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Conscious Camping

What do YOU long for this summer? We have been searching for ways to share the magic of Ängsbacka while honouring Sweden’s current restrictions. Now we have a Yes from the authorities to invite you to our site this summer. This is Ängsbacka Conscious Camping!

Welcome to connect with yourself and meet open-hearted people in presence and co-creation at Ängsbacka. As usual, we offer delicious vegetarian food, and classic Ängsbacka activities like sharing, yoga, meditations, music, workshops and dance.

Each week will be hosted by one or more Spirit Keepers, who will be in charge of space holding as well as bringing their flavour of inspiration to the activity program. You can contribute too – together we create a unique shared space!

Conscious Camping is a meaningful option for how to spend one or more weeks away from home during the summer vacation this year when so many other options have fallen away. At Ängsbacka we accommodate the fact that different people have chosen different approaches to Covid-19. For some, it is important to really keep distance and others long for togetherness and to be closer. Whatever is your approach we encourage you to ask for consent regarding interaction with others as you cannot know their preference beforehand. More information about our expectations, the holding and your safety can be found in the FAQ.

A rich experience full of inner and outer explorations

Together with your hosts, members of Ängsbacka’s working community, you have the opportunity to tune in and design your stay based on your longings.

The Ängsbacka Magic happens in connection with yourself and others, and we believe that our core-practices play a big part in this alchemy. The Conscious Camping week(s) are no different from our festivals in this way and therefore we are proud to offer you:

    • Your own sharing circle – an opportunity for deep connection with a small group of people.
    • Activities –  you get access to daily workshops, starting with morning practices and finishing with an evening program. We offer meditation, dance, yoga, workouts, tea ceremonies, painting, singing circles and more. Max 50 persons per activity apply.
    • Possibilities to spontaneously volunteer in one of the current projects on site for a few hours
    • Ängsbacka Café and the legendary steps facing green fields, people enjoying life and magical sunsets

Being at Ängsbacka is a lot about togetherness, this summer also comes with an invitation to slow down and go inwards. We welcome you to explore what you long for in your life right now, day by day, moment by moment, and to be supported by the Ängsbacka spirit.

Week 23

May 31st – June 6th, 2020

Week 24

June 7th – 13th, 2020

Midsummer week

June 14th – 21st, 2020

Midsummer 

June 18th – 21st, 2020

Holy Fools Week

June 21st – 27th, 2020

Joy of beeing

June 28th – July 4th, 2020

The open possibility

July 5th – 11th, 2020

Play & Cermony

July 12th – 18th, 2020

The multiple you

July 19th – 25th, 2020

No Mind Week

August 1 – August 8, 2020

Tantra week

August 11 – 16, 2020

Sexsibility week

August 18 – 23, 2020

Price & Booking

June & July

(Week 25-30)

Camping spot + food and activities

Adult: from 3400 SEK
Youth (13y-17y): from 1500 SEK
Child (4y-12y): from 1000 SEK

Additional week(s) in June/july

In June and July if you come for more than 1 week you will receive a 20% discount on adult tickets for the 2nd week and further.

Please book all weeks individually through our website and use the code MORECAMPING in the booking process. Contact the booking office if you need support to finalize the booking or payment.

NO Mind week
(August 1-8)

Camping spot + food and activities

Adult: from 6550 SEK
Youth (13y-17y): from 2950 SEK
Child (4y-12y): from 1950 SEK

TANTRA week
(August 11-16)

Camping spot + food and activities

Adult: from 5500 SEK

During this week children and youth are not able to come.

SEXSIBILITY week
(August 18-23)

Camping spot + food and activities

Adult: from 4800 SEK

During this week children and youth are not able to come.

Conscious Camping – this is how we do it!

Conscious Camping is open for all who book and pay in advance, no day tickets are available.

Check-in opens at 15.00 on the arrival day, you will receive proof of full payment to get access to the camping and serving areas. Check-out* before 11 on the last day, lunch is served before departure. If you have an alternative arrival or departure time you still book the full camping package. There is no reduced fee for late arrival or early departure. Please let us know if you intend to stay shorter by contacting our booking office.

*Take down your tent or clean your room before this time. You don’t need to formally check out at the reception.

Our site is 100% vegetarian, alcohol and drug free. We have a limit of 50 available spots per activity in order to follow the current restrictions. You are responsible for all your actions and to follow our guidelines (posted on site). You decide how much you wish to participate in activities and interact with the daily life of staff, volunteers and the extended community in Molkom.

 
It is good to make sure you come prepared for you Ängsbacka experience in the very best way – check the practical information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sections below

Conscious Camping Principles

Our invitation to fully participate in Conscious Camping. A set of principles to guide the conscious camping experience. They include the current Ängsbacka guidelines with some added perspectives that specifically apply to and help Conscious Camping come together in a smooth and supportive way.

1. SERVICE

Ängsbacka’s core practices include a devotion to acts of service.

To aspire to serve others, our planet and its inhabitants.The value of the gift of service is unconditional. Service does not consider a return or exchange of equal value. Acts of service could be anything, from doing a volunteer shift to holding a door for a friend.

I recognize that I must also serve myself in order to practice this effectively.

2. PERSONAL GROWTH

To strive toward becoming more conscious of my personal attitudes and behavior patterns. While at Ängsbacka I intend to bring this work forward through opportunities to participate in and provide spiritual practices such as workshops, sharing and silent sitting. To be willing to reflect and to change behaviors which are harmful to myself and others. And to celebrate how everyone's growth affects each other's and can radiate positively.

3. COMMUNAL EFFORT

Our community values creative cooperation to contribute to the mission of Ängsbacka. To come together to create the beautiful and connecting experiences that Ängsbacka brings to the world. We recognize that conscious camping and Ängsbacka only exists through communal effort and co-operation and that it functions best through good communication and personal accountability. We work together to maintain our communal areas in a state of beauty through large and small acts of care. We remain open to feedback and dialog on how to exercise a communal effort.

4. RESPECTFUL COMMUNICATION

Respect/non-violence/resolution/agreement

We wholeheartedly commit to respect other people; our differences, views, origins, backgrounds, and issues. We agree to talk to people rather than about them.

And not forcefully inflict attitudes or desires (including sexual) on others. If conflict arises we agree to make every effort to resolve disputes, this may be supported by an advocate, friend, independent observer or mediator. I will speak to my own experience and remain curious to improve my communication skills. Once agreements are reached I commit to keeping them.

5. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility/agreement/cooperation

We value civil society, in doing so we all assume responsibility for conducting activities in cooperation with local and national laws and regulations. I take responsibility for my actions, my mistakes and for any spiritual, environmental and human effects these might have.

6. PARTICIPATION

We create this experience together, we are all creators in our own way. We believe that transformative change occurs through deep personal participation. We achieve what we will become through our daily actions. I will be open to step in and help or play spontaneously. I continuously shift my focus from me to we. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

7. LEAVE NO TRACE

Through our aspirations to serve the planet we respect the environment and our surroundings. We commit to take personal responsibility to leave no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

8. INCLUSION

Ängsbacka welcomes you as you are, we welcome and respect the stranger. Opening our hearts to the possibility of new connection, play and growth through greater openness to each other. I am willing to accept responsibility for including myself through interacting with what is happening around me. Joining the activity program is a great way of practicing inclusion.

9. SELF RELIANCE

Ängsbacka encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on their own inner resources. To prepare, reflect and plan ahead when necessary to meet the above principles.

10. AUTHENTIC EXPRESSION

Authenticity arises from one’s unique experiences and gifts. One’s authentic self is offered as a gift to others, in this spirit the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient and organization of Ängsbacka. Acting in the spirit of consent, never forcing one’s will on an unwilling recipient.

11. CONSENT

In all interactions Ängsbacka operates under a consent policy of “enthusiastic consent”. If you choose to participate in workshops, or activities that have intimate content, you agree to conduct yourself with enthusiastic consent in both giving and receiving. If you are holding a workshop or activity it needs to be communicated from the start what level of intimacy the space will be offering.

 

ENTHUSIASTIC CONSENT IS: 

    • Willingly and freely given. 
    • Informed, all parties involved are aware of the intention and have actively and explicitly agreed to be involved.
    • Free of force or coercion
    • In relation to sexual activity: explicitly communicated, verbally or with predetermined signals that have been agreed upon by all parties. Participants needed to clearly demonstrate that they wanted to engage in sexual activity in order for it to be considered consensual.
    • Enthusiastic! It is clear that those involved want to be. If you sense a reluctance or hesitation even with a verbal yes, stop, check in and give the person some space. If they still don’t seem to be wanting the encounter even if they say they do, end the encounter respectfully. It should not be an “I guess so” it needs to be a “hell yeah!”.

12. SUPPORT

I am willing to strive toward upholding and following the above principles in my participation at Ängsbacka. 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.

Practical information

A day at Ängsbacka

You will have a lot of freedom to design your experience during your Conscious Camping week(s). We are planning for a rich variety of activities to choose from and here is basically what you can expect from a day:

  • An early morning program is offered - yoga, breathing, meditation.
  • Breakfast - our first meal of the day
  • Meditation or morning gathering.
  • Open time - bring your gift, karma yoga, enjoy nature or just relax.
  • Lunch - the main meal of the day.
  • Afternoon workshops and activities go on until..
  • Dinner - a lighter, still fully nourishing meal.
  • An evening program follows; singing circle concerts, dance, open stage, tea ceremony etc. Sauna is open approximately three times per week.

Once per day, everybody meets in their sharing groups; all of us come together for the core practice of Ängsbacka!

CAMPING & ACCOMMODATION

The Conscious Camping ticket includes a spot in the camping area and you bring your own tent.

Camping is only allowed in areas marked for this purpose. Pitching a tent in other places such as the neighboring fields or the nearby forest (belongs to the municipality) is strictly prohibited. Our good relations with our neighbors depend on all following this rule.

Open fires in the actual campsite and in the forest are strictly prohibited, gas burners are allowed as long as there is not an official fire ban.

You will find outdoor toilets in connection to the camping areas and outdoor showers are available to complement the indoor facilities. We advise you to bring earplugs for better sleep if you are sound sensitive as the festival area can get loud at times.

INDOOR ACCOMMODATION

Indoor accommodations come at hostel standard with shared showers and toilets. Depending on availability and your budget we offer the following options for indoor accommodation:

  • 4-6 bedroom (bunk bed)
  • double room (twin bed)
  • single room

Indoor accommodation includes a blanket and pillow for each person. You need to bring your own bed sheets or a sleeping bag and a pillowcase. Towels are not included. We offer the possibility to rent sheets and towels at an additional cost.

CARAVAN OR CAMPER

If you would like to bring your camper or caravan - check availability when booking your ticket. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to offer electricity for any of these spots. 

FOOD AND SERVING

All meals are included during your stay; breakfast lunch and dinner are prepared and served daily. Ängsbacka offers a vegetarian diet prepared with love. We use locally produced and organic products to a large extent. In connection with your booking, you can ask for a vegan diet (same as lactose free) or gluten and nut-free food options. For practical reasons, we cannot meet any other wishes related to allergies or diets during festivals. All meals are presented at the outdoor serving tent area.

Recycle all materials including food waste at the designated areas on site.

ALCOHOL-FREE & DRUG-FREE

Ängsbacka has a policy of zero tolerance for illicit drugs and alcohol. We don’t serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances when you are at Ängsbacka. If you are found under the influence, we will ask you to leave immediately.

Please find our other general policies and guidelines here.

PAYMENTS AND CURRENCY

Remember! We always request you to book and pay your stay online before arrival. Once you're here you will be able to use cash, card or Swish (Swedish direct payment service) at our reception. We only accept SEK. At the reception you will be able to purchase or refill gift cards for use in the Café - the Café itself is cash-free! Regarding cash withdrawal, there is a cash point at Coop in Molkom (the nearby village).

ÄNGSBACKA CAFÉ

The Café is a cosy meeting place for hang-out, new friendships and deep conversation. You can buy yummy home-made cakes, a wide range of coffee, teas, golden milk, smoothies, chilled beverages, chocolate, raw food goodies and more!

KARMA STORE

At Karma Store you find organic yoga clothes, beautiful jewelry, books, beauty products and ­more.

SAUNA

Our amazing and newly renovated Sauna will be open a few times each week. Come relax and enjoy the heat in the company of new and old friends. It is a requirement to bring a towel to sit on in the sauna.

ACTIVITY INFORMATION

Once on-site you will find more information about the activities offered during your stay. The offers may be changed with short notice (sometimes depending on the weather or so), so please check it often. On-site you will also find opening hours for café, shops, reception and more. If you don't find what you are looking for - please ask the host! 

LOST ITEMS

As a visitor at Ängsbacka you are solely responsible for your personal belongings at all times. During your stay Ängsbacka will support you to retrieve any items lost by setting up, and maintaining specific “Lost & Found”-labelled boxes nearby the workshop-spaces. Collected items will be stored for a total of 2 weeks.

Valuables such as wallets, digital devices, keys and similar are handed in and kept at our booking office for a maximum of 3 months and will be returned upon description. Valuables are the only items that will be sent to you after the event is over and you will be charged for the postage plus an administrative fee of 100 SEK.

Please be aware that Ängsbacka does not take any responsibility for personal belongings - the above is to be considered a service and not a guarantee that you will be able to retrieve lost items whether valuables or others, such as clothing.

CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT

Check-in opens at 15.00 on the arrival day, you will receive proof of full payment to get access to the camping and serving areas.

Check-out* before 11 on the last day, lunch is served before departure.

If you have an alternative arrival or departure time you still book the full camping package. There is no reduced fee for late arrival or early departure. Please let us know if you intend to stay shorter by contacting booking@angsbacka.se

*Take down your tent or clean your room before this time. You don’t need to formally check out at the reception.

WELCOME LETTER

You will receive a welcome letter with more detailed information about your stay.

LANGUAGE

Ängsbacka is an international course and festival center with people from all over the world. The main language spoken is English.

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.

CONTACT BOOKING OFFICE/RECEPTION

The reception open-times will vary. You can find our contact details here.

FAQ about Conscious Camping

What makes it possible for Ängsbacka to offer Conscious Camping?

Upon recommendation from Folkhälsomyndigheten (the Swedish health council), the government decided to allow campsites to be open as per normal, with extra attention given to hygiene. The main restriction to follow is that camping activities are limited to max 50 participants. Ängsbacka has been in contact with the police and the municipality and they are informed of and agree to Conscious Camping.

We are not an ‘official’ camping site offered to the general public, which means that you have to book and pay for your stay with us in advance. When onsite, you will be expected to be able to show proof of your booking and payment upon request (i.e a wristband that you receive upon checking in).

What supports the physical health and safety of the people camping at Ängsbacka?

We welcome people who are healthy – without symptoms of flu – to Conscious Camping. If you are not well we expect you to cancel your participation before arrival or leave the site should you fall sick when already here.
There is a lot of outdoor space available at Ängsbacka and even indoor facilities are designed to normally hold hundreds of people. This means that you can influence yourself how much you want to interact with, or be around people, or rather have space for yourself. 

We expect everyone to take responsibility for themselves and fully respect and support the choices of others. This means that we will not “police” people if they hug etc. For this to work well, we will all need to practise asking for consent in our interactions.

Even if we take precautions and strive to support a healthy space we can of course not give any guarantees in the current situation. So if you belong to a risk group or are in close contact with risk groups, please consider your decision to come here carefully. Welcome to contact us if you have questions.

Practically we will prevent crowding in connection to the toilets/showers and food serving areas, here you will be supported to keep the distance by signs that we expect all to follow. For activities that are offered onsite there is a max of 50 participants (or less in smaller spaces) and signing up in advance will be necessary for some of them. Our aim is to hold a lot of activities outdoors.

Are there activities for all ages?

The activities will to some extent be designed depending on who is joining each week. At this point, we do not have a specific program for children/youth but rather an ‘all-generations’-approach. Depending on the number of families with children booking this may change.

Can I come just for a weekend?

At this point, you can only book a full week. If you cannot come for the full week and wish to have an alternative arrival or departure time you still book the full camping package. There is no reduced fee for late arrival or early departure.

Can I bring my dog?

No, dogs are not allowed on-site. If you come as a volunteer for a longer period of time you may have a different agreement with the Volunteer office.

Can I come as a volunteer?

Our volunteer program is open for your application – read more here!

ENJOY VÄRMLAND

We encourage you to explore the beauty of Värmland during your stay. Rejuvenating forests with hiking trails, blueberries, wildlife and lakes are all within walking distance from our site. By bike, or by utilising local transportation, you can easily extend your exploration. Take a day trip to Mangenbaden (local sandy beach), hike Vildmarksleden (a nearby “wilderness-walking-trail”) or rent a canoe from us for a day on the lake. More tips for Värmland you find on their website.

Practices for resilience and sustainable growth

Ängsbacka promotes holistic sustainability and this summer we put some extra emphasis on the following projects for resilience:

    • Food saving – a collaboration with local supermarkets to limit waste
    • Expansion of the vegetable- and herb gardens
    • Wild plant foraging and development of a forest garden