Kari Tauring

Völva Kari Tauring is a professional Nordic folk musician, cultural educator, and spiritual leader living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Growing up in a Norwegian-centric family, Kari spent most summers with sisters and cousins on their grandmother's farm in Wisconsin where she was encouraged to seek spiritual guidance from nature.


Kari began a life long study of her pre-christian Nordic roots in 1988 when an English professor introduced her to the runes, Eddas, Sagas, and academic works on pre-Christian (Heathen) Nordic people. In 2003 she integrated runes, mythology, Norwegian folk music and dance, and the use of staff and stick (stav and tein) in rune chant and journey as a spiritual practice called Völva Stav. She began teaching her methodology in 2006, published a rune book in 2007, an accompanying iPhone app and Völva Stav Manual in 2010.

Kari travels widely to teach, perform, and guide others seeking a deeper connection to Northern European heritage. Healing trauma within the öorlog of family and culture of origin is key to the methods of Völva Stav.

For more information or to contact Kari please go to www.karitauring.com

Völva Bethany has worked over 40 years as a caregiver and long-term health care administrator who supports people and families living with a variety of health, memory and cognitive challenges. She has been a lifelong student of natural arts for healing mind, body, and Soul, including gardening, herbs, flower essences, energy work, indigenous healing traditions and ceremony. Bethany has woven these practices into the work she calls Soul Tending.

Bethany has carried the staff for her family and ancestors since 2010, and continues to do deeper healing work for herself and family oorlog. Bethany began teaching a Völva Stav class in Wisconsin in 2014, and continues to work with the Norse Goddesses and Völva Stav Guild.

Bethany has created over 200 SoulCollage® cards which reflect universal aspects of self, soul, community, guides, helpers, ancestors and the divine. As a trained facilitator, she has held SoulCollage® workshops in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is thrilled to see how people respond to creating and working with their cards!

An intuitive, Bethany has a talent for helping people get to the heart of things with a deeply rooted presence which allows people to feel comfortable and accepted. In sessions, classes and ceremony, she is grounded, empathic and sensitive. As practicing Völva, she connects to her ancestral culture and wise-woman healing traditions.

Aneesa Erin Adams

On hiatus 2020.

Rachel Knudson

Völva Rachel Knudson has been a “kin keeper” of her family and their stories since being bitten with the genealogy bug at a young age. She owns her family’s sesquicentennial farm and cherishes the four-generation connection her family has in Southern Minnesota while striving to honor the pre-European-settler legacy of the land.


She has a passion for numerous healing modalities and women’s health care, having served hundreds of families as a midwife at home and birth center.


Rachel is grateful for the Volva Stav community and the healing tools she learns on this path.

Combining fiber arts and language study in Lithuanian, Norwegian, and Icelandic E is a powerful ritual force.


Her work in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota is well known and she has worked on the diversity and equity committee for her department to create the statements and action plans towards justice. 

Pam Ross

Pam is Norwegian, Swedish, a bit Bohemian. In 2012 she started working in prevention and recovery, and works with herbs and alternative medicines. While searching for the cultural knowledge of her ancestors, she joined a class that Kari was teaching. That day changed everything. 

Pam's work in Völva Stav continues and flows into her community. She is a healing force.

Bio coming soon...

Donyelle is an artist, poet and healer of from Minneapolis, MN. A lifelong student of African diasporic culture, she has been practicing culture as a means for self-reflection and healing with the Cultural Wellness Center since 2006.

In 2016 while looking for tools to work with her European ancestry, she was introduced to the Völva Stav tradition and began her apprenticeship with the Völva Stav Guild in 2017.

A healer and spiritualist, she practices and studies from home working medicinal and magical herbs cultivated in her garden.

Donyelle's fiber, sculptural, healing and literary arts are guided by a deeply held belief in “Living Ancestors” and their wisdom and power to guide the healing the öorlog of the individual, community, and the land. Donyelle lives and works on the northside of Minneapolis, Mn

For more information or to contact Donyelle please go to www.donyelleheadington.com

VolvaStavGuild.com is a 501c3 Non-profit educational organization. Donations support our educational and healing activities: Nordic Women's Gatherings and other retreats, community outreach, and resource building.