Samhain: Making Peace with the Past
Five sessions over two weekends, each session two hours in duration
- Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25
- Friday, October 30 to Saturday, October 31
- All sessions start at 12pm EST (9am PST and 5pm Irish time)
'An turas is faide, tosnaíonn sé le coiscéim bheag amháin'
- even the furthest journey begins with one small step alone
In this new module you will experience the artistic and mythological roots of ancient Celtic Feast of Samhain [pro. SOW-in] - the festival we now call Halloween.
Samhain is a time when we invite the unseen and unknown into our lives. While those who have passed on are our natural focus during this time, there is also an invitation for us to examine ways of living that allow old ghosts in our own lives to ‘rest in peace’.
The feasts of All Saints and All Souls are old Christian sister festivals that take place on November 1st and 2nd, a special time to remember our dearly departed. We will also explore the spiritual, poetic and musical aspects of this high point in the liturgical calendar.
The ancient roots of the Celtic festival of Samhain inform our celebrations today. There are fierce poems, songs and stories around Samhain which we will share over 5 sessions. We will join together with Rev. Nóirín to make peace with our own and our loved ones’ passing, with some short, simple rituals and Celtic traditions.
Join Noirin, Owen and Micheal for this deep dive into Samhain and All Souls in the Irish imagination. Share in the learning, laughter, poetry, music and spirituality that we have inherited around this poignant and transformational festival.
Wondering what to expect?
Here are some of the titles and talking points for each session:
The course is structured over a nine day period. We will gather together for five live sessions on Zoom spread out over two weekends. We will guide you in certain exercises that you will carry out yourself during the five days of the week when we do not meet live.
DAY 1 - The Poetics of the Celtic New Year
Samhain is the great ritual of transformation. It’s a time for you to honor your past, both the good and the bad. In doing so, you are preparing the soul of your home for a very special visitor - the promise of a renewed future.
Exploring the Symbolism, Myth and Spirituality of the Feast of Samhain.
Honoring your ancestors and the dearly departed.
Viewing passing over as the crowning moment of a life well lived.
Laying the ghosts of grief or despair to rest.
DAY 2 - Ancestry, Family and Forgiveness
Making peace with the past. Samhain is a time to come face to face with our ancestors. We must accept our inheritance, whether we like it or not. Through celebration and forgiveness, joy and despair, we come to peace with our present.
Memory, Ancestry and Samhain
How our sense of inheritance affects our life today
What we carry from our sense of inheritance
Forgiveness and Death
Songs, Poems and Mythology of Forgiveness
Honoring our ancestors
DAY 3 - Crossing Thresholds / The Thin Veil
We are on the threshold of life and death, how we remember this in our lives is key to the power of Samhain
- Living a full life
- Can we be ready for death?
- How are we to be remembered?
- Ritual for the Celtic Samhain threshold
DAY 4 - Creating the Celtic Imagination
The roots of creativity do their work in darkness.
- Poetics of Celtic identity
- Uniting disparate parts of ourselves through art and spirituality
- Solidarity through poetry and music
DAY 5 - Facing Our New Year Together
Friendship, belonging and beauty. Here we will open towards a new connection of friendship to a beautiful world - staying together and praying together.
- Creating a network and community
- Making meaningful friendship with the self
- Moving forward with purpose.
- Art and Spirituality as companion in uncertain times