The Mead of Poetry is a mystical beverage. Whoever drinks it instantly becomes a skald (poet or a bard) and genius, able to recite any information or answer any question about any topic. It is described by Snorri Sturluson in the Eddic poem Skáldskaparmál.

In Old Norse this mead is called Óðrerir (Poetry Stir) and the Óð (ODH) part in that name corresponds to Odin’s name (spelled Óðinn in Old Norse). Odin is a god of many things, and one of them is poetic inspiration.

The mead was created after a war between the Æsir and Vanir gods. The gods agreed on a truce and sealed it by all gods spitting into a large vat or cauldron. It is a fact that spittle can act as yeast (!) and from the resulting potion a man was created, called Kvasir. He was the wisest and most knowledgeable man on the planet. Long story short: Kvasir is killed. His blood is mixed with honey to create the Mead of Poetry. Everyone who drinks even one sip of it, instantly becomes a "poet or scholar".

During this course we will work with the mead, reflect on its origins (can we make an elixir of truce or peace for our times?). We also take a sip and, yes, embrace a transformation on the level of soul!

If you have never done a Sacred Art course with me, please read my book Sacred Art in preparation and complete some chapter exercises, in preparation!

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An email with detailed joining instructions goes out to all participants a week before the retreat runs!

I cannot wait to dive into these mysteries with all of you! Imelda


Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of Sacred Art and Seiðr/Old Norse Traditions (the ancestral wisdom teachings of Northern Europe). So far she has written four non-fiction books and two picture books for children. Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) in 2016, Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where Art Meets Shamanism) in 2019, Medicine of the Imagination - Dwelling in Possibility (an impassioned plea for fearless imagination) in 2020 and North Sea Water In My Veins (The Pre-Christian spirituality of the Low Countries) will be published in June 2022.

The Green Bear is a series of picture book for children, aged 3 – 8 years. The stories and vibrant artwork, set in Scandinavia, invite children to explore enchanting parallel worlds and to keep their sense of magic alive as they grow up.

Imelda has presented her work on both The Shift Network and Sounds True. She appears in a TV program, titled Ice Age Shaman, made for the Smithsonian Museum, in the series Mystic Britain, talking about Mesolithic arctic deer shamanism.

Imelda is currently working on a handbook for rune magicians (about the runes of the Elder Futhark) and on more books in the Green Bear Series. Imelda runs an on-line school called Pregnant Hag Teachings, where all classes she teaches remain available as recordings which can be watched any time!


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