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Guidebook for staying at the
Short Moments Center in Sweden

The Short Moments Center is owned and run by a non-profit association, dedicated to the vision of open intelligence for the benefit of all. The Center provides an environment for everyone committed to gaining confidence in open intelligence.

It is solely supported by grateful participants.

Accommodation

The accommodation is mainly in shared rooms with 3 or 4 beds and a limited number of double and single rooms. The bathrooms and shower facilities are mostly shared. There are pillows and duvets available in all rooms. Bring linen and towels or rent for 100 SEK. Please make sure to clean your room before departure.

A beautiful camping ground is also available with shared outside toilets and showers in summer.  Bring your own tent, equipment, bedding, and linens. Campers or mobile homes are also welcome.

Amenities

  • Gardens 

  • Dining hall

  • Café

  • Office for payments

  • Sauna

  • Gym

  • Car Pickup

  • Parking (free)

  • Wifi in all buildings

  • Bicycles

  • Ping-pong table

  • Volleyball and other games

  • First aid

  • Storage for valuables

  • Washing machines

  • Cleaning items

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Hairdryers

Activities at and around the Center

There are nearby lakes for picnics and swimming, bicycle rides, and walks in the beautiful surrounding nature. A quiet atmosphere is appreciated at the two nearest lakes, and no smoking (fire hazard). During the summer months, it is possible to use the bicycles at the Center.

 

Nearest towns

Markaryd: Has a big supermarket and shopping area, cafés, restaurants, cinema and swimming pool and is 10 km away.

Gräddhyllan near Markaryd is a beautiful cafe.

 

Vittsjö: Has a supermarket - ICA - and is 8 km away. It has a wonderful lake and café. The camping there has canoes you can rent for the day.

Applications

Application for joining the trainings and visiting the Center is required, as it enables us to prepare for your visit. You can find application forms for the different gatherings here.

We suggest not making travel arrangements until you have received confirmation.

Café

We have a wonderful café where you can buy home-baked treats, smoothies, coffees, tea, non-vegetarian snacks, toiletries, writing materials, and Short Moments books. For the café, we use vouchers that you can purchase either in the café or at the office.

Buildings

The guest house, dining hall, and meeting hall with café are in three different buildings. The dining hall has a big professional licensed kitchen, bakery, linen, and laundry room. The guest house has a basement, activity room, gym, sauna, and camping room.  We also have a Trainer's house and the yellow house across the road, a tool shed, garage, bicycle shed, and a designated smoking area.

Laundry

There are washing machines in the guest house that guests can use for a fee of 20 SEK per wash. Drying lines are available inside and outside.

Money

Donations to the training are only done in Swedish currency cash if nothing else has been specified. There are ATM’s in Vittsjö and Markaryd. Otherwise, cash is rarely used in Sweden. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely used credit cards. At the Center, Revolut can be used and Swish if you have a Swedish bank account.

Food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served each day, and all meals are vegetarian. In the summer, many vegetables are fresh organic produce from our Garden. Please specify in the application if you have any food allergies. We cannot consider special diets. 

 

The Guest House has a kitchen on the 1st and 2nd floor with refrigerators, cupboards for storing food as well as cooking facilities. Cooked non-vegetarian food can be kept in these kitchens.

Photography and Filming at the Center

Before taking photos or filming anyone at the Center, please ask permission of everyone in the picture. If you publish the pictures/films on Facebook or anywhere else, we ask you to be sensitive and respectful. Short Moments is not responsible for pictures published by participants.

Confidentiality: Official pictures and films will sometimes be taken and used by Short Moments If you do not wish to be in photos/films published please let us know or approach the people filming. Short Moments reserves the right to publish pictures and films showing participants, 

unless we are notified in advance to not do so.

Training

The Training usually begins at 10 am and ends at 5.30 pm with spacious breaks. We ask you to plan your arrival and departure times accordingly. During training days we keep a silent atmosphere in and around the Center.  

Service

We kindly ask everyone who visits the Center to do service for at least one hour a day. This can for example include serving in the kitchen, preparing meals, dishwashing, gardening, and cleaning. Thank you for your valuable service! 

Traveling to the Center in Björstorp, Skåne

Google Maps or http://kartor.eniro.se  Enter “Björstorp 2230, Vittsjö” or “Emmaljunga” in the search box up on the right side. 

GPS latitude 56.394, longitude 13.673

Arriving by plane/train:

The nearest airport is Copenhagen, Kastrup Airport. The airport has a train station with direct trains to Hässleholm twice an hour during the week. On the weekends, around once an hour. 

Train tickets can be purchased at the airport or on www.sj.se or https://www.skanetrafiken.se/ (click the globe on the top right for translation). When you buy your train ticket you can choose Emmaljunga as your destination. It includes the bus ticket from Hassleholm, a price of 200 SEK.

The train goes to Hässleholm C. The travel time on the train is 1 hour 10 minutes. The bus from Hässleholm to Emmaljunga Hultahusvägen takes 35 minutes (bus 532, direction Markaryd, bus stop E at the end of the bus platform).

Once arriving at Emmaljunga Hultahusvägen bus stop, you can either walk to the Center (20 minutes walk, 1,8 km) or be picked up. If you wish to be picked up, please mail us the arrival time before you start your travel. Call for pre-booked pick-ups +46 700482336.

Fees for pick-up: Emmaljunga 25 SEK, Vittsjö 50 SEK. 

Useful things to bring

  • Bathing wear

  • Bedding/linen

  • Earplugs 

  • Socks or shoes for indoor use

  • Shawl and warm clothes

  • Tick-/insect repellent / sunscreen

  • Towels

  • Umbrella 

  • Waterproof shoes and clothing

  • Writing materials

Weather

The Center is situated in a beautiful and peaceful setting in the south of Sweden. The weather can be very unpredictable. 

August has an average maximum temperature of 22.0°C (69.8°F) and is the warmest month of the year. The coldest is February with an average maximum temperature of 1.0°C (33.8°F). 

You can find the local weather here.

Sustainability at the Center

We have a big organic vegetable garden. We use its delicious produce in our kitchen.

Most of our cleaning products are eco-friendly.

We have a detailed recycling system and a compost that nurtures our soil and vegetables.

We donate items and equipment that are in good condition but no longer needed to the local refugee center.

We are always looking for ways to further develop our beautiful Center to be more sustainable.

Center contact information

Address:

Short Moments Center

Björstorp 2230

282 68 Vittsjö

Sweden

Email: swedencenter@shortmoments.com

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