Nordic AcroYoga Festival 2017 / Mundekulla



Nordic AcroYoga Festival

Mundekulla 30.June-3 July 2017



Presentation


AcroBhakti invites to AcroYoga Festival at wonderful Mundekulla eco-retreat center in the forest of southern Sweden. AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness and community.

There will be workshops for both beginners and experienced. All are welcome.
Come and share four days full of amazing festival atmosphere in beautiful surroundings. This is an alcohol and drug free event. Chocolate and cookies are welcome !


Organizer

The festival is arranged by AcroBhakti in collaboration with Mundekulla.




Location


Mundekulla is located in the southeastern forest of Sweden. A place for stillness, creativity and encounters, with beautiful surroundings. The whole facility is constructed and run environmentally friendly.

Mundekulla
Eco-Retreatcenter
361 95 Långasjö
www.mundekulla.se
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Getting to the festival
It's easy to get to Mundekulla. On their website, they have several tips for your trip:
www.mundekulla.se/en/about-us/how-to-get-here-19141760

Carpool to Mundekulla
You can also share a ride by filling this form (only in swedish):
http://wse36488.ta14.talkactive.net/mundekulla/samak/




Program


40+ workshops with 22+ international teachers.
All levels happening in parallel (basic to advanced).
Workshops in AcroYoga, Yoga, Thai Massage and more...



Friday
16:00 Arrival

18:30-19.15 Dinner
20:30-22:30 Opening Ceremony



Saturday
, Sunday
07:00-08:30 Morning yoga
08:30-09.15 Breakfast

10:00-12:00 Workshop: acroyoga, yoga, thai massage, dance
12:30-13.15 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Workshop: acroyoga, yoga, thai massage, dance
16:45-18:15 Workshop, Jam or Sauna in Mundekulla's woodheated sauna
18:30-19.15 Dinner
20:30-22:30 Evening program: party with mantras singing, dancing, music, open stage

Monday
07:00-08:30 Morning yoga
08:30-09.15 Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Workshop: acroyoga, yoga, thai massage, dance
12:30-13.15 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Closing Ceremony


>> Continuation with the retreat (read more here)

(Subject to change)


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Teachers



Alejandro Salvatierra
Andreas Jakubik
Barbara Lipsky
Boris Acro
Cathaysa Viña
Christopher Ekelund
Emil Ingemann
Eric Linde
Eric & Inez
Fiona Smith / Bodywisdom School
Jaqui Wan
Jesse Saunders
Julia Johansson
Kasper Karup
Katariina Sofia
Katharina Bauer
Kristine Elmedal
Monika Jacob
Raquel Koya Mapelli
Raven Smith
Sara Stenlind
Ted Sikström
Timo Kurvi
Victor Wester
Winfried & Sophia Ruhs
Yohann Guichard


Alejandro Salvatierra

AcroYoga (Argentina/Sweden)

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Alejandro is a qualified acroyoga teacher with experience in acrobatic, handstand and circus as well. Doing acroyoga since 2010, now he finally gets the opportunity to share his passion and inspire! Importance is given to three values during his courses: community, trust and empowerment. He has good vibes for everyone in his pocket!

Andreas Jakubik

AcroYoga (Germany)

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Andreas is working in his Maitri Yoga Studio in Germany. He teaches weekly Vinyasa Yoga and AcroYoga Classes, and Thai Yoga Massage Workshops. He practice AcroYoga since 2008 and still happy to be part of the first Acrobhakti Teacher Training 2016.

Barbara Lipsky

AcroYoga (Germany)

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Coming from a yoga background with more than ten years of practising and six years of teaching in Germany, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The last few years have been more and more dedicated to AcroYoga and Thai Massage. Currently teaching regular AcroYoga classes in Hamburg.

Boris Acro

AcroYoga (Argentina/Sweden)

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Boris is a certified Yoga and AcroYoga teacher. He believes that sense of humor is a tool for inner development. With background in Kung Fu, Circus, Gymnastics and Dance his classes are entertaining and with a fresh feeling. All what we perceive as challenges turns into games when we feel protected in a safe environment. Transformation happens in each moment and he honors that process in each class giving the right amount of challenge balanced with playfulness. Everyone is welcome to join the journey.

He lives in Malmö with his soulmate Nina. Together they run the project AcroBhakti. They give classes, workshops, retreats, teacher trainings and arrange the Nordic AcroYoga Festival.

Cathaysa Viña

AcroYoga (Spain)

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Cathaysa Viña is a certified teacher of Simonson, an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware.

Art and Health for Cathaysa are inseparable, she fuse Acrobatics, Theater, Dance and Fine Arts with Kinesiology and Theater-Therapy.

She trained in Barcelona following the teachers who have been her inspiration as a teacher. Back in Gran Canaria she develops her project "The Tree of T", she works as a therapist, she trains and teaches Acro-Dance and Simonson Technique, she directs artists and performs multidisciplinary actions.

She is always ready to play and learn to teach and teach to learn.

Christopher Ekelund

AcroYoga (Sweden/Germany)

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Swedish yoga and acroyoga teacher currently based in Hamburg. Have taught all over the world and loves spreading the acroyoga practise to as many people as possible. Everyone can fly!

Emil Ingemann

AcroYoga (Denmark)

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Emil is a key teacher and organizer in the Copenhagen akroyoga community.

Eric Linde

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Eric is a swedish acroyoga teacher who loves how heart opening acroyoga can be, and how we in the practice can find the tools we need in our everyday life. He is also inspired by how the process of finding the strength and softness in the practice can bring out focus and presence as well as laughter and ear-to-ear smiles.

Eric Simeth & Inez Almeida

AcroYoga (Austria & Netherlands)

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Inez Almeida & Eric Simeth are certified Acroyoga teachers from www.acroyoga.org and have been teaching acroyoga together in several different countries and comunities. Their love for movement and their background in dance, acrobatics and yoga feed and enrich their practice, understanding and embodiment of acroyoga. Get to know them bit more by taking a peek at their page.

Fiona Smith / Bodywisdom School

Thai Massage (United Kingdom/Denmark)

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Bodywisdom School is one of Europe's leading schools for northern-style Thai Massage. Co-director and tutor Fiona is a registered, accredited advanced practitioner and teacher for The Sunshine Network and THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International). Fiona's lived in Copenhagen since 2015 and after teaching in the UK and Thailand since 2004, she now offers workshops for both beginners and advanced practitioners and a professional Diploma course in Denmark as well as collaborating with dance and movement teachers. Fiona's influences include her Thai massage teachers Asokananda and Pichet Boonthume, Vipassana meditation, Yoga (especially the teachings of Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten) and 5R dance. She's now enjoying exploring the Acroyoga branch of the amazing body-mind tree, as well as deciphering the unfolding mysteries of the Danish language!

Jaqui Wan

AcroYoga (United Kingdom)

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Jaqui is a supportive yet challenging teacher for more than 10 years. Her practice is both playful and dynamic but she also encourages collaboration and connection. She is a certified yoga, AcroYoga teacher and bodywork practitioner. In the past years she has focused her energies on building Bodhitrix a platform that creates tools to encourage creative and infinite play.

Jaqui is motivated in discovering ways for yoga, acroyoga and acrobatics to cross over and enrich everyday life for anyone and everyone.

Jesse Saunders

AcroYoga (United Kingdom)

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Having already an established Yoga, Partner Acrobatic and Thai Massage practice, Jesse discovered AcroYoga over a decade ago when he started training with Jaqui Wan at The Circus Space in London. He trained as a teacher on the 2nd AYI teacher training. He specialised as a base performing and training in an acrobatic duo for the last 6 years, but is very will to fly at any opportunity. Jesse is fascinated with the facets and subtleties of timing and direction. When these elements are aligned, impossibilities become both effortless and beautiful.

Julia Johansson

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Julia has a background in gymnastics and contemporary dance so movement has been a natural part of her life from a very young age. However, it was first when she found the practice of AcroYoga that brought the necessary awareness and reflection to discover what movement really means to her.

"Movement is an expression and a tool to go deeper and connecting to my inner essence, to fully integrate body, mind and spirit, and to celebrate my infinite beingness!"

She is very much inspired by nature, sound and dance. In her practice she aims to find fluidity and softness. And finding healing and balance in movement and stillness. By sharing her love and passion for AcroYoga she hopes to bring joy, creativity and connection through play.

Kasper Karup

AcroYoga & Handstands (Denmark)

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Just returned back from 8 months in South America with the Nûna-project, Kasper is moving in the world with curiosity and Acroyoga has a center role in this exploration - fascinated with finding stillness in movement - continuously exploring new ways to challenge our perceived limits through improvisation. Working with new ways of creating connection and expressing ourselves. With Acroyoga he has found the possibility of doing this with a focus on presence and trust in our practice and to meet each other here. He has done his explorations for the last 10 years with yoga, swing dance, rollerblading, running and monkey'ing around in the Danish forests, climbing and of course Acroyoga and is today traveling around Europe doing workshops in handstands and acroyoga with Nûna (www.nuna.life).

Katariina Sofia

AcroYoga (Finland)

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Katariina Sofia is both Hanuman Acrobatic Yoga and Montreal style trained AcroYoga teacher with a passion for trust, play and technique. Kat's background as a Primary School and Music Teacher gives her a profound understanding in education which she has taken to the world of AcroYoga finding the best cues and drills for every individual student.

Katharina Bauer

AcroYoga (Germany)

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My first contact with Acroyoga was 6 years ago, since than my body changed. My view on life changed. I found a way to heal myself outside and inside. I’m capable of doing so much more, than I ever expected. I want to share my enthusiasm about acroyoga with a smile and want everyone to experience the feeling of lightness, movement and community. In 2016 I did the teacher training with Nina and Boris (Acrobhakti) I’m a photographer and acroaddicted <3

Kristine Elmedal

AcroYoga (Denmark)

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Kristine teaches and train acroyoga and partner acrobatics in Copenhagen and works as an actress at Aalborg Theatre.

Monika Jacob

Yoga (Sweden)

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Monika is a yogateacher living in Stockholm. She found yoga thru an injury and discovered the healing powers of body awarness. Her love for the art of movement and diferent expressions of the body results in lots of experimenting and exploration on her yoga classes. She believes that playfulness is an important tool in strengthening from inside out and selfempowerment.

Besides giving classes she is one of the headteachers at the teacher trainings of the Nordic yoga institute.

Raven Smith

AcroYoga (Australia)

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With over 14 years of teaching, performing, and training experience across Australia (and soon to be the world!), Raven draws from a wide menu of tasty movement modalities including partner acrobatics, breakdancing, yoga, classical dance, Feldenkrais, Qi Gong, Shiatsu, and Thai Massage. Currently specialising in acroyoga and ‘the art of getting upside down’, Raven has trained and taught with some of the best in the world, and was the creative director and leader of Australia’s first AcroYoga Flashmob in Melbourne in 2016. The Nourishing Nomad’s mission: To nourish bodies, minds, and souls with conscious, inspired, safe and satisfying movement, play, and physical connection. Anywhere, anytime, all the time!

Raquel Koya Mapelli

AcroYoga (Italy)

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Raquel (Italy) and Kasper (Denmark) have been teaching together from two years and they met with a shared background and passion for dance - they use ideas, inspiration and technique from this world to explore movement through acroyoga. In classes they aim to create a space of trust and genuine connection - including everyone in an engaging and fun learning experience every time. The mission is to share what they love with passion through their project: Nûna - an invitation for creative souls to connect and share their abilities and talents with the world - creating what we each find beautiful within arts, handicrafts and movement - www.nuna.life

Sara Stenlind

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Sara is a playful acroyoga practitioner/teacher with love for presence and technique in the solar energy, as well as in the calmness of lunar. She is both a flyer and a base - cause who doesn't like both heaven and earth ;) Living in Stockholm for now, have given workshops and classes in Sweden and Bali.

Ted Sikström

Yoga (Sweden)

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Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Ted started gymnastics at an early age. After being spotted in a dance class, and on the advice of the teacher, he started training classical ballet. After graduating from the Royal Swedish Ballet school he worked in Sweden with Gothenburg Opera Ballet before moving to London.

The love for acrobatics was always strong, and after turning his attention towards contemporary dance he eventually found aerial circus. The combination of dance and acrobatics on a trapeze or a rope allowed him to explore a new world of movement.

2012 was a turning point. Working for three months in Toronto, Ted landed somewhat sceptic on a yoga mat at a Moksha yoga studio and was hooked. After the first lesson he bought a monthly unlimited membership and started breathing. Soon thereafter he started noticing the benefits of yoga - especially the healing and calming effect a regular yoga practice has and became convinced this was the path to follow.

Back in London, after performing at the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games as an aerialist, Ted relocated to Belgium and continued his yoga journey. In September 2014 Ted signed up for AntwerpYoga’s Teacher Training (300hrs Vinyasa Flow) and after graduation in May 2015 he started teaching at the studio.

The love for acrobatics - hand balance in particular - is still very strong, and with the combination ‘acrobat/dancer/circus performer’ and ‘yogi/yoga teacher’ it seemed only logical to start exploring acro yoga. Yet another world of movement.

Ted genuinely believes that “age is a number, not a reason to stop us from learning something new”.

Timo Kurvi

AcroYoga & Yoga (Finland)

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Timo Kurvi is a certified Iyengar Yoga and AcroYoga teacher in Helsinki, Finland. Also a professional actor, singer, dancer, he is interested in exploring the relationship between body, mind and expression in order to find where both he and his students are at their most creative, curious, and daring.

Victor Wester

AcroYoga & Kalari (Germany / Russia)

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Since my early childhood I was excited to explore body movements. Due to that - and thanks to my “awaken” and generous parents – already at the age of 6 I have joined the Russian folk dance school. This was the beginning of my career as a movement artist and teacher.

Through the years of classical folk dance a solid foundation for the artistic as well as athletic and acrobatic body training have been laid. Since then a variety of dance styles (choreography, folk dance, jazz-modern, hip hop, street dance, break dance, lindy hop, etc.) has been important part of my life.

Already during my early years in the folk dance school I have started my teacher mission. Between 1998 and 2000 I taught Funk and Hip Hop in at that time the only Jazz and Modern Dance School in St. Petersburg. Later Swing and Lindy Hop added an important part into my excitement in the partner work. Which in early 2012 led me finally to AcroYoga.

The connection of Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai-Massage, three origins of the human knowledge about body and movement, through an inspiring, joyful and as well therapeutically healing partner work is a wondrous and infinitely enriching combination. I thank to my teachers for being able to give all that what has made me a better, more useful and loving person and I'm happy to be able to share the joy of life with all those openhearted!

Winfried & Sophia Ruhs

AcroYoga, Yoga, Thai Massage (Germany)

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Sophia and Winfried Ruhs are passionate Yogis and „bodyworkers“ and live with their daughter Sundari at the beautiful Chiemsee in South Germany. They teach Yoga, Thai massage and AcroYoga and love creating spaces for healing, community & play. In May 2015 they opened Maitri Yoga Studio. www.maitri-yoga-chiemsee.de & www.flying-yogis.de

Yohann Guichard

AcroYoga & Thai Massage (France)

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Yohann Guichard is certified Thai Massage & AcroYoga Level 2 teacher, and a member of the YogaSlackers. He is a dedicated seeker for balance, alignment and healing in motion. Yohann has been leading massage trainings for over 14 years. Students enjoy his precision, humour and creative mind. Based in Paris, he teaches in Europe, Asia and USA.




Prices


Festival Ticket
The festival ticket includes camping space and organic vegetarian food.
• Early bird 1 (before January 1): 2800 SEK / € 285
• Early bird 2 (before March 1): 2950 SEK / € 300
• Early bird 3 (before May 1): 3200 SEK / € 325
• Late bird (after May 1): 3500 SEK / € 355
(The value in € changes each day. Calculate the rate around 100 SEK = € 10.5)

Housing
Camping space is included. If you want you can book a dormitory or a private room for an additional cost. The number of rooms is limited so book early to secure your place. ♥

Prices per person for housing during the whole festival:
+ 0 SEK - camp space (bring your own camping equipment)
+ 350 SEK - camper or car place (including electricity)
+ 350 SEK - shared dormitory (including mattress, pillow and blanket)
+ 500 SEK - dormitory in alcove (including mattress, pillow and blanket)
+ 500 SEK - bed in viking house (including pillow and blanket)
+ 600 SEK - space in 4-bed room with private shower and toilet
+ 500 SEK - space in room with double bed
+ 700 SEK - space in double room
+ 1100 SEK - space in double room with private shower and toilet
+ 1700 SEK - single room with private shower and toilet

For all the indoor options you need to bring towels and bed sheets, or you can..
+ 120 SEK - add towels and bed sheets
And if you don't want to clean your room after leaving you can..
+ 220 SEK - add cleaning service after departure

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation 60 days before the start regain the full amount subtracting an administration fee of 280 SEK. Cancellation 30 days before the start regain 50% of the paid amount. After that there is no refund. We recommend to try to resell the ticket within your community or use the resell page from tickster. Cancellation must be done writing to festival@acrobhakti.com.

Questions
Send an email to: festival@acrobhakti.com

Signup
Get your place for the festival in tickster.




Volunteers


The work for volunteers is helping with cleaning, dishes and similar things. The amount of work is about 10 hours during the festival, which is around 2½ hours a day.

In exchange we offer a reduced price: 1900 SEK (regular price 3500 SEK). This price includes the organic food and camping space. The amount of volunteers is limited, and it depends on the amount of participants. More signups, then more volunteers needed. The signups for volunteers will be collected in a list sorted by chronological order. We will prioritise that order and the previous experience as volunteer.

If you are interested in this option please write us an email to: festival@acrobhakti.com




Frequently asked questions (FAQs)


Do I need to have experience to participate in this festival ?
NO. You can come as a completely beginner. There will be workshops for all levels. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. Everybody welcome.

Do I need to come with a partner to the workshops ?
NO. We work with all the people creating groups with different numbers. Very normal to work in groups of 3. If you have a friend which you really want to work with, well.. even better!

Do I need to pay for the food when I am in the festival ?
NO. The food is included in the price of the ticket. So you just come and enjoy. The food is vegetarian and mostly with organic products (+80%). There will be abundant food because we know that AcroYogis consume more energy than the standard.

I am vegan. Do I need to be worried about my food for the festival ?
NO. The milk & egg products are not mixed with the food. They are presented as side dishes... so you can have your vegan meal :)

I don't speak Swedish... can I enjoy the festival anyway ?
YES. The workshops are going to be leaded by international teachers. The main language will be English. And because of geographical reasons, the second option will be a mix of Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Finish...

Can I participate with physical limitations ?
Basically, the participation is entirely at your own responsibility. Advanced acrobatics workshops or an intense morning yoga class are only partial aspects of AcroYoga. Equally important are thai yoga massage, therapeutic flying, singing and gathering. These offers may be for the vast majority of people. No one is excluded because of his physical health and can still have a good time in the festival.

Am I going to have free time for JAM ?
YES. Jamming is an essential part of AcroYoga. It is in the schedule free time for jamming every day. Yes, EVERY DAY.

If I stay in tent, can I use the showers ?
There are common showers and toilets for everyone who stay in tent. No extra cost. There is also a sauna to share with you all !

I am quite busy.. can i come for the weekend only ?
YES. We adjust the price depending on the time you can join. Write those details in the "comment box" when you sign up.

How do I get to Mundekulla departing from my city ?
The best way is to follow Mundekulla's advice. Check here for details:
www.mundekulla.se/en/about-us/how-to-get-here-19141760

I am going with car, can I share the ride with somebody ?
Please share your rides in the Facebook event:
www.facebook.com/events/297285430661316
And also in Mundekulla's carpool site:
http://wse36488.ta14.talkactive.net/mundekulla/samak/
And the most important one, the facebook group for travellers:
www.facebook.com/groups/NordicAYFTravellers

What if it rains ?
All the workshops are programmed to be indoors, so no workshop cancellations. For the "festival life" in the nature we recommend to bring a rain poncho, just in case :)

Can I bring the whole family ?
Everybody is welcome to join. But is good to say that there are not going to be planned activities for children. So as a parent you need to take care of your child during the workshop sessions.

Can I bring my pet ? dogs ? cats ? birds ? spiders ? snakes ?
Nope. No pets allowed in the retreat center. Even if they are part of your family :)

What to bring ?
- If you stay in tent, well… bring a tent :)
- Towels & bed clothes (you can rent towels & bed clothes for 100 SEK/set)
- Trees & Elves flying friendly costumes for sunday night party!
- Yoga mat (not enough for everyone, no rental available)
- Drinking bottle
- Comfortable clothes for the practices
- Something warm for the evenings/nights (it can be cold even in summer)
- Ear plugs (for sensitive sleepers)
- Flashlight
- Mosquito repellent
- Rain poncho (you know… Swedish summer full of surprises)
- There is a sauna, bring a sitting towel if you want to go in.
- There is a pond, bring whatever you need if you want to swim.
- Sweets: chocolate, cookies :)
- Music instruments! guitar, flute, bells, drums, etc…
- Bring CASH for buying snacks if you are interested.
- Curiosity, openness and wings to fly with.

My question is not answered by this FAQs... what can I do ?
Okay, don't panic... write to us and we will help you ASAP: festival@acrobhakti.com.





Nina & Boris