Photo: Heidi Kotilainen
Dalva Lamminmäki is a teacher and healer in the tradition of Finno-Ugric shamanism. She traces her lineage to the ancient practices of the Karelia area of Finland, where she has ancestral ties. As a child in the countryside, she developed a very close spiritual kinship with nature and remembers times when she conversed with animals and birds. Then as now, she thinks of nature as a living element. When Dalva was 18 years old, she made her first shamanic drum journey, but it was not until later that she realised she had always lived within a shamanic worldview.
Dalva has been recognised as having an extraordinary personal gift in shamanic healing by the founders of the Center for Finno-Ugric Shamanism, Susanna Aarnio and Johannes Setälä. Dalva is currently a senior student of Susanna Aarnio and co-teacher with her in the Center.
In addition to conducting courses with the Center, Dalva shares her knowledge of ancient traditional practices of shamanism of Finland and its various healing methods through drum circle workshops and private healing sessions. Dalva also works as a social worker, alcohol and drug counseling, including with clients who are incarcerated.