Tour Price: $3895
April 13th 23rd 2020
“Listen to the river and you will catch the fish.” Old Irish Proverb
For me, the heart of Irish Celtic spirituality is in all the tales that nature has to tell. It is in the winding rock walled roads, the green beyond green landscape, or the wild Atlantic way with its surf worn shores and the Irish mist on a ‘soft day.” Seamus
Explore the city of Galway for two nights, then Ferry to the island of Inis Mor and spend two nights at the Kilmurvy Guest house. Head south to ‘The Golden Vale’ for four days of “Turas d’Anam” (Journey of the spirit) with with Rev. Dr. Noirin Ní Riain and her sons Owen and Mícheál for Celtic ritual, song and walking the sacred sites. We will then proceed to Dingle town, for three days where we will complete our pilgrims’ journe
“Nature is a constant presence to the Irish that whispers gently and some times not so gently that life is here and now and oh so full of laughter and love.” Seamus
Day 1: Transfer – Airport to Hotel Check into Galway Hotel–You will have the afternoon to rest up from the flight or explore Galway on your own. We will have dinner together as a group this evening.
Day 2: Optional Tour Day. The City of Galway: After our morning gathering, we will have time to explore Galway on our own. Galway is a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Galway is a hotbed of traditional Irish music, as you’ll find out walking the lively pedestrian streets of the Latin Quarter, where buskers abound and there’s always music in the pubs. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retain portions of the medieval city walls.
Day 3: After breakfast we will bus toward the Ros a Mihl Ferry Terminal and cross to the Aran Island of Inis Mor, a wild, majestic, and yet peaceful island. This Gaeilge (Irish) speaking island off the west coast of Ireland is a perfect setting to cultivate silence and solitude in the soul. We will stay with Teresa at the Kilmurvy Guest house near the famous ancient fort of Dun Aonghasa, We will have dinner together at the guest house.
Day 4: We will take the form of a soulful silent walk to visit Dun Aonghasa, a World Heritage site, perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Dun Aonghasa is a magnificent semi-circular fort that rests on the edge of a high cliff 300 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. That afternoon we will visit Clochan na Carraige, a hermit’s hut and have time to walk on a nearby beach. Group dinner in town that evening. Afterward we will take an optional two-hour walk in the magical half-light of evening, along the coast back to our guesthouse (transportation is available for those who do not wish to walk).
Day 5: After breakfast we depart Inis Mor and take the ferry back to the mainland. We will travel across the Shannon River and along the Great Alantic way to Nóirín’s cottage, in Dromineer, County Tipperary. Turas d’Anam, is a welcoming community where we will walk the landscape and encounter the genius of the soul and soil of Ireland. Each morning we gather for a session of song, story, poetry and myth, opening us up for a day of exploration through the ancient and holy lands of the surroundings. This evening we will have a welcome session after dinner together. Following dinner we will light two fires on the green in the center of the cottages ado a group ritual of intention setting – letting our souls catch up.
Day 6:Cottages are stocked with everything you need for a good breakfast.
8.15am – Noirin’s optional morning meditation
9.30am – Morning session
12.30pm – lunch in cottages
1:30pm – Depart on a small boat to Holy Island. This deserted island on the Lough Derg was once a great European site of pilgrimage. A perfect place to experience Ireland’s Golden Age.We will have a morning meditation and gathering and after lunch depart on a small boat to a Holy island. This deserted island on the Lough Derg was once a great European site of pilgrimage. A perfect lace to experience Ireland’s Golden Age, when it was known through the Dark Ages in Europe as the isle of Saints and Scholars.
Day 7 :
8:30am – Depart for Glestal Abbey
10:00am – Session in the monastic library
11:30am – Visit to the Icon Chapel in the crypt of the church. This is home to an astonishingly valuable collection of eastern Orthodox Icons that has been a very important part of Norin’s life at the monastery.
12:30pm – Lunch in Glenstal
1:45pm – Walk in the woods with Fr. Anthony, the woodsman of the monastery. Experience the mystagogy of trees through his own mystical eyes.
6:00pm – supper in a local restaurant called Matt Threshers – a place very close to our family’s heart. Nóirín’s great aunt and uncle used to live in this old house and she used to visit them here as a child.
8.30pm – evening session of song and story with Mickey Dunne and his family. Mickey is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures from the Irish ‘Traveler’ community, the indigenous and ancient nomadic people of Ireland. He will share some of his life stories and play the Irish ‘Uilleann’ pipes, one of the most majestic instruments in the world. Mickey hand makes these pipes now for people all over the world.
Day 8: We will then head west to Dingle in the heart of West Kerry on the Dingle Peninsula. Home will be Benners Hotel, in the center of town. You will have the afternoon to enjoy and explore Dingle Town, which is famous for its music, shops and pubs..
Day 9:After breakfast and Celtic Gathring, we will walk as a group, along the harbor to the nearby ancient tower on the peninsula. We will walk by eclectic little fashion and jewelry shops on Green street and cozy pubs along the Dingle harbor. The afternoon and evening are free for you to dine and explore on your own.
Day 10:We will travel along the beautiful Slea Head Drive, forming part of the Great Alantic way, around the Dingle Peninsula. We will visit Saint Govenath’s holy well before visiting the Blasket Island Center for our final Celtic gathering. After lunch we will visit St. Brandon’s house and take a one-hour pilgrim’s walk toward the sea. We will dine together in Dingle for our Farewell Dinner
Day 11: Today we will rise early for our journey home or onward to other destinations in Europe.
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