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Honoring the Love of Thousands at Samhain

Friday, November 1, 2024

3-5pm Ireland

11am-1pm Eastern

8-10am Pacific

Program Description

Join us on the feast of All Saints and the Celtic feast of Samhain to pause together and honor our beloved ancestors and all the wise and well ones who have passed through the veil. This threshold time of growing darkness in the northern hemisphere is the start of the new year in Celtic tradition and the veil is said to be especially thin.

Together we will open ourselves to connection with the Otherworld, the place where heaven and earth kiss. The turning points of the year are potent moments when we may encounter the presence of wisdom from beyond the veil more keenly.

Simon, Christine, Nóirín, and Mícheál will lead us in a two-hour online mini-retreat to create space to connect to ourselves and to the great cloud of witnesses who support and sustain us. Through ritual, song, teaching, meditation, and sharing we will weave a container together to hold our prayers and longings and receive the gifts the saints and ancestors have to offer us for the season ahead.

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.

You have lifetime access to all online programs.

Your Guides for the Journey

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Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess and director of AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery exploring contemplative practice, creative expression, and ways to nourish an earth-cherishing consciousness. She is a spiritual director, teacher, pilgrimage guide, Benedictine oblate, and author of numerous books on spirituality and the arts. Her deepest belief is that the earth is the original monastery–a wisdom guide and mentor in living a soulful and vibrant life. Visit the “About Christine” page for more information.

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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Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Mícheál ‘Moley’ Ó Súilleabháin is a renowned singer, poet, teacher and speaker from Limerick, Ireland. His artistic identity lives on the threshold between things. He is a master of several worlds of musical and poetic performance and composition. His way in the world exists between laughter and poignancy.

Mícheál published his first book of poetry, EARLY MUSIC, on David Whyte’s Many Rivers Press (Seattle) in late 2020. Also in 2020 he founded the Dámh Imeall – (H)Edge School with his brother and mother. (H)Edge School is an online community of inquiry and ritual with online workshops and events on a range of interfaith and multi-disciplinary topics. Join Mícheál’s online community at Turasdanam.com.  Purchase Mícheál’s poetry collection ‘Early Music’ here.

Nóirín Ní Riain

Nóirín Ní Riain

Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain PhD is an Interfaith Minister (One Spirit Interfaith Seminary), an internationally acclaimed spiritual singer, theologian, writer, musicologist, and Celtic Spirituality expert. Rev. Ní Riain performs weddings, naming ceremonies, concerts, lectures, and gives workshops all over the world.  She lives near Glenstal Abbey, county Limerick, Ireland. Visit Nóirín online. 

Registration

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We offer a sliding scale of 3 fees for payment. The reduced fee is for those who need financial assistance and the sponsorship fee helps support our ability to offer scholarships. In an effort to keep this program accessible, please carefully consider both your own resources as well as honoring the expense, time, and energy required to run these programs and keep our work sustainable. Thank you!

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$45

Standard fee

$60

sponsorship fee

$30

reduced fee

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Samhain, Solstice, and Feast of Brigid Retreat Bundle

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