Latest News Of International Events In Ireland
"Rising Of The Heart" Is A Unique Gathering in 2016....
(This article appeared in Network Magazine in late 2015)
Rising Of The Heart, 1916-2016
An International Inclusive Spiritual Gathering
In Celebration Of Compassionate Freedom
Our Ancestors are calling as they are always calling us to listen to the consciousness of lives lived in the mortal realm and illuminated now in the eternal. There is much for us to learn and there is much for us to heal, as providers and recipients. Inescapably, there is blood in our landscape from many eras of conflict and there is the imprint of that in the landscape of our psyche. And there is much for us to harvest, there is the strong call for our reality to be built intentionally by our potential, our vision, our dreaming and our sense of peace. With the humble and noble skill of the shaman to manifest a life of destiny, (a life chosen by you) rather than one of fate (a life chosen for you), Rising Of The Heart 2016 summons compassionate Spiritual practitioners into a non-hierarchical gathering and invites bold medicine of the heart. Irish mythology and remembered history is populated with characters and tales that are driven by hunger for freedom and new frontiers from Aenghus, to Diarmuid and Gráinne, to Brendan the Navigator, to Granuaile, to Brian Boru and many, many more. Inspired by these indigenous backdrops, shamans are seekers in this world and The Otherworld, of truth and of new ways of being. Always before them, there is the horizon of conscious and ethical revolution and renewal. May you be called to this unique, epic and colourful adventure next year that will fearlessly tread those deep tectonic plates that shift human freedom and sovereignty in deepest harmony with Mother Earth and our Ancestors.
City Of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration
A Free Event - All Are Welcome
(Free car parking 5pm-9pm at The National Museum of Ireland)
The Climax Of The Winter Solstice - Raising The Ceremonial Fire To The City With Wild Cheering & Drumming
Since the inaugural event in the snow of December
2010, this colourful gathering of local community together with
national and international
visitors has established itself as a stand out indigenous celebration.
It is a free, family friendly event, bringing together traditional
storytelling, poetry and céilí, as well as craft
making, hospitality, culture and heritage awareness, a processional
parade and a very special fire ceremony. This magical experience
honours the Irish ancestral legacy of powerfully marking major
seasonal celebrations. Young and old are central to this inclusive
gathering of people of all ethnicities and cultures. The Celebration
invites everyone to take part through costuming, drumming, parading,
flag carrying and being a participant in the Winter Solstice Fire
Ceremony, the traditional climax on Smithfield Square.
This year, the Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration
is generously supported by The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
City Council and IPB Insurance which will raise the scale of every
aspect of the festival, making the 2014 event a truly vibrant presence
city on the longest night of the year.
Gathering Begins: 5pm, The National
Museum, Decorative Arts And History, Collins Barracks in The Riding
For More Information & Images: www.facebook.com/dublinwintersolstice
Join Karen and Dolores Whelan for the inaugural and historic
Slí Bríde - "Brigid's Way" Pilgrimage
July 7th-16th, 2013
Join Karen and Ona Sachs (US) for the first Irish offering of
"Awakening The Sacred Feminine"
July 19th - 21st, 3013.
March Friday. 22nd (8pm)- Sunday, March 24th (4pm). Venue: Dunderry Park (ICSS), Co.Meath, Cost: €270
Dunderry Park, Irish Centre For Shamanic Studies.
“Only in a circle created by men for men, can a vital door be opened into the manhood of each man. There he finds initiation. There he finds himself.”
Take your place in this unique community
of men, de-stress, unpack and come alive. Arrive with nothing
leave in the fire of your truth.......
Mengathering is dedicated to men spending valuable time in a
restorative and productive community. For contemporary males
to gather in unconditional
support of one and another outside of the usual agendas of work,
sport, recreation or politics is a serious loss in the health
culture of men and boys. Mengathering is a warm and welcoming
wisdom sharing, resource finding and vision making in the art
of manhood. Grounded in the philosophy that there is no one
for masculinity or manhood, Mengathering is dedicated to assisting
you understand the codes of manhood you have cultivated thus
far, to heal those that are unproductive and to honour those
healthy. This approach understands that each man already possesses
what he feels he is lacking for superior living and Mengathering provides the intelligent stepping stones for you to retrieve
your greatness from within yourself. Fathers are welcome to
sons, uncles their nephews, etc.
Rituals For Cleansing & Bonding
At Mengathering, we meet in a place beyond our names, our ethnicity, our incomes, our professions, our properties, our marital/family status, our sexuality, our politics. We meet at the level of our hearts.
To express your interest, to learn more and receive an application form, contact John at: email@example.com & 01-670 4905
(NB. Early planning has begun for the 2015 International Gathering In Ireland.
Please read below the 2012 details )
April 2012 International Gathering In Ireland:
Irish Centre For Shamanic Studies, Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, Ireland, April 24th-29th
"2012: Shamans Of The World: Building A Mála Naofa/Mesa For The Earth"
Ár chairde, dear friends,
Since 2009, we have been waiting to offer you this news and personal invitation. For in that year, we co-hosted our first international gathering of shamanic practitioners in Ireland and during it, a dream was set for 2012, a year and a time that called strongly for a unique meitheal (co-operative gathering) of shamans. In the last two and a half years, groundwork has been ongoing to “open the cauldron” for 2012: Shamans Of The World – Building A Mesa For The Earth, an international gathering of chosen shamanic keepers of wisdom, alchemy and vision. We are deeply pleased to post formal news of this unique event and that we may have the honour of welcoming you to Ireland for this homecoming to precious celebration and work by medicine men and women, from the four directions of the globe.
Since the founding of Slí An Chroí, we have brought our native Irish Celtic tradition to share in the UK, USA, Mexico, Peru, Australia, Netherlands, India, Bolivia, Venezuela, Austria, Finland, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Italy. To many of these lands, we return annually. Since our founding too, we have received many shamanic practitioners from abroad to the land of Ireland, indeed some immersed themselves in training with us. In our homeland and in lands beyond the Emerald Isle, we have consistently cultivated arteries of symbiotic growth between shamanic lineages. We sit with elders, learning their prophecies and teachings. 2012: Shamans Of The World – Building A Mesa For The Earth is a natural peak development in the cycle of Slí An Chroí and it is positioned as a peak experience for the invited participants in this auspicious year of 2012.
2012: Shamans Of The World – Building A Mesa For The Earth invites us all to adventure together beyond (ordinary, linear) Time to discover states of being that inspire true shamanic knowing. From that place, our invitation beckons us towards visioning, manifesting and celebrating new life and order for Mother Earth, in harmony with her dream as it pulses through the land of Ireland. Mannanan MacLir the Sea God was visited by a crane bird, but learned that the bird was once a beautiful woman Aoife, who was transformed into a crane by the jealousy of a rival Iuchra who desired Aoife’s love, Ilbreac. He made a home for the crane for 200 years and upon her death used her skin to create an corr builg, the bag of the crane. In it he placed stones, shells and many treasures. When the tide became high his sacred bundle brings healing to the land and all who live upon her. Therein is the mythic source of the first mesa or what contemporary shamans call in Ireland, their mála naofa, (sacred bundle). You who live over the seas from Ireland, we invite to cross them and take part in an international creation of a corr builg for Mother Earth, her children and the time upon us. Cranes are exceptional birds, the oldest known species of bird and they can fly to almost 10,000 metres in altitude.
The dream of 2012: Shamans Of The World – Building A Mesa For The Earth is ancient and epic, to draw shamans from the corners and hemispheres of our planet to the land of Ireland to set a new healing altar, a new mesa for our planet. There will be an abundance of support for us in the physical realm, sacred sites such as Tara, Celtic and Pre-Celtic Ancestral rituals and native Irish arts. All will hold us so that we may cross the bridges into the metaphysical, “The Otherworld”, going beyond ordinary time and space to source the treasures of new visions and new orders that will infuse our mesa-making. Surrounding our adventure naturally, will be the presence of An Sí, the luminous ones, the wild Faerie Folk energy of this island, charming our perception for magical new ways of being. Our work and our world includes them, their world and their work includes us.
We are pleased that you may consider bringing the energies of your heart and hands to the making and placing of the Mesa For The Earth in the land of Ireland. You will be coming too, to a diverse, stimulating community of international shamanic practitioners. And Ireland is a place of poetry, stories, music, dance and craic (a unique Irish-Gaelic word for ‘wild fun’), so we will set that place to lift you into celebration, escape and friendship. Let us be a vital force together to draw the 2012 prophecies to a working place of fearless compassion and to be the ones who enter the cauldron to distil the new prophecies.
Le Spiorad, bigi linn, (”In Spirit, come be with us”),
John and Karen
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Article written by John Cantwell
“It is important that we come back. We must,
in 2012”. We all heard it, before it was spoken. Looking
back now at the gathering of international shamanic practitioners
in Ireland in 2009, we see ever more clearly the personal, collective
and global significance of that extraordinary event. A unique cauldron
of soulful community, celebration, purpose and vision came together
for six days in April of that year. As co-hosts, we witnessed and
continue to do so, the lasting openings created in the lives of
the participants and the new friendships woven in the tuatha (tribe).
And yet, while that is worth thanksgiving it was not the primary
reason that shamans from the four corners of Ireland, UK, Netherlands,
Scandanavia, USA, Canada and Africa migrated to the heart of Brú Na
Back then in 2009, the economic, political, social
and environmental storms currently gripping us were evident on
the horizon. There is every possibility these upheavals in our
physical world will continue as part of the very real birth pangs
of change that is the nexus of the 2012 prophecies. Shamans are
engaged in the physical world like anybody else, yet their skill
is navigation of the metaphysical and archetypal worlds that underpin
the physical one. Intervening audaciously and compassionately on
these deeper realms can effect enormous, beneficial change in the
material “surface” world. For the shaman him/herself,
this work is profoundly grounding and sense-making, great attributes
particularly when storms are about us.
2012: Shamans Of The World-Building A Mála
Naofa (Mesa) For The Earth is the event of the year for Irish and
International shamanic practitioners. Once again many from the
2009 gathering will return to sit among others hearing the call
and migrate to this unique and significant meitheal (co-operative
gathering). The land of Ireland, her mythologies, arts and Ancestral
heritage of sourcing Spirit through Nature will be stepping stones
for the collective dreaming and building of the great Irish-Celtic
altar of healing prowess, the Mála Naofa, (Crane Bag/Mesa).
On the final day, it will be ceremonially buried deep in the Earth
of Brú Na Boinne, pulsing an eternal collective, loving
prayer. A great adventure awaits those who will form the tuatha
for 2012. It will be a peak experience in this world and The Otherworld.
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