Through the Eye of the Cailleach – Workshop

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*3 places left * (as of 11/7)

By the end of November the pumpkins have started to rot, the costumes discarded and the decorations back in their box. The majority of ancestral souls have returned to where they dwell. The world is quiet, dark and it is time to answer the souls calling and journey into the cave. As nature draws her energy down to the roots it is natural for us too to turn inwards as it is here in the dark that we can best tend to our soul life.

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The Cailleach is sometimes described as having a great third eye in the middle of her forehead. Through this eye she can see through all time and space with a primal intuition. She see’s all that causes havoc in our world. We will draw on her wisdom and activate our own third eyes so we can see afresh into our own lives and see the cause and effects that we might otherwise be blind to.

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Forest offering to the Cailleach

In this workshop we will share stories of the Cailleach (provided) and discuss our feelings around them. We will also watch a short film about the great hag and get a sense of her great age. We will have a guided meditation which takes us to the priestesses of the Cailleach, the ones who know the ways of this divine crone.

We will then take those inspirations and weave them into our dolls. Our dolls will be made through a needle felting process, suitable for complete beginners. We will decorate our dolls with Scottish tweed as well as pockets and little jars which can be used in ritual and with intention – we will also discuss working with dolls.

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Mini Cailleach Retreat

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                               Friday 25th November 7-9.30 pm – Saturday 27th November 10.30 – 6.30pm 2016.                                              Woodfin (5 mins from Downtown Asheville, NC).

By the 25th November the pumpkins have started to rot, the costumes discarded and the decorations back in their box. The majority of ancestral souls have returned to where they dwell. The world is quiet, dark and it is time to answer the souls calling and journey into the cave. As nature draws her energy down to the roots it is natural for us too to turn inwards as it is here in the dark that we can best tend to our soul life. This retreat gathers in the foothills of the Appalachians in sacred  circle as the overhead moon wanes from crone into the dark moon.

The Cailleach is sometimes described as having a great third eye in the middle of her forehead. Through this eye she can see through all time and space, her great insight her primal  intuition. She see’s all that causes havoc in our world. We will draw on her wisdom and activate our own third eyes so we can see afresh into our own lives and see the cause and effects that we might otherwise be blind to.

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Will you allow yourself some slowing down this winter. Come, come join us in the cave. Drop your baggage by the entrance. You are welcomed here, wrapped up in a bear skin, given a seat by the fire and a mug of steaming herbal tea.

We gather on the Friday evening in circle as we share stories about the Cailleach and our feelings around the dark. We will add personal items to our Ancestor altar for our time together.

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Cailleach doll

We gather again on Saturday morning in circle. A  guided meditation will introduce us to  the priestesses of the Cailleach and live drumming will invite you on a shamanic journey travelling with our own personal intentions. We will have a period of silence for journey reflection, art, collage or writing.

In the afternoon we will create our Cailleach doll (see the above image for example) she will be made through a needle felt process which is easy to learn and suitable for complete beginners. We will also add special features such as bags and pockets which can hold sacred items and intentions.



Free sign up gift –  podcast on ‘Working With the Grandmothers’ 

 

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Blessed Bee

beeAs i’m heading north later this year to move to Maine my last two workshops here in Asheville will take place in August.

The penultimate offering is Blessed Bee! A day exploring the role of bees and the spirituality of these wonderful little creatures.

Click on the image above for more details & booking. The early registration discount has been extended until Sunday

 

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An Introduction to the Tuatha de Danann

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 Danu by Druidssart. Click on image to go to her Etsy store.

Sunday 06/28. 10.30-5.30pm. Woodfin (5 Mins from Downtown Asheville)

This workshop is a response to lots of questions i’ve been asked about the Tuatha de Danann, and although this is a huge topic the workshop will cover the following:

What exactly is the Tuatha de Danann?
Who are the Tuatha de Danann- are Brighid and the Morrighan members?
How many invasions were there in early Ireland (and who were they all?)
How did the Tuatha de Danann (actual people) become faeries?
Where did the Tuatha de Danann come from – and what is their significance?
Who are the Sidhe? What are the Sidhe mounds?
What exactly is the otherworld, the land of faery?
Why are they called the Shinning people?
What’s the relevance of the Tuatha de Danann today?

 imagesYou will receive an information pack a couple of weeks before the workshop  – some reading about the Tuatha de Danann through video, websites and articles – you can read as much or as little as you wish. On the day we will gather in sacred circle answering questions through a sharing our knowledge.                                                                                              With live drumming you will be guided in a short meditation which will lead you onto your shamanic journey to meet the sidhe. To live drumming you will undertake a shamanic journey to meet the Sidhe (and receive a CD recording of the guided meditation and drumming). The there will be a period of silence to record the impressions of your journey – journalling, or drawing your impressions or just spending some time in meditation or consulting tarot cards ((Wildwood and Greenwood tarot decks will be available).

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Sidhe dolls

Sacred art

After a shared lunch we will gather again in circle beginning by sharing the impressions and experiences from our shamanic our journeys, then gathering branches and wool we will begin our art project. We will consciously begin making our Sidhe doll by acknowledging that through our doll making we are linking to an ancient heritage and that in creating our doll we are entering into a weaving of co-creating. Our Sidhe dolls are made by a needle felted process where we needle felt around one main branch or several thin branches – while branches will be provided you may want to bring your own (full details will be given at sign up). All doll making tools and materials are provided.

We will end our day retreat by sharing our dolls and the experience of making them and reflecting on the Tuatha de Danann and what special meaning they have for us personally.

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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

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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

 

 

 

Beltane Giveaway!

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Beltane. Another cycle of the great wheel. Everything is extra luscious helped by the recent downpours of the last few days.  I love this rich green, where ever you look the leaves  rearrange themselves into the face of the green man looking out from every tree and bush. My earliest, or should I say most magical story of Beltane is my dad telling me about being part of lighting hill top fires on the West Coast of Ireland when he was wee.

The  Appalachians are truly exploding in green and today there is a wonderful cool breeze blowing. I would however love to walk my familiar route in Scotland, through the twisty lanes listening to life bursting from the hedgerows as it weaves down to the river leven then up towards Carman Hill. From that vantage I can look over Loch Lomond as its waters flow into the swift flowing Leven and then into the mighty Clyde. This is the lands of Clutha.

If you’d like to win the needle felted horned god above simply share this post and leave me a comment. The winner will be selected on 20th May.

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The Beltane hat

There is Magic in the Air

Click on the the above for the Song of Amergin by Lisa Gerrard
I hear the change of the season, in the rustle of dried leaves, in the cawing amongst the crows. Yesterday a cool breeze swept down through the trees and instantly I was transported home, across the ocean standing on a high hill overlooking the Clyde. There is no constant but change and I welcome this next great shift in the wheel of the year. Day and night now move into balance, leaves begin their journey back to the earth and changes shift within us.

I hear the words of Amergin call. I get goosebumps, his song through time, space – where both really have little meaning.

Change offers a new perspective, a new beginning, a new cycle. We shape shift, imagine all the different perspectives in this world, realities within realities through time.  Play with this, take a different perspective, see something differently, feel something differently – their is magic in the air!
I am a stag: of seven tines,
I am a flood: across a plain,
I am a wind: on a deep lake,
I am a tear: the Sun lets fall,
I am a hawk: above the cliff,
I am a thorn: beneath the nail,
I am a wonder: among flowers,
I am a wizard: who but I
Sets the cool head aflame with smoke?
 
I am a spear: that roars for blood,
I am a salmon: in a pool,
I am a lure: from paradise,
I am a hill: where poets walk,
I am a boar: ruthless and red,
I am a breaker: threatening doom,
I am a tide: that drags to death,
I am an infant: who but I
Peeps from the unhewn dolmen, arch?
 
I am the womb: of every holt,
I am the blaze: on every hill,
I am the queen: of every hive,
I am the shield: for every head,
I am the tomb: of every hope.
 

Song of Amergin translated by Robert Graves, from The White Goddess