A Week in the West of Ireland

with David Whyte

July 5-12, 2014

Ireland Group


David's tour to the west of Ireland is a celebration of Ireland's Celtic culture, both traditional and emerging, set in the starkly beautiful Burren region, a landscape of wind, sky and stone on Galway Bay in County Clare. It is a unique and intimate experience of Ireland from the inside out, with morning poetry sessions setting the stage for afternoon walking pilgrimages, across the ancient limestone and deep into the mountains of Connemara. Wind and tide permitting, we visit the Aran Islands and bicycle to Dun Aengus at the very edge of the ancient Irish world.

It is important to David that you have both a strong celebrative experience with other participants and an opportunity to spend time alone and meet the locals. The setting on the edge of the village allows for a cohesive community to form as well as a possibility for disappearing into one of the many pubs, cafes or shops on your own.

Cost: $3800.

To apply for the trip, please download and complete the application and health & fitness questionnaire and return them, together with your deposit, to Anna Wolcott as per the instructions on the application. Thank you very much. Please contact Anna with questions. 360.221.1324 or e-mail.

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Come down drenched, at the end of May,

with the cold rain so far into your bones

that nothing will warm you

except your own walking

and let the sun come out at the day's end

by Slievenaglasha with the rainbows doubling

over Mulloch Mor and see your clothes

steaming in the bright air. Be a provenance

of something gathered, a summation of

previous intuitions, let your vulnerabilities

walking on the cracked sliding limestone

be this time, not a weakness, but a faculty

for understanding what's about

to happen. Stand above the Seven Streams

letting the deep down current surface

around you, then branch and branch

as they do, back into the mountain

and as if you were able for that flow,

say the few necessary words

and walk on, broader and cleansed

for having imagined.

  -- from "River Flow"