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Mikael & Candra Karlholm

Spread the Words founders are Mikael and Candra Karlholm.

Mikael 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 called 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 of their offerings, insights and experiences. During the last 45 decades he has organized events with hundreds of teachers, artists and workshop leaders. For example, he has worked closely with Byron Katie over the years 20 years 2013 he arranged and Candra an event with Eckhart Tolle in Stockholm with an audience of 2 000 people. They have also arranged two large retreats with Eckhart in Norway. Mikael, whose grandparents fled Russia in the early 20th century, has also been involved in organizing an event with Eckhart in Moscow - it was a great moment for him personally.

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 25 years, and which is known all over the world.

Mikael and Candra are now divorced. They have two daughters together from their eighteen-year marriage.

Photo: Anders Rosenberg

Since 2015 Candra has trained in systemic constellation work (family constellation) and mindfulness-based counseling with Svagito Liebermeister, and offers this work in workshops and individual sessions.

Candras interest in personal development and growth - in learning which is not only intellectual, but experiential and embodied - made her get a degree in drama and communication (a bachelor of. Arts). She is also a mindfulness instructor, evolutionary coach, counselor and speaker trained by Family-lab, and an appreciated workshop leader.

Candra became interested in personal development, meditation and buddhist philosophy in her early twenties. She met ShantiMayi in the year 2000 and spent many winters in meditation retreats and satsang with her in northern India in Sacha Dham ashram.

Candra facilitates women's groups (self-leadership for women) creative self-expression workshops (painting, dancing and meditation combined) (vedic art) and offers The Work of Byron Katie sessions, after having participated in “The School for The Work”.

Read more about Candras work her own website.