Early morning Tai Chi on the beach
Space of Love 2017
We have been gifted with a beautiful playground on which we can sing and stretch, meditate and reflect, dance and play, go deep and explore, converse and share, commune with nature, try new things, reunite with old friends and discover new ones. A set up for the breakthrough experience! The move to Böda Sands Camping 2012 proved to be all that we had hoped for with its spacious festival area and lengthy white sand along the shore of the cool, gentle blue sea.
Everyone knows that the secret to a healthier and more harmonious life is to establish healthy habits in your day-to-day routine.
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Do come; alone or bring a friend, your mother, your children (kids come for free!), your lover, or your dog and join us on the field of transformation in the Space of Love 2017.
The festival is held at Böda Sand Camping which has the longest white sand beach in Sweden, so sunbathing and swimming in the sea is a great part of being at the festival. There we have everything we need and love, and more! One can live the simple life, enjoying the beach and secluded nature, as well as the beach side restaurant, the pool, mini golf, standard golf, spa and sauna; truly something for everyone.
Workshops are offered from early morning and throughout the day. Before breakfast you may choose between for example tai chi, somatics, qi gong or meditation as well as yoga. The yoga workshops continue on all day with different varieties being offered at each time slot. But you can do workshops all day and not do a single yoga class!
There is a wide variety of other modalities including many forms of dance, painting, conscious breathing, meditation, ayurveda, healing, tantra, shamanic work, drumming, family constellations and more. The workshops end each day at 6.30 P.M. This year as in previous years we will have many familiar teachers and also some new. Click on “teachers” to see who is coming, what they offer, and watch the line-up grow as the summer approaches.
Children and teddybears are welcome to do yoga!
Music is of course an important ingredient in the Space of Love. We have singing and voice workshops as well as “bhajans”. Like yoga, bhajans also originate in India and are often short, repetitive songs with a spiritual theme that can be sung together. The evening program can consist of singing around the campfire, open stage or concerts. During the years we have had many fantastic artists and bands playing music for us.
The first activity of the day starts at 4:00 A.M. with kundalini yoga at sunrise. The official name for this is Sadhana and includs singing and meditation. We have kept this tradition since the festival’s beginning when Harnam Singh in 2000, celebrated his 50th birthday by traveling alone to Böda beach. His experience of sadhana by the sea was so powerful that he decided to invite his friends the following year. Thus the festival was born in 2001 and has continued in the same spirit ever since.
We continue with yoga throughout the day, offering kundalini but also many other types of yoga. It can be “sama yoga”, created by Sky Akasha Tobias who has been with the festival every year since the beginning. Or yin yoga, hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa, acroyoga, holistic yoga, yoga for women, and more.
Gong “baths” have proven to be very popular at the festival. During a gong bath participants lie down, relax and let the vibrations “wash” through their bodies. The gong generates various tones or frequencies that affect the brain and the effect is perceived almost immediately when periodic pressure waves come into the mind’s self-awareness. It is a deeply relaxing, healing and enjoyable experience. A sweat lodge is constructed on the beach at the beginning of each festival where purification ceremonies are held for those who choose.
The first day of the festival on the 2th of June starts with an opening ceremony outside at 15.30, then yoga at 17.00 and the indoor welcoming ceremony at 20.30. The final day of the festival ends with a closing ceremony before noon so that all have time to arrive at their destinations the same day. Here is a preliminary program to give you an idea of what a day at the festival can offer:
Sadhana on the beach
Semi-organic breakfast served in the bakery
Chi Gong, meditation or other morning practice
Morning gathering with singing, dancing and presentation of the program of the day
Yoga, workshops and children’s activity
Yoga, workshops and children’s activity
Yoga and workshops
Dinner (vegetarian option) served in the restaurant by the beach and at our Food Truck
Evening gathering with music, singing, campfire on the beach, open stage, disco, drumming, performances and dancing