It is with deep delight and pleasure that I introduce another new segment on A Shamanic Life. I've been in conversation with Imelda Almqvist about her amazing work showing children the shamanic path. Turns out, they are...Naturals! Our conversation is the first of several; Imelda shares how she got into the work, why it's exciting, and how it impacts her own work. Children as teachers. Maybe that's surprising. But, somehow, it shouldn't be...
And check out Imelda's forthcoming book, Natural Born Shamans (available for pre-order and ships August 2016, from Amazon.)
"Natural Born Shamans, A Spiritual Toolkit for Children" covers all aspects of doing spiritual or shamanic work with children and young people. It aims to provide a comprehensive “spiritual toolkit”. It is aimed at anyone who has an interest in young people and spiritual matters. It covers all age groups from “in utero” until age 18+. It explains what shamanic parenting is. It describes ways of doing spirit-led work even with both unborn babies and spirit children (after miscarriage, abortion or early death). There is a chapter about doing healing work with children and how this is different from working with adults. It maps the challenges of this work (prejudices and fears in society) and how to dance respectfully with those issues. It describes the most pressing concerns per age group. It lists the unique challenges that contemporary children and young people face. It provides 30 “tried and tested” session plans for people looking for inspiration and “where to start”. It ends with a chapter on rites of passage, initiation and personalised ceremonies for young people and their families."