Our workshop site is on the site of secluded and private nunnery on Carrickbrack Rd, Howth, Co. Dublin, D13 YK71 that runs soul centered workshops during the year. It’s a very special place, with lovely divine feminine energy. Incredible myth and history surrounds it, from Neolithic structures, to tales of the ancient magical race, the Tuatha de Danann, to the dramas of Celts and Vikings, Anglo Normans and Barbary pirates and warrior queens. Its ancient name is Gleann na bhFianna, the Glen of the Fianna, a 1st century warrior militia, who protected Ireland from invasion, giving rise to the Fenian Cycle in Irish mythology. The lawns offer beautiful views across the bay to the islands of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay.
Our host, David Maddy, writes: Ériu, Queen of the Tuatha de Danann, extends a personal invitation to You, to Howth, once the royal entry point to Ireland long, long ago. Won’t you come ?
REGISTRATION & INFORMATION:
Friday-Sunday, June 9-11
THE CELTIC SOUL BACK HOME
I will find out where she has
- W.B. Yeats, “The Song of Wandering Aengus”
In “The Song of Wandering Aengus” Yeats gave us one of the greatest poems of soul and its transformations in all of literature. The poem keys us to understand how shamans can heal and rescue souls with the right songs and the enchantment of goodly speech, prized by the Celts above all other weapons and virtues. It will infuse our deep adventures in dreaming soul back home at a special place where Yeats spent some of his teen years.
Soul-loss, in shamanic understanding, is a primary source of illness, depression and mental confusion. We lose vital soul energy through pain and trauma and heartbreak, through wrenching life choices, and by giving up on our big dreams and ceasing to live the soul’s purpose. When we lose the energy of soul, the magic goes out of life. We are often fatigued for no apparent reason, we can’t experience joy or love, and there is a gaping hole in us that we try to fill with addictive behaviors. Soul-loss can put us in the procession of the walking dead, playing the roles that other people cast us for, no longer knowing who we are or why we are in this world.
Dream drought is an epidemic in modern society. It may be that if we have lost our dreams, it is because we have lost the bright dreamer in our souls, the one who went away. When we learn to reopen to dreams, they can show us where to find our missing parts, and how to bring them home.
In this adventure in healing and transformation, close to the spirits of land and water, of stone and trees, we’ll help each other to open the dreamgates, become shamanic healers for our own family of selves, and, welcome the energy and magic of soul back into our bodies and our daily lives. We’ll learn how to grow a dream for someone who does not have a dream. We will practice powerful Active Dreaming techniques including Lightning Dreamwork, dream reentry and journeying, shared dreaming, timefolding, dream transfer, dream theatre and navigating by synchronicity.
We’ll practice cultural, as well as personal, soul recovery and soul remembering, reclaiming ancient dreamways and keys to inspiration, wholeness and healing. We’ll practice dream incubation as the ancients did, seeking healing in the sacred night, traveling deep into realms of the Goddess. We’ll learn the ways of the vision-seer. We’ll learn how to screen and discern messages about the possible future that come through dreams, intuitive states and the sign language of the world. We’ll borrow the keen sight and the eyes of Raven to scout out the possible future for ourselves and our communities, traveling across time and space and dimensional boundaries and bring back helpful information.
We’ll go singing into the dreamlands and return with new songs, in the spirit of the inspired ones, the poet-seers. We’ll learn to reach across time to heal ancestral wounds, discharge karmic burdens, and reclaim ancient rituals.
We’ll recollect and embody what the old ones knew:
We’ll grow the sacred space and compassionate circle energy that make the extraordinary easy. We’ll honor our healing journeys through spontaneous ritual, art, storytelling and performance and play wonderful games to delight our homecoming children and our juicy, creative, star-remembering selves – and develop strategies to keep them happily engaged in our everyday lives.
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