David and Elin met at Ängsbacka 5 years ago (read 2013) after she had been here for a year already. As with most of the extended community; the workshops, festivals and general atmosphere at Ängsbacka had made her stick around. She still contributes by organising the healing circle at festivals and by doing body work. For David the initial attraction was first and foremost her, but as he speaks it becomes clear that he too has a strong feeling of community here.
“We are more than neighbours. At any time we can reach out through the joint email thread or in the Facebook group and there’s always a response. Like that time Elin has to find a way to pay an unexpected bill…”
With that calm enthusiasm they both seem to share, David tells about how Elin once asked if anybody could book a massage treatment to help her raise some money, and within a few hours she had booked enough treatments to clear all the bills that were due. He goes on talking about how there is that comradely and overall feeling that everyone in the community seems take care of each other as best as they can. Within a balance of course. Honesty and personal boundaries are principles that seems to be held closely to empathy and they both speaks about how sharing and listening with compassion are great tools for healing that is utilized collectively here. With a jokingly wink, David tells about how using this principle of sharing, often referred to as forum, have saved them from a lot of built up resentment in their relationship.