“I fell in love with this place right away. It was magical then and it is magical now.”
She is not the only one that speaks of the deep and meaningful connections that the women in this community have built up where they celebrate birth together, meet in women’s circles and support each other in everyday life. «It was when I tried to move away to Stockholm for two years that I really realized how different things are here. I realized how beautiful and special it is to live here. I love Ängsbacka and the community here.» Her eyes glows and a kind of playful beam of enthusiastic energy shoots from her. Almost like a young girl blushing over a love affair.
“It’s like a big family. For me it really is.”
Blake’s words are as thick as they are thin. Simple, yet dense with meaning and intent. It’s like your ears understand that it’s time to listen. Rumor has it he writes well too. You can pick up one of his 14 books and find out yourself. In 1999 he had sold everything he owned back in his home in the USA, bought a small, French car and started a more nomadic lifestyle. A job offered through a Danish friend and publisher brought him to Scandinavia where soon heard about Ängsbacka. He went up for his first festival in 2001. He was very impressed.
Blake speaks about how he would miss the rhythm of this place if he were to move. He talks of the importance of rhythm and how the festivals, ceremonies and celebrations help create that through the whole year, and he shares how this quiet town, due to Ängsbacka has a vitality to it because of the constant influx of openhearted people and ideas that run through the centre and hence also affects the town.
“It’s almost like a university town.”