Shamanic art does not represent power, it IS power - Sandra Ingerman


 “ The Sacred Art Introduction course  is the beginning of the journey, the labyrinth, the pilgrimage. It has been the start of going deep within myself, to survive the unconscious and receive consciousness and healing back. It’s learning how to listen to the signals and accept all that emerges. It’s a wonderful, magical, intense and necessary experience to do in life!!!”

-Milena Bedin, Vicenza - Italy,

The 2-day Introduction to Making Sacred Art course was my first experience of being taught by Imelda. Having heard and read so much about her, she did not disappoint. My anxieties of not being "an artist" were soon laid to rest. Imelda holds a safe space for all on a physical, emotional and spiritual level whatever your previous experience. These two days took my Shamanic journeying to a deeper level, journeys within journeys unfolding and unfurling as the art is created. We were taught so much in such a short time, leaving me hungry for more. If you get the opportunity to work with Imelda grab it with both hands you won't look back!

-Lyn Hill, therapist, West Yorkshire

"This is a most sacred education that has set me up to embark on the Great Work - My Life"...

"I thought I knew what art was; I thought I knew what my life was. And then I found myself doing the two year Sacred Art Practitioner Training and everything changed. This is an extraordinary journey of a life-time, a multi-dimensional tour of inner and outer landscapes that has left me feeling without any doubt that have been "moved" in every sense of the word. Imelda is a gifted teacher, a most generous and authentic guide. I have appreciated her dedicated and compassionate support I have walked this journey with her. I have loved the unity of hard work and play she encourages, the experiental encounter between light and shade. I have been constantly surprised to find out how the 'box' I have put my definition of art and self in, has been subtly yet persistently challenged, opened and the edges softened. How she teaches what she does is probably verging on that most sacred quality called 'mystery', but what I know is this: through this encounter with Imelda on my own spiritual and creative journey I have re-collected something of that original dream that breathed me into life and now I feel the courage to express it fully in the world. My artwork and I have so transformed that they seem unrecognizable to even me at times; but I am more myself than ever before. This is a most sacred education that has set me up to embark on the Great Work - My Life. - Jane Moynihan (Jungian psychotherapist, energy h   |   2015  |   London, UK

"Imelda holds the space with passion, integrity, intelligence and authenticity"...

'I'd always wanted to paint and draw. But it was something I believed wasn't for me. I thought I didn't have the 'talent' or that because I was turning forty I'd left it too late. And although I would sometimes make pictures with pen & ink these were only for me and not anything I would dream of showing anybody else. So it was with this limited attitude and a sizable amount of fear that I took myself along to Imelda's Introduction to Sacred Art. The call to create was indeed stronger than my embarrassment at my work seen. And I never stop feeling grateful that I did. The weekend was a soul revelation and I was suddenly free. Imelda holds the space with passion, integrity, intelligence and authenticity. She allows you to be and create from where you are yet gently opens up the road for you to see yourself as being and doing so much more. Signing up for the Two Year Training was something I just had to do and I've never felt more right. I paint all the time now and hang my work on my walls. I don't care who sees it. And through Imelda's training I have a strong working bond with spirit through my art. It is such a beautiful thing to honour the sacred and to follow my own intuition and guides through the process of painting. I will paint for the rest of my life and it has being working with Imelda that began this journey for me. It was my appointment and she has been the most perfect host and as she once told me 'Once the training finishes that's when the real work begins!' So I now look forward with joy and courage to my work as an Artist of the Sacred.' Marie Lloyd Marie Lloyd   |   2014  |   London, UK

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


17 - 18 May 2019?, registration is now open!

(Please note that this is a Friday-Saturday course!) 

This workshop introduces the Medieval concept of a Human Life as a Pilgrimage. We work with the glyph of a labyrinth representing our ‘umbilical cord to Source/Spirit’ laid out in spiral form in the room. We start unraveling personal myths and weaving healing stories with the help of great gods and goddesses. We meet ‘The Woman Who Repairs Stories’. We start engaging with the concept of ‘The Leavings of the Wolf’ (and the teachings of the Norse God Tyr): i.e. the understanding of personal sacrifice in return for knowledge and spiritual strength. We start mapping where we have given power away and we start moving from the concept of the ‘scapegoat’ to making a ‘shape coat’: a personal medicine cloak of personal symbols that reflects our learning journey through life and our soul’s mission. We make sacred art in honour of something greater than ourselves and beings other than ourselves.


"This was my first experience of being taught by Imelda. It was rich, nourishing, inspiring and profound. Imelda created a beautiful physical space, a safe emotional container and lifted the veil to allow us to explore beyond this reality. There were so many techniques and experiences packed into two days, but at no point did the work feel rushed. I would recommend Imelda as a teacher and this workshop to anyone wishing to embark on or deepen their journey into Shamanic practices."

- Helen Payne, Wales 2018


The 2 Year Sacred Art Practitioner Training currently runs only in the US (Philadelphia). 

I am not currently planning to teach the full 2 year program in London but I will be offering stand-alone sacred art retreats or modules for people who have done the introduction workshop and wish to drop deeper into this work.

For more detailed information about the US program as well as downloadable syllabus and registration forms please use the following button:

SAP Rising! USA East Coast

The sponsor for this training is Susan Rossi:


For the next sacred art retreat in London please see the listing just below!

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



"Becoming a Crucible:
Working with The Poison Mother"
2 - 5  July 2018, London UK

(Future dates currently not yet scheduled)

Please watch the art video (on the left) first to see if working on the level of soul alchemy speaks to you! 

The prerequisite is having completed the 2 day introduction to sacred art course! This course is non-residential and you remain responsible for your own meals (plenty of shops and cafes just around the corner!) and accommodation

"The Sacred Marriage: 
The Cosmic Dance of Inner Feminine and Inner Masculine"

4 - 7 February, London UK (1 stop from London Bridge station)

Please watch the art video (on the right) first to see if working with these themes on the level of deep soul alchemy speaks to you! 


The prerequisite is having completed the 2 day introduction to sacred art course!

This retreat is non-residential and you remain responsible for your own meals (plenty of shops and cafes just around the corner!) and accommodation


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


People have asked me about teaching some of the modules of my Two Year Training as one off seminars. In July I am offering the first stand-alone sacred art retreat of this kind, open to anyone who has completed the 2 day Introduction to Making Sacred Art course.

Shamanic practitioner students have asked about post-graduate courses in ancestral healing methods, using art in shamanic healing work, doing shamanic work with children and young people  and so forth.

The possibilities are endless but, as there is only one of me, my time and resources are limited! I hope that some of my students will eventually go on to share my teaching load so certain courses can run more often and in more locations!!

Some people have asked about shamanic teacher training. I am contemplating offering an by-invitation-only London-based program for shamanic practitioners taking their first steps into teaching (for people with a track record of doing stellar shamanic work) but a lot will depend on spirit guidance and existing teaching commitments (e.g. in the US ) and of course the level of interest/need for such a program.

I have just set dates for a specialist module in doing shamanic healing work with children to run in London in November 2018. 

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