BRIGID’S WAY PILGRIMAGE
We are now fully booked for the 9 day Pilgrimage but we are inviting you to walk with us for one day of the pilgrimage, the ancient path between Sky and Earth that is dedicated to the Goddess and Saint Brigid.
JOIN BRIGID’S WAY PILGRIMAGE FOR THE FIRST OR LAST DAY
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 county Louth, 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 also known as the Cuchuallin 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) constellation 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 embracing 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