28 October - 3 November 2017
Can you hear the call from the Tuatha Dé Danann – the divine tribe who according to the myths lived in Ireland thousands of years ago before the humans started to arrive. They are also known as the People of Light, the Sidhe, the Fairies, the People of the Mounds and they are the tribe of the Mother Goddess Danu. When the Celts came in they took over Ireland and also started to worship Danu. The Tuatha Dé Danann were defeated by the Celts and they went underground and created sacred mounds. The little people as they are still referred to by the Irish people, still are a very important part of Irish mythology and culture. Even though they Irish became strict Catholics, they still respected and feared the little people and have their ways to appease them. In the modern day Ireland you can still feel how mystical the land is and one of the best times to visit is around Samhain, when the veils between the worlds are thin. We will take you to some sacred sites and nature that will rekindle your magical selves.
The tour is organised by Manon Tromp, Celtic Earth Priestes, (Life)Guide and Singer, originally from the Netherlands but now lives in the magical place of Glastonbury in the UK, also known as Avalon. Manon has been organising and guiding Sacred Tours for years to places like Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Tintagel and Sedona USA. Her aim is to connect people to Mother Earth and their own unique nature by visiting the sacred sites with their transformational power. Manon is a singer and sound healer and will bring that into the journey. She is a life guide and heart whisperer – working with tarot and her intuition – to help people come connect to their heart and soul desires in a very earthy and practical way.
Manon is being accompanied on some days by Irish Celtic Priestess Olive De Ville. Olive is a celebrant of ancient sacred Celtic ceremonies. She is an archaeologist, a tour guide and holds a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology & Celtic Civilisation and a Higher Diploma in Heritage Management.
Saturday 28 October
Arrival Day – pick at Cork airport – transport to hotel near Courtmacsherry
Introduction – mythology of Ireland – why is there still so much belief in fairies, what was their role in mythology. Visit to Mahon Abbey, a spooky ruined abbey founded in 1172 by Dermot MacCormac MacCarthy, King of Desmond
Halloween Dinner – the Courtmacsherry hotel is famous for its celebration of Halloween and you are guaranteed to have a very good time.
Sunday 29 October
Drombeg Stonecircle – one of Ireland’s most famous stone circles. We will hold a ceremony for greeting the ancestors of this land.
Lunch at Clonakilty – a friendly seaside town
Sound Healing in the evening with song and drum
Monday 30 October
Transfer to Killarney in County Kerry – a historical vibrant town with lots of heritage and beautiful sites, like Torc Waterfall and the Muckross House & Gardens, a 19th century Victorian Mansion located in the Killarney National Park.
Irish Music evening in a Killarney Pub
Tuesday 31 October
After breakfast we will get bicycles and bike to Ross Castle, a stronghold of an Irish chieftain from the 15th century – beautifully located at a lake, called Lough Leane. From there we will go by boat to the other side of the lake to visit the Gap of Dunloe, a beautiful narrow mountain pass which has some wonderful views.
Preparing for Samhain in evening – workshop Divination – working with tarot/oracle cards and working with messages of the other world as the veils between the worlds are very thin on this evening.
Wednesday 1 November
Samhain ceremony Stone circle Kealkil, a beautiful small enchanting stone circle with views on Bantry Bay. We will honour the spirits of the ancestors in this ceremony.
Lunch at Gougane Barra, where during the 6th century a monastery was built Saint Finbarr on a small island, but the ruins we will see are from the 17th century. It was a secret roman catholic place of worship as it was very remote. Afterwards we will visit the Lady Well, another place of worship still very much visited by pilgrims.
Arrival at hotel in Macroom
Thursday 2 November
Visit to the Gearagh in afternoon – a submerged glacial woodland which is totally in the spirit of Samhain because of its otherworldly atmosphere.
Evening of storytelling and songs.
Friday 3 November
Departure to Cork – free to do sight seeing, shopping.
End of Tour
The costs for this wonderful journey are £ 895 p.p. This includes the accommodation in a twin room, workshops, healings, transport, guiding and entrance fees. It does not include flight to Cork and meals (except breakfast). Early Bird bookings before 1 August get a 10% discount.
Please contact Manon if you need more information or if you want to register for this journey: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 44 7999314308.