Irish born and raised, Eileen Bray is a professional voice actor, soulsinger, textile artist and creator of Celtic Kirtan.
Science has proven that our thoughts have the power to change our external reality and now we have the opportunity to make practical use of that knowledge to transform our own lives and shape the future of humanity itself. We have the potential to write a new story in which world peace is not just an impossible dream but becomes a very real possibility. When we understand the world around us to be a mirror of our own inner state we grasp the urgency to take action to develop greater harmony within us. As we do that we open up the opportunity to write a new story for our own lives where we become the conscious creators of our own reality.Freya Lawton Founder, The Peace Intention
🌿I challenge you to phantom plant a tree! Anywhere, anytime, any place🌱
Lets make it a trend to love our home and create urban orchards for everyone.
The Phantom Planters is a group for all Phantom Planters, Guerrilla Gardeners, nature and community lovers to share their knowledge, exchange ideas on how to create fruit forests in our communities, reforest the landscape and generally unite us as a people to spread the ripples of love across our lands.
We can do this guys, I know we can!.
It’s not up to anyone else, it’s up to us as Individuals.
Food, water, clothes, shelter and a loving and compassionate community is all we need to survive, thrive and be alive happily! Better to ask for forgiveness than permission😎 Happy phantom planting!
Requested By: Súil an Craic
Project Title: Súil an Craic
Breakdown of expenditure
Súil an Craic is the second iteration of an independently organised, multi-layered journey of exploration and re-discovery of the land, which seeks to open up routes for long-term pilgrimages through our ancient culture and richly varied landscape.
From his birthplace in Tory Island, down to the final resting place of his foster mother in Loughcrew, we are following the legends and deeds of Lugh Lamhfada, the champion of light who brought about change and freedom to the Tuatha Dé Dannan by defeating the Fomorians; dark beings whose greed and disregard for the Land herself knew no limits.
In association with the All is Well initiative, our route involves restoration and cleaning of ancient holy wells along the way, allowing Water to lead our path and remind communities of the importance of water care.
We’ll visit meaningful ancient sites, seeking to boost interest in lore and heritage, engaging with local communities to encourage indigenous tourism, fostering awareness about the state of our ecology, providing opportunities for guest experts to share their knowledge along the way… and ah, sure, have some craic while we’re at it.
Súil an Craic took three months to complete the 500 mile walk from Tory Island to Loughcrew in Co. Meath. People interested in learning about our heritage, lore and land ecology participated all along the route. Some came to walk, others supported with knowledge or practical help to undertake this venture. Every few days the walk would stop at pivotal places along the story of Lugh Lamhfada, a holy well or ancient sacred site. Here, experts and people in the local area would come to spend a few days in this people participation of learning about the local areas, and actively maintaining the spaces.
Outreach: (Where relevant) How was the event broadcast to a
audience before and after the event.
- Before the walk, we co-created with irish artist Sean Fitzgerald to design a graphic map to raise awareness over social media. This post reached 76,304 views with 368 shares.
- A amazing logo and paper flyer was created and donated by Seamus Draoigall of Deercún which was invaluable in explaining the project to people we met along route
- There was a revival off the Facebook page. In June 2020 there were 943 members with steady substantial growth to the present. That group now supports 1437 members with new requests every day. 1,041of these are Active Members.
- A website to support the walk and future projects relating to Irish diaspora in contemporary forms was created. This can be viewed at Fairycouncil.ie
- Many interviews were undertaken before, during and after the walk. To date, there has been an interview for a book, 3 podcasts, 2 puppets with online forums, parish newspapers and local Westmeath newspaper. Some of these have yet to be released.
- Graphic Artist Daniel Fagan created two amazing pieces of art to help portray the story of Lugh
Indicator of Success: By what measure can the project have been judged to be a success?
- We would measure our success by the growth of active participation that undertaking the walk encouraged. We have gained deep connection with the land and all we met
- We walked over 500 miles raising awareness in challenging times
- We crossed the second most difficult mountain range in Ireland
- Guest Speakers of various expertise contributed, Breezy Kelly of Bake Bread for Peace, award-winning Irish storyteller and contributor to The Folklore Society of Ireland Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair, Brian Lacey writer of Lug’s Forgotten Donegal Kingdom: The Archaeology, History and Folklore of the Sil Lugdach of Cloghaneely, Lar Dooley, advocate of indigenous Ireland, Artist and Author of Out of the Darkness, Dessie McCallion from Inishowen Tours and local historian, and Kathleen O Hara from the Edge School
- There was online support and communication with Anthony Murphy from Mythological Ireland, and Martin Byrne of Carrowkeel.com on an advisory level towards the following of the myth.
- Over 500 hardcopy flyers were distributed to the wider public
- When St. Bridgets Well in Killare, Co Meath was being cleaned by the walkers, there were up to 20 local participants that came to volunteer work over the week period being there.
- At the rest points along the walk, up to 50 people a day would flow through to support the concept of the walk.
- We cleaned and raised awareness of many wells and ancient sites along the route.
- Recognition from local Parishes in the careship of the local well.
- The landowner of Uisneach now recognises St Bridget’s Well in Killare as part of the site he cares for and has agreed to the maintenance of the well.
- The facebook and instagram is still receiving daily membership requests
- We have noticed significant growth on the seed sister project All is Well
Have you attached/sent any photos or other evidence of the event/project? (newspaper articles, social media screen-shots, documents produced, other products etc)
- Website: https://fairycouncil.ie/suil-an-craic/
- Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/suilancraic
Has updates and images from along the route
- Seamus Draoigall at Deercún amazing graphic design and wording for paper flyer
- Instagram post of Sean Fitzgeralds graphic of the route
- Pagan Perspectives Podcast which was aired on spotify. It also received airtime on KMUD, KMUE and KLAI in Northern California on December 20th 2020
- Space Junk Podcast, Aired 13th December 2020. Currently has 198 views
- Daniel Fagans Artist
contribution in portraying the journey undertaken. Lugh and the Walkers at the base of Muckish Mountain, start of the seven sister mountain range. This is reputed to be the second most difficult mountain range in Ireland. The second image portrays the arrival and completion of the walk into the Cailleachs home of Loughcrew in Meath.
What would you do differently if you could do this project/event again?
We feel that we are setting strong foundations to exciting people to actively participate in the maintaining and careship of the ecology of this land by utilizing the strong legends we have. This is an ongoing and far reaching project whose full potential has yet to be achieved.
Each year that we undertake this task, we become more organised in how to do so. We realised there were some organisational protocols that we failed to put into place before we started walking. If we undertake this particular project again we aim to learn from this second alliteration to enable us to reach and include even more people with more efficient cohesion.
Dating for lovers of nature, earth, art and soul
Our vision is to essentially bring together singles (or people in mutually-consentual open relationships) in Ireland who are good and lovely people, so that they might find a partner with similar life goals and values… values such as those associated with permaculture/gardening, off-grid/sustainable living, natural building, nomadic tendencies (vanlife!), spirituality/self-improvement, the great outdoors and an appreciation of nature. Creatives, thinkers, dreamers and doers; you are all welcome 🙂 This is an LGBT+ friendly space, inclusive of all genders and mutually consensual relationships styles. We expect all members to be welcoming and inclusive of all other members and to treat all others with respect. We invite you to introduce a bit about yourself and share one or more photos, describe who you are in this world, and let people know what you’re looking for. Put it out to the [earthy soul mates] universe!Perhaps you’re not too sure if you want a long-term relationship, but you might be open to it if you met the right person, that’s also alright! Many people prefer to build friendships first and hope that they might be pleasantly surprised by what organically grows from it (pun intended!). Please feel free to start conversation threads and get the chatting going!!
Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/911383086056691
“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land”Warsan Shire
We are dedicated to bring Whistles ,Tents Sleeping bags and other Aid to Refugee camps around the world.
As a great lady once taught me! If people don’t like music, animals and children, then they have no soul. Music is important, it changes thinking, it influences everybody, it can bring back emotions, hurt and heal. Music has no boundaries. Music in the soul can be heard in the universe.
This project came about through a collective group of music loving humanitarians. It is ironic how the tents that were collected came from music lovers attending festivals, but who chose to discard items that could benefit others. We aim to hold a fundraiser to allow our volunteers to actually deliver aid, along with education. Whistles for Refugees came about as it is the most portable instrument and can be tucked even in a pocket. We have an experienced group of volunteers who have experienced life and how music shaped that life. We have a great team of people on board who want to make a change. Our aim through compassion, music, art and poetry is to bring joy and education to others.
Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/911383086056691
We advise on music, photography, politics, poetry, visual art, adventures, and general mischief.
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The Dangerous Harpist
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and comedienne Ursula Burns has been smashing the stereo-typical image of the harp for 25 years by performing and touring the world through the mediums of Music, Theatre, Circus and Comedy. Burns has invented her own wild style of playing and strong captivating live performance in her solo shows. Ursula accidentally fell into comedy when she won the Irish Musical Comedy Awards 2012 and since has been touring her solo shows. As a veteran of Edinburgh festival she got nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for comic originality. Burns has 6 solo albums and a wealth of music composed for childrens theatre. A diverse and compelling artist who is not afraid to take risks and push the harp to places it has never dared to venture………….
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Is Míse Boann
>> This is part of our Save the Boyne campaign.
The river clean-up along the Boyne was in response to the threat to the Boyne River by Dawn Meats. They are proposing to run a 7km pipeline discharging 400,000lt a day of treated waste into the river. It was held on the 20th of March 2022 and despite having 3 weeks to organise, it was a great success.
This was a very process-led project. A call-out was put through the Facebook page Mná na Uisce to discuss how we as a community could respond. In the original dreaming on the zoom call, 9 women were in attendance.
It was decided that connecting people to the mythology of the river could inspire them to the preservation of the ecology. A river clean-up was proposed and originally decided for the 13th of March. Two teams formed, one as a creative direction to create a 3-minute film with a Call to Action for people to submit their objections by April 7th. A larger film telling the story of Boann was proposed. This team consisted of Saor de Paor, All is Well, Women of the Water, Earthy Soul Mates, Sound Your Soul, EcoStorytales, and Candlelit tales
The other team was the organisation team, this consisted of Singing the Land, Save the Boyne, Women of the Water, Jealue, Youth friends of the Earth, All is Well. They focused on bringing awareness to the different governmental organisations that would have an interest in stopping the pipeline. A website savetheboyne.org was created by Women of the Water. A call for filmmakers was created by Jealue and All is Well. This was circulated widely. A flyer was created by YFOE and All is Well for materials to hand out on the day. There were also press releases and radio interviews with LMFM. Each project involved widely shared a post about the day over their social media platform. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were employed. If our followings were combined, we potentially reached 24,205 people.
Contact with the local Guards and the County Council was established with favourable responses. The council ensured the collection of the collected rubbish on Tuesday. There was positive outreach with the community wardens and the Environmental officer Bernadine.
Of the 9 on the original call, 6 women arrived on the day. The absence of the other three was down to illness and distance.
On the day, there were many 12 counties represented, Dublin, Wexford, Louth, Westmeath, Meath, Sligo, Clare, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork. Upon arrival at the Ramparts, it was discovered that another community group had held a river clean-up the week before and there was very little rubbish. We revised our strategy and decided to identify the rubbish along the Boyne and employ vehicles to convoy to these sites.
There were 11 Fairy Council member organisations who attended. The members of the FCOI in attendance on the day were Wild Irish Retreats, Wolf Academy, Gaelic Woodland Project, Emily Dawson, All is Well, Women of the Water, Young Friends of the Earth, Jealue, Save the Boyne. Earthy Soul Mates, and EcoStoryTales.
Notable participants were James Cogan, Pip Advisor Ireland, Shannon Soul Sounds, JuliAnne Hennelly, Deirdre Wadding, John Anthony McGowen, Martin O Keefe, Fiachra, Sam and Padraic
The main camp was held in the Ramparts, Navan. The fire circle was held by the women, while a team of eager volunteers filled 3 cars and worked in rotation.
There were 15 in the main clean-up crew with a flow of people who arrived during the day at the Ramparts. The main cleaning crew had shared their geo-location so they could be found along the river. Their first stop was where the pipeline is proposed to be placed, The Cotton mills. Ironically, This was the site of the most amount of rubbish. There were car batteries, mattresses, and about 30 bags of rubbish collected.
The next Location was along the Red River studio, where they removed shopping trollies and another 6 bags of rubbish. At the main camp in the Ramparts, there were three bags of rubbish
We had the kind hospitality of Marion from the Red river Studio. She was able to accommodate with a dorm and a private room for the family in attendance. There was use of a kitchen and bathroom facilities. In exchange, we tidied her yard and ensured the rubbish was removed from her section of the Boyne.
In total 10.9km of the River Boyne was cleaned in a six-hour period. After the clean it was noticeable in the improvement in the ecology of the water. Wildlife including otters, herons, mallards, and fish were seen returning to the area.
Coinciding there was the film made over a two day period. Women of the water filled the role of Boann with lyrical voices of Julie-Anne and Shannon Soul Sounds. Saor DePaor provided the poetry behind. These were filmed in each of the collection locations the Ramparts and the Red River Yoga Studio.
Mandala Spiritual Art by Patricia Fitzgerald
All of my work, from the artwork, the meditations, the books and to the spaces I hold at workshops or retreats has one common thread which is my deepest wish to carve out a space for you to connect to your deeper, higher self. A space for you to find your centre, your stillness and your clarity. To offer to you a space that gives you greater vision and empowerment, connecting you to your deeper self and to a power greater than your self, regardless of your religious beliefs or none. That can be through meditating on an artwork or limited edition print, through doing a meditation or through reading my books or blog posts. It could be coming along to a workshop or retreat. I believe that this held space is hugely important for us in a world that is so fast-paced and often relentless. I offer you spaciousness to yield to a quieter yin experience.Patricia Fitzgerald