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Ireland is a mystical land filled with rich history.

From its unique culture, to geography, to cuisine, one can find writing inspiration anywhere.

On this 10-day journey through Ireland, you will engage in multiple historical library visits to gain inspiration, such as Chester Beatty Library and Trinity College’s Library, the Largest library in Ireland!

Additionally, you will have multiple workshops to further your craft, such as a Village studio writing experience in Howth, and much more!

This journey brings your favorite writers and their times to life with photographs and portraits, letters, first editions and evocative personal possessions.


Reflective Soul-A Writers Journey in Ireland Including Workshops


October 15, 2022 days and October 24, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Arrive in Dublin

Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival in Dublin Airport, you can collect your rental car and make your way to the city of Dublin.

DAY 2: Village Studio Writing Experience Workshop with Lara O’Brian & Literary Walking Journey

Today, you will start your morning with a unique workshop!

DAY 3: Dublin Writers Museum & James Joyce Centre

After breakfast, you will begin your day with a tour of the Dublin Writers’ Museum.

DAY 4: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum – Belfast - C.S.Lewis Trail

After breakfast, it’s time to check out of the hotel and continue your journey towards Glasnevin Cemetery.

DAY 5: Seamus Heaney HomePlace – Giant’s Causeway

After a full Irish Breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and continue on the way to Giant’s Causeway where you will make a stop to explore the land of the Literary Legend, Seamus Heaney!

DAY 6: Lissadell House - Drumcliffe Cemetery

This morning, you will begin with a beautiful panoramic tour of Derry!

DAY 7: 3 hour Writing Workshop with Gerard Beirne – Poetry & Boat Journey

Welcome to Sligo! Sligo has a great literary heritage through its connection to WB Yeats. You will begin the day with a 3-hour immersive workshop lead by Gerard Beirne, a highly trained and experienced editor and facilitator in the area of creative, academic, and wellness writing.

DAY 8: Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – The Sheep & Wool Centre

Today, you can enjoy a journey of the beautiful Connemara Region; a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and misty mountains! You will be immersed into a land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland.

DAY 9: Writing Workshop with Irene Graham

Today, you will partake in a full-day workshop with Irene Graham for The Creative Writers Workshop!

DAY 10: Galway – Clonmacnoise - Dublin

This morning before departure, you will visit the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise, which is Ireland's most important monastic site, overlooking the River Shannon.


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

Brand Pillars

Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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<p> On this 10-day journey through Ireland, you will engage in multiple historical library visits to gain inspiration, such as Chester Beatty Library and Trinity College’s Library, the Largest library in Ireland! </p>
<p> Additionally, you will have multiple workshops to further your craft, such as a Village studio writing experience in Howth, and much more! </p>
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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p>This program is immersive for anyone interested in writing as a hobby, or a career. </p>
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<p> You will leave this program feeling more inspiration than ever for your writing pieces! </p>

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p>This program supports local the local arts community. A portion of the program fees contribute to global arts and literature preservation projects. </p>

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Program

DAY 1: Arrive in Dublin

Start your Ireland immersion with a visit to Trinity College for a viewing of the Library and Long Room.

The Library’s history dates back to the establishment of the College in 1592 and it is the largest library in Ireland! Today, it has 5 million printed volumes including the most famous of its manuscripts, the Book of Kells, and the Book of Durrow. These were presented by Henry Jones, Bishop of Meath and former vice-chancellor of the University in the 1660s.

This evening, you can enjoy a bite to eat in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar district before continuing to Chester Beatty Library for a viewing of the Library. The Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).

Learning Experience: Trinity College Visit, Chester Beatty Library Visit
Overnight in Dublin


DAY 2: Village Studio Writing Experience Workshop with Lara O’Brian & Literary Walking Journey

Just outside of Dublin lies the beautiful fishing village of Howth. The 3-hour village studio writing experience will take place in Lara O’Brian’s own venue, overlooking one of Ireland's most charming working harbors, and surrounding views of Ireland's eye (island). It is beautiful, has great cafes, restaurants and the group will be well taken care of with tea and coffee, biscuits!

In the 3-hour workshop, you will write prompts that open up life story and capture memories. Visiting from outside Ireland, Lara will weave in the beautiful elements of their surroundings and encourage the participants to write about life experience and nature.

Learning Experience: Howth Writing Workshop
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Dublin


DAY 3: Dublin Writers Museum & James Joyce Centre

The Dublin Writers Museum was established to promote interest through its collection and displays in Irish literature and the lives and works of individual Irish writers.

The Museum presents the literary heritage left to us by writers of the past. It complements the smaller, more detailed museums devoted to individuals like Joyce, Shaw, Yeats and Pearse, and brings to life the writers and their times with photographs and portraits, letters, first editions and evocative personal possession!

! Housed in a stunning 17th Century Georgian building, the James Joyce Centre is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of James Joyce. Set over three floors, the Centre covers Joyce’s life and work with a permanent interactive exhibition on Ulysses.

Whether you’re a true Joycean or a literary novice there is plenty to learn about and a wonderful insight into the Dublin that inspired Joyce’s work.

Learning Experience: Dublin Writers’ Museum
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Dublin


DAY 4: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum – Belfast - C.S.Lewis Trail

Since 1832, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin. This hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today.

Each guide is passionate about sharing their love of history. Articulate and animated, they skillfully turn a learning experience into a period of magic with a careful balance of enthusiasm, sensitivity and even fun!

After your visit, you will depart for Northern Ireland and reach Belfast, where great poets and writers were born such as: poets such as Samuel Ferguson, John Hewitt, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and Louis McNiece, as well as writer C.S.Lewis of The Chronicles of Narnia books and three times Booker prize nominee, Brian Moore. In the afternoon and if time allows, you will follow the C.S.Lewis Trail where you’ll view sites that influenced and inspired the young author!

Learning Experience: Glasnevin Cemetery, C.S.Lewis Trail
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Belfast


DAY 5: Seamus Heaney HomePlace – Giant’s Causeway

Seamus Heaney’s Home Place is centered in the Nobel Prize winning poet’s heartland. Here, you will experience an amazing journey through the world of Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney and explore, through his words and imagination, the people and place that so inspired him; his mother, his father, his brother Hugh, Barney Devlin at The Forge, and many more friends and neighbors from the local area.

Immerse yourself in the full impact of his writing through the audio-visual displays in our multi-award winning exhibition, which also includes previously unseen artifacts; including his school desk from Anahorish primary school, handwritten transcripts and books kindly donated by the Heaney family.

Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive north to the Antrim Coast where you will visit Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway. This natural wonder was the result of volcanic eruption 60 million years ago and is famous for natural amphitheater's of hexagonal columns. You will enjoy a guided journey on one of the site’s recently upgraded walking trails. Afterwards, you will continue on your route towards Derry.

Learning Experience: Seamus Heaney Journey, UNESCO site the Giant’s Causeway Journey
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Derry


DAY 6: Lissadell House - Drumcliffe Cemetery

! Derry, officially Londonderry, is the second biggest city in the Northern Ireland, with a historic town centre with 400 year-old city walls. Still intact and retaining the original gateways, this is the best-preserved walled city in Ireland. You will walk the city walls as you learn about the many literary figures linked to this city.

Afterwards, you will begin the journey to Sligo, a county steep in Irish history. It is known as Yeat’s county as the poet, William and his brother, Jack, hail from this county. Your drive will take you along part of the Wild Atlantic Way, featuring dramatic cliffs and poetic vistas. Enjoy stops along the way to stretch your legs and take in the views.

Visit the Lissadell House, and the ‘Countess Markievicz’, as well as the childhood home of Constance and Eva Gore-Booth, built by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in 1830 and designed by Francis Goodwin. The house is now fully restored and open daily for guided journeys with expert guides. During the journey, you will hear about poet W. B. Yeats who was a frequent visitor of the House and also it is possible to hear about Victorian lifestyle by visiting both upstairs for the gentry and downstairs for the servants.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a drive to Rosses Point where you’ll have views of Oyster Island and Coney Island before continuing on for a visit at Drumcliffe Graveyard, where Yeats is buried.

Learning Experience: Derry Journey, Childhood home of Constance and Eva Gore-Booth Visit
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sligo


DAY 7: 3 hour Writing Workshop with Gerard Beirne – Poetry & Boat Journey

Gerard is an award-winning author who has published six books of poetry and fiction (novels and short stories). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, USA. He is also a past winner of Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and has been shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and Bord Gais Irish Book Awards.

Depending on the guests’ interest, Gerard will tailor the workshop to the guests’ preferences. There are a variety of workshops available to choose from. You can choose an “Introduction to Creative Writing”, in which guests will learn how to generate ideas and turn them into stories, poems, novels, plays, memoirs etc. - how to develop characters, settings, and dialogue, and how to structure plot - use imagery, metaphor, rhythm, rhyme, and other poetic techniques.

Or, friendly and informal - a mix of discussion, instruction, and writing exercises with individual guidance. The “W B Yeats Writing Workshop” is the opportunity to explore the poetry of WB Yeats while learning to write or improve upon your own poetry.

In the afternoon, you will join the Poetry & Boat Journey across Lough Gill to view the “Lake Isle of Innisfree”, the island made famous by W.B. Yeats. This spectacular immersion includes a full commentary by Captain George who recounts the history and recites the poetry associated with the lake and the surrounding areas of Sligo and North Leitrim.

Learning Experience: Writing Workshop, Poetry & Boat Journey
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sligo


DAY 8: Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – The Sheep & Wool Centre

Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south; a land characteristic for its stonewalls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore, the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Connemara is a real paradise for Nature lovers and those in search of strong emotions.

The first stop of the day will be at Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920. Originally built as a private home for the family of a wealthy politician from Manchester in 1867, the nuns opened an international boarding school and established a day school for local girls, which closed in June 2010. You will have the chance to discover the restored rooms of the abbey, the walled gardens and the gothic church.

In the afternoon, you will visit the The Sheep & Wool Centre which is a wonderful way to observe this working farm, where man and dog work together as one. Gain a wider understanding of handling these lovely, intelligent dogs and how it is done with one handler. Afterwards, you will embark en-route towards Galway. Overnight in Galway area. Top Tip: If guests would like to extend their stay and discover more of the area, add a night or two in Galway and visit the famous Cliffs of Moher* and Aillwee Cave*. Alternatively, guests have the opportunity to take the ferry to Aran Island* and explore Dun Aengus* and more.

Learning Experience: Connemara Region, The Sheep & Wool Centre
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Galway


DAY 9: Writing Workshop with Irene Graham

Depending on your interests, Irene has multiple workshop available. Why not try her “Memoir Writing Workshops”? The workshop is based on right-brain/left-brain writing techniques. Being exercise based, the workshop provides techniques on how to trigger memories, and how to focus, develop and start writing a memoir.

Alternatively, you have the option to dive into her “Fiction Workshop”. The workshop is based on right-brain/left-brain writing techniques. Being also exercise based, the workshop provides techniques on how to tap into creativity and imagination, and develop characters and setting, with in-depth discussions on novel writing.

Learning Experience: Creative Writers Workshop
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Galway


DAY 10: Galway – Clonmacnoise - Dublin

The site was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century and consists of a walled field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers and graves. Afterward, you can make your way back to Dublin airport and say “Goodbye” to Ireland. But don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, art and culture programs throughout the world!

Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose to journey back to Italy or consider one of our journeys abroad in Greece, France, Germany, South Africa, Costa Rica, and more!

Learning Experience: Clonmacnoise Visit
Meals included: Breakfast




Program Registration Fees

Per person for Single Standard $350.00

Per person for Standard $3,800.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

9 nights’ accommodation in a 4* hotel
3 nights Dublin- Clayton Cardiff Lane, or similar
1 night Londonderry/Letterkenny area- Silver Tassle Hotel & Spa or similar
1 night Belfast- Crown Plaza Belfast or similar
2 nights Sligo- Mount Falcon Estate or similar
2 nights Galway- Ross Lake House Hotel or similar

-Breakfast and dinner daily
▪ Entrance to Trinity College/ Book of Kells – day 1
▪ 3 hr Village Studio Writing Experience with Lara O’Brian, Howth – day 2
▪ Ticket to joined Literary Walking Journey– The Lit Walk– day 2
▪ Entrance to the Writers Museum – day 3
▪ Entrance to the James Joyce Centre - day 3
▪ Entrance to Seamus Heaney Home – day 5
▪ Entrance to Lissadell House - day 6
▪ 3 hr Writing Workshop with Gerard Beirne - day 7
▪ Poetry & Boat Journey – day 7
▪ Entrance to Kylemore Abbey and Garden – day 8
▪ Entrance to The Sheep and Wool Centre - day 8
▪ 4 hr workshop with Irene Graham, The Creative Writer's Workshop' – day 9
-Learning Journeys Certificate of Completion.
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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Easy


What You Will Learn/Do

Writing Workshops

Museum Visits

Library Visits

Irish Cuisine

Irish Culture


Why This Program Is Unique

This program is immersive for anyone interested in writing as a hobby, or a career.

You will gain insight into historical writing through not only writing workshops, but through historical library visits, museums visits, and more.

You will leave this program feeling more inspiration than ever for your writing pieces!


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

This program supports local the local arts community. A portion of the program fees contribute to global arts and literature preservation projects.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1:

Start your Ireland immersion with a visit to Trinity College for a viewing of the Library and Long Room. The Library’s history dates back to the establishment of the College in 1592 and it is the largest library in Ireland! Today, it has 5 million printed volumes including the most famous of its manuscripts, the Book of Kells, and the Book of Durrow. These were presented by Henry Jones, Bishop of Meath and former vice-chancellor of the University in the 1660s. This evening, you can enjoy a bite to eat in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar district before continuing to Chester Beatty Library for a viewing of the Library. The Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Learning Experience: Trinity College Visit, Chester Beatty Library Visit Overnight in Dublin

DAY 2:

Just outside of Dublin lies the beautiful fishing village of Howth. The 3-hour village studio writing experience will take place in Lara O’Brian’s own venue, overlooking one of Ireland's most charming working harbors, and surrounding views of Ireland's eye (island). It is beautiful, has great cafes, restaurants and the group will be well taken care of with tea and coffee, biscuits! In the 3-hour workshop, you will write prompts that open up life story and capture memories. Visiting from outside Ireland, Lara will weave in the beautiful elements of their surroundings and encourage the participants to write about life experience and nature. Learning Experience: Howth Writing Workshop Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Dublin

DAY 3:

The Dublin Writers Museum was established to promote interest through its collection and displays in Irish literature and the lives and works of individual Irish writers. The Museum presents the literary heritage left to us by writers of the past. It complements the smaller, more detailed museums devoted to individuals like Joyce, Shaw, Yeats and Pearse, and brings to life the writers and their times with photographs and portraits, letters, first editions and evocative personal possession! ! Housed in a stunning 17th Century Georgian building, the James Joyce Centre is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of James Joyce. Set over three floors, the Centre covers Joyce’s life and work with a permanent interactive exhibition on Ulysses. Whether you’re a true Joycean or a literary novice there is plenty to learn about and a wonderful insight into the Dublin that inspired Joyce’s work. Learning Experience: Dublin Writers’ Museum Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Dublin

DAY 4:

Since 1832, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin. This hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today. Each guide is passionate about sharing their love of history. Articulate and animated, they skillfully turn a learning experience into a period of magic with a careful balance of enthusiasm, sensitivity and even fun! After your visit, you will depart for Northern Ireland and reach Belfast, where great poets and writers were born such as: poets such as Samuel Ferguson, John Hewitt, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and Louis McNiece, as well as writer C.S.Lewis of The Chronicles of Narnia books and three times Booker prize nominee, Brian Moore. In the afternoon and if time allows, you will follow the C.S.Lewis Trail where you’ll view sites that influenced and inspired the young author! Learning Experience: Glasnevin Cemetery, C.S.Lewis Trail Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Belfast

DAY 5:

Seamus Heaney’s Home Place is centered in the Nobel Prize winning poet’s heartland. Here, you will experience an amazing journey through the world of Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney and explore, through his words and imagination, the people and place that so inspired him; his mother, his father, his brother Hugh, Barney Devlin at The Forge, and many more friends and neighbors from the local area. Immerse yourself in the full impact of his writing through the audio-visual displays in our multi-award winning exhibition, which also includes previously unseen artifacts; including his school desk from Anahorish primary school, handwritten transcripts and books kindly donated by the Heaney family. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive north to the Antrim Coast where you will visit Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway. This natural wonder was the result of volcanic eruption 60 million years ago and is famous for natural amphitheater's of hexagonal columns. You will enjoy a guided journey on one of the site’s recently upgraded walking trails. Afterwards, you will continue on your route towards Derry. Learning Experience: Seamus Heaney Journey, UNESCO site the Giant’s Causeway Journey Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Derry

DAY 6:

! Derry, officially Londonderry, is the second biggest city in the Northern Ireland, with a historic town centre with 400 year-old city walls. Still intact and retaining the original gateways, this is the best-preserved walled city in Ireland. You will walk the city walls as you learn about the many literary figures linked to this city. Afterwards, you will begin the journey to Sligo, a county steep in Irish history. It is known as Yeat’s county as the poet, William and his brother, Jack, hail from this county. Your drive will take you along part of the Wild Atlantic Way, featuring dramatic cliffs and poetic vistas. Enjoy stops along the way to stretch your legs and take in the views. Visit the Lissadell House, and the ‘Countess Markievicz’, as well as the childhood home of Constance and Eva Gore-Booth, built by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in 1830 and designed by Francis Goodwin. The house is now fully restored and open daily for guided journeys with expert guides. During the journey, you will hear about poet W. B. Yeats who was a frequent visitor of the House and also it is possible to hear about Victorian lifestyle by visiting both upstairs for the gentry and downstairs for the servants. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a drive to Rosses Point where you’ll have views of Oyster Island and Coney Island before continuing on for a visit at Drumcliffe Graveyard, where Yeats is buried. Learning Experience: Derry Journey, Childhood home of Constance and Eva Gore-Booth Visit Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Sligo

DAY 7:

Gerard is an award-winning author who has published six books of poetry and fiction (novels and short stories). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, USA. He is also a past winner of Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and has been shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and Bord Gais Irish Book Awards. Depending on the guests’ interest, Gerard will tailor the workshop to the guests’ preferences. There are a variety of workshops available to choose from. You can choose an “Introduction to Creative Writing”, in which guests will learn how to generate ideas and turn them into stories, poems, novels, plays, memoirs etc. - how to develop characters, settings, and dialogue, and how to structure plot - use imagery, metaphor, rhythm, rhyme, and other poetic techniques. Or, friendly and informal - a mix of discussion, instruction, and writing exercises with individual guidance. The “W B Yeats Writing Workshop” is the opportunity to explore the poetry of WB Yeats while learning to write or improve upon your own poetry. In the afternoon, you will join the Poetry & Boat Journey across Lough Gill to view the “Lake Isle of Innisfree”, the island made famous by W.B. Yeats. This spectacular immersion includes a full commentary by Captain George who recounts the history and recites the poetry associated with the lake and the surrounding areas of Sligo and North Leitrim. Learning Experience: Writing Workshop, Poetry & Boat Journey Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Sligo

DAY 8:

Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south; a land characteristic for its stonewalls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore, the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Connemara is a real paradise for Nature lovers and those in search of strong emotions. The first stop of the day will be at Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920. Originally built as a private home for the family of a wealthy politician from Manchester in 1867, the nuns opened an international boarding school and established a day school for local girls, which closed in June 2010. You will have the chance to discover the restored rooms of the abbey, the walled gardens and the gothic church. In the afternoon, you will visit the The Sheep & Wool Centre which is a wonderful way to observe this working farm, where man and dog work together as one. Gain a wider understanding of handling these lovely, intelligent dogs and how it is done with one handler. Afterwards, you will embark en-route towards Galway. Overnight in Galway area. Top Tip: If guests would like to extend their stay and discover more of the area, add a night or two in Galway and visit the famous Cliffs of Moher* and Aillwee Cave*. Alternatively, guests have the opportunity to take the ferry to Aran Island* and explore Dun Aengus* and more. Learning Experience: Connemara Region, The Sheep & Wool Centre Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Galway

DAY 9:

Depending on your interests, Irene has multiple workshop available. Why not try her “Memoir Writing Workshops”? The workshop is based on right-brain/left-brain writing techniques. Being exercise based, the workshop provides techniques on how to trigger memories, and how to focus, develop and start writing a memoir. Alternatively, you have the option to dive into her “Fiction Workshop”. The workshop is based on right-brain/left-brain writing techniques. Being also exercise based, the workshop provides techniques on how to tap into creativity and imagination, and develop characters and setting, with in-depth discussions on novel writing. Learning Experience: Creative Writers Workshop Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Galway

DAY 10:

The site was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century and consists of a walled field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers and graves. Afterward, you can make your way back to Dublin airport and say “Goodbye” to Ireland. But don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, art and culture programs throughout the world! Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose to journey back to Italy or consider one of our journeys abroad in Greece, France, Germany, South Africa, Costa Rica, and more! Learning Experience: Clonmacnoise Visit Meals included: Breakfast


Program Registration Fees

2022 Departures & Fees 4 Departures

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May 14, 2022
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$3,800.00
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$350.00
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June 11, 2022
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$3,800.00
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$350.00
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September 10, 2022
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$350.00
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October 15, 2022
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Services Included

9 nights’ accommodation in a 4* hotel 3 nights Dublin- Clayton Cardiff Lane, or similar 1 night Londonderry/Letterkenny area- Silver Tassle Hotel & Spa or similar 1 night Belfast- Crown Plaza Belfast or similar 2 nights Sligo- Mount Falcon Estate or similar 2 nights Galway- Ross Lake House Hotel or similar -Breakfast and dinner daily ▪ Entrance to Trinity College/ Book of Kells – day 1 ▪ 3 hr Village Studio Writing Experience with Lara O’Brian, Howth – day 2 ▪ Ticket to joined Literary Walking Journey– The Lit Walk– day 2 ▪ Entrance to the Writers Museum – day 3 ▪ Entrance to the James Joyce Centre - day 3 ▪ Entrance to Seamus Heaney Home – day 5 ▪ Entrance to Lissadell House - day 6 ▪ 3 hr Writing Workshop with Gerard Beirne - day 7 ▪ Poetry & Boat Journey – day 7 ▪ Entrance to Kylemore Abbey and Garden – day 8 ▪ Entrance to The Sheep and Wool Centre - day 8 ▪ 4 hr workshop with Irene Graham, The Creative Writer's Workshop' – day 9 -Learning Journeys Certificate of Completion.

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