Retreat Dates 2019
Fri. 3rd May
- Mon. 6th May
- Sun. 3rd Nov.
- Sun. 22nd Dec.
Bealtaine Drumming Retreat
3 Day retreats (all retreats except May and retreats in Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre, see below) are on a sliding scale from €245 - €180 (note €140 of this cost is for the Boghill fee for accomodation and meals).
Bealtaine 4 Day retreat is on a sliding scale from €350 - €245 (note €180 of this cost is for the Boghill fee for accomodation and meals).
Workshops run from 7.30pm on Friday night until 5.30pm on Sunday, apart from Bealtaine (May) which runs until 5.30om on Monday.
Prices include all meals, use of all facilities, dormitory accommodation
and all workshop facilitation.
Some single and twin rooms are available at €12.00 a night extra.
The concession prices are available for unwaged and students and are offered in return for
a little help setting up before and tidying up after the workshop.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to apply.
Tribal Spirit Weekend Workshops are aimed at adults, but older teens (15+) are welcome with an adult guardian. All Tribal Spirit workshops are drug, alcohol, and mobile phone free zones.
See the full programme here.
Tribal Spirit Drum and Song
Bealtaine fire festival retreat May 2019
A holiday weekend of Tribal Spirit Drum and Song with facilitator John Bowker at the Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, Co Clare.
Running over 4 days the event starts 7.30pm Friday May 3rd and runs to 5.30pm 6th May (Bank holiday Monday)
Celebrating the first days of the summer in fine style exploring the power of traditions and music from all over the world.
At the May Ball meet the Green Man, the May Queen, the kings and Queens of the nine sacred Bealtaine trees, the Hobby Horse, Maid Marion, Jack in the Green, the Chimney Sweep and the Dark Ice Queen of winter. Weave the May Tree garlands and drum and dance the Bel Fire in the Stone circle… The retreat will include; Introduction to the drum, explorations of powerful multi part group rhythms from West and Central Africa and the West Indies. Dance drum sessions for celebration, healing and trance dance. Rainforest songs from the traditions of the Baka peoples of central Africa, late night Lullaby sessions, and Heartsong Project workshops. Absolute Beginners Absolutely Welcome, no experience needed, just a sense of adventure and an open heart. Wonderful drums are provided.
John Bowker is one of the most experienced community musicians and facilitators working in Europe at this time. He is well known for his ability to playfully yet powerfully lead a group deeply into magical and uplifting experiences of music. He brings a vast repertoire of songs and dance rhythms and a friendly and light hearted facilitation style.
€350 (Concession €245) includes all workshops all meals and accommodation.
For Retreat bookings please email us or call (067) 41721
Note: the Brigit, Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox weekends are special beginner friendly workshops open to absolute beginners and experienced players as well. No previous experience of making music is needed. Starting at the very beginning, exploring the drum and playing music together, we will wander playfully and deeply into a journey of very powerful and beautiful music.
Bealtaine, Samhain, and Yule are all aimed at those who have been to at least one of the regular Tribal Spirit classes or day workshops led by John Bowker.
For more information on the beautiful Boghill Centre visit www.boghill.com
Directions to the Boghill Centre are here
The Boghill Centre is signposted off the road between Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna in North West Clare. Contact the Centre directly on 065 - 707 4644 for further directions.