About Trolldom & Nordic Spirituality - Online Education & Training.
Up until now only private students have been allowed to learn through our apprenticeship but in Feb 2020 we started our first online beginner’s course in English.
This course teaches the foundational techniques, ideas, models of Magic and Spirituality and then connects it to the land and culture of the Scandinavian tradition of Trolldom and Nordic Spirituality.
The course will provide both the practical foundations of successful magic as well as spiritual development. Why do we teach both magic and Spirituality? Magic can be seen as an expression of Spirituality or Spiritual Development. Using magic successfully indicates you also successfully developed yourself spiritually. If we put this in a cultural perspective then Trolldom is an expression of Scandinavian spirituality. It is not the only expression, but one that - by its practical results - can be seen and taken measure of quite easily.
This is why course is centered on that which brings practical results. It is not aimed to amuse or entertain but to be a tool for you to use successfully in service to yourself, those around you and to contribute to your community.
The education is divided into three blocks: Foundations, Trolldom & The Nordic Cultural tradition and Modern Applications.
Teaching Trolldom today is a bit different than what it used to be like in the past agrarian Scandinavian culture. We have another mindset, different living conditions and with a global - rather than just a local community - we might be in the midst of a whole different culture. Our minds carry a whole set of both new and old assumptions about magic, seership, our self and the world that keeps us from effective magical practice and communication with spirits. Finally, as many of us are part of a global, multicultural society with a never before seen blend of cultures and people we often encounter spirits, magic, problems and requests particular to each of these cultures and many of us live lives far removed from agrarian life a successful practice must also include modern applications of the old traditional means and methods.
The course contains:
1 hour live online teaching every week.
Each class will be recorded and posted on our education platform, so that you can watch it anytime and as many times as you like.
Access to an online community where you can ask questions, discuss the methods, share progress and much more...
The course fee is $95 per month.
Sample of the schedule:
In order to use traditional techniques successfully we need to start with the Foundations.
The techniques, ideas, mindsets and that makes out the foundation for any magical practice in order for them to be able to connect with where you are today.
Assumptions about the mind, spirits, seership, communication and apply different models to see what results they bring.
Ability to do divination and perceive beyond the physical. Discerning non-physical things like spells and curses.
Communication and discernment of various spirits and how to approach them in practical ways.
Then we move into the doing aspects of the work which includes spell work and how to use different materials, timings and places in the work and why it is done. How and why to work with belief.
The Trolldom Tradition and Nordic Cultural Spirituality
Then move on to Traditional & Modern Trolldom and Nordic Spirituality:
- Trolldom in history - a historical review of magical practice in Scandinavia.
- Trolldom today.
- Troll formulas in speech, song and in written form.
- Techniques of Trolldom - Spells and methods within the tradition.
- Materials of Trolldom - Trees, herbs, minerals, elements, animal parts, and more.
- Tools of Trolldom - Knifes, swords,
- Swedish Nature - Sacred wells, Sacred stones, Sacred trees, furrows, crossroads, etc.
- The spirit of the land - Spirits of the dead, connecting with nature and culture and what it does.
- Utesittning, Maning (summoning) and other means to get information from spirits.
- Spirits of the dead. - as support and sources of problems.
- Other spirits - Elves, Vaettir, Trolls, etc how to approach, deal with and work with.
- Reaching for powers greater than ourselves - virtues, powers and deities of the Scandinavian culture (this includes both those unnamed in nature, Old Norse Deities, Saints and Christian deities).
- The Worlds, the world tree, taken under ground.
- Runes and other symbols - how they work and how to use them.
When all of this is covered we take these old methods into modern applications.
This means contemporary and cultural issues and how these can be approached and solved using the old methods. As a practitioner in modern days, sooner of later you will also encounter other traditions, spirits, spells problems with other cultural roots. We will discuss these and how they can be approached.
When that part is covered we will talk about other tools that can be used to develop your spirit, soul and self. And finally, for those interested in working professionally we move on to the work aspects of dealing with clients and so on.
The whole education takes 1-1,5 years to complete.
Upon completion, those of you that ask for it, you will get a certificate of competence and completed education.
Corinne Boyer (US)
"Coming from a background in traditional witchcraft, folk magic, plant lore and trance work, I felt that even with all of the tools that I had already acquired, there was something missing. I am so glad that I followed my intuition and had the opportunity to work with Johannes. My training with him has far exceeded my expectations….
If you are called to working closely with spirits, helping others in the invisible realm, doing the practical and getting your hands dirty type of folk magic, if you enjoy being challenged and problem solving, and if you have high ethics in regards to your magical work, Johannes is a wonderful guide, mentor, teacher and resource."
Carl Nordblom (Swe)
"I started being interested in the occult in my late teens, and have been “dabbling” with ceremonial and modern types of magic since then. However, I never found a practice which really seemed to put emphasis on results, as well as being comprehensive enough to really go to the depths of things…With decades of experience and being extremely well-versed...Johannes has the ability to meet the student at their individual level and sees where their strengths are at, along with where they need more training…Each session brings about a new discovery, method or insight, which deepen and solidifies my practice of magic and spirit work in ways I previously thought were impossible."
"Due to some small but significant coincidences I found out about Johannes Gårdbäck, and I reached out to him to learn more about becoming an apprentice. From our very first session I found that I had learned more practical and useful material than from my 15+ prior years of researching on my own.
As a teacher Johannes has a keen ability to cut through to what's immediately effective...I find the training challenging in many ways, but the rewards are immense. And I value every minute of it."