Catch the Spirit: Journey with Us to the Heart of Ireland - 2014
Day One Tuesday, May 13 - Meet in the hotel foyer in Dublin at 9am. Celtic Gathering, introductions, orientation and outline of your Celtic Journey. Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, an ancient yet living Spiritual Tradition, and an opening Celtic Ritual. Lunch together at the hotel. Travel into Count Meath and have a guided visit to Newgrange, this magnificent 5000 year old Ritual Centre. Then over to the Hill of Tara where we visit one of Tara’s Wells taking a blessing for this Sacred Journey, and then to the little Fairy Tree, hearing stories about the fairies. Begin to connect with the Land of Eire and to have a feel for our ancient landscape. Travel back to Dublin. Dinner as you please. Overnight in Dublin.
Day Two Wednesday, May 14 - Stand on the Canal Bank in the place where one of our beloved Celtic poets sat. Hear some words of his poetry. Then our coach will bring us down to Glendalough - leaving Dublin around 10am. Arrive in Glendalough around 11.30am. Following a short refreshment break gather briefly for orientation, then be guided in a Celtic Labyrinth Walk. Lunch. In the afternoon a Celtic Gathering followed by a guided walk to the some of the sacred sites in the Valley, including the Holy Well, a fairy tree and the Healing Lake. Evening Meal together in a local family run restaurant. Overnight in a small hotel in the Sacred Valley of Glendalough.
Day Three Thursday, May 15 - Morning Gathering where I will share more about the Celtic Wisdom Tradition with a particular emphasis on Brigid - ancient Goddess and Celtic Saint, introducing you to music, song and chant in Her honour. Lunch in the Valley. In the afternoon we will travel over the mountain, through the Wicklow Gap, on toward Kildare - the place of Brigid our ancient Goddess and Celtic Saint, travelling through Brigid’s gentle pastures. Meet with the Brigidine Sisters who hold Brigid’s Sacred Flame. Walk to Her ancient Fire Temple. Be blessed by water from Brigid’s Holy Wells. We travel back from County Kildare to Glendalough and our hotel. Dinner as you please. There are a few options. Overnight in Glendalough.
Day Four Friday, May 16 - Morning Celtic Gathering focusing on the ancient sacred stones going deeper into the soul of our ancient land.. Travel through the County Wicklow countryside and walk up the hill to a beautiful little Stone Circle. Tune into the energy of this ancient place of ritual, and the mystery it holds. Begin to become acquainted with these rings of standing stones shrouded in mystery. From here travel on to Co. Clare, bringing our energy to the Western Shore and all that it holds... Arrive at our guesthouse / hotel in Doolin. Evening meal together. Opportunities for a traditional music session in one of the pubs in Doolin. Allow your senses be filled by traditional Irish music and song. Overnight at our Hotel in Doolin.
Day Five Saturday, May 17 - A guided morning walk immersing yourself in the magic of the hidden Burren in County Clare with a local woman, stopping at a number of sacred sites, tuning deeper into the Spirit and Energy of the wild and beautiful Burren as we move around this magical landscape. Light lunch together in a family home right in the heart of the Burren. Travel back to Doolin with a little time for contemplation, journaling, walking around the village. Dinner as you please and another opportunity to walk to a pub and hear traditional Irish music. Overnight at our hotel in Doolin.
Day Six Sunday, May 18 - Celtic Gathering this morning further unfolding the natural gems of the Celtic tradition and deepening your journey into the beauty and wonders of Celtic Spirituality and enliven your sense and experience of our Celtic Wisdom Tradition. Visit the Burren Smokehouse and enjoy lunch in the local family owned pub. Hear about the Sheela-na-gigs and have the opportunity to gaze upon one of these Ancient symbols of the feminine. Before we leave County Clare, we stop at a Sacred Well receiving another Water Blessing, touching deeper into the Land of Ireland. Travel into County Galway and to the ferry that will bring us to one of our Western Islands - the Aran Islands. (The ferry will take approximately 45 minutes). Bus to our family run guesthouse, at a wild and beautiful place at the back of the Island. Settling-in time at our guesthouse followed by dinner together. A storyteller will join us and share with us some of our tales of this land Éire... Overnight at our Guesthouse on Inis Mor.
Day Seven Monday, May 19 - Celtic Gathering touching into the wonders of the wild beauty of this Gaeilge (Irish) speaking Island off the west coast of Ireland. Our Celtic gathering will reflect this as you continue to deepen your understanding and feel for Celtic Spirituality, experiencing how you can bring our nature loving Spirituality into your daily life. A little time for contemplation/ reflection. Lunch as you please. In the afternoon a Pilgrimage on Aran being introduced to its cultural heritage and visiting important Celtic sites on the island through a guided journey with a Celtic Monk who lives here, and then be part of a Celtic Ritual. Celebratory evening meal together and overnight at our Guesthouse on Inis Mor.
Day Eight Tuesday, May 20 - An opportunity to walk up to Dun Aengus or walk the fine beach at Kilmurvey strand. At our morning gathering, we will weave together all the strands of this Celtic Journey in a closing ritual and begin the harvesting of the treasures. We take the Ferry back to the mainland at 12 midday, arriving in to Rossaveal at 1pm, and our coach will bring the group back to the hotel in Dublin by approximately 5pm. If you are staying a little longer in Ireland we can leave you in Galway City, where there are bus and rail links and car hire.
Each day we will have a Celtic gathering. Our gatherings give you an internal understanding and feel for the Celtic Tradition – a world filled with mystery and natural wonder. Let the poems, music, song and story and blessings of this ancient land add an inspirational richness. Throughout our Celtic Journey together there will be quiet time for contemplation allowing the landscape offer its spirit, reveal its story and to give space for integration.
Join us and allow the Celtic Spirit and mystery stir your imagination and nurture your heart...
We are only taking 14 people on the journey so reserve your place on the bus as soon as possible.