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Four Fires Bealtaine
Sally Ann O’Reilly and Abigail Whyte
May 03, 2019 - May 05, 2019
Templeowen, Tullow County Carlow, Ireland
FOUR FIRES offers a somatic journey through the Celtic Wheel of Time, a pathway of indigenous wisdom that evolved from our forebears living in harmony with nature on the Western Isles of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
This series of four Retreats – Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lugnasadh – which may be taken individually or in sequence – is open to anyone who has an interest in exploring the work of BodySoul and its potential in their lives. The Four Fire Retreats offer a gentle introduction to ceremony and ritual, to working with movement, dreams, myth and story, art, clay and journalling. The embodiment aspect of these Retreats is informed by the facilitators’ work in Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Movement Therapy, including embryology and developmental movement patterning, while the movement element, most especially the Dance of Three, is grounded in the discipline of Authentic Movement
In the Irish tradition the Wheel of Time is divided in two, the bright half and the dark half. We’ve being journeying with the Cailleach, the Hag of Winter, since last Samhain and, ﬁnally, she is making way for her daughter, An Iníon Buí, to lead us through to Summer. As with Samhain, Bealtaine is a time when the veils between this world and the Otherworld are thin. In the old days it was thought the Aos Sí were out and about ready to take human folk back to their world. One of the guardians to this world is the Apple Tree, symbol of abundance and generosity, teaching us how to trust in reciprocity, the act of giving and receiving without attachment. Bealtaine is a time to celebrate fecundity and the ﬂourishing of our creativity, a time to connect with the instinctive wild forces, both within and without, and to deepen our awareness of that potency on the physical, spiritual and mystical levels. It represents the coming together of psyche and soma in service to new life, the mystical union of animus and anima in a sacred marriage.
Abigail and Sally Ann recommend that participants have some experience of bodywork, and have undertaken or are undergoing some form of therapy.
Dates: May 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - May 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
Full price is €325
Early bird (paid in full by April 5th, 2019) is €300
Deposit for workshop (if not paid in full) is €55
Fee includes 2 nights lodging, food, tuition and hand out materials.
Teach Bhride provides a good temenos for the work. Accommodation is all single rooms with some ensuite bedrooms. Food is home-cooked and caters to a variety of dietary requirements. The work room is large and bright with a lovely welcoming hearthstone.
To Register or For More Information:
To register send a cheque, draft or postal order made out to Abigail Whyte and mail to 776 Howth Road, Blackbanks, Dublin 5, Ireland. For bank transfers, contact Abigail at firstname.lastname@example.org