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The depths, the research, the heart, the soul, the honoring of Cailleach is formidable and powerful! It feels you heaved a large boulder from this Great Goddess, She stood stretch her old bones and turned to grin at you for remembering and uncovering her wisdom. I thank you for remembering! Your medicine is a gift to this world, this world that so needs to remember Cailleach! In deepest gratitude!
— Reda R
From the beginning, I felt a real connection to the Cailleach. She is forever a part of me, I know this now. My mother was born in Dublin and my father in Belfast. They immigrated to the US, and left the myths and stories behind. I’ve found a connection to my ancestral line through this course. I love how you are able to retain the feeling of fireside storytelling in this digital format. Wherever I was at the time, I was transported.
— Mary du Plessis
Thank you, Jude, for offering the wealth of resources which you wove together and made meaningful with your enlightening commentary. The guided meditations helped transform the information into personal experience. The sessions were well structured to build on the previous one. The importance of the Cailleach in the present was brought home to me, the Cailleach’s power of renewal is so vital to us today. I am inspired to create a Cailleach doll and altar to keep reminding me of the need for that power now. An amazing depth of scholarship not easily found elsewhere, as well as a meaningful source of inspiration. The Cailleach helps us understand the lasting influence of the divine feminine from ancient times and the need to remember and honor her today.
— Dottie McCaleb
 Shrine of the Cailleach, Scotland

Shrine of the Cailleach, Scotland

An Introduction to the Cailleach

The Cailleach is an ancient pre-Celtic figure, a divine hag, a creatrix. She is so old she has no known genealogy or traditions associated with her. This course sets out to explore who is the Cailleach through five sessions and offers audio stories guided meditations and art projects to help you foster a relationship with her.

This course is well worth the investment! The Cailleach intro course was my first actual experience of learning/practice online and I will always be grateful to be able to access it from California. I know I keep posting about Jude’s courses – it’s because I truly believe in her gifted teachings which are rooted in embodied experiences growing up in the lands of the Cailleach as well as her extensive research, pilgrimage, and ritual practice there.
— Ann Harrison

 

The course covers:

1.Her Great Age. 

An exploration into the meaning behind her name and examining the Cailleach in relation to other figures in global primal myth.

2. Pilgrimage. Take a pilgrimage and explore three sacred sites in Ireland and four sites in Scotland relating to the Cailleach. 

3. Her Changing Story. Explore the Cailleach’s relationship with the Goddess Brighid and the reasons behind why her story has changed over the ages which have morphed in to tales describing her as a cruel old hag.

4. Down to the Roots. We explore the roots of a couple of examples of Cailleach folk lore tracing them back as far as we can to see what it can tell us about her origins and meanings. 

5. Her role for our time.   Finally we explore the role of the Bean Feasa, the wise woman and the role she has played over countless generations and in particular, times of personal crisis. We assess the role of the Bean Feasa today in considering what the wise woman can offer us in this time of global crisis. 

The course offers guided meditations and art projects such as journaling and collage to get the most from your impressions of this old crone. There is the option to build a small altoid tin altar as the course progresses taking the time to careful add something meaningful as you complete each lesson.  

 Cailleach Altoid Tin Altar

Cailleach Altoid Tin Altar