A Welcome Into
The Irish Celtic Tradition
Of The Healing Shaman

a 2 Day Introduction Experience

A Welcome Into The Irish Celtic Tradition Of The Healing Shaman

Friday, June 28th & Saturday June 29th

“We are the Three that is One and the One is the Land.
We are the spirit of the place, the essence of the earth and
the water, the forests, the lakes, the cliffs and the bogs.
We are the Land.”
~ A saying from Banba, Fodla and Ériu, the triple goddesses of Irish mythology

To enter Ireland’s ancient Celtic doors of shamanic wisdom and belonging, the first step is to see into the island’s name. Éireann is the Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge) title of the island that translates as Ireland. Éireann derives from Ériu. Of the three sisters, she is the goddess of sovereignty and in Ireland’s mythology the island speaks of her own name from the landscape, to all who walk upon her precious body.

For two special days in June, the tradition and lineage of those who hear Ireland’s sacred voice is brought by two of the country’s renown shamanic teachers, husband and wife, Dr. Karen Ward and John Cantwell. For over twenty years they have co-directed Slí An Chroí, (pronounced “Schlee On Khree”) and translating as Pathway of the Heart, it a traditional way of knowing Ireland’s ancestral shamanic heritage.

Slí An Chroí is respected nationally and internationally as a training and healing school sharing directly from the island of Ériu, Ireland’s native Celtic soulfulness.

Honour your calling to the Celtic way

A deep well of belonging

John and Karen take one opportunity every year to leave the island, cross the waters and prepare a welcoming introduction to the Irish Celtic ways of the healing shaman.

Their joy is to honour the ancestors and lineage that is the making of them, by offering the same to you.

Sitting with Karen and John is to sit with a deep well of Ireland’s blessings of belonging, connection, healing, wisdom and empowerment.

This very special gathering as would be said back home, brings “the pure drop” to sip. From a gentle warm inclusive opening, John and Karen will offer accessible practices, ceremonies and rituals that experientially honour your calling to the Celtic way.

nourish the primal force within

revelatory belonging and authentic magic

There will be substantial nourishment of the primal force within, one that becomes an inner fire, when we taste oneness with Nature.

The Irish hold sacred the Otherworld and the safe, assured guidance of Karen and John will lead you into ancient healing energies that await those who take the immrama, Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge) for “wonder voyages” to the Otherworld.

The return from immrama brings empowerment, healing of personal and ancestral wounds, wisdom, vision, revelatory belonging and authentic magic.

Our return builds a personal sovereignty that this ancient tradition holds as our birthright. If you have a connection to Mother Earth, Ireland, ancestral mysticism or are merely curious, may the chambers of your heart that beat with the Celtic drum bring you to this special and unique event.

You will also receive a free online gift of back up training and a ceremony at the powerful sacred site of the Dereenataggart Standing Stone circle, located close to their home in the Beara Peninsula, West Cork.

What to expect

John and Karen share their philosophy of heart-centred consciousness and speak of the Introduction to Irish Celtic Shamanism in the videos below.

"We step into a life that is lived with integrity, so that as we are on the inside, so we are on the outside.

Booking Details


Santa Fe, New Mexico


Friday, June 28th (10AM – 4PM) & Saturday June 29th (10AM – 2PM)




No previous formal shamanic training experience is necessary to attend this workshop. It is also open to those who do have experience through other traditions and teachers, who wish to once again come into a Shamanic community and be met by what is unique in the Slí An Chroí approach facilitated from Ireland by two Irish Celtic Shamans.

John Cantwell & Dr. Karen Ward

We are husband and wife, co-founders and directors of Slí An Chroí Shamanism and share a life of ever deepening connection to the natural world.

The ancestral lineage of Shamanism in Ireland, including that of Druidry, is a precious resource for us.  Bringing warmth, integrity and gratitude into all of our work is a vital aspect of our vocation.

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