Extended introduction to shamanic journeying, nature work and ceremony

Residential course, Halland, Sweden: Wed 13 - Sun 17 July

* This year the course is offered mainly to people in Scandinavia *

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Shamanism is humanity's oldest spiritual practice, a tradition for healing and problem solving. It is a way of maintaining balance in one self, and also between humans and the rest of creation.

During this entry-level course, participants will be introduced to some of the main ideas and methods used for thousands of years by shamans around the world. Shamanism is not limited to Native Americans or other indigenous cultures. Northern Europe also has an ancient shamanic tradition, and we all have - as human beings - the ability to work shamanically.

The main emphasis of the course is on the shaman's journey to the world of the Spirits. Participants will learn to use traditional methods such as singing, dancing, rattling and drumming to shift to shamanic consciousness, meet Spirit helpers, and explore the Spirit world. In this other reality, one can receive power and knowledge for how to live well and in good relationship. We will also touch the spirit side of Nature and learn how to ask for support, guidance and connection.

In the circle, we will take time to share different experiences of the journeys, and learn how to understand them. We will also explore the ethics of shamanic work, ways to formulate intentions, and how shamanism can empower our everyday lives.

** The course is taught in English, by Jonathan Horwitz & Zara Waldebäck.

It is open to everyone, no previous experience is needed.

Read more in the articles ALL LIFE IS CONNECTED and POWER IN YOUR HAND

and listen to our introduction talk to shamanism


Due to covid-19 precautions, this introduction course will be run in a slightly different format than usual, to minimise physical contact and risk of spread. It still includes all essential elements needed for a basic personal practice at home. Because there is a risk we may need to cancel at short notice, this year we are offering the course mainly to participants already located in Scandinavia.


The total price for the course is 6500 SEK, which includes:
• Teaching Fee: 3700 SEK
• Food & Accommodation: 2800 SEK

The teaching fee is paid in full before the course begins, either as one payment or in 2-3 installments. The price includes 25% moms/vat/sales tax and you will receive a receipt upon booking. 

Food & accommodation is paid to the venue on arrival to the course, in SEK cash only. More information about this will be sent before the course begins.

costs an extra 200 SEK (in total, not per night), payable on arrival

discount of 200 SEK (in total, not per night), deducted from the payment on arrival


  • If the course is cancelled at short notice, your payment is refunded in full.
  • If the course is cancelled at short notice, we do not cover any travel expenses. All travel costs are your own responsibility and choice.
  • If you cancel your place before 25 June, your payment will be fully refunded.
  • If you cancel your place between 25 June-5 July, you will be refunded 100% of the teaching fee ONLY IF we can find someone to take your place. If no one takes your place, your payment is not refunded.
  • If you cancel your place after 5 July, you will be refunded 50% of the teaching fee ONLY IF we can find someone to take your place. If no one takes your place, your payment is not refunded.
  • All participants need to have a covid test taken on the day of the course or the day before and only come if it is negative.
  • Participants should ideally have received the covid vaccination but it is not required
  • Masks are optional
  • If you become ill in the days before the course, contact Zara immediately and stay at home. Please respect the health of others and do not come if you have any symptoms of cold, flu or covid.


The course is fully residential. It includes 3 meals each full day, of delicious fresh vegetarian/vegan food. Gluten-free options available. The venue offers simple hostel-standard accommodation, single or shared rooms.

We begin with early dinner on Wed at 17.00 and end with late lunch on Sun at 15.00.

All participants must arrive between 14.30 - 16.30 and stay til the end of the course.

** IMPORTANT: Please do not arrive late or leave early
Make sure to check with Zara before organising any travel tickets.

On full days we work in Circle for 3 sessions, usually at:
• 10am - 1pm
• 3pm - 6pm
• 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Sessions have short toilet breaks but no coffee/tea breaks - this allows us to go deeper into the work without interruptions. Lunch and dinner breaks are longer.

PLEASE NOTE: Sessions are not optional - all participants are expected to take part in all sessions unless there is an emergency. Working in Circle and participating fully in all aspects of the course is an essential part of the learning experience.

Tokalynga is a large old school house in a small village in Halland near the Ätran River. It is near the west coast of Sweden, an hour inland from Falkenberg or Varberg.

It is the home of theatre company "Teater Albatross" who will be present and sharing the venue during the course. All accommodation is of a basic youth hostel standard and participants need to bring sheets and towels. There are both single rooms and shared accommodation between 2-3 people (in cabins or in the house). It is possible to tent. All bathrooms are shared and of a basic standard.

The village is small and quiet with a lot of fields and forest nearby, and good roads and paths for walking. It is possible to swim in the nearby river and in several lakes. The nearest shop and bus stop is in Ätran, 4km away.

Contact details: Tokalynga Teaterakademi, Gunnarp 403, 310 61 Ätran 
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Nearest airports: Gothenburg, Sweden (2-3 hrs away by train&bus) or Copenhagen, Denmark (4 hrs away by train&bus)

Nearest train stations: Varberg or Falkenberg. After this, take a bus to Ätran where it is possible to be picked up, if arranged ahead of time. Sometimes it is possible to lift-share with other participants - please ask if interested.

If you are coming by car and can offer lifts to others, let us know. It is very much appreciated.

Travel information for bus and trains:



Wed 13 July - Sun 17 July


Course begins 17.00 and ends 15.00


6500 SEK all inclusive