There are no words for the deepest things. Words become feeble when mystery visits and prayer moves into silence. In post-modern culture the ceaseless din of chatter has killed our acquaintance with silence. Consequently, we are stressed and anxious. Silence is a fascinating presence. Silence is shy; it is patient and never draws attention to itself. Without the presence of silence, no word could ever be said or heard. Our thoughts constantly call up new words. We become so taken with words that we barely notice the silence, but the silence is always there. The best words are born in the fecund silence that minds the mystery.




Join the O'Donohue family and John's close friends for an intimate journey of the landscapes and people that formed him, later to deeply influence the world through his writings. We will return to the mythic lands of the Burren and venture to the pilgrim paths of the Aran Islands, tracing John’s steps and weaving his words throughout our days. From the sacred thresholds of ancient ruined chapels and holy wells to meandering the pastoral green roads, our pilgrimage together will be spent at the ‘Hearth of the Soul’ immersed in the ethereal landscape of County Clare, the ancestral home of the O'Donohue family.

Ireland is an ancient island where many worlds intermingle. For anyone awakening to the spiritual world, a visit to Ireland can be a life-transforming event. It is a land of spirit glimpsing the invisible world. The Irish spiritual tradition trusted the invisible world to harvest the wisdom to guide, shelter and nourish. The eye of the invisible world sees more deeply and clearly than we can. In these frightened and empty times of stress, anxiety, and confusion, we need to turn aside from our crowded lives and become still. We need to learn how to anchor the frenetic self in the tranquility of the invisible world. Then we will begin to discover fresh wells, new landscapes and exciting invitations of transformation of spirit. Forsaken spaces will gradually transform into new pastures. We will find new courage of hope and rekindle that which has grown cold within us. This sacred journey will long linger in the memory of the heart.

"My earliest memories are of the landscape of the Burren in the West of Ireland. The Burren is an ancient kingdom of limestone sculptures carved slowly by rain, wind and time. It is an ancient conversation between the land and the sea."


Our days will be a balanced blend of engaging the mind and body, spirit and soul, looking through the lens John came to know well as a trusted interior companion excavating the themes of Awakening, Transfiguration and Homecoming. Come join us at the edge where there is an ancient conversation between the land and the sea…we look forward to welcoming you!


In order to gather a balanced group of approximately 30 people on the tour, we will be accepting applications in early 2023.

Please contact Ann Cahill with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upon acceptance, additional registration materials and the first payment will be due immediately.


Our warm greetings with appreciation for your interest in John O'Donohue's work and the public events we are hosting.

We have just announced our week-long Irish tour in September 2020.

We were thrilled to welcome 400 international guests to our 2018 O'Donohue Symposium in Ireland! Shortly, we will be announcing our next symposium, April 24-26, 2020, in John's beloved County Clare.

And finally, deeply grateful for the warm reception for John's latest book, Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World - more information here.

Abundant blessings on behalf of the O'Donohue family,

Ann Cahill
Director, John O'Donohue Literary Estate

Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland 
             April 24-26, 2020
Registration details coming shortly!