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Secrets of W B Yeats Landscape

Secrets of W B Yeats Landscape

The W B Yeats Landscape surrounds the town of Gort in the Burren Lowlands in County Galway. The limestone region hosts a mysterious river that keeps disappearing and reappearing. There are some wonderful rare geological formations to explore as well as some ancient holy sites. We visit a deep river cave and a series of collapsed caves in beautiful woodland. This is part of the WB Yeats Landscape as he used to picnic here with his benefactor Lady Gregory. Here you can hear the healing sounds of the drum and gong played to add to the atmosphere and help you merge with the wonders of nature. A Mysterious River Further up a magical tiny road that follows the river Beagh, we stop at hidden sites such as a holy well and a church that has been there since at least the ninth century. This church was probably part of a longer pilgrimage route to Holy Island on Lough Derg. We can dowse the water and energy lines too. Next along the road is a delightful thatched cottage whose owner invites you for tea and great home baked goods in her sheltered courtyard. Finally we can explore and learn the sad history of a Mass rock and “bullaun” set in a stone circle close to an old settlement long gone. A Writer’s Inspiration If you want to extend this tour to a full day you can have lunch in Coole Park, former estate of Lady Gregory and walk through the dry turlough in Summer to the adjacent native woodland of Garrylands. This all the old haunt of Yeats and so is...
Mindful Tour

Mindful Tour

This year I introduce a specially designed a unique MINDFUL tour for the corporate market. It consists of a choice of two select local routes in which people can reconnect with nature and themselves. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, renowned for its Irish fairy tales and mythology, these wellness tours offer many benefits for business. Enhanced communications between individuals or departments Clearer decision-making Better connecting and engaging with work projects Increased ability to cope with pressure More productivity and longer retention of staff Increased awareness of environment and heritage, and sense of identity I offer various means by which people can start to engage with nature, using a wider range of senses than they often deploy. Learn the ancient and intuitive art of dowsing (otherwise known as divining) Listen to natural sounds of gongs and drum to bring you into the present moment. If you wish, try toning pure sounds with use of tuning forks. Enjoy being creative by writing your own poetry inspired by the landscape Yeats so admired. Engage in mindful meditations. These activities often bring people into a deeper more expansive state, awaken their imagination and strengthen their intuitive faculties. Your day starts on the edge of the world famous Burren, an international geopark. Begin your journey in Gort from the Lady Gregory Hotel when you mount your electric bicyle. Led by expert biking guide Janet Cavanagh of E-Whizz Tours, you stop at carefully selected hidden destinations where I will present a range of experiences that will open you up to the serenity and deep peace of the surrounds. Using the backdrop of Ireland’s tallest round tower at one end,...
Eco Mindfulness Tours Ireland

Eco Mindfulness Tours Ireland

These unique eco mindfulness tours start in Gort in South Galway, an area that W.B Yeats and many more recognized was strong in elementals (nature beings). Complete with very attractive maps of the area historical/literature notes Small groups of up to ten can explore the Burren Lowlands on electric bikes Groups of any size have the option of pooling their own cars. Larger groups can avail of a local minibus and additional driver. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at a variety of places, either at the Lady Gregory Hotel or at a local bed and breakfast in a prime location (either beside Kilmacduagh Round Tower (as seen on TV recently when singer Daniel O’Donnell stayed there!) or in a quite enchanting area close to the dolmen and fairy fort and wild woods of the nature reserve Garrylands. Enjoy learning to dowse (or “divine”) ley lines at an old monastery and Ireland’s tallest round tower Listen to the deep healing sounds of the gong and drum being played by sacred flowing waters and have a go at playing them yourself. Explore sites of great natural and archaeological beauty. Follow mindful meditations Engage in poetry-writing inspired by Yeats’ own poems at the sites he was inspired by Learn fascinating exercises to reconnect you to the living aspects of nature are offered. These eco mindfulness tours Ireland are unique in that they not only allow you to access hidden sites-such as a hidden dolmen (see photo), a fairy fort and wild woods. They also allow you to explore your own interior as you journey along the quiet routes at a slow relaxing pace. You will learn about the local heritage...
Spiritual tour of The Burren: backbone of the Burren, Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Spiritual tour of The Burren: backbone of the Burren, Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Explore the true nature of the Burren through a guided spiritual tour of the Burren in County Clare and County Galwy with local author Jackie Queally. If you want to explore the entire region of the Burren it would take you several days, as the Burren is a wild region traversed by minor, twisting roads that lead nowhere in particular! In order to get a true flavour of the Burren we select a range of experiences and sites for you, depending on where you are staying and your particular interests. Jackie can come to meet you at your accommodation and accompany you on the tour, or meet at the normal pick up points of Kinvara or Gort. Price will vary slightly according to distances involved. Contact Earthwise in the first instance. I'm still reflecting on all the inspirations you left me with. It's days after that I begin to realize you're doing really special work. Climbing up and down the rocks with you was probably the most special experience I had in Ireland. Melissa Huang San Francisco translator/editor Thanks again for everything we enjoyed the trip and certainly had some great laughs. Our favorite place there was the farmer’s land and the fairy circle in the Burren. Cindy Jensen California To help you connect with the earth energies of the Burren our spiritual tour of the Burren typically includes an opportunity to try your hand at using dowsing rods, so you can have some fun learning to dowse at sites. Jackie can offer sound therapy at a holy well and other quiet sites. The gong and drum both helps to expand your consciousness and enhances...