festival invites you to share your passion for yoga, dance, movement, meditation, music and healthy food with like-minded people from all over the world. There is a lovely feeling of togetherness that quickly manifests, whether you come alone or with the whole family.
The festival is an international event for yoga enthusiasts of all levels and traditions. Both young and old, beginners and advanced yogis come to the Yoga Festival to enjoy yoga, meditation and dance. It is a melting pot between Eastern and Western culture where you will get to meet swamis from India, urban yogis from vibrant metropolitan studios and the silent embrace of the lush nature and forest. The festival is a place for dance, music, and healthy food for all the senses. And for authentic meetings, especially with yourself.
Yoga allows you to connect with your body’s own intelligence, discover new ways of finding your optimal alignment and enhance your natural fitness and vitality. This year’s theme acknowledges that All is within — we have everything we need inside ourselves already — and that it is up to us to get in contact with our deeper essence to allow our innate gifts and talents to be expressed and shared with the world.
Yoga for everyone
We welcome all levels of experience to the festival. Last year about 500 people participated, ranging from yoga teachers, advanced yogis, beginners, children and those who have never even been on a yoga mat before. The idea of the Yoga Festival is that you create your own retreat, choose your own yoga sessions and practice yoga in the way that fits you best in the moment.
Beginner’s classes give a gentle introduction to easy yoga while strong dynamic yoga classes challenge the more experienced practitioners. Acro Yoga offers fun and supportive ways to experience yoga with others, while children’s yoga gets the young ones involved. There is something for everyone.
Complementing the yoga are an assortment of dance, philosophy lectures, concerts and massage workshops. In the evenings, you can relax in the sauna or sing out your soul in one of our mantra workshops.
Teachers who come to the Yoga Festival are among some of Europe’s leaders in yoga. We do our best to ensure a high quality selection of international top-class teachers, who really embody their practice and share something truly special with the participants.
Some of this year’s teachers at the 2016 festival:
Music is an important part of the festival program. This year we proudly welcome the soft and powerful multi-musician Prema Mayi, the ecstatic Swamis from India and the charismatic Vasudev, among many others! You are welcome to bring your own instrument or your voice and be a part of Ängsbacka’s spontaneous “yoga orchestra.”
The festival offers a daily Kid’s Camp with fun things to do for children and teens who can participate without their parents; song, music, dance, creative activities, excursions in the forest, sports, games, yoga and more. The Kid’s Camp will be open from 11-18.30 so parents can enjoy workshops and sharing.
Kid´s Camp is like a daycare service (for children 4 years or older) so that you as a parent can feel free to go to workshops alone, but if your child doesn´t want to be alone in the camp you are also welcome to join. Take the opportunity to really play around with your kids, practicing yoga/union together. The area around Ängsbacka is safe and lovely for kids to explore.
All participants are divided into groups of 5-7 people, which we call a sharing group. Every day for an hour we meet in our own sharing group. It’s like a kind of festival family, a safe and holding space, where we can feel connected internally and with each other. Here we can integrate experiences by putting words to them without being interrupted and by accepting the presence of the others in the group. This is a good place to land, a grounding place to come to every day. And a place where friendships for life are born.
Yogic diet for a perfect yoga experience
For you to get the most out of the festival, we offer you yogic vegetarian food from passionate chefs who care about your well-being. They have picked the finest lettuce and veggies in the garden for you to enjoy as is or with exciting stews, soups and raw food dishes that makes both your body and your taste buds vibrate with pleasure. The yogic food provides lots of energy, without being too heavy. Vegan alternatives will also be available during mealtimes.
If you’re longing for a tasty sandwich or delicious baked goods or raw treats you are welcome to the Ängsbacka Café! The cafe offers a cozy and comfortable place for encounters with new and old friends and the opportunity to just relax. Enjoy a cafe latte or mild herbal tea or choose from a variety of organic pastries, fruits and nutritious smoothies. The café is definitely an Ängsbacka highlight!
The participants are offered a variety of massage, energy work, counseling and coaching from selected professional therapists. You book and pay for your session in 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.
The daily program
Your festival day may look like this:
05:30 am Kundalini Yoga Aquarian Sadhana with live music
07:00 am Meditation or Morning Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga)
08:30 am A hearty breakfast of porridge, smoothies, fruit and herbal teas
10:30 am Morning Meeting and Communal guided meditation for world peace
11:00 am Workshop (Jivamukti yoga, Anusara Yoga, Meditation, Dance,)
01:00 pm Lunch – the day’s main meal of the day – vegetarian
06:30 pm Dinner – a light evening meal of soup, vegetable stir-fries etc
08:30 pm Concerts, Bhajans, Gong Meditation, Dance and Evening Entertainment
Then it’s up to you to practice your yoga in the way that you want. Soft and still, powerful and challenging or meditative out in the beautiful forest: the choice is yours.
The Yoga Festival begins with the beautiful welcome ceremony. Take with you a symbol that you think symbolizes yourself and the journey you are on right now for the ceremony. During the ceremony, we get to enjoy the festival’s musicians and sing mantras to land in the space, creating an radiant energetic field for the days to come.
What does it mean to be a festival volunteer at Ängsbacka?
As a festival volunteer you come to participate in our festivals and in exchange, you offer your time and energy to serve the festival in one of our working groups. As an exchange for your contribution, you receive our festival ticket at a discounted price; three beautiful, vegetarian meals a day and a bed in one of the dormitories or tents on the festival campsite.
Festival Volunteer Camp Dates
Yoga Festival Volunteer: Wed 20 July – Sat 30 July 2016
Fee: 2400 SEK.
Tantra Festival Volunteer: Sun 31 July – Mon 8 August 2016
Fee: 1950 SEK.
If you combine two or more camps you will receive a discount on the volunteer fee.
2 camps = 20% discount.
Closing Ceremony ends at 12.00, and then snack/fika is served
From Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning we will celebrate silence at the festival. Parents with children will of course use spoken language, but its also fun to play the “silent game” together.
At Ängsbacka Yoga Festival we will open the space with a white-dressed ceremony. You are welcome to dress in white or light clothes for the opening ceremony at 20.00 on Saturday the 18th of July.
A welcome letter with more detailed information about the festival will be sent out to all festival participants. Below is some general information.
International Course & Festival Center
Ängsbacka is an international course and festival center with participants, workshop leaders and volunteers from all over the world. Therefore please note that the main language during the festivals often is English but some of the workshops can be in a different language, for instance Swedish or Norwegian.
The festival ticket includes camping at Ängsbacka’s beautiful green camping field, which is located in direct connection to the festival area. Bring your own tent and don´t forget to bring equipment suitable for the warm as well as the cold and for a rainy summer day.
At an additional fee there are sometimes beds to rent indoors at the festival area; in double room, 4-6 bed room and dormitory. For availability see the tab “Price and booking”.
We place men and women separately unless you have booked a whole room. Please bring earplugs if you are sound sensitive – the sound can sometimes be quite loud in the festival area. All our accommodations are hostel standard with shared shower and toilet.
Please bring your own sheets and towels. You might want to bring an extra towel for the sauna or swimming.
You can rent a space for your camper or caravan during the festival, without electricity. Book well in advance!
It is also possible to rent private accommodation in the nearby village of Molkom. Most accommodations are located at walking distance (1-1,5 km) to Ängsbacka. Please contact us if you are interested and we’ll send you a list with contact-information of the people who let out rooms, apartments, houses and campers/caravans.
The festival ticket includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Ängsbacka we offer a vegetarian diet prepared with love. We use locally produced and organic products to a large extent. If you let us know in connection with your reservation, we will arrange vegan diet (same if lactose intolerant) or gluten and nut-free food for you. For practical reasons we can´t meet needs from other allergies or diets during festivals.
The Cafe & The Shop
The Cafe is a cozy and comfortable meeting place for new friendships and deep conversation over a latte or a mild herbal tea. You can also buy organic bakery, delicious sandwiches and healthy drinks. The atmosphere often get lively during Open Stage where you can take the opportunity to share a song, poem or just improvise.
In the Ängsbacka Shop you will find health products and organic body care, relaxing music, books, different clothes, organic incense, unique jewelry, yoga mats and more.
Money. For cash withdrawals, there is a vending machine (ATM) at the grocery store in Molkom community, about 1.5 miles from Ängsbacka.
Walking. A good idea is to bring coarser walking shoes for trails around Ängsbacka. Comfortable indoor shoes/slippers is also good to have.
Bottle/cup. Don´t forget a water bottle and maybe a take away mug for coffee and tea.
Sauna. We have a large sauna where you have the possibility to relax in the company of new and old friends – an extra towel is a good idea to bring for that.
Find your way here
It’s easy to find your way to Ängsbacka by car, bus or train. Read more about
how to find your way here.
The environment stays cleaner and carpooling also saves us money. Visit our car-pooling, where you can offer or request a ride to and from Ängsbacka.
Family discount – Parents receive the Extra Early Bird price (4200 SEK) when at least 2 child/youth tickets are booked. Use the code YOGAFAMILY during your booking on each adult ticket to receive the discount.
Under 25 discount – 400 SEK discount for ages 19-25. Use the code UNDER25 during booking. Please bring your ID with you during check-in.
Festival combo discount – Attend more than one summer festival and receive Early Bird prices on each festival you join! Use the code YFCOMBO during booking.
All prices includes festival ticket, all workshops & concerts, meals and a space for your tent in the campground.
Please note that to receive the Extra Early Bird, Early Bird & Reduced discounts, you must book before the ending date of the respective period and pay within 5 days.
Offer 1: Extra Early Bird until 29 February
Offer 2: Early Bird from 1 March – 30 April
Offer 3: Reduced from 1 May – 15 June
Standard from 16 June -22 July
At the gate on 23 July
Children and Youth
Children 4-12 years
Youth 13-18 years
Space in the campground
included – please bring your own tent!
Bed in dormitory
Bed in 4-6 bed room
Bed in double room (only two left)
Single room (fully booked)
Space for caravan (without electricity)
Space in a yurt (Matress, pillows and blankets are provided. A wood stove makes heating possible.)
Please bring your own sheets and towels (including towels for the sauna).
Please bring earplugs if you are sensitive to sounds while sleeping.
WEEKEND TICKET: JULY, SAT 23 – SUN 24
There is a possibility to buy a weekend ticket for the Yoga Festival. The weekend ticket is valid from 15.oo (In Check and café is open – workshops starts 16.30) until Sunday evening. Price 1200:- (including camping space).
If you want to stay the night until Monday, includning morning practice and breakfast, that is 250:- extra.
Weekend tickets for youth (13-18): 600:-
Extra night + breakfast = 125:-
Weekend tickets for children (4-12): 500:-
Extra night + breakfast = 125:-If you want to upgrade from tent to indoor lodging – please contact booking after 19.00 on the opening day. By then unbooked rooms will be available also for participants with weekend tickets. Quite likely we will have some rooms available.
You can complete your payment in 3 ways. While booking you will get further instructions. After booking your ticket, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
1) Credit/Debit Card
Pay online using your card of choice.
2) Swish (mobile app)
Transfer the amount from your Swich Account to Ängsbacka: 123 538 12 56.
Important! Please write what event you are paying for, and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account.
3) Bank Transfer from Sweden
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448
4) Bank Transfer from abroad
Nordea bank account No. 9960 2644185510
Swift address: NDEASESS
IBAN: SE63 9500 0099 6026 4418 5510
Important! Please write what event you are paying for, and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account.
If you use SWISH or BANK TRANSFER, we prefer that you pay directly. If you are unable to do so, we need the payment due (betalningen) within 10 days after you booked, unless the terms for discount (rabattvillkoren) require payment earlier than that.
Before the event begins we need your full payment. Please note that your place at the event is guaranteed only after payment is done.
If you have questions regarding the booking and payment, please contact us:
Phone: +46 55 31 00 35.
Cancellation policy for festivals
In case of cancellation latest one month before the festival start, the cancellation fee is 350 SEK. After that, and until the festival starts, the fee is 15% of the total value of your booking.
Please note that when cancelling sooner than two weeks before the festival starts, a doctor’s confirmation of your inability to participate is required. Refunds can not be made after the festival has started.
If Ängsbacka would cancel the festival all payments are refunded.