Celebrating Highland Women – a workshop

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Celebrating Highland Women. (traditional songs and doll making). Sat 15th November, 10.30 – 5.30pm. Asheville, price $65.

A day to celebrate the archetype of Highland women – ancestors from the marginal Celtic lands of Scotland, perched  at the very edge of the Atlantic.

We’ll share stories of what speaks to us about them, from their ‘Celtic Spirituality’ (a weave of Christianity and Celtic Pagan beliefs), and touch upon the Picts, and mythology such as the Selkie.

A guided meditation will take us to the most westerly lands, perched at the very edge of the Atlantic where views open up to huge vistas where the sea meets the sky (a very sacred space in celtic belief) and the concept of sacred thresholds or thin places. 

In the afternoon we will begin by learning a waulking song in Gaelic, these are the songs the women sang as they worked. When tweed comes off the loom it’s stiff and the weave can be quite loose, after being soaked in stale urine (which helped fix the dye and partially soften the cloth they women then sewed the tweed together so it formed one continual circle. They worked together swapping gossip as the worked the wet cloth, in effect felting it – reducing it’s size by slapping it down on a table or hard surface which shrunk it making it shrinking it and making it softer. The cloth was always worked in a clockwise direction and as it was unlucky to sing the same song twice – songs were very long with lots of verses.

In the afternoon of we will make our own ‘Highland women’ needle felted doll, while all art materials and tweed (not tartan) will be provided you are encouraged to bring small personal and meaningful embellishments. We’ll combing earthly colors, incorporate elements of Celtic spirituality and make our doll a tweed cloak.


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Check out celtic Soul Craft’s other workshops here


Articles on waulking, tweed & links to listen to waulking songs:

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Making Harris tweed: From Shearing to Stamping (click on photo for short film)

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Molloy & Sons. Donegal Tweed Makers, Eire. (click on photo for short film)

http://www.waulk.org/index.asp?pageid=176756 (including information on Harris Tweed)

http://vimeo.com/20467842 Waulking song & video




Soulful greeting cards

Pulling the inspiration of ancient shamanism into form and image. The wisdom of owls, ancient tales of the creatrix, blessings of the Goddess Brighid … instant inspiration around a roaring fire underneath an inky sky.

The inspiration of Celtic Soul Craft is yours in an offering of greeting cards…

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Cards are matt photographs with a white border measuring 4 x 6. On cream color card stock with envelope

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Cards are price $3.50 each, $10 for 3 or $25 for the set of 8

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Purchases can be made by paypal using the email themoonandtheoaktree@gmail.com, make sure to let me know of your card selection and your address. Postage and packaging is $2.50.

Feel free to email me directly if you wish to pay by check.

The Keeper of Water

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This doll is a Sidhe doll, an expression of the energy of the land. Merionydd is a guardian of water (the meaning behind the symbol painted on her face). She sings the ancient songs, calling in the rainclouds from the Atlantic, drawing them down onto the land filling up tributaries and streams that flow into the loch. Water is the lifeblood of the people.

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Keeper of Darkness

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The Old Dark One has been around since the beginning of time. She resides in folklore and myth, in the threshold between this world and the otherworld. She is the Morrighan, Macha, Badb, Kali. She is the keeper of the underworld, she is renewal, rebirth.

The threads weaving in and out of her antlers are the threads that link us to everything else in this world – a reminder of the power of where we put out focus.

Doll making is an ancient tradition. Pulling the energy of the divine feminine from the otherworld into this world through the form of a doll. She can be a powerful focus, a spiritual reminder for an altar or significant place in your home.


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Calling in the Grandmothers – A day retreat in Asheville, NC

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05/17 (Saturday) 10.30 – 5.30 pm Location: North Asheville. Price: $65

‘The grandmothers, the ancient ones have never left us. Their  ancient knowledge is written in our DNA, it races through our blood and is cemented into the very marrow of our bones. Their wisdom comes alive through inspiration and imagination – in the awe of a sunset, of the ever changing canvas of the sky or through gazes where we become lost amid the great expanse of stars’. 

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In this day workshop we will call in the grandmothers in sacred space. We call them in to reconnect, knowing that we have never been unattached from them. We call them in as we birth an earth centered culture. We call them in for their strength and inspiration in these threshold times. We will call them in through song and chant. We call them in to co-create with the divine, for renewal, inspiration, gratitude and love.

Shamanic journeying                                                                                                                                                                 We will journey between the worlds, with guided meditation and live drumming, traveling to the cave of the ancestors to ask for their wisdom. We will share stories of our own grandmothers and those encounters and impressions we have of the ancient ones, our collective grandmothers.

We’ll spend some time in silence, drawing and journalling.

Shamanic art                                                                                                                                                                                 In the afternoon we will make our grandmother dolls, sculptures out of wool and sticks and natural materials, each item we use representing offerings, gratitudes and heart felt intentions. Our intention will be in co-creating with the divine, our dolls our focus in what it takes to shift consciousness and inspire us in our work to birth a new culture, a culture of compassion, of togetherness, one rooted in the bones of the grandmothers.

* A light lunch will be provided and you are more than welcome to bring a small dish to share

* While all materials are provided you are encouraged to bring any small personal peices to incorporate in your doll

Booking                                                                                                                                                                                Bookings can be made via paypal using the email themoonandtheoaktree (at) gmail.com

Please email me if you have any questions using the email judelally (at) gmail.com

* The middle grandmother photo is by Manuel Libres Librodo jr. Click on this sentence to visit his website.