Autumn Equinox Pilgrimage
A 16-day journey
through ancient lands of song, stone, and remembrance
September 14th - 29th, 2023
Have you felt the call to explore the beauty and mystery of these sacred lands?
To commune with the ancient stones and healing waters?
To listen to the songs that are whispering on the wind?
Join Hanna Leigh, Lana Lanaia & special guests on our 2nd 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.
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, which this year is open to men & women. We will be adventuring in a circuitous route around Scotland, visiting some of her sacred and beloved places, and creating space to listen & receive the wisdom and remembrance that is there for us.
The old Na Gearannan Blackhouse, where we'll be staying on the Isle of Lewis
~ 15 nights accommodations
~ Transportation costs throughout Scotland
~ 2-3 healthy meals per day
~ Song circles & sound healing sessions
~ Ancestral crafting weekend ~ including drum~making, shrine~tending & traditional foods with Peter Annanin, Bethan Bray & Dougie Mackay
~ Storytelling with traditional story carrier & elder Seoras Macpherson on the Isle of Skye
~ Storywalk with elder Griogair MacAllein
~ Simple ceremony & Nature-connection practices
~ Organically arising rituals with the land
~ Wild plant foraging & local foods
~ Airport pick-up
~ Travel or health insurance
~ Flight to Edinburgh
~ A few optional restaurant meals
~ Optional extra nights in Edinburgh
Picture of the former Scottish Crannog Centre that holds ancestral crafting classes
Places We’ll Visit
~ Arrival & Departure from Edinburgh
~ Historically rich and beautiful Loch Tay, Glen Lyon & surrounding areas, including a waterfall hike, stone circles, visit to the Scottish Crannog Center, and ancient trees
~ Glen Coe
~ The magical Isle of Skye, with the Fairy Glen & more
~ Ferry trip to Isles of Harris & Lewis, staying in an ancient stone village by the sea, & journeying to the Callanish stone circle...truly a powerful place to make a pilgrimage
~ Assynt & her hidden gems
~ Inverness, Druidtemple & the Clava Cairns, a 4,000 year old stone burial ground
~ And many other epic sites along the way, as we joyfully travel in a minibus together, giving to & receiving the beauty of the landscape
*Trip subject to small variations in itinerary
Discover the pure beauty and magic of these holy lands.
We are blessed to be guided through these landscapes by Lana Lanaia, who lives in the Scottish Highlands, in deep connection to the land and the stones. She is a sound healer, biodynamic gardener, creater of Aluna Healing and the lead singer of Anima. For over 20 years she has been immersed on a journey into ancient wisdom and healing practices. She shares sound, earth wisdom and ways of living in harmony with Nature, through her music, courses, and retreats.
Lana will be the steady and courageous driver of our mini-bus, plus supporting in the facilitation of organic ritual, song-weaving, deep listening practices, and more.
Hanna Leigh is a Singer-Songwriter, Doula, Vocal Embodiment Guide, and Devotee of this precious living Earth. Raised in California on Chumash territory, she has also made home in Maui, Hawaii, on the sacred lands of the Kānaka Maoli; a place that has taught her much about what it means to live in deeper connection with this living earth.
For the past several years, her work has focused on guiding people into deeper relationship with the medicine and power of their own voices.
Her own ancestral healing path guided her to create a budding organization called "Weaving Remembrance", which hosts the online workshop series "Songs of Mother Europe" and other unfolding offerings designed to support the remembrance of earth & ancestral wisdom. Her music can be found on Spotify.
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."
Through communion with these sacred waters and stones,
may the living reality of earth and ancestral belonging be strengthened within you.
4 additional spaces now open!
(Including one partial-trade photography position and one partial-trade cooking position)
Registration closes August 28th!
*Ask about payments plans if needed