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 wrecking our habitat that include colonisation, white bodied  supremacy, extractive capitalism and global hoarding of resources by an elite few. She integrates indigenous ways of knowing, and artful research beyond dominant languages, with trauma-informed ways of seeing and healing historical wounds at personal and collective levels. 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. Its presence changed what happened in the gatherings there.

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 therapy practice, Eimear uses a community and collective healing lens in all her work. Hosting gatherings connecting indigenous peoples and re-rooting people in their own ancestral past, is core to that healing. Such gatherings virtual or in person, help to transform participants’ consciousness around climate change, racism and other historic and traumatic wounds. Working with other experienced facilitators, she researches systemic constellations, Hedge Schools and other transformative practices in collective healing. Her healing, educational, scholarly, communal and artful work, all come from an Irish indigenous perspective.


CURRENT FOCUS.. Healing Historic Trauma in Community

As we dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic as a planetary community, the collective wounds leading to climate disasters, habitat loss and war became more apparent. Virtual communities of consciousness and action also rose, a veritable wave of awareness of our interconnections, inequities and creative capacities...and the need to use them now in service of the flow of life

In depth information on healing collective trauma and dealing with the collective traumas of climate change, colonisation, land loss, racism,

extractive and disaster capitalism, and pandemics, can be found on You Tube https://youtu.be/zuib20xnQVQ

Site Map

Information on the Events page includes DNA evidence that the  original Irish were dark skinned and blue eyed. Selected articles and chapters are available on the Publications page. Current book and research project, Close to the Tree; Healing Ireland’s Ancestral Wounds can be found on the Research page. On the Transformative Learning Centre page can be found the foundations of the Integral Embodied Transformative Learning involved in collective healing. Currently the 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 main excavated megalithic mound in the Valley of the Boyne near Dublin. Older than the pyramids or Stonehenge(3500BC), this carving is still lit by the winter solstice sun each year. The rising sun’s light moves gently down the passageway leading to the central area, lights the full womb-like chamber and slowly withdraws. 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 like lovers..The triple spiral symbol is a deep form, holding the pattern of dynamics of our spiral galaxy, and of our human DNA. Currently it is used by Eimear as a heuristic for humanity’s evolving consciousness.                                                       (image by Jeremy Bennison )