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an Ancient path between Sky and Earth.
BRIGID’S WAY 9 DAY PILGRIMAGE – JULY 1ST TO JULY 9TH 2017
We are delighted to announce that this years Brigid’s Way 9 day Pilgrimage from Faughart to Kildare will take place from the 1st to the 9th of July (incl).
In July 2017 Dolores Whelan and a team of volunteers will host and facilitate the complete 9 day pilgrimage from Brigid’s Holy well at Faughart, near Dundalk in Co. Louth, to Brigid’s Monastic City Kildare. The Brigid of Faughart Festival Team will facilitate Day 1 of the pilgrimage. Other guests will join us along the way and facilitate different aspects of the pilgrimage.
Karen Ward is taking time out from the Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage this year to complete her PhD Thesis. We thank Karen for her wonderful commitment to Brigid’s Way and wish her every blessing on her work.
We invite you to consider joining us on this wonderful spiritual journey (imram). We, in Brigid’s Way, understand that this is a big commitment for anyone to make and it may not be possible for you to walk it all this year. So we invite you to consider walking a significant part of the pilgrimage. For example, you might walk from Faughart to the Hill of Tara (the first 4 days of the pilgrimage) or from the Hill of Tara to Kildare (the last 5 days of the pilgrimage).
We also welcome people to join us for 1 or 2 days and especially to join us for Day 1 at Faughart and Day 9 Walking into Kildare.
Cost: Brigid’s Way is a voluntary group. The facilitation fee (which is €25 per day or €225 for 9 days) covers the cost of the administration of the pilgrimage, including arranging accommodation, meals, transporting luggage, support cars etc. and the expenses for the facilitators of the pilgrimage. A support car will accompany the Pilgrimage on all road routes. For people who join us for one day only and do not require us to book accommodation or meals for them, the fee is €15 per day.
Some concessions are available if these fees are a barrier to you joining us please contact us and we will see how best to meet your needs.
Please click here for Accommodation Details.
Deposit & Payment: If you are booking the 9 day Pilgrimage a NON Refundable deposit of €75 is required. For 5 days a NON Refundable deposit of €50 and for 4 days a Non Refundable deposit of €40.
You can pay via Paypal (Paypal charges a 3.5% fee so please add this to the amount you are paying, e.g. if you paying €75 you would have to send €77.65)
EFT (email for Bank details) or send a cheque/Postal Order to Dolores Whelan, An Cuige, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co.Louth A91K299
Click Booking Form to book your place.
Click Directions to get to Dundalk and Faughart
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Karen McDowell on 087 6821664.
We look forward to walking with you on Brigid’s Way, an ancient path between heaven and earth and awakening the deep spiritual energies of this ancient land.
May Brigid bless your way,
Dolores Whelan on behalf of Brigid’s Way
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)