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The European Ecovillage Conference 2017

Living the future today: Solidarity, Resilience & Hope

Get ready for the yearly gathering of Ecovillages and intentional communities where the inspired and the inspiring come together. Come surf the good vibes, enjoy the Swedish summer light and soak up the nature and magic of Ängsbacka.


Meet the people that walk their talk

The Global Ecovillage Network of Europe announces its 21st edition of the yearly European Ecovillage Conference, for the first time in Sweden:

The invitation

In an era of uncertain ecological and political futures, Robert Hall, GEN Europe’s Council President, invites participants “come and network with Europe’s grassroots change-makers. Join us to learn ways of increasing your happiness while being of greater service to humanity and the planet.”


This years theme is Conscious Happiness: Living the future today. Solidarity, Resilience & Hope. We know that a more beautiful world is possible, and we will explore this together as in communal living topics such as the sharing economy and social currencies, food sovereignty, renewable energies, non-violent communication, group facilitation, governance models, collective and consensual decision making, bio-architecture and ecological activism. And of course a lot of community glue activities.

The people that walk their talk will share experiences and know-how, mostly through workshops and talks but also through art, music, dance, film and exhibitions.

Round-table talks, documentaries, and presentations from the ecovillages themselves – new and old – are also year-in, year-out favourites. Morning activities to get into our lovely bodies, concerts, dance and music in the evenings to come together.

Join us to learn ways to live a richer life while being of greater service to humanity and the planet. The program will unfold here


Meetings in the Ängsbacka gardens


EXPO – showcasing sustainable technologies

The Ecovillage Sustainable Technology Exposition is a demonstration lab featuring sustainable technologies such as solar ovens, thermo-compost heating systems and water purifiers designed in European Ecovillages. As we explore Resilience, we invite members of ecovillages to share, demonstrate and present technologies from their communities, or from traditional knowledge, that they use to tackle local or global problems. Read more and apply–>


 Gatherings and ceremonies at earlier GEN conferences


Who is coming?

The gathering has over the years attracted many many hundreds of people. People from who want to learn more about sustainable communities; ecovillagers and aspiring ecovillagers, friends from like-minded networks such as Permaculture, Transition Towns and Gaia Education amongst many others, will join us once again. And of course the local community and people truly interested in more sustainable lifestyle(s).

Participants in the 5 day event can expect a family-friendly drug and alcohol free experience with the possibility to choose activities based on their interests, managed campsites with outdoor facilities and all inclusive vegetarian meals.

A more beautiful world IS possible… and you will experience a part of it during the gathering at Ӓngsbacka”, welcomes Ewa Jacobsson from Ängsbacka.


Global Ecovillage Network

csm_gen-logo_b4ed563df3GEN – Global Ecovillage Network, was founded 20 years ago and represents over 100 countries in the 5 continents. GEN-Europe is a network that connects, sustains and diffuses the work of ecovillages and communities. Ecovillages form one of the few viable models for sustainable regional development. GEN-Europe has representation in Brussels under the umbrella of ECOLISE, together with other intercontinental networks; also, it has a consultative status at the UN for educational material for 10 years.


Ängsbacka – festivals, courses and community

Ängsbacka, outside Karlstad in Sweden, is a vital meeting place in Scandinavia for people who want to live a more conscious life, live from the heart and care for our planet. Since 1997 thousands of people have been touched by the warm, open, loving atmosphere during workshops, festivals and visits at Ängsbacka. Ängsbacka is a full member of GEN Europe since 2016. Welcome to be part of the Ängsbacka Magic! 

Alcohol and drug-free

Ängsbacka is an alcohol and drug free place. We don’t serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other substances when you are at Ängsbacka.

Come and volunteer – during festivals or year around

Year around about 20 people from around the globe live and work at Ängsbacka as volunteers. During the festival summer we are sometimes almost 200. We are also a part of EVS, European Volunteer Service, where young people  between 18 to 30 years old can work and learn at Ängsbacka for free, supported by the EU. Read more about Ängsbacka, travel, our community and our volunteering opportunities.


Warmly welcome to Sweden and Ängsbacka – all you changemakers!


Conference program 2017

 This page will be ongoingly updated as experts and speakers are confirmed.


 Program and activities


Experts and speakers

This year’s theme of Living the future today: Solidarity, Resilience & Hope will weave into conference workshops and activity tracks, tied together by keynote speakers Charles Eisenstein and Helena Norberg-Hodge.

CHARLES EISENSTEIN is a self-described “degrowth activist” that has been described as “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time”. He is internationally-acclaimed author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a revolutionary and interactive book…inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary.”

He is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.


HELENA NORBERG-HODGE is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement. She has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is an author, filmmaker and director of Local Futures with the mission to protect and renew ecological and social well being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization.

She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, described as “an inspirational classic”. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and received the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”


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The Ecovillage Sustainable Technology Exposition is a demonstration lab featuring sustainable technologies such as solar ovens, thermo-compost heating systems and water purifiers designed in European Ecovillages. As we explore Resilience, we invite members of ecovillages to share, demonstrate and present technologies from their communities, or from traditional knowledge, that they use to tackle local or global problems. Read more and apply–>


Ecovillages making presentations

  • New and older ecovillages share their solutions on what has worked for them. How did we build our community? How did we get EU-fundings? How did we build our strawbale houses?  How do we take decisions?
  • As an example of Solidarity, representatives from GEN Europe’s refugee-support project, will describe coordinated efforts by ecovillagers to provide direct support to migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Europe.

There is an invitation for those who would like to showcase or present their solutions. Check in later for the application form. 

Music & Dance
There will be opportunities to get together, get into our bodies and move our bodies in the way it wants to be moved. Playful, or extatic. There may even be outdoor dance if the weather is happy with us. We love singing together and our band and their guests will get you into the mood.  

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Morning offerings
Yoga, meditation and movement are offered for the early birds around 7 am. 

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 Healing sessions and body work offerings

Individual healing sessions will be available for participants and volunteers throughout the conference.

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Sharing / home groups
You will have your own ”family” during the gathering where you will meet and share what is alive in you at this very moment. An opportunity to connect to yourself and with the same people all week.

♥ Say hello to the nature
Ängsbacka is situated in abundant nature with surrounding forests, a majestic garden and lakes nearby to swim on hot days. 

♥ Swedish Sauna
When you’re ready to wind down after a long day, take a steamy rest in our large wood-heated sauna. Bring an extra towel.

♥ Food made with love 
We offer tasty and nutritious vegetarian food 3 times a day(included in the ticket). The café is filled with delicious desserts, snacks and sandwiches as well as a large variety of raw food treats and non alcoholic beverages and smoothies




Previous conferences

What is the Global Ecovillage Network?


The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and individuals dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

The Global Ecovillage Network is a truly global organization. Our work spans across six different regions – GEN-Africa, GEN-Europe, GENOA in Oceania & Asia, GENNA in North America, CASA in Latin America and NextGEN for the future generations of the planet.

Meeting at ZEGG 2014









What is the European Ecovillage Conference?

The GEN-Europe conference – European Ecovillage Conference –  is the annual gathering of European people living for and working towards a more sustainable world. It´s the place where activists from many different areas and organizations come together to share, exchange, explore, co-create and give birth to new ideas and projects. International guests from all other continents are of course warmly welcomed.

Please have a look at what happened in Switzerland during the 2013 GEN-Europe conference


What is an ecovillage?

An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.

Here is a map of ecovillages around the world or read an inspiring article on Ecovillages 


What does GEN do?

As a solution-based, multi-stakeholder alliance, GEN provides information, tools, examples and global representation to the expanding network of those dedicated to developing and demonstrating sustainability principles and practices in their lifestyles and communities around the world.

GEN supports people and communities to meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters and offers resources like for example the Solution Library



Practical info


View of Ängsbacka12 July
Arrival of GEN-Europe member participants in General Assembly

Arrival before dinner

13-14 July
General Assembly GEN-Europe

15 July
Arrival and check-in for conference participants from after lunch.

18.30 Dinner
20.00  Welcome event

16 – 20 July
The European Ecovillage Conference 2017 

16 July Opening Ceremony at 9 am
20 July Closing ceremony & celebration in the evening

21 July
Departure day



  • Questions about the conference program etc – please contact GEN: Conference (at)
  • Questions about food and lodging etc – please contact Ängsbacka: booking (at)
    + 46 553 10035 (Monday to Friday 10-13)
  • Press inquiry: for interviews in English and Italian: Evan Welkin,, +39 334 259 0522
    In Swedish: Annette Ericsdotter Bettaieb,, + 46 70-777 91 00


Travel information

We invite you to travel to Ängsbacka as sustainable as possible and offer to support you in finding a good alternative to flying.

Here you can find more information on how to get to Ängsbacka on public transport from Karlstad, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Malmö and other European countries.

We also invite you to check out the Conference rideshare document in which you can offer, find and share ideas around travel options.

And finally there is the travel info page: How to get to Ängsbacka


More about Ängsbacka


A welcome letter with more detailed information about the festival will be sent out to all festival participants. Below is some general information.

International Course & Festival Center

Ängsbacka is an international course and festival center with participants, workshop leaders and volunteers from all over the world. Therefore please note that the main language during the festivals often is English but some of the workshops can be in a different language, for instance Swedish or Norwegian.


  • The festival ticket includes camping at Ängsbacka’s beautiful green camping field, which is located in direct connection to the festival area. Bring your own tent and don´t forget to bring equipment suitable for the warm as well as the cold and for a rainy summer day.
  • At an additional fee there are sometimes beds to rent indoors at the festival area; in double room, 4-6 bed room and dormitory. For availability see the tab “Price and booking”.
  • We place men and women separately unless you have booked a whole room. Please bring earplugs if you are sound sensitive – the sound can sometimes be quite loud in the festival area. All our accommodations are hostel standard with shared shower and toilet.
  • Please bring your own sheets and towels. You might want to bring an extra towel for the sauna or swimming.
  • You can rent a space for your camper or caravan during the festival, without electricity. Book well in advance!
  • It is also possible to rent private accommodation in the nearby village of Molkom. Most accommodations are located at walking distance (1-1,5 km) to Ängsbacka. Please contact us if you are interested and we’ll send you a list with contact-information of the people who let out rooms, apartments, houses and campers/caravans.


The festival ticket includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Ängsbacka we offer a vegetarian diet prepared with love. We use locally produced and organic products to a large extent. If you let us know in connection with your reservation, we will arrange vegan diet (same if lactose intolerant) or gluten and nut-free food for you. For practical reasons we can´t meet needs from other allergies or diets during festivals.


The Cafe & The Shop

  • The Cafe is a cozy and comfortable meeting place for new friendships and deep conversation over a latte or a mild herbal tea. You can also buy organic bakery, delicious sandwiches and healthy drinks. The atmosphere often get lively during Open Stage where you can take the opportunity to share a song, poem or just improvise.
  • In the Ängsbacka Shop you will find health products and organic body care, relaxing music, books, different clothes, organic incense, unique jewelry, yoga mats and more.


Other information

  • Money. For cash withdrawals, there is a vending machine (ATM) at the grocery store in Molkom community, about 1.5 miles from Ängsbacka.
  • Walking. A good idea is to bring coarser walking shoes for trails around Ängsbacka. Comfortable indoor shoes/slippers is also good to have.
  • Bottle/cup. Don´t forget a water bottle and maybe a take away mug for coffee and tea.
  • Sauna. We have a large sauna where you have the possibility to relax in the company of new and old friends – an extra towel is a good idea to bring for that.

No Alcohol or Drugs

Please note that Ängsbacka is a Alcohol and Drug Free place. We dont serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other subtstances when you are at Ängsbacka.

Find your way here

It’s easy to find your way to Ängsbacka by train and bus or by car. Read more about how to find your way here.


We are partnering with carpooling service GoMore. Enter ‘Molkom’ as your destination.

Price & booking

Tickets are ALL INCLUSIVE: Conference + all meals + camping spot – from dinner July 15 (arrival day) to breakfast July 21 (departure day).


Income related tickets

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider what your economic situation is like, and if you want to support the Ecovillage Conference and the work of GEN Europe.


Pay it Forward Price 
5840 SEK
(≈ 620 Euro) covers the cost of the conference supports people with less money to be able to join the conference.

 Standard Conference Price
5270 SEK
  (≈ 560 Euro) covers the cost of the conference.

 Low income price
4480 SEK
  (≈ 475 Euro) covers less than what we need to make the conference sustainable.
Intended for those with limited economy.

Early bird: book and pay before May 1: 300 SEK (≈ 29 Euro) off
Late bird: book and pay after 15 June for an additional 300 SEK (≈ 29 Euro)

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Volunteer Prices – period: 11-21 July

2450 SEK (≈ 260 Euro)  Standard – For citizens of the Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland), and anyone who lives in Norden.

1850 SEK (≈ 195 Euro)  Travel from far – For anyone who lives outside Norden (except Nordic citizens).

Please note that we have a limited number of spots for volunteering so please apply early.
After you sent in your application it normally takes about two weeks before you get confirmation.
Read more about volunteering here!



Please bring your own sheets and towels (incl extra towel for sauna).

Tent (bring your own)


Own caravan, no electricity. (≈16 Euro)

150 SEK

Big dormitory tent with provided mattress (≈ 26 Euro)

240 SEK

Bed in indoor dormitory (16-20 persons) (≈76 Euro)

720 SEK

Bed in 4-6 bed room. (≈130 Euro)

1230 SEK

Bed in double room (≈210 Euro)

1980 SEK

Single room (≈350 Euro)

3360 SEK

I have organized external accommodation. (≈ -53 Euro)

-440 SEK



  • Price per child (age 4-17): 1200 SEK (≈126 Euro)
  • The price includes food and camping (or sleeping in caravan).
  • Children age 0-3 is free of charge.
  • When you book you just add how many children you bring, yoou dont register them separatly. (Please just write the childrens age in the box: “Message to us”.)

If you want to book upgraded accommodation indoors for you and your children, please contact for prices and manual booking.


Special categories


If you are a GEN Delegate and attending both the General Assembly and the conference, the price is 3645 SEK for food and camping (incl. dinner Wednesday 12 July until breakfast Friday 21 July.) As a delegate you dont pay the conference fee.



If you are attending only the General Assembly and not the conference, the price is 970 SEK for food and camping. Please use this booking link to book and to see prices for upgrade of accommodation.


Combo discount for Ängsbacka’s other festivals

If you also join another of Ängsbacka’s summer festivals (No Mind, Yoga or Tantra) you get the Early Bird price (up to 1000 SEK discount) on them even if you book late. You need to book each event separatly. You also get 1000 SEK (≈105 Euro) discount on GEN. Please tick COMBO DISCOUNT when you book.

If you want to join both GEN and No Mind there is the possiblity to stay as a volunteer in between (100 SEK per day – food included).


Payment Methods

Tickets can be paid online by card, by bank transfer or with the mobile app Swish.

We encourage you to pay by bank transfer (from Sweden or EU) or Swish in order for us to avoid the transaction fees imposed on card payments.

If you have problems paying by card (for example due to limited allowance), please contact us for a manual payment link.

While booking you will get further instructions. After booking your ticket, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.


1) Credit/Debit Card

Pay online using your card of choice.


2) Swish (A mobile app – Swedish bank account needed)

Transfer the amount from your Swich Account to Ängsbacka: 123 538 12 56.

Important! Please write what event you are paying for (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).


3) Bank Transfer

From Sweden:
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448

From abroad:
Swift address: NDEASESS
IBAN: SE63 9500 0099 6026 4418 5510

The adress of the bank: Nordea, Smålandsgatan 17, 105 71 Stockholm
Account name: Ängsbacka Kursgård AB

Important! Please write what event you are paying for, (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).


Booking Terms

If you use SWISH or BANK TRANSFER, please pay directly – or at the latest the same day you book – otherwise your booking will not be valid and your place at the event not guaranteed.


Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation latest one month before the event starts, the cancellation fee is 350 SEK per person. Children and youth (up to 18 years old) pay half this fee. Within one month and until the event starts, the fee is 15% of the total value of your booking. The maximum cancellation fee for one person/booking is 900 SEK.
Please note that when cancelling closer than two weeks before the event starts, a doctor’s confirmation of your inability to participate is required. Refunds will not be made if you cancel after the event has started.
If Ängsbacka would cancel the event, all payments will be refunded.

NOTE that it may take up to one month before you have the refunded amount on your account.



Communication policy

As part of our communication with our customers, we may keep in touch with you who have participated in our courses and festivals by mailing or emailing:
– thank you letters and evaluation surveys
– offerings to sign up for mailing lists in a similar area of interest
– information about similar future events or events with the same workshop leaders.

We also have a general monthly e-mail newsletter where we tell about what is going on at Ängsbacka, upcoming events etc. You can opt in and out of our newsletter at any time.



If you have questions regarding the booking, payment, cancellation, our communication policy etc, please contact us:
Phone: +46 55 31 00 35. (Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00)


Volunteering during the Ecovillage Conference

Five hour sevice a day

You are welcome to join as volunteer and help out doing service during the conference. You work five hours a day and get a reduced price for the event.

Please note that we have a limited number of spots for volunteering so please apply early.
After you sent in your application it normally takes about two weeks before you get confirmation.

There is also the possibility to volunteer at GEN plus one or more of our other festivals. The No Mind  Camp starts 27 June, and Yoga Camp ends 30 July. If you combine two or more camps you will receive a discount on the volunteer camp fees.


Prices and terms

♥ GEN volunteer camp July 11 – 21

  • Standard price: 2450 SEK  (≈ 260 Euro) – For citizens of the Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland), and anyone who lives in Norden.
  • Travel from far – price: 1850 SEK  (≈ 195 Euro) – For anyone who lives outside Norden (except Nordic citizens.)

The volunteer price includes:

  • 5 hours of volunteering per day during the whole period.
  • Food and camping (please bring your own tent)
  • Access to the full conference program (when you are not volunteering).
  • A rich volunteer program (yoga, dance, sharing etc) during the preparation days (11-15 July).


Dates for “combo camps”

The following volunteer camps (including GEN) are available:

  • No Mind + GEN Camp
    27 June – 21 July. Price 4320 SEK
  • GEN + Yoga Camp
    11-30 July. Price 4040 SEK
  • GEN + Yoga + Tantra Camp
    11 July – 7 Aug. Price 5840 SEK

You are also welcome to join already earlier. Our All Summer Camp starts June 2.

The volunteer program

The volunteer program offers a daily structure based on working meditation, community spirit and spiritual practice. During our big festival there are often more than a hundred volunteers joining – of all ages and from a lot of different countries.

Volunteering at Ängsbacka – more info + application.

Warmly welcome!