Meeting the Bog Oak - The Dark Mother
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Bog Oak Experiences with Celtic Roots Studio

Take a journey of Ireland’s steeped ancient past

Arrive in the capital of Ireland, soon you will get to meet Ireland’s deep bogs – a rich symbol of our heritage and the sanctity of nature. Your sculptress, feminine maker, engineer and guide – Eibhlín Ní Chongháile will take you on a journey of Ireland’s steeped ancient past. Have the courage to descend into the realms below the surface of the bog via Eibhlín’s story-telling. Eibhlín will bring this underworld alive for you, through lore, history and scientific facts. 

Listening to her [ the bogland ] will remind you of the similarities between all beings, and of our need to exhibit compassion especially in regards to our responsibility as custodians of this land. She will gently whisper to you of her origins and encourage you to keep sacred rituals – honouring your connection with the cycles of nature. You will begin to feel her power.

Journey through the Irish countryside to Eibhlín’s sculpture atelier and studio, which is a mere 15 minutes away and located in an award winning village – known for its eco standards and beauty. Eibhlín will welcome you arms wide open – a true visionary, engineer and leading edge sculptress she will plunge you into making full use of her workshop, gallery and interpretative space where she not only sculpts but also showcases the ancient stories and legacies of all things bogs and oaks. She will guide you through the process of turning a 5600 year old piece of bog oak into a sculptural talisman – keeping its intuitive form.

In the company of Eibhlín’s firepower energy, her tales and with her expert tuition, inspiring memories are created through hands on experiences with this sacred wood.  You get to choose your own wood for carving from Eibhlín’s bog oak depository, where no-one usually gets to enter! Eibhlín is the only sculptress and feminine maker in Ireland who shares her wood carving expertise. What a privilege to learn from her.

Her sculpture atelier and exhibition space is located in the Old Schoolhouse in the centre of a little village – it epitomises a real Irish village where people still work with their hands in the most honest and connected way. Immerse yourself in an authentic village experience and enjoy the lunch served in the private dining room of the school house – all organic and local ingredients with a choice of organic wines.

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Celtic Roots - The Experience

You will be taken to the ancient boglands from which Eibhlín sources her primitive woods – the presence of these lands will touch you and change you  – fierce, indigenous and seemingly desolate.  It is this densely dark and unforgiving soil, a blackness that is moist, a matter where silence seemingly pervades because we fail to hear the spirits of our ancestors, calling to us. In this underworld of the bog – there seems no sense of time – yet time eventually disintegrates everything physical that lives within it. It slowly whirls its constant wheel of create – preserve – disintegrate. The buried oaks and yews – bloodless, sapless, bereft of life yet rising from this terrene with purpose – a tribal, totemic, unapologetic reminder to us –  of the circle of life. These sacramental woods speak softly of reclaiming our life force and thus our connection to our kin and land – if we are only willing to listen. 

Bog oak, now an honored wood – dense, tenacious, hardened but first having to lie defaced and severed for centuries, its wounding – impregnated with primitive timeworn legends, mythos and lore. This sacramental hardwood – reposing in an ambry of deep layers of bog underneath a mythical thicket of flora – unmarred and unstirred, completely sealed till their resurrection day – primordial alchemy finally rising to the light. 

And now it’s ready for you to discover after 5600 years of lying dormant.

You will receive a soft case made of skin in which you can wrap your talisman for its journey - accompanied by a booklet telling some of the lores of the bog lands.

Create a Talisman with Eibhlín a knowing, noetic, and truly mythical object – that is believed to have protection against ill will, bestowing the wearer with intuition and a sense of re-connection to this earth. Experience the bog wood in its fullness – observe its native ground, then meet the bog wood in its original found state, and sense it at the various drying stages [ it takes 2 years to dry ready for carving ] . You will receive a soft case made of skin in which you can wrap your talisman for its journey – accompanied by a booklet telling some of the lores of the bog lands.
See the bog oak roots, even the sap and heartwood – and listen to its sinuous reverberations that are more than ancient and hold the historic pulses of our clans and lineages. In Eibhlín’s workshop you can immerse yourself in the unconstrained chiseling and carving, shaping and molding, in spirited polishing and burnishing till there is a sheen, a smoothness, and the timeworn armor of the bog wood ceases to exist.  This opportunity of re- connection and re-remembrance is a native antidotal provided to us so generously by the boglands.  Often we have forgotten how our sinews are rooted deep in the lands and our souls ingrained in their tales.
Meeting the Bog Oak - The Dark Mother
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Eibhlín, sculptress and feminine maker of Irish bog oak forms – not possessions – but earthly custodial reminders that have survived many millennia. Amongst a plethora of unconstrained sculptures Eibhlín also creates hermetic collections of jewellery whose ancestral vibrations can be felt when worn on the body. The archaic essence of each form – supports us in reviving our inner wisdom. These are indigenous reminders of our deep rooted, sinuous connection to this earth. All of Eibhlín’s reclaimed forms are ancient and blessed talismans with astonishing boldness and courage – soothsaying – of the mending of our lost connections and invoking our sense of custodianship. These pieces tell native tales that lead us –  to this earth – to the ordinary – to a divine ordinariness.

- The Experience -

THE EXPERIENCE

THE EXPERIENCE

BONUS*

Access to the THE CLASS –   Eibhlín’s digital carving masterclass including a physical package of all the supplies required sent to your address.

THE EXPERIENCE

BONUS*

Access to the THE CLASS –   Eibhlín’s digital carving masterclass including a physical package of all the supplies required sent to your address.

BONUS **

Eibhlín will show you how to make your own piece of bog wood jewellery to take home.