Tour & Writing Retreat in Ireland
Landscape of Soul & Story
with Carolyn Brigit Flynn
September 20 – October 2, 2016
During this sacred pilgrimage, we will travel outward to the ancient landscape of Ireland and inward to the rich territory of our unfolding souls. We will visit Ireland’s wild, rugged beauty, meet her people, and encounter her poetry, music and stories. Our retreat and tour will include visits to many of Ireland’s most ancient sacred sites, as well as time in transformative writing circles. We will emerge with notebooks full and hearts open. Visual artists, photographers, and musicians are all invited. The retreat is open to women & men.
Tour Three Beautiful Parts of Ireland
THE BOYNE VALLEY
We will visit the world-renowned passage mounds of Ireland, built 5,000 years ago at Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth along the River Boyne. (See Newgrange at right and at top). We will visit the ancient town of Kells and the Hill of Tara, two beautiful and unique places of Irish spirituality and governance. We will also visit the haunting remains of the monasteries at Monasterboice and Bective Abbey.
Fall Equinox Sunrise at Lough Crew in the Boyne Valley Our tour and writing retreat has been arranged to witness the sunrise at Lough Crew, an ancient mound oriented to the Equinox—if the morning is clear, the sun illuminates the beautiful carved stones inside. (See Lough Crew illuminated stone at left.)
We’ll visit one of the most beautiful and isolated parts of Ireland in the far south west. (See the Beara Peninsula at right). We’ll visit the spectacular Ring of Beara, a gorgeous route through the peninsula, and visit the Ardroom Stone Circle, an ancient circle of standing stones.
We’ll stay in the colorful town of Castletownbere (at left), right at the sea. We will visit the Hag of Beara, Bonane Heritage Centre and take a ferry to the small, exquisite Bere Island for a view of spectacular Irish cliffs. We will also spend a writing day at the renowned Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat, with a local Beara poet.
The ancient name for Kildare is Cill Dara, “Church of the Oak.” Our pilgrimage will bring us deep into the feminine divine of Ireland in the landscape of Brigit, the great goddess/saint of that land. We will visit Brigit’s Holy Well (see right), Brigit’s Fire Temple and the Curragh, known as Brigit’s Meadow, as well the site of her Monastery, Cathedral and the ancient Kildare Round Tower. We are thrilled that we will also spend a day at the beautiful, newly-opened center at Solas Bhride for a deepening into the sacred feminine of Brigit and Ireland.
COST AND REGISTRATION
Cost for twelve nights is $3,600 per person, shared occupancy (additional $380 single). Includes all lodging, ground transportation, guides, entrances to sites, writing facilitation and meals, except a few lunches and dinners on your own. Airfare arrangements and expenses are on your own. This trip could fill quickly, so reserve your place as soon as you can. Registration requires $500 non-refundable deposit. See link for Registration Details below. Email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest and for a registration form.
CAROLYN’S ROOTS IN IRELAND
Ireland is the land of Carolyn’s ancestors, and the sacred ground of her creative and spiritual work. Her private journeys over the past eighteen years feed her deep connections with Ireland’s history and lush landscape. She has longstanding connections with relatives in County Roscommon and County Dublin, and makes regular pilgrimages to Ireland’s sacred stones. As a peacemaker who carries the spirit of Ireland’s ancient Mother Goddess Brigid, she also regularly visits and makes offerings at Ireland’s holy wells and sacred shrines. Carolyn first led groups of writers and artists to Ireland in 2002, with a focus on meeting the creative spirits and the ancient ancestors in the landscape, the carved stones, the hills and fields.