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 partake. There are various ways to walk this sacred path: the full 9 day Pilgrimage, certain sections or any number each consecutive day or indeed join us for one, Walk a day for Brigid. Please enjoy perusing the various options on this our website.
This 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.
By following Brigid’s footsteps and those of our ancestors, this ancient Brigid pilgrim pathway between heaven and earth it seeks to remember and reactivate and reconnect people with the sacredness of the land in Ireland. For details on the origins of this pilgrimage see Origins of Brigids Way
The alignment passes through many sacred sites and beautiful Irish landscape from Faughart to Kildare including the Hill of Slane and the Hill of Tara, Brideswell, near Kilcock, Donadea Forest Park, the Grand Canal between Robertstown and Milltown, Pollardstown Fen and the Curragh of Kildare.
Starting on the 14th of July, this year Karen Ward 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, ending in Brigid’s Monastic City Kildare on the 22nd July. Guests will join us along the way and facilitate different aspects of the pilgrimage. Dolores Whelan (Co Founder of Brigid’s Way) will be taking time out in 2018.
On this Pilgrimage Brigid will inspire a sense of soul and adventure in each of us as we walk courageously on her pathway embracing the Art of Pilgrimage during the of Brigid’s Way to:
- Ponder on our life’s journey
- Shed what no longer serves us
- Dream in a bright and soulful future
Whether you know her as a Saint or Goddess, she will bless us and guide us into our soul’s destiny and we invite you to join us on this wonderful spiritual journey beneath her mantle.
“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
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. Once you have booked you will receive a confirmation email. Then see the link below to book your accomodation yourself. We have screened off a selection of rooms(single, twin & double) at each Day’s end location so when you contact them, mention that you are a Brigid’s Way pilgrim. Certain places have a limited number of rooms such as Tara. Once these are booked we will be able to provide dormitory style rooms if you are happy to bring your sleeping bag for a very reduced hostel type fee. So go to each Day’s Route page, have a look at the accomodation to see what calls to you and book if you like it. We will work with you to make sure that everyone is as comfortable as they can be.
For full details of the routes please click here.
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.
If your circumstances mean you require a concession please contact us as there are a limited number of concessions available.
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 click here (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)
For Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For people who join us for one day only, including all daily ceremonies and rituals (but who not require accommodation and meals), the fee is €15 per day and €10 for concessions. If your circumstances mean you require a concession please contact us as there are a limited number of concessions available.
For full details of the routes please click here.
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,
Karen Ward on behalf of Brigid’s Way
Thank you for checking into 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.