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By: Institute For Feminism And Religion  05/12/2011
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Sacred Soulsmith, Elemental Healer
Brigit Festival

London, Canada
6-8 February 2009

With special guest facilitator Dr. Mary Condren National Director of the Institute for Feminism and Religion - Dublin, Ireland Author of The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland

Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Brigit festival Forging Courage, Midwifing Wisdom, we are delighted to have Mary Condren return to The Circle to help us celebrate the figure of Brigit during the Celtic festival of Spring (Imbolc) and the feast day for St. Brigit of Ireland. Brigit is an ancient role model for modern women – she was a leader and a revolutionary, a healer and a wise woman. The myths, traditions and tales of St. Brigit are often merged with the Celtic Goddess Brigit (also a powerful figure in the pre-Christian pantheon) giving us an extraordinary figure of exploration and inspiration.

To register, please print off the attached brochure and fill in the
registration form. Send the form with your cheque to:

The Circle Women’s Centre
Brescia University College
1285 Western Road
London, Ontario,Canada
N6G 1H2

Festival Details:
Circle Members: $200.00
Non-Members: $240.00
(prices include meals and refreshments)
Cancellation Policy: Sorry but there are NO REFUNDS.
A detailed schedule will be sent to all attendees upon registration.

Meet Mary Condren

“Brigit provides an image of empowerment, integrity, courage, and
complexity. She was pagan and Christian, rich and poor, slave and
free. She invites us, therefore, to focus on what we have in common,
rather than on what divides us. ”

Mary Condren Th.D. is the National Director of the Institute for
Feminism and Religion in Dublin, Ireland. She has degrees in
theology, sociology, and social anthropology from the University of
Hull; religion and society from Boston College, and a doctorate in
religion, gender and culture from Harvard University. She is a
Research Associate in Women’s Studies at the Centre for Gender and
Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin; a former Research Associate
in Women’s

Studies at Harvard University, and has published widely on issues of
feminism and religion, and on the interrelationship between religion,
violence and gender. Mary is the author of the Serpent and the
Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland.

Other Details

• Meals and refreshments provided include Friday evening coffee
and snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and supper, Sunday breakfast
• Receipts will be issued upon arrival to the festival
• You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of your
• An information package will be emailed sent to you with
further festival details, scheduling, hotel information, directions,
• Continue to check our website for interesting articles,
information and links on Brigit
• Billeting will be available.
• This is a fragrance-free festival

A Brief Outline of the Festival

Using ritual, story, music, workshops, presentation, celebration and
discussion to explore Brigit in relation to our theme “Sacred
Soulsmith, Elemental Healer ”

Introductory Ritual and Celebration

Exploring Brigit in the context of our theme
Celebration of the Spirit of Brigit through songs, music, dances,
images, storytelling, poetry and other sources of inspiration.
Labyrinth walk by firelight (weather permitting)

Final ritual celebrating Brigit with traditional symbols

For further information before registration, please contact us:
519-432-8353 ext. 28288 or

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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