Asheville Irish-Celtic Mysteries
A year and a day in the Irish-Celtic Mysteries.
Our Asheville-based program was crafted so that if you who wish to dive deep into the Celtic mysteries in respect to Ireland, you can say “yes” to grow with our community for the year. Specifically, this program is designed for those who cannot take two weeks to join us for the pilgrimage to Ireland during the Fall Equinox. Are you hungry to infuse yourself in living, timeless, and bioluminescent Celtic twilight? Come join us for a year and day in the sacred grove of Solas Geal na hEireann – the Light of Erin.
By the end of the year, participants have a solid and broad foundation in the Celtic mysteries (both pre-Christian and Christian) as they relate to Ireland within a natural, geologic, cultural, mythological, intuitive, and historic context. In addition, everyone develops a strong understanding of Irish-Celtic symbol, myth, and contemporary ceremony. We go deep! We play! We enjoy saturating ourselves in the essence of all things Celtic and beyond. Each person develops a keen sense of place within themselves and working within a group.
Everyone who completes the program may receive a certificate in the Irish-Celtic mysteries as a Bard of the Seanchaí Peregrini, an initiate and Celtic wisdom keeper. You will also be prepared to help mentor other initiates in future years. If you choose to continue to study with us and pursue deeper levels as an initiate, the next two levels of the initiate of the Seanchaí Peregrini, are Fili and then Ollamh respectively. In upper levels, we choose collectively where we will be traveling in the Pan-Celtic world (Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Isle of Mann, Brittany, etc)
Levels of the Seanchaí Peregrini
Bard – Year 1
Fili -Year 2
Ollamh -Year 3
Irish-Celtic Mysteries Details & Logistics
Program fee is $1,500.00.
Deposit of $270.00 is due by September 21, 2019.
Payment can be received via PayPal (which also offers payment plans), credit card, or via check made out to “Inchanted Journeys”. The balance can be paid in portions over the ensuing months and is due to paid in full by August 1, 2020. After October 19, 2019, deposits and fees are non-refundable. The cost includes all online programming, the four cross-quarter weekends in the Asheville area, and meals during the cross-quarter weekends. This cost does not include the price of books, reference materials, accommodations in Asheville if you require them (though we will do our best to help you find a host to stay with), and travel to/from Asheville.
An orientation call will be held a few weeks before our first weekend together at Samhain, the beginning of the Celtic year. We meet as a group four times during the year for the cross-quarter holidays for an entire weekend. We meet on the weekend closest to the holiday and often corresponding with the dark or full moon. During these weekends together, we dive deeper into topics discussed in the online forums, as well as work on hands-on projects and a respective ceremony to the seasonal holiday. We also will meet in an online forum monthly. Specific topics we focus on include but are not limited to the following:
Irish Year & Respective Sacred Sites
Morrigu, Bridgit, Anu/Áine & Macha Mysteries
Ogham – Language of the Trees
Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine & Lughnasa Mysteries
Ages of Ireland
Contemporary Irish Culture
Path of the Bard
Ecology of Ireland
Reciprocity & Riddles
Geology & Geomagnetism
Song & Prose as a Sacred Path
Life with the Good People
Pilgrimage – Walking the dragon lines
Finding Sacred Centers
Belonging & the Art of Intuition
Graduation & Passing of the Torch
Since you will not be signing up in advance to travel with us to Ireland, there are a few options if you change your mind part way into the year. First, there is another separate annual trip to Ireland that you are welcome to participate in (typically in June or July) with Jeremy and Angele. And second, if a space opens in the 8-person immersion group because someone had to drop out due to personal or health reasons, you are welcome to step into that space as well. At the end of the year, the graduation ceremony at Samhain corresponds with the welcoming of new adepts for the following year and your graduation.
Caveat (Kiss of the Fae)
The list of topics is intended for all practical purposes to act as a general guide and will be covered, but the Fae have a way of bending time so that we must be prepared to forgo the format at any given point in order to respect the magic of the Otherworld. The purpose of this journey through the year of the Irish-Celtic Mysteries is to cultivate a strong relationship with the Irish-Celtic worldview while refining our intuitive craft. The invitation is to “climb a mystery everyday”…to become a Seanchaí Peregrini, a bearer of timeless lore while ever questing life’s riddles.
We use segments of several books throughout the program with reading assignments prior to the online forums each month. A list of books that we utilize and you should purchase will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Other reading will be provided throughout the year in print or PDF format. Several films will be suggested for viewing prior to several of the online forums.
Assignments include monthly reading, family tree/ancestor research, a research paper/project, and a telling/presentation at Beltaine (open to friends and family to participate). Monthly reading should be complete before meetings. Research papers/projects are due at Imbolc. Topics and personal expectations are discussed during our first weekend together for Samhain. The emphasis of the research paper/project is to delve deeply into one of the ancient Celtic deities/archetypes/saints/Sídh in respect to the sacred Irish landscape. Additionally, each person individually dives into a deep tracking of at least one branch of your family tree, whether you have any Irish heritage that is known or not is not important. We follow the trail to the illuminate ones who have gone before us and draw it close in the Celtic twilight.