WALKING THE HEART OF CONNEMARA
Poetry, Myth & Music for the Soul
A Week in the West of Ireland
with David Whyte
July 18-25, 2015
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.
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
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"