About Us

Shambala Gatherings / About Us


Shambala is an intimate yoga community and retreat centre in the middle of the Swedish forest. In coming to Shambala you will not only have access to the teachings of top international yoga teachers and teachers form other disciplines within spirituality and the path of self growth, you will also encounter the Shambala community who, with open arms, receives and serves the guests with a heart warming and homely family atmosphere.

The project started in 2005 out of a vision to live in communion with nature and dedicated to a life of art, community and yoga. What once was an artist community of yogis simply living in nature, slowly, throughout the years, it opened its doors more and more to those that wished to experience this way of living in the form of retreats.

We offer retreats all year around. The experience of Shamabala within the winter is of silence, stillness and introspection. During the summers, the community joins the centre and the feeling is of creativity, connection and joy. We welcome you wholeheartedly to our home.



Johan Svanborg

(Space Holder)

Johan is one of the three co-founders who started Shambala Gatherings (then named Borntorpet) in 2005. For the last 20 years he has followed his passion to pursue a lifestyle that is phsysically, emotionally and spiritually healthy. Spiritual awakening being his main interest since a very early age.
He has a long history within healing, yoga, meditation, nutrition and overall health. His spiritual quest has led him to travel extensively throughout India and Peru which has given him the privilege to meet and learn from many spiritual masters.

He has trained in Tantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, meditation, Thai Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and Ayurveda. He is also an avid practioner of Vedic Art painting and of devotional chanting (kirtan). At Shambala he offers Craniosacral Treatments. For more information, please refer to the treatments page.
Johan lives in Sweden in the summers and in the winters he travels to India and Bali.

Melissa Nuñez-Brown

(Bird's Eye View)

Spanish born Melissa joined Shambala in 2009 and since then she is a co-owner together with Johan Svanborg.
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, contemporary and classical dance, Indian devotional dance, singing, photography and writing.

She is passionate about living a life that is spiritually rooted and is holistically healthy as well as empowering others to carry out more fulfilling lifestyles. Together with Johan she leads devotional chanting evenings at Shambala Gatherings. At Shambala she offers full body Balinese Oil Massage. For more information, please refer to the treatments page.
Melissa lives in Sweden in the summers and in the winters she spends time in Amsterdam or travels with her girlfriend
s across the globe.



Shambala is situated by the lake Gattjärn, in the deep Swedish forest of Bergslagen, about a 2 hour drive from Stockholm. Its easy to reach both by air, train, bus and car.
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Shambala Gatherings is increasingly becoming a meeting place for a returning international community commited to living a life in peace, in communion with nature, the path of self growth and realisation as well as deeply rooted in practices of open communication, selfless service and conscious leadership.
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Our facilities consist of seven buildings in nature with a total capacity for guests of 42 beds in the summer season and 40 beds in the winter.
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Welcome to join Shambala Gatherings, a yoga community in the Swedish forest.
Living a life of fullness with the ones called to explore themselves through yoga, meditation, nature and self-knowledge.