Slí An Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

The Slí An Chroí Centre is now in multiple locations in the Smithfield quarter having moved from The Distillers Building. We continue to offer community and training opportunities from suitable spaces. Ensure that you are aware of the address of the space advertised for the event(s) that appeal to you.

 

 

 

Recurring Events At The Centre:

 

Introduction To Shamanism 1 Day Workshop. For more information, click here.

 

Shamanic Practice Community Gatherings: For those who have completed the Introduction to Shamanism

 

Moon Mná Women's Celtic Circle Facilitators Online Course, For more information, click here

 

LUGHNASADH BLESSING and NEWSLETTER 2017

 

Named after the sun god Lugh, in Irish-Gaelic and prounounced ‘Loo-nah-sah’, our Ancestors celebrated this time with passionate dancing, music-making and feasting between the labours necessary to harvest widely. Lughnasadh heralds the celestial timing of Autumn's beginning entwined with the festival of harvest and abundance. For those who know Mother Earth’s circle dance with Father Sun, the ‘true’ time of Lughnasadh 2017 will fall on August 7th at 7.40am. This precise moment is the exact cross quarter time between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox and is importantly also the day of Grain Full Moon. The 2017 Lughnasadh is auspicious indeed as it coincides with a Partial Lunar Eclipse, (visible to maximum at 7.20pm, also on August 7th, Dublin time). All through the early Lughnasadh period Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon's) energies will profoundly impact those of the Earth's, culminating in a Full Solar Eclipse on August 21st, (visible mainly in US territories). When Earth casts shadow on the Moon and when Moon casts shadow on Earth, happening twice in the first fortnight of Lughnasadh this year, fasten your seat belts!

 

See This Video At Lughnasadh As John And Karen Anticipate The Medicine Spiral

 

There is a sweet coincidence between the energies of Lughnasadh and The Medicine Spiral. It is as if The Ancestors begin harvesting the tuatha ("tribe") that gathers as one in mid September. As facilitators and administrators of this shamanic apprenticeship, we are more observers than manifesters of this phenomenon. The attunement and alignment of The Medicine Spiral with the Earth-Human energies of harvesting and abundance, simultaneous with the Earth-Sun journey that marks Autumn, points towards The Medicine Spiral's synchronicity with Lughnasadh. Palpable are the strong internal energies that move many men and women to look towards this shamanic odyssey and claim a place. We always say to those people that The Medicine Spiral begins from the moment you make your decision, not on the first weekend of training in September. This means that for these people their Medicine Spiral begins at Lughnasadh. So seat belts deserve fastening. If that is a revelation of how powerful personal journeys can be evoked by Lughnasadh energies, what is yours?

 

What’s Happening At Slí An Chroí this Lughnasadh...

 

AUGUST


Mon. Aug. 7th: Moon Mná Women's Circle:
SKYCLAD SWIMMING ATTUNEMENT 9 - 9.30pm. Free Virtual Event in the comfort of your own home via Facebook. No cost.
If you wish to receive this powerful Attunement and be added to the Moon Mna email list to receive information click HERE This month's Theme is all about how to honour our beautiful naked bodies in the wilds of nature with other women OR solo in the comfort of a luxurious bath or power shower. It occurs during the Harvest (partial) Lunar Eclipse and after the Attunement, that Eclipse may still be visible from European territories.

 

Sat. Aug 12th: Third Advanced Mála Masterclass, [4th in series]
10.30am-5.30pm Cost: €85.00 Slí An Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
For graduates of the Medicine and Healers Spirals who have taken the previous three Mála Masterclasses, this is the pioneering training group that will undertake exciting training not imparted in Ireland before. Based largely on understanding and working with the mála as a divination vessel and tool, untold answers to life's questions and new consciousness becoming known as it is drawn up from the unconscious will be the reward of taking this Masterclass.
E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book. 14 places maximum. If you would like to view a 2 minute video interview John has given on Mála Masterclasses, click this link.

 

Sun. Aug 13th: One Day Introduction to Irish Shamanism
10.30am-5.30pm Cost: €75.00 Slí An Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
John facilitates this always in demand healing and entry level learning experience of the Irish tradition. Editions earlier in the Summer booked out, so please reserve your place early. E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book. 14 places maximum. If you would like to view a 2 minute video interview John has given on this workshop, click this link.

SEPTEMBER


Fri. Sept. 1st - Sun. 4th: The Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co.Laois
This year John and Karen are called once again to the Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois. On Sat. 2nd and Sun. 3rd from 2pm-5pm the Slí an Chroí graduates will offer Shamanic Cleanses in ‘Body & Soul’ Healing Area. Come to the Marquee there to hear John and Karen offer an unforgettable Shamanic Journey experience.

Wed. Sept. 6th: Moon Mná Women's Circle:
SÍLE NA GIG RITES ATTUNEMENT 9 - 9.30pm, Free Virtual Event in the comfort of your own home via Facebook. No cost.
If you wish to receive this powerful Attunement and be added to the Moon Mna email list to receive information click HERE This month's theme is all about how to honour our full sexuality and revel in our innate feminine power.

 

Sat. Sept. 9th: Dunderry Park 20th Anniversary Celebration 10am-12am 10am-12am
John and Karen are honoured to be invited to present at this wonderful event. Titled “Oak Magic - Rites of Lightning – Heart of Dunderry”. Many will know that Dunderry is the anglacised Dun Doire meaning “Fort of the Oaks”. John and Karen of Slí An Chroí Shamanism have been teaching The Medicine Spiral annually for over 12 years at Dunderry Park. Significant is the presence of Oak for this shamanic apprenticeship, one where the first Deasghnátha or Rites are known as Deasghnátha Na Splaince - Rites of Lightning. Druidic ancestors were known to choose Oak Groves for ceremonies and rituals, as the Oak is outstanding among all sacred trees as one that attracts lightening. To celebrate the shamanic heartbeat of 20 years at Dunderry Park, John and Karen bring an immrama, a healing, mystical journey that includes transmission of rites and planting of a new Oak tree. The immrama will honour directly each of those 20 years held in this place of Oaks and make experiential the primal energy sourced by the shaman, the one that begat life on Earth, Lightning. Tickets can be sourced at this link..

 

Fri. Sept. 15th – Sun. 17th. THE MEDICINE SPIRAL 2017/18 Weekend 1,
Dunderry Park, Co. Meath
Hear the call of your yearning heart and come join us to receive the Sacred Rites of Passage of the Celtic Lineage and build your Mála Naofa (healing bundle) to transform your life to one of abundance, grace and wild living.For full and comprehensive information, go to http://www.slianchroi.ie/spiral.htm

On-going: Moon Mná Women's Celtic Circle Facilitators Online Course Step into the Sacred Feminine with the Celtic Goddesses to learn how to facilitate your own Women's Moon Circles following the Lunar calendar. Find out more HERE.


SUGGESTION FOR SEASONAL LUGHNASADH CELEBRATION
Harvesting
Abundance Appreciation
Euphoric Celebration Of Life
Gratitude For Summer
Embracing Autumn


These are the abiding invitations at this seasonal festive time. In Mayo in the northwest of the island stands overlooking Clew Bay, is the great mountain called today Croagh Patrick. Before the christian name overlaid the original, it was known to all as Crom Cruach, a mountain dedicated to the Harvest God, Crom. Even today, some local farmers will continue an ancient pre christian harvest ritual in early August and bury one of the first sheaves of wheat in the foot of the mountain. To give back to Mother Earth in gratitude for the abundance we currently reap, but also to feed the Harvest Spirit so that we will be looked upon kindly at the next harvest, this is the inspiration beneath the burial.

 

This Lughnasadh wherever you are in the world, you might like to place your equivalent of the first sheaf of crops into Mother Earth in tune with the same inspiration.

 

Look for a place where Mother Earth gives permission for you to open as we say a broin or 'womb', essentially a ritualised opening/cavity in the Earth. Into this you will place your burla ghuí Lughnasadh or 'Lughnasadh prayer bundle'. Collect what is currently your local harvest across the range of cereals, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. Enjoy tying them in arrangements that allow you to dedicate each one to honour personal, family and universal abundance. Add the traditional Irish 'Faerie foods' of oats and milk, uisce beatha too as a way of honouring Summer recently ended, without whose heat and light, these foods cannot grow. Find a leaf or two that already are losing their green in favour of the Autumn brown, tan or rust. Place it as an acceptance and welcome of Autumn's energies. Create as colourful arrangement as possible, looking at your burla ghui as well as the feel of energy from it will bring a smile. Face your open hands towards the final assembly communicating your gratitude for all abundance and abundance to come. Allow your open hands to receive from this powerful prayer bundle, especially to energise preparation for the Autumn.

Place the soil dug over the burla ghui and lastly the top sod, leaving the site as it was originally. Lughnasadh tradition is to dance upon the spot now and repeatedly through the remainder of the year, especiallly if you wish to call forth a specific abundance in your life.


LUGHNASADH MÁLA NAOFA RITUAL


Lughnasadh asks the medicine man and woman to offer sacred time with his/her bundle. Naturally, the themes and energies of harvest, Lugh and Autumn are poignant. The time of Lughnasadh in accordance with the elliptical orbit of the Earth and Sun aligned with the shaman’s orbit around The Medicine Spiral brings us into special attention of the energies that live in the West direction.

 

Revisit the personal work undertaken in your West training, (especially Destiny Retrieval). This is a powerful time to initiate a crothú in the spirit of harvesting for a particular aspect of your personal or our shared global life (for a beginning date: full moon Aug 7th). Are the archetypes of the West alive in your mála, such as Lugh, Stag/Doe, Fox? We are reverential of the Water element in the West and consider irrigating your mála with a blessing from a sacred source such as your nearest Sacred Well. Your lia naofa may be washed in this way too. Be reminded of the deep work with star energies and the spirit of ecstasy in the West. Consider meditation and immrama exclusively with your West lia naofa.

 

With your open bundle in front of you, let it receive the energies of harvest time. Place in there gifts of the season, a new potato or two, heads of corn, oats, barley or wheat. Ensure particularly over the coming weeks up to Autumn Equinox, that your mála exudes abundance when he or she is opened.

Thank you for reviewing our Lughnasadh To Autumn Equinox offerings.

 

Please contact us by e mail johnandkaren@slianchroi.ie or by telephone 01-670 4905 if you would like to book a place on any of the advertised events. Where required, Booking Forms can be downloaded from the website. Some of the trainings and gatherings can only accommodate those who have made a prior booking. We strongly advise you ensure your name is on our Booking List for an event, to avoid disappointment.


Le brí na taise,
with the energy of compassion,

 

John and Karen.

   

 

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