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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 Imbolg 2016 Schedule can be read on our Centre page and it can be downloaded here. To our Ancestors, the cross quarter day and hour between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox marked the cosmic beginning of Spring. While the birth of Spring was observed in Nature, they also have exquisite precision in understanding how the season was created and timed by the Earth’s elliptical journey around the Sun. To this day, that cross quarter moment is called Imbolg (or sometimes Imbolc). Deriving from an older vernacular of Irish (Gaelic) it refers to “in the belly”, a reference to evident pregnancy by the swollen bellies of ewes, with lambs soon to be born later in the season. It is poignant that our Ancestors literally and poetically hung the identity of Spring’s beginning with pregnancy and the onset of new birth. The dreams and visions seeded and gestating in us from Samhain and into Winter Solstice are ripening now whether we are conscious or unconscious of that phenomenon. In 2016, the day and exact moment of Imbolg will be Thursday, February 4th at 9.30am (GMT). Communally the festival of Imbolg-Spring is often celebrated on the night of January 31st into the morning of February 1st, (which this year will be a Sunday evening - Monday morning passage).









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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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