Playing in Paradise
Ag sugradh sna bhfláthais.
Cultural repair occurs through nature connection. We seek to restore our indigenous language and traditions by reclaiming and relearning in a natural setting.
New understanding from the field of quantum physics supports the ancient Celtic worldview that we are not separate to our environment and so where we do it is equally as important as what we do hence the evolution of this rewilding as Gaeilge.
As a significant portion of humanity is now coming of age into self responsibility, the movement towards natural sustainable simple living accelerates. The recent national hunger for all things Gaeilge is part of this greater movement back to Nature.
The tools of healing now available to us perform a myriad of miracles. Though our are problems complex, the solution is simple. To reacquaint ourselves with Nature. All the proven methodologies that are available to us to heal ourselves are increased exponentially in a natural setting. Nature is our ultimate ally. In our forgetfulness, we have made an enemy of her, suspicious of her bounty, wary of her waters.
This decision to 'spend time' is an invitation to nature, to the sea and the wild flowers, to the trees and the rain and the sand and the soil; an invitation to those 'non-human beings' to begin or deepen a relationship. Becoming familiar with the resources of the natural world, our perception shifts and we see the world mór thimpeall orainn with new eyes.
We learn not by rote but indirectly, experientially. We learn by immersion and absorption. We learn through play. We learn to play in Paradise.
The word dig is a unique workshop where the foclóir becomes an oracle. We pull a word, lean an sreang, follow a thread back to tug at the sleeping body of knowledge beneath our fingertips. Within the Irish language is a Celtic worldview of unity and circular time, a liberation philosophy, a innocence uncorrupted by corporatism, a culture intimate with its place, a people intimate with their animals. In these Irish lessons, we don't so much learn Irish as learn to love Irish.
Foraging of Seaweed and Wild Greens. Seaweed is one of Ireland's most abundant natural resources; a mineral rich super food. As an island nation we have fertilised our fields with seaweed, more modern fertilisers and nitrates that pollute our waterways, Irish farmers used seaweed. In famine times it fed a starving population and yet its benefits are still widely unknown.
From the GAA pitch to the wide open beach where the adulation of the crowd would be drowned out by the roar of the surf; from playing against top athletes to topless hippies, Diarmuid has traversed the whole experience of hurling to arrive back at the joy of the game, he felt as a child. With the joy of a child and the experience of Master, he teaches hurling to the most reticent hurlers.