The local community here in Glastonbury was saddened to hear of the death of Elsa Malpas, who passed peacefully into spirit on the 18th November 2018. Elsa, along with her partner Howard, contributed significantly to the shamanic community in the UK, and particularly in the local community in Glastonbury. Since 1994 Howard and Elsa have offered shamanic practitioner training’s called “The Warrior in the Heart,” and organized and hosted annual shamanic gatherings at the Earth Spirit Centre. Elsa was also a director of the UK branch of the Society for Shamanic Practice, and a director at the Isle of Avalon Foundation, and with Howard established the Avalon Centre in Glastonbury.
Elsa’s memorial took place on December 12th in Glastonbury Town Hall where current and former students, along with friends and colleagues, spoke about a remarkable and inspirational woman whose connection with spirit guided her in all that she did. Feisty and courageous, Elsa overcame total paralysis from polio which afflicted her at age eleven. Thus began her intensive working and living with the help of guides and teachers from the spirit world. The breadth and depth of her work was very evident in the stories shared, along with the tremendous impact she had on all those who came to know her and love her. With a wonderful sense of humour, strong determination, and will power that at times was awesome to behold, Elsa encouraged and inspired all who knew her. Her legacy will undoubtedly live on through her work and her teachings.