THE BLOSSOMING OF THE HEART OF RITUAL
Throughout the next two years, Niamh continued weaving the Stone Mad Healing Star into a complete, full sensory, ceremonial offering, naming it The heART of Ritual™. The idea for this grew from her wish to bring living ceremony, sustainability, creative expression, and nature connection even more to the forefront, and to facilitate an accessible, full sensory, wHolistic, at home experience that reflected her approach with her in person events. She launched The heART of Ritual MOONBOX™, a monthly home subscription service that gives people the intimate opportunity to personally experience her themed, handcrafted, Lunar collections in the comfort of their own home. Within its first month, subscriptions were full and The heART of Ritual MOONBOX was winging its way to homes throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. This was followed by Elements of Ritual™, her seasonal home subscription offering celebrating the Solar cycles and seasons, and the Wild Colour Cauldron™, her monthly subscription (celebrating the Earth) for those looking to develop a more sustainable, earth friendly, grounded, and organic, land based spiritual practice through art and creative expression.
In July 2015, at the ´beginning of the refugee crisis in Europe, she began volunteering as a trauma counsellor at Red Cross refugee camps, and in 2017 this work saw her launch a mobile clinic offering free trauma support for at-risk minority communities displaced through war and violence. This work continues both in Austria and in the Balkans.
In March 2018 her home and workspace was badly damaged by flooding and she lost her life's work. The space was gutted, structural repair took five months, and during that time she rolled up her sleeves and started over once again, gathering new herbs for the apothecary and making remedies in her kitchen. By September her clinic and apothecary were back up and running and fully stocked. The same month she launched The heART of Ritual MOONCARDS™, MOONWHEEL™ and MOONDROPS™.
Her teaching academy was formally launched shortly thereafter as a way for her to share in-depth knowledge of the advanced healing arts through the two signature courses she had been teaching - her Crystal Therapeutics (Level 1-3 Training), and Wild Medicine Making Year Herbal Apprenticeship programs. She also offers one to one online mentorship through her BIOPHILIA Mentorship - an intimate program that focuses on sustainable earth based practices, natural healing, eco-psychology, the energetics of BEing, wildcrafting, prayer expression, and much more. In March 2019 she released the first set of her BIOPHILIA cards.
2020 was shaping up to be a big year. Then Covid arrived, all plans were put on hold indefinitely, and the country entered a total lockdown for months. Throughout 2020, the clinic supported community remotely, all courses, retreats and gatherings were postponed, then cancelled, and all plans, product development and production stopped. The growing and gathering of native medicinals continued (albeit within the confines of her own little garden), and the creation of herbal remedies for the apothecary didn’t stop. Her response to isolation and community no longer having access to her apothecary was to make it available online. And that's exactly what she did.
In late October 2021 her Elements of BEing residential retreat and ceremonial drum birthing weekend (‘heARTbeat Retreat’) took place in Ireland and joyously marked the end of a two year Covid hiatus from in person retreat facilitation. In November 2021 she launched her own dedicated digital nest to coincide with the Celtic New Year, and theheARTofritual.com was finally born.
Niamh has continued with her writing and regularly contributes articles on energetic and crystal healing, nutrition, conscious living, natural health, wild and raw food, and mindfulness for several publications in Europe and the US. She is currently finishing her SoulFOOD book on wild seasonal food and nature based soul nourishment, a book that she has been gathering and testing recipes for since her teenage years. She is also writing an extensive book on earth based traditions, land based creative practice, ritual and ceremony throughout the (Irish) Celtic Wheel of the Year.
Niamh has always been very clear that her printed works need to fully reflect her nature based approach to life by being green, ethically produced, supportive of local economy/small business, printed on paper made from locally sourced post consumer materials, non toxic inks, and as carbon neutral and sustainable as possible. It might seem like a tall order, but it is not, as this is exactly what she has in place for all of her printed materials to date through a local family run printing business that is powered on hydro and solar energy. This approach is more expensive of course, one that drastically reduces the profit margins for traditional publishers, however, she has a deep sense of responsibility, ethics and duty where her work is concerned, and to print cheap books on the other side of the world (as per the publishing offers she has received) would be misrepresentative and hypocritical. Her response - in 2021 she founded her own publishing house, heARTlands Publishing™.
Niamh plans to publish her work exclusively through heARTlands Publishing™ so as to ensure that they are produced in an honest, mindful, and sustainable way that fully reflects her intimate relationship with nature and respect for the natural world. These heirloom books, together with several new card sets, a graphic novel, nature based educational games, children’s books, and more, are scheduled for release between 2024 and 2027 through heARTlands Publishing™.