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Our September 16, 2021 Newsletter
~ the Durrow, County Laois 
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Apply today for our May 2022 Pilgrimages to Sacred Ireland and Iona, Scotland!



The road beckons to Colmcille's (Columba, c. 521-97) Well and the Durrow Abbey known during Columba's lifetime and for centuries after as a center of education and spiritual pilgrimage...

As we begin to prepare our hearts for the journey to Sacred Ireland in May of 2022 and then again in September, we'd like to share a bit of Durrow, County Laois with you.


The Durrow Abbey... 


We will travel by private coach from Dublin to Clonmacnoise on Day Four of our Sacred Ireland Pilgrimage, and we will take the time to visit this charming medieval church along the way, built on the site of first monastery established by St. Columba.  It was here that one of the earliest decorated manuscripts, the Book of Durrow, was written.
(For the detailed Sacred Ireland itinerary and destinations, visit these links!)


A page from the Book of Durrow


Along with the amazing Book of Kells, said to have been written by Columba's monks on the island of Iona, the even more elaborately decorated Book of Durrow, written in Durrow in the 700's is also housed in the museum at Trinity University in Dublin.  We will visit the museum on Day Two of our Pilgrimage and entrance is included!


Moved indoors to preserve the High Cross of Durrow for history and contemplation....

The 10th century High Cross that has been moved inside the Abbey for preservation, shows the Sacrifice of Isaac, David and the Christ in glory on the east side, the soldiers guarding the tomb, the Arrest of Christ and other biblical scenes, making picture stories in stone for all to learn from. It is wonderful to think about how for hundreds of years people of faith have been led to pray and worship around this cross.


Will we follow the signs?

Sacred wells are not uncommon to find in the Irish countryside, and we will visit two during our Pilgrimage. Considered to be "thin places", where eternity is especially close to the present, many come to pray at these locations, bringing the deepest requests of their hearts to God. Before departing one can dip a finger into the water of the well and touch it to the forehead or make the sign of the cross. Sometimes pilgrims leave a note or memento to signifying their requests.


Emerging from a quiet meditation inside St. Oran's Chapel... 

We will spend a quiet time in the peace of St. Columba's well in Durrow and then gather back at the Abbey to continue our journey to Clonmacnoise. Durrow is a key location on our way to Glendalough where we will prepare our hearts for retreat.


Let the beauty of Ireland, and of Durrow, (Darú in Gaelic meaning "plain of the oaks"), and the rich Celtic spiritual traditions refresh your soul... 
 



We hope you will join us!!

N
ow is the time to get your application + $25 non-refundable application fee in! We will gather applications and then issue the invitations to join us for our May & September 2022 Pilgrimages!


Celtic Way Pilgrimages 2022 Dates:

May 2022, Celtic Way Pilgrimages
Sacred Ireland: May 3rd - 11th
Iona, Scotland: May 11th - 16th 

September 2022, Celtic Way Pilgrimages
Sacred Ireland: September 20th - 28th
Iona, Scotland: September 28th - October 3rd

Pricing for Sacred Ireland is $2,600 and for Iona, Scotland is $1,600. 
Discounts and timed payments after initial deposit are available.

For more details, visit our website here....


About Culture Honey Touring

Culture Honey Touring is an outgrowth of our online travel and culture magazine, CultureHoney.com. There we seek to offer insight into global and cultural exploration, thinking, and experience. Our approach to travel and culture is the same: a holistic view with a humanitarian heart and an eye toward justice. Our mission with the magazine and with Culture Honey Touring is to underscore and celebrate the sweetness and abundance that Life is offering!

Our tours and pilgrimages will never have more than 12 guests, no flags to follow or matching tee-shirts to don. All of our pilgrimages and tours are planned with expert Historians (Masters +) and experts in the field of focus. While you will make your own airline arrangements to the beginning destination, en country transportation costs are included, as well as entrance fees, en country experts and many of our meals. Our holistic philosophy of honoring culture will be our guide on all the adventures we offer. 

Our footprint will be small, but our hearts will be open!



About Celtic Way Pilgrimages

At Culture Honey, we have discovered a deeply fulfilling spiritual thread of the Christian faith originating in Celtic Ireland and Scotland.  We have written many articles which are published on CultureHoney.com about travel to these lovely countries and the benefits of the Celtic pathway to the modern, spiritual, and holistic human experience. Our favorite influences are David Whyte, John Philip Newelland Richard Rohr to name a few! We have experienced the beauty in these serene and sometimes rugged destinations and we have known the peace that the spiritual practices of liturgy, silence and meditation offer us. We have enjoyed and benefited greatly from learning the historical stories and significance of the places we plan to visit. Now it is our great joy to offer to share these things with you!


Discover the beauty and wonder of Ireland & Iona with us
using these discounts and inclusions!

  • A $100 "double booking" discount is offered to each of two traveling companions that book at the same time and who will share a room on either Pilgrimage. $100 discount only offered to one Pilgrimage if both are booked.
  • A $100 discount is offered for those booking the Iona Pilgrimage in conjunction with the Ireland Pilgrimage. $50 will be discounted from the cost of Sacred Ireland and $50 from the cost of Iona, Scotland. This discount is available to those that receive the "double-booking" discount as well.
  • With the exception of one beautiful public bus ride (St. Kevin's bus to Glendalough!) - all transportation in Ireland is via private coach.
  • All entrance fees, local guides, breakfasts and two wonderful dinners are included in the total cost of each Pilgrimage.
  • Included in our Sacred Ireland Pilgrimage, each guest will receive a personal copy of A Celtic Liturgy by Pat Robson to use on our journey and beyond.


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