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Holding Paradox: A Retreat with St. Brigid

with Simon de Voil

Friday, January 31, 2025

4-6pm Ireland

11am-1pm Eastern

8-10am Pacific

Program Description

Join us on January 31st, the eve of the Celtic feast of Imbolc which celebrates the quickening of the year and a subtle shift into the promise of a still-distant spring. February 1st is also the feast of St. Brigid, one of the most beloved of the Celtic saints and goddesses. Sometimes called ‘Mary of the Gaels,’ Brigid is a healer, teacher, and protector, known for her bravery and generosity. 

Legend says that Brigid gifted us the keen, a lament to express our deepest grief, a sacred container to hold our greatest love and loss. As we mark this turn toward the bright half of the year, we’ll explore what Brigid teaches us about holding both joy and sorrow, life and death.

Through teaching, song, and meditation we will bring compassion to help us hold these paradoxes and heal the rifts around us.

We will turn on closed captioning during the live Zoom session (which you are able to turn off in your settings if you find distracting) as well as provide a video recording with closed captioning available and a text transcript of the session.

The program will be recorded for those who pre-register but are unable to attend at the scheduled time or who want to view again. You will be sent a notification when this is ready to view.

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Your Guide for the Journey

Simon de Voil

Simon de Voil

Reverend Simon Ruth de Voil is an interfaith-interspiritual minister, sacred musician, spiritual counsellor, and chaplain. His sacred work—both musical and interpersonal—explores themes of the inner landscape of the soul, the enchantment of the natural world, and the healing power of spiritual practice. As a chaplain and counsellor, Simon helps individuals and groups connect sacred presence with everyday life. Simon is also a transgender activist and a luthier in training. Visit Simon’s website here>>


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