Eimear O’Neill is a psychotherapist, educator and consultant in transformative processes at the levels of community, culture and the personal. Affiliated with the Transformative Learning Centre, her arts-based research, workshops and doctoral supervision are international. From an ancient Irish family, her ancestors’ bones form the soil of the sacred valley of the Boyne. Born in Ireland to Gaelic-speaking teacher parents, her childhood was spent amongst the Fanti and Ashanti in Ghana before college and university in Northern Ireland as the British Army occupied it in the 60s. In addition to therapy practice, immigration to Canada brought deep contact with First Nations indigenous teachers, supervision of therapists in diverse communities and, on return to graduate school, a self transformative arts-based research project (Holding Flames). With Ed O’Sullivan, Eimear has helped initiate the Spirit Matters gatherings at OISE since 2004. In 2008 she also organised the Rekindling Indigenous Spirit journey around Ireland’s pre-colonial sacred sites with indigenous educators from Africa, Ireland and Turtle Island. She has been adopted into Anishnabe and Kikuyu peoples.Her workshops and presentations around integrating personal, communal and planetary transformative processes foster creative responses for those involved in deep change and healing between peoples and between generations. Like the bards and illuminators of her peoples, she uses creative expression to help us navigate the Great Turning toward Earth reconnection amongst all our relations. Eimear’s arts-based research and her theoretical writings on transformative praxis can be found in Radical Human Ecology (Ashgate 2012), Learnings toward Ecological Consciousness ( Palgrave 2004 ) and Expanding the Boundaries of Transformative Learning ( Palgrave 2002). Details of her work and cds of Holding Flames are also available from her website, http//:www.eimearoneill.com. .
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