Nordic AcroYoga Festival 2018 / Mundekulla



Nordic AcroYoga Festival

Mundekulla 29 June - 2 July 2018



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 30+ 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)


More info coming soon!




Teachers


Andreas Jakubik
Annie Rüdén
Boris Acro
Carú Gonzalez
Cathaysa Viña
David & Veronica
Emelia Koberg
Emil Ingemann
Eric & Inez
Eva Junge
Gina Shiotani
Jessica Winkler
Julie Hendel
Kasper Karup
Katharina Bauer
Kolja Winkler
Kristine Elmedal
Liat Michaeli
Neilon Pitamber
Nina Snäll
Pascal Weiss
Pernilla Möller
Peter Hunter
Sara Stenlind
Simon Larsen
Sophia & Winfried Ruhs
Steven Cummings
Tanja Andersson
Victor Wester

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.

Annie Rüdén

AcroYoga (Sweden)

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More info coming soon!

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.

Carú González

AcroYoga (Spain)

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Bachelor of Education, massagist, climber, traveller, lover of sports, nature and all its creatures. He has done several trainings courses and workshops related to acroyoga, yoga, acrobatics, capoeira, massage...

His passion is to do what he loves and sharing it with others, with a social and humanitarian vision, inspiring and sharing his practice and experience with other teachers from different places and taking his practice to places such as hospitals, prisons or youth centres. He likes to participate in workshops, classes, retreats, conventions and festivals with friends from all over the world. With other friends he organize the Harakati Movement Festival and is part of the Acrology Team with which he organize retreats and other events.

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.

David & Veronica

AcroYoga (Spain)

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“My reason for existence, my desire to live, I believe in you, I believe in me.”

Veronica & David are strong believers in the balance between body, mind, and soul. They lead a simple life nurtured by the connections with the wonderful people met along the way. All together creating a big international net of trust, playfulness and authenticity.

They aim to bring more consciousness to the physical oriented world we live in today exploring on the deeper, subtle levels through their project AKA (Authentic Konnecting Acroyoga). They set an environment where humans feel empowered at every level allowing even the more introverted to find their platform for flying high!

David started his journey of mindfulness and connection through yoga and traveling. He is a certified 500 hrs yoga teacher and recent graduate of Acrobhakti. With his hands and calm voice he likes to share his knowledge to help body movers to soften up :)

Veronica’s journey of self-discovery started through movement as a child, first with gymnastics, then dance and later on with yoga. She accidentally bumped into Acroyoga in 2012 which has turned her life upside down :) Acroyoga Montreal and AcroBhakti are her source of inspiration!. She is always ready to play and learn to teach and teach to learn.

Emelia Koberg

AcroYoga (Sweden/Canada)

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Émé is a passionate acroyoga and movement teacher with a background in yoga and dance (contemporary and contact improvisation). After practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 3, she discovered acroyoga and a new inspiration in the power of play and human connection. Her style draws from her teacher training with AcroYoga Montreal that combines dance, awareness and strength. She hopes to inspire a sense of listening, curiosity and body awareness through the practice of acroyoga. At the moment, she is studying dance and somatics at ISLO in Joensuu, Finland.

Emil Ingemann

AcroYoga (Denmark)

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

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.

Eva Junge

AcroYoga (Germany)

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After some years of playing the drums in a circus orchestra, Eva decided to change sides over to the acrobats when she was 18 years old. Starting off with vertical silks acrobatics she soon rediscovered her passion for partner acrobatics, which she had come to love earlier through her work as a Rock’n’Roll teacher. In 2017 she did her teachers training with AcroBhakti in Argentina and is very excited to be back now for the nordic acro yoga festival 2018!

Gina Shiotani

AcroYoga (USA)

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After years of performance and dance background in ballet, Gina stumbled upon her playful spirit as an acro yogi at a yoga studio in San Diego. She now owns a Pilates studio, offers acro classes and workshops regularly in San Diego, and over the last few years has taught or participated in festivals such as AcroLove, AcroGasm, Wanderlust and Divine Play. With Japanese and Norwegian heritage, and medically certified as having the "blood of a lumberjack," Gina would make a formidable foe if she weren't so ticklish and prone to laughter. When she isn’t doing acro you can find Gina surfing, dancing, eating sushi, or playing in her garden.

Jessica Winkler

Yoga & AcroYoga (Germany)

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I love to share what Yoga and AcroYoga taught me about myself – connecting to my innerself, feeling trust and by getting out of my comfort zone and inviting playfulness back in my life I am able to do things I have never thought I could.

Julie Hendel

AcroYoga (Denmark)

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Julie is a creative soul with lot's of joy for movement. When she is not doing acroyoga, she is either on a slackline or working on her latest creative project. She loves understanding the details and is a francophile. She studies fashion design in Copenhagen.

Kasper Karup

AcroYoga (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).

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

Kolja Winkler

AcroYoga (Germany)

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When I teach AcroYoga I love to see the possibilties that every person carries inside and brings it out through the practice and the uplifting energy of the AY community.

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.

Liat Michelli

Yoga (Israel/Sweden)

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My yoga journey started in 2001 when I got pregnant with my first child and decided to try yoga. I fell in love with the practice and the calmness I found within myself. Since then I've been practicing different styles of yoga but today my main practice and teaching is Hatha Yoga. I lead dynamic yet calm classes using the whole body, finding the balance between challenge and comfort. In my classes I emphasize mental awareness in every pose and transition. It is about exploring every aspect of movement of your muscles and breath, while maintaining mental focus. I strive to encourage my students to find stillness and softness in their movement however dynamic the class may get. We move with the breath and find new challenges in old and new postures.

Neilon Pitamber

AcroYoga (UK)

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Neilon is a Level 2 Certified AcroYoga instructor, and Thai massage therapist with a background in teaching martial arts and personal training. As well as running regular open level and intermediate classes in Brighton he regularly teaches workshops, retreats, holidays and CPD units all over the UK and Europe.

Nina Bella

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.

Pascal Weiss

AcroYoga & Handstands (Germany)

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More info coming soon!

Pernilla Möller

Thai Massage (Sweden)

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Pernilla is a thai yoga massage therapist trained by the sunshine house network. She is a former acroyogi, and a bodyworker with inspiration from different disciplines such as osteopathy, osteothai, Swedish massage and others. She is also trained in anatomy and physiology from the University. Pernilla's style in thai yoga massage is soft, listening and allowing. As a therapist she allows the body space to heal itself.

Peter Hunter

AcroYoga & Handstands (Denmark)

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Peter loves to move and wants to do acroyoga when he is 80 years old. He has danced, practices parkour and yoga, and wants to train in a sustainable way and with the heart in the right place. He studies physiotherapy in Copenhagen.

Sara Stenlind

AcroYoga & Massage (Sweden)

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With playfulness and mindfulness, Sara creates a safe and curious space for people to grow. She has a background in ashtanga yoga, traditional swedish massage, ming massage, reiki and a passion for tantra, kayaking, climbing, nature and salsa. When stumbling across acroyoga some years ago, it was love at first… hmm… connection. Simply because acroyoga with its acrobatics, therapeutic flying and thai massage - embrace and include so much that make peoples souls and bodies happy and healthy. Consciously and unconsciously. As a AcroBhakti certified acroyoga teacher, she leads workshops, classes and yoga retreats in and outside of Sweden. Sara says: Feel good - do good, and have fun while doing it.

Sara creates a space that people feel welcomed, challenged and accepted. Her commitment to honesty and growth allows you to trust in her process and delve deeper into yours.

Simon Larsen

AcroYoga (Denmark)

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Simon Christian Larsen started teaching acroyoga in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Since he moved back to Denmark, he's been sharing his passion with people in Copenhagen. He loves the playfulness, the trust and the teamwork that characterizes acroyoga. Learn more about him here.

Sophia & Winfried Ruhs

AcroYoga, Yoga, Philosophy (Germany)

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In 2006, Sophia and Winni began their shared path into spirituality, yoga, healing, and the power of community. Guided by their longing for authentic self-expression, a fulfilling life of service and a healed earth, they dedicated themselves to their own inner evolution. This journey led them to learn from many inspiring teachers and collect and develop invaluable tools that they lovingly pass on to others. In particular, they find great joy in sharing their experience and wisdom from the fields of Acroyoga, Yoga and Thai massage.

Their mission is to create spaces in which deep and heart-felt connection may be experienced - with ourselves, our inner Self, our body, the elements of nature that are in and around us, our fellow human beings and the Divine. Spaces in which everyone is invited to share the light of who they are and experience being in community free of dogma, judgement and competition, coming together with the purpose of creating beauty and embodying joy.

Sophia and Winni are passionate about sharing how we can integrate these qualities into our everyday life, so that together we may give birth to a radiant future of a new earth inhabited by a kinder and more loving humanity.

Steven Cummings

AcroYoga (USA)

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Flying in from San Diego, Steven comes to the Nordic Acro Fest with strong love and appreciation for the international acro community. First taking to the air in Bali many moons ago, his pursuit of the flying arts has since continued around the globe. A former Captain in the US Army, Steven is additionally the veteran of numerous acro yoga trainings and events such as Divine Play, AcroGasm, AcroLove, and the New Zealand Acro Fest. He has taught acro on five continents and continues a steady teaching practice in San Diego, adding in performances from time to time with his partner Gina. Outside of sharing his joy for acro with others, Steven also moonlights as a writer, viking impressioniste, gelato aficionado, and collector of fallen stars.

Tanja Andersson

Dance (Sweden)

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Tanja is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher within contemporary dance, based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mainly working collaboratively and inter-artistically with somatic practices, the political body in dance, improvisation, partnering and floor-techniques.


Victor Wester

AcroYoga & Kalari (Germany / Russia)

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An excited body mover since his early childhood. With the profound background of folk dances since his age of six, giving him solid foundation for the artistic, athletic and acrobatic body training, he naturally moved on enriching his experience with variety of dance styles like jazz-modern, hip hop, street dance, break dance and finally lindy hop awakening his excitement in a partner work. Which was finally leading him to AcroYoga in early 2012.

Since 2014 the ancient martial and healing art of south India - Kalarippayat - being a unique and profound body training - plays an important role in his life.

Teaching Kalari, AcroYoga and Thai Massage since then, he inspires people all around him and spreads the unique to him sense of humbleness, calmness and joy.

"I bow myself with great gratitude to my teachers for giving me all that what has made me grow and become a better, more useful and more loving person and I'm truly happy to share the joy of life by teaching all those honestly openhearted..."​




Prices


Festival Ticket
The festival ticket includes camping space and organic vegetarian food.
• Early bird 1 (before January 1): 2800 SEK / € 295
• Early bird 2 (before March 1): 2950 SEK / € 310
• Early bird 3 (before May 1): 3200 SEK / € 335
• Late bird (after May 1): 3500 SEK / € 365
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:
A) +0 SEK - camp space (bring your own camping equipment)
B) +350 SEK - camper or car place (including electricity)
C) +350 SEK - shared dormitory (including mattress, pillow and blanket)
D) +500 SEK - dormitory in alcove (including mattress, pillow and blanket)
E) +500 SEK - bed in viking house (including pillow and blanket)
F) +600 SEK - space in 4-bed room with private shower and toilet
G) +500 SEK - space in room with double bed
H) +700 SEK - space in double room
I) +1100 SEK - space in double room with private shower and toilet
J) +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: 1950 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. Note: There is NO refund in case of cancelation.

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 us an email and we try to find a deal for you.

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