A joint effort
We are a community: From the residential and core staff members, to the volunteers, to the teachers and guests that visit us every year. Since the beginning, our central focus has been to create a place where people can live together in harmony. In coming to Shambala, you will not only have access to top international teachers within yoga, spirituality and the path of self growth; you will also encounter a special community who, with open arms, receives and serves guests with a warming and homely family atmosphere.
We are a small soul family making the most of the enriching experience of living together in a natural paradise. When you see one of our volunteers, please greet them with love, these outstanding individuals make Karma Yoga their path of personal growth through selfless action.
During the summers, the community is formed by Johan and Melissa plus the core team and our wonderful and colorful team of volunteers. The community joins the centre and the feeling is of creativity, connection and joy. During the winters, the community travels elsewhere like birds, but the centre is available for rental, always under the professional and warm service of our small winter catering team. The experience of Shambala within the winter is of silence, stillness and introspection.
Since the beginning, our central focus has been to create a place where people can live together in harmony. We give thanks to those that have walked before us and have left behind paths to manifest a society free of violence and fear and instead live in a community that is based in love, open communication, mutual understanding and respect.
The Core team
Johan is one of the co-founders who started Shambala Gatherings (then named Borntorpet) in 2005. For the last 25+ years he has followed his passion to pursue a lifestyle that is physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy. His quest has led him to travel throughout India and Peru to meet and learn from many spiritual masters. He has trained in Tantra, Hatha, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga, meditation, Thai Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and Ayurveda. He is an avid practitioner of Vedic Art painting and of devotional chanting (kirtan). At Shambala he offers Craniosacral Treatments. Johan lives in Sweden in the summers and in the winters he travels to India and Bali.
BIRD'S EYE VIEW
Spanish born Melissa joined Shambala in 2009 and since then she is a co-owner together with Johan. After ten years in the fashion industry, she set out on a journey around the world, pursuing her passion for creative expression and holistic living taking form in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga, Thai and Balinese massage and meditation as well as several creative modalities such as photography, painting, singing, dancing and writing. She is passionate about living a life that is spiritually rooted as well as empowering others to carry out more fulfilling lifestyles. Melissa lives in Sweden in the summers and in the winters she spends time in Amsterdam and Portugal.
We admit it: We are idealists. We just love doing things well. When we search for a chef we want her to also be warm hearted, devotional in nature, inspired by beauty and health and highly conscious. We found her for you: Jenny! She is passionately dedicated to understanding the meaning of true happiness, and what it means to live a spiritual life. She has done the Sama YTT, Svastha Yoga Therapy course and studied Craniosacral therapy as well as Biodynamic Stillness touch. For more information on Jenny’s creative endeavours worldwide through Yoga and food, feel free to follow her on www.thesacredcookbook.com and www.nordiclightyoga.com
This sultry Italian Goddess joined our team as our Cyber Queen. Her devoted, clear and lighthearted nature makes her the perfect first point of contact online. Alessia has been on the spiritual journey for the past 15 years. Going to Asia has always been her strongest calling, where she has trained in different healing systems, including Reiki, dance therapy, and Tibetan and relaxing massage. Lately she has been touched by the healing benefits of Chi Nei Tsang and decided focusing her energy in this beautiful healing modality.
Elad comes from Israel as a messenger of love. He melts the heart of those that meet him. He is an artist of the heart and of photography too, capturing gatherings in a sincere and honest way. He is our ongoing caretaker of Shambala during the summers and assists the kitchen team too. We are forever grateful for the presence of Elad in our lives, constantly teaching by simply being. Thank you for the hummus too, Elad.
This Swedish yogini is our caterer during the winters. She brings light to the dark in the North through her warm heart and delicious food. Her devoted nature is a gift to those that work with her and are nourished by her care and food. Blessed with the gift to make any place cosy, she is the guardian of our Shambala Gatherings retreat center during the colder season. Thank you Lisa for co-creating magic with us.
She traded the Caribbean for the Swedish forest and followed love. American Amy is our neighbour and delightful caterer on stand-by during the winters. When she is not at Shambala Gatherings cooking and taking care of our kitchen, she is managing her funky cafe, digging in her garden, playing drums in a heavy metal all girls band or spending time with her two adorable little girls and artist husband Thomas. We couldn’t love more your style, Amy.
Sara Bosch Brinques
Sara is our high voltage Marketing Guru. This wonder-woman from Barcelona delights us with her creative power, sense of humour and wild heart. She spent 10 years in Australia dedicated to communications, events and digital media; and she’s a skillful writer, photographer and project manager. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYS 200) and loves music! At Shambala, she takes good care of all social media, website and design work. As the latest addition to our Core Team, Sara puts the cherry on the cake.
A CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY
Filmmaker Joris van Egmond spent part of the summer on site filming the community during a restful period in between retreats. In this small movie he portrays the Shambala family in honesty and intimacy and lets you into what we get up to when we rest. More information on Joris: www.jorisvanegmond.com