Poetry, Myth & Music for the Soul

A Week in the West of Ireland

with David Whyte

July 18-25, 2015

Ireland Group


We are very excited to be moving the Irish walking tour from County Clare to Connemara this year, while work is being done on the cottages we normally take in Ballyvaughan. From the very characterful Quay House in Clifden, where David will run his morning sessions, we will venture on rugged walks into the wilds of a territory known for its elemental, alchemical and transformative effect on the human imagination.

We will walk the heart of the mountains, the windblown sea shores and islands, and gather at places of special inherited significance in both Irish history and the Irish religious imagination. Wind and tide permitting, we may visit the Aran Islands and bicycle to Dun Aengus at the very edge of the ancient Irish world. An excursion to County Clare to one of our very favorite places is a distinct possibility.

David will introduce people not only to the place and culture, but also to some of his closest friends - people deeply connected to the landscape, and firmly occupying their unique place in the world.

The trip is a celebration of Ireland's Celtic culture, both traditional and emerging. It is a unique and intimate experience of Ireland from the inside out, with morning poetry sessions setting the stage for afternoon walking pilgrimages.

Our accommodations are in The Quay House, an old and beautiful hotel situated on the shoreline, originally built for the Harbormaster. Watch lobster pots being hauled in from the boats, or take a ten minute walk into the lively town of Clifden.

For more information, please download the brochure using the link below.

Cost: $3900.

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. If you have questions, please contact Thomas Crocker at 360.221.1324 or via e-mail.

Health & Fitness form

NEW for tour participants - FAQ and helpful links



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"