In Celtic cultures the role of the anam cara, or soul friend, was to offer encouragement and vision for the pilgrimage of life.
Following that time honored tradition, Anam Cara Retreats offers both individuals and communities wisdom and companionship for the journey.
From retreat planning and leadership for individuals and faith based communities to journeys through sacred landscapes with kindred spirits, let us help you discover and deepen the movement of the spirit in your life, your community, and the world.
Ancient Wisdom for Today's Journey
This week on the Celtic Calendar . . .
March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick . . .
St. Patrick may most be associated with Ireland however he began his life in Cumbria, an area in Britain north of Wales and south of Scotland.
As a teenager, he was captured and sent to Ireland as a slave where he tended sheep and converted to Christianity. After six years he fled captivity and returned to Britain and continued his studies. He returned to Ireland as a missionary after having a dream in which he received a letter from “The Voice of the Irish” asking him to return to the land of his former captivity and serve the church there. Once there, he baptized thousands of people, ordained priest, and established religious communities of men and women.
He died on March 17, probably in the year 460, and while there are countless legends about his life, none of them involve drinking green beer.
From The Breastplate of St. Patrick
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun
Brilliance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock,
Spiritual Practices for the
Season of Imbolc
(February 1 - April 30)
Notice the quality of light as the days grow longer and reflect on where you find light in your life.
Celebrate the ideas, people, places, and activities that spark your creativity and fan the flame of your spirit.
Be aware of signs of new life and those who help nurture and sustain its growth. Consider the part you have to play in this cycle of life.
Give thanks for those who have been midwives and caretakers in your life.
Information is now available for our 2014 pilgrimage to northern Wales, July 19 - 28, 2014. $3199 includes airfare from DC. Land only rate also available. Click here for more information.