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an Ancient path between Sky and Earth.

Summer 2016

 

This summer we are offering a different way for people to experience walking pilgrimage in Ireland.  For the past three years, the Brigid’s Way from Faughart, Co. Louth to Kildare town has been walked over 9 consecutive days. This year we are offering an opportunity for people to experience a shorter version of the full route. Following our successful and very enjoyable Faughart to Ardee Pilgrimage last weekend (2nd and 3rd July 2016), we still have another weekend opportunity, which will allow pilgrims to have a deep and rich experience in Kildare, the home of her monastery.  We invite you to join us for our Co. Kildare weekend July 22nd – 24th.   You can also walk on just 1 of the days.

Brigid way  Celtic Pilgrimage    Robertstown to Kildare  July 23rd and 24th 2016

Kildare Weekend Details.  Robertstown to Milltown & Pollardstown Fen to Kildare  July 23rd and 24th 2016

Details of the 2nd weekend of the Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage Summer 2016 programme from Robertstown via the Grand Canal to Milltown & Pollardstown Fen to Kildare.

Here is some information to help you plan. There are a number of options available to you:

  1. Full Weekend Pilgrimage Fri 22nd – Sun 24th
  2. Walking 2 Days only Sat 23rd & Sun 24th
  3. Walking 1 Day only Sat 23rd OR Sun 24th
  1. Full Weekend Pilgrimage Fri 22nd – Sun 24th

Fri 22nd July

5.30pm Arrive & Registration at Robertstown Holiday Cottages, Lowtown Road, Robertstown, Naas, Co.Kildare (for directions www.robertstownholidayvillage.com

7pm We will share a delicious vegetarian 2 course meal together in the Cottages Community Room.

8pm Sitting in sacred Circle we will mediate to meet Brigid, Goddess and Saint to prepare our Intentions for our Pilgrim Walk the next day.

10pm Settle in for a good nights rest (for accommodation options see below)

 

Sat 23rd July Walk approx 8 miles/14km at a relaxed pace.

8am-9am Self Service Continental Breakfast

9.30am Gather in Circle for Stretches & Intention Setting.

10am Start this very beautiful walk down the down the Grand Canal’s very beautiful ‘Barrow Way’. We will stop near the turn for the ‘Milltown Feeder’ for our picnic lunch (buy/bring own) and hear some of Brigid’s legends and lore. We will walk past Pluckerstown Bridge gazing across at the Hill of Allen in the distance. Here there will be an opportunity to bathe our feet or swim for the more adventurous (if so inclined bring your togs!)

Approx 4pm We will continue to the Milltown Bridge for a very welcome pint and dinner (5.30pm) at the Hanged Man’s gastropub (buy own dinner (€25 for starter & main course OR main course & dessert plus tea & coffee) & drinks).

7pm We will get a lift back to Robertstown Cottages.

8pm Full Moon Circle to celebrate Mother Earth and share Faerie stories, firm friends of Brigid (optional).

Sun 24th July Walk approx 5 miles 9 km  at a relaxed pace. Ceremonies at Rath Bhríde Stone, Brigid’s Fire Temple, Healing & Garden Wells.

8am-9am Self Service Continental Breakfast

9am Lift/Drive own cars to the Solas Bhride Centre (end     point of the Walk).

9.30am Bus to Pollardstown Fen (near where we finished on Sat)

10am Gather in Circle for Stretches & Intention Setting.

10.15am Start by walking through Pollardstown Fen, a hidden jewel in the crown of Kildare. (approx 15 mins around the Boardwalk) Continue through leafy lanes to the edge of the famous Curragh of Kildare. Walk across to the Rath Bhríde Healing stone for optional Ceremony and Storytelling. Continue across the Curragh to Kildare town and Brigid’s Fire Temple. We will offer Brigid’s Fire Blessing to those who wish to receive it and a look around the Cathedral.

Approx 1pm Picnic lunch (bring own) at the Solas Bhride Centre and the legendary hospitality of the Sisters there. Short walk to the Healing Well for a cleansing Brigid Water Blessing and finally onto the nearby Garden Well for our Closing Circle approx 4pm. Return to the Solas Bhríde Centre for your car.

Cost for accommodation Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd incl. breakfast x 2, Dinner Fri & evening Ceremonial Circles x 2.

 €150 for a single bed (twin room) in Robertstown Cottages only 12 available.

OR

€140 for a queen size sofa bed (in the spacious living room) in Robertstown Cottages (suitable for a couple) only 3 available.

OR

€100 for camping with own tent in the grounds beside Robertstown Cottages only 10 people in single or double tents.

 

  1. Walking Both Days only Sat 23rd – Sun 24th

 Sat 23rd July

9am Registration at the Meeting Point in the grounds of Robertstown Holiday Cottages, Lowtown Road, Robertstown, Naas,

Co. Kildare (for directions www.robertstownholidayvillage.com

9.30am Gather in Circle for Stretches & Intention Setting.

10am Start this very beautiful walk down the down the Grand Canal’s very beautiful ‘Barrow Way’. We will stop near the turn for the

‘Milltown Feeder’ for our picnic lunch (buy/bring own) and hear Brigid’s legends and lore. We will walk past Pluckerstown Bridge gazing across at the Hill of Allen in the distance. Here there will be an opportunity to bathe our feet or swim for the more adventurous (if so inclined bring your togs!)

Approx 4pm We will continue to the Milltown Bridge for a very welcome pint and dinner (5.30pm) at the Hanged Man’s gastropub

(buy own dinner (€25 for starter & main course OR main course & dessert plus tea & coffee) & drinks.) Please let us know

if you are staying for dinner.

7pm Lift back to your car at Robertstown Holiday Cottages.

 

Sun 24th July

9am sharp Registration at the Meeting Point in the grounds of Solas Bhríde Centre, Tully Road, Kildare Town (for directions www.solasbhride.ie

9.30am Bus to Pollardstown Fen

10am Gather in Circle for Stretches & Intention Setting.

10.15am Start by walking through Pollardstown Fen, a hidden jewel in the crown of Kildare. (approx 15 mins around the Boardwalk) Continue through leafy lanes to the end of the famous Curragh of Kildare. Walk across to the Rath Bhríde Healing stone for optional Ceremony and Storytelling. Continue across the Curragh to Kildare town and Brigid’s Fire Temple. We will offer Brigid’s Fire Blessing to those who wish to receive it and a look around the Cathedral.

Approx 1pm Picnic lunch (bring own) at the Solas Bhride Centre and the legendary hospitality of the Sisters there. Short walk to the Healing Well for a Cleansing Brigid Water Blessing and finally onto the nearby Garden Well for our Closing Circle approx 4pm.

Cost: €25 including lifts Sat back to your car at Robertstown and bus on Sun from Solas Bhride to the start point at the Fen.

 

  1. Walking 1 Day only. Sat 23rd OR Sun 24th

See above for details of each day.

Cost: €15 waged and €10 unwaged/students incl. lift Sat back to your car at Robertstown and bus on Sun from Solas Bhríde to the start point at Pollardstown Fen.

Note: if you don’t have a car then you can take a bus yourself to Robertstown village and a short walk to the Cottages on Sat OR on Sun to Kildare Town (www.buseireann.ie ) and a short walk to the Solas Bhride centre.

 

Route Maps & Safe Walking Code

We will hand out a one page route map to all walkers on registration and everyone will walk between the designated ‘Leader’ and ‘Sweeper’ who will carry light Brigid’s Way Banners. We follow the Safe Walking Code and everyone is responsible for their own safety especially if children are walking with you.

To Bring

A packed lunch (those staying for the weekend can buy this in the local shops). A full water bottle. We suggest wearing light runners for the flat terrain on both days – along the Canal on Sat and the Boardwalk, country lane, the Curragh and small roads into Kildare on Sun.

 

Please Note: as we are walking down the Canal and around a Boardwalk and across the Curragh there will be no support car either day. There will be a number of officials in yellow High Viz jackets on hand should you need support.

 

Confirmation:

If you wish to book the Full Weekend Pilgrimage Fri 22nd – Sun 24th please email Karen Ward at karenwardtherapist@gmail.com and specify if you are opting for:

€150 single bed OR €140 Sofa Bed OR €100 Camping.

 

If you wish to book Walking Both Days only Sat 23rd – Sun 24th OR Walking 1 Day only either Sat 23rd OR Sun 24th

please email Karen McDowell at info@brigidsway.ie and specify which you are coming for.

 

All monies raised, after costs, go to Brigid’s Way to keep this ancient path between Sky and Earth alive and well in our modern world.

 

Thank you for your valued interest in Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage. We appreciate you spreading Brigid’s Cloak far and wide by sharing your knowledge of her Way and traditions.

 

Enjoy our video below from our first pilgrimage in 2013.

Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage passes through some beautiful and sacred Irish landscapes from Dundalk to Kildare. This alignment of sacred sites reflects the Cygnus (Swan) constellation which was prominent in the skies at the time of Brigid’s birth in the 5th Century AD and is its reflection on earth of a heavenly configuration. It may have formed an ancient “sightline”, pointing out the place on the northern horizon where the cross-shaped swan constellation (Cygnus) was rising in ancient times.

Recovering the Art of Pilgrimage

Ireland is a place where beneath its modern facade lies a deeply rooted connection with the cycles of the natural world and the spiritual world. In Ireland hints of Celtic, Celtomegalithic and Christian traditions and beliefs are expressed throughout the land. Stone circles, dolmens, court cairns and other megalithic structures mark places in the landscape where the Anima Loci or Soul Energy is stronger and where “Spirit” is tangibly present. At these places the spiritual energies of the land easily accessible. Reconnecting with this ancient practice of walking pilgrimage reflects a deep longing to touch and taste the mystery.

The sacred journey, pilgrimage or Imram invites people to a different way of travelling, a way that can inspire a sense of soul and adventure in each of us. When we, as pilgrims, approach the earth in an open-hearted way, we access the ancient perennial wisdom held within these ancient sacred places.  This allows us to experience the archetypal energies of the eternal otherworld and awakens in us our innate knowledge of and appreciation for the Divine Presence within all living beings.

Walking in pilgrimage, listening attentively to the deep quiet voice within, reconnects us with our own deep spiritual essence, which knows itself as a part of the unbroken web of life. Walking through the countryside in this conscious way offers the pilgrim the potential for deep healing and transformation.

 

“Everywhere the way of the Pilgrim is twofold.

Exterior and interior, the simultaneous movement of feet and the soul through time as well as space.”

(Phil Cousineau The Art of Pilgrimage 1998, p.94)