Healing the Wounds and Accessing the Gifts of Ancestral Heritage Through Landscape and Deep Imagination

Healing the Wounds and Accessing the Gifts of Ancestral Heritage

Through Landscape and the Deep Imagination

Near the Sea in County Sligo, Ireland

Tuesday evening August 2nd to Sunday, 1 pm, August 7th, 2016.      Residential.

Guides: Peter Scanlan with Peter Devlin


Through genealogy, some find valuable facts about their ancestors. And while this can be an important adjunct to healing ancestral wounds and accessing ancestral gifts, it is not the focus of this intensive. We will invite you to bring whatever factual aspects of your ancestral story that you know and perhaps even to do a bit of research before coming. For some such information is not available. This is not an impediment, as we will be working for the most part with a less tangible aspect of the ancestral story, a different level of “reality”.


During this program, we will enter the House of the Ancestors to track the people and the stories, some known and many unknown, which have shaped our lives, often in mysterious ways. There will be ample opportunity to wander the landscape of the western coast of Ireland listening with the ears of our hearts and imaginations to the ancestral energies, engaging with them, and embodying them in story, movement, and images. Woven between wanders we will use poetry, council, deep imagery, ceremony and dream work to court the Old Ones and sort the threads of our personal and collective stories. Through this process we will seek a deepened self-understanding, find lost heirlooms, and possibly bring a balm to ancient wounds.


These days together of keen listening to what they have to tell us will be a gift to them as well as to us and to each other. For as we embrace the fullness of our personal ancestries, we are able to find the wholeness we want to bring the world, that the world so dearly needs.

Deep in our bones we carry the DNA of ancestral stories that have been passed down to us over many generations. Woven in the shadows of time, the family narrative with all the migrations, celebrations and tragedies, gifts and wounds has formed us in ways often beyond our knowing. These hidden histories haunt us with a kind of longing for what we do not know, for a sense of belonging, a sense of origin and place, a sense of who we most fully are that eludes us. They have the power to influence our emotions, our life decisions, and how we think of ourselves.






$545 USD or Euro equivalant


This includes guide fee and 5 nights accommodation and board.


-Food as Poetry-

Planning and preparing

healthy, delicious meals together is

our way of nurturing community among us


Participants will team up to plan,

purchase food, and prepare meals

in the a full kitchen


Once you know there is space available

A $200 USD or Euro equivalent

nonrefundable deposit will hold your space


For Registration or further information


Peter Devlin: ([email protected])

or phone (086 36 63 2760)


Peter Scanlan: ([email protected])

or phone (01 615 400 6867)

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Peter Scanlan was a clinical psychologist in private practice for 34 years in Nashville, Tennessee. He trained with AVI and with School of Lost Borders as a vision quest guide and has been an AVI lead guide for 15 years. He works to facilitate the transformation of personal story into the mytho-poetic story that each of us inhabits. He is dedicated to guiding people to the edge of the deepest mysteries holding sacred space while they plunge into those depths, and then honoring the unique power and truth of the stories that they bring back from those journeys. He brings heart presence and a playful spirit to his work. Website: http: http://www.peterscanlan.com.




Often our loneliness and isolation                      

is due to a failure of spiritual imagination.

We forget that there is no such thing

as an empty space.

All space is full of presence,

particularly the presence of those

who are now in eternal invisible form.”

John O’Donohue



Peter Devlin
Peter Devlin

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