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Ealaín Fhiáin

Reclaim your wildness this Bealtaine at a creative camp for women in the Burren

Bealtaine 11ú - 14ú, 2023

Fáilte go dtí a deep immersion in the wild nature and our own wild natures to activate and refine our creative gifts.   With Gaeilge, filíocht, performance, wild craft and weaving, an introduction to natural building


You will be guided by three artists who will share their creative processes and skills to inspire and teach the creative genius within you.

On Friday we will make an oilithreacht; a súilóid mór through the Burren stopping to create, to weave with Mishel who will make a loom of a branch and a lunch of foraged edibles. 

The braves beans, the mad mnáibhs will dip themselves in the Wild Atlantic Slí while the cailíní ciallmhar can keep an eye and ready the tae.


We'll go back to the six-woman sauna in relaxing relay. We can chill in the Bothán or Cistin with a Leabhair.


Offerings Include:

Gaeilge is Filíocht is Deasghnáth le Siobhán de Paor

Learn to run before you can walk, perform your Irish before you can speak it. In a brand new workshop, Becoming the bláth: plant medicine meets performance poetry.

In an introductory workshop Cearbhuil, guardian of the this land, will shares her own process of natural building with cob and willow. You will learn the basics of making cob and litema, a horseshit and clay ferment.


 Mishel from Tang, weaver and potter,  will guide us in making a wild weave and other creations.   ''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.

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, honouring and becoming the Queen of the May. 

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

Gaeilge; the retreat will be brilliantly bilingual as we hope from Geailge briste to Béarla cliste in the nessecity of the moment. Cearbhuil's muinteoirí explanations will balance my mercurial mutterings and Mishel, our Celtic colleague, will bring the Wealth of Welsh and the suaimhneas of ciúinas.

Timetable here

price ~ costas

including camping and all meals

Early Bird (until April 1st) €325

Full Price: €375


Revolut: 0861023833

Or contact us for bank details

payment ~íocaíocht

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.

the dán

We said, se do bheatha deirfuir

and we were lán de grásta,

lán sásta

to be le chéile for this full moon féile

turns out a Scorpio eclipse

is good for a time for a sis

to make a transition

to clarify her Mission

ag léimt over the tine,

blood high, full in it

We passed around the Talking Stick

a Big Black Bog Oak Dick

trying to keep it real

to say what we really feel

and it went from holy to bawdy

from beauty to gaudy


we built Our Lady

and she was Aine, Eiru, Mary

of hazel and wool

her fern skirts full


We carried her

out of the tractor’s way

an impromptu procession

for our Queen of the May

we crowned her then

as she was before and will be again

Caomhnóir an Tír

Bandia an Saol Fíor

We elevated, we created

and by the Monday

we were sated...

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