Unforgettable journeys to the ancient sites of
England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France
 
 
"The Ireland trip was such a deep well of experience for me. I was most moved by our morning meditation sessions, by our rituals at the sacred wells, by Claire's harp, by our more arduous climb to Maeve's cairn, and by our silent meditative time in the Fairy Glen.....there were so many moments in the trip, each day surpassed the previous one in new awakenings. I treasured your sharing the wealth of your knowledge of the Celtic legends and goddesses, as well as your reverence for the magic of this land."

Barbara S., Iowa.
 
The Sacred Feminine in the West of Ireland:
A Homecoming of the Soul
July 5th - 12th, 2017

Day One
We will meet at Dublin Airport where our private coach will drive us to Kildare, the town founded by Ireland's greatest goddess and saint, Brighid. We will visit the site of her ancient fire temple, see her sacred flame that has been newly relit for this century, and hold our opening circle at her lovely holy wells. Then it's westwards to Sligo, where we will settle into Temple House and its beautiful surroundings.

Day Two
Today we attune to the oldest goddess of the land, the Cailleach, and visit the legendary cairns of Carrowkeel in the Bricklieve Mountains in the company of our local guide, John Wilmott. Here we can physically enter into the womb of this ancient mother goddess. This afternoon we will be John’s guests at Carrowcrory Cottage for an Irish tea and a walk through the Living Tree Labyrinth.

Day Three
We explore the faery magic of the Sídhe, whose queen is one of the most important aspects of the sacred feminine in Ireland, through story, song, and meditation. Then we take a journey to the Waters and the Wild and visit some of the faery haunts in Sligo made famous by W.B. Yeats – places which still resonate with the spirit of the Sidhe.

       
 
Hill of Tara - sacred centre of Ireland
       
Day Four
Today we explore our connection to the ancestors and learn about Queen Medb (Maeve), ancestral heroine and foremother of the Celts. We'll take an initiatory walk up Knocknarea, with views all over her province of Connacht. Then on down to the little seaside town of Strandhill for lunch followed by a visit to the famous Seaweed Baths for a relaxing soak and refreshing walk along the beach.

Day Five
After a talk and meditation on the healing goddesses of Ireland, including Brighid and Airmid, the Irish Mother of Herbal Healing, who is associated with this area, we will go to Carrowcrory Cottage to gather reeds for our own Brighid’s crosses, which we will make in the traditional sacred way. Later we'll pay a visit to a lovely holy well to bless and charge the crosses through traditional rites. Another highlight of this day will be a magical harp performance by Irish singer and harpist, Claire Roche.

Day Six
This morning we'll visit the extraordinary Neolithic complex of Carrowmore, home to one of the largest and oldest groups of ancient sites in Europe. This will be followed by one of the most magical haunts of the Sídhe in the hushed and hidden Fairy Glen, where we will spend time attuning to their energy. This evening we will be entertained by local traditional musicians.

Day Seven
This morning we'll take a walk up to a 5,000 year old ancestral court cairn. Court cairns seem to have been constructed for ritual or social gatherings. Afterwards, we'll visit Sligo Town, a small but lively place, where you can visit the Yeats Museum and also drop in to see Michael Quirke, storyteller and woodcarver of mythological figures. This evening we'll perform a closing ceremony at Temple House.

Day Eight

Leaving Connacht, we head eastwards to the Hill of Tara, the ancient royal centre of Ireland, which embodies the presence of many aspects of the Sacred Feminine. We will say our farewells to the Goddesses of the Seven Directions at the Stone of Destiny and honour the deities of Water and Earth at the lovely Well of the White Cow. Then on to Dublin Airport and flights home.
 
 
 
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