Connecting with the Spirits of Ireland

MAY 16-28, 2019

From wicklow to dublin and all places inbetween

 

Join Charlene Ray and 7-10 participants on a sacred and intimate journey to connect with the landscape and beauty of Ireland. This journey will focus on moving mindfully and with great reverence as we spend time reflecting and becoming present to the wisdom of the land, and the longings of our soul.

 
 
 

"I would love to live like a river flows,

carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."

|    John O’Donohue, Irish Poet, Author, and Priest

 
 
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Overview

We will spend our first days in the beautiful county of Wicklow, spending time among ancient wells, mountains and lakes as we begin to invite our own wisdom to be unveiled in the mystery of the Irish landscape. We will be guided by Rosaleen Durkin, an intuitive steward of the wells.

From Wicklow, we will travel west to the beautiful Lisserlough House, Boyle, and Roscommon Ireland and spend our next 7 days deeply connecting with wells, tombs, stones, labyrinths, lakes and waterfalls in the natural world of Sligo/Roscommon/Donegal/Leitrim. A final visit to the great Hill of Tara completes this amazing pilgrimage.

 

Trip itinerary

Day 1 May 16

Arrive in the morning at the Dublin airport. Rosaleen and I will be there to greet you, our small bus will take us to Laragh, County Wicklow, and lunch at the Glendalough Green Cafe. You will know you have fully arrived in Ireland with a visit to a holy well to begin our journey with sacred intention. After this, you will settle into your B&B, where you will be staying for several nights. We will have a simple picnic dinner before getting a good night's rest.

DAY 2 may 17

Today we will explore the beauty of Glendalough with a visit to a sweet well, the lakes and a walk up Camaderry Mountain. Rosaleen will give us a glimpse into the mystery and beauty of this area and prepare us for the journey ahead with the wells of Wicklow. This evening we will enjoy a lovely dinner at the Wicklow Heather.

DAY 3 May 18

Today we will spend time walking, reflecting and in ceremony with more of the ancient wells of Wicklow. We will have lunch at a little cafe in Hollywood after traveling over the beautiful Wicklow Gap. In the afternoon, we will explore some ancient stones and fairy glens. There will also be time to shop at a lovely woolen mill.

DAY 4 may 19

This will be a day to travel to several sacred and hidden wells with our guide, Rosaleen, and experience the awakening feminine energy at these sites. We will take time to experience the healing of these holy and ancient sites. We will explore the town of Wicklow and the beautiful coastline before settling in for a final night at our B&B.

DAY 5 May 20

We will say goodbye to Wicklow and Rosaleen and head to Lisserlough House in County Roscommon. Along the way, we will stop in Kildare to visit Brigid’s Well and have lunch in Mullingar. At Lisserlough, we will meet our guide John Willmott, the Woodland Bard, and he will introduce us to the mythology of the area. After a lovely home-cooked dinner, we will settle in for the night.

DAY 6 May 21

John will continue his introduction to the mythology of the area. We will head to the Caves of Keash where we will climb to the entrances and gaze out to the magnificently extensive views of lake-dotted southern Sligo, east Mayo and Roscommon.

We will have lunch at the nearby Fox’s Den.

We will finish the day at Carrowcrory cottage where we will walk the tree labyrinth, visit the well and listen to John’s stories and poetry. Claire Roche, will serenade us with her harp and beautiful voice.

DAY 7 May 22

Yeats Day: William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost literary figures of the early 20th Century. We will devote this day to exploring the beautiful places that inspired Yeats. The fairy folk will await our arrival to the green forest of Hazelwood and the great waterfall of Devil’s Chimney. Walks through Hazelwood are some of the most beautiful in all of Ireland. This day will inspire and call forth your inner poet.

We will also spend time at Tobernault Well, a sacred place for quiet reflection and personal ceremony.

DAY 8 May 23

We visit Carrowkeel, thought to be a power spot and one of the most important centers of Neolithic Ireland. Passage tombs are found here and can be entered by carefully crawling into the womb-like burial chambers. We will spend time in quiet reflection and ceremony in this sacred place.

DAY 9 May 24

We visit County Donegal to stand in the majestic presence of Slieve League Cliffs, which are the highest and most exquisite marine cliffs in all of Europe with views that will take your breath away.

We will stop at several sites along the way that may include Mullaghmore, Janus Figure, and a holy well on the shore near Ballyshannon. We will plan to see a couple of the sites in Glencolmcille, as well as have a little time for shopping at the woolen mill.

DAY 10 May 25

After a long day of travel, we will spend this day visiting Strandhill Beach. First a morning walk up Knocknarea or a stroll in the Glen. Then indulging in the glorious detoxifying seaweed baths at VOYA. This sublime indulgence begins with a steam treatment to open pores so nutrients from the seaweed can be absorbed. You are then immersed in a bath of seaweed from the unspoiled Atlantic coast of Ireland. You will feel relaxed and reborn, and your skin will look fantastic. We will have lunch at a fabulous cafe next door. There will be time for taking a long walk on the beach, reading in a cafe, or writing in your journal.

DAY 11 May 26

Today we will explore the magic of Drumcliff where Yeats is buried. We will enjoy a coffee or tea and scone at the gift shop here. Benbulben in the distance will call us to its majesty and beauty, and we will spend time on a forest walk at the base of this magical mountain.

We will visit the Organic Centre to experience the gardens and have lunch at the cafe before heading to Fowley Falls; one of the best kept secrets of north Leitrim.

DAY 12 May 27

On our final day, we travel to Tara and then return to Dublin.

The Hill of Tara is associated with the ancient rituals of kingship. We will spend time at this sacred place that has many stories to tell. You may find yourself napping under the fairy tree, reflecting at one of the wells, wandering through the ancient cemetery or walking the green hills.

We will lunch at the Tara Cafe, then guests will be transported to a Dublin airport hotel for the final night.

DAY 13 May 28

Guests depart for other adventures or return home.

 

Prepare for your trip

 

An adventurous spirit and a desire to connect deeply with yourself and Ireland is the best preparation for this journey. Other preparations that you can make are to read books and watch videos about Ireland, learning about the culture and the landscape will inspire you and get you even more excited for the journey.

Upon payment of your deposit, you will receive an equipment list, health questionnaire and participant agreement.

This is a once in a lifetime, magical experience. I hope you will join me.

 

RATES and registration

Cost: $3,600

Airfare not included. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your place. Single supplement, add $500.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 13 nights’ accommodation, double occupancy
  • Pick up from Dublin Airport to County Wicklow
  • All guides
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner excluding alcohol for all 12 days
  • Transportation to all sites

WHAT'S not INCLUDED

  • Airfare to and from Ireland
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Cancellation & Medical Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Laundry, telephone calls from hotels

Review full booking terms & conditions.


CANCELLATION POLICY

Due to the need to reserve and pay for some services ahead of time, cancelation is necessary prior to April 1, 2019. Your $500 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.