ABOUT THE HEDGE SCHOOL
The Hedge School — An Scoil Chois Claí
The Hedge School is a brand-new venture, conceived in February 2017. Over the coming months we’ll be creating a number of new offerings on this website, including an article database, other resources for those interested in the authentic study of our native myth and folklore, and a series of podcasts. We’ll be launching properly towards the end of 2017, so please bear with us as we orient ourselves here! Do sign up to Sharon’s newsletter (at the bottom of this page) to stay informed, and head over too to subscribe to The Hedge School blog.
The Hedge School is a real building: a lovely, mezzanined little house on the wild-hedged fringes of a large garden in Connemara, in the far west of Ireland. We moved here from Donegal in spring 2017, and we’re still in the midst of refurbishment work. Once we’re done, we’ll post photographs here. As well as the ongoing programme of online courses which Sharon has been offering for several years, and her weeklong residential retreats (which are held in larger premises elsewhere), from 2018 we’ll also be offering small workshops and individual retreats on site.
For more information about the foundation-stones of our work — myth, psychology and ecology — visit this page.
And for more information about Hedge School founder Dr Sharon Blackie, please head over here.
Connemara is a beautiful, wild region — a land of sea and stone, of lakes, bogs and mountains — which constitutes the westernmost part of County Galway. That’s The Hedge School, in the image below: see the shadow of a house tucked in among the trees there on the right, on the other side of the lough (from which we are separated by a road and a field).
We’re in the Gaeltacht (an Irish-speaking area; Irish is also spoken here at The Hedge School, as well as Scottish Gaelic) close to the Gaelic heartlands of Rosmuc and An Cheathrú Rua (home of the traditional Galway Hooker fishing boats). Gleann Trasna (which means ‘crossing valley’ in Irish) is a lovely hidden valley in the hills, with green fields surrounded by drystone walls, on the shores of a beautiful, wild loch. The fascinating seaweed-strewn tidal inlets of south Connemara are close by, and the beautiful Maamturk Mountains, visible from our townland, are just a ten-minute drive away.
We’re about 45 minutes away from the vibrant old city of Galway. Shannon airport is a couple of hours away by road, and Knock airport is about an hour and a half away.
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