Born in Northern Ireland, raised beside the slave castles in Ghana and working all her adult life in the diversity of Toronto Canada, Eimear O'Neill cares about collective healing from the traumatic effects of structures of dominance, including colonisation and white supremacy. She integrates indigenous ways of knowing, and artful research beyond dominant languages, with trauma-informed ways of seeing and healing historical wounds. Her doctoral research (in the form of a community arts installation of women's self transformative journeys), was on exhibit in the Peace Lounge at the University of Toronto for eight years. Unique in its landscape page format and contemporary illuminated manuscript form, the Holding Flames dissertation  based on those transformative journeys, is available for download (Research Publications page).

Since 2004, Eimear has been creative director of the Spirit Matters gatherings and co-director of the Transformative Learning Centre. Teaching integral transformative learning, community healing and peace building along with her current practice, Eimear prioritises collective healing projects in her work. Hosting gatherings connecting indigenous peoples and those re-rooting in their own ancestral past, are a core part of that healing. These also help to transform participants’ consciousness around climate change. Working with other experienced facilitators, she researches systemic constellations and other transformative practices in collective healing. Her activist, therapeutic, educational, scholarly, communal and artful work, comes from an Irish indigenous perspective.


CURRENT FOCUS.. Healing Historic Trauma in Community


Eimear in conversation with Sarah Peyton, neurobiologist and healer of trauma in brain and social systems through constellations, and Bruce Nayowith, physician, social alchemist and magician in constellations work.

All three now work in large systems healing. This informal chat amongst friends reveals core insights in this emergent work...

Healing Ireland’s Ancestral Wounds

With the crumbling of American empire, the rise of fascism generally and the large number of Irish diaspora involved, it is time to heal what from an Irish indigenous and trauma perspective, is re-enactment of (a) racism by ‘divine’ right, (b) takeover of indigenous lands, (c) wrecking of habitat by resource extraction, (d) control and desacrilisation of  women, and (e) exploitation of workers locally for profit elsewhere. Suffered by the Irish under colonisation (since 1157), these same processes were then exported to other countries. This cycle has to stop. Seeing those wounds played out in contemporary life, we can acknowledge them and stop them being passed on to our children and grandchildren. The white privilege the Irish gained by being colonised and in turn colonising others, along its associated normalising of violence and domination, needs to be seen snd addressed now. Played out in many countries, this leads to the destruction of our shared Earth home. Contemporary Ireland is leading the way to change, divesting itself of investment in fossil fuels, repealing church and empire-shaped laws and finding its way back to honouring its own indigenous language, knowledge and land-based spiritual traditions.                                                 

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Gatherings information is available through the Events page. Articles and chapters in recent books are available on the Publications page. Her current book and research project, Close to the Tree; Healing Ireland’s Ancestral Wounds can be found on the Research page. Foundations of Integral Transformative Learning are on the Transformative Learning Centre page. Spirit Matters Community page connects to FaceBook for gatherings and events that foster community.

The triple spiral shown here is carved with flint into the stone entrance passage of the Newgrange megalithic mound in the Valley of the Boyne near Dublin. Older than the pyramids or Stonehenge, it is still lit by the winter solstice sun each year as its light moves gently down the passageway leading to the central area where ancestral bones were held. Five thousand years ago the indigenous people of Ireland held their communal knowledge and sense of what is sacred. seasonal and flowing with life, in their carvings and their structures oriented to engage with the sun.The triple spiral is a deep form, holding the dynamics of our spiral galaxy, of our DNA and of the unfolding of seeds. Currently it is heuristic for human’s evolving consciousness.

                                                                                 (image by Jeremy Bennison )