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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 Bealtaine 2016 Schedule can be read on our Centre page and it can be downloaded here. Halfway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice is the cross quarter time of Bealtaine, the celestial announcement of the Summer season, even though temperatures may not yet tempt us to the beach . As the sun’s height and dominance in the dance between day and night increases from Spring Equinox to the climax at Summer Solstice, halfway on that trajectory is the moment of Bealtaine, which in 2016 will occur on Thursday, May 5th at 1.34am (GMT). The communal celebration of Bealtaine is usually May 1st or the first Saturday in May. When an Irish-Gaelic speaker wishes to refer to the month of May, they will use the word Bealtaine (say Bee-yowl-tanna).Rituals and ceremonies that celebrate fertility, protection, cleansing, relationships, clan bonds, colour, abundance and renewal are part of our traditional Bealtaine. As we see at the Hill of Uisneach, it is one of the seasonal fire festivals, along with Imbolg, Lughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolg. Even today, some farmers will drive their cattle through the gap between them just as their Ancestors did, to call in protection for the herd now they are no longer in the shelter of Winter-Spring sheds.









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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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