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John Cantwell and Karen Ward are husband and wife, co-founders and directors of Sli An Chroí Shamanism

since 2004. They met during the auspicious week of the solar eclipse in August 1999. They share a life of

ever deepening connection to the natural world. The Ancestral lineage of shamanism in Ireland, including that of Druidry is a vital vein of resource for them. Karen and John bring warmth, integrity and gratitude into all of their work.

 

Their formal accredited shamanic training includes:

 

The Four Winds Society, USA, (Directors & Teachers Dr. Alberto Villoldo & Linda Fitch):

Medicine Wheel & Healing the Lightbody School (taught in Ireland) 2003-2005
Mastery Classes 2004-2007, which included:
Walking With Protection (Psychic Protection)
Working With The Sacred (Archetypal Energies)
Reading The Signs Of Destiny (Divination)
Mesa and Ceremony (Prayer Bundle)
Munay-Ki (Rites Of Consciousness)
Rites Of Passage (Integration of Munay-Ki)

 

Irish Centre For Shamanic Studies, (Director & Teacher: Martin Duffy):

Shamanic Practitioners Course 2006
Advanced Shamanic Practitioners Course 2007
Shamanic Counselling 2009

Shamanic Breathwork 2010

 

Fieldwork:

Ireland: Sacred Sites/Seasonal & Solar/Lunar Gatherings/International Shamanic Gatherings (ongoing)

USA: Native American Ceremonies with Chumash Shaman, Lone Eagle 2002

Finland: Artic Circle Sites 2003
Mexico: Huichol Tradition 2004
Peru (2005, 2009, 2011):

Q’ero Paqos (Initiation): Don Sebastian Succle Apaza , Dona Maria Apaza, Don Alejandro Apaza,

Q’ero Paqos (Mentoring):Don Modesto Quispe, Don Pasqual, Puma Quispe

Aymara-Lake Titicaca Mentor: Jorge Luis Delgado
US (International Shamanic Gathering) Q’ero Paqos: Don Franscisco Flores, Don Umberto (2008)

Australia: Anangu Elders, Uluru (2010)

 

John:
Trained Teacher, Physical Education & English, B.Ed Hons.,University of Limerick
Background in Professional and Educational Drama
Facilitator of Projects for Young People in areas of less socio-economic advantage
Lecturer of Men’s Issues & Health
Shamanic Therapist, Energy Medicine & Counselling
Shamanic Teacher & Facilitator
Facilitator of Shamanic drumming/counselling/ritual in Addiction Centres

Author: Numerous articles for holistic health & Spirituality journals
TV: Shamanic Counsellor “Health Squad”, RTE
Radio: Interviewee ''Spirit Matters'', dublincityfm
Film: Contributor, “This Sacred Earth: 2012 Phenomenon” (Wild Pure Heart 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe we are all by nature, self healing organisms and that shamanic practice calls us to do so for our own betterment and that of the Earth. The level of connection and sacredness we can experience when we do this, for me can only be called Spiritual. I am made to feel safe by shamanism as it asks me to learn only from my own experience while it hands me the means to realise my destiny. When I sit with shamans from other cultures, despite us often not sharing a common spoken language, our conversations are full and dynamic. Such is the language of our hearts.”

 

 

Karen:

Scientist Microbiology, B.Sc Hons,University College Dublin
Holistic Therapist Aromatherapy Massage, Reflexology, Nutrition
Holistic Counselling Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Yoga Teacher Vinyasa & Hatha
Energy Therapist Shamanism & Reiki Master
Shamanic Teacher & Facilitator

Druidic Bard, Craobh Airgead School of Druidry, Killkenny
Lecturer Corporate Health Issues. Clients included UCD, AIB, ESB and various Government Depts.
Theatre: Consultant Therapist for Suicide Prevention Performance & Workshops
TV: Holistic Health Presenter/Therapist “Health Squad”, RTE (2002 - 2007)
Energy Therapist “The Last Resort”, BBC (2009)
Wellbeing Panelist “tv am" Morning Programme”, TV3 (2009)
Radio: numerous interviews, holistic health matters, RTE & Regional
Film: Contributor, “This Sacred Earth: 2012 Phenomenon”, (Wild Pure Heart 2009)
Author: “Health Squad-Guide to Health and Fitness” (Onstream, 2005)
“Change A Little To Change A Lot” (Merlin Publishing, 2009)

 

   

 

 

 

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“As a Holistic Therapist for many years, I found that Shamanism provided me with a gorgeous umbrella term not just for all of the therapies I practised but also my passion for nature, creativity and fun. I realised that as an adult I was missing ‘play’ and the sheer exuberant joy I had had as a child. As I sat in circle for the first time I had a huge sense of being HOME. I was with ‘like souled’ people. Those that I could discuss profound concepts with freely knowing that we could be soon dancing wildly or tuning into our nature brothers and sisters of the animals & trees. I had a map for life – not a rigid or ruled one, nor one with hierarchies but a way that embraced my own empowerment, who I am and what I stand for. A way of the heart... my heart.”

 

 

 

 

 
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