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Four Fires: Stand Still & Balance

Sally Ann O’Reilly and Abigail Whyte

December 13, 2019 - December 15, 2019

Templeowen, Tullow County Carlow, Ireland

A BodySoul Rhythms® journey through the Celtic wheel of time working with the energies of the solstices and equinoxes through movement, ritual, embodied story and dreamtime.

The Mystery
I am the wind which breathes upon the sea,
I am the wave of the ocean,
I am the murmur of the billows,
I am the ox of the seven combats,
I am the vulture upon the rocks,
I am a beam of the sun,
I am the fairest of plants,
I am the wild boar of valour,
I am the salmon in the water,
I am the lake in the plain,
I am a word of science,
I am the point of the lance of battle,
I am the God who created in the head of fire,
Who is it who throws the light into the meeting of the mountain?
Who announces the ages of the moon?
Who teaches the place where couches the sun? (If not I)
~ ascribed to the poet Amerigin, translated by Douglas Hyde

By leaning our bodies into the support offered by the seasonal comings and goings of Mother Nature, aligning our whole selves with the rhythms inherent in the Bigger Container, we explore the possibility and potential of meeting these natural pulses of life from deep within our own bodies, from within our own psyches. We come home to ourselves, to our own Soul Story feeling resourced, connected and held by embracing a greater story, a Sheltering Story that nurtures and supports all life on Planet Earth.

FOUR FIRES: Stand Still & Balance offers a somatic journey through the Wheel of Time, a pathway of indigenous wisdom that evolved from our forebears living in harmony with nature on the Western Isles of Europe. This series of four retreats—Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox—compliments our previous Four Fires Retreats based on the lunar festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lugnasadh. Please note it is not necessary to have completed this earlier lunar cycle and that the solar retreats can be taken individually or in sequence.

Four Fires Retreats offer a gentle introduction to ceremony and ritual, to working with movement, dreams, myth and story, art, clay and journalling. The embodied aspects 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©.

FOUR FIRE Retreats are open to anyone with an interest in exploring BodySoul Rhythms® and its potential in their lives. BodySoul work holds to the principle that since the psyche and soma are inseparable, body and mind might best be explored together in service of healing and growth. BodySoul involves listening to the body and paying attention to unfolding dreams. In this way, guided by the Self, space is provided for the unconscious to emerge through movement, voice work, painting, journalling, myth and mask making. BodySoul is deeply rooted in the work of C.G. Jung, as developed by Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, dance educator Mary Hamilton and voice coach, Ann Skinner.

Abigail and Sally Ann recommend that participants have experience in bodywork and have undertaken or are undergoing some form of accredited therapy.

Solstice means “the stand still of the Sun” and at the two Solstice points in the cosmic year, the sun’s cycle reaches its peak, stops and begins its change of energy. The Winter Solstice is a time to stop and look back at where the last six months have taken us before looking forward and acknowledging where the next six might lead. It is an opportunity to stand still in what is called “dubh luachar na mbliana“, the darkest of the dark. It is a moment in time to be conscious of our life’s flow and direction, a time to celebrate achievements and acknowledge challenges by meeting the shadow and light, both within and without.

In Ireland, the megalithic site most associated with the Winter Solstice is Newgrange or Bru na Boinne, the dwelling place of Aengus Og, the God of Love. He was the son of the Daghda, a mystical supernatural being with magical powers, and Boann, goddess of the River Boyne. Aengus is celebrated in mythology as having been conceived and born in one day.

Save the Dates for 2020 Four Fires Retreats:
Spring Equinox: March 20-22, 2020
Summer Solstice: June 5-7, 2020
Autumn Equinox: September 19-21, 2020

(The accompanying image is from a collection of paintings entitled The Everlasting Ones by artist Jane Brideson. Jane’s extensive collection of work is a celebration of the archetypal gods and goddesses who inhabit the rich mythological landscape of Ireland, Scotland and Wales – http://theeverlivingones.blogspot.com/)

Dates: December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

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Sally Ann O’Reilly

Abigail Whyte

€300—early bird registration if paid in full by November 13, 2019.
€55—deposit due November 13, 2019
Fee includes room, food, tuition and hand out materials

For More Information or How to Register:
Contact Abigail Whyte at +353 86 0564223, abigailwhyte776@gmail.com or
Sally Ann O’Reilly at +353 86 8035399, sallyannoreilly@eircom.net


December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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