Anamcara Project

Star of the North Retreat Centre is pleased to announce a newly formed collaboration with the Sacred Art of Living Institute and its founder, Richard Groves.  Together we will partner to bring the internationally celebrated program, “The Anamcara Project” to Canada.

The Anamcara Apprenticeship offers a contemporary model of training and certification for caregivers – both professional and lay. Anamcara is an ancient Gaelic term meaning “soul friend” and draws from many wisdom traditions but especially Celtic mythology and spirituality. The purpose of the program is to deepen the quality of all our relationships and enable caregivers to become “compassionate companions” through all the stages of living and dying.  The Apprenticeship Program applies tools and lessons for all aspects of life, particularly during times of aging, loss, serious illness and at the end of life. Anamcara is a unique certification experience that includes–

  • A two-year apprenticeship with training, formation and mentorship
  • Deep immersion in the ancient Celtic Tradition of Anamcara (soul friendship)
  • Training in healing practices for life’s major times of transition
  • One-on-one mentorship with world-class teachers of the healing arts 
  • For more details or instructions on how to apply, please go to

 To book your accommodations and meals online, please click here.  Along with online payment and registration, we can register you with a VISA or MasterCard over the phone at 780-459-5511. If preferred, you can send in a cheque to 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, AB, T8N 1K1

Professor Richard Groves is an internationally acclaimed author, retreat director and speaker on topics of Transforming Spiritual Suffering, Healing through Culture and Dialogue, and Wisdom from Celtic Spirituality, Richard is co- founder of the Sacred Art of Living Centre in Bend, Oregon, U.S.A. 

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