BRIGID’S WAY 9 DAY PILGRIMAGE FAUGHART – KILDARE
JULY 14TH TO JULY 22ND 2018
to the Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage Website. We are honoured to invite you to walk this sacred path with us. Perhaps your Celtic Soul yearns to join us for the full 9 day Pilgrimage or certain sections or indeed our ‘Walk a Day of Brigid’s Way’ option. Please enjoy perusing the various opportunities throughout our website, to connect with Brigid, both pre-Celtic Goddess and Christian Saint – a wise woman who represents the divine feminine within the traditions of Ireland and beyond. The 9 day sacred Pilgrimage is a life changing experience. We hope you will enjoy reading the testimonials of the previous pilgrims on our Community Page.
Brigid’s Way was inspired by a strong desire to revive the ancient art of pilgrimage, which was such a central part of the indigenous tradition of this land. By following Brigid’s footsteps and those of our ancestors, walking as a pilgrim will reconnect you with the sacredness of the earth and the majesty of the sky. You will awaken to the consciousness of Brigid, with the opportunity to connect with your creative feminine power and unite this with your active masculine strength, whether you be male or female or other . This is Brigid’s gift – to accept all and unite both sides of our being and our world in harmony and balance. Brigid remains an inspiration for us all in these changing times.
This Celtic Pilgrimage passes through beautiful Irish landscapes from the Lisnawilly Estate and picturesque villages of Dundalk, the lush farmlands of Meath, Donadea Forest Park, Coolree Bog, the Grand Canal, Pollardstown Fen and the Curragh of Kildare. Along the route, glittering like jewels in the earth lie the sacred sites of the Holy Well, Faughart, Knockbridge Standing Stone, the Hill of Slane, the Hill of Tara, Brideswell Kilcock, Brigid’s Fire Temple and Holy Wells, Kildare. This alignment of sacred sites reflects the Cygnus (Swan) constellatiion which was prominent in the skies at the time of St Brigid’s birth in the 5th Century AD. 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. For details on the history of this Pilgrimage see Origins of Brigid’s Way.
Starting on the 14th of July this year, co-founder Karen Ward and a team of volunteers will host and facilitate the complete 9 day pilgrimage from Brigid’s Well and Shrine near Dundalk, Co. Louth, ending in Brigid’s Monastic City Kildare on the 22nd July. Guests will join along the way and facilitate different aspects of the pilgrimage including daily ceremony and meditations. Dolores Whelan, co-founder, is taking time out from the organisation this year but will be delighted to join us on the first Day of the Pilgrimage.
Whether you know Brigid as a Saint or Goddess, she will bless and inspire a sense of soul and adventure in each of us as we walk courageously on her pathway enbracing the Art of Pilgrimage to:
- Ponder on our life’s journey
- Shed what no longer serves us
- Dream in a bright and soulful future.
“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
How To Take Part
Brigid’s Way is run by a team of volunteers and over the years we have honed a smooth way to ensure ease of participation. We ask you to pay a €25.00 a day facilitation fee first then choose and book your own accommodation which you will pay for along with your food en route. We have screened off a selection of venues at each Day’s end location offering single, twin, double (& in some dorm) rooms. All are local family run businesses who support Brigid’s Way.
We recommend you follow these simple steps:
- Read the website at your leisure and make the decision to come for all or certain sections of the Pilgrimage. Listen to your heart.
- Pay for your place by Paypal or Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) (see below).
- Go to the Accommodation section (see below) and make your choices. When booked print out the List & circle your bookings for reference to bring with you in July.
- Fill in the Booking Form (see below). We will then confirm that you are signed up and prepared by email.
- Wait for the regular updates by email and Facebook on how to make the most of this epic journey.
- Pull on your walking boots and step out into Nature to begin your preparation.
For full details of the routes including terrain and length please click here
Cost: The facilitation fee is €25.00 per day or €225.00 for 9 days and covers the cost of the administration of the Pilgrimage, including arranging meals, transporting luggage, support cars etc. and the expenses for the facilitators of the Pilgrimage. There are a limited number of concessions available. If your circumstances mean you require one please contact us.
Deposit & Payment: If you are booking the 9 day Pilgrimage a NON Refundable deposit of €75.00 is required. For 5 days a Non Refundable deposit of €50.00 and for 4 days a Non Refundable deposit of €40.00
Paypal: Click Here (Paypal charges a 3.5% fee so please add this to the amount you are paying e.g. if you are paying €75.00 you would have to send €77.65
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): Brigid’s Way Bank Details:
IBAN IE44 BOFI 9033 6522 4479 03
Bank Identifer Code BOFIIE2D
Brance Code 90-33-65
Accommodation options: For full details please click here. Allow approximately €30.00 – €80.00 for Bed & Breakfast per day. We have a number of options to suit all pockets. Please peruse the choices, then email them to book your place. We strongly advise you to do this as soon as possible to ensure the best option available.
Meal Options: Breakfast will be at your accommodation (except Day 3 when it will be a local cafe). For lunch each day we will recommend local shop/s where you can buy your packed lunch (approx. €5.00). For Dinner each evening we will invite you to join us in a local restaurant for a wholesome 2 course meal (approximately €16.00 – €20.00 except for Day 8 when it will be €23.00 for a fancier meal).
Luggage: Every day the support car will transfer our luggage from one accommodation venue to the next. They will then return to accompany us along the route for safety and lifts, if necessary, on all road routes except along the 8km Grand Canal stretch Day 8).
Booking Form: Once you have paid your facilitation fee and booked your accommodation, please click here to fill in this Form.
‘Walk a Day of Brigid’s Way’ Option: we 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. If you wish to join us for one day only, including all daily ceremonies and rituals (but who not require accommodation), the fee is €15 per day and €10 for concessions.
We look forward to walking with you on Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage – an ancient path between heaven and earth to awaken the deep spiritual energies of this land.
May Brigid bless your way,
on behalf of Brigid’s Way
Enjoy the video below from our first Pilgrimage in 2013.