If you've always dreamed of a trip to explore the secrets and wonders of the Emerald Isle - or if you just can't wait to get back - this is the trip for you! On this inspirational 11-full-day journey to the natural, sacred and mystical sites of Ireland, you'll see a side of the island most never do and have memory-making experiences to last a lifetime.
Join Tara De Róiste (Feakle, Co. Clare) and Christopher Gambatese (Cork City) of Wild Routes Ireland and special guest Atlanta, GA/Dublin based herbalist Lorna Mauney-Brodek of the Herbalista Health Network as we journey to the places where we can renew our connection to the earth. We will seek out stone circles on isolated hillsides, walk with local herbalists and explore the ancient forests and bioregions that only exist on this magical isle. We will weave in traditional music and storytelling, meet new plants and hear tales of ancient fairy folk, while also immersing ourselves in contemporary Irish culture much of which is still rooted in its folklore and traditions.
This tour will lead you all through Ireland and offer unique stops and experiences no other tour offers. With stops at seed saving organizations, wool mills, traditional farms, the apothecaries of renowned herbalists, and small towns full of handcrafted goods, you'll get to experience the skills and heritage embedded in Ireland's culture.
We will weave in traditional music and storytelling, meet new plants and use them in hands-on, pay-it-forward medicine making workshops benefitting the Dublin Herb Bike and seaweed harvesting experiences. Plus, hear tales of ancient fairy folk, while also immersing ourselves in contemporary Irish culture much of which is still rooted in its folklore and traditions. You'll also get to relax and unwind - this is a vacation, after all - with stops to spas, comfortable private tour busses, well-appointed accommodations, wholesome included meals and much more.
Immerse yourself in nature as we visit ancient oak trees as old as the kings of Ireland, the remains of the only post-glacial alluvial forest left in Western Europe, gorgeous pockets of temperate rainforest, a rare yew woodland, the famous Burren, and the endless scenic vistas for which Ireland is known.
Explore the spirit of the land through stone circles, dolmens, holy wells, historic abbeys, sacred islands, hermitage caves, and so much more. Ireland is a special place, a liminal place, where the boundaries between realms is very thin. Join us as we visit the sacred sites that channel these deep earth energies.
We travel in small groups of 18 to 24 participants. Our current tours focus on 3 regions within the province of Munster (Clare, Limerick, West Cork/Kerry). Unlike the typical whistle stop tour where you’re hurriedly dragged from one end of the country to the other, spending long periods of time each day on a bus, our more focused, unrushed itinerary creates a more tranquil and deeper experience. Less traveling time and distance also means increased opportunities to meet more guides and explore more special places.
The cost of the trip is €2200 (Euros) until Dec. 1; Homestead Atlanta Members and Herbalista Sustaining Members receive a €100 discount.
Lodging: Rooms are double occupancy (extra fee for private room)
Meals: Three meals a day are included in package. You will be fed with wonderful nourishing food both while dining out and other meals catered by specially selected chefs. One lunch and one dinner are on you own (not included in price) where you can choose where you wish to dine in 2 different towns we will be visiting.
Healthy, local, vibrant food is very important to us. We have carefully selected unique eating establishments and caterers whose culinary creations will provide a true taste of Ireland. You will have the opportunity to sample some of Ireland’s best wild cuisine along the way and be treated to a wild food feast prepared by a professional foraging caterer. Most dietary requirements can be catered for.
Transportation: from Shannon Airport (our meeting place) to the accommodations and all destinations throughout the entire journey. Our own private, comfortable bus and incredible driver, Fred.
All entrance fees
All classes, instruction, and educational materials
The trip costs DO NOT include round trip airfare to Ireland, or items of a personal nature (telephone calls, personal tips, etc), alcoholic beverages at meals. Please inquire now about private rooms, as there is limited availability and an additional fee for this