Imelda Almqvist is a shamanic painter, teacher, practitioner and author who divides her time between London, UK and Södermanland, Sweden. Her paintings can be found in collections all over the world. She is the author of NATURAL BORN SHAMANS, A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages). Her second book. SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit: Where Shamanism Meets Art will be published by Moon Books in the Autumn of 2018.
Imelda’s sacred art courses 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 and ceremonies.
Imelda pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offers safe sacred group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit. LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman made a beautiful film in 2014 about The Time Travellers using guidance from spirit allies to resolve bullying. Imelda 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.
Imelda was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in 2016 and 2017. She is also a presenter on Year of Ceremony in 2018 with Sounds True in Colorado. Her 2 year sacred art practitioner training (SAP Rising!) is now running in the USA (near Philadelphia) in 2017 - 2018 . In 2019 Susan Rossi will bring Imelda's 2 year Norse Shamanism practitioner program to the US. (Dates not yet announced but we are taking expression of interest!)
Imelda has three teenage sons. She loves travelling, learning foreign languages and playing the cello. The most extreme thing she has ever done is assisting with eye surgery in a field hospital in Bangladesh! One of the most life-changing things she has ever done is teaching art and design to slum children and teenagers in Lima, Peru. Imelda's idea of perfect bliss is making short art videos that combine art, dreams, myths and music!