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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.



Beginning of Spring

Lá Fhéile Bhríde

Cross Quarter Day Between Winter Solstice & Spring Equinox

A Time To Rise & Blossom


Imbolg (sometimes 'Imbolc') is the door into Springtime and announces herself withnature blessings of increasing sunlight, rising temperatures, the sightings of early blossoms and hibernating animals now awake. This is the festival synonymous with the energies of the goddess archetype of Bríd or Brigid. In the coming days red cloths in her honour will be laid on the land to gather the healing power of the Imbolg dew.

On February 3rd at 9.12pm, the precise moment of cross-quarter time between Winter Solstice (Dec. 21st) and Spring Equinox (Mar. 21st) will occur. This is Imbolg.


Traditionally, January 31st – February 1st is chosen to gather in community to embrace the energies of Imbolg, which this year will coincide with a Super Blue Blood Moon, the first in over 100 years.The word Imbolg translates as “in the belly” inspired by the swollen bellies of our pregnant animals at this time of the year. Being the time of Féile Bríd, the festival of Brigid, the Irish shaman will draw the inspiration to live as caretaker, of self, of community and of the land. Fires and wells named in her honour are lit and visited. Those animals who have woken from Winter sleep are now given to feeding, building and breeding. Their well formed hunger is no barrier to finding these strong primal energies for personal sustenance and progressing their species. May we all be inspired to tap those energies within, so that we emerge visibly to ourselves and the world in synchronicity with imbolg and Spring.







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Throughout the year we continue to facilitate seasonal celebrations, outreach programmes into various environments such as corporate workplaces, schools and universities, community centres, hospitals, hospice and addiction recovery centres.


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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