A lovely little sacred Irish cave, “healing spring” and well… from 600 A.D…in The Burren


 A lovely little spot we were led to in Ireland…. the site of an Irish Catholic monk’s  7 year retreat, around the year 600 A.D….a time when periods of sustained reflection were a deeply valued part of spiritual life.


site of healing well


The site of this retreat area is  in an area of County Clare, in western Ireland, called The Burren, an area of huge expanses of weathered limestone mountains, broad plateaus and valleys.  The vegetation in the area varies from plants typical of arctic tundra, alpine meadows and an assortment of small Mediterranean and tropical plants… a truly beautiful area!

The light in The Burren was extremely bright and reflective…
a very powerful sense of illumination

The Burren~

We were introduced to the area and led along by a truly remarkable man…. Pat McCormick, an insightful philosopher, poet, conservationist and farmer, whose own farm is next to this expanse.

Pat McCormack, The Burren


As we walked along the rocky path, we passed trees that are considered “healing trees.”   There were tiny pieces of  faded cloth rags tied to some of the branches, wishes and longings of people who have passed by.

Our own magical “guide” during our 10 day wanderings… Denise, an amazing Irish woman,  filled with a twinkle in both her heart and eye,  a lyrical spirit, a wealth and depth of  information, insight and understanding about her dearly loved country…it’s Celtic stories, legends, mythology, spirituality, history, music, hospitality, development and progress….


Denise, gazing off into the distance


Denise, gazing off into the distance, from under a healing tree along the way….
Can you feel her magical spirit?
(oh… Denise…certainly, the magical influence of the mythical Tuatha De Danann????)
the light in The Burren, is unbelievably bright…reflections of the rocks and spirit, perhaps?


At the side of the valley, under high cliffs where eagles have nested, was a little oasis in the trees…lush, filled with ferns, hazel trees and a tiny stream…our destination…St.Colman’s Well.

lushness at the side of the valley~

James,  a friend of Pat’s….another special person who has helped preserve the integrity of The Burren… explained the preciousness of the healing qualities of the waters of this area, and other areas on earth.


The site of the Irish Catholic monk’s  sacred healing spring and well…
(with a little moss “cave,” lovingly built by a sweet young woman visiting the well that day)


Healing sping and well, The Burren


the lovely little moss “cave” or “altar”…


the healing well, lovely little moss cave


The actual cave where the monk lived during those 7 years,
slightly uphill from the spring and well

the monk's cave

The remains of the small oratory the monk had built, between the cave and the spring…

the small church


the waters of the sacred, healing spring and well

the waters of the healing spring and well


a truly mystical, magical, healing spot….


healing spring and well, a truly magical spot

thank you to the wonderful Irish people
who nurtured and guided us along The Burren on that special day…
Pat, James, Denise….
and, of course…Paddy!
who got us there and back, safe and sound…
and to the many who have come before…
to the many who will come after…
“may the road rise to meet you”


The Burren...Denise


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17 Responses to A lovely little sacred Irish cave, “healing spring” and well… from 600 A.D…in The Burren

  1. nrhatch says:

    Looks like a lovely spot for reflection and healing, Kathy. Glad you had a chance to soak it up for yourself.


  2. auntyuta says:

    Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing this magical outing. Such wonderful, wonderful pictures. And yes, this seems to be a lovely spot for reflection and healing.


  3. sufilight says:

    What a lovely trip and photos. I would be moved in being part of such beauty and history.


  4. hugmamma says:

    I felt as though I were with you…lovely retelling of what sounds like a lovely trip. A couple of years ago my husband and I toured the Irish countryside. The lushness was overwhelming…in a good way. I’d like to go back someday…our daughter in tow. hugs… 🙂


    • Isn’t that lushness of the counrtryside just so beautiful? We want to go back with our daughter, too! 😀 ……she’ll love the beauty, the ancient sites, the stories and legends, the people, the music and the sense of mystery and mystical…and so much else!


  5. Thank you for sharing this special day with us. The moss, the trees, the water and the wee altar – such healing energies.


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  7. Robin says:

    Looks like such a beautiful, healing spot. Thank you for sharing that with us. 🙂


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