Date/TimeSun, Apr, 26th - Thu, Apr, 30th
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InstructorMary Meighan & Sean Johnson
April 26th- 30th, 2020 | Retreat with Mary Meighan & Sean Johnson
• Early Bird Discount Rate – $1959 ($200 savings) if registered with deposit by Feb 1st, 2020.
Wild Lotus & Celtic Journeys presents
Music & The Celtic Soul: Celtic Spirituality Retreat & Journey
In gorgeous County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland, home of traditional Irish music.
Celtic spirituality is the indigenous spirituality of Ireland. It is a gentle, nature based way of being that invites us to be our authentic selves and to live from our heart.
On this retreat, experience the depth and profoundly simple inspiration of Celtic Spirituality through Irish blessings, songs, poems, stories, chants, music, meditations, rituals, visits to sacred sites, connection with locals, gentle candlelit evening yoga sessions inspired by Celtic wisdom, and free time to wander.
In addition to daily explorations into Celtic spirituality and visits to sacred sites, on this retreat, we will have three evenings in Doolin, a quaint village that is one of the most beloved traditional Irish music and cultural capitals of Ireland. Each night traditional Irish music sessions abound. We have also made arrangements with one of Ireland’s most beloved storytellers and writers Eddie Lenihan to share an evening of Irish folk and fairy lore with our group.
Mary Meighan, a native of Ireland, is the founder of Celtic Journeys whose mission is to offer soul journeys steeped in the Celtic traditions of pilgrimage, retreat, and ritual. She has traveled to sacred sites across Ireland for decades — renewing, sustaining, and sharing her passion for the Celtic world. She also visits the U.S. and other countries introducing the Celtic Spirituality through talks, workshops and retreats– drawing upon the inspiration of Irish poets, storytellers, scholars and traditional musicians.
Sean and Mary have been friends for many years and have guided a number of retreats together in Ireland. They are excited to share this one-of-a-kind immersion in Celtic spirituality.
Sean Johnson is a singer, storyteller, and teacher of spirituality and yoga. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga, Soul School Teacher Training Program, and The Wild Lotus Band. Sean’s love of Ireland and Celtic Spirituality goes back to his youth, and in college he did an intensive program in Irish Studies. He has traveled to Ireland over a dozen times.
“Shared time with you two and our entire Pilgrim Family on the has been heart soothing, mind calming and soul quenching. I came to the retreat open to its offerings and I leave the retreat more open to life, the internal stirrings and fire as well as the external. Feeling grounded, cradled and full of gratitude. Your guidance and this land – heartful blessings and full of gifts I cherish dearly.” – Tehroma, 2016
“It would have been more than enough to have only experienced the abundant, luscious sights, sounds, experiences and ideas offered to the group. Mary and Sean invite everyone to come in and keep close, when folks wish to. But for me, in addition, my sense of understanding subtly changed and I can’t for the life of me explain; its purview lies beyond thoughts and words. You have to come here and wrap yourself around that Celtic Spirit, and identify that sense for yourself.” – Karen, 2016
“Taking part in the Celtic Spirituality & Yoga retreat has been life changing! I am so grateful to you, Sean and Mary, for the opportunity and for the wonderful experience you provided which has opened my mind and heart to a whole other world to continue to explore!” – Delilah, 2016
“Sean and Mary are truly mystical healers working to uphold the high vibrations palpable on our majestic planet Earth. Together, they weave the ancient splendor of spiritual traditions through the sensations of grounded humanity to create an uplifting, harmonious community that fosters great nurturing, healing, and growth, all in the most mystical environs. Go for your Soul! Go for your Heart! Find your Anam Cara through expression of the wildness and rawness that is YOU.” – Sudha, 2019
“Thanks so much for the fully engaging and gentle retreat. I was especially grateful to get to know you both in such a sacred setting along with the trips to ancient sites around the island. I will take with me all of your gems of Celtic wisdom, stories , laughter, and Sean’s beautiful Irish songs which all are inside me.” – Mary, 2017
“I loved the retreat! The Celtic approach revealed the deepest, most poignant strands of my being that have been seeking manifestation for my whole life! I have done many retreats over the past 30 years and this one feels the most impactful.” – Peter, 2017
“For me it was the space created by Sean and Mary, the stories, songs, chanting, encouragement, shared experience, and genuine love for the Celtic way that allowed for such beauty to emerge in all of us. I keep looking at the pictures shared by others, the warmth in my chest, the quickening of my heart and joy in my soul are the result.” – Meg, 2017
“A deeply rich and soulful immersion into Celtic Spirituality, with genuine Irish hospitality. It was truly transformative and healing.” – John, 2017
“Mary and Sean held a sacred space that allowed us to connect with the energies of the land, sky and sea in our own, individual way while providing a beautiful group experience. Whether a seasoned practitioner of Celtic Spirituality or brand new to it, it was rich and inviting and powerful.” – Simone 2017
The sample itinerary below gives you a feel for how our days will flow and the kinds of experiences included in the retreat. Schedule may shift in the flow of the week.
Each day we will have a Celtic Gathering that begins with songs and chants to tune your spirit to the Celtic world. Our gatherings are ways to draw you deep into Celtic Spirituality, a way of experiencing the world that is ancient, yet very much alive. This time will give you an internal understanding and feel for the Celtic Tradition – a world filled with mystery and natural wonder. We’ll share poems, music, stories, chants, blessings and prayers of this ancient land allowing the Celtic Spirit and mystery to stir your imagination and nurture your heart.
Day One Sunday. A very warm Fáilte – (Welcome in Irish) on your Celtic Journey as we meet in Bunratty Castle Hotel in Bunratty, County Clare at 11am for our opening Celtic Gathering beginning your introduction to Celtic Spirituality, its wisdom and tradition. Irish song and music will travel with us on this Celtic Retreat and Journey weaving its way around us, between us and within us. This begins your deep and authentic journey into Celtic Spirituality, as we share with you the Celtic music and chant, poems, myth, prayers, blessings, stories, music. We will also share the details of this Celtic Journey and Retreat. Break for lunch and then we will travel in our private coach into County Limerick to Ireland’s largest Stone Circle. Stand and sing within this Sacred place of ritual as you begin to feel the energy of this land and connect with your own energy within. A gentle and opening land Ritual before traveling back to Bunratty Castle Hotel and a welcoming evening meal together. Twilight songs with Sean and a session of gentle Celtic-themed evening yoga to help welcome your body on this journey.
Day Two Monday. Depart from Bunratty Castle Hotel and travel into the beautiful Burren area. Step upon the wild and magical limestone landscape, a place of solitude. Participate in a Holy Well Ritual right in the heart of this sacred landscape. A little quiet time for tuning into the landscape. Travel to Ballyvaughan and have lunch as you please in this little village by the sea….travel along the County Clare coast and arrive in Doolin, a small village on the West coast of Ireland. Settle in to Hotel Doolin and meet for some words about traditional Irish music and songs. Dinner as you please in the hotel or in one of the pubs about a 5 minute walk. The hotels and the pubs will have traditional music sessions every night. There are usually two traditional music sessions in the hotel, the first beginning at 7.30pm. Overnight at Hotel Doolin, a small family hotel where we will be occupying most of the rooms.
Doolin is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and located on the edge of the historic Burren in northwest County Clare. Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music to be had every night in the pubs in the village and in the hotel where we are staying.
Day Three Tuesday. Morning Celtic Gathering and continue to deepen your sense of Celtic Spirituality. Be introduced to Brigid – our beloved ancient Goddess and Celtic Saint. Begin to have a sense of the importance of Brigid in the heart and soul of Ireland. Hear some of the myriad of stories about Brigid and the special place She holds in this land. Be part of Brigid Fire Ritual and be Blessed by Water from Brigid’s Goddess Well in Kildare. Sing songs and chants in Brigid’s honour. Our Celtic Gatherings offer you an authentic and gentle invitation into the Celtic imagination so important in our tradition and a beautiful part of Celtic Retreat. Lunch followed by afternoon retreat time. An evening of fairy stories and Irish lore with renowned Irish storyteller and author Eddie Lenihan.
Day Four Wednesday. Morning Celtic Gathering unfolding more of the treasures of Celtic Spirituality as you begin to experience for yourself a sense of our indigenous Spirituality through the song and chant and traditional music of the Celtic World and poems, blessings and stories. Experience some of our Celtic Practices that are an essential part of our Celtic Wisdom Tradition – Practices that you can bring into your life at home to nurture and inspire. Some Irish songs to bless and inspire us. After lunch and some afternoon reflection time, we will travel to Brigid’s Well in Liscannor for Holy Well Water Rituals, tuning in to the Spirit of Brigid and the connection within to Brigid.
Travel back to Hotel Doolin and an evening meal together in one of the pubs in the village followed by a ceili gathering – an opportunity to sing, dance, and tell stories together and a traditional music session.
In the immortal words of Christy Moore, if it’s music you want, go to Clare and the capital of music in Clare is the little village of Doolin…Over the years Hotel Doolin has hosted all the greats on the Irish Trad & Folk Scene including Paul Brady, Finbar Furey, Sharon Shannon, Clannad, Lunasa, John Sheahan, Martin Hayes, Noel Hill, Mairtín O’Connor, Luka Bloom, Scullion, Lisa Hannigan, The Stunning, Mick Flannery, Damien Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke, Hothouse Flowers, Dervish, Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin. Doolin has had a living musical heritage for many decades. Music, singing, dancing and storytelling have always formed the fabric of the community. Doolin is internationally renowned for its music with many famous names and faces playing here over the years. This is thanks to the earlier generations of musicians from the area. Most famous of these perhaps is the Russell brothers Micho, Gussie and Pakie. Musicians and visitors alike have made Doolin what it is today – a great place to have a few tunes!
Day Five Thursday. Celtic morning gathering and a bringing together of our time together as our band of Celtic Journeyers and the inner journey that each one has been making accompanied by the soul of Celtic Ireland. Receive Brigid’s Sacred Flame and songs and chants to keep our connection going and nurturance for the road ahead. Travel onwards and homewards with some Irish songs alive and singing in your hearts….
For those who wish to travel to Galway there is a bus that leaves at 1.36pm from across the road from Hotel Doolin. The bus arrives in Galway City at 3.30pm
Registration and prices:
Spaces limited. The retreat is set up for an intimate group of about 21 people to attend so early registration is highly recommended to reserve your spot.
Register with $700 non-refundable deposit. Full balance due by March 1st.
• Early Bird Discount Rate – $1959 ($200 savings) if registered with deposit by February 1st, 2020.
Travel insurance is recommended. No refunds.
Price includes daily retreat sessions with Mary & Sean; four nights shared hotel accommodations (Limited number of single rooms available for an extra $90 per night – $360); four hearty Irish breakfasts; two lunches; two evening meals; coach transport; and local guide.
Price does not include airfare and meals not listed above.
Advice for traveling to Bunratty:
Advice for traveling to Bunratty:
For those traveling to Ireland for the first time, Ireland is an incredibly hospitable place for visitors and easeful place to travel compared to other countries. The 5 day length of the retreat offers a cushion of some time before and after the experience to have your own adventures on the mainland. It may not be possible for everyone, but if you have the freedom to arrive in Ireland a couple of days early, it can be helpful to adjust to the jet lag and rest before the retreat begins. Similarly if you have the flexibility to stay in Ireland a few days after the retreat, you will find the retreat to be a wonderful immersion that will bring greater depth to your travels and adventures in Ireland afterwards. Below is some advice for traveling.
On Sunday April 26th, meet us at the Bunratty Castle Hotel in Bunratty, County Clare at 11am for our opening Celtic Gathering.
From Shannon Airport: Shannon Airport is the closest airport to Bunratty. Shannon Airport to Bunratty is 12.9kms. There are buses from Shannon Airport to Bunratty. Buseireann is the national bus company and have buses running approximately every half hour from Shannon Airport to Bunratty and cost about 4Euro single, details are on their website www.buseireann.ie
From Galway City there are buses that will bring you to Shannon Airport and from there a bus to Bunratty. www.buseireann.ie and check https://expressway.ie The bus takes about one hour ten minutes from Galway City to Shannon Airport.The bus from Shannon Airport to Bunratty takes about 20minutes.
From Dublin airport: (Dublin is on the East coast of Ireland and Bunratty is 185 kms south west of Dublin ). If you do fly into Dublin you need to allow time to travel to Bunratty. If you are travelling on Sunday morning check about Sunday services as they are less frequent than the other days of the week. Travelling to Limerick from Dublin can be by bus or train – and obviously car hire is available at the Airport and in Dublin City. www.irishrail.ie has all the details of fares and timetables of trains from Dublin City to Limerick City. Limerick City to Bunratty is 16kms. The bus is situated right outside the train station. It takes about 30minutes from Limerick to Bunratty by bus and about 20minutes by taxi.
Buseireann is the national bus company and their website www.buseireann.ie has all the details of fares and timetables. There are also private bus companies that travel between Dublin City and Limerick City.