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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 Samhain 2016 Schedule can be read on our Centre page and it can be downloaded here. Midpoint between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, the festival is commonly celebrated on October 31st or the three days of the last weekend of October. For those who know Mother Earth’s circle dance with Father Sun, the ‘true’ time of Samhain 2016 will be November 7th at 11.42PM (GMT). The growing darkness that began at Autumn Equinox and will climax at Winter Solstice contains a cross quarter moment or day equidistant between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. That cross quarter moment is remarkable in that it marks the triumphal period of the most dominant days of darkness. This cross quarter moment is Samhain.The half of the year that is more darkness than light, i.e. Equinox to Equinox, was referred to as gamos by our Ancestors. They were keenly aware new life is initiated in darkness, the seed in the earth, the embryo in the womb and therefore celebrated the new day and the new year at times of growing and deepening darkness. As Samhain is at the heart of ascending darkness, it is acknowledged as the island's true New Year. It is also the announcement of Winter beginning and the season of An Cailleach's (i.e The Crone/ Grandmother Earth) close holding of all life dying back and being born on Mother Earth. Samhain, (pronounced “Sow-when”) is perhaps the most auspicious festive time in the Irish seasonal calendar.









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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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