Our Spiritual Tours - Testimonials
Nine Days in August of 2012
Should you want to be with a teacher/guide/wise woman into the world of Celtic Spirituality,
into your own soul, into chant and song and poem, into stone circles and sacred wells, into
story and laughter and tears, into wonder and mist and mystery, then we extravagantly and
unreservedly recommend Mary Meighan to you.
Mary would teach us by symbol, by chant, by poem, by repetition, by ritual, by silence, by
song. Mary embodied the bits and pieces she told us of the Celtic Ways. She is what she
teaches. Hers is old wisdom, made new. We remain grateful for Mary’s authenticity, for her
generosity, for her depth of understanding about spirituality. She is wonderful!
We received more than we could ever have imagined. "
Patricia McGee, Teacher & Phil Garrison, Pastor,
Journeying to Ireland a dream I held in my heart for years. The Celtic Journey with Mary
opened a door to a match only previously hoped for. Each day framed with morning blessings, music, and ceremony to gently and powerfully
immerse us in the land, the waters and light, the people and spirits of Eire--all that I could
have imagined and asked for was graciously and abundantly offered. Sacred wells visited. Water, a sacred gift from sacred earth, connecting all life and cause
for celebration and reverent ceremony--a balm to my heart and spirit. To be in this small
gathering, most auspiciously met, with prayers and blessings, laughter and joy in this green
land--such peace and happiness to share. My heart overflows with thanksgiving.
Thank you, Mary and Andrew, and all we met along the way. You are a great blessing to those
who wish to know Ireland more quietly, more joyfully, in-the-flow, enriched by Irish poets,
songwriters, singers, boatmen, guesthouse hosts, fine cooks, lovely waitpersons, and you are
more-than guide and driver, companions on the journeying of our souls.
Kathleen Simpson Myron, Canby,
12 Step Recovery and Celtic Wisdom: Woven Together into a Beautiful Journey
I have been on a spiritual journey through a 12 Step Recovery program for the past 13
years. I was struck by the way the spiritual paths of both the 12 Steps and the Celtic
way were intertwined. I was able to bring into my daily life the things I learned at a day
Celtic Wisdom Retreat guided by Mary Meighan and this has surely enhanced my own
spiritual journey. I immediately knew that a tour of Ireland with Mary was to be part of
my own journey.
Our "little band of pilgrims" as Mary liked to call us, embarked on a journey of discovery.
A discovery of the beauty and wisdom of the land the and culture of Ireland herself; and
a journey of self discovery.
Through our daily morning rituals Mary offered us a chance to look at our own lives
through the eyes of Irish blessings and ritual to honor all that is beautiful and good in
this world and in ourselves. By bringing the Goddess Brigid and her ﬂame to us, Mary
showed us how to honor the spark within each of us, and how to reignite that spark into
the ﬁre of passion to pursue our dreams.
Mary took us to special places not found in a traditional tour of Ireland, so I believe we
got to know Ireland in a more sacred and intimate way. We also had a opportunity for
traditional Irish culture at a local pub for a night of music and dancing.
The journey has caused a change in my soul.
Slinger, Wisconsin, USA
Many thanks, Mary, for the very special time my mother and I spent with you
in September. We had been to Glendalough before, but on a tourist bus. What
a different experience being with you and understanding the spiritual
history and energy of the place. It was a very rich time for us both
entering into the world of the spirit of Ireland more deeply, and opening to
the healing it offers. Wonderful for my Mum as it is a language and way of being she
understands well, being Irish, and for me looking into a world which seems unfamiliar in one
sense (as I have lived in Africa almost all my life), but in another way completely familiar and
a sense of being at home. With both of us being at 'thresholds' in our lives, the experience
touched us deeply and, for me, gave me a better understanding of the true stars to guide my
Mary and Barbara Vitoria,
Flying alone from Australia my intuition and the internet led me to spend two and a half days on a Private Celtic Journey with Mary Meighan. With Mary as my guide and companion I was deeply affected and most certainly blessed by this journey …. I will carry this time in my heart always.
Mary P. O'Meara
My daughter and I decided on a trip to Ireland and included a two and a half day Private Celtic Journey with Mary Meighan. This allowed us to immerse ourselves in the beautiful Celtic energy and traditions. Her open and generous sharing of her vast knowledge and wisdom made it an unforgettable experience of the indigenous wisdom of Ireland.
Waukesha, WI (USA)
Your Celtic retreat was a delicious way for me to sink into the
"Oneness" and feel centered and filled with love and appreciation for
what is. You have a gift for "opening the doorway in". I look forward
to your next one in October 2012. Thank you for bringing me the
opportunity to go deeper.
Barbara Haddaway, Evergreen Cove,
Holistic Learning Centre, Easton,
I thank you sincerely for the celtic retreat. It was, I think, the first time I have felt utter peace in a very long time. It
was truly amazing. I am so lucky I was able to attend....and you did an incredible job.
I’m so incredibly grateful that we were able to have you back this year.
Amy Baynard, Staff, Evergreen Cove, Maryland, USA
I really don't know how to thank you - words just don't seem big
enough. To say this was a life-changing experience doesn't seem big
enough. It's almost as if everything shifted a bit and is now in clear
I hope to return to Ireland. And thank you, thank you to you Mary.
Dale from the USA on
Two Day Private Celtic Retreat in Ireland
I had the wonderful experience of making a Celtic Journey with Mary Meighan. While I knew what spiritual lines I was searching for in this journey, I had no idea of what places to visit or what shape to give to this journey.
Thanks to Mary, this proved to be a spiritual experience that I will never forget. She seemed to read my mind as to the kind of private journey I wanted. From spiritual sites, to the practical details, to wonderful touches such as an unforgettable meal in her home. Mary had it all figured out.
Last, but certainly not least, Mary’s company is a delight, thanks to her personality and humor.
Carmel, California, U.S.A.
My experience with Celtic Journeys was everything I hoped it would be, and more. From the moment we arrived, through the entire trip, I felt well taken care of. Mary was knowledgeable and organized. The carefully orchestrated itinerary, meaningful rituals, comfortable accommodations, and delicious meals were all woven into a seamless experience that continues to enrich my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Celtic Journeys to others – indeed I have already done so.! Thank you again for a life-changing experience.
New Mexico, USA
Celtic Journeys took me through profound contemplation to joyous wonder, from sacred silence to uproarious laughter. This is balm for the soul.
Thank you for an experience I will treasure and savor for as long as I live.
Dr. Morrie Kleinplatz, Psychologist,
This has been a remarkable journey, crafted and arranged with loving and care, well thought out in details and the general plan meticulous in its planning and execution. As an introduction and initiation into celtic culture and spirituality Celtic Journeys's pilgrimage has been in every way first rate, indeed outstanding.
...I would encourage anyone seeking to know Ireland and the celtic culture to explore such a journey.
Nancy E. Lamb DML. MBA. University Professor,
(French Lang., Lit. and culture.)
Starting this weekend, I had no expectations. I came away with a deeper understanding of myself and a magnificent appreciation of the Celtic way of life that I hope to carry with me for the rest of my life.
Michelle Alcina, College student.
The celtic retreat was profound. The rituals, songs, chanting, presentations activities were seamlessly, flawlessly, engaging. The depth of Mary’s knowledge of Celtic Spirituality and depth of her own spirituality took me by the hand and led me to new places in myself, places I feared to go.
Jo Harriet Haley,
Founder of Sacred Places Travel, USA
Mary infuses her passion for her native Ireland with her earthy love of the spiritual path to nourish the space for pilgrims to honor the light and the dark within their depths Her wisdom, humor, and kindness light the way.
Founder of Wild Lotus Yoga Studio and Musician, New Orleans.
In Mary’s presence Irish heritage, mythology, poetry and music comes alive. Her deep embodiment of Celtic Spirituality and her phenomenal facilitation instilled in a deep sense of mystery and the sacredness of all things as well as laughter...I discovered here myself writ large, and go home renewed. I know this journey will continue to support my larger life for a long time to come...Thank you Mary for bringing all of who you are.
President and CEO, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
Ireland is indeed a magical place. Mary and Sean’s magnificent weaving of sacred sites, ceremony, music and poetry reawakened my spirit and invited my soul to fly. Enchanting!
Moira Brigid Conroy,
Co-Founder Anam Cara Retreat Center, Del Rio, TN. U.S.A.
This Celtic journey was an amazing experience. It was a great opportunity to learn about Ireland from a spiritual point of view. After only a week I felt as though I had grown spiritualy. Mary and Sean are wonderful and do a great job of balancing deep spiritual work with humor and fun. There was also a significant amount of time to spend in reflection. I would recommend it to anyone, and hope to do it again myself.
Thank you for one of the most remarkable weeks of my life. I can’t put my feelings into words about the peace, joy and passion I have found here.
Rev. Marian Hale,
This journey gave me an experience of Ireland and Celtic Spirituality that would be hard to replicate. I highly recommend to all who wish to know Eire to walk with Celtic Journeys.
A Californian pilgrim
A journey like none other, opening the senses to the celtic contribution to our century. I will share my experience with everyone I meet.
Retired Physician, MN. USA
Thank you for sharing your treasures. I feel so much braver with this spark inside my heart.
Nina Sandot, Dance and Yoga Instructor
This celtic journey interwoven with wisdom, compassion and humor has changed my connection and being on the earth forever.
Gail Buchbinder, Registered Nurse
I so enjoyed the day with Mary. I left Evergreen Cove yesterday
evening feeling as if I had been on a timeless mystical journey back
to my heart. I enjoyed the homecoming.
Linda Mastro, Easton, Maryland. USA
I want to thank you again for your Celtic Soul Retreat at
Evergreen Cove. It was amazing, and just what I needed.
It has been an inspiration and a validation of what I have been
thinking and feeling for many years. Bless you,
Cassi Friedman, Easton, Maryland, USA