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 adventure, 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), Christopher Gambatese (Cork) and special guests VA based herbalist, Kathleen Maier of Sacred Plant Traditions and Atlanta, GA/Dublin based herbalist Lorna Mauney-Brodek of The Herbalista Health Network for an inspirational 11 day journey to the natural, sacred and mystical sites of Ireland.
Join us 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.
On this trip we aim to facilitate healing through connection to the ancient, sacred places of Ireland while also exploring ways that we can practice reciprocity, giving back to the Irish environment and community. We will learn about pioneering environmental and cultural regeneration projects and how we can support them and will also get our hands dirty with some pay-it-forward medicine making evenings which will generate supplies for use in a mobile herbal medicine clinic which supports the Dublin homeless community.
The land of Éire has much to give and we wish to give back as much as we can.
On this Wild Routes Ireland journey, we are blessed to have the infectious energy of two powerful women, Kathleen Maier and Lorna Mauney-Brodek. They will be sharing their passion for cultural and environmental repair as we explore the ways Ireland can move forward in today’s climate. We will learn how we can use herbs as a tool for not just our own individual healing but also for breaking down barriers in society and making herbal medicine available for all. Viva la herbs!
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 €2050 (Euros) until June 1 after which the cost will be €2200; Homestead Atlanta Members and Herbalista Sustaining Members receive an additional €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