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BLOSSOMING OPEN: Bealtaine Celtic Wheel Retreat


  • The Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre Liscannor Road Lahinch, County Clare Ireland (map)

The Celtic Wheel was the calendar used by our Celtic ancestors that mapped the annual cycles of 8 seasonal festivals. Working with the calendar and the festivals offers great wisdom for our times. We will gather on the 3rd of May which is the astrological date of Bealtaine in 2019.

This fours day long-weekend retreat is an opportunity to mark the festival of Bealtaine and learn about the Celtic Wheel. We will celebrate the gifts and challenges, the myths and rituals of the season of Beltaine.  Bel-taine or bright fire, is the celtic festival of fire, of the sun shining his strength; the season of blossoming, fullness, aliveness and fertility; the beginning of summer. The God Belous (Bright one) is celebrated Bealtaine..

Like the natural world we are inviting to open up and expand into the fullest expression of our highest potential.

You are here to live your highest and brightest. No one else can do what you are here to do. The alternative is an unlived life staying small and dimming our light. We might be shining in one area of our lives but collapsed and small in another. 

·           What would it look like to fully shine your bright light in the world?

·           What would it feel like to fully shine your light in the world?

·           Where are you playing small in your life?  

·           What’s stopping you from shining your light?

 These are the questions we encounter at Bealtaine.

“May all that is unlived in you blossom into a future graced with love.” ― John O'DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Throughout the weekend we will kindle the bright fire of our full potential through yoga, breath work, Celtic Wisdom of our ancestors, meditations, May morning ritual, walks and mindful inquiry. Some of us may even jump into the sea for our first swim of the season! It’s becoming an annual tradition at this retreat. You choose to retreat in whatever way nourishes you – everything offered over the weekend is optional.

Where our yoga practice in deepest Samhain/winter was inward and reflective the yoga of Bealtaine is an expansive, flowing, open practice. We cultivate a sense of moving outward from a deeply centred compassionate place. We flower from within like the white blossoms of the Hawthorn that are so visible at this time of the year.

Mari has a natural, gentle and light-hearted way of getting individuals to open up not just physically in various yoga poses but emotionally and spiritually as well. I attended my first ever Yoga retreat, which Mari facilitated and I highly recommend it for those of you who want to switch off, relax, recharge, stretch, unwind and learn. I enjoyed every minute and felt safe and supported at all times. I will definitely attend another of Mari's Yoga retreats in the future. Thanks Mari, I am forever grateful. - Catherine Kinvara