30 April - 10 May 2022
meandering through magical, green Ireland, off the beaten path, delighting in the abundant nourishment for your senses. The sight of emerald rolling hills, ancient stone circles and spectacular cliffs. The sound of crashing ocean waves, the classical tongue of Gaelic and traditional Irish music. The smell of clean air and the sea. The taste of fresh bread, aged cheese and, if you drink alcohol, Guinness and Irish coffee (with whiskey). The feel of locally-made organic body lotion and soft sheep's wool knitted and woven into glorious patterns to keep you toasty and cozy when the weather turns cool...
So often, in our American culture focused on DOING, the deep, health-sustaining "well" within us runs dry.
How would it feel to luxuriously fill that well and to explore an enchanting land at the same time?
The well is a symbol of the Sacred Feminine, a receptacle of nourishment, peace, and deep BEING. On this journey, you will fill that well by slowing down and steeping in the magic that is Ireland. Traveling, yes, but slowing down, exploring with curiosity, opening to receive.
is the Earth itself. Herself. You nourish your Sacred Feminine and allow your well to fill when you connect deeply with the Earth and open yourself to her calm, stable energy. On this journey you will be communing with the Earth and the ocean. You will explore expressions of ancient Irish goddesses, especially Brigid, who later became the female patron saint of Ireland.
You will walk the land, see and feel the energy of the sea, meet locals, and open your senses to the fullness of the land of Eire. You will connect with a tribe of interesting, thoughtful women travellers. You will come home with your well full, deeply nourished by all you have discovered and experienced.
Arrive in Dublin and make your way to The Iveagh Garden Hotel, located nearly across the street from beautiful St. Stephen's Green and within walking distance of numerous Dublin attractions.
We will have an opening circle in the late afternoon, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin
Kildare is the location of one of the most famed holy wells associated with the Goddess and Saint Brigid. People throughout Ireland over hundreds of years have made pilgrimages to this and other holy wells seeking healing.
Next we will travel to Lough Gur, a magical and mysterious site dating back to Stone Age. Rich in folklore and archaeology, Lough Gur has the most ancient stone circle in Ireland.
We will then make our way to the coastal village of Doolin, famous as a centre of traditional Irish music.
Doolin Inn, County Clare
We will spend much of our day in the Burren, an amazing and unique landscape home to rock formations and a diverse array of flowers from various ecosystems around the world.
We will soak in the energy around Poulnabrone (photo above) and visit the lovely Burren Perfumery, which includes a tea shop and herb gardens. https://burrenperfumery.com
Our final visit of the day will be the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. You will then have leisure time to spend back in Doolin.
We will start off the day forging deep into the Earth at the Aillwee Caves.
You will also have the opportunity to interact with birds of prey and sample the wares of a local cheesemaker on site.
Our next visit will be Brigit's Garden in County Galway. a magical site that celebrates Nature and the attributes of the Goddess Brigit.
We will relax and digest as the bus wends its way northward to the picturesque coastal town of Westport.
Castle Court Hotel, Westport, County Mayo
In the morning we will take a boat trip through the gorgeous, peaceful Killary Fjord (see photo above).
The afternoon we will spend at the Lost Valley, a working farm in pristine environs that is also a monument to the Great Famine of the 19th century. The Lost Valley was voted the #1 site in Western Ireland by Tripadvisor in 2020 and offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of the west.
We will travel to Roonagh and take the half hour ferry to Clare Island, home of the 16th-century pirate queen Grainne O'Malley. We will learn about this fascinating woman while visiting her family castle, as well as spend time exploring the 12th century Cistercian Abbey and grounds, and bask in the serene atmosphere around the megalithic standing stones on the island.
We will have the morning at leisure in Westport and then travel through Connemara to beautiful Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, home to a Benedictine order of nuns for the past 100 years.
Our overnight will be at Oranmore Lodge Hotel in County Galway.
Oranmore Lodge Hotel, County Galway
We will start our day in the company of bees, ancient symbol of the Feminine, with a tour by beekeeper Noel Leahy in the Sliabh Aughty mountains.
Next we will make our way to Rathcroghan, an ancient site with numerous burial mounds and earthworks. There is a renowned cave associated with the festival of Samhain (Halloween) and Morrigan, a Celtic goddess. Rathcroghan is also the location for the beginning and end of a national epic tale and the royal seat of famous Warrior Queen Maeve.
In the late afternoon we will make our way into Northern Ireland, to our countryside lodging for the next two nights, Killeavy Castle Hotel.
Killeavy Castle Hotel, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Meditation teacher and Forest Therapy practitioner Ann Ward will facilitate a daylong experience of immersion into the serene beauty of the Ring of Gullion, designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty." Ann will show us sacred sites nestled within the mountainous landscape where her mother was born. She will guide us on meditative walks, as well as provide a seasonal lunch with local food items in a lovingly restored hut from World War II.
Ann inherited her love of and connection with Nature from her mother, and throughout the day (Mother's Day in the US) we will be reflecting on our own mothers and our role as mother in this life, however we express that (i.e. human or animal or plant children, creative projects, etc.).
Killeavy Castle Hotel
We will travel back into the Republic of Ireland and spend the day in Bru na Boinne, the Valley of the Boyne River. This area contains one of the world's most important prehistoric landscapes, dating from the Neolithic period, including large passage tombs and 90+ additional monuments. We hope to be able to experience the incredible site of Newgrange but aren't able to confirm until closer to the time.
And then we will make our way back to Dublin, for our closing circle, dinner and last overnight at the Iveagh Garden Hotel.
The next morning, you will wake with your "Sacred Feminine well" full, and after one last hearty breakfast you will make your way to your next adventure, whether that means a journey home or a journey elsewhere.
SLAN! Farewell, and if you are headed home, SLAN ABHAILE!
Iveagh Garden Hotel
Saturday 30 April - Tuesday 10 May, 2022
Single room supplement $800 - up to 4 single rooms per group
Additional singles may incur a "super single supplement"
All lodging and transportation
Daily hearty breakfast
Six hotel dinners
All entrance fees, guides and tours
All gratuities for guides and driver
Plane flights to and from Ireland
Meals not included (see above)
*Travel insurance* - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - I can get it for you, or you can acquire on your own
Special COVID evacuation insurance (COVAC), should you wish to purchase
I will be collecting $1000 deposits by check or credit card and will hold them until January 1, at which point we should know whether we will be able to travel to Ireland in May. If circumstances are favorable to travel, I will be contacting each traveler to determine whether you feel safe to join.
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Talking about Ireland is one of my very favorite things, and I am so looking forward to this pilgrimage in the company of amazing women. I look forward to connecting with you!