A couple weeks ago, we were huddled behind a massive rock at the base of a waterfall. The unmarked path past Magic Road led up to the Mohan Waterfall, where we were surrounded by tall grass, colorful flora, and flocks of sheep. We sat in a mossy opening, reading tarot cards and talking about life. The mist rolled over the mountain and it felt perfect and serene. There were many moments like this -- of raw exploration, of camaraderie, and learning from the landscape and lore.
Throughout the program, we traveled around the Hook Peninsula and Copper Coast Geopark, exploring the shipwrecked beaches, picking wild blackberries, observing sea urchins, starfish and tide pools, searching for rocks and stripped quartz, and wandering through old abbeys, graveyards, and churches of the Knights Templar.
We also visited the mediaeval cities of Kilkenny, Waterford, and Cork, learning about viking history, trade and imports, and touring through old castles, museums and observation towers. At night, we gathered for family-style meals at the pubs for live music, storytelling and seafood chowder.