AcroYoga Festival 2016 / Mundekulla



Nordic AcroYoga Festival

Mundekulla 1-4 July 2016



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 !

"AcroYoga is a community based practice. We ignite our collective potential as we support each other to reach new heights. AcroYoga invites you to experience the full spectrum of your being through opportunities to: give and receive; to support and to be supported; to be strong and sensitive. It is a systematic approach designed to be accessible to every practitioner, and encourages personal transformation in an atmosphere of acceptance, celebration and safety."
www.AcroYoga.org


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 25+ 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
20:00-22:30 Opening Circle



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 circle

(Subject to change)


More info coming soon!




Teachers



Åsa Kalyani
Barbara Lipsky
Boris Acro
Cat Duval
Christopher Ekelund
Esther Hertog
Fiona Smith / Bodywisdom School
Gabriella Bergbäck
Gregory McCabe
Ilze Jēče
Jeppe Skovgaard
Katarina Blom
Line Bangsbo
Mie Nordly
Nicolas Sibani
Nina Bella
Per Jonsson
Silver & Ester
Sofie Rüdén
Stina Stomby
Victor Wester
Winfried & Sophia Ruhs
Yael BenReuven
Yohann Guichard

Åsa Kalyani

Yoga (Sweden)

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Åsa Kalyani is a curious dancer, yogi and meditation teacher with a passion for exploring our consciousness - the space of stillness and ease. She loves to see people following their hearts and connecting with themselves both on and off the yoga mat. She teaches a creative hatha flow yoga where she wants to guide into an organic, more and more subtle and internal experience. Åsa is inspired by meetings with life, challenges, the peace in the present moment, many teachers and styles of yoga, biomechanics, bioenergetics, dance and her own way of finding connections in her body.

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.

Cat Duval

AcroYoga & Partner Yoga (England)

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Cat Duval brings a joyful celebration into her style of teaching alongside 11 years of yoga practice. Now into her sixth year of teaching Cat embraces a many styles of yoga and wellbeing teaching Unity Partner and Community Yoga, Sun Moon Acro-Partner Yoga, SUP Yoga, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow. She is a trained NLP Practitioner and uses positive visualisation meditation techniques to help people unlock goals and aspirations. She organises Acroyoga events, performances and jams in her role as a Jambassador for AY (and is applying for her teacher training this year).

She draws on a passion for community, connection and creative events and set up Nine Lives Yoga inspired by the capacity of yoga to release and unravel perceived limitations and transform them into opportunities for growth and expansion. She is passionate about sharing tools to bond, trust and let go and be joyfully ourselves in every moment. Nine Lives Yoga…live every breath.

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!

Esther Hertog

AcroYoga (Netherlands)

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More info coming soon!

Fiona Smith / Bodywisdom School

Thai Massage (United Kingdom/Denmark)

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Bodywisdom School is one of the UK’s leading schools for northern-style Thai Massage. Co-director and tutor Fiona is also a registered, accredited advanced practitioner and teacher for The Sunshine Network and THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International). Fiona's been teaching since 2004 in the UK and Thailand and has recently moved to Copenhagen from the UK. 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 worked for many years as a Wellbeing Mentor for university students with mental health diagnoses and her biggest teacher is her 5 year old son!

Gabriella Bergbäck

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Gabriella is a certified AcroYoga- and Vinyasa Yoga teacher with many years of experience teaching in Sweden, USA, Europe and Asia. Gabriella is one of the AcroYoga pioneers in Stockholm and she has been teaching since 2009. Gabriella has studied circus acrobatics in the Swedish circus school and Thai Yoga Massage with the original teachers in Thailand.

Gregory McCabe

AcroYoga (Ireland/Sweden)

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Gregory was initially overwhelmed by yoga back in 1998 in his homeland of Ireland, but stuck with it anyway. With his basic yoga teacher training in Ashtanga yoga he branched out and taught other forms of yoga, and he stopped searching for new forms of yoga when he found AcroYoga 5 years ago. He has a caring and safe teaching approach, helping his students increase awareness of themselves and find new paths along their personal journeys, with his belief that the way you are is very fine indeed. He became a certified AcroYoga teacher and has experienced many wonderful teachers along this path.

Ilze Jēče

AcroYoga & Bodywork (Latvia)

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Ilze is a holistic therapist, yoga teacher, passionate acroyogi and social change facilitator. Over the past 10 years Ilze has been bringing healing arts to diversity of environments including hospitals, women prisons, youth camps and international organizations, empowering individuals and communities to strive to live up to their potential. Apart from running bodywork related workshops Ilze leads training courses on leadership, sustainable development, social justice and community development for international and local non-profit organizations around the World.

After years of working, traveling and studying with american and asian shamans, thai and table bodyworkers, diverse yoga teachers, she has moved back in her native Latvia. Her classes are based on giving and receiving empathy, practicing presence, engaging in compassionate partnership and joyous laughter.

Jeppe Skovgaard

AcroYoga & Parkour (Denmark)

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Jeppe loves to challenge the many dogmas about how to move and behave, be it in the yoga studio or the city landscape. Jeppe has been teaching parkour on all levels for the past 5 years and is besides that a dedicated slackline teacher and barefoot runner. In 2011 his world was turned upside down after meeting acroyoga in San Francisco and he is now fully energized around building, teaching and strengthening the community in Copenhagen, where he also lives and studies.

Katarina Blom

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Katarina enjoys how the practise of acroyoga entails potential for connection beyond age, gender and the everyday labels we so easily put on ourselves and others. She likes to bring playfulness and accessibility as guiding principles when teaching, to find the spot where acroyoga is to be shared with everyone.

Line Bangsbo

Yoga & AcroYoga (Denmark)

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I am a certified yoga and acroyoga teacher and thai-yoga massage therapist. My exploration of body and mind has brought me down many paths, from Native American sweat lodges and kitesurfing, to a bachelor in psychology. I believe that diversity of movement and experience is the key to a balanced life. For the last four years I have put most of my energy into building the acroyoga community in Copenhagen, where I live. I am a frequent traveller, open to get inspiration from all parts of the world, ranging from beaches in Mexico and ashrams in India, to old forests in Finland. Wherever I go I find that what brings people together is moving together and I am very happy to be able to share the training and healing practices that has touched me the deepest.

Mie Nordly

AYFit (Denmark)

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Mie started her asana practise in the age of 24 at a fitness center in 2008. Today yoga is a big part of every words, thought and actions in her daily life. She travels around the world to attend workshops, retreats and immersions to get inspiration for her practise and teaching. In 2014 she completed a 200 hr Yoga Alliance approved Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with David Lurey and Mirjam Wagner in Brazil and the AYFit Training Camp in Germany with Jason Nemer.

Nicolas Sibani

AcroYoga (Denmark)


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Nina Bella

Yoga & AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Nina moves naturally between traditional yoga, modern free flowing vinyasa and explorative dance yoga. Her center of gravity is deeply rooted in the interconnectedness of acroyoga merging yoga, acrobatics and healing arts into oneness. With creativity, movement and spirituality as her guiding stars she turns the world upside down and inside out.

At an early age books, music and teachers of dance and theatre made a deep impact as they evoke the experience of our body, mind, soul connection in action. Yogic elements were brought into the space of art and improvisation. Deep relaxation, breath awareness and sun salutations were all present. And most of all a culture of acceptance, inclusivity and joy of movement.

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

Silver & Ester... SilvEster

AcroYoga (Estonia)

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Silver and Ester (SilvEster) are certified Montreal style teachers from Estonia. In their classes they often use creative process to encourage students to explore and discover their own moves. Big part of their acro-journey has been (street) performing and improvisation.

Sofie Rüdén

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Sofie who is young at heart and dedicated to play. Comes from a background of dancing & yoga. Believes that acro yoga has the ability to heal the world and create world peace. She loves to watch people upside down and how fast trust can be built by support.

Stina Stomby

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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Stina is a Vinyasa yoga teacher, a martial- and healing art enthusiast and one curious soul who really dig the acroyoga practice. Its been evolving ever since the first time she saw the beauty of balance that is created between the lunar and solar practice. Stina flourish the most when exploring different forests, the constant movements within and the infinite consciousness around. Let us create a space of playfulness, trust, allowance, creativity and awesomeness together.

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

Yael BenReuven

AcroYoga (USA)

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“Say Yes! Fly high” is a life motto for Yael. When Yael began her Yoga and AcroYoga journeys she had many “reasons" why she couldn't do it. Yoga philosophy however offers us the invitation to explore the game of life. “What’s next?” is Siva’s question. Yael’s teaching style draws from a lineage that includes Anusara and AcroYoga. She loves to weave in Yoga mythology stories, with rapt attention to students’ details of alignment, anatomy, and therapeutics, and exploring partner yoga through a dialogue of touch. AcroYoga began for Yael on Mother's Day several years ago, with a dive right into an Elemental Immersion. She realized immediately that softening and staying in communication were among AcroYoga’s greatest contributions to her practice, both in her life as a yoga teacher and as a mother.

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): 2700 SEK / € 300
• Early Bird 2 (before February 26): 2800 SEK / € 315
• Early Bird 3 (before April 26): 3000 SEK / € 340
• Regular (after April 26): 3400 SEK / € 380

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 / € 0 - camp space (bring your own camping equipment)
+ 300 SEK / € 35 - caravan or car place (including electricity)
+ 300 SEK / € 35 - dormitory (including mattress, pillow and blanket)
+ 450 SEK / € 55 - space in 4-bed room with private shower and toilet FULL!
+ 600 SEK / € 70 - space in double room with shared shower and toilet FULL!
+ 1050 SEK / € 120 - space in double room with private shower and toilet FULL!
+ 1500 SEK / € 170 - single room with private shower and toilet FULL!

For all the indoor options you need to bring towels and bed sheets, or you can..
+ 100 SEK / € 12 - add towels and bed sheets
And if you don't want to clean your room after leaving you can..
+ 200 SEK / € 23 - add cleaning service after departure

Cancellation Policy
Participants who cancel up to one month before the festival starts regain the full amount subtracting an administration fee of 250 SEK (€25). From four to two weeks before start participants regain 50%. Later than two weeks before starting there is no refund. Cancellation must be done writing to festival@acrobhakti.com.

Questions
Send an email to: festival@acrobhakti.com

Signup
Get your ticket in tickster.com




Volunteers


*** For the moment we have enough volunteers.
*** You can still apply for a volunteer spot but is very unlikely that you will get one.


The work for volunteers is helping around 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 / € 205 (regular price 3400 SEK / € 390).
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/834487803333184
And also in Mundekulla's carpool site:
http://wse36488.ta14.talkactive.net/mundekulla/samak/

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 saturday night party!
- Yoga mat (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 ?
Okey, don't panic... write to us and we will help you ASAP: festival@acrobhakti.com.





Nina & Boris