Online Class which covers the place of trees in Irish folklore and native spiritual practice - with an Irish Draoí (Druid Priest), Lora O'Brien.
[Refreshed for 2021, with new content!]
Fadó Fadó... Long ago in Ireland, it was said a squirrel could travel from Cork to Killarney without touching the ground - treetop to treetop.
This class introduces the trees that are native to Ireland, and explores the wealth of mythology and folklore that the Irish have kept and taught from ancient times, generation to generation. Includes:
- -- How old is a native tree, and how was Ireland forested through history?
- -- Examination of Bretha Comaithchesa - the 'Judgements of the Neighbourhood', a legal text from the 700s CE.
- -- The Tree Divisions - working with the value of trees.
- -- In-depth sample look at Oak, Hazel, Holly, Yew, Ash, Scots Pine and Wild Apple.
- -- Why and how to connect and work with trees in a modern spiritual context.
- -- The biggest mistakes people make, so you don't have to.
- -- Irish Gods or Goddesses associated with trees in Ireland.
- -- Some obstacles we face as modern Pagans working with ancient traditions/ working outside Irish culture.
- -- Shared native experiences and opinions.
- -- Practical exercises, prompts, challenges.
This Teaching is suitable for beginners, as well as those with more experience in other traditions. You do not have to be dedicated to or working with any Irish Gods, Guides, or Guardians to take this class.
Your Course access enrollment includes:
- -- Class Presentation Slides
- -- Class Video
- -- Class Audio
- -- Class Chat Log/Resources
- -- Guided Journey Video
- -- Guided Journey Audio (for you to repeat the Journey)
- -- Bonus Resources
Click the Enroll button below to get access.
Lora is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality. She has been consciously following a spiritual path exploring her native Irish traditions for 30 years, dedicated specifically to the Irish Goddess Mórrígan in 2004, and is the author of seven books on Irish history, mythology, folklore, witchcraft, Pagan practice and priesthood. Her eighth book, on the Mórrígan, will be published by Llewellyn (2025). She professionally developed and managed one of Ireland's most important sacred sites - Cruachán/Rathcroghan - for a decade, and is a co-founder and legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland. With her partner, Jon O'Sullivan, she is the co-founder of the Irish Pagan School, and together they create a vast amount of community service content for the Irish Pagan School Blog, YouTube Channel, and Podcast. Lora founded the Ogham Academy in 2022, and has a Masters Degree in Irish Regional History (2023) on the topic of Ogham and Irish Identity. (Pronouns: She/They)
"The time, effort, professionalism, let alone the in-depth research and resourcefulness that Lora O'Brien provides within the classes, lectures, workshops, and general offerings is top notch and superior to most claiming to be teaching in such fields today - genuine, authentic and native material from an equally genuine, authentic, native provider/facilitator."
- Dorn Simon (Ireland)
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- Kaoime E. Malloy (USA).