Shonagh Home

Shonagh Home is a teacher, counselor, author and poet. Of Celtic heritage, she follows the wisdom of the ancients, inspired by the Ban Draoi (dree) and fili, (Gaelic for a Celtic medicine woman/seer/poet). As a medicine woman, she brings her connection to nature and the spirit worlds into her flourishing practice, hosting one-on-one retreats and online counseling sessions, where she works psycho-spiritually with clients from all over the world. She specializes in shadow work, delving into the rich territory of the psyche. Shonagh has studied with master teachers, and for the past 12 years has apprenticed herself to the mushroom teachers who have led her into profound connection with the spirits of nature and her ancestral roots. Her new book, Poetic Whispers from the Cauldron of the Otherworld, explores psychedelic states and the mantic arts of poetry, the training of the seer poets of Old Ireland, and the beautiful faerie lore of the Celts. Available through In addition, Shonagh hosts the podcast, The Mushroom’s Apprentice.

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Women in Psychedelics Apr 28 April 28, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

9 am Shonagh Home: Mushrooms, the Sidhe and the Otherworld

For countless initiates through time, the ritual ingestion of mind-altering substances ferried them beyond the earthly world into vastly different realms where connection to the gods, ancestors and spirits of the land was made possible. Celtic mythology and lore hold numerous stories of magical potions, berries, nuts and salmon that when ingested in the proper dose, transformed one into a sage and poet with the knowledge of the ages. The storytellers of the old Celtic world spoke in metaphor and riddle, very likely veiling the ritual use of amanita and possibly psilocybin in the training of initiates. The inhabitants of the Otherworld were known as the Sidhe (shee), which is the Irish word for Faerie. These spirits are not the sprites of Victorian fancy but rather a race of tall, wise and noble people with the power to impart certain gifts, not the least of which are poetry and music. In our modern, commercial secular world this is regarded as simply superstition and myth, yet among intrepid visionary mushroom seekers there are some who have encountered what they would describe as the Faerie, and their experiences with them are indelible. In a world seduced by technology and materialism, what is the point of trying to connect with these intelligences? Is it even possible? How can we benefit from making such a connection? And what might these Otherworld inhabitants have to teach us? I will endeavor to answer these questions and share my personal insights.