This is an annual overnight indoor & outdoor experience held by some of Ireland’s wise Elders and Healers
We have some beautiful changes that will deepen your experience of the Solstice. New venue, and the overall theme / programme:
☼ This year’s theme is about:
♧ simplicity (of you just being you, stepping into our fullness and multidimensionality, true version of ourselves)
♧ humanness & is-ness (every moment of being a human just “is”) The preciousness of being alive & cherishing one other)
♧ Loving & Unity in Diversity (being the radiance and transmision of love on our planet now, this very moment)
♧ With humour & humility – mastering our highest human transformational self, regardless of the shocks, the dark passages or sun-full ones
Please see timetable below for the new facilitators we have for 2018
15.45 – 17.00 Dowth monument ceremony (facilitators to be confirmed) – moving past duality by honouring the masculine and feminine and realising our shared oneness as humans
17.30 – 18.30 Tea & giggles
18.30 – 20.00 Biodanza “The Dance of life” – with Gillian (The language of the heart through the body, in dance)
20.00 – 21.30 Solstice Eve Mediation – with Enda (opening to 5th dimensional consciousness: love & courage)
21.45 – 23.00 Communal heart rhythm solstice drumming session – with Sinead Harte
23.30 – 00.30 Gentle soothing bedtime sound healing with Lorna
06.30 – 07.45 10 mins Body qigong wake up (with Enda) and Toning the power of our voice in preparation for Newgrange sunrise with Mary
10.00 – 11.00 Breakfast
11.00 – 11.45 Songs of Fairy lore and magic with Mary McLaughlin
12.00 – 12.40 Closing ceremony with Ard Druid – John McCormack
12.40 – 14.00 All optional – Dance, Celebration, Clean ups and Sauna
About GILLIAN & Biodanza “The Dance of life”
The language of the heart through the body, in dance.
When we dance with life, together, we open the deepest potentials of human evolution to awaken vitality, creativity, plenitude, rejuvenation, joy, health, well-being, fulfilment, altruism and solidarity – our potentials become possible through expression. Biodanza is a practice that re-connects, supports and maintains our connection as living systems of the universe, as life itself. Joyful, harmonious, revitalising, integrative dances & simple movements activate these life sources on a deeper level. Because the movements are natural and instinctive, the original connections with life that start to flourish from the moment of conception, are re-awakened & enlivened through the experience of the dance and the timeless memory of life in each of our cells knowing the sacredness of life within and in the expansion of the universe surrounding us.
Gillian Gavin is a Didactic Biodanza facilitator with 9 years facilitating biodanza weekly classes, workshops & biodanza Woman’s Temple’s in Ireland & internationally.
She has recently returned to live in Dublin after 14 months residing with Amritanadamayi ‘ Amma’ in Her ashram in Kerala India.
About ENDA & Solstice Eve Mediation
Expanding into our light bodies, opening to 5th dimensional consciousness and being an example of love and courage in the world
Enda has been deepening the integration of the divine masculine and feminine in his life. He is currently on a 3 year path of celibacy (celibate – celebrate) and is passionate about re-establishing the sacred sexuality teachings, transforming the seed of sex to light-body consciousness.
He has been in practice as a classically trained cranial osteopath since 2002 and is an ordained Interfaith Minister since 2012. He produces this Winter Solstice event along with others like Conscious Concert Ireland.
About LORNA, Bedtime Sound Healing:
I’m a bit of a tree hugging, animal loving, wanderer of the woods who has been on an earth based spiritual journey for over 35 years. I mostly follow my own meandering path, gathering knowledge along the way and appreciating that the more I learn, the less I seem to know! Despite that, I love learning new things and enjoying new experiences.
Awarded a diploma in Sound Healing by Celtic School of Sound Healing, Reiki and Moon Mna trained and currently training in Herbalism with Brigids Academy of Healing Arts, I love to help others heal themselves through sound, energy and nature, often combining all three to help bring about balance in our energy fields raise our vibrations and facilitate deep healing.
Sound baths are an extremely relaxing experience which can take you on a deep meditative journey as you surrounded by and immersed in the beautiful sounds and vibrations that are healing for mind, body and spirit.
During a sound bath worries melt away as your energetic vibration is raised through a mix of bowls, gongs, chimes and other soothing sounds. You will be left with a profound feeling of peace and well being afterwards and often a great nights sleep.
About MARY McLaughlin, Songs of Fairy lore and magic
Chanter/singer Mary Mc Laughlin loves to sing with others who, like her, are interested in entering the world of chant and finding unity and joy in communal expression. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, she has performed/taught throughout the UK and USA. In addition to a PGCE her background includes a PhD in Irish Otherworld Song, an MA in Chant/Ritual, a Certificate of Sound Healing and numerous recordings. She also founded a Gaelic choir (Cór Ainglí) in the USA.
3 – 4.30pm ☼ Sunset ceremony: Honouring the darkness at Dowth & Shamanic Drumming – John (Celtic Druid path)
5 – 7pm Food-Tea-Juice time
6.30pm – 7.30pm Body Movement / Tribal Dance
7.30 – 12 Honouring the Darkness – Bringing in Divine Light with Rob; and Tribal Drumming & Chant with Sinead
OR 7.30 – 12 midnight Sweat Lodges (Facilitators: Trish, Hilary, & Steve)
Midnight – Bed time Sound Healing with Lisa & Brian
6.15am – Waking up. Morning arrivals.
6.45am – 7.30am Men’s & Women’s Circle (facilitated by Declan and Louise from Soul Medicine)
7.30am ☼ Procession to Newgrange for 8.20am Ritual outside Newgrange (Sunrise@ 8.47am)
10.00 –11.30am Breakfast
11.30 – 12.15pm Guest Speaker: special surprise!
12noon Closing space Enda
12.30 – 1.00pm Trad Irish hoolie!
This year we will be starting earlier to honour the Solstice sunset alignment at Dowth monument. In this way we pay homage to the darkness before we go on the journey to the rebirth of the light the following morning. John McCormack will be holding the Sunset ceremony at Dowth with Shamanic Drumming.
After tea we will be doing some body movement/ tribal dancing
One group will be going deeper into an experience of Darkness with Rob and Drumming Circle with Sinead Heart. Whereas the other group (who have chosen to do the Sweat Lodge) will join Hilary, Trish and Steve for the Sweat Lodges.
(Both floors of Glebe House will be padded with duvets, so remember to bring your sleeping bag or over-blankets.) Those who wish to remain chatting will be able to do so in the adjacent cafe / chai bar area : )
Declan Hammond is co-founder and former director of The Irish School of Homeopathy, a homeopath, transpersonal therapist and shamanic practitioner. His life and work has been a passionate search for the most effective healing tools for himself and his patients. This journey has taken him all over the globe studying Eastern and Western approaches to healing, tantra yoga and traditional shamanic practices. Declan has developed a unique synthesis of these ancient and modern healing techniques and works with individuals and groups to empower deep personal growth and spiritual transformation. Louise and Declan are currently undergoing Tantra Essence Soul Mate Training with Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita.
Louise O’Donnell is an experienced shamanic practitioner, having undergone extensive training and initiations across Europe and Latin America. She weaves worlds of the masculine and the feminine. Louise has facilitated transformational change in a variety of organisations, including large corporates and government bodies. She guides individuals and groups in shamanic work and ceremony in Ireland, the UK and internationally, and is a community and event organiser in the International Shamanic Community and for Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage. She has a number of published articles about shamanic work, sacred sites and transformational change. Louise is a final year student at the Open to Channel Mystery School, working with multi-dimensional spiritual groups and planetary healing.
After the guest speaker Enda will facilitate the closing of the this years Winter Solstice
Enda is a conscious event producer (Conscious Concert / Earth Fest Ireland / Winter Solstice Experience, Sacred Union Stage Electric Picnic)
Celebration afterwards: Music & dance