Brighid Festival: A Women’s Spirituality in Action Weekend
22 – 24 May 2020
Brescia University College – London, Ontario, Canada
Space is limited!
Featuring Special Guest Facilitators Mary Condren, Max Dashu & Michelle LeBaron
Festival Theme: Forging Courage Midwifing Wisdom
The importance of empowered women to our planet is more critical than ever before. Today we face many complex and pressing issues, from climate change to social and political injustice to the concentration of wealth and power into fewer hands. For a new world to emerge, we need a set of values that will challenge the systems from which these struggles arose. We need our courage and passion to be twinned with wisdom and compassion so we may engage in sustained and hope-filled action that can regenerate our wounded world.
With this Brighid Festival occurring during the season and energy of Beltaine, we will also spend time exploring that each of us is a daughter of both human mothers and Mother Earth. We come, literally, from their bodies. Many of us are or will also be mothers ourselves- some physically, some spiritually, and others in chosen relationships. Mother Earth groans under the neglect and failure of modern societies to honour Her. Relationships between human mothers and daughters can be compromised by shadow qualities. Transformative tools are needed to help create understanding and shift these entrenched patterns so that Brighid’s Flame can be passed between our generations with grace, honour and possibility.
The Circle Women’s Collective for Spirituality, Activism & the Earth warmly invites you to come nourish yourself by exploring these topics, alongside the stories and myths of Brighid. The spirituality of Brighid stretches back from our own time to predate organized religion and taps into the universal figure of the Sacred Feminine, the Great Mother and wisdom traditions found within many cultures. Come and experience powerful ritual, play with song and movement, take part in creative workshops, lectures, teachings, and discussions with our amazing team of facilitators led by Irish thealogian Mary Condren. Delight in the bounty and beauty of sharing meals and our own stories, and join in the fun of our Saturday night céilidh or celebratory evening. This weekend will provide you with the opportunity to reconnect and re-member, to be en-couraged, enlivened and inspired. Together we will generate the wisdom, the energy, and a sense of community to fuel us, as women taking our place in transforming the world.
Festival Rates & Logistics
Festival Rate: $450.00 + HST. Register today!
- The above rate is for registration for our Brighid Festival from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
- This rate does not include the Thursday night community event “Forging Cultural Climate Change” with Emma Donoghue, Bipasha Baruah, and Andrea O’Reilly. Brighid Festival participants can purchase tickets through Eventbrite before checking out.
- The festival rate includes Friday evening refreshments and appetizers, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments and Sunday breakfast and a light lunch at the closing of the festival.
- All meals are of gourmet quality and include vegetarian and gluten free options.
- Rate does not include accommodation.
- Complimentary wifi and parking are included.
- Brescia University College offers excellent overnight accommodation on campus in their state-of-the-art residence/conference facility Clare Hall.
- Option 1: Private Room & Ensuite – $84.00+HST
- Option 2: Adjacent private queen bedrooms with a shared en-suite bathroom (toilet and shower) – $136.50+HST (i.e $68.25/per person)
- Each room includes a queen size bed, large wardrobe, a study desk, large window and window seat, mini-fridge and vanity sink.
- Note: Payment is made on your arrival in May. No deposit is required to book the room.
- For more information and to reserve your room CLICK HERE
- The address of Brescia University College is 1285 Western Road, London, Ontario, N6G 1H2
- For driving directions to Brescia, please click HERE.
- The Via Rail and Greyhound stations are both located on York Street in downtown London and are approximately 5 km from campus.
- London International Airport (YXU) is well serviced by domestic carriers. For international flights, a transfer in Toronto (Pearson International) will be required.
- Taxis/Car Service recommendation: Checker Cab
“Brighid provides an image of empowerment, integrity, courage, and complexity. She was pagan and Christian, rich and poor, slave and free. She invites us, therefore, to focus on what we have in common, rather than on what divides us.” – Mary Condren
For many years now the feminist movement has yearned to recuperate a symbolic system and ritual tradition that honours and brings to consciousness the Feminine Sacred, for which the figure of Brighid is a powerful metaphor. The myths, traditions and tales of St. Brighid are often merged with the Old Irish Wise Woman, the Cailleach, and the Celtic Goddess Brighid, providing us with a rich and extraordinary figure to explore and inspire us. She is an ancient role model for modern women – a leader and a revolutionary, a healer and a wise woman. Through Brighid, women can deepen their connection to a healthy and holistic spirituality and be empowered to become an agent of transformation and change.
- Mary Condren on CBC’s Tapestry
Click on 15 March 2009 episode “Brigit: Harbinger of Spring” to listen
- From Goddess to Saint and Back Again
The Irish Times, 31 January 2009
- Brigit of Ireland: Sacred Soulsmith, Elemental Healer
London Free Press, 31 January 2009
- Mary Condren interviewed by London’s Penn Kemp
CHRW 94.9, Gathering Voices, 24 February 2012