Every moment of time, and every task we undertake, invites us anew into the Mystery of the Spirit.

The traditional Celtic people of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales wove prayers, blessings, poems, and songs into every aspect of their daily lives — using the power of language to blend a rich spirituality of presence and wisdom into the very fabric of their being. Many of these poetic invocations and charming poems were collected by folklorist Alexander Carmichael over 100 years ago and preserved in the book Carmina Gadelica — the “Charms of the Gaels.”

​During our four-week journey into this ancient text of mystical wisdom, we will explore some of the most beautiful and inspiring poetry and prayers from the Carmina Gadelica and reflect on how this ancient Celtic lore can bring light and wisdom to our spiritual lives today.

You will receive 12 emails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning on October 8. Each email will include:

  • A beautiful, traditional Celtic poem or prayer;
  • An insightful meditation, based on this ancient Celtic blessing;
  • A prompt to help you weave this wisdom into your own spiritual journey; and,
  • A link to an online Practice Circle available 24/7 where you can share responses and experiences with others from our worldwide community and receive further guidance from Carl McColman.

In addition, this course includes an opportunity to participate in a one-hour teleconference with Carl McColman on Monday, October 22 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time/7 p.m. Eastern Time. A recording will be available afterwards for review and for those who cannot attend.

Your guide on this exploration will be Carl McColman, author of numerous books including An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, and Befriending Silence. An American of Scottish Ancestry, Carl combines his love for Celtic wisdom and lore with an inclusive embrace of mystical wisdom and earth-centered spirituality. He is profiled in our Living Spiritual Teachers Project.

Carl led an e-course with Spirituality and Practice in 2017 on “Celtic Spirituality” (now available on-demand). This new course features all new material and is suitable for newcomers to Celtic wisdom, but it also would be a great follow-up to last year’s course. Carl's vision of spirituality is grounded in hospitality, steeped in celebration, and committed to new pathways towards healing and both inner and outer transformation.

Special pricing: This and other e-courses and online retreats from S&P are designed to be your personal School of Spiritual Life — bringing the wisdom of the spiritual traditions right to your inbox. We aim to keep our prices affordable, and we would like to offer discounts from time to time for those who need them. Your support of the School of Spiritual Life will help us keep its doors open to a wide variety of people.

If you feel that the full price for this course is a stretch for you — say, because you are a student or are on a fixed income — when you register, you are welcome to use this half-price promo code: FIFTY. (Be sure to hit "Apply" before continuing.)

If you would like to contribute a little extra so that Spirituality & Practice can offer this discount, here's where you can donate. Thank you for thoughtfully considering what is best for yourself and others.

We welcome you to join us in "Poetry and Prayer from the Celtic Tradition." Please be prepared to allow this course to touch your heart and your soul, for every word of wisdom from the ancient Celtic tradition is truly a blessing and a prayer.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

Monday, October 8 - Friday, November 2


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