A Poetree Walk. (part 1).

In Ireland, Off the beaten track. on March 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

No, I have’nt made a mistake, I did mean poetree! So, what is a Poetree Walk? A Poetree Walk is a shared walk in a woodland that combines tree appreciation with the reading of poetry, self-penned or otherwise.  The idea was concieved by Edward Durand, a poet from Sligo and John Willmott, a maker and keeper of Laybrinth Gardens. Check John’s work on . The walks will take place on Sundays from March until the end of October in woodlands throughout Ireland. Check it out on . So, yesterday saw us in the Cavan Burren, 200 acres of woodland, megalithic tombs and Bronze and Iron Age archaeological remains. A special and beautiful place.

Sitting on a mossy carpet above the Fairy portal Susie recites her touching poem about a fabulous tree she knew which has since been destroyed by humans.

An offering is made to the wee folk at the Fairy Cairn…

and another beautiful poem is shared with all.

Bee Smith captivated all with her poems and knowledge. Bee is an amazing woman… originally from America… she has a vast knowledge on Fairy folklore and Celtic spirituality. If you are visiting Ireland do check out her website . Bee can take you to the special places,  away from the well beaten tourist treks.

As we walked on we came to an area where the forest has been cut down. Could they not have left this one tree by this huge glacial rock? It seems not!

The last inhabitants left here 50 years ago…an end to thousands of years of habitation in this area.

This magnificient stone makes up one side of a little shelter. There is enough room for a few people to sit inside.

Join me for part 2 tomorrow.

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  1. What a great idea!

    I wonder if I can encourage folks around here to do it!


  2. Sounds like a great idea. I see there is one on in Wicklow this Sunday… better get the picnic hamper out!

  3. What a lovely idea…. sounds so peaceful!

  4. Enchanting and magical.

  5. This sounds like such great fun! And to me there is no better place to read and listen to poetry than in the forest. Thanks for sharing this bit of beauty…

  6. These walks sound like great fun. What better than magical poetry read in magical places. The tree stump by the rock is quite a sad sight.

  7. Oh, I’d love that..poetry and trees …magical.
    Hubby and I have decided that we need to ‘wassail’ our trees next I need to find an authentic blessing that requires no singing…we want to encourage our trees not frighten them.
    Jane x

  8. If this isn’t magical, I don’t know what is! Truly inspiring and joyful!

  9. Bridget, that sounds like a lovely day out. I have never been there though!

  10. Hi Bridget .. lovely walk and how terrible that the tree was just butchered!

    I was just taking a break from sorting out a book shelf, glueing on a broken wing on one of my lovely faerie ladies .. looking through my “ultime Fairies handbook” by Susannah Marriott and thought I would visit your blog! How coincidental!

    Sending sparkles your way !!!

    🙂 A.M.

  11. Lovely! Thank you for the notation about Irish Blessings Tours. 🙂 We have been trying to visit Ireland for almost 15 years, but something keeps coming up. Once we were about to buy our tickets, when our roof began leaking; we now have what we call our Irish Roof (because that is where the money went). We will make it someday. My husband’s mother was born near Sligo, and lived there until she was about 11.

  12. Oh wow I love this! I might have to plan a little trip to Ireland this summer to join in! 🙂

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