ODIN – Imelda Almqvist

A 5-day intensive Introduction to Seidr and Old Norse Magical and Wisdom Traditions 

5 Day Residential  Course

March 10-March 14, 2020

Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Do you hear your ancestors calling you?  Or feel a longing in the blood to connect with that lineage?

This workshop covers Seidr, a Norse form of shamanism or working closely with spirit, and the larger field of spiritual and mystical traditions of  the  ancestral pathways and spiritual wisdom teachings of Northern Europe.

The material is presented in traditional ways, closely following ancient texts – The Eddas –  and old Scandinavian traditions and folklore.

This workshop is a prerequisite to the 2-year Viking Blood Norse Seidmadr and Seidkona practitioner training to begin iin the United States in November 2020.

 In this course, we will explore:

  • Yggdrasil and the inhabitants of the Nine Worlds
  • The Norse sagas and myths
  • The Web of Wyrd – Urd’s web
  • Creating your own set of runes
  • Trolldom – a brief look at spells and traditional magical workings
  • Shapeshifting and berserking – the anatomy of soul viewed through the Old Norse lens
  • Galder – the magical power of song and speech
  • Blot – ceremonial offerings; the roles of priests and priestesses
  • The Wisdom or Knowledge competitions in the Eddas
  • The Norse Gods and Goddesses
  • The role of humans in the Norse cosmology
  • Teachings of Tyr and Odin – the concept of the Spiritual Warrior
  • Divination and prophecy
  • A High Seat ceremony using a traditional Scandinavian version as conducted in local communities.

Registration is now open.

Registration information and materials are here.  Contact Susan Rossi – msrossi@comcast.net – for additional information about the Introductory Course or Imelda’s 2-year Viking Blood practitioner training in the wisdom and magical traditions of Old Northern Europe which begins in November 2020.

What Introduction to Norse Seidr and Fornsed students are saying:

“It is not just the profound experiences, rich content and comprehensive material that makes Imelda’s Introduction to Norse Shamanism course so exceptional; it is also the community that is woven into being amongst the participants that makes this retreat so impactful.  I return often to my notes, not only as a reference for my practice, but as a way to tap back into that rare and magical essence we birthed as a group that week.  Imelda is a strong and articulate teacher, generous with her knowledge and facilitates these ancient practices in a safe and supportive environment. Her willingness to come to the US to share this wisdom is a gift, and I eagerly anticipate her future teachings.”  – Shana Kestrel   

“Imelda brings a high level of research, scholarship, preparation, and embodiment to her courses. Under her direction, we are given a foundation and skill set to move our practice forward and to deepen our personal growth. Giving her students a variety of experiences inside a Norse ancestral framework has formed a bond and connection for me on a cellular level. I highly recommend her courses. They are life changing in their profound knowledge and experiences.” –  Valerie Budayr  

“Imelda’s work is truly revolutionary. Honoring the Norse spirit, she also updates ancient practices into a modern life of service and fulfillment. Imelda does not shy away from hard truths and personal responsibility, and her coursework is wise and inspiring. I have and will always highly recommend her marvelous class.” – A. B.  

Watch Imelda’s art video about the Healing Mountain of Lyfjaberg and the Nine Maidens who live there:

Imelda Almqvist is a shamanic painter, teacher, practitioner and author who divides her time between London, UK and Södermanland, Sweden. Her paintings can be found in collections all over the world.

She is the author of NATURAL BORN SHAMANS, A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages)

and SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit: Where Shamanism Meets Art .

Imelda is passionate about teaching Norse Shamanism and Seidr. Her school in Sweden is called TRUE NORTH and is situated in pristine forest land by the Baltic Sea. The 2-year Norse Shamanism practitioner program  in Sweden is in progress and will begin in the U.S. in November 2020.

Imelda was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in  2016 and 2017. She is also a presenter on Year of Ceremony in 2018 with Sounds True in Colorado.


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Frau Holle

A Sacred Art Retreat intensive
with Imelda Almqvist and Susan Rossi

5 Day Residential  Course
November 12-16, 2019 

Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania  

 Registration is now open – only a few spaces remain.  

Between November and early January each year, we enter what many traditions in the Northern Hemisphere deem a “Thin Time” or time of Thin Veil when our ability to sense the unseen worlds heightens. That keening sound we hear in the howling wind is the Wild Hunt riding out, sweeping up in its ranks the Dead as well as the Living who cross its path.


Does the riding out of this Wild Host presage only a time of catastrophe and death, or does it hold within it the seed of regeneration?

Is there a great cosmic clearing away that occurs?

What did it mean to our ancestors in the Northern and Western European traditions?

What does it mean for our understanding of the cycle of creation, loss and regeneration today?

What is our relationship to the Forces of Chaos and Destruction – how can we work closely with those powerful forces in midwifing processes of rebirth on Earth?

In this course, we will work with ceremony, ritual, journeying and art process to explore:

  • the mythology and cultural origins of The Wild Hunt and its relevance to our own life’s journey

  • the power of The Wild Hunt as a tool for change

  • the forces of chaos and their potential and their cosmic gifts

  • what happens when Life draws back into the taproot and everything around us appears to die?

  • What is the role of loss and destruction in the creative process?

  • the cycles of Life and Death, creation and destruction

  • correspondences between The Wild Hunt and esoteric beliefs and ancient divination systems – the Runes and Astrology- engaging the transformational myths and energies of Scorpio, Aries, Uranus, Mars and Pluto as they relate to the Wild Hunt

  • the twinned mysteries of Samhain and Beltane, the relationship between death, ecstasy, and creation

  • And more….

Contact Susan Rossi – msrossi@comcast.net – for additional information. Registration information and materials are here.

Read Imelda’s new book about Sacred Art and Shamanism:

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Watch Imelda’s art video about The Wild Hunt of Frau Holle and Her Heimchen:

Imelda Almqvist is a shamanic painter, teacher, practitioner and author who divides her time between London UK, Sweden and the U.S. Her paintings can be found in collections all over the world. She is the author of NATURAL BORN SHAMANS, A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages). Her second book, SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit: Where Shamanism Meets Art was published by Moon Books on 29 March 2019
Imelda’s sacred art courses take place in the fertile space where art meets shamanism. They have a strong Mystery School aspect: the focus is on engaging in fresh and innovative ways with ancient material and wisdom traditions to create powerful art work, ceremonies and Rites of Passage. She is a presenter on Year of Ceremony for Sounds True and on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network.
(Art videos on Youtube Channel)


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