Teachers, Musicians, Staff
We are currently putting together the list with all the teachers and musicians for the festival and will publish their bios in the coming weeks.
You can still view the previous festival program below.
Tina Ikonomidou & Håkan Lagesson
Håkan has specialized in the gong and its healing vibrations that take you to a place where thoughts end and the real self begins. Tina’s passion is the soul of Yoga. She works as a therapist and guide, educator and lecturer. During the festival, they will hold a workshop series with 4 workshops dedicated to the opening of our hearts through yoga, meditation, mantra and healing vibrations and sounds from gong, hang, drum and didjeridoo. They will work with our base chakra; take us down into our roots, into our creative flow, up to our power center to eventually blossom into our hearts. They will also hold kundaliniyoga classes with gong relaxation and possibly a couples workshop. Read more about Tina & Håkan here: www.hakanlagesson.com & www.tinaikonomidou.com Tinas Holistic center in Helsingborg: www.helhetsakademin.se
Sharada has lived the last 10 years in Ubud, Bali and India. She has been studying, teaching and living in a spiritual community under the guidance of her revered teachers who have taught her Vedanta, Sanskrit, Vedic Chanting, Meditation, Puja (Vedic Ritual) as well as Jungian Psychology and Inner Child Meditation. In 2014 She had the privilege to study with Shree Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati during a 3.5 years residential course in India, Vedanta and Sanskrit.
Ahmad Matar is a 21 year old Palestinian from Gaza. He is one of the Parkour Athletes who brought the Parkour sport to Palestine. He began with the sport on his own as a 10 year-old on the streets of his town. His dream was to be able to leave Gaza in order to join competitions in other parts of the world. In November 2016 his dream was manifested when he was invited to Sweden, expenses paid, and he managed to get out of Gaza. He has been coaching parkour for 5 years for different age groups and has done many workshops in Gaza and Sweden. At the moment he is teaching two parkour groups in Stenungsund. In the space of love festival he will be teaching parkour daily for everyone who would like to learn. We will learn basic skills as well as parkour games so it will be fun for all. An advanced class may also be offered if there is interest.
Sara and Stephan
Sara has been dancing everything from ballet to African dance since the age of 14 , and at 20 salsa came into her life. Today she has a particular interest in tango fusion and contact dance that involves mixing couple dance steps with improvisation to varied music. She has a solid experience in holding workshops in communication and awareness of the body and also work with yoga and body therapy.<p\>
Stephane is a popular partner on the dance floor who constantly improvises and creates, inspired by the music. With roots in salsa and cha-cha, Stéphane easily mixes different styles and is influenced by tango, blues, west coast swing, and more. In addition to dancing, Stéphane is a devoted practitioner of Tai Chi and Kung Fu giving him extra inspiration in dance and life.<p\>
At the festival they will offer workshops which include contact improvisation and energy transfer in couple dancing. They bring inspiration from yoga and body therapy for posture and weight transfer. The music is inspired from various sources and means a lot to dance, creating a profound experience.
Paula is a passionate sexsibility facilitator, coach, masseur and dance teacher. She coaches and provides treatments for couples and individuals. Her great interest is people, personal development, dancing, joy and presence. She strives to inspire her students to be more alive, more embodied, with increased lust and energy. In Gothenburg she has been lovingly leading groups for several years and her sexsibility evenings and tantra courses are always fully booked. Paula has three children and shares her life with Henrik who has studied shamanism and shamanic healing. Together they hold tantra for couples in which they share relational strengths and practices that have been important to them during their ten years together on the path of tantra and love. At the festival, Paula and Henrik will hold tantra and sexsibility workshops for singles and couples. Paula will also hold free dance, a dance journey through the chakra system.
Emma will share soft, creative morning classes, give yourself a beautiful way to wake up!
In the beginning I didn’t like yoga at all, but something in me reached for the invitation of its mystical practice and made me keep on going. Strict routines simply weren’t for me in my teenage. Suddenly when my resistance towards the training eased a bit, this whole new world opened up. Not just the love for yoga but also new teachers with differing ways of sharing yoga; soft, fluid and free movements was where I found my home. I believe in the wisdom which we are born with, simply put – we have it all inside of us. With that said, the lust for studies never really ended. Since 2010 I studied Hatha, Hatha Flow and martial arts combined, Yin Yoga and Yoga Somatic, with over 500 hours of yoga and 200 hours Somatic bodywork, the curiosity and urge to deepen my practice never really waned!
If you come to one of my classes, we will honour the place in you which teaches us things, the Somatic Experience. What’s in your body? How can we let our own experience merge into something bigger and make this world a more peaceful place? As much as we have the wisdom to heal ourselves, the world must heal too. During the last years I studied both Yoga, Bodywork on land and in water and Meditation with my teacher Ateeka, from whom I find a lot of my knowledge.
A yogi with a great devoted to kids is responsible for children’s activities during the festival. Elin is a certified child yoga instructor and language and religious teacher. She works in the Swedish Church where she organizes yoga events, meditations and moments of silence and presence, and is responsible for mini- and junior groups and children’s choirs. Elin is passionate about yoga, education and child welfare. At the festival she offers yoga games, park and beach play, face painting, fairy tales, song, dance, theater and much more. For example, Yoga play can be exercises to detect breathing as a tool for life, actively listening outwardly and inwardly, building self-esteem, improving coordination, balance, memory, concentration, patience, setting limits, sharing, etc.
“The Soul Trek” Artwork and Books. A unique project created by Djana, a free spirited world-traveler. The Book was inspired by the spiritual discovery during a meditation retreat in a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. I would like to share with you my true story of energy, psychic power, soul connections and twin flames. It is an interweave of love story with samsaric existence, and transformation from duality into oneness.
I also love to share with you my art prints which you can purchase to make a beautiful meditation tool and gift of love.”
More info: www.thesoultrek.org
Wilson and Maria Costin
Xochi Bucuru Botache – Yarumari
Samy Sandara – Sacred Woman
A workshop for health and birth of feminine magic. Recognize your divine feminine essence, remember and learn practical knowledge for health, conscious planning, ovarian respiration, uterus and womb healing with a medicine woman belonging to the Panche ethnic group in Colombia. Taught from childhood by elders, dedicated to share traditional medicine and wisdom with the purpose of providing healing and opening the path of a spiritual school from the awareness of love.
The workshops and courses have different content but always with the focus on developing the creativity that we all possess. Developing creativity is a basic human need. Previous painting skills are not required to take part in the workshops and courses. During the festival Zion will lead a color meditation in which we go through the colors of the different chakras and work with them. We will learn to find the flow in the creative process without limitations. Zion will also offer “Rhythm and Paint” in which we paint accompanied by live music.
Linnéa had been practicing dance for more than 25 years, in the form of traditional classes where you copy and imitate a leader. She had tried most styles, from Greek folk dance to hiphop. She started longing for something more, something deeper in the dance, something other than memorizing choreographic, trying to get it right and trying to look like somebody else. The most fun moments had always been out in clubs when spontaneous dancing synchronized with other people’s moves on the dance floor or when she entered a state of forgetting time and space and having no thoughts. How do you teach that experience in a class? Is it possible? And how could she provide classes in a certain style, who knew a bit about many different styles?
In 2011 an article appeared in Friskispressen that were about Misty Tripoli and her class The Groove. It was exactly what she had been looking for! A class that unifies the participants in the same rhythm or movement and that is so simple that you can flex your creativity, put your unique mark on the step and at the same time experience how the movement feels in your body, instead of concentrating on getting it right. Different styles of music are mixed so that the span of movement is wide and varied. The Groove is an experience more than a dance class, you don’t know how it feels until you’ve tried. You are warmly invited to this class where you get to express your own unique style and personality, on a dance floor steaming with creativity, depth and joy.
Zoulyoga: The basis is dynamic hatha yoga with a lot of inspiration from Virya yoga’s bio-mechanics and flowing movements. This can be both demanding and challenging. The asanas come from various yoga traditions many different animals and fish are manifested. Unusual variations of the Salute to the Sun pop up on occasion. Classes are geared to the needs and desires of the participants. Yin yoga poses are done at the end of each session. The classes usually consist of about 70% yang energy 30% yin energy.
Live music is often integrated into the class.
Cesilia is the author of the transforming book “This Creative Existence- unfolding a new conscious world” As a practitioner of different art forms, she is a spiritual spider that intertwines our senses in inner journeys. She brings together the eye of the artist and the poet’s language to move beyond the three-dimensional world into transformation.
Here at the Space of Love festival, she will use her singing crystal bowls, drums and voice in harmonics to bring us through to a deep meditative healing state that otherwise takes long practice. The guided meditations take us into ourselves and our own divinity … our ability to create our lives in harmony with the cosmos flows. She also offers sound healing combined with voice and crystals.
I am a proud vegan woman from Irkutsk, Siberia, located near lake Baikal. The lake is very significant in Russian culture and it has had a strong influence on me. Siberian shamans gravitate to lake Baikal and I think this is why I have tried to explore spirituality all my life.
I attended many spiritual and educational seminars, trying to find the meaning of life, and one day I discovered Human Design and decided to investigate it further. I was able to learn about my weaknesses and strengths. Now, I share my knowledge with others as a consultant. I help people find their strategy for making decisions. I encourage others to start their experiment with practicing human design in their lives. It is beautiful journey to knowing yourself, your uniqueness, and to see the incredibly intricate mechanics of life.
Mouschka Shanta Drouzy
As long as she remembers, Mouschka has been curious about why humans do as the do & sharp at pointing out dark spots that need to be released. Her passion is to help people listen to their deeper voice & trust that voice in order to stand in their power. As an entrepreneur Mouschka is learning by doing & she carries the energy of daring to jump into the new and she knows also the value of daring to deal with inner dark spots. She advocates total honesty as a means of loving oneself & honouring another’s power. The room she creates is both serious & humouristic. At the festival she will guide a drum journey ceremony, where you can access your inner power through connection with your Totems. Come with an intention for something you want to manifest or want help with & the willingness to say YES to yourself. Both emotional & physical healing can happen & you can get a spirit helper for life. Mouschka’s passion for doing drum journeys emerged 4 years ago, when the magic of her first drum called her. When she drums, she uses her knowledge from Reiki initiation & let’s the drum & its spirits be the guide. She has a 2½ year long training as a life coach & also gives drum-coaching sessions that include finding hidden limiting beliefs, working with the emotions hidden in the body & transformative energy work through visualisations. For more info find her at her power animal jewellery stand which also includes magnificent personlised crystal-drums. www.amouschka.dk
Heart connection facilitator for men. David Styles worked as a Civil Engineer in the corporate world. However, the stress lead to a burnout. So he quit and immersed himself in the forests of Australia for a year. During this solo time in the forests, he found a deep sense of peace and calm within himself. As the months rolled on, he discovered a profound connection and communication open up within his heart. After sharing about this space with a few of his friends, they were interested in how to access this space within their heart as well. Word of mouth spread and David soon found himself offering personal sessions and workshops about connecting with the heart space.
“All the answers dwell within your heart.” ~ David Styles
Born in Chile from a long lineage of politicians, priests and musicians, Sereno keeps his family tradition searching on Ethics and Aesthetics through sound, words, rhythms, dance and all possible combinations within group dynamics. His purpose is to co-develop sensitivity and connectivity with all creation and all times. Becoming father of 2 kids he developed the arts of homeing in unique ways, practicing freeganism, squatting and home schooling for around 8 years and so becoming teacher and student for the new generations. For 6 years Sereno trained as a musician with a folk band called Lecheburre. Their spontaneity and ritualistic concerts let them to be included in several Swedish school programs to teach creativity, choreography and music under a workshops format called lecheburritos.
Nowadays Sereno is collaborating with musicians, spiritual guides in drum circles, yoga teacher and giving concerts and working on his first solo album.
Beatrice Nilsson ”Tigresdevi”
Poleen D’AthisPoleen teaches with all her heart Animal Flow Yoga, a fluid primal Vinyasa. This French yoga sharer taught in London for a few years before embracing a nomad life in her self converted van. Her aim is to keep sharing her style which combines Animal Flow discipline created by Mike Fitch and Ashtanga Vinyasa. This ground-based practice unites movement with breath to free our inner-energy and increase our intuition, by going back to our primal way to move our body. Expect to have fun with animal locomotion, spinal waves, asanas, and slow but strong transitions. Exploring instinctive motions to deepen our body-mind connection, you’ll improve strength, body control and coordination.
Website : www.poleenyoga.com
Nathalie and Aleider
Nathalie invites you to receive the transmission of the 13th Rite of the Munay-Ki Ritual. This is a transmission to heal the womb, it has traveled from the Amazon, from women to women. From womb to womb and now to you! After you have received the rite you are welcomed to pass it forward to other women. Making this beautiful rite most alive and organic. You will receive a manual to support you on this journey and you are also invited to register as a Womb Keeper.
Mamma Dunder Band
Akasha SkaldemanAkasha, the overall facilitator of the festival, was born and raised in California.
She has been the organizer of the festival since 2005 and finds a great joy and purpose in this co-creation. She came originally to the festival as a belly dance teacher and a later as a facilitator of the Dances of Universal Peace. She would love to take the opportunity to share the circle dances from this deeply rich and now international tradition.
Emma Dinmali Holmlund
Dinmali organizes the festival with Akasha. She also provides workshops in TRE – Tension and Trauma Release Exercises, which is a technique for relieving stress and tension from the body. At the festival, she will talk about and teach TRE as a self-help technique to use at home. Through a series of physical exercises, we access the body’s inherent ability to relieve stress through so-called neurogenic shaking. When the stress decreases, stress hormones go down, sleep gets better, anxiety and panic decrease, digestion improves, tolerance increases, energy levels improve and worry and anxiety are reduced.
Dinmali also leads family constellations, a deep healing work at the soul level.
Leigh is a yoga teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Passionate yogini and explorer, Leigh is a go-to resource for Ayurvedic Yoga, seasonal wellness practices, sleep yoga, and women’s yoga practices. With 20 years of experience teaching creative, alignment based vinyasa yoga classes, Leigh’s seasoned approach can transform any student who craves insight on the body and the human experience. From the study of Yoga and Ayurveda in India to Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Leigh’s breadth of knowledge gives her the tools to teach practical applications that can change students’ everyday lives. Through an integration of vinyasa yang and restorative yin practice, Leigh’s classes enhance the flow of prana in the body by nourishing specific energy channels and organs offering healing and transformation. Leigh teaches retreats, teacher trainings, and workshops nationally and internationally. For more info on Leigh, visit www.leighevansyoga.com
Göran är yogalärare (Kundalini/Yin/Sivananda/Dynamisk Hathayoga) Qigonginstruktör, Massör och Dramapedagog. Började med Taichi tidigt och 2000 kom han i kontakt med Shaolininspirerad qigong och Taichi qigong. Taichi qigong består av 18 stycken flytande, sköna rörelser som passar de flesta. De har inspirerats av Tai chi, dans, och vardagliga rörelser. Vi träffas på stranden varje morgon för ett skönt sätt att börja dagen med att vitalisera, stretcha och sätta igång våra livsenergier och få Qin att flöda.
World Peace Ceremony
World Peace is a noble aspiration and begins with one important step: believing it is possible! We are inviting you to a sacred ceremony where we will connect with the deep wish in all of us of a world in peace. It is a circle where you will be invited to share prayers or offerings from your heart of hearts into a sacred Tibetan vase, dedicated to World Peace. In 2016, Albin began a pilgrimage with one final destination: World Peace. After 4000 km by foot through Europe, the walk2peace became part of the global healing mandala of Himalayan sacred vases known as Earth Treasure Vases and together with Ebba, they carried such a vase from Greece to Turkey. This year they have been blessed to carry another vase and before continuing the peace walk with the vase in South Korea, they are holding ceremonies and sharing this beautiful practice in Scandinavia.
About: Albin and Ebba, the founders of Ways2WorldPeace, are grassroot peace activists guided by their heart and the noble aspiration to create lasting peace on Earth.
Practical guidelines: You are most welcome to bring a small (fingernail size) sacred and natural object of special meaning to you and offer this into the vase, such as incense, tiny gemstones, seeds etc.
Read more on: www.earthtreasurevase.org
Jonna Liv Dragstedt
Jonna Liv Dragstedt, singer and music teacher, meditation leader and devoted yogi since many years. She has been leading courses in the buddhist way in the north of Sweden and has had several mindfulness retreats in Lapland but nowadays she has her base in Stockholm. Jonna Liv leads Heartsinging and Heartdance in the Stockholm area, often combined with yoga. Her focus in life is to meet everything that arises with empathy and presence and she uses singing/music as a way to pass the mind and go straight into the heart. Vulnerability and power, resistance and softness, darkness and light; they’re all a part of life and can be allowed their space. That’s when the life energy flows freely, in the midst of all emotions, all states. And life becomes what it is meant to be: a divine play. Come and play! Come and sing! Come and be still. Come and let the connection deepen, to yourself and to All that Is.
Sw Anand VigyanIn 1981 I went to se Bhagawan (later called Osho). in Pune India, that is where I got my name and since then my life has been guided by a rebellious spirit taking me to many teachers and many places. I have been a fool and wanderer of the crafts helping to build spiritual communities for years and live now in the forest with my beloved Savita, close to the course center Solhälla by lake Hällungen on the west coast of Sweden.Here i take part in a community intending to move into a sustainable and connected way of life.
I poured water inside the sweat lodge for the first time more than 25 years ago and over the years I have been facilitating workshops like men’s groups, vipasana, drum building, and different forms of therapy from the world of Osho. My passion now is the connection to earth and spirit and I facilitate the Dream weaver ceremony and other rituals.
I am looking forward to share my music and create magic with you.” Love and friendship Vigyan
With a background in the creative fields of photography and the visual arts she is known to always bring an artistic touch to everything she does. She is currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden where she’s been studying Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Thai-yoga massage.
2005 Emma found Yoga and since then ever grateful and amazed to be on this transformational and healing journey. She took her first Yoga teacher training in New York city 2012. As a teacher herself, she encourages the life force energy to flow more freely, breaking up stagnation and blockages, so that one can feel freer and more creative. She teaches Hatha yoga the classical way including mantra singing, pranayama and meditation.
Rebirthing Breath Circle with Elisabeth Finocchiaro. Opening up and expanding and relaxing and letting go, it is all we need to do in life. Open up and let go. In this circle we will dive into the power within us that is activated by our breath! Elisabeth has been working along side Dan Brule, pioneer in breathwork and teaches clarity and holds breath circles in Bergen, Norway. This circle is focused on heart opening to connect in deeper ways and remember who we really are.
Manereia Hanuman Sol
Manereia is a Bhakti yogi and a mystic who channels down strong energies of love from the Universe that transform both him and his environment. Manereia loves to sit in front of an altar singing mantras or meditate. The nature is his best altar. When Manereia does not work as an engineer, he is often out camping in the wilderness or inspires others by performing different spiritual exercises. At Space of Love, Manereia will lead some different activities from his repertoire such as; puja, meditation, mantra singing, energy exercises or healing. More about Manereia and his project at; www.projektsol.se