Sacred Ireland 2019 ~ for women

pilgrimage to the mysteries of the celtic sacred feminine

DATE: 11 to 27 September 2019

DURATION: 17 Days

START: Dublin, Ireland

FINISH: Dublin, Ireland

COST: $AUD6500 – $AUD6950

  • Twin Share (single supplement $1600 extra)
  • Price does not include International Flights

ENQUIRY

Sacred Ireland 2019

Sacred Ireland is a rich pilgrimage for women of all ages, into the heart of the sacred feminine, guided by Cath Connelly, Australia’s foremost Celtic harpist and women’s group facilitator with Celtic spirituality guide and ritual midwife Alison Powell. Between them Cath and Alison have many years experience in group facilitation and Cath has guided pilgrimages through Ireland for many years. In 2018 they teamed up for Transformational Tours’ first Sacred Ireland Pilgrimage – a particularly deep pilgrimage filled with ceremony and visits to Ireland’s most potent sacred sites. See Cath’s reflection in the 2018 Pilgrimage below the description of the 2019 Pilgrimage.

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Description

During this pilgrimage we will visit several of the core places around Ireland where the invitation to dwell with the sacred feminine are provided.  Ireland is a country seeped in history and mythology; where the rivers are named after the goddess and where sacred wells, stone circles, mountaintops and valleys hold the stories of those who have honoured the feminine under many names.

The Celts speak of the ‘thin place’, where the membrane between this world and whatever else exists appears to be thinner, more translucent, more permeable.  We will travel to the ‘thin places’ of Ireland, to those places where it seems that we can reach through the membrane to that other dimension.  Starting with a visit to the Book of Kells in Trinity College, Dublin, then heading to the Boyne valley, we visit the megalithic passage tomb of Knowth, Cairn T and the Hag’s Chair at Loughcrew, the The Hill of Tara, the Hill of Slane, the Hill of Ward and Uisnech (considered the very centre of Irish being) all find their home in the vicinity of the Boyne valley. We will spend a day with Dolores Whelan who will bless us at  Brigid’s holy well at Faughaurt. Brigid, Goddess and Saint, will be our spiritual companion for our pilgrimage. We will then head West to the mystical places of Burren (visiting the extraordinary Poulnabrone dolmen where we will celebrate an Equinox Ritual) and County Galway (including a day at Brigit’s Garden with a personal tour and learning to make Brigid crosses).

This visit to Ireland is not tour, but rather, pilgrimage.  We do not pass through the landscape, but instead open ourselves to opportunities for the landscape to pass through us.  We head to Connemara, to the island of Inishbofin, where we will stay for three nights, truly allowing the landscape to weave her magic around us.  Whether it is walking along the shoreline or the wild hills and cliffs, the time spent at Inishbofin will be true retreat and renewal. 

Inishmore (also called Aran Island) in Galway Bay, will be another highlight.  This island was established by St Enda in the fifth century C.E. as a centre for monasticism and learning.  Remains of several monastic dwellings remain, offering an invitation to explore an ancient time of prayer and offer our own reflections in this place.  Dun Aengus and the Black Fort, thatched cottages, stone fences, donkeys, seals, goats, cliff-tops and sheltered beaches all invite us to linger during our three nights on this stunning island.

Each day offers opportunities for ritual and reflection.  We will focus on the feminine whispers of this country, at all times with the sense that we are heading towards Kildare, the landscape of Brigid in her spirit as both saint and goddess.  We will spend time with the Brigidine Sisters in Kildare as they lead us in a retreat day and tell us some of the legends around this strong feminine energy.  We will visit her sacred wells and her cathedral, we will walk the very steps she travelled and we will honour her with ritual and respect.

And then Glendalough!  Valley of two lakes, home of St Kevin, monastic ruins, walking tracks and labyrinth.  The Women’s chapel stands aside from the main monastic settlement.  A very special place, our pilgrims will be invited to participate in a ritual in this place where the women stepped aside from the main activities and found community together.  

Throw into this mix evenings of traditional music, times of meditation, opportunities to linger on significant landscapes, two very experienced pilgrimage facilitators and yes, the Celtic harp as well!  Both Cath and Alison invite you to join them on this very special pilgrimage. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maximum Group size 16 (plus 2 facilitators)
  • 16 nights’ twin share accommodation in beautiful hotels and guest houses
  • 6 single supplementary rooms available
  • Expert sacred guides at special site along the pilgrimage
  • 3 night stay and retreat on the beautiful island of Inishbofin
  • Entry to too many sacred sites to list
  • Daily body prayer, ceremony and sacred circles led by Cath and Alison
  • Ritual, prayers and meditation at many sacred sites
  • Celtic Harp mini concerts from Cath (with her travel harp pictured above)
  • Incredible access to sacred sites and teachers of Ireland through Cath and Alison’s deep connections
  • Comfortable 29 seater coach with PA for travel teaching
  • Accompanied by Cath and Alison throughout

INCLUSIONS

  • 16 breakfasts, 16 dinners and 2 lunches, great quality food
  • All accomodation (twin share)
  • All entrance fees to listed sites
  • All guide fees
  • Ground transport in comfortable coach, minibus on the islands and ferries between islands
  • Tips (Euro50 per person, apx $AUD90)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Return flight to Dublin
  • Spending money
  • Meals not stipulated
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (required)

DAILY ITINERARY (available as a download at pdf downloads tab)

Day 1 ~ Wednesday 11 September 2019 ~ gathering in Dublin

Whether you have already been in Ireland a few days or are just flying in today, the group will gather at 18:00 in a private room at the Castle Hotel in central Dublin to come together in circle followed by dinner together at 19:30. We have chosen The Castle Hotel for it’s fine Georgian Architecture and because it is in the heart of Dublin with many attractions within walking distance. Please arrive at the hotel and be settled in by 16:00, to allow time to rest before the opening circle, earliest check in 14:30.

Group members will make their own way from the airport to the Castle Hotel, on arrival. Due to security measures it is not possible to pre-order taxis or hotel chauffeurs however the are plenty of government licensed taxis and the drive is 20-30 minutes depending on time of arrival. The taxi will cost approximately Euro30 ($AUD50). It is recommended you come into Dublin a day or so early to settle before the pilgrimage commences, and some people will stay on an extra night at the end. We can book the additional nights for you at the hotel.

Included meals: (D) dinner

Overnight: Dublin; The Castle Hotel

 

Day 2 ~ Thursday 12 September 2019 ~ Dublin to Navan

Following breakfast the day will start with a circle and body prayer. We will then check out of the hotel and at 9:30 make our way on foot for a guided tour of Trinity College located in the heart of Dublin City. In the magnificent Old Library building resides the Book of Kells, a 9th century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. After some free time and lunch we will return to the hotel and board our coach to Navan, our home for the next three nights. The evening will include a ritual and group sharing circle.

Included meals: (B) breakfast, (D) dinner

Overnight: Navan; New Grange Hotel

 

Day 3 ~ Friday 13 September ~ Loughcrew and the Hill of Uisneach

Following breakfast and our daily body prayer we board our coach for visits to the Loughcrew Estate Gardens, Cairn T and the Hill of Uisneach. The focus for the morning will be meditation at Cairn T, followed by lunch at the Lime Tree Cafe (at individual expense). In the afternoon Marty Mulligan will guide the group through the Hill of Uisneach followed by a meditation at the Catstone. Before returning to the Newgrange Hotel in Navan for a relaxing evening.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Navan; New Grange Hotel      

 

Day 4 ~ Saturday 14 September ~ FULL MOON ~ Faughart

Following the regular morning ritual we drive to Brigid’s shrine and holy well in Faughart where we meet Dolores Whelan, expert on Celtic Spirituality and author of “Ever Ancient Ever New” (recommended reading for the pilgrimage). Dolores is also co-discoverer of Brigid’s Way, an ancient path connected to Brigid goddess and saint. Dolores will lead a blessing ritual at the holy well and provide a talk about the well and its connection to Brigid. Dolores will accompany the group to the nearby holy well of St. Monnine of Killeavy. Lunch (at individual expense) will be taken at a nearby cafe.

In the afternoon we return to Navan with a ritual to mark the full moon and dinner.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Navan; New Grange Hotel

 

Day 5 ~ Sunday 15 September ~ Navan to Inishbofin via Clifden

Following the full moon day, we have a beautiful full day journey to the enchanted island of Inishbofin in the far West of Ireland, place of our retreat and the heart of the pilgrimage. We will have an earlier start today, following breakfast and daily group body prayer we board our coach at 08:00, heading first to the coastal port of Clifden, where we will take lunch (at individual expense) before driving on to Cleggan where we will take the Ferry, a sea crossing of just 30 minutes, to Inishbofin. Inishbofin is a tranquil natural place ideal for contemplation, is set in the wild splendour of Connemara, amid the magical beauty of sea, lake and mountain, located off the beautiful Galwey and Mayo coastline. On arriving at Inishbofin we will transfer the short distance to the Dunmore Hotel, our home for the next 3 nights.

Included meals: (B)  (D)

Overnight: Inishbofin; Doonmore Hotel

 

Days 6 & 7 ~ Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September ~ Inishbofin Celtic Wisdom Retreat

Day 6 will be a guided retreat day lead by Cath and Alison on Celtic Spirituality and the Sacred feminine in the land and within.

Day 7 will be a rest day at your leisure to and explore the natural beauty of the island and/or relax in whatever way suits you.

Included meals both days: (B) (D)

Overnight: Inishbofin; Doonmore Hotel

 

Day 8 ~ Wednesday 18 September ~ Inishbofin to Inishmore via Brigit’s Garden

An earlier start this morning to catch the 09:00 ferry back to Cleggan where we will meet our coach and driver. We drive on to Brigit’s Garden for a one-hour Brigit workshop, exploring the symbols and practices of the Brigit tradition. After some relaxed time and lunch we re-board the coach and travel to Rossaveal ferry port to travel over sea once more this time to Inishmore and the Aran Islands Hotel, our home for the next three nights. Following dinner at the hotel there will be a circle and intention setting for our time together on Inishmore.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Inishmore; Aran Islands Hotel

 

Day 9 ~ Thursday 19 September ~ Inishmore

Following the morning rituals we tour the island visiting Inishmore’s many sacred places; Ciaren’s Chapel, the ancient Monks school, Dun Aengus, Teampull Bheanain, the Seven Churches Monastic Settlement and St Edna’s Monastery. There will be time for meditation and practice at the some of the sites.

Evening meal and sharing circle.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Inishmore; Aran Islands Hotel

 

Day 10 ~ Friday 21 September ~ Inishmore rest day

Leisure day, near the midpoint of the pilgrimage we will take a day for rest and relaxation on this beautiful island; between the morning and evening sacred gatherings the day will be at your leisure.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Inishmore; Aran Islands Hotel

 

Day 11 ~ Saturday 21 September ~Inishmore to Ennistymon via Fanore, Burren Perfumery and Poulnabrone Dolman

After the daily body prayer and breakfast we will drive the short distance for the 90 minute ferry crossing to Doolin, departing at 11:30. We will take lunch on arrival (at individual expense) before driving on to Creggagh to visit John O’Donohue’s grave. Then continuing on to Carran and The Burren Perfumery, where natural herbs are transformed into cosmetics and medicine.

The final visit for the day will be the Poulnabrone Dolman for our group Autumnal equinox.

It will be just another 45 minute drive to Ennistymon and the Falls Hotel and Spa

Included meals days: (B) (D)

Overnight: Ennistymon; Falls Hotel and Spa

 

Day 12 ~ Sunday 22 September ~ Ennistymon to Adare via Killinaboy

En-route to Adare we will first visit the ruins of Killinaboy Church and Sheela-na-gig, where a brief ritual will be held. Followed by a visit to the Holy Wells on Burren. On arrival at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare afternoon tea will be served.

We will gather at 18:00 for a sharing circle followed by dinner at 19:30.

Included meals: (B) (L) (D)

Overnight: Adare; Dunraven Arms Hotel

 

Day 13 ~ Monday 23 September ~ Adare to Birr via Lough Gur

Today we travel to Lough Gur stopping at Grange Stone Circle for a group meditation and then on to Lough Gur Heritage Centre. After exploring the Heritage Centre we will eat our packed lunch before driving on to the County Arms Hotel in Birr.

Tonight a special guest will join the group sharing circle and it will last for 90 minutes, longer than normal.

Included meals: (B) (L ~ packed lunch ) (D)

Overnight: Birr; County Arms Hotel

 

Day 14 ~ Tuesday 24 September ~ Birr to Glendalough via Kildare

This is a very special day in our pilgrimage, today we visit St Brigid’s most sacred site, the goal the pilgrimage has been building up to; St Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare.

Kildare is about a one hour thirty minute drive from Birr. On arrival in Kildare we first visit St Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower where a local guide will take the group around the Cathedral and grounds. We will then board the coach to the nearby Solas Bhride Centre. Where the Brigidine Sisters will lead the group in a retreat day about Brigid to include being led to St. Brigid’s Well for meditation.

From Kildare there will be another drive of about one hour and thirty minutes on to Glendalough.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Glendalough; Glendalough Hotel

 

Day 15 ~ Wednesday 25 September ~ Glendalough

In the morning we will walk Glendalough Labyrinth led by Cath. Following that we will meet Father Michael of Glendalough who will tell us about the Celtic heritage of this beautiful place. The afternoon will be for leisure and integration prior to the evening sharing circle.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Glendlough; Glendalough Hotel

 

Day 16 ~ Thursday 26 September ~ Glendalough

Today will be all on foot with no coach rides necessary, after breakfast we will walk to the nearby Monastic City and the ruins of St Mary’s Church where ritual will be held. The focus for the day will be integration, Cath and Alison will hold a longer sharing circles in the afternoon with time for rest in the beautiful natural surroundings.

Included meals: (B) (D)

Overnight: Glendalough; Glendalough Hotel

 

Day 17 ~ Friday 27 September ~ onward journey

Following breakfast and a closing circle, we head onward and to the return journey to integrate the blessings we have received into our families and communities.

First stop for the coach will be Dublin International airport at approximately 12:00, please don’t book flights 15:00 or later if you plan to fly out today. Due to high security at the airport you must arrival a minimum of 3 hours before flight departure. The coach will go on to the Castle Hotel in central Dublin, where the journey began. Several members of the group will stay on in Dublin for a day or so, if you would like us to book a room for you at the Castle Hotel for this night please let us know.

Included meals: (B)

Accomodation List

16 nights’ hotel accommodation, in twin shared rooms with ensuite bathroom (single supplment is available for up to 6 people with an additional charge)

requires updating in alignment with itinerary attached

11 September ~ Castle Hotel, Dublin ~ www.castle-hotel.ie

12,13,14 September ~ New Grange Hotel, Navan ~ www.newgrangehotel.ie

15,16,17 September ~ Doonmore Hotel, Inishbofin ~ www.doonmorehotel.com

18, 19, 20 September ~ Aran Islands Hotel ~ www.aranislandshotel.com

21 September ~ Falls Hotel and Spa, Ennistymon ~ www.fallshotel.ie

22 September ~ Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare ~ www.dunravenhotel.com

23 September ~ County Arms Hotel, Birr ~ www.countyarmshotel.com

24, 25, 26 September ~ Glendalough Hotel, Gelndalough ~ www.glendaloughhotel.com

Please note under unexpected circumstances accommodation may need to change

 

Meet Your Guides

 

Cath Connelly

One of Australia’s leading Celtic harpists, plays concerts and ceremonially around the world and has produced 6 albums. Cath holds a Master of Arts in Spirituality through the Melbourne College of Divinity and has completed a four year Spiritual Direction course with the Living Well Centre in Melbourne. Cath has had a deep spiritual and ancestral connection with Ireland and Celtic spirituality and has led several pilgrimages to her spiritual heartland over the years.

Cath feels most fulfilled when leading pilgrimage through the sacred places of Ireland. Cath’s travel harp will accompany her on this journey and regularly played during ritual and meditation.

For more information please see www.cathy.com.au

 

Alison Powell

Also from Melbourne and with Irish ancestry, Alison’s heart pulled her to Ireland and the ancient Celtic Shamanic path. Having studied deeply with Ireland’s most respected teachers of Celtic spirituality, Alison co-runs a monthly women’s circle in Melbourne and teaches workshops on Celtic Spirituality and the Celtic Wheel throughout the year. Her deep love of Brigit and the sacred feminine, embodied in the Celtic tradition make Alison a potent ritual leader. For more information about Alison see her website: http://sacredthresholds.com.au/

Alison and Cath are dear friends of many years and create a safe and loving space for deep transformation.

FAQs

Do I need to follow a particular spiritual path myself? ~ You do not need to follow a particular spiritual path to join us on this pilgrimage.  Both Cath and Alison have many years experience of working with women from many different spiritual paths and are dedicated to empowering women to honour their own authentic path.  What is required to join us on this pilgrimage is to come with an open heart and eyes of wonder.

What are the spiritual paths of the pilgrimage guides? ~ Cath is an active Anglican.  Like the Irish Saint and Goddess, Brigid, Cath has one foot in the Christian world and one foot in the pagan world.  Brigid is a bridge between these worlds and so is Cath.  She is deeply committed to empowering women. Alison has a Christian background but now dedicates her path to honour the Divine Feminine.  She has been initiated into the Seabhean Way (Women’s Way) and the Ancient Irish Shamanism and Spirituality.  Alison is committed to companioning women on their own unique path.

What does the Sacred Feminine (Divine Feminine) mean in Celtic Spirituality? ~ Delores Whelan in her book Ever Ancient Ever New writes in Chapter 6: The Divine Feminine in Celtic Spirituality (p.69): “…an important truth at the heart of Celtic spiritual tradition, one that honours the presence of the divine feminine and understands that even God emerges out of the feminine energy of being-ness.  The presence of the divine feminine is central in both the Celtic Spiritual tradition and culture. The divine feminine has three different, but related manifestations- the maiden, the mother and the cailleach, or crone- which together comprise a feminine trinity.  Each aspect of this trinity occupies a different role within the life, death and rebirth continuum, another central concept in  Celtic cosmology.  …… All aspects of life, death and rebirth result from interactions between the masculine and feminine energies, which are honored through he pantheon of gods and goddesses that inhabit the pre- Christian Celtic myths and legends. “

The Sacred Feminine is the earth Herself and She is ever present it the land and the sacred and ancient myths and stories of Ireland.   We will be connecting to these Celtic women’s stories and energy as they are embodied in the sites we visit and ultimately it is hoped that we will meet the Sacred Feminine with ourselves.

 

 

How do I prepare for the pilgrimage? ~ Your pilgrimage starts as soon as you are drawn to joining us. We recommend you start doing the following as soon as you can:

  • Start journaling
  • Notice your dreams and synchronicities
  • Look at the recommended reading list and begin reading
  • Come to know your own neighbourhood and land around you where you live- spend time walking the land and open your heart and see with eyes of wonder.
  • Closer to the time:
  • Write down and set your intentions for the pilgrimage (note: this may change when you start the pilgrimage)Before you come to the pilgrimage read out loud your intentions to a trusted soul friend
  • Gentle regular walking to prepare for our walking on the land

Can I have a single supplement?

Yes, however there is a limit of 6 single supplements for this pilgrimage.  Please keep in mind it will be first come first served for this.

What meals are provided? ~ Meals will be as per the itinerary. All breakfasts and dinners are included and some lunches as per the itinerary.

What is the currency used in Ireland? ~ Ireland’s currency is the Euro.  We are not going to Northern Ireland, which has a different currency.

How much extra money should I bring? ~ We are not wanting to be prescriptive here, this will be a very individual things. You will need to budget for your own spending money, for most lunches and any personal requirements.  Please keep in mind the pilgrimage is for 17 days which is a significant noumber of  lunches. Euro500 (About $AUD700) is a reasonable estimate.

How much luggage can I bring? ~ We will be travelling on a 29-seat bus.  This means that there is a strict limit of 1 medium sized suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage per person.

What kind of clothing will I need? ~ Ireland has unpredictable weather, it will not usually exceed 20 degrees Celsius and can be chilly in the morning and evening.  September is one of the better months for weather and can have some days that are quite warm and summery HOWEVER there is no guarantee and it may still be cold, windy and wet at times. Ireland is famous for its rain which is creates 40 shades of green in the landscape and the many, many rainbows.   We will be spending a lot of time on the land often with no cover so please come prepared.  

Clothing essentials:

  • A raincoat or jacket
  • An extra pair of sturdy, walking shoes that are waterproof
  • Casual clothes suitable for walking
  • Warm clothes for evenings and any cold days

 

Other items:

  • Offerings you may like to leave at special sacred sites – please ensure they are biodegradable e.g. biodegradable ribbon to tie on fairy trees, a small pebble from your home, a feather, a line from a poem or sacred text or something you have written on a small piece of paper.  Think light, small, meaningful and biodegradable.  (Note: The fey like humour and chocolate!)
  • Medications – anything you regularly require
  • Toiletries
  • Electronic devices and charges
  • Journal and pen
  • Camera
  • Spending money for lunches, shopping and personal items

 

What will a typical day look like? ~ Each day after breakfast we will commence with a Body Prayer acknowledging each direction. We will then board our bus for the day and spend time on the land.  There will be meditations, rituals and attunement to the sacred sites and land we visit.  At some sites there will be prearranged local people who will lead us in a tour or speak with the group on an aspect of Celtic Spirituality.  Each evening before dinner there will be a sharing circle. After dinner there is free time for the evening. Note: There will be a Retreat Day in the Connemara lead by Cath and Alison.  And some days will have free time as per the itinerary.

Why were these places selected for the itinerary? ~ Cath and Alison have chosen places we will visit based on:

  • Ancient Sacred Sites with a focus on the Sacred Feminine, and the feminine stories and mythologies of Ireland
  • Some sites will be well known however, others will be less known- we will be keeping tourist places to a minimum
  • Wild places that will connect you to the mysteries of Mother Earth as she is embodied in the Irish landscape
  • The pilgrimage will be working towards our goal of meeting Brigid in her most sacred place of Kildare

Recommended Reading

Ever Ancient Ever New: Celtic Spirituality in the 21st Century, by Dolores Whelan

If Women Rose Rooted: The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging, by Sharon Blackie

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donoghue

Kindling the Celtic Spirit, by Mara Freeman

The Celtic Way of Prayer: the Reovering of the Religious Imagination, by Esta De Waal

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seekers Guide to Making Travel Sacred, by Phil Cousineau

 

Websites

Sharon Blackie: www.sharonblackie.net & www.thehedgesschool.org

Dolores Whelan: www.doloreswhelan.ie

Mara Freeman: www.chalicecentre.net/mara-freeman.html

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE MYSTERIES OF THE CELTIC SACRED FEMININE

SACRED IRELAND PILGRIMAGE 2019

PILGRIMAGE DATES: 11 to 27 September 2019

PILGRIMAGE RELEASE TERMS

I.  DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT: The investment for the Pilgrimage is either A or B or C

A: $AUD 6,950 > deposit of $AUD2,000 on booking,  latest by 31 March 2019  and Balance $4950 by 30 June 2019 … total $6950

B:$AUD 6,500 > deposit of $AUD2,000 on booking,  latest by 31 January 2019  and Balance $4500 by 31 March 2019 … total $6500

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Reservations are made on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis.  A deposit is required to reserve your place on the tour. If the balance is not received 7 days after its due date, the reservation is subject to cancellation.

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II.  CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be made by email, or letter, to Jeremy Ball, at Transformational Tours.

All payments are strictly non refundable, the cancellation policy will be applied. We recommend comprehensive travel insurance including cancellation cover be taken out at the time of booking.

Any domestic or international flights booked either personally by you, or by Transformational Tours on your behalf, do not apply to these cancellation refunds and refund amounts for those flights will be strictly as per the airline policy.

If the minimum number of participants for the tour is not reached, you will be notified as soon as possible and your deposit will be refunded in full.

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It is within the discretion of the group leaders to address any disrespectful participant in a way deemed most appropriate to the tour and to the group.

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Transformational Tours reserves the right to substitute accommodation or alter itineraries.

Transformational Tours, its agents or associates, shall NOT be liable for or financially responsible for refunds in the event of cancellation of all or part of any tour due to acts of nature, governmental actions, travel advisories or warnings, civil unrest or hostilities, or acts of terrorist, or for any default on the part of Transformational Tours for any reason beyond the control of Transformational Tours including an activity or visitation of any part of the Tour needing to be cancelled for any reason.

Transformational Tours, its agents or associates, shall NOT be liable for any refund should a speaker or presenter or group leader cancel for any reason. 

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VI. INCLUDED: 16 nights shared accommodation (in hotels and guesthouses, 3 stars and above); transport to all destinations on the pilgrimage itinerary including expert guiding; entrance fees to national parks and other sites stipulated in the itinerary; activities stipulated in the itinerary; meals stipulated in itinerary (all breakfasts, 2 lunches and all dinners); guide services; tips to driver, guides, porters, etc (included tip kitty approximately EURO 1000 for the group).

Please note – all prices are quoted for shared accommodation.  If you are not travelling with someone you can share a room with, Transformational Tours will endeavour to provide you with shared accommodation with another tour participant.  If this is not possible, there will be a further charge for single accommodation.

VII.  NOT INCLUDED:  The price of the tour does NOT include international flights, international travel insurance; visa fees; vaccination costs; meals not stipulated in the itinerary (most lunches are NOT included); entrance fees to extra activities (unless stipulated) and or optional donations or offerings at any sites visited; personal spending; transport or entrance fees to optional sites during free or rest days; additional or unexpected expenses to include fees such as international or domestic airport taxes (if applicable and not already included on the ticket) and extra government fees; additional expenses due to tour disruption caused by events covered at V.

VIII. PILGRIMAGE GUIDES: Cath Connelly and Alison Powell are the Transformational Tours pilgrimage guides for this sacred journey. If Cath or / and Alison are not able to attend for any reason, the pilgrimage will still go ahead with other excellent guides in their place. We really do not expect this to happen as Cath and Alison are just as committed and excited about this pilgrimage as you are.

IX. HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE: Each pilgrimage participant will be required to complete a simple health and next of kin questionnaire in order for Transformational Tours, her guides and agents to support you and your pilgrimage to the best of our ability. We will hold the information you provide in the greatest respect and in confidence only sharing it with medical practitioners and our agents if and when required.

Cath’s Reflection on the 2018 Sacred Ireland Pilgrimage

There is something about being on Inishbofin, an island off the west coast of Connamara, with a hurricane in full force outside the hotel. Here inside we sit peacefully, secure in the strength of the solid stone building. Some of us are felting, others journaling or reading a book. One of us is stitching a patchwork cloth as her visual diary of her time on pilgrimage. We occasionally chat, or sing, or hold the silence. This is woman time – outside is the gale-force experience of strong woman energy; inside is the quieter space of resting and bonding. Now and then one of us ventures outside for a couple of minutes to feel the full force of the hurricane on our bodies. Of course, being in a hotel with its excellent bar and menu can only enhance the experience!

There is this wonderful pattern between solitude and community that develops over the length of the pilgrimage. As we sit for morning meditation and then body prayer, we notice gently if one of us needs a morning away from our gathering. We climb on the bus to venture to the next standing stone, passage grave, dolman, perfumery, lough, monastic ruins, gravesite, Brigid’s well and gift shop. Ah, the gift shops! Reboarding the bus, we tend to sit in silence, quietly reflecting on the experience. Occasionally there is a joke or a comment, but on the whole we need the silence. Well fed and replete both physically and spiritually, our day is rich and full. Before our sumptuous dinner we sit in sharing circle, speaking, if we wish, on the day that has been. Then laughter and rich conversation as the evening concludes with good Irish craic and the further bonding of twelve women who have journeyed to Ireland to enter into the fullness of the deep feminine landscape and the yearnings, desires and intentions that have brought us here.

Most days the comment is shared, ‘I didn’t think that any day could be as good as yesterday, but today it is. This pilgrimage just keeps getting better and better.’ Come join us. You are very welcome.

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