The Wild Awakening: A journey of Rewilding our inner and outer landscapes through the seasons
Do you feel called to live a wilder life? More in touch with your own innate potential and wisdom?
Do you wish to cultivate deep nature connection through skills of belonging and resilience?
Would you like to experience this within a community who are witness to and value eachother’s gifts?
‘Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.’ ~ Arundhati Roy
The Wild Awakening is a 7 part journey which is a culmination of my own explorations in Rewilding over the past 7 years here in Ireland and abroad. It weaves together my experience as a facilitator for Rites of Passage, an activist, an ancestral skills practitioner and a rewilder. I see this programme as both a response to these unprecedented times and an ever-growing offering to the future we wish to create.
From the time of the sap rising to the leaves falling, we will gather around the fire, barefoot and rooted on the land and explore the ways in which our inner and outer landscapes entwine with the more-than-human world around us.
Over the course of these months, we will explore with our heads, hearts and hands, what it means to rewild in these times of great change and to live in reciprocal relationship with the land and all the communities therein.
We will do this through:
- Ancestral crafts and skills such as friction fire-making, basketry, hide tanning, wild foods and medicine, wild cooking & wildlife tracking.
- Soul-tending work such as; Cultivating intuition and the ability to listen to your heart, Gratitude, Nature-based ceremony, The Way of Council, Myth and Story Telling.
- Systems change work such as; Conflict navigation, exploring power and priviledge & understanding culture.
- Nature Connection practises; Wild-listening spots, Wandering, Art of Questioning and sensory awareness exercises.
- Wild tending acts such as; seed-sowing and saving, removal of introduced species and litter picking.
This programme is designed and guided by Lucy O’Hagan, who will be joined by a range of incredible facilitators, teachers and wild-hearted ones along the way.
- Oein deBhairduin; Herbalist, Traveller activist, author and LGBTQIA+ Activist
- Kathryn Mc Cabe; Systems change facilitator and Rites of Passage guide
- Rosemary Kavanagh; Ancestral crafter, willow weaver and story teller
- Courtney Tyler; Wild food forager, mushroom queen and fermenter
- Margaret Kitty; Native Irish herbalist and Gaeilgeoir
- Stephen Bell; Kayaker and outdoor guide in Donegal
- Zoe Purcell; Killyon Manor guardian and Rewilder
And, no doubt, some surprise guests along the way!
Killyon Manor; a 60 acre wilding estate in County Meath, only 45 minutes from Dublin. Here, the River Deel meanders her way towards the Boyne, passing our woodland camp, inviting us in for a dip beneath the boughs of Beech, Birch and Alder. Wild garlic thrives in the magical old woodland and hopeful new oaks, hazels and pines stand side by side. The wildflower meadows teem with birds, bees, wild mammals and butterflies and offer us an abundance of herbs for healing and wonderment.
From the depths of fertile Meath, we will also travel to the land of the North, where rocks, bog and lichen-covered trees hold wild tales of old. Here, in North West Donegal, we will ride on Atlantic waves and journey along old railroads to golden sand beaches, meeting wisdom keepers along the way.
This course will take place entirely outdoors, and we will be learning, cooking and sharing around the fire. With the sky as the roof and the meadows, beaches, bogs and woodlands as our classrooms, we will build our relationship with the living world around us.
Who’s it for?
Anyone over the age of 18 who feels the call. Anyone who loves nature and wants a more immersive experience. We ask that anyone who signs up, does so with the understanding that this is an immersive course and participation at all weekends is important.
~ 7 gatherings from February – November 2021 ~
19th – 21st February. Meath. ~ Awaken ~ with Rosemary Kavanagh.
Weaving our group container as we weave a Willow basket for the journey ahead.
“Strands once separated are rewoven into a new whole. The journey of a basket is also the journey of a people” ― Robin Wall Kimmerer
19th – 21st March . Meath. ~ Rise ~ with Kathryn Mc Cabe.
Nourishing our bodies with spring greens and birch sap. Exploring how we can rise together through: Conflict navigation, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression work and understanding power and privilege.
“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” – Joanna Macy
16-18th April. Donegal. ~ Flow ~ with Stephen Bell of Awaken Adventures.
Foraging by kayak, Campfire feasting on beaches and island hopping in North West Donegal.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” – Rumi
14-16th May. Meath. ~ Blossom ~ with Oein DeBhairduin
Folk Herbalism. Traveller folklore and indigenous lifeways. Pouch making with fish skin leather/bark weaving.
“The plant people have taught me to be generous and not be shy about blossoming, that it is our nature. I think when others see us, it can inspire them to open up and blossom too and we can be a field ablaze with dignity and beauty together.” —Brenda Salgado
29th July – 2nd August. Donegal. ~ Harvest ~ with Margaret Kitty and other guests.
Celebrating the threshold of abundance by pilgrimage from Mountain to Coast, Bogs to Beaches, starting at the foot of An Earagail. Sharing gratitude for the harvest on hilltops.
“At its heart, the journey of each life is a pilgrimage through unforeseen sacred places that enlarge and enrich the soul”. – John O’Donohue
17-19th September . Meath. ~ Fall ~ with Courtney Tyler.
Exploring Mushrooms for food, fire & medicine. Grief ceremony. Allowing death and decay to transform us.
“Grief is the midwife of your capacity to be immensely grateful for being born.” ―
29th October – 1st November. Meath. ~ Slumber ~
Acorn processing as we Process our year together. You will have the opportunity to enact a overnight fire vigil to clarify your intents moving forward. We will finish with a Féasta Fiáin – a wild feast – to celebrate the Celtic new year and our time together.
“No one can tell us who we are or how we must live. That knowledge can be found only within.” – Malidoma Some
Cost: In the spirit of this programme, and greatly inspired by the work of Ecodharma, I am offering this programme in the spirit of the Dana Economy, which you can read about here. The basic principle of the Dana Economy is, “give what you can, take what you need”. If you can offer more, please do, so that others may offer less if needed.
Suggested donations: €1, 520 / €1,760 / €2,080.
A non-refundable deposit of €150 is required upon booking to secure your place. After that, you will be required to set up a standing order on the 1st of each month, from February – November, to pay for the remainder of the class. Spreading the cost out over the year will mean that you will be paying between €137 / €161 / €181 per month for ten months. Price includes booking fee.
Assuming we end up with a full or nearly full group of participants, we estimate that:
€1, 520 per person will fall short of covering our direct expenses for this program.
€1,760 will cover the direct expenses of this program, including general and overhead administration costs.
€1,960 will support those needing to pay on the low end of the scale, and will support further investment in program development and relationship-building.
– Tuition from a wide diversity of teachers who are experts in their field
– All materials for classes
– Simple Breakfasts and Nutritious Dinner on all days
– Guided Kayaking and boat trip in Donegal
– Group shelters and camp kitchens
– Prompts for exercises to do between meeting times to cultivate a deeper sense of connection with soul & nature
– Access to an online google doc of resources and suggestions for further readings
What’s not included?
– Transport to and from venues (although we will facilitate a group to organise lift shares)
– Lunch and snacks
– Camping equipment and clothing
We will be camping outside for the entire programme so do make sure that you have enough clothing and sleeping gear to feel warm and comfortable, especially from February-April. Full kit list sent out upon booking.
Group size is limited to 12 people.
You might be wondering, what about Corona Virus? I wish I knew! Please have a good read through these cancellation policies to understand what happens if…
- My commitment is that, if for some reason we cannot gather due to Government protocols, we will find an alternative date. I cannot offer refunds in any case though I can offer credit to be used on another Wild Awake event.
- I ask that people be mindful of each other and the fears and concerns related to Corona Virus. Please be mindful of physical distancing and carry a face mask with you.
Photos by Tomas Schaefer, Wisdom of Food. Taken on our month long cave dwelling adventure in France, 2018.