A mini-festival


I’m excited to announce HedgeWise, the first Hedge School open event. It’s a mini-festival which will take place in 2019 from Friday March 8 (arriving any time from 2pm onwards for a 4pm start) to Sunday March 10 (finishing at 4pm), in the beautiful landscape of the Burren, Co Clare, in the west of Ireland. If you’d like to guarantee your attendance at this very special weekend, please visit the booking section below.



HedgeWise will take place at the beautiful Boghill Centre, near the small spa town of Lisdoonvarna in the heart of the Burren, Co Clare. The Burren is a unique karst landscape which incorporates a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone. It’s home to countless cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites, and a remarkable variety of plants and animals. On the Atlantic coast, the precipitous world-famous Cliffs of Moher are home to thousands of seabirds. The area is also a heartland of traditional Irish music.

The nearest airport is Shannon, which is about two hours away by bus (to Lisdoonvarna), or a faster journey by car.

Visit the Boghill Centre website for more information about the venue and its location.



A full programme for HedgeWise will be available in mid-2018. However, we can currently confirm talks and/or workshops from the following people:

  • Hedge School founder, writer, mythologist and psychologist Dr Sharon Blackie – on building authentic, grounded practice based on the indigenous myths and traditions of Ireland and the British Isles. www.sharonblackie.net
  • Landscape designer and environmental activist Mary Reynolds – on building deep relationships with the land. www.marymary,ie
  • Storyteller and fairytale specialist Dr Joanna Gilar – on the ways in which folk and fairy tales help us to negotiate with the wild. www.fabularosa.co.uk
  • Nikki Darrell of the Plant Medicine School in Co Cork – on working and communicating with native plants. www.theplantmedicineschool.com
  • Storyteller, writer and rewilder Andreas Kornevall will inspire us to explore the living folk tradition in Scandinavia today. www.andreaskornevall.com
  • Belfast-based singer.songwriter DANI (Danielle Carragher) will a offer a songwriting-style performance drawing on the feminine within Celtic Mythology. www.danimusicathome.com

We’ll also be working with ceremony and voice, with ritual and movement, to explore the ways in which we can build a new folk culture – one which builds on the traditions of our ancestors, but has relevance for our lives today.



Tickets for the weekend have two components:

(1) an event fee of €300, which must be paid by all attendees, and which includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday;
(2) an accommodation fee, based on either a bed in a hostel room with shared bathroom facilities (€50 for two nights; mostly bunk beds, and rooms hold 3–6 people), or camping (€40 for two nights). Hostel rooms also include breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please note that hostel accommodation is limited, and available on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to organise your own accommodation, bed and breakfast/hotel accommodation is available in the nearby town of Lisdoonvarna (around 2-3 km away). If this is your plan, then please just purchase an event-only ticket. If you don’t have your own transport, the nearest B&B’s are Cannville Guesthouse, Ballytigue, Lisdoonvarna – about an 8-minute walk away – 00353(0)65-7075785 (ring or search and book online) and Elements – about 1.5 miles away – a 25-minute walk – 00353(0)65 7075849 or 00353(0)876778423;  info@elementsguesthouse.com.

Please note that hostel rooms are single-sex, so be sure to purchase the correct ticket!


Purchase your ticket online via PayPal

Please be sure to select the correct option from the PayPal buttons below. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to make your payment; you can do so with any debit or credit card. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer (euros only) please contact us.



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1. If you are paying by PayPal and have a PayPal account, please make sure that the email address associated with your account is correct, to ensure that your acknowledgement email (which will act as your ticket) is sent to the right place. If you would like to have your acknowledgement email sent to a different email address, or if you would like to purchase a ticket as a gift for someone else, please email us (info[at]thehedgeschool[dot]org) with the details as soon as you’ve made your PayPal payment.

2. Once you’ve made your payment you will receive a PayPal receipt for your payment. We always then acknowledge all sign-ups individually by email. If you do not hear from us within three days of signing up (allowing time for weekend breaks or travel-related delays) please check your junk mail folder before contacting us again

3. No refunds will be offered on the event portion of your ticket, though accommodation refunds will be possible until January 30 2019.

Please note that we do not have the resources to offer travel advice. The Boghill Centre website offers more detailed location information.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact us rather than the Boghill Centre.

Image by Nikolai Astrup


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