May 2017


JOURNEYING UPON THE LAND OF ÉIRU

Saturday September 2nd toWednesday Sept13th2017

TO WALK IN PILGRIMAGE is…

…to hear the Call from Spirit and feel our soul’s response,

…to walk on sacred land, with like-minded companions in consciousness,

…to move into a state of union with the Divine, to fill the ache that lies within. 

To walk in pilgrimage is an ancient calling that goes beyond time and space. 

We start our journey in ceremony, calling upon the Great Earth Mother

in Her many faces, to guide us as we move ever gently onwards and inwards allowing the flow of Her nature to carry us forward in honour to Her sacred body.


As part of our journey upon the Way, we will gather the threads

and weave ourselves whole: as powerful and light-filled Souls.

We will sing and chant, we will dance and move…

and there will be times when we will hold the silence and bear witness.

For we come together to hear the pulse of Her nature and the beat of Her Heart through the inner and outer landscapes of Herself/ourselves.

We will have specific shamanic teachings and activation


ITINERARY

SATURDAY 22ndAPRIL – WEDNESDAY 3rd MAY 2017

DAY 1 Saturday 2ndSept – 10:00- 10:15am

AIRPORT PICKUPS & Bunratty Village.

THE GRANGE STONE CIRCLE & LOUGH GUR (L&D)

We travel down to Co. Kerry, the home of Ana/Anu, the great Mother Goddess and will be stopping at the Grange Stone Circle for our opening ceremony and visiting Lough Gur. We then move on to Killarney, stopping en-route for a blessing of the waters at Brigit’s well.

The Grange Stone Circle is dedicated to Áine, Sun Goddess and Fairy Queen. It is here, at the summer solstice, that the first rays of the sun move through the two dolmen stones into the centre of the largest stone circle in Ireland. The Goddess Áine is beloved of her people and guards the land. This circle is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, comprising of 123 standing stones, with a high earth bank surrounding it, helping to maintain its otherworldly space inside.

Behind the Grange Stone Circle we have Lough Gur, which Áine is believed to have formed. The stories here are of a sacred tree within the lake, which magically arises every seven years and holds the fabric of Ireland together upon her branches. The area around Lough Gur has been inhabited for at least 5,000 years and the first Neolithic houses to be found in Ireland were excavated here. TBA

DAY 2 Sunday 23rd April- THE CITY, GOBNAIT AND SHEELA-NA-GIG     (B&D)

9.30am attunement

We will visit the city which sits at the foot of the ‘Paps’. This is where one of the four great cities of the Tuatha dé Danann, the Gods and Goddesses of our land resided.

The Tuatha dé Danann were known for their magic and worshipped the Mother Goddess Anu. It was here that they placed two cairns atop the mountains above the

City and worshipped them as the breasts of the Great Mother (Paps) over five thousand years ago. Much later, when the first Celts came and conquered the land, the four great cities of the Tuatha dé Danann arose and moved into another plane of existence. Our stories tell us they moved to below the land Herself.

From here we move on to Ballyvourney to visit Gobnait’s well, one of the oldest wells of pilgrimage in Ireland and a Sheela-na-gig. Gobnait is another face of Brigit and dedicated to Bees. The Sheela-na-gig is a stone carving of a pre-Christian female idol signifying freedom and creativity. Most were broken up during the reformation and some small ones still exist around Ireland, mainly on the ruins of old churches. The Sheela-na-gig has become a symbol for many Irish women as the right to choose and is becoming re-named as the Sacred Whore. We finish our day by visiting a Waterfall and Fairy Glen, where you might have the luck to see and/or converse with a fairy or two.     TBA

DAY 3 Mon 24th April- RING OF KERRY (B&D)

9.30am leaving

Today we have a full day on the famous Ring of Kerry with its panoramic views and ancient sites along the way. We will visit first the tower-house of Ballymalis Castle beside the river Laune and is believed to have been built in the 16th century.

We move on through Killorglin town towards Glenbeigh and on to Cahersiveen. Outside of Cahersiveen we will cross the bridge to visit ancient Cahergall Fort (Caher Gael) outside of Cahersiveen, originally built around 2,500 BC.

We will stop for lunch at the Smuggler’s Inn outside of Waterville, (An Coire Án – The LittleWhirlpool), for lunch by the beach.

After lunch we will visit the ancient Stone Circle of Eightercue, where Amergin the magician and Master Druid wove the land unto the first Celts. Then to the picturesque town of Sneem and back via Moll’s gap and Ladies view as we come again, down the mountains.   Travelling on we will be drinking in the views and beauty that is the best Ireland has to offer. TBA

DAY 4 Tues 25th April – INISFALLEN ISLAND (B)

9.30am attunement

This morning we will visit the Sacred Isle of Inisfallen, held within the lower lake of Killarney, for a ceremony. This Island was once a place of sacredness for Priestesses of the Goddess. It later became a center of learning and Healing.

The afternoon is a time for writing, rest and relaxation. You might like to shop, or visit Muckross Park and House, perhaps a walk in the National Park, the largest in Ireland. TBA

DAY 5 Wed 26th  April- TRAVELLING UP TO MEATH VISITING ADARE AND THE ANCIENT SITE OF BEAL BRIAN. (B&D)  

9:00am attunement and departure

Today we leave Kerry and journey on to the royal county of Meath, stopping en-route to visit Adare Village, well known for its traditional thatch cottages and three monastic ruins.

Then,we go on to Beal Boru a massive ring fort used by Brian Boru and his men in the 11th century. It was here they would prepare themselves for battle. Brian Boru had a foot in both the Pagan tradition and the Christian. The former tradition was of the peoples and the latter was, for so many Chieftains’, political. The fort itself is first mentioned in 877AD. The energies here are strong.

ACC: Boyne View, Drinadaly, Trim, Co Meath.  www.boyneview.ie

DAY 6 Thurs 27th April– LOUGHCREW &TARA (B&D)

9.00am attunement

Loughcrew Passage cairn is on the hill of Sliabh na Calli – the ‘hill of the hag’, spider or witch, as is often referred to in these latter days. The main cairn is magnificent with the interior stones having the Neolithic hieroglyphs. The back stone of the chamber is illuminated by a beam of light at sunrise, on the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes.   The Equinox Stone in the Hag’s Cairn is of similar design to Newgrange. It has been traditionally described as a Passage Tomb and place of ritual. Outside of the main cairn is the Hags Seat, where the elder of the clan would sit for her tribe to receive illumination for the people.

Tara is the Royal Centre of Ireland and it was here that the High Kings/Chieftains were crowned. It was the place of the Ban Fheis – the sacred marriage of the Goddess and the King (Green Man) which brought the bonding of the people to the land.

The Priestesses of Maebh would lie with a chosen chieftain and he would be the head Chieftain for the year. Great enclosures are embedded here and held the Stone of Destiny, which screamed when the rightful heir to the Irish land touched it.

We will also visit the fairy tree and the sacred well as part of our closing.

ACC: Boyne View, Drinadaly, Trim, Co Meath.  www.boyneview.ie

Day 7 Friday 28th April– BRUNA BOINNE& TRIM CASTLE (B&D)

9:00am attunement

Today we visit the World Heritage Centre of the Brú na Bóinne, home to Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. We will enter these spectacular world famous Neolithic tombs and see their megalithic art. These cairns are the largest earth-chambers in Europe at over 5,000 years old, approximately 2,000 years older than the great Pyramid and were a place of ritual used by the peoples of that time to connect to the Gods. The winter solstice sunrise enters the cairn of Newgrange from the 20th-23rd Dec. This is known as the home of the Dagda, the Great Father God.

Knowth, with its 17 satellite small cairns surrounding it, is equally impressive, and is thought to have been built 500 years before Newgrange. It has a splendid array of decorated stones found to be engraved both within the cairn, where it could not be seen by those within as well as outside. The cairns are built of granite – dark and warm, even on the coldest day and quartz – white and cold, even on the warmest day.
Even to this day archaeologists can only surmise how these cairns were built and how these huge boulders were moved.

We journey on to Trim to visit Trim Castle. The town of Trim is dominated by the Castle Arch and the largest Norman Castle in Ireland, built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173, Trim Castle’s many unusual features include a cruciform design of Keep and a Barbican Gate. The castle, also known as King John’s Castle, was used at the set for the film Braveheart starring Mel Gibson in 1994.

Accommodations: Boyne View Farmhouse, Meath, www.boyneview.ie

DAY 8 Saturday 29th  April– VISITING TAILTIU & TLACHTGA AS WE JOURNEY OVER TO SLIGO (B&D)

9:00am attunement

Today we travel across land towards the West. We will share stories and wisdom of the ancient ways that have been lost by many. Shape shifting, time travel, and more.

We stop en-route to visit the Hill of Ward, place of Tlachtga. On then to Kells, for lunch and visiting Telltown, place of the great games held yearly and the burial place to Tailtiu.

Tlachtga was the daughter of Mogh Roth. They were known as the first Druids in Eiru and although the early Christians accepted the role of Mogh Roth, they never came to terms with his daughter who was an out and out feminist as well as Druid/Magician who could shape-shift. It was said that she had a school for Priestesses and taught the women herself.

Tlachtga was also against the new beliefs. Tlachtga was buried under the Hill of Ward near, Athboy. The Hill was known to be the main centre for the Druids. As Tlachtga was buried within the Hill of Ward, the hill belonged to Munster, as Tlachtga was from Munster and levy had to be paid to Munster for quite a while over this. This site is dedicated to Samhain and some see Tlachtga as the ‘Dark Goddess’.

Tailtiu was the Foster-mother of Lugh our Sun God and she was a Firbolg Goddess who first brought agriculture to the land of Ireland. She was given Lugh to breastfeed and foster by his mother Ana and father, the Dagda. Tailtiu become so beloved by Lugh that he started great games in her honour, in what was known as Telltown, named after Tailtiu. Tailtiu is now buried under the hill fort in Telltown.

We move on to our lodging with our wonderfully kind hosts Maria and Joe Duignan at Lisserlough House. Boyle, Sligo

DAY 9 Sunday 30th April – CARROWMORE, LABYRINTH & TRADITIONAL HARP MUSIC (B, L&D)                                                                            

9:00am attunement

This morning we start our day at Carrowmore, which has the greatest concentration of megalithic sites in Europe, some as old as 5,400 BC with over 30 passage cairns. The great builders of our megalithic sites first landed here in the west and Carrowmore is the first of the legacies they have left us.

Lunch is prepared by our Woodland bard, John and afterwards he will gently guide you into Walking the Labyrinth. After there will be a group sharing, home-made scones with plenty of cream and jam and then we will have the pleasure of listening to the stories and magical music with the Bard John and his partner harpist Claire Roache. Acc: Maria & Joe’s

Day 10 Monday 1st May – TRIPLE CIRCLES, THE GLEN AND SEAWEED BATHS (B&D) 

9:00am attunement

 This morning we start our day visiting the three Stone Circles, each one dedicated to the Maiden, Mother and the Crone.

Lunch and then on to the Glen as we prepare to move forward again from our place of betwixt and between.

We conclude our day by immersing ourselves in the Seaweed baths by the Atlantic Sea in Strandhill, before we have our Bealtaine FIRE….Lisserlough House, Sligo

Day 11 Tuesday 2nd May – RATHCROCHAN AND BUNRATTY (B)

9:30am attunement

 We leave Sligo by journeying first to Rathcroghan, burial site of the Chieftains who were chosen to lie with ‘Maebh’.  We will start at the interpretive centre, where myth and story blend and mingle.

On then to the Raths of Rathcroghan where the concerts of Maebh, who through lying with Maebh at Bealtaine, became the Head Chieftains of the land, are buried. It was here that Maebh, one of our Great Earth Goddesses lived and our greatest epic tale, ‘the Tain’ began.

Lunch in Rathcroghan

We will visit the Samhain ‘Cave of the Cats’ to connect with our ancestors, and go to Ogulla, the sacred well of Ethna and Fidelma, the two druidic princesses who died here at the hands of Patrick. This area is over-layered in ritual and magic.

Finally we will finish our journey at Bunratty Village – spiralling forward to our last evening together.   Acc: Bunratty Courtyard, Bunratty Village, Co Clare.

Day 12 Wed 3rd  May- SHANNON AIRPORT FOR 9a.m.

A sad farewell ‘til we meet again….

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Cost for the 12 day Sacred Journey: EUROS 2200 includes 4 twin-room and 2 single room accommodation, all breakfasts, 9 dinners of the 11 dinners, 2 lunches, entrance fees, transport, seaweed baths, Shamanic teaching , plus pick up & drop off at Shannon Airport.

Single occupancy is an extra EUROS 210

Flights and insurance are not included. You can go to InsureMyTrip.com to search for an insurance policy that meets your needs. You must purchase travel insurance.

NOTE: This trip requires an overnight flight to arrive in Ireland. We strongly suggest you arrive a day early to sleep and rejuvenate from your travels. The tour activities begin on the first day of the trip. You can book lodging at Bunratty Courtyard Guesthouse in Bunratty Village and you can get a bus from the airport to the village. The bus stops right outside of the Guesthouse. You can also get a cab, it’s only about 12 minutes drive from the airport. The village itself is worth walking around. You have Bunratty Castle and Folk Village, which is well worth a visit for those who need to stretch their legs in the afternoon. There are two pubs who offer meals and traditional music in the evening, as well as a small restaurant right next to the Guesthouse. The Guesthouse’s website is: www.bunrattycourtyard.com. – you must book and pay for this directly.


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