Reclaiming the Spirit of Samhain (Samhain is a Gaelic cultural, pre-christian, pagan, festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter …or the darker half of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from[...]
(Samhain is a Gaelic cultural, pre-christian, pagan, festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter …or the darker half of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinoxand the winter solstice.
Woman Spirit Ireland is currently putting the final touches to our planning for a Study Day on Samhain, to be held October 20th 2018 at the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre, Greenhills Road, Dublin.
Aim of event: To reclaim the Spirit of Samhain from the clutches of commercialism, as well as from other destructive forces which can run riot at this time of year, and to offer resources to parents, teachers, community activists, artists, dramatists, poets reflecting on the ancient spirit of Samhain as a major turning point of the Old Irish Year.
Proposed Programme: Our programme will include Stories of the Grandmothers (Wise Women of Old Ireland — living and dead); reflecting on Images and Symbols of the Cailleach and recuperating her from the negative images portrayed in commercial venues; exploring the multiple symbolism and artefacts associated with Samhain; ritual, poetry and dance reflecting on the darkness of the year, and preparing to enter into Dreamtime or hibernation (in whatever form it takes) for the period between Samhain and Imbolc.
Timing: We aim to start in the afternoon with various forms of input. We will then break for a pot-luck supper, and then enter into our final ritual space.
Provisional timetable: 14:00 to 20:00
Places are still available for our forthcoming event, but please register in advance so that we can be sure to have sufficient resources available for all who come. To register, you can use the “Donate” Button on our website, or register through Eventbrite.
For the potluck supper, please bring something COLD sweet or savoury. We do not have heating or cooking facilities.
For those coming by pubic transport: The 27 bus stops at the Cuckoo’s Nest on Greenhills Road, and the KFRC is across the road, surrounded by trees, with plenty of parking facilities.