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Celtic Shamanism - The Native Irish Tradition 


Fáilte – Welcome to Slí An Chroí - “the pathway of the heart”,


our website for indigenous shamanic practitioner training, professional shamanic healing training, personal shamanic healing, a directory of certified shamanic healers in Ireland, (energy medicine and shamanic counselling) as well as a deep resource for the Irish tradition of Spiritual wisdom and mysticism through Nature, which is ancient and contemporary, pre-Celtic and Celtic.


This sacred way of living and healing is the dedication of our professional and personal lives, we bid you a warm welcome and an informative visit to our site. From offering an introduction to our tradition through to providing a centre for community, we see the retrieval of a heart-centred consciousness as intrinsic to holistic health and vital in all our lives at this particular time in our world.


We gather international groups of shamanic practitioners in Ireland and we venture into fieldwork and expeditions abroad with student groups to expand our development, share traditions, dream powerful ceremonies for Mother Earth and celebrate a worldwide community of shamanic practitioners.


Féile Lughnasadh

Harvest Festival

Autumn's Beginning

Derived From Sun God Lugh

Celebration Of Abundance

Merry Making

Named after the sun god Lugh, in Irish-Gaelic and prounounced ‘Loo-nah-sah’, our Ancestors celebrated this time with passionate dancing, music-making and feasting between the labours necessary to harvest widely. Lughnasadh heralds the celestial timing of Autumn's beginning entwined with the festival of harvest and abundance. For those who know Mother Earth’s circle dance with Father Sun, the ‘true’ time of Lughnasadh 2017 will fall on August 7th at 7.40am. This precise moment is the exact cross quarter time between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox and is importantly also the day of Grain Full Moon. The 2017 Lughnasadh is auspicious indeed as it coincides with a Partial Lunar Eclipse, (visible to maximum at 7.20pm, also on August 7th, Dublin time). All through the early Lughnasadh period Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon's) energies will profoundly impact those of the Earth's, culminating in a Full Solar Eclipse on August 21st, (visible mainly in US territories). When Earth casts shadow on the Moon and when Moon casts shadow on Earth, happening twice in the first fortnight of Lughnasadh this year, fasten your seat belts!


You can read our full 8 week schedule of shamanic events on our Centre page. In this Lughnasadh of 2017, there are many regular events and some new, such as us providing a shamanic presence to major festivals. Enjoy the schedule.







Upcoming Events


Throughout the year we continue to facilitate seasonal celebrations, outreach programmes into various environments such as corporate workplaces, schools and universities, community centres, hospitals, hospice and addiction recovery centres.


In Slí An Chroí, we hold integrity, safety and respect as core values in all shamanic practice and healing. When our heart begins to open, heal and find courage to adventure, only then do we step into an experience of humanity that shifts the horizons that once limited us.


Whether through individual healing, training and/or coming into community with us, may you find the connection to your heart and to the greater world that you yearn for.


May Slí An Chroí be a resource for you to step forward into your truth, find sacredness and realise your unique potential.

Le brí na taise – “With the energy of compassion”,

John Cantwell and Karen Ward.







“When we step into shamanic practice, our hearts take us on an epic path of discovery, power and beauty. It is the soul’s ‘journey home’, connecting us to the sacredness and magic of Life. We touch the earth and rise gifted with healing, to become true caretakers of ourselves and of the earth. We see our purpose and come to know the ecstatic joy that rolls like thunder deep in the centre of our being and of all creation. This is the pathway of the heart, “Slí An Chroí.”



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