Ancestor Retreat 2017

Accessing the gifts and healing the wounds of our inheritance

Tuesday evening August 8th to Sunday, 1pm, August 13th, 2017

Humanity is built on the bedrock of our desire to belong. That we are part of a particular family and family tree is an indisputable fact. How we are in this world, how we live, how we react to the events which life presents us with, and rear our children, is no doubt deeply influenced by the family and tradition we come from.

This retreat which takes place in the magical and historical landscape of north Sligo seeks to explore our ancestral inheritance, and inform us as to how the lives of those who have gone before us shape the way we live today. It will help us find our place in our ancestral family.

Research indicates that what is not felt is transmitted to the next generation. While parents and relatives want to pass on health and positive values to children, unbeknown to themselves they can be haunted by the burdens and mistakes of their ancestors. Healing our wounds from the past assists us in passing on health to the next generation and helping us to discover our particular gift to this world.

This five day retreat will facilitate us in becoming aware of how our particular ancestral line affects our living. We will explore the way in which our ancestors inform our emotions and how we view ourselves. Often our depression, anxiety or failure to connect in relationship can be traced to events in our distant past. Deep in our very bones lie the stories from migrations, tragedies, loves, and losses.

Unwrapping the gifts passed on to us from the generations is exciting and empowering. These few days will present us with an opportunity to tap into their celebrations, music, storytelling, and courage. As the retreat unfolds, we will be in awe at the unexpected awareness which promises to come our way as we devote this time to be with our family tree, marvelling at our new-found allies,

It is not essential that participants have an extensive knowledge of their genealogy though it will help. The focus will be on a different way of knowing, entering the home of our ancestors as we wander the Irish landscape , listening with the eyes and ears of our heart, tuning into the energy of place with sharpened senses and boundless imagination.

We will engage with the ancestral images in story, movement and ritual and allow our deep imagination lead us into what our bodies know already. Interwoven with these outdoor en-counters we will avail of the warmth of a turf fire in the comfort of a hundred year old cottage built beside the ruins of a megalithic tomb and immersed in deep listening we will recount the highlights of our day’s wander. Poetry, council, deep imagery, ritual, and dream work will fur-ther enhance our growing awareness. Perhaps our greatest gift to the next generation and this troubled world, will be our willingness to heal.


In the Celtic tradition there is a great sense that the dead do not live far away. In Ireland there are always plac-es, fields and old ruins where the ghosts of people were seen. That kind of folk memory recognises that people who have lived in a place, even when they move to invisible form, somehow remain attached to that place. John O’Donoghue

Meister Eckhart was once asked, “Where does the soul go when the person dies? “He said ,“No place. Where else would the soul be going? It can be nowhere other than here?”

About Peter Devlin

Peter Devlin lives in Co. Sligo with his wife and three children. He works as a psycho-therapist mainly in the outdoors, as a clini-cal and pastoral supervisor. His passion is helping people get in touch with their soul and becoming aware of their particular gift which they offer to this world. A keen gar-dener he exudes a sense of presence and deep listening. Peter believes in the power of ceremony and ritual which he uses to great effect in his work of empowerment and healing.

About Imogen O’Connor

Imogen O’Connor trained in Psychosynthe-sis and has worked as a psychotherapist since the 1990’s. She guides adults and teenagers to hear and follow the call of their deeper, mysterious natures, through the medium of dream work, art, voice, body awareness and movement. The shamanic tradition has helped inform her work, her relationship with nature and in particular, her most beloved infant woodland which sur-rounds her home at Rosie’s Cottage.

Food & The Poetry Of Belonging

Planning and preparing healthy, delicious home grown food will be part of nurturing community among us and celebrating our ancestors. Participants will team up to plan, purchase some food and prepare meals in a fully equipped kitchen.

Information & Booking:

Cost: €575 (This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)
A €200 non-refundable deposit will secure a place.
Numbers are limited to 10, so early booking is advised.

For more information and booking:

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Testimonials (2016 Ancestor Retreat): ( From a similar programme guided by Peter Scanlan and Peter Devlin in 2016 )

“This experience was life-giving, life-changing and transformational.” Ted, USA


“The ancestral programme was a very rich retreat for me combining time in nature, group sharing, storytelling, poetry and time to wan-der in a soulful way getting to know and honour the importance of the ancestral line.” Maura, Co. Mayo


“A unique opportunity to explore and honour the gifts and pain of our ancestors in a safe and healing environment, leading to a deeper understanding of their lives and indeed our own,. A truly enriching experience, leaving you with a better acceptance of your place in the world “. Pauline, Co. Dublin.

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