Her descriptions of the Time Travellers sessions, a group she has been running since 2012 for young people, are a delight as well as informative read on many levels. She is clearly passionate about the natural born shamans of the world and has obviously worked extremely hard to develop this spiritual toolkit for children and adults alike.
It's a book packed full of advice, spiritual philosophy and teachings for those who share the shamanic worldview and want to learn more about it for themselves and our future generations.
As a mother of two teenage sons, I found it an inspirational read. Not only did I feel that I am not alone in my fears of the effects of the present day screen culture and general disconnection with nature for our youngsters, but was also reminded of the natural vision questing that my sons already take part in - albeit under a different name... camping! I found that reassuring.
I imagine Imelda is great company to be with. She made me laugh many times throughout the book, especially in the Time Travellers session where the tree in the next door garden caught alight from a sky lantern. In a ceremony following the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in the US in 2012, it was a lighter (literally) end to a sobering occasion.
In fact, the subjects Imelda covers and the way she does it with her Time Travellers are an eye opener to any teacher or parent who is looking for a more creative and inspiring way to hold space for the learning process. Those who realise that we can never really teach anything but just provide the best opportunity for learning to take place will understand that. They will also understand that teaching is ultimately about being yourself - our students learn from the people we are - and it is then that teaching by example becomes an organic and a shamanic act. A sacred responsibility.
Imelda Almqvist does not have to try to do any of these things as her natural talent shines through in her writing and the reader is encouraged to learn as she questions and prompts the mind to expand and connect with the heart.
This book resonated for me at soul level. I loved it and learned from it. Others will too.
It's a real treasure and you'll find it here:
And here for more about Imelda: http://imelda-almqvist-art.com/
Well done to Imelda Almqvist... you are clearly a natural born shaman.