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 am in awe of Imelda Almqvist’s work. She is certainly making a powerful contribution to our global community through her books and workshops. If there was one teacher’s work on the topic of “imagination” that I would choose to read it would be anything written by Imelda. Her passion, her wealth of knowledge, and ability as a story teller is unparalleled. Medicine of the Imagination is such an important book for our time as we must harness our imaginations as well as fearlessly explore our shadow to bring harmony back into our lives. This “inner activism” also brings healing and balancing to our world.

-Sandra Ingerman, MA, award-winning author of 12 books including Walking in Light and The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking The Sacred Into Everyday Life


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

-Megan Anderson, USA

To me you are amazing and I hope that sinks in-even a little!  I do love it when my sisters emerge in this world to shine... And doing the most important work of our time, in my humble opinion. I've known you for many years and have watched you share your sacred knowledge with so many!
- Robin Romeo, Founder, Center for Light Body Healing, US


Imelda’s immense knowledge and years of experience pushed my knowledge and practice to another level.

Learning from Imelda is akin to going to University for Shamanic Practitioners. Highly impressed!

- Mia Tolusic, shamanic practitioner, UK


The good news is that I have just opened my on-line school called Pregnant Hag Teachings!

Please note that, in my line of work I can not possibly "offer all my work on-line" as this is neither possible nor safe. (E.g. running an on-line High Seat Ceremony - I don't think so!!)  We live in very uncertain times. Right now my intention is to return to teaching in person, in London, in December (the upcoming Sacred Art Retreat titled: The Wild Hunt & The Bone Mother) followed by the Sacred Art Introduction course in January 2021.

Please note that all my courses in the US have been cancelled except the Seidr Introduction course in Wisconsin, in May 2021. My US coordinator Susan Rossi and I are not able to set new dates, at this time, for our Philadelphia courses because travel to and from the US is severely restricted, and Pendle Hill remains closed for now. The general principle I follow, in making decisions about courses and events,  is to follow government guidance for all the hosting countries involved. 

You can contact me by pressing "contact us" but please note that the email volume is VERY high and that I operate dedicated admin days! 

Imelda Almqvist, 12 October 2020


MY FREE webinar titled Meet The Pregnant Hag is now available (just register and watch!) on Teachable (and it also explains my 2021 plans for teaching on-line Seidr courses in some detail!) + check out all my upcoming classes:


There is another FREE webinar on October 30th to mark the publication of my third book, Medicine of the Imagination:


Last but not least check out the on-line One Year Foundation Course for Rune Magicians (hosted by Christian Thurow) and please note that all webinars are recorded and will remain available on Teachable permanently (in case people join the course later and need to catch up on some sessions!)


I can totally see you teaching at Harvard!

— Manca Geberl, Slovenia

Your Facebook  posts are really good medicine, thank you! 
-Sarah Wharmby 

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Welcome to this website! My name is Imelda Almqvist and I am an international teacher of Sacred Art and Seiðr (or Fornsed) and also a painter and author of three books. I divide my professional time between London UK, Sweden and the US. My paintings can be found in collections all over the world. I recently appeared in a TV program called Ice Age Shaman, in the series Mystic Britain, on the Smithsonian Channel.  I am the author of:

My sacred art courses and retreats 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, ceremonies and personalized Rites of Passage!


 I pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offered safe sacred group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit.  In 2015 LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman made a film about The Time Travellers using guidance from spirit allies to resolve bullyingI 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. 

I am passionate about teaching the ancestral wisdom traditions of Northern Europe: Seidr (Fornsed) and Northern Tradition material. Longer programs run at my school in Sweden called TRUE NORTH, situated in pristine forest land by the Baltic Sea. 

I have been a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in  2016 and 2017. I was a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True in Colorado (together with my 13-year old son Brendan I offered a ceremony, titled Drawing Down The Divine Child, marking the Blue Blood Moon of January 2018). I still  work for Sounds True as a regular presenter on The Shamanic Path. My upcoming presentation is about uncovering the pre-Christian spirituality of The Netherlands.

My Seidr and Northern Tradition programs also run in the US courtesy of Susan Rossi. For more information please contact Susan Rossi on

The pandemic has reshuffled our lives. As many things became impossible for now (such as teaching in person), other things could be prioritized.

For me personally painting was one such thing. In recent years I have divided much of my time between teaching and writing books. Art time often got squeezed into very small pockets, which changed overnight!

I invite you to check out the paintings I have made in this extraordinary period. Many (if not most) of them contain elements of (what I will call) "pictorial activism" and a creative commentary on what is unfolding in our world. I also took many experimental photographs and made masks:



FALL 2020


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



 < Sounds True has given permission for me to share the Year of Ceremony video titled The Human Family (about the vigil and Full Moon Ceremony of The Time Travellers to Cross Bones in London) with the general public. The video appears on the left!

> The Shift Network has given permission for me to share my 12 year old son's bonus video about using dreaming as a technique for navigating the cosmos with the general public. Please note that this film was made for the Shamanism Global Summit of 2016, where I did a presentation about using shamanism with children.

With gratitude to my friend and colleague Simon Cook who was of immense help in the making of both films!



Sheena Cundy interviews Imelda Almqvist on Tree House TV, April 2018







   "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) and Valarie Budayr (working with me on project Healing Wise), Christian Thurow for taking my courses on-line during Lockdown - you all changed my life and made it better beyond comprehension!