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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.


Lughnasadh - Beginning of Autumn

Lughnasadh is more than an old Irish - Gaelic word

It refers to Lugh, the Sun God

This féile or festival is of the Harvest

A time of Abundance, gathering it and celebrating it

Lughnasadh, beginning Autumn in the riches grown in seasons past.


Lughnasadh is the cross quarter day between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, an important celestial point in the Earth's journey around the Sun. To our Ancestors, Lughnasadh was a natural announcement of Autumn as the crops are in harvest now, having grown tall and ripe in the light, heat and nutrition of Summer. There are other observable changes that signal Summer's wane, evening's are a little sooner and already some migrant swifts and swallows have departed. Thankfully August bestows days of warmth and duration that can be filled not just with the labour of harvesting, but also the celebration and merry making called by that labour and comforting abundance. Whether we are farmers or not, we are all part of the circle of natural energies of the seasons and our lives do well when we live them as part of the circle. Abundance is so often what we are continually striving for, which can mean at the deepest level, we hold our personal truth as one of lack, deficit or poverty. Lughnasadh calls us to sincerely recognise the abundance in our lives, so that our our pursuit of health and our paths of healing and Spirituality rise from "the glass half full" rather than from "the glass half empty". Shamans will always point to energies of the Universe being in essence homeopathic, i.e. that like is attracted to like. When we acknowledge and celebrate existing abundance, the cultivation of new abundance can flow. This is a primary medicine of Lughnasadh.


The 2019-2020 Medicine Spiral that starts on the weekend of Autumn Equinox now calls students at Lughnasadh. Read about the special live Facebook broadcast on the day of Lughnsadh (August 7th) that shares preparation for The Medicine Spiral and attunement with Lughnasadh. The braodcast can be enjoyed by all.








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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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