Immersive Tour In The Dingle Peninsula
June 11 - 18, 2019
View from Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula.
The Immersive Experience
We will locate ourselves in the wonderful wilds of Ireland's Atlantic South -West for this week of immersion in the Celtic Gaelic tradition. For seven days, we'll form a friendly group and explore authentic and ancient aspects of Irish tradition and heritage. Together we will walk a landscape that is both majestic and inspirational. Irish music, story and poetry will accompany us on this incredible journey as we visit ancient Celtic and Christian sites. Enjoying the finest nourishment for body and soul, we'll meet local musicians, craftspeople and writers who will share their stories and art with us.
The Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is widely acknowledged as one of the most enchanting places in Ireland. This stunningly scenic promontory eases out into the Atlantic ocean from the south-western corner of Ireland, an area of ancient settlements with some established as far back as 6,000 years ago. Among the magnificent features of this landscape is Mount Brandon, named from St. Brendan, the legendary discoverer of America. It is also home to one of the country's highest mountain passes, the Connor Pass. Panoramic views of cliffs, mountains, islands, lakes and boglands abound, while the untamed Atlantic buffets the rocky shoreline it has shaped over the centuries. To see some landscape photos of the Dingle Peninsula click on the photos button below.
The Dingle Peninsula is an area rich in archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic era to the Bronze and Iron ages and into early Christian times. Ancient passage graves, standing stones, ringforts and ecclesiastical structures are dotted throughout its countryside, and not surprisingly, its landscape is clothed in a rich fabric of myth and legend. The association of indigenous deities and native saints with locations on the peninsula still resonates strongly, as their memories are embedded in local folklore and celebrated in stories and placenames.
A notable feature of cultural life on the Dingle Peninsula is the significant role played by the Irish language, this area being one of the few parts of the country where the Celtic tongue continues in daily use. Local authors have cultivated it as a medium to produce acclaimed literary works, among them autobiographies authored by Blasket-Island writers.
Cathair Deargáin, Dingle Peninsula.
Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula
Standing stone, Gallarus
The Daily Practice
The Morning Workshop
A workshop will be held each morning after breakfast. In this daily workshop, we celebrate one of the six themes listed below as expressed in Celtic mythology, Irish traditional song and storytelling and Irish poetry and proverbs. The opportunity for self-reflection inspired by the shared material is an important aspect of the workshop. The chosen theme will serve as an anchor for our thoughts throughout the day as we visit sacred sites and walk the land.
Six Themes of Celtic Consciousness
Local artists, singers, and musicians will frequently contribute to these sessions.
Each morning will begin with an optional sunrise session of Celtic-infused Hatha Yoga. An intention around the theme of the day will be set and the rhythm of Irish traditional music will guide this gentle Asana practice. Our trusted yoga instructor and guide, Áine Ní Éalaí, will lead this Daily Practice.
The Conor Pass, Dingle Peninsula.
Walking the Land
After a wholesome lunch, we will take to the landscape of the Dingle Peninsula, visiting ancient and sacred sites that are dispersed throughout the area. In this daily afternoon hike through the West Kerry countryside, we will experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Our guides and team will accommodate various hiking abilities, catering for those who enjoy a stroll as well as for those who prefer to stride.
Dingle and its environs is home to internationally renowned practitioners of the traditional and the fine arts as well as some master craftsmen. On this tour, we will visit the studios and workplaces of some of these virtuosos who will actively engage with us on our journey.
The Dingle Courtyard Cottages will host our inaugural gathering on this Celtic Consciousness immersive tour. These designer cottages overlooking Dingle harbor and town are situated in an extensive park setting. While enjoying a quiet pastoral location, the cottages are less than an eight-minute walk from the town center. Bedrooms will be assigned on an individual basis unless otherwise requested.
In tune with the Celtic love of feasting, meals on this tour will be a celebration of joyous living. Breakfast will be available in the cottages and each cottage will be abundantly stocked with local organic Irish foods. We will savor the best of what the peninsula cuisine has to offer, from Michelin recommended restaurants to culinary expertise in traditional home cooking.
Dónall Ó Héalaí
Born and raised in Connemara, Co. Galway, Dónall is the founder of Celtic Consciousness. He is a native Gaelic speaker and a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he studied, Modern Irish Language and Literature. Dónall is a recipient of the Dr. H.H Stewart Literary prize awarded by the National University of Ireland for achievements in the study of the Irish language.
He has worked extensively with the national Irish-language television channel, TG4, as well as with the national Irish-language theatre, An Taibhdhearc, and the Irish Arts Center in New York City. In 2015 he was presented with Irish Screen America's rising Talent Award for his performance in film. Dónall was recently invited to speak at TedxBerkeley in February 2018. Dónall lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Pádraig Ó Héalaí
Dr. Pádraig Ó Héalaí is a retired Senior Lecturer in the School of Irish and a former Dean of Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he specialized in Irish folk tradition. His primary degree in Celtic Studies was later followed by a doctorate in Irish Folklore from the National University of Ireland. He has acted as Visiting Professor at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, and in the course of his formation as a folklorist he studied at both UCLA and UC Berkeley. Pádraig is an associate member of the Folklore Fellows, an international network of folklorists, instituted by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
He was editor of Béaloideas. The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society from 1980-1995 and has published widely on a range of topics including traditions of the supernatural, religious legends and rites of passage. Among his recent works is an edition of sketches of traditional life on the Great Blasket Island written by his mother who taught in the Island school. Pádraig is a native of the Dingle Peninsula and now lives in Galway.
Áine Ní Éalaí
Áine completed her MA in Modern Irish in UCC in 2006, after which she travelled to South America. Although over the years she has lived in New Zealand, Argentina & Berlin, Áine is now living in Cork City where she coordinates an International Volunteer and Award programme with EIL Intercultural learning.
She holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Áine completed her RYS yoga teacher certification (YTT 200-hr) in May 2016. She regularly attends workshops and retreats on yoga philosophy and Asana.
Sybil Head, Dingle Peninsula.
The cost of the tour is $3,995 USD. This fee includes your accommodation in a private room in the Courtyard Cottages, all meals except for two lunches and one dinner, the services of Dónall, Pádraig and Áine as lecturers and workshop leaders, the contributions of local artists, musicians, drivers and other friendly helpers we encounter during the week as well as transportation to and from Shannon airport and travel to and from all sites and locations. Please note this cost does not include airfare.
As places on the tour are limited we suggest early registration and deposit. If you are interested in joining us or have any questions please click on the Tour Inquiries button to get in touch.