Ängsbacka is a Course and Festival Center for personal and spiritual growth located in the beautiful deep forests of Värmland, Sweden. We support people in their paths to sustainable development, well-being and harmony.
For over 25 years Ängsbacka served as an internationally renowned source of inspiration and meeting place where tens of thousands of people have participated in our events, courses and volunteering programs.
We believe that the magic of Ängsbacka lays in authentic connection with yourselve, the people and the nature around you. To support this, everyone at Ängsbacka, agrees upon following 12 guidelines.
I aspire to serve others, our planet and its inhabitants. I recognize that I must also serve myself in order to practice this effectively.
I strive toward becoming more conscious of my personal attitudes and behaviour patterns and I am willing to change those which are harmful to myself and others.
I recognize that what I see outside myself – any criticism irritation or appreciation -may also be reflections of what is inside me. I am willing to look at these within myself before reflecting them onto others.
I take responsibility for my actions, my mistakes and for any spiritual, environmental and human effects these might have. I am willing to listen to constructive criticism and to offer constructive feedback to others in a caring and appropriate fashion. I am willing to take action to resolve conflicts and to make amends when my actions have hurt others.
I wholeheartedly commit to respect other people; their differences, their views, origins, backgrounds, issues and their property. I will show respect and care for the environment, striving to minimize my negative impact. I agree to respect communal areas and other people’s working areas, to leave beauty and order around me.
I will not forcefully inflict my attitudes or desires (including sexual) on others. I agree to step in and stop, or at least say that I would like stopped, actions (including manipulation or intimidation) that I feel may be abusive to myself or others in the community.
I will be clear and honest in my communication and open-hearted in my listening. In public and in private I will not speak in a way that maligns or demeans others and myself. I will talk to people rather than about them.
I agree to make every effort to resolve disputes. At any time in a dispute, I may call for an advocate, friend, independent observer or mediator to be present.
I recognize that I live in a community and that it functions only through my co-operation and my good communication. I agree to communicate my decisions clearly to those who may be affected and to consider their views carefully and respectfully. I recognize that others may make decisions which affect me and I agree to respect the care, integrity and wisdom that they have put into their decision-making process.
I commit to keeping agreements I have made and not to break or try to evade any laws, rules, or guidelines; to have honest dealings with all bodies and to pay all charges and dues owing.
I will take an active part in the spiritual practice of the community, (such as meditation, morning meetings, sharing, forum, etc.) and will in my daily work strive to work for the greatest good.
I am willing to strive toward upholding and following the above guidelines in my life and work. I acknowledge that this asks for considerable effort and personal transformation. Bearing this in mind I will ask for support and help from others when I need such and I remain open to being approached by others who may be in need of support
VISION & MISSION
Ängsbacka is a sacred focal point bringing people to the realization of whom and what we really are beyond all thoughts and concepts.
We are an internationally renowned source of inspiration; exploring how human beings together consciously can create the life they desire on earth, and demonstrating paths to sustainable development, wellbeing, and harmony.
We realize and sustain our vision through;
● Openhearted communication and sharing, based on honesty and acceptance
● Practices that encourage self-awareness and personal growth
● Cultivating a thriving and fruitful cooperation with the local community of Molkom
● Involving our members in the growth and development of Ängsbacka
● Consciously creating a life of presence, creativity and respect for all life on earth
History of Ängsbacka
Ängsbacka was initially a privately owned business – bought by a few people with a strong vision to create a place for sustainable human development and personal growth. We believe that these visions and the work of the Ängsbacka pioneers continues to support us until today!
Since 1997, when the first festival took place, thousands of people have been touched by the warm, open, loving atmosphere during workshops, courses, retreats, festivals and visits here at Ängsbacka. To many Ängsbacka has become like a second home and a source of inspiration. Hundreds of people have lived and worked here for shorter or longer periods and contributed with time, money, work and above all put their heart into creating what we today can share and enjoy here.
Nowadays Ängsbacka is no longer privately owned but owned by a members association. More information about this association and how you can become a member can be found here.