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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.


"faoi Grianstad an tSamhraidh

ta ár draíocht ag glioscarnach

faoi sholas na Gréine"

" under Summer Solstice

our magic sparkles

in the light of the Sun"

For northern hemisphere dwellers, Saturday June 21st is Summer Solstice day or Midsummer and the Irish calendar sees this day as the end of Bealtaine and the beginning of 47 days of the solstice season to Lughnasadh in early August.

In our first language, solstice is grianstad, literally 'sun-stop'. An Grianstad is one of the two great peak moments of the light and dark interplay in our universe. Directly opposite winter solstice, this Saturday is of course the peak of the sun’s highest climb into maximum light but in fact it is the earth that is on an elliptical orbit around the sun, and it is our earth’s journey that brings about this phenomenon. For us in GMT time, that moment of pause between the sun ascending and descending is 4.24am. For several days after June 21st, the hours and minutes of daylight will remain almost exactly the same and the near June 25th, the light will imperceptibly begin to lessen as we move deeper into the second half of summer.


Imbas ("Divine Illumination"), the naturally occurring healing light bath in our cosmos is at peak amplification in the days of Summer Solstice. Let us receive from that light.


You can read our full 8 week schedule of shamanic events on our Centre page. In this midsummer of 2017, there are many regular events and some new, such as us providing a shamanic presence to major festivals. Enjoy the schedule.







Upcoming Events


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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