Yoga and Spiritual Healing in Ireland’s Thin Places
September 21-30, 2015
10 days- 9 nights – 30+ sites with 20 group excursions
on the Castles, Saints & Druids Tour
$2200 + air
Ireland is the perfect place to connect with mind, body and spirit. Experience YOGA & Meditation in a land steeped in mysticism, history and age old culture.
Enjoy Hatha Yoga and Meditation daily with Melanie Rimkay, a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. And during the tour of Ireland’s mystical sites, each guests will receive a Spiritual Healing Session with Ashley O’Connell, hypnotist, practical nurse and Reiki Master.
Each day enjoy an excursion to Ireland’s thin places, where the veil between this world and the eternal world is “thin.” Daily tours are led by writer, tour operator and thin places expert, Mindie Burgoyne.
Sites on the Castles, Saints & Druids Tour
Rock of Cashel, Glendalough (St. Kevin’s Monastic City), Athassel Priory, the Glen of Aherlow, Leap Castle, The Boyne Valley – Newgrange passage tomb, Hill of Tara, Kildare Cathedral, St. Brigid’s Holy Well, Famine Memorial – Dublin, Castleruddery Stone Circle, The Pipers Stones, Hook Head Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Ardmore monastic ruins and cliff walk, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Shillelagh (oldest oak forest in Ireland), Cahir Castle, Cashel Palace and Monaincha (island ruins).
Towns on the Castles, Saints & Druids Tour
Kildare, Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Ardmore, Cashel, Birr.
The Focus is thin places
The focus of all our tours is “thin places” or places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin… where both worlds are woven together. And as on all of our Ireland tours you’ll see the unspoiled hidden places few visitors ever see on other commercial tours. You’ll be traveling within the context of a story while peeping into the ancient past of mystical hills, stone circles, passage tombs tombs, holy wells, monastic ruins, castle ruins and archeological wonders.
Castles, Saints & Druids Tour Itinerary
Spend ten days exploring ancient monastic ruins, druid circles, standing stones, castles and forts, along with gorgeous cliffs, awesome coastline, holy wells and vibrant towns. You’ll have the opportunity to hear traditional Irish music and engage with the Irish people. This will be an unforgettable lifetime experience.
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin and transfer to hotel (check in isn’t until 3pm – may have to store luggage). Meet at 2pm at the hotel (in the City Centre), have a short walking tour of Dublin. Check into the hotel and gather at 7 pm for a Welcome Dinner in the hotel. (overnight – Dublin)
Day 2 – Tour Newgrange Passage Tombs and Hill of Tara. (overnight – Dublin)
Day 3 – Solas Bhride – St. Brigid Center in Kildare, St. Brigid’s Holy Well and Cathedral in Kildare, then the Pipers Stones and Castleruddery Stone Circle in Wicklow. Then Glendalough. GROUP DINNER AT HOTEL (overnight in Glendalough)
Day 4 – Tour of Glendalough monastic city ruins, then visit Shillelagh – the largest Oak Forest in Ireland. Then to Wexford Town and a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship. (overnight in Waterford town)
Day 5 – Tour of Tintern Abbey and Hook Head in County Wexford (overnight in Waterford)
Day 6 – Visit Ardmore (monastic ruins on the Irish coast founded by St. Declan) followed by a seaside walk. Then
walk up to the cliffs and visit St. Declan’s Holy Well. Then travel to Cashel (overnight in Cashel)
Day 7 – Visit Rock of Cashel, Bru Boru visitor center – FREE AFTERNOON, Late afternoon visit to Athassel Priory (overnight Cashel) GROUP DINNER AT HOTEL
Day 8 – Visit the Glen of Aherlow – St. Berrihert’s Kyle and Holy Well. Stop at Cahir Castle then back to Cashel (overnight in Cashel)
Day 9 – Visit Monaincha and Leap Castle then late lunch in Birr – then return to Dublin. Farewell dinner at hotel (overnight Dublin)
Day 10 – Depart for airport and return home
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