Amantha is a mother and grandmother, celebrant, storyteller, Seabhean teacher, seer, and healer in the traditional Irish way, initiated by her grandmother. She lives in County Kerry, Ireland and began her spiritual work publicly in 1970 as a clairvoyant before moving into trance mediumship and healing. Amantha’s first book is Drinking from the Source.
Guided by her spirit and ancestral teachers, Amantha works with individuals and groups. She delivers apprenticeship training in Ireland, Canada and the United States on The Way of the Seabhean and Ancient Irish Shamanism. She has lead sacred pilgrimages in Ireland since 1995. Her passion is the land – working through the Grandmothers, the Tuatha Dé Danann, and the Ancient Ones.
Amantha’s website is: celticsouljourneys.com
As the material for this book is rooted in the oral tradition, it is perhaps fitting that dyslexia prevented Amantha from writing it alone. She turned instead to her chosen ‘scribe’, writer Orla O’Connell, whose work initially involved transcribing from more than two hundred recordings of Amantha’s lectures, workshops, shamanic journeys and rituals.
Orla O’Connell M.Phil.(Creative Writing) is an Irish writer living in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. She was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, into an Irish/English speaking household. Her novel, The Man With No Skin, is set in Africa and was published in 2005 by Dialogue Publishing Inc. It won first prize in fiction in the Colorado Independent Book Publisher’s (CIPA) Awards and was a finalist in the (US) Independent Book Publisher’s (IPPY) Awards. Her short story, Kikuyu Grass was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and her stories, poems and interviews have been published in Force 10 and other publications. Her latest novel (awaiting publication) is about the sinking of the Lusitania liner off the south coast of Ireland, in 1915.