Imelda Almqvist

When you meet teachers so full of knowledge usually they are dead so you can only read their books!
When you can work with someone like Imelda in person you should grab the opportunity!
- Katharine Lucy Haworth, UK

  Rarely have I met someone with such spiritual and creative force...

"What a gift Imelda Almqvist's work is for our global community! Rarely have I met someone with such a spiritual and creative force. Imelda brings a freshness into her shamanic teaching and sacred art courses. Her Time Traveller's workshops with children are so needed and are unsurpassed in their power and healing. Imelda is a brilliant shamanic teacher with so much to offer." - Sandra Ingerman, author of "Soul Retrieval" and "Medicine for the Earth"

  "Imelda Almqvist's pioneering work shows a viable way of working with our youth, that can be easily incorporated into schools and family systems."...

"This film is a gem. The young people on camera show great courage, using shamanism to receive a workable toolkit for bullying - an all too common, harmful experience for our children and teenagers. Hannah Beadman brings an exquisite sense of beauty and atmosphere to filming this important material. Imelda Almqvist's pioneering work shows a viable way of working with our youth, that can be easily incorporated into schools and family systems." - Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of 10 books including 'Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self'.


Courses in shamanism and sacred art offered by shamanic teacher, painter and author Imelda Almqvist

Painter     Author     Shamanic Practitioner     International Teacher of Sacred Art & Shamanism

Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world

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). 

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 and ceremonies.

Imelda pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offers safe sacred group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit.  LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman made a beautiful film in 2014 about The Time Travellers using guidance from spirit allies to resolve bullying. Imelda was interviewed by Sandra Ingerman about her shamanic work with young people as part of her Shamanic Journeying for Guidance and Healing course on The Shift Network.

Imelda is also passionate about teaching Norse Shamanism and Seidr. She is in the process of starting a school in Sweden called TRUE NORTH, situated in pristine forest land by the Baltic Sea. There are many standing stones, grave mounds, rune stones and other ancient sites in the immediate surroundings!

Imelda was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in July 2016. She will be a presenter for Year of Ceremony 2017 with Sounds True in Colorado. Her 2 year sacred art practitioner training (SAP Rising!) is now running in the USA (near Philadelphia) in 2017 - 2018. 

Imelda has three teenage sons. She loves travelling, learning foreign languages and playing the cello. The most extreme thing she has ever done is assisting with eye surgery in a field hospital in Bangladesh! One of the most life-changing things she has ever done is teaching art and design  to slum children and teenagers in Lima, Peru. Imelda loves making short films that combine art, dreams, myths and music.


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

Her son Brendan wrote a book  about shamanism when he was 8 years old: THE LOVE HALL:  Brendan's travel guide to the best places in the Spirit World. The book costs £5 + package and postage. You can order a copy by contacting me through this website. Brendan signs all copies! Also see his FOREST MAGIC FILM!


Imelda is a presenter on Year of Ceremony. She will be the presenter for the Full Moon of January 2018 and her presentation is called DRAWING DOWN THE DIVINE CHILD.  

Even her Time Travellers Group (shamanic program for teens) will make an appearance with a film about their own Full Moon Ceremony - hoping to inspire other young people around the world!


Imelda's presentation at  "THRESHOLD"

The Annual Conference of THE GATEKEEPER TRUST, in November 2016

She talks about shamanic process and group work done in London, New Mexico and Spain. She talks about Rites of Passage work with women in particular.



"From healing to creating joyful healthy reality"

For many years I proudly defined myself by the words "shamanic practitioner". I offered one-to-one shamanic healing sessions and saw a very large number of clients. I combined this with teaching courses "in the place where Art Meets Shamanism" all over the world. Over time a shift occurred within myself. I began the question the sole focus on "healing" somewhat and it started to dawn on me that all those years of healing work had prepared me for an even more unique and specialist calling: facilitating courses and ceremonies where people discover about joyfully creating balanced and healthy reality. When people are in creative flow and passionately engaged with Life, healing occurs naturally. It is an innate force in all of us, it is our birthright!


 Courses in shamanism and sacred art offered by shamanic teacher painter and author Imelda Almqvist

 "When the student is ready, the teacher appears!" (and fortunately this also works the other way around: "when the teacher is ready, the students appear!")

I have had the immense good fortune of training with the following shamanic teachers: Simon Buxton, Betsy Bergstrom, Naomi Lewis, Kate Shela, Chetna Lawless, Ruth Aber and last but not least Sandra Ingerman! I have learned as much again from powerful creative partnerships with the following people: Anna Kjellin in Sweden (Seidr and Fornsed), Nick Taylor in Wales (Rites of Passage Work with Teenagers), Karmit Evenzur in Spain (Geomancy and Earth Speaks),  Judith Bogner (Public Speaking and Mediation), Hannah Beadman in LA (Film Making), Jill Hunter (Animal Healing),  Sony Baron in Victoria BC, Canada (Ancestral Healing and Peer Supervision) Susan Rossi in Philadelphia (Sacred Art and Crone Medicine Work), Anja Steinbauer for invitations for a shamanic teacher to speak at Philosophy for All Events (and keeping my interest in philosophy alive!)  and of course my Dream Team: Terry Morgan in Maine USA (Astrology) and Alec Davis in Seattle (ceremonial work in the Desert at both Chaco Canyon and in Santa Fe, New Mexico) - you all changed my life and made it better beyond comprehension!!