Ängsbacka is located amidst the beautiful forests & lakes of Värmland, in Sweden, halfway between Stockholm and Oslo.

We are one of the most important course & festival centres in Scandinavia, and we host various courses throughout the year as well as big festivals at New Year, Easter & during the summer, on topics such as yoga, tantra, shamanism, self-actualization & self-realization, coaching,…

Our vision is to become a sacred focal point bringing people to the realization of whom and what we really are beyond all thoughts and concepts, and an internationally renowned source of inspiration, exploring how human beings together consciously can create the life they desire on earth, and demonstrating paths to sustainable development, well-being, and harmony.

We focus on practices encouraging authentic & openhearted communication, self-awareness & personal growth, self-enquiry, presence, creativity, connection, celebration & togetherness, respect for all life on earth, and we are guided by 12 guidelines that embody the values important to us.

We are part of the Global Ecovillages Newtwork (GEN) and strive towards implementing social, cultural, environmental, & economic sustainability.

Ängsbacka is run by a staff of 20 members and between 20 - 40 volunteers who live here all year-round. In busy summer, that number may increase to 200!

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Volunteer Program

Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2019Minimum stay: 14 nightsMaximum capacity: 25 people
Food included

As a volunteer here you have the opportunity to serve your own personal development, but also the development of the many hundreds of participants who join our courses and festivals throughout the year. Service to the participants means giving the gift of providing a warm, safe, clean and nourishing environment through our work as kitchen and housekeeping volunteers.

In so doing, you will be given the chance to develop personal, interpersonal and practical skills that support a more sustainable way of living. You will also experience life in a spiritual, international community, with an exciting program of daily activities: yoga, meditation, dance, art & creative workshops, spiritual workshops, movie nights, women/men circles, open stages, etc.


During the course season, we need:
• Volunteers in the housekeeping team
• Volunteers in the kitchen team
• Experienced & qualified volunteer chefs, carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers

During festivals we need volunteers in the following teams:
• Housekeeping
• Kitchen
• Site & safety
• Café
• Media & marketing
• Sound & light
• Reception & booking
• Decoration
• Team coordination
• Child care


Volunteer service at Ängsbacka is based on 5 hours of work per day, with 2 days off per week during the course season, and 1 day off per week during festivals (with the benefit of joining festival workshops).

Minimum stay is 2 weeks. We ask for payment for the 1st month of your stay, then it becomes free of charge.

Accommodation is in 4 to 6 beds dorms inside a well heated building and with access to hot showers.

You will receive 3 vegetarian (vegan & gluten free options) meals per day, as well as 2 “fikas” (morning & afternoon snacks).

You will have access to the volunteer activities program, as well as to various facilities (café, music studio, sauna, lounge area). We have WiFi

We are a 100% drug & alcohol free environment, so you will be asked to leave immediately if you are found in possession or under the influence of those.

Ängsbacka is easily accessible by public transport. The closest city is Karlstad.

The language of communication is English, but volunteers also speak Swedish, French, Dutch, German,…

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

10 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Swedish

People on site

40 - 1000

Dry season

June to August

Wet season

December to March

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • restaurant on site
  • communally cooked meals


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • meditation
  • yoga
  • nutrition/cooking
  • dance
    3-5 times per week


Ängsbacka is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Kitchen
  • House KEEPING

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