Anam Cara


℘ Confidant, Guide,
Friend of the Soul ℘ 

Anam Cara House, a healing and therapeutic community of practice is located in Minneapolis, MN. Like the Celtic Knot, it’s the culmination of weaving together multiple threads of community experience and cultural practice. In the Celtic Spiritual tradition, it is believed that forming an Anam Cara bond will support us to fully heal and awaken to our own true nature. ‘Anam Cara’ was for the Celtic peoples a concept with deep meaning. “Anam” translates to “Soul”, and “Cara” translates to “Friend”. We at Anam Cara, seek to offer this kind of connection, compassion, and relational healing. Anam Cara, as a place to practice and engage in cultural self study and community building grew out of, and continues to be informed by, the cultural wellness approach to health and healing of the Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center, known now as simply, The Cultural Wellness Center.

Dr. Cara Carlson is our founder and clinical director. She is joined by our group of elders and practitioners Elder Kaia Svien, Elder Tere Parsley Starnes, Elder Kara Vangen, April Kaisen, Nathan Paulsen, Fanny Miller, Jennifer Paige, Scott Edgar, Charlie Bouverette, Jason Mayer, Nicole Duxbury and April DeJarlais.

This year we have two clinical social work interns, Catherine Colsrud and Veronica Rivera Arteaga.  And this summer, Diver (Molly) Van Avery will rejoin our circle, completing their clinical practicum.

Anam Cara Center 9 Operating Principles:

  • Nourishing connection to – and movement from – Ground of Being
  • Honoring relationship and building community
  • Engaging in cultural study and spiritual practice
  • Attending to deepest heart’s desires and best hopes
  • Offering space and guidance for the souls unfolding
  • Respect and kindness for each person
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusion
  • Love has a place in our work
  • Aligning our actions in the world with being a friend of the soul

Our 9 Soul Friendship values:

  • Acting in ways consistent with soul friendship: with integrity and humility
  • Deep listening and witnessing to what’s unfolding, within and without
  • Meeting people where they are at with respect
  • Celebrating the full range of emotion and experience
  • Facilitating self-determination toward healing and harmony
  • Understanding that cultural and societal context impact health and healing
  • Recognizing each person as the authority of their own experience
  • Honoring the whole person within a family and culture
  • Practicing self study and working within our scope