A Week in the West of Ireland
with David Whyte
June 18-25, 2016
Join David and 35 intrepid, eclectic travelers for a celebration of Ireland's celtic culture, both traditional and emerging, set on Galway Bay in County Clare; an unforgettable pilgrimage over ancient limestone and windblown shores, gathering 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.
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. You will have the opportunity to hear world-class musicians and experience why County Clare is renowned for carrying the soul of traditional Irish music.
The trip is a unique and intimate experience of Ireland from the inside out, with morning poetry sessions setting the stage for afternoon walking pilgrimages.
For more information, please download the brochure using the link below.
To apply for the trip, please download and complete the application and health & fitness questionnaire and return them, together with your deposit, as per the instructions on the application. If you have questions, please contact Thomas Crocker at 360.221.1324 or via e-mail
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"