Shrouded in legend and imbued with romance, the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have produced a surprising number of saints and spiritual guides, both ancient and contemporary. From the mythic stories of goddesses and heroes, to the holistic mysticism of the earliest Celtic Christians, to the wisdom of modern visionaries, Celtic spirituality has ancient roots yet remains deeply relevant for our times.
Consider Celtic spirituality, the focus of this one-month e-course, as a pilgrimage into one of the best examples of everyday spirituality. Celtic wisdom and poetry encourages us to recognize the holy all around us, honors and protects the sacred Earth, gives inspiration to free our creative voice, and presents a holistic path that links the quest for holiness with an embodied sense of Divine love. Here is an opportunity to drink from the holy wells of ancient myths and folklore and discover how the blessings of this venerable wisdom tradition can bring us meaning, purpose, and guidance today.
Your guide on this exploration will be Carl McColman, author of numerous books including 366 Celt, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, and Befriending Silence. He is profiled in S&P’s Living Spiritual Teacher’s Project. An American of Scottish ancestry, Carl weaves his love for Celtic poetry and stories with an inclusive embrace of mystical wisdom, including both the mythic lore of the ancient druids and the luminous earthiness of Celtic Christians. His vision of spirituality is grounded in hospitality, steeped in celebration, and committed to new pathways toward healing and inner/outer transformation.
You will receive 12 emails during this course on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting August 8. The emails will include:
- Creative conversations on topics such as the Celtic approach to meditation, the insights found in ancient poems and stories, the rhythms of the sacred year, and the secrets of the grail quest;
- Prayers and blessings to weave the Celtic way of seeing throughout your day;
- Practice suggestions from this tradition and an invitation to record your insights and experiences in a journal that you keep for the course.
Then, on Thursday, August 18 from 1 – 2 pm PT or California time (find the time in your area here), we will gather with Carl on Zoom to discuss your experiences in the course and ask questions. Throughout the month, you will also be encouraged to share in the online Practice Circle, a forum open 24/7.
We invite you to join us in “Celtic Spirituality.” Please be prepared to allow this course to touch both mind and heart, for every sip of water from a Celtic holy well contains a blessing that could change your life forever.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)