Episode 71

Be in the flow! Do not stand in your way

Mikael took vipassana (what we now call mindfulness) to Sweden and co-founded Vipassanagruppen

Mikael Karlholm is a natural coach, big-hearted motivator, spiritual pioneer, and networker with an amazing ability to see opportunities to collaborate and contribute for the benefit of all. He studied Tibetan Buddhism with the Dalai Lama in the library in Dharamsala already at the age of 20, and then immersed himself in vipassana training with S. N. Goenka. Mikael took vipassana (what we now call mindfulness) to Sweden and co-founded Vipassanagruppen.

He also spent time with Osho, Papaji, Ramesh Balzekar, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and other teachers. Since it has always been natural for Mikael to share what has been beneficial for himself with others,, he soon began inviting spiritual teachers to Sweden so more people could take part in their offerings, insights, and experiences.

During the last 40 decades, he has organized events with hundreds of teachers, artists, and workshop leaders. He has, for example, worked closely with Byron Katie in 15 years 2013 he arranged and Candra an event with Eckhart Tolle in Stockholm with an audience of 2 000 people. Mikael has always been passionate about gathering representatives of different spiritual traditions and co-create offerings, coming together in what unites us all.

He was also a part of starting and running Ängsbacka Kursgård and the No Mind festival that has been held there annually for more than 20 years, and which is known all over the world.


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