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with Carolyn Brigit Flynn
September 14 – 26, 2019​


GERARD CLARKE has been our Boyne Valley Guide since 2002.  He is universally loved by our participants, who often say they feel that he represents Ireland itself.  He is an ecologist and history/ archaeology guide who has worked at Newgrange and as the Head Guide at the Hill of Tara. He works with students and local communities to promote awareness and care for the earth, and to develop and return a tree culture in Ireland. He is from County Mayo, and has worked in Europe and North America and briefly in Asia.  More on Gerard and his FOREWORD to Sacred Stone, Sacred Water, which emerged from Carolyn's 2016 Ireland retreat and tour.  


SOLAS BHRIDE  Solas Bhride is a Centre for Celtic Spirituality in the spirit of Brigid of Kildare. Mary Minihen and Phil O'Shea are two founders of Solas Bhride (which means "Brigit's Flame"), who have guided our groups since 2002.  They have inspired and taught us by their bright example, and their gentle, focused way of carrying the divine feminine in our modern world. Their newly opened, beautiful eco-retreat center provides a place of welcome, tranquillity and peace, offering hospitality to people of all faiths and none. They share and celebrate the story of Brigid in a life-giving, creative and challenging way, and facilitate pilgrimages to Brigid’s sites. Their goal is to create an environment where right relationship with self, others, the cosmos and God is nurtured, providing opportunities for people to deepen their spirituality with reflection, prayer, ritual, spiritual accompaniment, education and culture.

ANAM CARA WRITER'S AND ARTIST'S RETREATis one of the premiere writing centers in Ireland, and will be our home base in the Beara Peninsula. Anam Cara Retreat has five private rooms and comfortable shared writing areas, five acres of walking paths, quiet nooks and crannies, gardens, a labyrinth meadow, and a river island and cascades. The founder and leader, Sue Booth-Forbes, is an experienced writer and editor who began her editing career at Cambridge University Press.  Sue is a wonderful friend and hostess, and we have known and worked with her since 2006.  She was born in Utah, and has lived in Beara since 1995. Anam Cara takes its name in honor of the work and writing of famed Irish writer and spiritual teacher, John O'Donahue.  


Newgrange & Bru na Boinne World Heritage Centre


Mythical Ireland

Hill of Tara

Kildare Town & Heritage Center

Beara Peninsula and Beara Tourism

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