Ancestral Mothers of Scotland Retreat. Isle of Eigg, Hebrides, Scotland. 8th-15th June 2019

Do You Dream of Knowing your Ancestral Mothers But Doesn’t Know How To Make That Connection?

We begin by walking the land on an Island whose Gaelic name means ‘Isle of the Big Women’. We visit the Hill of the Cailleach, the Loch of the Big Women, the Well of the Holy Women and visit a Sheela na gig and offer gestures of ritual. We move between the worlds with an otherworldly journey carrying our own personal intentions for our time on the island.

Have You Felt a Deep Ancestral Longing But Don’t Know How to Feed That Hunger?

We feed that hunger through stories of the Ancestral Mothers - explore who the ‘Big Women’ were and revision ourselves as the big and wild women we are! We feed that hunger through art - by making your Ancestral Mother doll, weaving in stories and intentions, a shell from the beach or a pinch of wool from an island sheep.

Do You Long to Embody Our Foremother’s Wisdom and Draw It Into Your Daily Life?

Small gestures of ritual and ceremony will help to begin or renew your practice.

This Retreat will Feed Your Hunger & Rewild Your Imagination!

Let me be your guide to the stories and the land as you sink your roots down into an ancient spiritual bedrock. Being in a breathtaking place at the very edge of the ocean under long lingering twilights which brings you between the worlds can’t help but infuse your spirit with a sense of the wild.

You’ll Leave With a Rooted Connection & Continued Support

Forge an unbreakable connection which will support you when you return to your life which will help you weather any storms you might face and will be a sustainable force to support you in the work you do in the world. Attending the retreat offers you the gift of a one year pass which allows you to continue your journey on the Path of the Ancestral Mothers with our study programs.

A wonderful retreat blending wild Scottish landscape, good health and spiritual exploration of ancient female power. Powerful dreams and visions gained through this work & land enabled me to carry out a ritual which I feel in my bones healed a deep scarring in my female lineage. I am still connected to the stone I planted into the Island’s soil and on challenging days I see through its eyes and am reminded of who I really am. Lengthy walks, delicious conscious eating, and sincere mindful women made this a life-changing experience.
— Gayle Mair
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Doll Making on the Isle of Eigg

Spend a week on an inspiring Hebridean Island with white sandy beaches whose Gaelic name translates as The Isle of the Big Women. We'll hear lots of stories of the 'Big Women' to inspire your doll making:

  • Scottish Amazon Warriors - from the mystical ‘Big Women’ and Scatatch from the neighboring Isle of Skye

  • Stories of the Bean Feasa (Wise Women)

  • Celtic Goddesses (the Hebrides are the Isles of Brighid after all).

  • This retreat is suitable for complete beginners and all materials are provided

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Visit Sacred Sites

We will visit sacred sites of the island such as the

  • Hill of the Cailleach by the white sandy beach of Laig Bay.

  • Visit a Sheela na Gig (pictured above) in the ruined church of Kildonnan

  • Well of the Holy Women

  • Plus a pilgrimage to the waters of the Loch of the Holy Women

  • Plus gestures of ritual at these sites

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You’ll have lots of inspiration for your doll with stories of

  • Ancestral Mothers of Scotland (and their path around the year/festivals)

  • Plus guided meditations to ask these ancient wise women for their guidance

  • Time to listen to the land and hear what stories she wishes to share

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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

Jude Lally is an excellent facilitator leading us on a journey to meet the ancestral mothers and to find their strength within ourselves. Through journeying, hill walking, storytelling and doll making her style is gentle and the schedule is relaxed, which was exactly what I needed. The food was nutritious and fortifying to enable our important exploration of the island. The women were each amazing and a delight to be with from the first moment to the last. Through walking the hills I made such connections to the land and nature on Eigg. I knew this retreat would be life-changing, but I didn’t know how. I find that I have so much more confidence and determination with the ability to handle higher levels of stress in a calm way than I did before. This is a life-changing adventure that you don’t want to miss!
— Kat Toebes

Retreat Cost & Booking

The retreat cost is $1999. Registration closes on 1st April 2019. Your place on the retreat can be reserved by paying a deposit of $499.

Jude’s depth of understanding and passion for the stories of the ancestral mothers inspired me to want to know more and connect more deeply with them. As the retreat progressed I felt myself connecting more and more with each passing day.
I particularly enjoyed connecting with the Big Women through making my doll, feeling her coming alive more and more to where I felt the spirit of the ancestral mothers both in her and in myself.  The retreat offered me a richer and deeper understanding of where I’ve been and new inspiration and vision for where I want to go.
— Katherine Daniels
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Jude is so much more than tour guide and retreat leader. Her connection to Eigg – the island and its residents – deepened and grounded my soul-expanding experience. All the while, Jude deftly handled the practical and complex tasks of leading a retreat, while providing a relaxed, trustworthy container throughout the week where personal transformation, and even magic, took place.
Our stay on Eigg was a satisfying balance of communal time and individual contemplative time. Through Jude’s weaving of academic and mythopoetic history – derived from her years of study and her creative re-imagining old stories and song into our contemporary world – the island became imbued with the feeling that the Ancestral Mothers on Eigg are alive and energetically powerful. And sometimes playfully mischievous.
— Caroline Mason
On the train ride from Glasgow to Mallaig (where you get the ferry to Eigg) you'll travel on one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world - the West Highland Way. Your route will cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films

On the train ride from Glasgow to Mallaig (where you get the ferry to Eigg) you'll travel on one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world - the West Highland Way. Your route will cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films

Post Booking

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