Bealtaine 11ú - 14ú, 2023
Wildcraft and Plant Medicine for Women
in the hazel wood
Over four days in Bealtaine, we will hold a creative woman's camp in the Burren. Campa criuthaitheach do mnáibh. This is a retreat in which we co-create and express ourSelves using the natural mediums around us clay, hazel, beeswax we will make sacred art.
Filíocht: With Siobhán de Paor we will release our inner bard. An file lastigh. Tell your tales. Reclaim the oral tradition of the seanachaí, timpeall an tine. Write luibh letters to your plant partners nó béidir litir gráin go dtí an nuachtáin. Commune cathartically, give voice to the vice or guth to the grá; we will explore the medicine in poetry.
Luibheanna: Cearbhuil's Wild Cosmetics. Use oil pressed from gathered hazelnuts, beeswax harvested from the hives and herbs prayed to and picked from the garden to make a salve or duck fat to make soap, Cearbhuil's craft will show us how to recognise the abundance at our front door.
Sacred Art: Under the expert guidance of Welsh landscape artist Mishel from Tang we will explore the hazel wood for what objects and inspirations may come. A hazel weave, a clay effigy, an ivy crown - your expression can be unique. ''I encourage play and am learning that Expressing our Creative Being is crucial to our health. Our organs and cells need us to surrender and express our uniqueness in order to thrive and evolve,'' says Mishel.
Together with our plant allies, we will embody the art and discover the draíocht, accessing our saíocht.
We will journey with Mugwort and Hawthorn seeking their medicine. Ag tógaint cabhair ó na plandaí diaga chun nasc a dhéanamh leis an Mháthair Nádúr.
This is a four day retreat for women to commune deeply with nature and our own creative energy.
Set in the unique environment of the limestone plateau and a 100-acre hazel wood that reaches the sea. We will collaborate, celebrate and communicate.
We will live simply, healthfully and creatively using the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate and celebrate the beginning of summer at this Bealtaine Full Moon.
All workshops will be bilingual and outdoors weather permitting. Irish speakers from basic to fluent will be facilitated. This is an opportunity for fluent speakers to use their language, for basic speakers to improve by osmosis and for non-speakers to begin the journey in the reclamation of their native tongue.
Camping Tickets Only
Early Bird (March 30): €325
Full Price: €375
Concessions available for the unwaged
Morning yoga and meditation will be indoors in a yurt and the Bothán, a wooden eco-dwelling. Meals will be taken around the fire. Accommodation is camping only on a 3-acre site of the Burren Wilderness Project. Set deeply in the limestone plateau of the Burren, adjacent 100-acre hazel wood which meets the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of the Bothán, a large wooden/cob eco building, an outdoor covered kitchen, a wild shower and bath, vegetable garden and yurt.
na Treoirí ~ the Guides
Siobhán de Paor
Rebel with a Cause
Siobhán de Paor of West Kerry is a performance artist of slam poetry, contemporary dance and drama. She is a writer of articles, plays and poetry. She works through Irish and English as a creative tutor of same. She is a Ritual Maker following the Celtic Wheel.
She is active on environmental and maternity rights campaigns.
Cearbhuil Ní Fhionnghusa
Ceannrodaí don Scéal Nua
Cearbhuil Ní Fhionnghusa of West Clare is a homesteader, wild food forager and pioneer of alternative living. She lives off-grid and home schools her children. Her latest project is an offline dating agency. She makes of wild cosmetics, plays the tin whistle player, is a genius in the kitchen and loves a barter.
Mishel from Tang
The Woman who Planted trees
Mishel of Westmeath came to Tang from the sacred island of Angelsey in Wales 30 years ago to plant trees. She nows lives surrounded by those trees in a wood and straw house she built by hand with her husband and three children. She is a landscape artist and potter using found objects and earth. Lately she is making sculptures from roadside rubbish. She has facilitated arts and crafts in her community for twenty years.