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Scotland
Autumn Equinox Pilgrimage

A 16-day journey

                  through ancient lands of song, stone, and remembrance

Our 3rd annual trip!
September 12th - 27th, 2024

Have you felt the call to explore the beauty and mystery of these sacred lands? 

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To commune with the ancient stones and healing waters?

To listen to the songs that are whispering on the wind?

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Join Lana Lanaia & special guests on our 3rd annual sacred pilgrimage through some of the gorgeous and mystical landscapes of Scotland.

 

At the heart of this journey is the simple call

to be with the land. 

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We invite you to join us for a wild & magical 16-day journey through ancient landscapes, sacred sites, lochs, seas and skies - including gathering with a few special, ancestral tradition-carriers of song, story and craft. 

We have some deeply beautiful experiences planned for this trip:

Part I:

"​Growing Roots Gathering"

A week of Craft, Story, Song & Sacred Sites

Nestled in Loch Tay & Glen Lyon

w/ guest teachers

Peter Ananin, Bethan Bray & Dougie Mackay

Ritual & Shrine Tending

Pilgrimage to an Ancient Site

Ancestral Crafts

Storytelling

Old Lore

Song

Optional traditional Scottish Wecht Drum Making Workshop

Walking journeys through the Sacred Landscape of Glen Lyon:

Schehallion ~ Crystal Mountain

Fortingall Ancient Yew Tree

Stone Circles

and more...

Part II:

Growing our Wings

Journey to the North & West

w/ guest guides

Àdhamh Ó Broin & others

Visit to ancient druid sites near Inverness

Clava Cairns & Druid Temple

Sailing by Ferry to the Isle of Lewis

To stay in an old blackhouse village by the sea,

Listening with the land, sea, sky, stone & stars

& walking the sacred landscapes around Callanish

Creating a simple ceremony for the Autumn Equinox

Onwards to Harris and her lustrious shining beaches,

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The magical Isle of Skye

And on to Kilmartin Glen, her cairns & stone circles

Where we will join Àdhamh Ó Broinn

for a day of ritual, language and reciprocity with the land.

From there, farewell

& onwards from Glasgow each we shall go...

 

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We invite you to join us for this pilgrimage journey in Scotland, visiting some of her sacred and beloved places, while creating space to listen & be with the land. Through opening our hearts and making simple offerings of gratitude, may we receive of the wisdom and remembrance held within the earth. May we offer our songs, and weave our stories & dreams...leaving only footprints and blessings behind us.

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The old Na Gearannan Blackhouse, where we'll be staying on the Isle of Lewis
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The Heart of Scotland & Her Sacred Mountains
 

What's Included:

~ 15 nights accommodations

~ 2-3 healthy & organic meals per day

~ 7-day "Growing Roots Gathering"

~ Storytelling with traditional Scottish story carriers

~ Guided journeys into ancient landscapes, sacred sites & animistic culture

~ Simple ceremony & Earth honouring rituals

~ Listening with the land practices

~ Song circles & sound healing

~ Optional traditional Scottish Wecht Drum making workshop

~ Wild plant foraging & local foods

~ Transportation costs throughout Scotland

~ Airport pick-up & drop off from Glasgow Airport
 

Not included:

~ Travel or health insurance

~ Flight to Glasgow airport

~ A few optional restaurant meals

~ Optional extra nights in Glasgow

*Trip subject to small variations in itinerary

 
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Callanish Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis
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Discover the pure beauty and magic of these holy lands.

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Our Guides:

Lana Lanaia

 

We will be guided through these landscapes by Lana, a musician & facilitator, who lives in the Scottish Highlands, in loving connection to the land and the stones. For 25 years she has been immersed in a journey into earth wisdom, sound & healing practices; and weaves this into the world through her music, courses & retreats.

Lana will be the steady and courageous driver of our mini-bus, supporting in the facilitation of organic ritual, listening with the land, singing with the earth, and more.

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Weaving with Guest Guides:

Bethan Bray & Peter Ananin

Crafting, Ancestral Foods, Shrine Tending, Traditional Lore & Drum Making

 

 Bethan is an artist and craftswoman, specialising in hide and wild pigment painting. She uses with the subtle world of ochres to reconnect with the heart of the Earth, restore deep intimacy with place and translate the primordial voice of animal, soil and stone.

Peter is a traditional tanner, teacher and craftsman focusing primarily on connecting people to our human and natural heritage through working with animal hides and other ancestral materials, as well as exploring Scottish folklore and how it weaves together the practical and the spiritual.

Together they run their small bark tannery from their home in the Highlands of Scotland, where they also run Ancestral Skills Gatherings and courses in Hide Tanning throughout the summer months – reconnecting people to place, and to ancient ways of being and working with the land. Tending to wild shrines is a deep love and ongoing act of devotion for them both, as is making traditional offerings and feeding their hearts and bodies with ancestral nourishment from the land on which they live

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Dougie MacKay

Storytelling & Animate Lands

 

Dougie is a native Highland storyteller with a passion for tracking key aspects of ancestral cultures through mythology, lore and story. A professional storyteller for over 12 years, he has been mentored by some of Scotland’s finest seanachies, seeking modern applications for these timeless tales.

His recent show ‘Animate Lands’ allowed a deep dive into the Fianna cycle, gleaning aspects of the older animistic culture once thriving on these islands. It was described as ‘a fresh and joyful take on Celtic lore and Scotland’s landscape’. In his "Myth as Medicine" course, he explores a cycle of northern myths with a group of students, tracking the treasure within each tale and offering exercises to journey with each story and touch the medicine within.

Àdhamh Ó Broin

Dùthchas Beò: Revitalising Reciprocity with the Gaelic Landscape through Simple Ceremony

 

Àdhamh Ó Broin is a Gaelic tradition bearer and activist of Irish and Highland Caithness heritage who has spent 15 years documenting and revitalising the native language and lore of Central Argyll where he grew up, embodying its value system and bringing his children up as first language Argyll dialect speakers.

Àdhamh joins us on behalf of Dòrlach, a Scottish micro-charity which seeks to encourage intercultural solidarity across minoritised peoples worldwide and a return to indigenous practice in Gaelic Scotland.  Through his work with Dòrlach, Àdhamh has visited dozens of Gaelic elders across the Highlands and Islands, recording Gaelic lore and vocabulary which would otherwise have been lost to time.

Over the last decade, Àdhamh has also had the privilege of stepping into ceremony with dozens of guests from all around the indigenous world; the Maori of New Zealand, the Mohawk of Six Nations Ontario and the Karajá of Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest to name but a few. These experiences have assisted and inspired the process of re-establishing a working, reciprocal relationship with the land whose dialect Àdhamh has diligently retrieved from extinction through long hours spent with the last of the areas’ native Gaelic-speaking elders.


 

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***Optional extra workshop***

 

Traditional Scottish Wecht Drum Making Workshop

With Bethan Bray & Peter Ananin

A beautiful opportunity to make your own traditional Scottish Wecht drum.

Peter & Bethan are currently the only remaining living makers of these drums, having drawn from their research to develop their own unique yet traditional style of Wecht.

These ancient Scottish drums would have been used for a variety of purposes – alongside being a musical instrument they functioned as an agricultural tool to process oats, process wool and as a communicating device in times of rebellion and war from as early as the 14th century.

Evidence shows that the earliest Scottish drums came with open back which allowed them to be played similar to a Bodhran, which has similar origins.

Traditionally they were primarily made of sheep, along with deer and goat which would be widely available to crofters working out on the land. We will be making them in a variety of these hide types.


 

Plus more special guests TBA..

An excerpt from Lyla June's essay

"Reclaiming our Indigenous European Roots":

But one day, as I sat in the ceremonial house of my mother’s people, a wondrous revelation landed delicately inside of my soul. It sang within me a song I can still hear today. This song was woven from the voices of my European grandmothers and grandfathers. Their songs were made of love.

They sang to me of their life before the witch trials and before the crusades. They spoke to me of a time before serfdoms and before Roman tithes. They spoke to me of a time before the plague; before the Medici; before the guillotine; a time before their people were extinguished or enslaved by dark forces. They spoke to me of a time before the English language existed. A time most of us have forgotten.

These grandmothers and grandfathers set the ancient medicine of Welsh bluestone upon my aching heart. Their chants danced like the flickering light of Tuscan cave-fires. Their joyous laughter echoed on and on like Baltic waves against Scandinavian shores. They blew worlds through my mind like windswept snow over Alpine mountain crests. They showed to me the vast and beautiful world of Indigenous Europe. This precious world can scarcely be found in any literature, but lives quietly within us like a dream we can’t quite remember."

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Through communion with these sacred waters and stones,
may the living reality of earth and ancestral belonging be strengthened within you.

Cost:

Full 16 Day Journey

$4200* / £3,300

*Payments plans available

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Optional Scottish Wecht Drum Making Workshop: 

$200 / £150

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It may not make sense to the rational mind, but when the heart says "GO!" -- Say YES!
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