This tradition spans the Northern Germanic lands of Scandinavia and Iceland. Many of us here in the MidWest have Northern European ancestors. We can feel the pull of our ancestors when we smell a whiff of plant smoke or hear sounds that call to us in a familiar but unrecognized ways. Where do we turn to connect with what is ancient and forgotten? We need look no further than the memories in our bones. I hope some of these offerings of our shared lineages help to awaken and connect you to our plant spirit allies and your ancestors.
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Take just one class or join in for all of them.
Intro to the Old Norse Tradition
Much of the Old Norse Tradition has been lost over time due to the conversion and oppression of the people of the land. It’s a repeating story of humanity the world over. Learn what we know of this tradition from the old texts, archeological discovery and story. Reverence for the wisdom of the plants and land spirits is an important part of this tradition.
Clearing and Cleansing Practices
Learn about burnable plants and plant washes used to clear places and people of energetic and spirit attachments. This is an experiential, how-to class where we will discuss, then do some of the work together. You will go home with information on practices and procedures as well as a list of Nordic and local plants and how they clear and clean you and your home and office spaces. You will also leave with a spray bottle of the herbal wash we make in class. (whole plants are used, no essential oils)
Intro to Creating Sacred Space
Creating a container for our practice helps keep us and our work safe from uninvited influences and contains the focused energy of our work. This class is an introduction to creating your work space for your practice and builds upon the clearing and cleansing work from the previous class. Use these skills for home or office.
The Nine Sacred Herbs
From the 11th century manuscript, the Lacnunga, we know the Song of the Nine Sacred Herbs. Learn about the plant spirits of the nine herbs, their World associations and how they might be used in your spirit work practice. We will work with the herbs in class, connecting with the plant spirits. A take-home herb sample will be provided.
Plants for Trance and Travel Work
In this experiential class, we will work with native plants to Wisconsin that are also native to the Norse lands of northern Europe. These common plants, as well as sound, are used for trance/journeying work to travel within the World Tree, Yggdrasil, and the nine worlds within it. Yggdrasil corresponds to the shamanistic worlds of the upper, middle and lower worlds. Plants are provided to work with in class and a dried plant sample to take home with you.
Prior experience with trance or journeying work is helpful but not required.