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Health & Healing in the Irish Calendar Year

A 12 month online course exploring how to maintain health and healing by following the traditions of the Irish calendar year.

discover each month in

The Irish Calendar Year

how herbs help us heal

Plant Medicine

In this section, we will cover:

  • How to grow/wildcraft it.
  • When to harvest it.
  • How to process it - be it a salve, oil, tea or tincture.
  • When it can be used.
  • How to use it.

Tradition

Each month, there will be suggestions and information about traditions associated with that month. For example, on the last Sunday in July, it is customary to climb Croagh Patrick.

Why is this and where did this tradition originate?

Why are pilgrimages important?

Stories

In this programme, we will examine stories that belong to the Irish oral tradition. For instance,

Why did the day start the evening before and not in the morning?

Why were pigs butchered in the waxing moon?

Are there any valid reasons for these traditions?

Food for the table

We have forgotten so many traditional foods and how to make them. A different recipe will be given each month and we will look at why it may be still be beneficial today.

In our exploration of food, we will also look at the reasons for periods of fasting and feasting.

Food for the spirit

We will explore and discuss the role of the rag tree, the holy well, time apart, helping one another, blessings, greetings, and hospitality in nurturing our spirit and soul.

why are we so anxious today?

what have we lost and can be regained through our heritage?

Find your solution

Maintain your health and healing following the traditions of the Irish Calendar Year by signing up for this 12-month online course

course curriculum

imbolc/ spring

February

herb:

Dandelion, Brigid's flower

tradition:

How to make a Brigid's cross

stories:

Brigid & Gobnait. Were they one and the same?

food for the table:

Honey

food for the spirit:

Liminality and its role in health & healing

March

herb:

Wild Garlic. Garlic

tradition:

St. Patrick's Day

  • Patrick's day cross
  • Drowing the shamrock - What does it mean?
  • Patrick's bell

stories:

Patrick - who was he?

food for the table:

Garlic. Colcannon.

food for the spirit:

The fusion of diverse religious beliefs and practices - religious syncretism.

April

herb:

Parsely, Thyme

tradition:

Customs associated with Easter morning. Painted easter eggs.

stories:

The dance of the sun. Tara.
Tobar Ri an Domhnaigh,
Excursions associated with Easter. Cake dance.

food for the table:

Simnel Cake. Lamb. Corned Beef.

food for the spirit:

What is the message of Easter?
Importance of hope in mental health.

+ live q&A each month

bealtaine/ summer

May

herb:

Nettle. Hawthorn.

tradition:

Wells. Fire on May eve. The buaile tradition. Turf cutting. The May bush.

stories:

'Being taken by the fairies on May eve'. Why?

food for the table:

stirabout. The hungry gap.

food for the spirit:

Picking flowers. Why? Blessing the house. Fear of the Si.

June

herb:

Yarrow. St. John's Wort.

tradition:

Bonfires. Divination.

stories:

Midsummer beliefs.

food for the table:

Egg dishes. Butter. Cream. Are they bad for you?

food for the spirit:

Time out. Heart fever/ 'burn out'

July

herb:

Marigold. Waybread.

tradition:

Customs associated with St. Swinthen's Day. Privation at this time.

stories:

Oral stories about July in years gone by.

food for the table:

Logistics of food. Buying local. What does this mean for the menu? Shell fish. Carrigeen moss. Seaweeds.

food for the spirit:

Pilgrimage walking.

+ live q&A each month

lughnasa/ autumn

August

herb:

Chamomile. Meadowsweet.

tradition:

Hills and lakes. Community gatherings outdoors.

stories:

The first harvest. Pattern days.

food for the table:

Potato - how good is it?
Corn. Preserving - how to do it.

food for the spirit:

Holy wells. What is community? Link back to liminality and the threshold.

September

herb:

Elderberry. Rosehips. Sage.

tradition:

St. Michael's Day. The quarter days -what are they?

stories:

The Cailleach. What's her significance today?

food for the table:

Making syrups. Apples and plums. Christmas gifts.

food for the spirit:

Meditation. Wisdom - what is it?

October

herb:

Rosemary.

tradition:

The harvest knot. September fairs. Halloween.

stories:

Oral stories about October in years gone by.

food for the table:

Cabbage. Suede.

food for the spirit:

Centering and stability.

+ live q&A each month

samhain/ winter

November

herb:

Treating colds and flu.

tradition:

Halloween customs. Laying the table.

stories:

The night of mischief - Why?
'Taken by the fairies'.
The veil grows thin.

food for the table:

Barm brack and porter cake.

food for the spirit:

Remembering the dead. The afterlife.

December

herb:

Maintaining the integrity of the skin during winter.

tradition:

The shortest day.

stories:

Newgrange. Acoustics and monuments. The quarter days.

food for the table:

Christmas food.

food for the spirit:

Darkness - is this where growth happens? Its role in spiritual life.

January

herb:

Planning the year ahead.

tradition:

The Wren. Keeping the withered greenery from Xmas - Why?
Local marriage customs in January.

stories:

The big wind 1839.

food for the table:

Importance of root vegetables and 'comfort food'.

food for the spirit:

Review and engage.

+ live q&A each month

Join this exciting journey through the Irish Calendar Year

and obtain access to

  • All online material for the year.
  • Knowledge of different herbs to use and when.
  • Why we need certain foods and why.
  • The importance of traditional knowledge to our health.
  • How to build your spirit and emotional resilience.
  • Live online Q+A session each month.
  • PLUS other documents, lectures and ideas that emerge over the course of the programme.

Health & Healing in the Irish Calendar Year

€575.00

A 12 month online course exploring how to maintain health and healing by following the traditions of the Irish calendar year.