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Barbara Grammeniati interviews Imelda Almqvist about shamanism, soul retrieval and sacred art
This film is a live interview with Sharon Ballantine on her US-based TV Show for Conscious Evolution Media.
It was streamed live on Wednesday 22/1/2014.
BRIEF BIO FOR IMELDA ALMQVIST
Imelda’s book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life , about her shamanic work with children and teenagers, will be published by Moon Books in 2016.
Imelda Almqvist is a Dutch shamanic painter, practitioner and teacher based in London, UK. She teaches courses in shamanism and sacred art internationally. Her paintings can be found in art collections all over the world.
In Imelda’s shamanic sacred art courses the focus is on engaging in fresh and innovative ways with ancient wisdom traditions. Her students use shamanic tools and the process of direct revelation to make sacred visionary art and to arrive at highly personalised ceremonies and rites of passage.
Imelda pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers in 2012. This offers safe sacred space for children and young people to share experiences and develop a spiritual toolkit together. Children whose innate spirituality is fed make healthy choices and honour all sentient beings.
Years ago Imelda was guided to pioneer a very unique art form: making paintings of Spirit Children for bereaved parents and families. Spirit Children are the souls or spirits of children who died during a pregnancy (or in early infancy). If the loss occurred early on, the parents often have no image of the child and no way of talking about this child to others. Imelda visits those Spirit Children in other worlds and paints them as they wish to be remembered by the living. She also facilitates communication and closure between parents and lost children. This way the child takes its rightful place in the family and the soul connection is honoured.
Imelda has three sons and she loves travelling, learning foreign languages, playing the cello and making small films. The most extreme thing she has ever done is working as a volunteer in a field hospital in Bangladesh and assisting with eye surgery! One of the most life changing things she has ever done is teaching art to children in the slums outside Lima, Peru.
Imelda's 2 year sacred art practitioner training will run in the USA (Pendle Hill, just outside Philadelphia) for the first time in 2017 - 2018.
Together with Marion Briggs Imelda has co-founded an Alliance for Childhood Project titled INSPIRING YOUTH - Feeding Spirit, Finding Self in 2015. At the moment we are organising a monthly series of Inspiring Youth Talks at Rudolph Steiner House in London about themes such as Initiation and Rites of Passage, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Grandparents and Elders, Teenagers Self-Harming and Nature as a Great Healing Spirit. Please request to join our Facebook Community.
From early 2016 Imelda will be a regular contributor on Shamanic Life Radio in the USA, working closely with Karyn Amstrong and John Carosella.
Imelda and Karmit Evenzur will once again offer their Gnosis of the Earth rock art seminar in Andalucia, Spain in November 2016.
Imelda makes occasional guest appearances at events organised by Philosophy For All and Philosophy Now. She also does public speaking on request for various organisations.
Imelda's first Circle of shamanic practitioners will graduate in December 2016 and she envisions creating a professional community of practitioners who continue to meet for peer support, advanced training and professional development. This community will be open to people who have trained with other teachers.
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