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Renewal with the Cailleach

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Offered on October 30th at 10:00 AM and at 5:30 PM. On ZOOM.

Journeying experience is valuable, but not required for this workshop

The Cailleach taught me in Ireland that in order for our lives to move forward in joy and abundance, we must let our old bones die. It is Samhain, and the Cailleach is taking up her staff to rule the winter. In this class we will meet the Cailleach by journeying into her cairn, and we will undergo an initiation to allow our old bones to die, letting go of our obligations and commitments and identities that are no longer needed. 

In this ceremony we will welcome the Cailleach. We will journey to her through her Cairn. And we will ask her to help us bury our old, so the new can prosper. This is not a typical shedding ceremony. This is a right of passage. 

My most profound initiation in Ireland came when I honored the Cailleach, the ancient spirit of winter. The Hag is fierce, and her stories are epic.  I was able to journey to her while in her cairn, literally, inside it. So cool!  The cairn we entered is one of many at Loughcrew, an ancient site associated with the Caillegh.

The night before we were to visit Loughcrew I received a call from a client, who really needed help. She has recently lost her father and her brother, and she is in physical pain from a lifetime of athletic encounters with the ground. (Bike racers and horse riders know this story). I journeyed for her, and began in my usual fashion, in my sacred circle with Grandmother Sunflower. Things quickly became different. The highlight was when a druid figure came in, absolutely vividly. I asked Grandmother if this was a compassionate being, and Grandmother said yes, and honored the guest. Then the druid removed her hood, and revealed a deeply cragged face with lumps and warts (some would have said "hideous"), but this face began to morph into the land, becoming the beautiful landscape of mountains, rivers and trees. This is the Cailleach, and recalling it brings tears to my eyes. 

She did a deep healing for my client, and she had a message that is important for all of us. In order to live our lives fully, in joy and abundance, we must allow our old bones to die. Especially when we are in that transition where we have put our elders to rest, and we are taking up the mantle, we must allow old selves to die with them. In this way a fresh new self to be born, like new branches on an ancient oak. 

When I journeyed to her in the cairn, I received an initiation that was personal and deep. I was the culmination of a series of initiations and teaching I was given on the trip. It changed me. I am hoping that she will give you some deep initiations as well on our journey. 

This is offered at 10 AM and at 5:30 PM 




Earlier Event: October 30
Renewal with the Cailleach
Later Event: November 13
Exploring Shamanic Power