Returning to Our Earth Roots
South West Ireland
2021: Dates Coming
Sacred Living Sacred Dying
South West Ireland
Photo Credit: Emma McArdle Photography
Ireland Pilgrimages 2020
An Intimate Experience
Limited to 8 people per pilgrimage
Where We Stay
We will have exclusive use of the Anam Cara Retreat Center on the Beara Peninsula. Beara is a rural and hauntingly beautiful part of Ireland that is the integral part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The retreat sits on a hill overlooking Coulagh Bay, the mountains of the Ring of Kerry, and the Slieve Mishkish Mountains. The wonderful colorful village of Eyeries is a short walk away.
What Anam Cara Offers
~ Sod-Earth Meditation Hut
~ Five acres of gardens and meadows
~ Situated on the riverbank of the Kealincha River with cascades
~ A river island
~ Hazelnut Groves
~ 34 nooks and crannies with views
~ Sauna & Hot Tub
Enjoy becoming “rooted” into your pilgrimage experience and “rooted” into the land and the sea by staying in one place.
View from Anam Cara Retreat
Most excursions are a 15 minute drive away. One excursion to the magical forest is 40 minutes. So less travel time and more time on the land.
~ Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Walk
~ Ballycrovane Ogham Standing Stone (the largest Ogham Stone in the whole of Europe)
~ Glengarriff Forest - a magical forest of ancient oak trees, ferns, and mosses
~ Sacred Ceremony at local Stone Circle
~ The Sacred Stone of the Crone of Beara - the most ancient Celtic mythological being who Orders Life and Death
~ Roadside Shrine to Mother Mary
~ Local Healing Wells
If time, energy, and spirit allow we may also visit Glen Begh Lough (Lake)
Approximate Daily Schedule
~ Morning Meditation
~ Qi-Gong and Healing Sounds
~ Morning Teaching
~ Sacred Excursion
~ Late Lunch
~ Afternoon free to write and journal, sketch, sit and look at the views, read, nap, walk
~ Gather to share our daily explorations
~ Night Meditation
An extra night excursion for traditional Irish music/story-telling likely.
*Please Note: This schedule will shift slightly for our longer excursion, and for the weather. We may also have a day of simply 'being' at Anam Cara. Flexibility required to flow in the moment.
SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2020 PILGRIMAGE:
RETURNING TO OUR EARTH ROOTS
6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS
“Belonging” will be part of our exploration.
So many of us feel we do not belong here on Earth, or have somehow lost our innate connection. In reaching deeply into the mystical land of Ireland and the “aliveness” of the spirit of the land we open the portal to our own connection and “alive” nature.
We will explore what it means to return to our Earth Roots, to our Humanity, to the Elements of the Earth and our own elemental bodies. With our current world situation this is the time when we need to feel deeply rooted, so as not to get knocked off balance. To be fully rooted we need to feel we fully belong.
We will use Celtic poetic texts, the Druidic connection to the trees, and the Feminine Understanding of the Great Mother and Crone as the Body of the Land, and as our own bodies.
"To belong means to be fully here. To be fully here means to accept every single aspect of your beautiful human vulnerability. In this acceptance by one's own self, comes the natural acceptance by others, and then before we know it our sense of belonging is wondrously born. We each have the right to this birth, to this belonging, right here, and now, on Earth." - Meghan Don
*We will allow the wild beauty of the Beara Peninsula to draw us back into our bodies and physical lives, where the call of belonging is strongly crying out to us to return.
2021 PILGRIMAGE: Dates Coming
SACRED LIVING SACRED DYING
6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS
In Life there is Death and in Death there is Life.
Our explorations take us into the Celtic Wisdom of Living and Dying, the mystic death of the moment, and what is being asked of us to come fully into our lives here and now.
The land herself is one of our greatest teachers in living and dying. With our excursions we will allow the land to become our teacher.
We will also open to the Crone of Beara herself, the most ancient of ancients - she who is known as ordering the very process of Life and Death. We will use the writings of Celtic poets, and Druidic and Christian mystic wisdom texts to inspire our contemplations.
“Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.”
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye - 1932
*Please Note: There will be a special excursion to a world-renowned local Buddhist center where we will enter into a special meditation to enhance our pilgrimage experience.
FEES FOR EACH PILGRIMAGE:
We have recognized a need for a 3-tier payment.
That is, you pay according to your financial ability
Single Room Accommodation:
Tier 1: $2690
Tier 2: $2190
Tier 3: $1990 (Scholarship Rate by Application)
DEPOSIT FOR JUNE PILGRIMAGE:
Deposit of $990 due: ASAP - to ensure your place
Balance due: March 13th, 2020
DEPOSIT FOR SEPT. PILGRIMAGE:
Deposit of $990 due: ASAP - to ensure your place
Balance due: August 5th, 2020
If you need extended time for payment please let us know.
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What is Included
~ Very Comfortable Single Room with views
~ All meals
~ Transport for all excursions
~ Retreat Fee
~ Exclusive use of Anam Cara
~ Sauna and Hot Tub and all facilities at Anam Cara
~ Intimate Experience of only 8 people
~ Airline ticket to Ireland
~ Travel Insurance (required)
~ Payment for travel to and from Retreat Center (We will pick you up and drop you off. See Travel Suggestions below)
~ Overnight hotel accommodation (see Travel Suggestions below)
~ Extra personal snacks and drinks, or extra personal activities
~ Please Note: All Payments are Non-Refundable including deposits, which is why full travel insurance is required. We understand “Life Happens” and we want to make sure you are fully covered.
Our Travel Suggestions
~ Fly into Shannon, Ireland the day before the retreat to settle from your travels and get over jet lag.
~ Stay overnight at The Carry Gerry Country House: https://www.carrygerryhouse.com
A wonderful country hotel just 5 miles from the Shannon Airport, where you can walk down country roads, have dinner, and breakfast the next morning. They have specials online at different times. Book early. Breakfast and dinner available at hotel.
~ We will pick you up at the hotel at 11am on the day of the retreat and transport you to Anam Cara Retreat Center. It is a 4 hour journey, including a lunch stop. Transport cost will depend on how many traveling. Between $60-$80 one way. Pay for own lunch.
~ We will transport you back to the hotel, or Shannon, leaving AnamCara Retreat at 11am, arriving in Shannon at 3pm with lunch stop. Again cost depending on how many traveling. Between $60-$80 one way. Pay for own lunch.
There are 4 single rooms available at Anam Cara. Two with their own bathroom, the other two sharing a bathroom. These will be given on a first come first serve basis. THESE ROOMS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR BOTH PILGRIMAGES
LOCAL B&B ROOMS: ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR BOTH PILGRIMAGES
Both single and double rooms, with own bathroom, are provided at a local B&B within a 10 minute picturesque walk from Anam Cara. You will be transported to and fro upon request, though the walk is lovely!
You have full use of Anam Cara facilities and may spend as much time there as you desire (most only go to B&B to sleep).
Rev. Meghan Don
Rev. Meghan Don is of Celtic ancestry and Ireland is where her soul and body feels most at home. In fact it was the first place that she felt at home on this Earth. Meghan delights in sharing the mystical land and sea and the Celtic wisdom with those who are called.
Meghan has been described as “THE VOICE when it comes to how we as humans can integrate the feminine in our lives,” and her work “leads us into our true nature where we are emboldened to step up as a force of healing and hope in the world.” Meghan is an Evolutionary Mystic, Award-Winning Author, Founder of The Sanctuary of Sophia, a Feminine Mentor, and Death & Dying Guide. Her work incorporates mystical prayer and meditation, sacred chant and dance, Jungian wisdom, and Tree of Life mysteries, bringing ancient wisdom into a contemporary and accessible form. Meghan has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, Unity and New Thought Churches, and Interfaith Training Institutes.
Her books are:
~ Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey into the Sacred (winner of Best Book & Author Award, 2006)
~ Sacred Companions Sacred Community: Reflections with Clare of Assisi
~ The New Divine Feminine: Spiritual Evolution for a Woman’s Soul
Meghan is currently working on a new book on Death and Dying.