walk on the Path that is shared by the shaman, the witch and the
volva (seiðr-worker). It is a beautiful path, winding and
full of surprises. I dont know where it will lead me, but
on this path I feel at home.
have studied and practiced the craft and spiritual traditions
of shamanism for more than a quarter of a century, and I see myself
as apprentice to the Crow, the Wind, the Elder Tree and
my other spirit-allies. The old magic traditions of Scandinavia,
the wisdom of the wilderness, and the cycles of nature are great
sources of inspiration for me. I am one who gathers, remembers
and hands on further.
was born in 1951, into a family with great curiosity about history.
My educational background is in history, art and crafts (mainly
textile and wood), as well as occupational therapy. Early in the
eighties, shamanism fell into my life and my soul, and I knew
I had come home. In 1986, I co-founded Scandinavian Center for
Shamanic Studies with Jonathan Horwitz, and I have been teaching
in Denmark and Northern Europe since 1989.
the shamans path, I honor Michael Harner, whose pioneering
work brought shamanism within reach for us all, as my first human
teacher. I see Jonathan as my pathfinder on the first long stretch
of the way. As Michaels core shamanic teachings
are mainly inspired by Siberian and Native American shamanic tradition,
it kindled in me a hunger and curiosity to know my own shamanic
roots, from my own homeland. From that point on there was no turning
fell in love with the Nordic tradition of seiðr, galdr, runosong,
and utiseta (the Nordic vision quest). This has become my special
branch of practice and teaching however, it is a branch
firmly growing on the trunk of the common shamanic Worldtree.
feel as though some of those historical real-life shamans, wise-woman
healers and seiðr workers of old, whose magic craft heritage
I have explored, actually have become my own teachers. Their legacy
deeply informs my practice and way of teaching. This is not to
say that I want to reconstruct the past or do Viking-age seiðr.
Rather, my aim is to let our modern shamanic practice grow roots
in our own nature, history and everyday communities. In this way
I believe we find real power and spiritual authenticity. As Gustav
Mahler said, tradition is the keeping of the fire
not the worship of the ashes.
this end - keeping the fire alive - I also wrote my first book,
about the power of nature in Nordic tradition, together with journalist
Bente Møller Sørensen, in 2005.
live in a small green village community in the heart of Copenhagen,
called Ballonpark. Here I cut my firewood, carry water and gather
the herbs and magic in my garden. This is where I practice, and
see individual clients and students.
vision for my work is to see a new generation of skillful shamanic
practitioners stepping into the line of tradition and doing the
work which seems more necessary now than ever before. We
need shamanic healers, helpers at death, inspiring ritual leaders,
and ambassadors for the living Earth.
met in the circle!
Annette by daytime telephone, between 10 - 18, on (+45) 32 54
28 08, or email firstname.lastname@example.org