Sacred Gaia

Sacred Gaia

A Memorial Day in Honour of

Anne Primavesi

Pioneering Irish Eco-Feminist Theologian

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
10:30 — 17:00
Mercy International Centre
64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Anne PrimavesiBorn in Dublin, Anne (Sheridan) Primavesi, initially joined the Holy Faith Congregation. Following her marriage to Mark Primavesi, Anne (with Mark’s great support) continued her commitment to spirituality, theology and ecology through her many published works, seminars, lectures, and study days in Europe and around the world.  Several Irish and other European congregations were privileged to have her speak at their events. Beyond Ireland, many deeply appreciated her ground breaking work on the relationship between ecology and theology. As some have remarked since her death, she was way before her time, having been deeply influenced by James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis in relation to feminist theory and theology.

Sacred GaiaWoman Spirit Ireland, in conjunction with her family, are privileged to host this Memorial Day in her honour.  Several resource persons have kindly agreed to be present with us, both to honour her great contribution to feminism and ecology, and also to ensure that her contribution continues into the future.

Speakers:

Jacob J. Erickson, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin: https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/staff/jacob_erickson.php

Nellie McLaughlin, RSM  works in cosmology, ecology, sustainable living, together with retreats and conferences in creation spirituality throughout Ireland and internationally. https://www.mercyworld.org › library › nellie-mclaughlin-rsm429

Sheila Curran, RSM holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology and MA in Biblical Ministry from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago along with an MA in Equality Studies, University College Dublin. Sheila worked in Peru for many years alongside the liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez. https://www.mercyworld.org/library/sheila-curran-rsm421/,

Meghan Carmody: Friends of the Earth Mobilisation Co-ordinator. Her passion for building and maintaining partnerships and networks is central to her work, and she hopes to see the work she does inspire people to work together to take action for positive change.

Gabrielle Stuart, RSM will coordinate the day; Margaret Roche (One Spirit) will preside over a closing ceremony honouring Anne’s memory.

Tea/coffee will be available at the venue, but please bring your own packed lunch.

Sacred GaiaEventbrite: There is no registration fee, but please register your attendance through Eventbrite to facilitate our organisation. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacred-gaia-a-memorial-day-in-honour-of-ann-sheridan-primavesi-tickets-73958797755

Sacred GaiaMemorial for Anne:  On the day, we will accept contributions toward a living memorial for Anne, probably a tree to be planted in her honour in an appropriate place, yet to be determined. If you cannot attend on the day, but would like to honour Anne’s memory, you can donate through our Womanspiritireland website: https://womanspiritireland.wordpress.com/  The Donate button is on the far right top corner, and please indicate that this is for “Primavesi”.

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RECLAIMING SUPPRESSED HER-STORIES – view narrated material on Zoom

Woman Spirit ireland and Max Dashu Mary Condren study day imageWe are indebted to Max Dashu for sharing this material from our recent study day with her and Mary Condren – Reclaiming suppressed HERstories:  Exploring Irish Indigenous Wisdom in a Global Context.  Please click the link below Max’s introduction.

This short piece is part of what I showed at the request of Mary Condren when we did a daylong last month in Dublin. She’s the author of The Serpent and the Goddess (a book I highly recommend for anyone who wants to delve under the surface of Irish history for female power and the  sexual politics of patriarchy). Currently she’s completing another magnum opus on Brigit and the Cailleach, and she wanted to tie in Brat Bhríde (the Mantle of Brigit) and her weaver aspect with my show The Cosmic Weaver. She has also written extensively on matriarchal Mercy vs. punitive patriarchal  Sacrifice. 
So while i was putting together the images i wanted to share on Irish heritage, I collated these images of the Madonna with her Mantle of  Mercy western European and Greek and Slavic Orthodox iconography. The Russians call her Pokrov, she who covers, or who protects. And that led to the Vierge Ouvrant (“virgin who opens”) in France, Germany, and Portugal, who encompasses god the father and son, plus basically everything, within her body. 
The video also looks at the Brideog (bree-juk), straw icons wrapped with cloth which were carried from house to house and laid as baby Brigit in cradles during the feast of lights the Irish called Imbolc and Candlemas more widely in church calendars; a bit on the Lithuanian goddess Laima (“fortune”), spinning, and embroidered signs; the Woman’s Belt and birthing belts, including la Guadalupana and the Hagia Zoní of the Greek Orthodox Madonna. 

https://zoom.us/recording/share/M8uTDj_me78aW-rbeyH3Wz1LjJi0vPv1xL3B8HChRPqwIumekTziMw?startTime=1545374700000

Comments, or questions?
Max can be contacted through her Suppressed Histories Archives, www..suppressedhistories.net

 

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WOMAN SPIRIT RISING – view talk on Youtube

PngTree.eabf96c084873f7716e5d24dadd2f569We are delighted to share this link with you.  Please click to view the event, Woman Spirit Rising, held back in September 2018.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIidv03-A4UjEUdXkCAfc9A/featured
Thanks to videographer Peter McGee.

 

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RECLAIMING SUPPRESSED HER-STORIES: EXPLORING IRISH INDIGENOUS WISDOM IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

Woman Spirit ireland and Max Dashu Mary Condren study day imageReclaiming suppressed HERstories:
Exploring Irish Indigenous Wisdom in a Global Context.

Join us for a study day excavating and examining indigenous spiritual symbols, ceremonies and stories of old Ireland drawing on the encyclopaedic knowledge of Max Dashu and  the large image collection of the Suppressed Histories Archives, in dialogue with writer, Mary Condren, author of The Serpent and The Goddess.

DATE:  Sunday 18th November 2018
TIME:  10am – 6pm

REGISTER  HERE 
Early Bird €45 (until 12th Nov). Full fee: €55
Concessions: Early Bird €20 (until 12th Nov). Full fee: €25

VENUE:  Sophia Wisdom Conference Centre, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8.

https://www.sophia.ie/wisdom-centres/conference-venue. On street parking available free on Sundays.

FOOD:
Tea/coffee available at the Centre. Bring a packed lunch, or use any of the local eateries.

This event aims to do the following

  • To excavate and examine indigenous spiritual symbols, ceremonies and stories of Old Ireland
  • To recuperate the worldwide cultural memories of the great creatrix, The Cosmic Weaver, and to challenge the dominant narratives that now prevail — World Warriors
  • To contribute to symbolic paradigms focussed on inclusiveness and mercy, (symbolised by the cloak of the Cailleach and Brigit) that transcend the divisions and practices of sacrifice (symbolised by blood stained altars).

Some topics for the day

Weavers: Weaving was the first form of writing throughout the world, and in Ireland, embroiderers had a higher honour price than queens. Weaving is also a concept of creation/ creatrix/ and relates to the web of life; spinning, fate and time; metaphors of textile, text, sutra/thread, tissue/flesh.

Cloak: The creation cloak of the Cailleach and Brigit and its relationship to the Virgin of Mercy with the protective mantle, from France to the Russian Pokrov (“she who covers”), and the Vierges Ouvrantes.

Healing and Birthing belts: The Irish crios in birthing and healing rites; its role in oathswearing; the Moylough Shrine, and rites of “measuring”

Cairns: Cailleach of the Cairns; womb symbolism of the megalithic sanctuaries; images from Loughcrew, Irish vulva petroglyphs; possible meanings of basins within megalithic chambers at the Bru and other sites, and the significance of spiral iconography.

Further information on Resource Persons

Max Dashu:  https://www.suppressedhistories.net/

Mary Condren: https://www.tcd.ie/cgws/people/Mary-Condren.php

 

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Reclaiming the Spirit of Samhain – Dreamtime of the Old Irish Year

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The Greening Woman (artist – Jane Brideson)

A Woman Spirit Ireland Study Day – Saturday October 20th 2018

Click HERE to register and pay for the day

One can, by performing the four pilgrimages, at the a priorist times, put oneself into harmony and empathy with the life of nature as personified in the life-cycle of the goddess. At a period of history in which we face an acute ecological crisis, it is a first step to recovering a lost link to the earth and the mysterious, life-giving cycle of the seasons.”  Seán Ó Duinn  

Aim of event: To reclaim the Spirit of Halloween from the clutches of commercialism, as well as from other destructive forces which can run riot at this time of year, and to offer resources to parents, teachers, community activists, artists, dramatists, poets reflecting on the ancient spirit of Samhain as a major turning point of the Old Irish Year.

Proposed Programme: Our programme will include Stories of the Grandmothers (Wise Women of Old Ireland — living and dead); reflecting on Images and Symbols of the Cailleach and recuperating her from the negative images portrayed in commercial venues; exploring the multiple symbolism and artefacts associated with Samhain; ritual, poetry and dance reflecting on the darkness of the year, and preparing to enter into Dreamtime or hibernation (in whatever form it takes) for the period between Samhain and Imbolc.

Resource Persons
Emer Cloherty: Emer is an Elder of Old Irish native spirituality, who was brought up in the tradition and trained since childhood in the art of remembering. Emer can offer invaluable information and perspectives on our almost forgotten rituals, and practices and for Samhain she will offer rich resources to those envisioning Irish Spirituality anew.

Mary Condren: Director Woman Spirit Ireland, author of “The Serpent and the Goddess, Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland, and currently researching the ancient roots of Brigit and her connection to the Cailleach of Old Ireland (and beyond). https://www.tcd.ie/cgws/people/Mary-Condren.php 

Venue: October 20th 2018 at the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre, Greenhills Road, Dublin 24

Registration: Fee  €40   Concessions €20

To ensure that we have enough resource materials, advance booking strongly encouraged.  Please use our “Donate Button” on our Website, Facebook, Eventbrite, or Email list pages. 

OR: Send cheques to our registered address: Woman Spirit Ireland, 30A Parkhill Rise, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24DH33g

Time:  14:00 – 20:00

Please wear warm comfortable, washable clothing, and shoes for dancing, and bring something to share (sweet or savoury — estimate for six) for our pot-luck supper, your own utensils, and a bottle of something nice, if you wish.   Tea/coffee will be available

Further Information:

For those coming by pubic transport: The 27 bus stops at the Cuckoo’s Nest on Greenhills Road, and the KFRC is across the road, surrounded by trees, with plenty of parking facilities.   
For directions to Kilnamanagh from Luas Kingswood click here.

For daily updates on Facebook, click here.  

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Reclaiming the Spirit of Samhain – Dreamtime of the Old Irish Year

October 20th 2018

Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre, Greenhills Road 

photo John Eagle.brigitsforge.co.uk

Hag of Beara, photo John Eagle

Woman Spirit Ireland is currently putting the final touches to our planning for a Study Day on Samhain, to be held October 20th 2018 at the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre, Greenhills Road, Dublin.

 

Aim of event: To reclaim the Spirit of Samhain from the clutches of commercialism, as well as from other destructive forces which can run riot at this time of year, and to offer resources to parents, teachers, community activists, artists, dramatists, poets reflecting on the ancient spirit of Samhain as a major turning point of the Old Irish Year.

Proposed Programme: Our programme will include Stories of the Grandmothers (Wise Women of Old Ireland — living and dead); reflecting on Images and Symbols of the Cailleach and recuperating her from the negative images portrayed in commercial venues; exploring the multiple symbolism and artefacts associated with Samhain; ritual, poetry and dancereflecting on the darkness of the year, and preparing to enter into Dreamtime or hibernation (in whatever form it takes) for the period between Samhain and Imbolc.

Timing: We aim to start in the afternoon with various forms of input. We will then break for a pot-luck supper, and then enter into our final ritual space.  Provisional timetable: 14:00 to 20:00

Further details available in next two weeks.

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WOMAN SPIRIT RISING – Mary Hunt – VENUE CHANGE

PngTree.eabf96c084873f7716e5d24dadd2f569VENUE CHANGE

Tonight’s lecture will be in the Robert Emmett Theatre, Arts Building, TCD.

Please enter by the Nassau Street entrance.

See you there for 7.30.

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WOMAN SPIRIT RISING Dr. Mary Hunt

PngTree.eabf96c084873f7716e5d24dadd2f569The recent papal visit to Ireland drew serious attention to the dark side of the Catholic Church: discrimination against women and LGBTI persons, and various forms of abuse carried out by clergy and members of religious institutions.

Mary Hunt WATER Mary-Cuba-headshot1-450x527For over forty years, Dr. Mary Hunt has been at the coalface of worldwide struggles on the part of women to reclaim Christian and other religious traditions from the grip of patriarchal control and clerical misogynies that strangle women’s voices, discriminate against LGBTI people, and enable abuse and its concealment.. Drawing on her extensive experience, in this evening event, Mary Hunt will present an overview of the history, challenges, and current directions in the fields of feminist theology, ethics, and ritual, and point to fruitful directions that might take us forward in Ireland.

Full Mary Hunt Biographical Details : See http://www.waterwomensalliance.org/mary-e-hunt/

Dr Christine Morris TCDChair 

Christine Morris is Head of the School of Histories and Humanities and Andrew A. David Associate Professor in Greek Archaeology and History in the Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin. URL: https://www.tcd.ie/Classics/staff/cmorris.php


Panel

Jacob Erickson (2)Jacob Erickson,  Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the Loyola Institute, School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin. https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/staff/jacob_erickson.php

 

catherine lawless Dr, C for gender & wms studesCatherine Lawless: Assistant Professor
and Director of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College Dublin: URL: https://www.tcd.ie/research/profiles/?profile=lawlessc

 

Gina-MENZIES We are Church IrelandGina Menzies: Lecturer in Bioethics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and a regular contributor in the media on theological matters: URL. http://www.rcsi.ie/index.jsp?p=1667&n=1668&a=11031

 

Noirin ni Riain I Times (2)Noirin Ni Riain: Theologian, author, musician, singer: URL: https://www.theosony.com/

 


This event is co-sponsored by Woman Spirit Ireland and The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin. 

Date: September 10th,  19:30 — 21:30 

Venue: Mac Neill Theatre, Arts Building, Nassau Street, Trinity College Dublin 2. 

Registration:  €10:00: Concessions: Students, SW recipients €5:00. Advance registration advised. 

For tickets to this event, click through HERE Eventbrite or through our Facebook page or, alternatively, register online for this event, please use our Paypal ‘donate’ button on the sidebar of this page. This will not issue a ticket but we will note your registration. 

To register through mail, please send your cheque or PO to our registered address:

Womanspiritireland, 30A Parkhill Rise, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24DH33.  (Please include your email if you require confirmation) 

(images courtesy of WATER, T.C.D., WeAreChurchIreland and Irish Times)

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Festival of Brigit, some photos

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Assembling

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“Ligigí isteach Bríd!” – “Sé do bheatha!”

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Tables of the Four Directions

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Weaving crosses and Brídeógs

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Chair at the hearth.

 

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Festival of Brigit, Provisional Programme

Spirit of Brigit in the Earth, Air, Fire, Water –

Provisional Programme

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages398142472416793665971originalFull details of our Festival of Brigit Dublin:  Spirit of Brigit in the Earth, Air, Fire, Water, are listed in our previous post.  Please scroll down.

Saturday, 3rd February 2018

10:30

Final registrations: Please register in advance, so that we know who is coming and we have plenty of supplies for all.

11:00

Introduction to the themes of the festival and Woman Spirit Ireland, with Nellie Curtin.

11:30

Gathering together with Nóirín Ní Riain (who will weave us through the programme with song. Remembering our loved ones, present and departed.  Songs, poems and stories about Brigit — goddess and saint with Ruth Marshall, folklorist and poet.

12:00

Dividing into groups centring on the themes or of earth, air, fire and water.  Making Brigit’s crosses, and Brídógs (little Brigits).

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Lunch: Please bring your own.

Tea/ coffee available.

2:00 

Group regathers, and children are invited to an adjoining space for a special programme featuring storytelling, arts and crafts, butter making; drawing images of the world they would like to see when they grow up, and making promises to do things that might make that happen.

2.15

In the adult group, Mary Condren, director of Woman Spirit Ireland will present on the topic:  What can the traditions of Brigit  — her stories, rituals and artefacts — teach us about the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.  Followed by discussion from the floor.

3:15

Break up into smaller facilitated groups for continued discussion of these themes and inviting participants to bring forward their own memories of Brigit and her festival and other stories, poems songs related to environmental themes.

4.15

Working toward our final time together where we will recreate some elements of the traditional rituals of Imbolc or Lá Feile Bhríde, and bring them into contemporary times.  Our final gathering will include meditation, songs, poems, dances, and (for those who wish), partaking of bread, milk and honey (foods associated with Brigit); going through the Crios (Brigit’s belt) making silent commitments to preserving the earth for future generations.

5:30

Beginning to make our way home.

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