Anna von Koch, a reporter for the Swedish magazine SvenskDam, went to one of ML and Durek's workshops:
It starts with everyone being told to breathe deeply while tapping two fingers against their wrists, but soon turns into a loud revival meeting.
Shaman Durek calls on kind spirits and angels and opens a gate to the universe that will fill everyone with love and power. Some begin to sob while others laugh hysterically. His words seem to have a huge impact on many of the 50 participants. Several people begin to rock back and forth in their chairs, moving their head in a circle, like in a trance. It feels a bit unpleasant, and when a woman sitting behind me suddenly growls like a lion, I get scared.
The purpose of the workshop is to get in contact with your true self. Shaman Durek has a very strong personality, and is preaching to us to "take in the light". When he asks us to get rid of bad energy, people around me start to shake and cough. It is so intense, it almost sounds like someone is about to vomit.
I think spirituality is exicting and I don't judge anyone. But I feel nothing, despite drumming and breathing deeply. Looking around I notice I'm not only one being unaffected, and Shaman Durek notices that as well. He doesn't blame anyone though. He explains that the road to your true self is different for different people. The spirits want me to remain calm, he says.
Afterwards, some people are crying silently and hugging each other. Shaman Durek's words had a huge impact on many of the participants, but not on me.
What I have just described only took place a short moment at the end of the workhop, and perhaps I'm a bit sceptical to that part. The rest of the session, which took three hours, was interesting and enriching to hear the wisdom and life experiences of both Shaman and Martha Louise. Princess Martha Louise told us about her spiritual journey. How as a child she was afraid of people, because many people claimed they were feeling great, but they were radiating something different.
Not until Martha Louise accepted her true self as an adult did she find inner peace, and she encourages us to be true to ourselves. And that is what the workshop is all about; to be true to oneself and to others, and to not judge people.
It was a workshop about love, patience and respect.