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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM CDT
Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2:30 PM CDT

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Fee $699 

Meals included

Lodging Options 

  • Camping $63.30
  • Shared Cabin Room $168.80
  • Single Private Cabin Room $358.70


Golden Light Healing Retreat Center 
7102 Sundew Road
Sobieski, WI 54171

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Amy & David Wilinski 
Golden Light Healing 
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Imelda Almqvist

About the Instructor

Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of Sacred Art and Seidr/Norse shamanism (the ancestral wisdom teachings of Northern Europe). She has published two books: Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) in 2016 and Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where Art Meets Shamanism) in 2019. She has presented her work on both The Shift Network and Sounds True. She appears in a TV program, titled Ice Age Shaman, made for the Smithsonian Museum, in the series Mystic Britain, talking about Neolithic arctic deer shamanism. Her third book, Medicine of the Imagination - Dwelling in possibility (an impassioned plea for fearless imagination)will be published by Moon Books in October She is currently working on her fourth book, about the pre-Christian spirituality of The Netherlands and Low Countries.


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(Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages)

(Where Art Meets Shamanism)


Norse Shamanism with Imelda Almqvist 

Join UK international author and teacher, Imelda Almqvist, for Seiðr/Fornsed & Norse Shamanism. This 4-1/2 day introduction course covers a large field of spiritual and mystical traditions where we will explore the indigenous ancestral pathways and spiritual wisdom teachings of Northern Europe. See about Imelda: www.shaman-healer-painter.com

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 This course offers a foundation in the sacred arts of the Volva and Rune Magician (we study and practice oracular work and we make our own set of runes; we learn how to perform divination work for others and ourselves). 

This material is taught in traditional ways, closely following both the ancient texts (meaning the Poetic Edda, Prose Edda and sagas) and the old Scandinavian traditions and folklore. Imelda teaches this course with an academic and linguistic underpinning: She is fluent in Swedish ( and also understands, and  does research in, Norwegian and Danish) and has a working knowledge of Old Norse. 

However, we can't all "become Vikings" and go live in Scandinavia! Therefore I marry scholarship to the principle of personal revelation. (Meaning that we study the old material very closely but we also invite the gods, goddesses and inhabitants of the Nine Worlds to communicate with us directly and tell us how they wish to work with us in the context of the 21st century!)
We will explore the following things:
Yggdrasil and the Inhabitants of the Nine Worlds
We will be introduced to  Yggdrasil (the world tree that holds up the universe) and the inhabitants of all the Nine Worlds (gods, goddesses, Norns, Valkyries, dwarves, elves, giants etc.) and provide a map for exploring these worlds.
The Norse Sagas and Myths
We will explore Norse Creation Stories as well as the myths about the end of the world: Ragnarök or Ragnarřkkr (Old Norse; meaning Fate of the Gods or Twilight of the Gods). 
The Norns
We will explore the workings of the Web of Wyrd and the role of the Norns in spinning the lines of destiny (even for the gods!) We will also look briefly at the concept of Changing the Weave, (this will be taken much further during advanced work in my 2 year program in Sweden)
Carving or creating our own set of runes
We study the runes, following the Norse order and names (not the Anglo-Saxon system!) and carve (or create in another way) a personal set of runes for divination and magical work. We explore what it takes and what it means to work as a rune magician in the 21st century!
We take a brief  look at spells and traditional magical workings
Shapeshifting and Berserking
I introduce the principles underlying these phenomena as explained by "the anatomy of soul" viewed through the Old Norse lens
We will touch on the magical power of songs and speech and how they relate to the ancient art of poetry.
We will perform an offering ceremony. Blogs are offering ceremonies to the gods, traditionally performed at particular times of the year (major festivals) but often also for personal or global reasons. We look at the roles of the gođi and.gyđja (priest and priestess).
The Norse Gods and Goddesses
We meet the Norse gods and goddesses: their teachings, myths, energy and unique character traits. 
Human Roles
The roles of human beings in this cosmology: the Vlva (also Völva) as the ‘Sibyll’, Prophetess). The Godhi and Gydja: the local spiritual leaders and spirit workers. 
The Concept of the Spiritual Warrior in Norse Lore 
The principle of sacrifice made in return for spiritual gain. Examples are Odin's Eye and Tyr's arm or hand.
Divination and Prophecy
We explore how Seiđr can be used for divination and oracular work.
High Seat Ceremony
We will perform a High Seat ceremony. Some people may have experienced a High Seat Ceremony introduced by American teachers with different personal backgrounds and varying levels of scholarship (and mastering Scandinavian languages - or not, as may be). I wish to make it very clear upfront that the High Seat Ceremony we will perform is the traditional Scandinavian version as it has always been performed in local communities - not an Americanized  interpretation of the sagas.