Song of the Stones

The Cailleach on the Hebridean  island of Eigg

I’m glad to report that the first Ancestral Mothers of Scotland retreat was a roaring success! We all had a wonderful time on the isle of Eigg honoring the Ancestral Mothers – hearing their stories & visiting their sacred sites – beach combing, visiting a local croft, doll making, art projects with great company and good food.

The pre-Celtic shrine of the Cailleach

This was the year I finally made the pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Cailleach (Tigh nam Bodach) in the remote Glen Cailleach in central Scotland. It’s a pilgrimge that took two hours of driving then a round trip of 15 miles and worth every step! On the road to the shrine along by the dammed river Lyon

It was a great day to do the walk along by the dammed river Lyon (the river has been dammed to produce Loch Lyon for a hydro electricity scheme). On the way home we saw over 150 deer, bats and several hares. Laig beach, Eigg. The water was warm!

 

The Loch of the Big Women – Isle of Eigg

Sheep skull & cowrie shells

One of my favourite things of this trip was to discover Scotland has it’s very own kind of cowrie shell!!!

 

Sheep jaw bone – speaking for the animals!

I’ve been so inspired on this trip and whisperings from the great hag the Cailleach that i’m working on a new online course launching in October – Through the Eyes of the Cailleach (sign up below to keep up to date with launch details).

Seven Sisters cliffs – south coast of England

Today I’m southwards bound to visit family and possibly a wee trip down to the coast and hunt for hag stones on the beach!

Last trip before I head back to Asheville is a wee weekend in Dublin and a visit to Newgrange – the great womb tomb and monument of rebirth.

If you’d like to join us in 2018 on the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland retreat the website launches on 1st August – the retreat is limited to ten women.  If you want to be on the mailing list (Sisters of the Antlers) sign up below

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