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, Shamanic Practitioner, UK


I can totally see you teaching at Harvard!

— Manca Geberl, Slovenia


Your book Sacred Art is much better than The Artist’s Way. It is more scholarly. I like the exercises in both, but the text of your book was more valuable to me.

- Terry Clarbour, US

Thank you deeply for being in my life and worlds! I am the woman I am today through your fearless direction and invitations to explore, heal, and expand. You have to keep teaching!!! Your knowledge must be shared and the internet provides that vehicle especially when the world shuts down!! If teachers like you are silenced and unseen, even by a virus, we will find ourselves in the Dark Ages again!! 

-Valarie Budayr, NM, US

Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher that I love crossing oceans and time zones to work with you!

- Megan Anderson, US 

Your book on the spiritual traditions of the Low Countries is a wonderful contribution to cultural soul recovery, finely streaming together your poly-linguistic research and your depth of experiential work. 

-Robert Moss, Way of the Dreamer,

Finally, can I just say your research and scholarship is outstanding!

-Trevor Greenfield, Publisher/Editor at Moon Books, Formerly John Hunt Publishing, now Watkins Books


International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally

International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally


Welcome to this website! My name is Imelda Almqvist and I am an international teacher of Sacred Art and Seiðr ("Norse Shamanism" for short). I am also a painter and author of eight books. In addition to non-fiction books I write and illustrate picture books for children in The Green Bear Series. (Pandemic allowing) I divide my professional time between London UK, Sweden and the US. My paintings can be found in collections all over the world. I appear in a TV program called Ice Age Shaman, in the series Mystic Britain, on the Smithsonian Channel. My on-line school is called Pregnant Hag Teachings.

International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally

International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally







Grab your free copies of the book(s) above! (If the download fails for any reason, contact me and I will sort out a personalized download link for you!)


I have now returned to teaching (primarily) in-person but I will continue to teach classes on-line as well. Join my lively and welcoming group of students working closely across the Atlantic! Courtesy of the pandemic strong inter-continental friendships have been forged!

In response to FAQ:

I am currently in communication with Amy Willinski about rescheduling the Seidr Introduction course at Golden Light Healing in Wisconsin, some time 2023.

Courses on the East Coast will resume once the pandemic situation allows Susan Rossi and me to do so safely and with an acceptable level of predictability. We are in communication with our usual venue: Pendle Hill Retreat Centre in Pennsylvania.

In 2022 my students on the 2-year Seidr program in Sweden will graduate and I can then consider taking on a new cohort (in 2023 earliest). I will make and announce a decision about this in September 2022.

The next in-person Sacred Art Retreat will take place on 5 - 8 December 2022, in London: THE TEMPLE PRIESTESS. 

Up to date information always appears in my newsletter. I often run a little behind myself in terms of updating this website!

 The ON-LINE BOOK LAUNCH for NORTH SEA WATER IN MY VEINS is on Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 7 - 9 PM (BST). All welcome! (A recording will remain available to watch any time)


I am the author of:


International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally

International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally


I have a passionate interest in cultural astronomy, a field consisting of studies in the field of archeoastronomy (the astronomy of earlier cultures and civilizations) and ethnoastronomy (the astronomy of non-Western or indigenous peoples).

It has been stated that all world mythology is based on night sky observations. In our culture we are deeply immersed in one particular conceptualization of the night sky, but actually they are many others!

As the course proceeds I will encourage you all to research the stare lore of your ancestors and the places where they lived!

This series of three webinars remains available as a series of three recordings in my on-line school:


I an Dutch and I grew up speaking the West Frisian dialect, as a child in the Netherlands.

Once I had mastered the runes of the Elder Futhark and formed a solid working relationship with all 24 runes, I became curious about the nine additional runes found in (later) Futhorcs

This course presents those nine additional runes, which add significant tools to the runic toolbox!

This course was taught between February and April 2022. You can watch the recordings in your own time and catch up!

My new book, North Sea Water In My Veins (About the Pre-Christian Spirituality of the Low Countries) contains a Rune Summary with the names and meanings of the Frisian Rune Row!


My first book, Natural Born Shamans, was published in 2016.

In this (mini) workshop I revisit some of the material presented in this book adapted to Pandemic times.

I run through different age groups and discuss how they are impacted by both the Pandemic,  the War in Ukraine and the threat of nuclear war. I present some shamanic tools for the times we all live in.

This workshop is FREE, so no one is excluded for financial reasons. The only prerequisite for attending is a genuine desire to reach out to a child (or children plural) in any capacity (parent or grandparent, teacher, youth leader, mentor, concerned neighbor, sports coach and so forth).




International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally


 Using the Runes to Solve a Mystery or Crime 

(Is it possible? How is it done?!)

Grief and Lamenting: Nordic Death Rituals and Galdr for processing Grief and Loss in Pandemic Times

 Disability and/or Loss of a Body Part and how this relates to acquiring supernatural power in Old Norse cosmology


International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally


My sacred art courses and retreats take place in the fertile space where art meets visionary spirituality. 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 personalized Rites of Passage!

International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally

Your Facebook  posts are really good medicine, thank you! 

-Sarah Wharmby 

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About women and experiences of initiation in the Eddas

International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch in Europe and Globally







   "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 of course Sandra Ingerman, who wrote a wonderful Foreword for my first book Natural Born Shamans! I have learned as much again from powerful creative partnerships with the following people: Simon Cook in London (The Time Travellers and Blind Labyrinth Walks), 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!), 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), Kate Mieczkowska (artist and curator of the Goddess Now Show), Elen Sentier, Valarie Budayr (working with me on project Healing Wise and helping me set up my online school Pregnant Hag Teachings), Christian Thurow for taking my courses on-line during Lockdown - you all changed my life and made it better beyond comprehension!