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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.


Our Lughnasadh 2016 Schedule can be read on our Centre page and it can be downloaded here. Midpoint between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, the festival is commonly celebrated on August 1st or the three days of the first weekend of August. For those who know Mother Earth’s circle dance with Father Sun, the ‘true’ time of Lughnasadh 2016 will be August 6th at 3 o’clock.Named after the sun god Lugh, in Gaelic and prounounced ‘Loo-naw-sah’, our Ancestors celebrated this time with a passion as a great creation story became food in their mouths, literally. In the beginning there was only Teamhair (or Tea), Mother Earth, but as she dreamed of birthing children she saw that there was no food from her body. She chose to die in childbirth with her first son Lugh, knowing he would ascend to the sky and shine upon her corpse. As he did, the seeds under her skin opened and from them plants grew in his light. Now her children could be nourished.This is the creation myth of Teamhair (the Irish for ‘Tara’) and as the crops reach harvest time, we come to live in the bounty dreamed for us - the Earth’s children.
Lughnasadh, like all our native festivals is a call for pause and alignment and that alignment will be easily visible in the joy of the often wild harvest festivals this time of year.









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Throughout the year we continue to facilitate the unique journeys of men and women and our gatherings dedicated to each gender bring a deepening awareness and respect for our manhood and womanhood.


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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