Slí an Chroí Medicine
Spiral at Dunderry Park
Medicine Spiral starts in September & runs for 4 weekends
spread over 9 months until April/May. If you are interested
attending our one day 'Introduction to Shamanism' workshops
this path is for you. They are both featured on our Slí
an Chroí website (http://www.slianchroi.ie).
MEDICINE SPIRAL TRAINING IN HEALING SHAMANIC PRACTICE & HOLISTIC
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 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 all creation. For this
is the pathway of the heart, “Slí An Chroí”-
true holistic, balanced living in today’s world.
It combines ancient and 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 life.
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 and spiritual traditions and 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 and 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 and 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 and magic.
The healing shamanic practitioner is one
who learns to travel to the world of spirit that is beyond
time to retrieve healing, vision and teaching. Traditionally
accompanied by drum or rattle, the practitioner uses strong
intent and energy to “journey” into territories
beyond ordinary reality. The reward is wider and deeper
understanding of this world, making the practitioner a
truth seeker who knows and expresses the ecstasy of sacred
living. We become powerful figures of integrity who bring
light, compassion and magic into our own lives, those of
our loved ones, our community and to the earth itself.
IS A MEDICINE SPIRAL?
The Medicine Spiral is the name given to the
structured learning path when we step into shamanic awareness
and techniques. Traditionally associated with the four points
of the compass, north, south, east and 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” and “spirit
guides” who offer us sacred support as we walk forward.
The Spiral asks us to connect strongly with nature and 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 and holistically and 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. 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
Dunderry Park is a magical place set in the heart of historical
county Meath, one-hour from Dublin. It is a beautiful old Georgian house
surrounded by acres of tranquil woodland.
The ancient Druids
cherished this land as a place of spiritual worship because of it's sense
of peace, natural stillness & connection to the Hill
You will be staying in the 200 year old Dunderry Park.
All rooms are either for two or three or four people to share. Delicious
vegetarian country cooking from the hearty breakfasts to the nutritious
lunches & healthy
dinners will be held in the Dunderry Park dining room.
Friday: Arrival after 5.30pm for registeration, settling in and a light supper.
At 8pm John and Karen will teach
in the Tara Room followed by a journey in the Cairn & a Fire Ceremony.
At 11pm chat by the fire or turn in for a well deserved good night's sleep.
at 8am. Searmanas morning ritual in nature at 9am. Work
in the Tara Room learning to clear away old ways of thinking
& behaving that no longer serve
you & welcoming in new habits that do. Initiation Rites
given by Karen & John 8pm Saturday night..
at 8am. Teaching starts at 9am followed by lunch at
TO GET THERE
Dunderry Park is situated six miles from Navan & 4
miles from Trim It is 1 mile from Dunderry village. Karen
will give you detailed directions on booking.
CANTWELL & KAREN WARD
John and Karen are husband & wife
and 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,
stress management, nutrition & mind-body-spirit wellbeing.
For 5 years she was the holistic therapist presenter on
RTE’s “The Health Squad” & is co-author
of the book of the same name. John trained originally
as a Physical Education teacher, but went on to forge
a long career 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
& depth in the Energy Medicine they offer as healers
& teachers in Ireland. They offer individual shamanic
healing from the Rhiannon Clinic & they facilitate
learning groups & gatherings for ceremony and ritual.
John and Karen bring warmth, focus, sincerity & humour
to their approach & firmly hold to the principle that
we all have awesome capacity for self healing.
FEES & DETAILS
Slí An Chroí Medicine Spiral
Booking, Schedule & Fee
The Medicine Spiral takes place
over 4 weekends:
1st Weekend, (North); Sept Fri (5.30pm) – Sun (4pm).
2nd Weekend, (East); Nov Fri (5.30pm) – Sun (4pm).
3rd Weekend, (South); Jan/Feb Fri (5.30pm) – Sun (4pm).
4th Weekend, (West); Apr/May (5.30pm) – Sun (4pm).
For exact dates go to www.slianchroi.ie &
see the Medicine Spiral page.
Cost: including tuition, food and accommodation.
Booking Fee (which acts as a Deposit) €195.00, then
at each weekend €360.00
The Booking Fee is paid by July 31st 2010. 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-Khree”),
is Irish Gaelic for “Pathway Of The Heart”,
Karen and John’s model of Shamanic-Holistic Life & Training.
For enquires or a booking
form please e-mail Karen at
the Contact Me Page.