Connecting with the Sacred in Animals, Nature and You
 April 27, 2010
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I mentioned this is my last newsletter, but I wanted to highlight it because I'm so excited about it:

The Irish-Celtic shamans are coming!  And I can't wait.  Please help us spread the word so that others can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. (You can use the Forward button at the top.)

Andrew and I are hosting Karen Ward and John Cantwell for six glorious days here at Ballyoncree, and two days up in Sydney.  The six days are the Irish-Celtic Winster Solstic Gathering, which starts with a three-day Open Solstice Gathering for everybody, and then continues with a three-day Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish Lineage for those who feel called to delve deeper into the deep waters of Irish-Celtic spirituality and shamanism.  The dates are June 18 - 20 and June 21 - 23.

I met John and Karen when I was doing my studies with the Four Winds, and we have been friends and colleagues ever since.  John and Karen are both in our film This Sacred Earth: The 2012 Phenomenon, and so many people have made a point of commenting to us about their engaging humour and wisdom.  John and Karen bring a fantastic knowledge to their teaching, as well as fun.  In other words, we are going to learn a lot in these courses, and they are going to be a hoot.

Details about the Gathering are below and on my web site.

The two days in Sydney are an Introductory Course in Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism, and is aimed at people who would like something a bit more introductory. Again, details are below and on my web site. That will be July 3 - 4.

John and Karen have kindly agreed to do a free teleseminar with us called Pathway of the Heart.  I do hope you join us for that on May 11th. Details here or you can go straight to the registration page.

And there's still time to take advantage of our Mothers Day Bundles.  Bring a smile to Mum's face (or your own if you are the mum) with the best value offering we have ever made on our products.  Details here.

Happy reading, and until next time -- keep laughing and loving!

With lots of love, light and laughter,
Billie and all of us here at Ballyoncree and Wild Pure Heart
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Irish-Celtic Winter Solstice Gathering
Introductory Course in Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism
Urgent Animal Information and Actions to Take
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Earthkeeper's Intensive Retreat, featuring all nine rites of the Munay-Ki, April 30 - May 5, Braidwood, NSW.

Free Teleseminar: Pathway of the Heart, with Irish Shamans Karen Ward and John Cantwell, May 11, 2010

Irish-Celtic Winter Solstice Gathering, with Karen Ward and John Cantwell, June 18 - 20 and June 21 - 23, Braidwood, NSW.

Introduction to Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism, with Karen Ward and John Cantwell, July 3rd - 4th, Sydney.
gathering Irish-Celtic Winter Solstice Gathering

(See this on Billie's web site)

If you are Irish-Celtic in blood or spiritual lineage (or are just drawn to it), then you will love the ancient wisdoms come alive through Irish-Celtic shamans Karen Ward and John Cantwell.  In these two lively workshops, you will come to a deeper understanding of Mother Earth and the fae through ceremony, storytelling, and practical work. This is a workshop like no other, with authentic Irish-Celtic tradtions and ancient truths.

"When showing us the Irish sacred site of Tara, I realised how blessed I was to have Karen and John as my guides, introducing me to a magical Otherworld of an ancient site I just would never have found on my own.

"When Karen and John spoke of the Old Ways, their words sent shivers - I knew it was truth and that at some point in my life, that truth had been mine."
-- Billie Dean

A Message from Karen Ward and John Cantwell

An Spiorad dhuitse ár chairde, ("Great Spirit be with you, friends"),

Join us along with our dear hosts Billie Deanand Andrew Einspruch as we call in a tuatha naofa ("a sacred tribe") to adventure into connection with Danú (Great Mother Earth), Daghda (Great Father Sky) and Dia (Great Spirit) at the poignant time of Winter Solstice.

Our Irish tradition holds great store in the meitheal ("a collective gathering") that arises from many individuals hearing the call of community. Having contributed the blessing of the talents of all talent, there was reward in the shared feast and the celebration of togetherness. What was created belonged to the tuatha.

We drum our bodhrán to invite your heart to lead you for a journey along ancient Celtic trackways. This will be a time for deep personal transformation, for alignment with the energies of mid-Winter and for consolidation of the dream we hold as the children of Danú, Daghda.

Step into a cherished time dedicated to the holding and honouring of your heart. There will be Irish-Celtic ritual and ceremony and invocations to the magic and wildness of an Sí (the Faerie Folk). As we say in Ireland, we will have "a time", a wonder journey into sacred energies that promises and yields expansion and growth. We call this place The Otherworld, the land of alchemy that lies beyond ordinary time and space.

The space we will hold for you will be one of warmth, compassion and trust. We know that healing takes place only when our hearts are held with unconditional acceptance. We look forward to bringing that space to you.
-- Karen and John

Open Winter Solstice Gathering
June 18  - June 20, 2010

Our Journey Together Will Include:

  • Solstice Fulacht Fia. A ritualistic opening of the Earth, a sacred pit to place our prayers and harvest the blessings of the darkest night and the rebirth of the Sun.
  • Danú - Daghda - Dia.  Celtic honouring of our universal sacred Mother and sacred Father as parental composites of Great Spirit for their weaving through us in the darkness and returning light of Solstice.
  • Immrama. "Wonder Voyage", journeying to realms of The Otherworld on the bodhrán drum.
  • Faerie Rites.  Energetic transmissions to awaken consciousness and integration with An Sí, The Faerie Kind.
  • Step Into Our Ancestors.  A ritual for deep connection to those who lived so that we have life today.
  • Anamcara.  Thenurturing principle of "Soul Friendship".
  • The Tree People.  The Irish-Celtic shamanic tradition is held and organised by the spirits of the trees.
  • Celtic Myths, Stories and Poetry.  A sharing of tales and rhymes that offer stepping stones and guidance for our journey at this seasonal time.
  • Earth, Water, Air and Fire.  Embracing the four elements for personal and collective balance and alchemy.
  • Cauldron.  Using the honoured Celtic vessel for harmony and transformation.
  • Time In Nature.  We gather not to be "on the land", but "in the land".
  • Medicine Bundles, Solstice Wreaths &Totems.  Looking to our sacred, personal power items during our journey and making traditional Celtic Solstice prayer artefacts to honour our personal rebirth at this time.
  • Ruaille-Buaille.  The only translation is another Gaelic word, craic. A letting go into our innate wildness, opening the Celtic heart to release the ecstatic.

Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish Lineage
June 21  - June 23, 2010
(By Application Only. Please download an application form.)

Our Journey Together Will Include:

  • Screeing.  An ancient Irish word for divination. The Winter Solstice is an auspicious time for opening awareness and envisaging our journey forward. We will work with revered, traditional methods of screeing.
  • Ireland-Australia Heartline.  Exploring the luminous thread between two ancient lands as an energy meridian connecting hemispheres, that calls us to harvest from what is known and unknown of this artery of Light.
  • Healing With An Sí.  Developing a healing relationship with the Faeries for oneself and as a power ally for your healing of others.
  • The Sacred Tree.  Navigating the Lower World, the Middle and Upper World along pre-Celtic and Celtic maps. Here, we will connect with archetypes revered for their power and wisdom.
  • Tuatha De Danann.  Bringing an understanding of the myth of 'the tribe of Mother Earth' to the literal level of our lives.
  • Immrama To An Cailleach.  Translating as the 'hag', 'crone' or 'witch', an Cailleach as a seasonal and location bound personification of Danú, the Cailleach is a powerful teacher for us particularly at this time of year.
  • The Irish Lineage and Sacred Time.  We will embrace mythic maps, archetypal energies and wisdom teachings to support our grounding, understanding and vision during the cycles of change to 2012 and beyond.
  • The Seven Doors.  How the ancient Irish concept of what we commonly call the "chakras" can develop our understanding of personal energy fields and transformation of energy.
Course Information

Event Brochure (.pdf, 438kb)
Participants Information Sheet (.pdf, 91kb)
Course Registration Form (.doc, 36kb)
Application for Advanced Gathering (.pdf, 86kb)

Irish-Celtic Winter Solstice Gathering
To Nourish Your Soul
Open Winter Solstice Gathering
Friday, June 18th (12 pm) - Sunday, June 20th (5 pm) 
Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish Lineage
Monday, June 21st (1 pm) - Wednesday, June 23rd (5 pm)
"Ballyoncree", Braidwood, NSW 2622
Book Now!
To book, please email Andrew on info [at], or phone 0409 609 428
$695 for the Open Solstice Gathering
$695 for the Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish Lineage
A deposit of $200 holds your place. Payment plans available.
sydney_intro Introductory Course in Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism

(See this on Billie's web site)

If you are interested in Irish Celtic spirituality and shamanism, then join John and Karen for a two-day workshop in Sydney which will be perfect for anyone for whom shamanism and Celtic ways are new. This workshop is for beginners and people who would like to tip their toes into the deep, pure waters of Celtic spirituality.

Course Information
Introduction to Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism
Dates: July 3 - 4, 2010 from 9:30 to 5:00
Venue: Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Cost: $430.00
Bookings: To book for the course, please email Andrew on andrew [at] or phone 0409 609 428.

Urgent Animal Information and Actions to Take

A couple of animal pieces for you this time.  First, apparently there is a push to vaccinate horses for EI, and a somewhat predicatable backlash.  This came across my desk:

New Equine Influenza Threat - from Heath Ryan

Do you realise there is a new equine influenza (EI) threat to Australia and in my opinion we all need to do something about it whether we are Pony Clubbers, part-time breeders, recreational riders, competition riders or just horse-lovers.

Never before have I released my column in The Horse Magazine prior to publication but this is the first time and only time it will happen simply because by the time it is available in the news-stands some critical dates will have passed. So the early-release of the May edition of "Ryans Rave" is available right now click here.

And this, even though the date mentioned has passed:

Thank you for assisting us fight against the TB industries voluntarily vaccinating against EI, there is no point we don't have EI and if they do vaccinate it only increases the risk of re-entry. Please either email or post your letters but they must reach the Minister's offices by the 19th April.

If it makes it easier for your contacts: we have set up an online voting page at the Eques site.

And finally, if anyone feels moved, as I did, to write protesting the possum abattoir in Tasmania, you can send a letter to:

The Director -Wildlife Trade Assessments Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

There's an article here about it.

Billie Dean with Gypsy
Until next time!

Happy dancing, laughing and loving.

Email: billie [at]

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