Ängsbacka is a Course and Festival Center for personal and spiritual growth, located amidst the beautiful forests & lakes of Värmland, in Sweden. Since 1997 thousands of people have travelled from all over the world to experience the magic, warm, open and loving atmosphere.

We host 10 festivals and a big number of courses per year in the field of personal development and holistic health such as tantra, yoga, dance, shamanism, self-actualization & self-realization, mindfulness, coaching etc.

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

As a volunteer you are part of an international and spiritual working community in both practical and spaceholding aspects. Together we are a tribe that does the daily and weekly tasks of running the center as well as being in presence and hold space for the transformative field that makes Ängsbacka unique - for ourselves and for hundreds of participants that join our courses and festivals each year.

Being part of this beautiful inner circle is often experienced as deeply connecting to oneself and others - feeling truly seen, accepted and loved. The working community supports you with a weekly structure of core practices and you are well supported by your working team and coordinator.

12 guidelines encourages practices such as authentic & openhearted communication, self-awareness, personal growth and presence. Your experience is also supported by a rich program of activities: yoga, sauna-evenings, meditation, dance, art & creative workshops, spiritual workshops, movie nights, women/men circles, open stages, etc.

Welcome home to yourself and also to be part of something bigger. We grow together.

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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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