POETRY, MYTH & MUSIC FOR THE SOUL
A Week in the West of Ireland
with David Whyte
July 5-12, 2014
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.
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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THE SEVEN STREAMS
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"