I had an amazing time experiencing ,learning, sharing, being and laughing. We had/have a great group
The places we went were beautiful,moving,interesting.
The combination of Imelda Almqvist and Anna Karin Kjellin teaching and facilitating is a perfect balance.
Thank you ladies again for sharing.
This is definitely an experience to have and a wonderful way to delve into the Nordic traditions so many insights and still so much to discover As you can tell I loved it.
The land is beautifulSo check out this link and see for your self!
Love - Shalke Shoukje Gummels
FORN SED means THE OLD CUSTOMS, and covers both Sejd/(Seidr, (Icelandic and Old Norse spelling respectively) and the larger field of spiritual and mystical traditions. We teach the material in traditional ways, closely following both the Eddas and old Scandinavian traditions and folklore..
The most common (Icelandic) spelling is Seiðr, but for the courses we offer in Sweden we prefer to use the word FORNSED to refer to a very traditional Scandinavian form of Seidr that closely follows the sources, lore and local traditions. The contemporary Swedish word 'SED' refers to long-held local customs even today.
Anna Kjellin and I share the intention of teaching a one-week "full immersion course" in Seidr/Fornsejd on ancient Swedish land once a year. Our course covers all traditional aspects of Sejd: exploring the nine worlds and their inhabitants, the roles of human beings, 'uteseita' (sitting out) at sacred sites, the ancient art of poetry and the quest for knowledge (think of Odin!) We carve our own runes and do a High Seat ceremony, we make power objects, we study galder (ancient songs and chants) and the metaphysical dimension of Viking spirituality, we work with the Norns and the concept of "changing the weave", we work with shape shifting, "berserking" and "wisdom competitions", we discuss blot (sacrifice) and the wheel of the year according the Norse calendar. We also look at masculine and feminine principles in Norse lore. All our work is done through profound communication and partnership with the gods and spirits of the land. Where possible we give students the opportunity to participate in local festivals and celebrations.
The Norse Sagas and Myths. We will explore Norse Creation Stories as well as the myths about the end of the world (RAGNAROK)
Introducing Yggdrasil (the Great Cosmic Tree) and the inhabitants of the Nine Worlds (gods, goddesses, Norns, Valkyries, dwarves, elves, giants etc.) and provide a map for exploring these worlds.
Sitting out, ideally at night and on grave mounds, to contact dead volvas, ancients gods/goddesses and spirits of the land to receive visions and inspiration for moving forward in life.
(In the old Icelandic sages there often occur between a god and a giant, or between a hero and a giant. The loser risks losing their life, bride or greatest treasure...
Their energies and character traits. The feminine and masculine principles in Norse lore.
Roles of human beings in this cosmology: the Volva (or ‘Sibyll’, Prophetess), Gode and gydja: the local spiritual leaders. The male “gode” was also chief as there was no division between religion and government.
The concept of the spiritual warrior in Norse Lore and the sacrifice of the god Tyr.