Medicine Spiral at Dunderry Park
SPIRAL TRAINING IN HEALING SHAMANIC PRACTICE & HOLISTIC
Karen Ward & John Cantwell.
The Medicine Spiral starts in
September & takes place over 4 weekends until April/May. If you are
interested attending the one day 'Introduction to Shamanism'
workshops are a great way to see if this path is for you. They are
both featured on our Slí an
Chroí website (http://www.slianchroi.ie).
When we step into shamanic practice, our hearts take
us on an epic path of discovery, power & 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 & the earth. We see our purpose & come to know the
ecstatic joy that rolls like thunder deep in the centre of our being
and all creation. For this is the pathway of the heart, Slí “An
Chroí- a way into true holistic,
balanced living in today’s world. It combines ancient & contemporary
shamanic practice with informed guidance on all aspects of healthy
living, e.g. nutrition, exercise, stress management, work-home balance.
Slí An Chroí is a way for the profound wisdom & understanding
that are the gifts of shamanic training to feed all elements of your
Shamanism is the name given to the practice of connecting
to the essence of life through knowing spirit energy in Nature. For
over 50, 000 years shamanism has been the bedrock of all healing &
spiritual traditions & calls us to awaken our indigenous nature.
It is not a faith, but a constantly evolving wisdom tradition in which
we learn purely from our own, individual and collective, personal experience.
Nor is it a religion & it is dogma-free, indeed it supports any existing
spiritual practice one may already hold. The shamanic practitioner
follows practices that nourish the sacred in the self & comes to
see, know and work with the sacredness of all things. So many of us
yearn for connection to our own soulfulness in a free
and natural way, shamanism is an ancient, simple way allowing this
connection with beauty, power & magic.
The healing shamanic practitioner is one who learns to
travel to the world of spirit that is beyond time to retrieve healing,
vision & teaching. Traditionally accompanied by drum or rattle, the
practitioner uses strong intent & energy to “journey”into
territories beyond ordinary reality. The reward is wider & deeper
understanding of this world, making the practitioner a truth seeker
who knows & expresses the ecstasy of sacred living. We become powerful
figures of integrity who bring light, compassion & magic into our
own lives, those of our loved ones, our community & to the earth
IS A MEDICINE SPIRAL?
The Medicine Spiral is the name given to
the structured learning path when we step into shamanic
& techniques. Traditionally associated with the four
points of the compass, north, south, east & west, every
individual’s experience is unique. As we travel the
Spiral we shed skin like the snake, i.e. we learn to let
go of what holds us back from progressing with our lives.
We learn the technique of 'journeying', an
elemental shamanic practice. We connect to 'power
animals' & 'spirit guides' who offer
us sacred support as we walk forward. The Spiral asks us
to connect strongly with nature & to work with her forces.
We explore shamanic archetypes; organising principles that
allow the practitioner keep balance and vision. Above all
the Medicine Spiral provides us with the independence
to live shamanically & holistically & to continue doing
so for the rest of our lives. The Medicine Spiral provides
our life-journey with a map that supports us no matter
what the territory. The 'medicine' in the Medicine
Spiral refers to the magic we experience from the techniques
and wisdom we grow on our spiral around. That
magic is true medicine, bringing healing into our lives
and our souls to their glorious beauty.
MEDICINE SPIRAL INCLUDES:
Principles of Core Shamanic Practice
Working in Nature
Growing your ‘Mála (i.e. medicine/crane bag)
Journeying with drum and rattle, Healing and Protection Rituals
Fire Ceremonies, Rites and Ceremonies
Trance Dance, Shaman’s dance of ecstasy
Healthier Living through better nutrition, stress management, work habits,
Tracking, i.e. heightening our awareness and perception
Sacred Drama Connecting with Archetypes
CANTWELL & KAREN WARD
John and Karen are husband and wife & both are Dubliners.
They are trained teachers & for several years have pioneered learning
in many subjects. Karen is a Holistic Therapist. She
founded the Rhiannon Clinic where she sees clients on an individual
basis. She also lectures in the corporate area on matters such as,
stress management, nutrition and mind-body-spirit wellbeing. For 5
years she was the holistic therapist presenter on RTE’s 'Health
Squad' & is co-author of the book of the same name. Her 2nd book is
'Change a Little to Change a Lot' & her 3rd is 'Growing Old Gracefully
- How to be an Exciting Elder.' John trained originally as a Physical
Education teacher, but went on to
in professional theatre, TV, film and radio as an actor, director &
producer. In the last 10 years he has dedicated himself to coaching
& established the renowned Film Actors Studio in 1999. He has always
promoted the educational & healing power of the dramatic arts &
has established acting schools for young people & supported drama
projects for those of less advantage.
In recent years Karen & John immersed themselves in
healing shamanic training. As a result they have trained
with leading teachers & have travelled extensively for fieldwork
with indigenous peoples, giving them a strong shamanic practice. From
their native Pre-Celtic & Celtic traditions to that of the Indian
of North, Central & in particular South America, they have breadth
and depth in the Energy Medicine they offer as healers and teachers
in Ireland. They offer individual shamanic healing from the Rhiannon
Clinic & they facilitate learning groups and gatherings for ceremony
and ritual. John and Karen bring warmth, focus, sincerity & humour
to their approach and firmly hold to the principle that we all have
awesome capacity for self healing.
SCHEDULE, FEES & DETAILS
Chroí Medicine Spiral Booking, Schedule & Fee
The Medicine Spiral takes place over 4 weekends:
1st Weekend, (North); Sept Fri (5.30pm) – Sept Sun (4pm).
2nd Weekend, (East); Nov Fri (5.30pm) – Nov Sun (4pm).
3rd Weekend, (South); Jan/Feb Fri (5.30pm) – Jan/Feb (4pm).
4th Weekend, (West); Apr/May Fri (5.30pm) – Apr/May (4pm).
Cost: including tuition, food and accommodation.
Booking Fee (which acts as a Deposit) €195.00, then at each weekend
The Booking Fee is paid by July 31st 2011. Then €360 is paid at
each of the four weekends. (Total Cost = €1635)
If you would like to book or learn more about Slí An Chroí Shamanic
Training and/or the individual shamanic healing work of John & Karen;
please telephone the Rhiannon Clinic, (01) 670 4905
or e mail: email@example.com
'Slí An Chroí' (pronounced, 'Schlee-on-Kree,
is Irish Gaelic for 'Pathway Of The Heart', Karen and John’s
model of Shamanic-Holistic Life & Training.
For a booking form please e-mail Karen at
the Contact Me Page.