Year and a Day Immersion
The Light of Erin
Solas Geal na hEireann
What are we doing?
Learn about the sacred sites and mythology of Ireland.
Explore historic & contemporary Irish culture and the arts.
Saturate in Irish-Celtic symbol, myth, ceremony, and sacred sites.
Harmonize with the Irish-Celtic seasonal relationships.
On-line teachings & community sharing.
Cross-quarter holiday weekend retreats in Asheville, NC.
And for those in the immersion course: Two weeks in Ireland.
Choose a path:
The Irish-Celtic Mysteries program runs from Samhain (end of October) to Samhain every year. You can choose to participate just in the year-long Irish-Celtic Mysteries, or to participate in the year-long Irish-Celtic Mysteries in concert with an approximately two week immersion in Ireland. The immersion program with the trip to Ireland can only accommodate 8 people. Click on the portals below to find out more information.
Nature and the divine are not separate, they are intricately woven together and as inseparable as the Celtic knots. Celtic knots may appear at first glance to be made of more than one thread, weaving in and out of complexity and across the landscape of the soul, our DNA, and the earth, but in reality it is all one thread. If we follow the thread slowly, it helps to soften and unwind the mind. If we follow the knot quickly, it undulates and turns like the great cosmic serpent inviting us into deeper presence
and to the unlocking of our biological and spiritual potential.
It is a gateway to our immortal nature.
Plus other guest staff both in the US and in Ireland.
What do we do?
The Irish-Celtic Mysteries program is designed for the initiate who seeks a deeper understanding and relationship with the Celtic mysteries in respect to Ireland. In the ancient fashion of the Celts, the course will run for “a-year-and-a-day”, covering a span of topics from sacred sites and mythology, to contemporary culture and the arts. We dive deep into symbol, myth, ceremony, and sacred sites. We explore the Celtic relationship with the seasons via the “fire festivals” or cross-quarter holidays. Most course work and meetings are held in an online forum (webinar or similar), although we physically gather during the four cross-quarter holidays of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine, and Lughnasa in the Asheville area. The course is capped with a two week retreat in Ireland. Upon our return in the wheel of the year to Samhain, we welcome the new initiates and those returning for the upcoming year’s program.
During the year, we gather and work as a group of initiates steeped in the lore of place. We develop a strong sense of community chemistry and interpersonal synergy. We come alive to ourselves and our heritage (whatever your biological ancestry may be) in the landscape, cultivating relationships of reciprocity. We cultivate a remembrance that we first ask permission with respect to enter an ancient and holy place. We practice opening ourselves to the mystery and magic of place, to listen and be guided. This year-and-a-day program provides the opportunity to both become a Celtic peregrini (pilgrim, wanderer, seeker… Latin for “one from abroad”) in search of the place of their personal “resurrection” and belonging, as well as to become a seanchaí (pronounced “shawncree”) a Celtic bearer of ancient/timeless lore.
Is this for you?
Are you ready to access the gateways into the Celtic Mysteries and step through portals to the timeless space within you, while journeying into relationship with the sacred lands of Ireland? If you are ready to refine the Irish-Celtic lens through which you see the world, then this program is for you. Let us track the lines of our heritage to its source. Let us listen to the song of our ancestors and descendants. Let us find the harmony therein and share our voices. Learn traditional songs. Learn traditional and contemporary Celtic ceremony. Are you ready to dance with your destiny? If so, then this course in the Irish-Celtic mysteries and journey to Ireland is truly for you.
Registration & More Information:
For more information, application and registration:
IMPORTANT: For the Ireland Immersions program, the two-week retreat in Ireland is not a superficial bus stops tour at popular sights. We will be basing out of retreat centers, castles, and family-run B&B’s for 3-4 day periods and often traveling off the known path during our day trips to sacred sites. We are calling for self-responsible and psychologically mature individuals who are ready to dive deep into the sacred journey. A journey of power such as this can be seriously impaired when a traveling companion is whinny, controlling, selfish, or demanding of special attention. If you are a person with high control needs this may not be the trip for you. We are creating a container that allows for timelessness…the true emergence of the Irish-Celtic spirit. Freedom through responsibility and reciprocity are the building blocks of the true sovereign.