In the shadow of Merapi

Each tweet, photo, video and book aim at changing our perspective on life. We focus on uplifting the collective by providing soul food for the inner journey.

This web site turns one this Summer. We celebrate it by giving you our mindfulness lecture ”Breathe out – Breathe in” as a free video series in twelve parts on our YouTube  channel.


In the shadow of Merapi is an esoteric project on social media – you find the links by scrolling down. On Twitter we focus on positive news – media content which give us hope for the future. On YouTube we are continuously uploading videos and recorded lectures. On Instagram we keep you updated on our activities. In the shadow of Merapi is also a book series in five parts. The first book with the same title was published in 2017 and the second book Breath out – Breath in will be published later this year. If you wish to support us you can do so through our page on Patreon.

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The Book

In the Shadow of Merapi is at the moment only available in Swedish as an eBook, audiobook and soft cover book.

The Swedish edition can be bought online on several eBook stores, but it is also made available through libraries in Sweden. Please check the Swedish version of this web page for links to shops online where the book can be purchased. The soft cover book can be bought at selected book stores in Finland and Sweden.

At the moment we are working on an English edition. The goal is to finish the translation work towards the end of 2017. We will let you know how this project is proceeding.


In the shadow of Merapi is part of a larger project called Pathfinder, aimed at helping people live happier lives through active self-help.

By shifting our perspective and releasing old and toxic belief systems, we create a new path for ourselves on a personal level. At the same time we are empowering the collective.

Pathfinder is relying on the technical revolution that is transforming the media landscape. We now reach people in ways that weren’t possible before.

We wish to create professional and high quality media for our target audience, at the same time involving them in the production. Pathfinder is a TV format waiting to be produced and this project is run by the media production house

Would you like to support our first and International Pathfinder production? It will be in English, available online and free for our viewers to watch.

Please join our forces and support the Pathfinder crowd-funding project. More information will be made available in the Spring of 2018.


Mount Merapi is an active volcano close to Yogjakarta on the island of Java in Indonesia. In a small village located between the volcano and the city, I spend a few months writing.

From the balcony of this temporary Indonesian home of mine, I see Merapi breathing. Steam is continuously rising from the crater – the volcano is both beautiful and dangerous. She reminds the locals of the power of nature and Merapi is both calling people towards her and scaring them away.

Merapi’s latest eruption was in 2010. In a small village in the shadow of the volcano, 39 people were killed by hot volcanic dust travelling at fast speed down the mountain slopes. Scientists believe that Merapi might be devoloping into a super volcano, the greatest in the world. Under the island of Java there are huge amounts of magma, creating the biggest magma source on our planet today.

I this region people have throughout history built impressing temples to honor their gods and beliefs. Prambanan is a Hindu temple and Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. In the architecture across Java there are still traces of the Duch rule. But today this area is a predominantly Muslim region and the calls for prayer echo over cities and villages. Here, surrounded by mountains, rivers and tropical forests, there is a divine calm.

Close to the house where I’m writing my book, locals are growing rice on paddies filled with water. The fields remind me of mirrors scattered across a magical and tropical landscape. The volcanic ash from Merapi, which covers the ground during each eruption, has made the soil fertile.

The calming sounds from the nearby stream and the loud call of the gecko, create a harmonious atmosphere. The veil between the dimensions feels thin.

In the shadow of Merapi, the English edition is coming soon.


Feel free to contact us! Do you want Joakim Haldin to speak at your gathering or wish to know where to buy our books? Or maybe our Pathfinder project has caught your eye? Please send us your questions and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.