Croí na Mara
The Beauty Of Community
Tuath Croí na Mara is a community space created to nurture the healing and learning process through exploration of themes within community.
It is inspired by the folk tradition of sitting around a warm fire on a dark evening, with tea, storytelling and wisdom flowing.
It has been created with the intention to bring those together who would like to foster a deeper connection with their ancestral roots.
With only the seas between us, we strengthen the bridges built between the land here at home and abroad, our online circles allowing us to sit both with friends down the road and those who are descendants from our ancestors neighbours, friends and family that left these shores generations ago.
We keep a place around the fire for anyone who would like to deepen their connection with the Irish healing, mythological and folklore traditions.
A Balanced Exchange
The Irish Healing Arts tradition is deeply rooted in earth-based practices, the natural world and understanding the elements within and around us. It is a journey of exploration of both our place within the natural world and learning how to thrive within it.
Every day we walk the land, we participate in a sacred exchange, consciously or subconsciously. We receive support, grounding, healing and the peace and gratitude we feel is sent out to the land around us.
Our healing path, therefore, is deeply intertwined with the natural world. For us to thrive, nature must also thrive.
At Croí na Mara, we commit to planting one tree per person for every month of membership. We do this in partnership with Catch my Carbon in Westport, Co. Mayo. They are passionate about promoting sustainable biodiversity in the west of Ireland and work with landowners who have donated land to create native Irish woodlands.
These woodlands thrive on locally owned family lands and are protected from commercial use or deforestation.
A wonderful example of the power of community and the coming together of skills and resources to protect our natural world.
Tuath Croí na Mara
Embarking on a path of healing and connection
We come from a oral tradition of passing teachings, advice and ways of healing through storytelling, song and the exploration of symbolism and themes.
Every story, character, mythological creature, god and goddess has wisdom to share and provokes us to reflect deeper within ourselves to heal, understand or observe, as we see aspects of ourselves reflected in each one.
Our community space combines learning circles with community sharing circles with the aim to foster both the space to learn and heal, along with the opportunity to share, express and develop connections with others in the community.
Ogham Learning Circle
At the start of the month, we hold a learning circle where we explore a tool, skill or practice to support us on our healing and wellbeing journey taught to use through the wisdom and healing energies of the ancient Ogham trees.
The themes covered are revised on a yearly basis to allow for continued learning.
Dark Moon Circles
On the night of the dark (new) moon during the months of no festivals or ceremony days, we will gather for a sharing circle and journey with a god or goddess of the ancient mythological and spiritual traditions of Ireland.
These circles are created to be inflow, with a loose structure to allow space for what is naturally arising within the community for healing or support.
During the months where our ancient festivals naturally fall, we gather to hold and online ceremony of the festival day for members of the community. This provides an opportunity to experience the energies and teachings of each festival throughout the year.
Our tradition and healing practices are based strongly within the natural world and elements. Nature heals us, and so we also have a responsibility towards protecting sustainability biodiversity around us. A native Irish tree is planted in your name every month along the west of Ireland to maintain the sacred balance of exchange with the natural world.
As part of the community, you will have access to our community forum and learning space. Here you will find recordings of recent circles, monthly challenges and the opportunity to share, comment and exchange with other community members.
On occasion, we will have the opportunity to member only gatherings to walk the land or share in circle. Additional costs may apply for attendance (E.g. for admission or private guide).
Tuath Croí na Mara members receive a discount for one-to-one sessions. These are beneficial at stages of your own healing journey where you feel the need to delve deeper or receive additional, tailored support.
How Does The Community Work?
This is an online community that embraces flexible learning and bridging the distance between us through virtual gatherings.
As a member, you receive your own login and access to the community interactive forum where you can join our live sessions, take part in community challenges and talk to other community members.
Our learning circles take place through a private group session, with the recordings available to watch back in case you are unable to attend live.
Challenges and any resources supporting our learning circles can also be found in the community portal.
The rest is up to you as a community member. The space has been created to provide an interactive learning experience. It is now up to you to participate fully and make the most of your learning and healing experience here!
A couple of times of year, we will create an opportunity to hold a member-exclusive gathering. This can be in the form of a well-being day, a sacred site day trip or an experience within the natural elements. Additional costs may apply.
Is Active Participation A Requirement?
Yes. There is a tendency within us to sign up for online courses or learning spaces and watch bits and pieces back when it is convenient.
While this has its advantages, this approach is not aligned with the purpose of community learning and this community space.
Interaction and sharing is an essential part of learning. As we work in the background to improve the ways in which you can interact with each other, we ask our community members to commit to the learning experience upon registration.
As this is an energetic space and process, by signing up, you are asking to be held and supported through your learning and healing process. When you then opt out of showing up for your own journey, energetically you are handing your stuff over to be held by others.
While this will happen from time to time naturally in a healing space, regular inactivity (no interaction for more than two weeks) goes against the purpose of community learning.
My personal experience of facilitating circles and holding space for others has taught me that this creates a drain on the energetic space. It is important that those held in space are also actively showing up for themselves and their own healing journey.
Dormant or in-active memberships are considered a community violation due to the disharmony they can cause within the healing space and members who are inactive for more than one month without a genuine reason will lose access to the community space.
Tuath Croí na Mara
A community of healing, learning and growth within the healing, spiritual and folk traditions of Ireland. Access to this membership begins on 1st January 2023. Pre-register today by choosing your preferred membership option below.