Slí An Chroí
“Walking the Pathway of the Heart”
One Day Introduction To Shamanic Practice & Holistic Living
Next Dates: 2nd March, 13th April, 11th May & 6th July 2008
A one day “welcome” to Healing Shamanic Practice and Holistic Living where we will explore the founding wisdom and experience the primary ways that make the shamanic practitioner “a true caretaker” of the self and of the earth itself. By nourishing the sacred in the self, the shamanic practitioner sees and works with the sacredness of all things. For over 50, 000 years shamanism has been the bedrock of all spiritual and healing traditions. Through direct connection to the spirit in Nature, shamanism is simple and profound, beautiful, powerful and magical. Shamanism is not a faith, but a wisdom tradition in which we learn purely from our own, individual and collective, personal experience. It is not a religion and is dogma-free, indeed it supports any existing spiritual practice you may have. So many of us deeply desire for connection to our own ‘soulfulness’ and that of all other living beings in a free and natural way. This is the essence of shamanism.
In the workshop, we will see how the shamanic practitioner views life as an epic adventure to greater and greater health, wisdom and compassion. We will connect with the energies of the earth and rise stronger, gifted with healings for ourselves and others. We will take gentle, early steps into “journeying” with the rattle and drum, an elemental shamanic practice to travel realms beyond ordinary reality. There we will retrieve teachings and guidance and connect with “power animals” and “spirit guides”, allowing us to understand how the shamanic practitioner always walks in the world with tremendous sacred support. We will share a fire ceremony and dance the ecstasy of life itself, the shaman’s dance. We will glimpse the Medicine Wheel, the lifelong path of learning taken by the shamanic practitioner and throughout the day we will see how the ancient wisdom of shamanism inspires true holistic living in today’s world.
John and Karen are husband and wife and both are Dubliners. They are trained teachers and 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. She is the holistic therapist presenter on RTE’s “The Health Squad” and 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 and producer. In the last 10 years he has dedicated himself to coaching and established the renowned Film Actors Studio in 1999. He has always promoted the educational and healing power of the dramatic arts and has established acting schools for young people and supported drama projects for those of less advantage. John also lectures on Men’s Health
In recent years Karen and John immersed themselves in healing shamanic training. As a result they have trained extensively with leading teachers and have travelled extensively for fieldwork with indigenous peoples, giving them a strong shamanic practice. From their native Pre-Celtic and Celtic traditions to that of the Indian traditions of North, Central and 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 and they facilitate learning groups and gatherings for ceremony and ritual. John and Karen bring warmth, focus, sincerity and humour to their approach and firmly hold to the principle that we all have awesome capacity for self healing.
Slí An Chroí, pronounced “schlee-on-khree”,
is Irish Gaelic for “Pathway of the Heart”, Karen and
John’s model of Holistic-Shamanic Life and Training. There
are two Slí an Chroí Medicine Wheel training cycles;
the first for personal healing and practice and a (certified) second,
for professional Shamanic Energy Medicine & Counselling healing
in the community. Taking the first (Foundation) Medicine Wheel is
a prerequisite for taking the second, (Professional). Each Medicine
Wheel takes 9 – 12 months, approximately.
Below are details of the last SAMHAIN GATHERING. Karen & John will be facilitating the 2008 Gathering from 31st October - 2nd Nov 2008
Slí an Chroí - 'Walking the Pathway of the Heart
Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, Ireland.
The Faerie Folk and Sidhe (or “Shining Ones”), are invoked and met, passing onto us guidance, teachings and inspiration. It is a time when our own Death is considered in the aim of learning to live more fully and powerfully.
Last year John and Karen facilitated Samhain at Dunderry Park and many came into circle to work deeply and joyously together. The primary focus of last year’s Samhain was Working With Our Ancestors. This year we will explore Death-Rebirth-Transformation. An ancient meaning of the word “Shaman” is “One Who Has Already Died Many Times”. We are aware of the necessity to work courageously in this area, as shedding fear of Death and grasping personal knowledge of it as “Rebirth” is a core strength for the practitioner. We know the perceptive learning that is ours to hold following this work, helping us to live and work beyond fear and where Death holds no dominion over us.
They work closely and directly with paqos from the Q’ero Nation, with whom they have also established educational, medical and health cooperative projects.
*Sharing, Reviewing & Exchanging of Energy Medicine Practice
Shamanism is about holistic living and natural healing through Nature........many of us are doing this instinctively.