Ancestral Mothers of Scotland Retreat. Isle of Eigg, Scotland. 8th-15th June 2019
Doll Making on a Beautiful Scottish Island
Visit Sacred Sites
Learn About the Bean Feasa Tradition & the Tools of the Wise Women
Folk Magic & Wisdom
Stories of the Ancestral Mothers
Ritual and Ceremony
The Ancestral Mothers Wheel of the Year
Doll Making on the Isle of Eigg
Spend a week on an inspiring Hebridean Island whose Gaelic name translates as The Isle of the Big Women. We'll hear lots of stories of the 'Big Women' of the island as well as tales of amazon warriors, pre-Celtic figures, stories of the Bean Feasa (Wise Women) as well as Celtic Goddesses (the Hebrides are the isles of Brighid after all). Your inspiration for your doll lies in the stories of the Ancestral Mothers as one in particular will grab your attention. This retreat is suitable for complete beginners and all materials are provided, we'll even ship your doll home for you.
Visit Sacred Sites
We will visit sacred sites of the island such as the Hill of the Cailleach near the wonderful sandy beach of Laig Bay. We'll visit a Sheela na Gig (pictured above) in the ruined church of Kildonnan and go beachcombing for cowrie shells in a beach below the church. There are also optional excursions such as visiting the Well of the Holy Women and a hike to the Loch of the Holy Women.
The Bean Feasa (Wise Woman) Tradition and Stories of the Ancestral Mothers
We'll start our day off with a story and guided meditation of one of the Wise Women, the Ancestral Mothers which will help inspire your doll making. From stories of the Big women of Eigg, the Cailleach, the Goddess Brighid, the Old Antlered one, Pictish and Celtic Amazon warriors and stories of the localized Wise Women such as Taliesker, Breejah and Cee-al. You'll be introduced to the Ancestral Mothers Wheel of the Year, journeying the year with the Wise Women.
Ritual and Ceremony
There will be invitations of simple and personal ritual - especially when we visit the sacred sites but also time on your own to revisit a favorite place, or venture somewhere new and time to be with the land and listen to what stories she may wish to whisper to you. Time also to sit under glorious evening twilights or early mornings with the birds, maybe a glimpse of the seal folk, the chance of seeing an eagle or whale.
The Ancestral Mothers of Scotland Wheel of the Year
We will journey around the Wheel of the Year and learn what wise woman are aligned to particular times of the year and learn their stories and wisdom. With this retreat you are joining the Sisterhood of the Antlers community and get a free one year pass which entitles you to take all the online courses available that year for free.
Highlights of the Retreat
The Beauty of a Hebridean Island with lochs, white sandy beaches and unique wildlife
Community engagement - join the women's singing group & a visit to a local croft
Instruction from a professional doll maker
Engage with the Ancestral Mothers through art, guided meditation and walking the land
Free one year pass to take all the available online courses which are currently running
Retreat Cost & Booking
The retreat cost is $1999 if you sign up and pay in full before 1st April 2019. In order to reserve your space on the retreat please read the information below (and the FAQ page) and get in touch via the contact page to pay the $499 deposit. The retreat cost must be paid in full by the registration deadline of 1st May.
If you cancel before the retreat deadline of the 1st May your deposit will be refunded minus an admin fee. If you cancel after the 1st May your deposit will only be refunded if your place can be filled by someone else, minus a processing fee.
What Is & Isn't Included in the Price of the Retreat
What is Included In the Price of Your Retreat
Six nights accommodation at Glebe Barn on the Isle of Eigg
Dinner on arrival day, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and breakfast on our departing day
All art materials for doll making
Tour of a working croft and visit to a croft museum
A one year free pass to all Sisterhood of the Antlers online courses
What Is Not Included in the Price of your Retreat
International or European flights to Glasgow
Travel Insurance (which is required)
Travel to the Isle of Eigg (train and ferry journeys)
Optional taxi ride on Eigg
All travel expenses including International or European flights to Glasgow, Glasgow accommodation, train journeys, ferry journeys
Any meals or drinks other than the details listed
By using the payment plan you can spread the cost via three payments:
First payment of your deposit of $499 is due on the 5th November 2018
Second payment of $750 due on 1st february 2019
Third payment of $750 due on the 1st April 2019
Payment plan payments can be made by check or bank transfer please get in touch via the contact page
Once your all booked up you'll receive the following:
An invite to the retreat facebook group where you can chat with other women joining the retreat
Suggested travel plans on getting from Glasgow to the Isle of Eigg
Hotel recommendations for Glasgow (the train leaves early on saturday 8th June 2019)
A suggested packing list
Your free pass to start signing up for the online classes for free