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‘In Search of the Bradán Feasa (The Salmon of Wisdom)’ A DRUID RETREAT FOR OBOD MEMBERS 21 – 26 MAY 2016

at The Old Rectory, Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

followed by an optional road trip until 29th May

You are invited to join us in a unique retreat experience, where you can discover and explore your own wisdom within the landscape of Ireland and her mythology. We will explore the story of Fionn McCumhaill and our retreat will include, meditation, ritual, music, song & storytelling, to help us navigate our way with the salmon. The workshop will be led by Eimear Burke, Penny Billington, Honorary Bard ZZ Birmingham, and Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm.
The Old Rectory is situated beside the river Nore, in which lives the spirit of Fódhla who is one aspect of the triple goddess of Neolithic Irish mythology. A few miles up river in Rathbeagh it is said that Eremon the first Milesian High King of Ireland lies buried. To the south lies Sliabh na mBan (the Mountain of the Women) where Fionn McCumhaill liked to hunt. It is believed to have been an initiation site for druids in ancient times and where the spirit of Banbha, another aspect of the triple goddess resides.
Within the grounds there is a Druid Grove and a ruined Norman tower which provides a space for ceremonies and meditation and has become a temple dedicated to An Cailleach, the Crone. Beside the tower is a ruined chapel which we have developed into a Neimheadh, a sacred space or temple dedicated to Danú and Lúgh. Within the temple there is a Triskele and a tomb containing the remains of an ancestor of the land. A wild garden has evolved with all of the Ogham trees represented. Within the wildness there is a labyrinth, a hot tub and a few other surprises!
The cost of the retreat is  £315 in a shared room or £265 camping, inclusive of all meals (Vegetarian, special dietary needs catered for). The retreat will end at lunch time on 26 May. Straight after, an optional road trip will begin where we will follow the path of Fionn McCumhaill. This will include a number of sacred sites in Sligo, Uisneach (the spiritual centre of Ireland) & Newgrange, beside the river Boyne (source of the Salmon of Knowledge). Accommodation will be 2 nights in shared rooms in the Strand Hill Hostel Sligo, and 1 night in shared rooms in the New Grange Lodge. The trip will finish at Tara at 2pm on Sunday 29th May (early departures 29 May possible). The accommodation and entrance fees of £125 per person need to be prepaid to us. Your additional expenses for the trip should be about £20 in shared fuel costs, and between £35 to £65 for your meals.
THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. To go on a waiting list email Penny at