Our journey to the Sacred edge of Ireland has come to an end, and while I’ll still be on the Emerald Isle for a few more days, I will miss the community I’ve journeyed so deeply with so far during my first trip to Ireland. Though it might be days, weeks, or even months before I have the words to more deeply explore here my own stirrings while on this journey, I wanted to share with you pictures from the road.
Below you’ll find pictures and captions that I’ve been sharing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook since my journey began. I have a few days left here and Ireland and will continue to share pictures online, so be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter and like A Sacred Journey on Facebook!
I arrived a few days early to talk about pilgrimage with Christine (our guide and online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts) and settle in at our B&B in Galway on the west coast of Ireland before the others arrived.
DAY 1: HOSPITALITY
In the spirit of hospitality, John and Christine gave us a tour of their new hometown, Galway, and encouraged us to practice hospitality within on the journey ahead.
DAY 2: COMMUNITY
As we began to get to know each other as those we would journey with over the next week, our temporary community of monks set out for our first day of visiting Sacred sites, including Temple Cronan in the Burren and Kilmacduagh Abbey.
DAY 3: KINSHIP WITH NATURE
Nature dominates the Irish landscape and atmosphere and consequently played a central role in Celtic spirituality. On this day we visited a garden created in honor of St. Brigit, called Brigit’s Garden, as well as Cnoc Suain, where we learned more about Irish culture and how greatly it is informed by its natural surroundings.
DAY 4: SILENCE + SOLITUDE
As we visited Cong Abbey and Inchagoill Island, we were encouraged to explore the sites and soak in their essence in silence and solitude.
DAY 5: SABBATH
To mark the middle of our journey, we paused for a day of rest and delight, encouraged to follow the stirrings of our souls.
DAY 6: WORK + SERVICE
As we entered the latter half of our journey and began to think about transitioning back to life at home, we visited Inishmore in the Aran Islands, with a tour of the island’s various Sacred sites led by Celtic priest Dara Malloy.
DAY 7: CONVERSION
On our final full day of our journey, we reflected on the transformation happening within us as we visited St. Colman’s hermitage and holy well in the Burren, spent time collecting rocks by the sea, and then ritualized the end of our journey and blessed those who had journeyed with us around the altar at Corcomroe Abbey.
Have you been to Ireland? Were you able to experience much of the island’s spiritual history while there?