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 May 9, 2010
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Andrew here, on behalf of Billie who is  enjoying time outside with the horses.  Happy Mother's Day to all the mum's out there.  And as Billie says -- Mother's Day is really for all the people who nurture others.  So take some time for yourself today.

This is a quick one to remind you that our free teleseminar with Irish-Celtic shamans Karen Ward and John Cantwell is this Tuesday.  Their topic is Pathway of the Heart, and Billie and I are looking forward to the wise words they will share.  They will also be talking about the work they will do when they come to Australia next month, so if you are interested in the Irish-Celtic Solstice Gathering here in Braidwood, or the Introduction to the Irish-Celtic Tradition of Natural Spirituality in Sydney, you should tune in to see what will be happening.

Details about the Solstice Gathering are below and on Billie's web site.  The information about the Sydney workshop is also  below and on  Billie's web site. For those of you who were wanting more information about the Sydney workshop, those details are now available.

And of course, you will want to register for the free teleseminar this Tuesday, May 11th. Details are here or you can go straight to the registration page.

Please forward this to all your friends and families who might be interested in exploring the Irish/Celtic Connection (there's a button at the top).

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

With lots of love, light and laughter,
Andrew, Billie and all of us here at Ballyoncree and Wild Pure Heart
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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 Introduction to the Irish-Celtic Tradition of Natural Spirituality

(See this on Billie's web site)

Here's how John and Karen have described it:

Join us as we help you immerse yourself in a warm embrace of indigenous Irish mysticism. In these two days, we will open doors to the wisdom tradition of pre-Celtic and Celtic Irish ways into sacred connection. This will be a time for personal sanctuary and for what we refer to in Ireland as "Immrama", a voyage of wonder. Native Irish ritual and ceremony will call you simultaneously "into yourself" and "into the worlds", to open your heart, find respite and healing and forge deeper connection to the natural world.

A keynote of the gathering will be Ancestral Connection. The indigenous heart knows that we cannot truly know who we are and where we are, unless we have located ourselves as "standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us". There will be an invitation for you to honour your family, ethnic, cultural, spiritual forefathers and foremothers. John and Karen bring powerful techniques for connecting to Ancestral Energies beyond what is held in our memory or family biography. The subsequent work of looking forward in our lives is therefore grounded and finding personal and world vision is another keynote. We live in times that challenge us to discover new, sustainable personal and collective myth. We are being asked to find resources that challenge our creativity and who/what we believe ourselves to be. The Irish Celtic tradition has long cherished the quest for the visionary state and we will tread along ancient rituals to retrieve what is new and pristine about ourselves.

This gathering is suitable for those who have and have not experienced formal training or previous shamanic gatherings. It is accessible and open to all, irrespective of ethnicity, gender or age and it calls to all who yearn for supportive, sacred community without hierarchy or dogma. There will be tales and poems, plus the unexpected that are all part of the naturally, wild Irish quest to realise the eternal fire within.

The Introduction to the Irish-Celtic tradition of natural spirituality will include:
  • Traditional creation of sacred space.
  • Cleansing ritual.
  • Danú, Dagda, Dia - the Celtic Trinity of Spirit.
  • Exploring the Sacred Tree, the Celtic map of the soul and cosmos.
  • Walking in the footsteps of Fiontan MacBóchna and Cesair, the archetypal First Man and First Woman of Ireland.
  • Knowing the "transpersonal essence" of the Irish Celtic path, to step 'into the Self' we simultaneously 'step into the Earth'.
  • Immrama - Journeying into deep states of connection and vision on the sound of the bodhrán drum.
  • Exploring The Otherworld, a place of wonder, inspiration and magic.
  • "Stepping Into Our Ancestors" - a technique for insight, honouring and healing.
  • Opening up to the myth of the Tuatha de Danann, an early mythological Irish race that lived in deepest harmony with Mother Earth.
  • Exploring why the shaman is known as one of the "stone people".
  • Working with Power Animals and Spirit Guides.
  • How the Irish tradition holds the reality of 'non-ordinary presence', e.g. An Sí (Faerie Kind), the elementals, etc and teachings on how to work with these energies ethically, safely and effectively.
  • Making of Prayer Bundles.
  • Working with The Cauldron, the great vessel of transformation and alchemy.
  • How the "Amhrán Mór" (Great Song of Creation) of the Irish tradition sits with the Songlines and Dreamings of the Australian tradition.
  • Building of personal shamanic practice for balance, connection and power.
Course Information
Introduction to the Irish-Celtic Tradition of Natural Spirituality
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.

Andrew Einspruch
Until next time!

Warm blessings,

Email: billie [at]

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