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THE MYSTERY SCHOOL DOORS WILL CLOSE SOON.

DON’T MISS THIS U.S. OFFERING FROM

IMELDA ALMQVIST

 

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INTRODUCTION TO SEIDR & NORSE SHAMANISM – Northern European Wisdom Traditions   

5 Day Residential  Course
March 5-March 9, 2019 

Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania  

A 5 -day intensive Introduction to Seidr and Norse Shamanic Traditions

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

This workshop covers Seidr and the larger field of spiritual and mystical traditions of Norse Shamanism  – 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 Norse Shamanism practitioner training to begin in Sweden in 2019 and in the United States in March 2020.
Here is additional information about the introductory workshop.

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

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

This course will be repeated in the U.S. from November 5-9, 2019.  (Non-residential; location TBD)

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).

Her second book, SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit: Where Shamanism Meets Art will be published by Moon Books in early December of 2018. See it here

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 will begin in Sweden in 2019 and in the U.S in March 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.

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk

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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.  

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.

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 will be 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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6-Day U.S. Intensive with Imelda Almqvist
March 12 – March 17, 2019
Cherry Hill, New Jersey area

Based on her groundbreaking book:Natural Born Shamans – A Spiritual Toolkit for Life 

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In this time of increasing isolation, polarity, cynicism and environmental catastrophe in our world, how can we prepare our children to be thriving, life-affirming citizens of their communities and of Earth herself?  How can we help them remain compassionate and creatively themselves in the face of bullying, peer pressure and fear of gun violence, among the many other daily challenges that young people now face?

Natural Born Shamans – The Course is for parents, grandparents, educators, healers, and practitioners who want to support children in making their lives and communities sustainable, compassionate and meaningful.

Join us for this intensive training in which Imelda will present her tried and tested techniques for working with children and teenagers including:

  • working shamanically with children on an individual basis and how that differs from working with adults

  • what group and community work with young people provide that one-on-one sessions do not

  • working with children who have died, how these “spirit children” impact families and ancestral fields, and creatively working to bring the  healing needed

  • participants are encouraged to bring their experiences, questions, and challenges in working with children for insight and guidance.

This workshop is open to shamanic practitioners.  It is non-residential, and meals and lodging are not included.  The cost is $675.00. For a course syllabus and registration information, please contact Susan Rossi at msrossi@comcast.net or go here.
Natural Born Shamans – A Spiritual Toolkit for Life is required reading for this course and is available from Amazon here or by ordering at your local bookstore.

   You are welcome to join Imelda’s Facebook communities dedicated to working shamanically with young people at Global Grid of Spiritual Practitioners for Young People and Natural Born Shamans.

WORDS OF PRAISE FOR NATURAL BORN SHAMANS

“No one who has helped create a funeral for a deceased family pet doubts that children have inherent spirituality…small incidents of profound wonder and startling insights…Imelda Almqvist’s shamanic work with children dives straight into the heart of that place of wonder, and supports the rich experiential connections that children already have with nature’s spiritual heartbeat. This is work that can help each young being learn to trust him or herself and to better step into the world at large, with imagination, creativity and self-worth intact.”

– Reno Shesso, author

WHY IS THIS WORK IMPORTANT NOW?

“To re-introduce our children, teens and young adults to how to live a healthy way of life on all levels is a desire for many parents and also our responsibility as a community…We need to re-introduce our children to spiritual principles that will help to empower them and lead them into living a fulfilled life that contributes to the whole. Imelda Almqvist is so passionate about providing tools for parents and teachers who are seeking ways to heal many of the issues that our children face today”

 – Sandra Ingerman – Foreword,Natural Born Shamans

A Natural Born Shaman sharing his work: 

SHAMANISM GLOBAL SUMMIT 2016 A 12 Year Old Shaman presents THE DREAM CHASM for The Shift Network
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