Pilgrimage to the Otherworld— A Mythical and Musical Journey through Irish Sacred Landscape
- Depart USA April 22 and arrive Ireland April 23, 2019
- Return USA May 3, 2019
Travelers purchase their flights after being accepted on this tour. Most travelers choose to arrive and depart Shannon Airport
$3500 plus airfare and travel insurance
What transforms a journey into a pilgrimage? What compels us to become pilgrims? What is sacred landscape? How do we connect to it, and what does it ask of us?
Pilgrimage to the Otherworld explores these questions while journeying through some of the most powerful and beautiful landscapes and sacred sites of both ancient and Christian Ireland.
We will begin our ten-day exploration at the Hill of Uisneach, seat of the goddess Ériú, after whom Ireland is named, and the site of a 4,500-year-old fire ritual. We will then wander through a landscape of stone circles and passage tombs, of monastic ruins and Celtic crosses, of fairy forts and holy wells. We will travel by boat to a remote island and follow thousands of years of pilgrims’ footsteps up a sacred mountain pathway. We will immerse ourselves in the music and stories of the land, and visit the site of the mythological battle between the Tuatha de Danann, the fairy folk, and the Fir Bolg, people of the earth. We will walk the landscape of Mebh, goddess of Connaught, visiting some of the most extensive raths and passage tombs in Ireland, and relax in the gentle beauty of the hills and lake of Áine, goddess of Munster.
This is Ireland in the breadth of its astounding spiritual history. Come join us in celebrating through music and storytelling these sacred sites pivotal to the spiritual life of Ireland.
PILGRIMAGE LIST OF SITES
Ennis, quaint and quintessential Irish town
Poulnabrone Dolmen, 5,000-year-old megalithic dolmen
The Burren, World Heritage site of a unique limestone landscape
Kilmacduagh, monastery founded in the 7th Century by St. Colman
Kinvara, fishing village
Clifden town, “capital” of Connemara
Inish Bofin (island via ferry) rich in mythology, ecology, and history
Mám Ean, pre-Christian and Christian pilgrimage in the Connemara mountains
Cong (village between Loughs Corrib and Mask), site of the First Battle of Moytura between the Fir Bolg and Tuatha de Danaan, Glebe stone circle, Eochaid’s Cairn, Cong Abbey
Sligo (coastal town), landscape of Ben Bulbin, Lough Gil, and home of Yeats
Knocknarea, monument to goddess of Connaught Medb (Maeve) as part of an extensive ceremonial landscape,
Carrowkeel, neolithic passage tombs
Prehistoric village site overlooking the Second Battle of Moytura between the Formorians and Tuatha de Danaan
Rathcroghan, seat of Medb, featured in Táin Be Cuilgne, 10-mile square ritual landscape including Oweynagat Cave, entrance to the Otherworld, home of the Morrigan, triple goddess of war, and Tulsk Interpretive Center and Cafe
County Armagh (Northern Ireland):
Armagh Cathedral, prehistoric statues and carvings of mythological figures
Emain Macha (Navan Fort), prehistoric and early capital of Ulster, seat of the goddess Macha; huge ceremonial earthworks; only prehistoric artificial lake in British Isles
Kells (village where the Book of Kells was created), Books of Kells facsimile; Columcille’s Oratory; Medieval round tower, some of the best preserved Celtic crosses in Ireland
Newgrange, 5,000-year-old passage tomb along the sacred Boyne River featured in major myths, home of Aengus, Irish god of love
Hill of Tara, major mythological and archaelogical site, seat of the high kings of Ireland
St. Brigit’s Well, holy well dedicated to St. Brigit who is directly connected to Brigit, the goddess of Leinster
Hill of Uisneach, the sacred central hill of Ireland, site of a likely 4,500-year tradition of hilltop fires honoring Eriu, the sovereign goddess of Ireland
Galway City, “city of the tribes,” ancient cobbled streets, Corrib River and canals, reputation for music and the arts
Lough Gur and Knock Áine, sacred landscape of Áine, the goddess of Munster
The Grange, Ireland’s largest and most beautiful stone circle
Guides reserve the right to make changes to our Itinerary in the event of extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. Arrangements can be made (at additional traveler’s expense) for self-chosen local activities such as horseback riding or for additional self-chosen taxi service.