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Us and Trees - What we can do

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I am working on this article for our next Sunday Session. Though this is not finished, I feel this needs to out there for you to read and contemplate while I still work on editing and improving this. 

It was a rainy day today, so I working on this awhile,  I still have not had time to get more photos posted into this article. I do not think this will be possible now well into next week. Eventually, some video clips will arrive here too, in the near future. 

Please bookmark and re-visit this article when you can. Also, consider attending our Sunday Session of this at Carrowcrory next Sunday afternoon from 2pm.  If you cannot attend that please contact me for future dates

Please RSVP in advance here, to attend as we can only host 25 people.



Woodland Cover In Ireland?

At the remarkable first Woodland Festival in Co. Leitrim, this month, I learned a lot more about tree and woodland cover. The conversations I had with people within what seems to be a limited tree passion within Ireland was r…

More Trees On The Land

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My Own Three Tree Passions

Since being hugely inspired by the people I met at the Tree Festival in Co. Leitrim, at the end of August, and.synthesised in with my own lifelong woodland passions, these three passions have surfaced to the top with me.
Forest Schooling, that is for all ages and not limited to games and wonders for the children, but a whole psyche and value transformation for anyone.Being among woodland, or any native wilderness such as coast, savannah. prairie etc. and that being our sacred space of faith, inspiration, esteem, confidence, self-love for shared love, sensing, listening, vision, expression, and creation.How to create or be part of a Tree Sanctuary and by doing so also increase the native tree cover of our lands for CO2 absorption, physical healing and protection, mental healing and protection, and dream catching and using.
The Wonderful 'Trees On The Land'

'Trees On The Land' is an amazing charity, In short, each year, on your land, or through h…

Is Ireland Planting More Native Trees?

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600,000 native trees around Ireland within 3 years

New Irish Government policy is to plant 600,000 native trees around Ireland within 3 years, edged on by the Green Party.

Looks like good news at first glance. My first reaction was that this would bring Ireland in line with Scottish policy that has proven to be a huge success, and was also steered by a Green Party motion and lobbying. Forest education and tourism has become successful and is expanding rapidly in Scotland. It’s Ireland’s time now ... but!

I read about this elsewhere and, sadly ...

Is this merely a Government Spin? 

Looking closely, the policy is for 22 million trees to be planted each year, but 600,000 native trees planted over 3 years. This means 200,000 native trees planted per year. Put the native trees planted against the 22 million trees planted per year, and that still keeps Ireland at around 1% native tree forestry? This is certainly not like the recent Ethiopia tree planting action.

There is also debate over th…

Explore Our Hubs and Portals

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Introduction & links to our Hubs and Portals collection.

I sort of maintain quite a collection of hub and portal sites for myself and Claire Roche, but really do not do much with them until the daylight shortens, and here we are just after Equinox and I am getting into the swing of this again.

Some are new, some with little content yet, but please subscribe to the ones you like, and I will make a lot of effort to load these better this winter. ...

Enjoy exploring :-)



Carrowcrory Cottage & Labyrinth Gardens

Our main portal. The base of all of the projects, work, and service we do. From here we host our Sunday Sessions. Each of these session topics will eventually have their own pages and portals. Claire Roche hosts mid-week Afternoons here with an introductory Tree Labyrinth Garden Session, Afternoon Tea, and a performance of her enchanting stories, songs and harps. Eventually, a side portal explaining more about the Labyrinth Gardens and the trees, plants, and herbs here will be…

Using The Tree Labyrinth Garden

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At Sunday Sessions

At Carrowcrory Labyrinth Gardens we now have a Dancing Lady Herb Spiral Labyrinth Garden, Triple Spiral Lavender Garden, Fire Dance Garden, Fruit Serpent Garden and the Queen of them all, the Tree Labyrinth Garden.

On most Sunday afternoons between April and end of October we host Sunday Sessions. Through these, we explore folklore, most of it being local. We suggest ideas from them for guiding our current life choices.

Our Sunday Sessions are micro vision quest journeys. First, a folklore story or genre is explored. Then some contemplation on this is combined with our invited Tree Labyrinth experience.

Together, this can inspire the creation of poetry, or at least some journaling, to express and perhaps understand the folklore more.


The Tree Labyrinth Dream

Allow me to introduce the origins of the Tree Labyrinth Garden that started as a repeated dream and then became an expression of ancient mythologies combined with local folklore.

The starting point was repeated d…

The Home Visit Doctor

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It was a Saturday, the day after Claire and I visited Bloom Festival 2019. and I became ill. I have been down and up and back down with pneumonia since mid April. I should not have been up and about.

After Bloom, Claire hinted ‘hospital’, and I hinted quiet, calm, meditated, diet, and conditioned controlled recovery.

To me, hospital was hours sitting in barbaric torture in A&E with jarring noises, intense lights, verbal conversation in the language of internet trolls, and nothing to eat other than chocolate chip cookies and zero life coca cola. Once briefly seen by A&E doc, maybe a day or two in a bone twisting trolley parked in a draught corridor ... and still no food and a cup of tea. Please, wheel me into the Tree Labyrinth Garden and let me pass on from there instead.

Next morning, I was still at Woodford, Dublin, Claire discovered a visiting doctor service online that could be paid for with our national health medical card, so she phoned to book one on my behalf.


Now, this…

Compassionate Contemplation

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Our Labyrinth Gardens carry an intent 
to be used for calm and connection.

Calm can mean space that seems to be a break away from anxiety and stress, or if you are a calm and happy person, a place to carry your questions and discover what is revealed for you.

Connection can mean a pause from our self creation, which we may call ego, into space of uncondition where we can flow without challenge and be part of our surroundings rather than complete with it.

Compassionate contemplation is sharing our calm, our prayer, our meditation, with all around us. Using the Labyrinth Gardens, we may attract or conceive a vision, a clarity, and maybe form a story of how our craft, that calling that we process through our minds, hands and voice, can be used compassionately towards bridging and connection


This is not limited to our compassion with other people, 
but with all life and our landscapes

Compassionate connection with anything here opens a wonderful personal opportunity of experiencing a potent …