Sweat Lodges | Drumming Circle | Fire Ritual | Bedtime Sound Healing | Men’s & Women’s Empowerment circle | Darkness to Light meditation | Celtic Chants & Mythology | Ceremony for Sunset at Dowth & Sunrise at Newgrange | Procession from Dowth to Newgrange  ❤  finish with great Music & Dance

♧ Tues 20th 3pm – Wed 21st 1pm ♧

Glebe House, Dowth, Newgrange

Food,  Communal Sleeping space & Workshops included 84€ | 30€ pre-booking required


What’s New in 2016?

We have some beautiful changes that will deepen your experience of the Solstice.

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Starting – Tues 20th Dec @3pm . There will be more time for stillness and for catching up and making new friends.  New additions to the timetable this year –  New facilitators – keeping the event in continual flow and representing the sacred wisdom present in Ireland.  


Please see timetable below for the new facilitators we have for 2016

Winter Solstice 2016


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)

11pm Supper

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!




The Journey: who is holding space this year?


solstice-COPYRIGHTED-circle-2014-newgrange-by-anthony-murphy-SML (1)… Facilitators Bios:

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.

  • Read about John McCormack:

    John McCormack (Red John) has been following the Celtic Druids path for over 10 years after a lifetime of searching. Walking the Celtic Druid path he connects to nature, the ancestors, the Three Realms, the Three Cauldrons and to Natural Time. John is a member of the Celtic Druid Temple. He is a lightworker and has trained in Reiki, Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Indian Head Massage and Shamanic Healing. John has trained with Irelands Druidschool, Green Tara College and has worked with shamans/healers from Peru, South Africa, and America. John has held the Full Moon on the Hill of Tara since Samhain 2010. To find out more about the Celtic Druid Temple go to www.celticdruidtemple.com

  • Going deeper - forming two groups: Sweat OR Drum- Darkness to Light Solstice meditation with Rob Hayes

    We will then break for a cup of tea.

    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.

    Rob Hayes
    Robert has trained with indigenous healers and shamans in the Amazon Rainforests of Bolivia and  Peru, the Bolivian Andes, as well as indigenous healers in Ireland and Spain.Robert has facilitated workshops in massage and energy medicine in Australia, South America, the Middle East and Ireland, he also works very closely with the sacred sites and ancestral energies of Ireland.

  • Drumming & Chanting facilitator: Sinead Harte

    Sinead shares the facilitation of the Dublin Rhythm Alchemy Drumming with Tom Quinn, her teaching style is empathy based with a focus on inviting ritual into the circle and always ending in a Harmony Song. Sinead has a history of working in addiction services/prisons as a group facilitator and counselor. She also worked as a dancer part time training in 2005 as a Dancing the Rainbow teacher, through this she developed a deep love and awareness of working with groups through Ritual: using the body, voice, and all forms of Music. She runs a seasonal Women’s Drumming circle in Dublin called Si Moon Rhythms. Last year Sinead participated in an Arthur Hull Village workshop Training in Scotland.
  • About Sweat Lodges:

    Trish, Hilary & Steve will be holding space for those choosing to do the Sweat Lodges. Sweat Lodge ceremonies were practiced in ancient Ireland and by other indigenous peoples all over the world. The sweat lodge is a domed structure that takes up to 15-25 people at a time. Stones ceremonially heated in a fire and are placed in a pit inside the structure. The sweat lodge gets quite hot like a sauna. 4 rounds of hot stones are put in the pit. Each round lasts about 15-20 minutes with a small break between each round where the door will be opened. A SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY IS TRADITIONALLY USED TO:

    • connect with nature, the spirit realm and ancestors
    • purify and balance the body, mind, spirit and emotions
    • send our prayers
    • heal both personally and collectively transformation of the Old Self into the New Self.

  • Sweat Lodge facilitators: Trish-Hilary-Steve

    Trish Cameron and Hilary Healy are medicine women working within the indigenous ways of Ireland and of Grandfather Tom Wilson of the Dineh People. They have been working with Arwyn Dreamwalker, a shaman and Nagual, for over twenty years. Both have finished their apprenticeships and now are Journey Women bringing the teachings to the people. They are both Irish, mothers and grandmothers. They bring a warmth, simplicity and much heart to help people understand how it is to walk in this time to reclaim balance and harmony on the Earth. www.soulceremoniesinireland.com Steve Gregory is one of the founding members of the Irish re-birthing association, he has worked for 30 years in the field of breathwork, counselling, yoga therapy and has facilitated trainings and workshops including sweat lodges and shamanic journeys.
  • Midnight Sound healing (optional)

    After both groups (Drumming-Meditation & Sweat Lodge) are finished, we will have a festive communal supper and optional midnight sound healing meditation to send us off to sleep for the night.

    Lisa McLoughlin & Brian Cunning
    Journey through the inner planes and renew your inner light with the celebration of the return of the Sun.
    Lisa & Brian of SoundHenge Ireland invite you on a deep immersion into Sacred Sound & Vibration.
    Using giant gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, drums, rattles and a variety of world instruments we produce evocative soundscapes which encourage deep relaxation and meditation whilst restoring positive energy balance for the body, mind & soul.
    Lisa Dunne is a gong & sound therapist trained with world renowned gong masters Don Conreaux, Aidan McKintyre & Mitch Nur.  Brian Cunning has been working in Shamanic techniques for over 22 years.  He is a qualified Shamanic Practioner & Shamanic Counsellor accredited by ICSS.

    (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 : )

  • Morning Men's & Women's Circles: Declan& Louise

    On Solstice morning Declan and Louise will prepare us energetically for the procession to Newgrange.

    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.

  • Newgrange

    We will then go to Newgrange for sunrise and participate in an inclusive ritual. This year we will have more still, private, sacred experience:
    The sun shines in Newgrange chamber for 5 days over solstice. We will be at Newgrange on the Sunday morning 20th. As a group we will have built the energy from the day before and be able to do ceremony while very few of the public are around (as most go Newgrange on the morning of the 21st of December) This is a great opportunity for us to go very deep into the experience of Newgrange without the distraction of a busy public gathering around us

  • After-Newgrange-breakfast guest speaker:

    Returning to Glebe House for breakfast and after breakfast we have a guest Speaker (to be announced shortly)

    After the guest speaker Enda will facilitate the closing of the this years Winter Solstice

    Enda Donnellan
    Enda is a conscious event producer (Conscious Concert / Earth Fest Ireland / Winter Solstice Experience, Sacred Union Stage Electric Picnic)

    He is a registered osteopath since 2001 and ordained Interfaith Minister since 2012. He has actively  explored various forms of spirituality for over 20 years

    Celebration afterwards: Music & dance

join in sun (1)Sacredly holding the re-birth within…..Join your fellow seekers at this time of nature’s re-birth and renewal: a time when we can consciously give birth to our dreams and intentions for the year ahead