TRUE NORTH is the North according to the Earth's axis as opposed to the Magnetic North (when you use a compass)
Being on the land in Sweden for this work was amazing! Spirit-of-place is always a teacher in shamanism, and Imelda and Anna supported that powerful connection throughout our studies. So many ways of knowing were called in - What an experience! - Renna Shesso, Denver, USA
I recommend this course highly! Anna & Imelda taught us so much and guided us with such heart! I treasure the memories on that sacred land in Scandinavia! - Barbara Kruse Haas, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA
Since I was 14 years old I have dreamed of a house in Scandinavia, in a place where the Forest meets the Sea and where you catch glimpses of trolls and elves going about their business. A place where rare wild flowers grow and the language of plants remains a native tongue. In 2016 this house turned out to exist and called us.
This house is set in vildmark (literally "the wild", in our case pristine ancient forest) stretching for miles in all directions, (my students are going get completely and deliciously lost so I will be standing on a big rock drumming them home!) and situated a brief walk from a lake called Sibbofjärden. Technically speaking this is not a lake, but a fjord, because it is connected by a small canal to the open sea (and the Stockholm archipelago with its 3000 islands). My husband owns a small boat for explore this watery Eden. We have called her, the boat that is, Otter's Ransom, honouring the Norse sagas!
For any shamanic teacher having access to land where students can work completely undisturbed for days on end is a priority concern. Sweden operates a law called Allemansrätten (freely translated as The Public Right of Access), giving people the right to walk and even camp on land everywhere. (There are some rules regarding private dwellings and grazing animals etc.)
In the immediate surroundings there are many Bronze Age sites: grave mounds, rune stones, ship burial sites and standing stones etc. Uppsa Kulle is right on the doorstep (see the picture in the header above on the far right!)
Anna Kjellin and I already teach a one week introduction course to Seidr/Fornsed once a year, at Anna's beautiful farmhouse in Skane called Solblanke Hus (Sunwink House).
In May 2016 the students who did that course made a strong request for a 2 year practitioner training in Seidr and Norse Shamanism, allowing people to work in all areas of shamanic practice within an indigenous Northern European tradition. In other words: a professional training in all aspects of working as a seiðmadr or seiðkona.
Please Note: from 2019 onward I am also bringing these modules to the U.S. (Philadelphia area) sponsored by Susan Rossi!
Changing the Weave & working closely with the Norns and the Völva, advanced work with the runes, working with spells, blot, Edda-work
Working with the seven aspects of soul (önd, hugr, vard, fylgja, hamingja, hamr and gand)
Shapeshifting & berserking
Working with land and forming a relationship with the inhabitants of all nine worlds of Norse shamanism
Working with the Maidens of Lyfjaberg and exploring indigenous European shamanic healing techniques
Exploring the Norse realms of Death, the mysteries of the Maiden with the Mead, the Disir and Alfar (female and male ancestral spirits) and ancient Europeans ways of working with the souls of the dead. To balance things out we will also look at fertility rites and magic!
I am also considering the option of offering 9-day full immersion Norse Shamanism and Sacred Art retreats with lots of free time and freedom built-in!
Click on the image above to see the art film
Click on the image above to see the art film
Click on the image above to see the art film
Cultural heritage on the doorstep:
Bronze Age sites
In the immediate surroundings there are many Bronze Age sites: grave mounds, rune stones, ship burial sites and standing stones etc.
The grave mound of Uppsa Kulle is right on the doorstep, just outside Tystberga!
These carvings are quite different in appearance from most other petroglyphs found in Sweden. Some are shaped like cups (indents) where it is believed offerings were made to the spirits and gods! They were discovered relatively recently (in 1984). Another hypotheses is that they might represent star constellations.
Area of outstanding natural beauty
TRUE NORTH is set in vildmark (technically "the wild", in our case a pristine and remote location situated in the forest. Deep forest stretches for miles in all directions.
A short walk takes you to a nearby lake. The local wildlife is abundant. You will encounter deer (and less often elks and wild boar) on a daily basis! Sea eagles are often spotted flying overhead.
My colleague Anna Kjellin and I already teach a one week introduction course in Fornsed once a year, at Anna's beautiful farmhouse in Skane.
In May 2016 the students who did that course made a strong request for a 2 year in-depth practitioner training in Seidr and Norse Shamanism, allowing people to work in all areas of shamanic practice within an indigenous Northern European tradition. In other words: a professional training in all aspects of working as a seiðmadr or seiðkona.
Up to now I have been teaching shamanic practitioner programs in London offering predominantly material from core shamanism while Norse shamanism has been a personal path and practice for me since the Norse Gods called me when I was 19 years old.
The request from the Fornsed students brought on a period of serious contemplation at my end. As a shamanic teacher I am well aware of the great need for people to have access to quality training in indigenous European wisdom traditions.
Early peoples have always traveled and we know how far the Vikings traveled. Today there are many people all over the world who have a percentage of Norse blood and Scandinavian ancestry. Going on the volume of emails I receive, many of those people now hear the voices of their ancestors (in their dreams, in their blood) and wish to learn about The Northern Tradition.
For a time it has been fashionable for people to study Native American shamanism - even when they have no ancestral ties to that culture. This has brought us awareness of the issue of cultural appropriation: white people pushed native peoples off their land and obliterated their traditions - and today we attempt to their traditions and teachings - but not always with their encouragement and permission. This causes "bad blood". A very similar thing is happening with so called "ayahuasca tourism": people flying to South America in large numbers to try ayahuasca (and not always in safe sacred properly supervised ways).
Personally speaking I want no part of this. I do not practice any form of Native American spirituality myself. I have never tried Ayahuasca. or peyote I have grave concerns about many aspects of this "spiritual industry mushrooming". Personally speaking I do not feel inclined to try something that is not "in my blood or bones", supervised by the Elders and ancestors of my heritage.
However, as a Northern European shamanic teacher I DO feel that it is my sacred duty (as walker between the worlds) to offer indigenous material from Northern Europe in a coherent format with access to personal supervision for those who want to do this work professionally. So that is what this course is all about!
The energy signature of this course will attract the right people and bring them together. I fully trust that process! It has never failed yet!
Imelda Almqvist, last updated January 2018
Karrshagen, (8 km from Tystberga, 25 km from Nyloping and 1 hour south of Stockholm) on the coastline of the province Södermanland, Sweden.
The tuition fee has not yet been set
Supervision will be optional, by private arrangement
This course is non-residential meaning that you need to find accommodation of your choice in the surroundings. There is a wide range of offerings from very affordable youth hostels to B&B options and hotel options (various star ratings) in nearby Nykoping.
We will generally work from 9,30 a.m until about 9.30 p.m. (10 p.m. latest) with a lunch break and dinner break. Make sure to bring a packed lunch! The evenings will generally be dedicated to ceremonial work.
This professional program is for people who have completed the 5-day Seidr introduction course with Anna Kjellin and me at Soleblänk Hus, Biskopsboda, Hörby (in Skane, southern Sweden. We traditionally offer this course in May).
Having attended a similar course is acceptable (but subject to a check of what has been covered!)
Seidr is a set of ancient Norse magical practices. Traditionally speaking those include the following ,methods and paths:
- Seidr used for Divination & Changing the Weave
- The Thirst for Knowledge & Wisdom Competitions
- Making power objects, sacred art and other forms of magical crafting
- "Blot and Blod" (Offerings and Blood)
Ceremony, ritual, offerings, Wheel of the Year
- Galder - magical songs, incantations and spells
- Uteseita: sitting out (not unlike Native American concept of a vision quest)
- Shapeshifting and Berserking