Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Irish Traditions and Ritual for Contemporary Pagans, and Everyone Else!

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Do you feel a disconnect from your spiritual roots during the Winter Solstice? Are you looking for a meaningful way to celebrate this special time, but struggle to find authentic and adaptable rituals that resonate with your Irish heritage or pagan beliefs?

Discover the Heart of the Irish Winter Solstice with Lora O'Brien - Join Us for this Extensive 6 Part Workshop ❄️

Rediscover the Winter Solstice - Grianstad an Gheimhridh.

Reconnect with Authentic Irish Traditions.

Our course, 'Celebrating the Winter Solstice: Irish Traditions and Ritual for Contemporary Pagans,' taught by Lora O'Brien, M.A. in Irish History, is really a very practical workshop, which offers you a unique opportunity. Dive into the depths of Irish Pagan heritage and learn how to conduct a traditional Winter Solstice ritual that is true to the ancient Irish traditions, and perfectly fits your modern spiritual needs.

Why Join?

  • Dive Deep into Irish Heritage: Learn about the historical and cultural significance of the Winter Solstice in Ireland, steeped in tradition and rich in meaning.
  • Experience an Authentic Ritual: Receive step-by-step guidance on performing a traditional Winter Solstice ritual, adaptable to your unique practice – whether solo, with family, or in a group.
  • Engage in Real-time with Lora O'Brien: Participate in a live Q&A session, deepening your understanding and personal connection to the ritual and its significance.

The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and practical guidance for observing the Winter Solstice - Grianstad an Gheimhridh - in a manner that is deeply rooted in Irish history and traditions while being adaptable to contemporary practices.

If you seek to connect with authentic Irish Pagan heritage but struggle to find relevant, accurate, and adaptable ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice, this course is for you. It addresses the need for a blend of historical understanding and practical application, enabling you to tailor the rituals to your personal spiritual path, family, or small group setting.

This 6 Part Workshop includes:

  1. Introduction - A welcoming and foundational segment which will ensure everyone understands exactly what a Solstice is, and means.
  2. History & Traditions - Here we will look at the significance of Winter Solstice in Ireland; the archaeology, history, folklore, and evolution over time.
  3. Ritual Preparation - Instructions on setting up a sacred space in Contemporary Irish Paganism, and selecting symbols & imagery for this ritual.
  4. Ritual, Personalised - Guidance on conducting a Contemporary Winter Solstice ritual, suitable for individuals and adaptable for family or groups.
  5. Conclusion - Final thoughts, key takeaways, and information on further resources for continued exploration of Irish Paganism.
  6. Q&A Session - Live Interactive Questions, answered by Lora and recorded from the class, available with the downloads & resources after!

By offering detailed ritual steps, personalisation tips, and a live Q&A session with the teacher, the course ensures that you not only learn about the traditions but also feel confident in integrating these practices into your own celebrations.

Without this course, you might miss experiencing a Winter Solstice in a way that truly reflects the rich tapestry of Contemporary Irish Paganism. The depth and authenticity of your spiritual practice during this significant time could remain unfulfilled, leaving you feeling disconnected from a meaningful cultural heritage.

What You'll Gain

  • An Authentic Connection: Forge a deeper link to Irish Pagan roots and understand how ancient practices can enrich your contemporary spiritual journey.
  • Practical Ritual Knowledge: Learn how to create and conduct a meaningful Winter Solstice ritual that resonates with both the past and the present.
  • Community Interaction: Join fellow seekers and enthusiasts in a shared experience of learning and celebration.

Imagine celebrating the Winter Solstice in a way that deeply connects you with the ancient wisdom of Ireland. Enrich your spiritual journey with a ritual that is both historically authentic and personally meaningful, bringing a profound sense of fulfillment and cultural connection to your practice.

1. Enroll and Access Instantly
Immediate Enrollment: As soon as you enroll in "Celebrating the Winter Solstice: Irish Traditions and Ritual for Contemporary Pagans," you gain instant access to the entire 6-part workshop. There's no waiting – start your journey right away.
2. Engage with the Workshop at Your Own Pace
Self-Paced Learning: Navigate through the six comprehensive parts of the workshop on your own schedule. Each part is designed to gradually build your understanding and engagement with the Winter Solstice traditions.
3. Dive Deep into Each Section
Explore In-Depth: Each section of the workshop covers key aspects of the Winter Solstice celebration – from historical context and ritual preparation to personalisation techniques. Absorb the rich content fully, pausing and revisiting as needed for deeper understanding.
4. Practical Application and Personalisation
Implement and Adapt: Apply the lessons learned to prepare your own Winter Solstice ritual. Use the provided guidelines to tailor the ritual to suit your personal, family, or group practice.
5. Access Additional Resources and Recorded Q&A
Enhanced Learning Resources: Alongside the workshop, access a range of additional resources for further exploration of Irish Paganism. Plus, benefit from the recorded Q&A session with Lora O'Brien for more insights.
6. Celebrate the Winter Solstice!
Your Personal Ritual: Utilise all the knowledge and preparation to conduct your own ritual on the Winter Solstice, enriched by authentic Irish traditions and your personal spiritual touch.


Don’t wait any longer to transform your Winter Solstice experience. Enroll now in 'Celebrating the Winter Solstice: Irish Traditions and Ritual for Contemporary Pagans' and step into a celebration steeped in authenticity and personal significance. Reserve your spot for our live online class and begin your journey into the heart of Irish Paganism.

How to Join

Simply click the enrolment link (The Big Orange Button!) to secure your place and access all of the content immediately. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with authenticity and wisdom.

Don’t let another Winter Solstice pass without truly connecting to the magic of Irish tradition. Celebrate the Return of the Light with Us!

Your Course access enrollment includes access to:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- 5 Class Videos (each video has editied subtitles for accessibility)
  • -- 5 Class Audios (listen on the go!)--
  • -- Downloadable Resources and Exercises to complete in your own time
  • -- Q&A Session with the Teacher (recorded during live class).

You will get the unique perspective of a native Irish Draoí, a user of magic who specialises in research and teaching on Irish historical traditions and folklore, while incorporating all of that into a vibrant contemporary Pagan practice within the living magical and spiritual traditions of Ireland.

This is a completely self-paced online course.

When you are enrolled, access the content on demand for repeated or further study and reference. You decide when you start and when you finish.

When you enroll in this class, you are receiving lifetime access (with a full 30 day money back guarantee).

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Your Instructor

Lora O'Brien
Lora O'Brien

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)

"I can’t thank you enough for this class. I’ve been kinda lost for a while with “prescription” ways to celebrate, with very few reasons for why to celebrate. This has completely changed my perspective and everything makes such better sense to me now. Wonderful information."

- Jessica Leahy - Seasons and Sacred Cycles Student 2023

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to complete this course?
When you enroll in this course, you will be sent information by email (Fáilte - Your Access to the Irish Pagan School), and you can take things at your own pace from there. Your enrolled access after the live session includes all recordings. This makes it a completely self-paced online course - join in live if possible, and get the downloads after for repeated or further study. You decide when you start and when you finish.
How long will my enrollment last for?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this content for as long as you remain a member of the Irish Pagan School - across any and all devices you own. So, you can take your time, or get it all done quickly, and revisit it all whenever you want to - it's completely up to you.
What if I enroll, then change my mind?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for ANY reason, contact us within the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked. If you do require a refund, please just contact the Irish Pagan School directly, by email. We will deal with your request and refund your money with no problems!
Do I need to have Irish ancestry to study here?
No, absolutely not. We provide authentic connection to Ireland, with native or naturalised Irish teachers, for anyone who wishes to learn from us and is willing to put in the time and effort to do this properly... rather than grab a culturally appropriated quick fix.

"Very thorough and comprehensive. it all comes together really nicely in understanding the two cycles moving side by side, just like our two worlds. GRMA!!!"

- Rowan Kal - Seasons and Sacred Cycles Student 2023

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