St. Patrick's Day Special

Special Guests

  • David Whyte — Poet, Author, Speaker
    Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology, honorary degrees from Neumann College and Royal Roads University, and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops. His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership. David Whyte participates in theological conferences and retreats through keynote lectures, workshops and discussion panels with practitioners and theologians of many traditions. Using his own and other’s poetry, he brings the understandings of the poetic tradition to bear on many of the great cyclical questions of existence: how we see our lives, and our deaths; how we view others and their presence or absence; and, perhaps most importantly, what we dare to believe and what we are afraid of believing: an honest appraisal of our relationship to God, the natural world, darkness, the appearance and disappearance of form and friendship and the difficult apprenticeship to our own disappearance.

  • TRIBUTE TO W.F. MARSHALL (The Bard Of Tyrone)
    Drew Marshall had a relative that traced his family’s roots all the way back to 1694 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Probably the most famous of all the Marshalls was William Forbes Marshall (born 1888) who was a Protestant minister, radio broadcaster and poet. Today, Drew will speak with a gentleman that some have referred to as the “new” Bard of Tyrone. Declan Forde is a storyteller and afficianado of WF Marshall. “A Teacher by occupation, a Poet by inclination and a Pauper by circumstance.” He writes, illustrates and has performed his original stories, songs and poems at Festivals all over Ireland including the Charles Macklin School in Donegal, the Fiddlers Green Festival in Rostrevor, the Carlton Summer School in Clogher, the Fiddlestone Festival in Fermanagh, the Ben Kiely Weekend in Tyrone, the Teachers Club, Dublin and the Bard of Armagh. He has taught Creative Writing and Irish Art history in West Virginia as part of the famous Irish Week in Elkins and also in Pendleton, Oregon. Declan has broadcast his work on RTE, BBC and Downtown Radio. He has presented a series on BBC Radio Foyle entitled Sweet Omey Town also A Sense Of Place featuring the late Seamus Heaney and Tall Tales and Musical Notes, a look into the world of the Irish music session featuring Ben and Colum Sands and Mick Moloney. County Tyrone is an area redolent with tradition and Forde’s work reflects this. His poems, songs and stories all emanate from the ceili-house tradition, when friends and neighbours would visit and spend an evening gathered around the hearth swapping local news and telling tales. His stories celebrate the life and times of the people from the Sperrin Mountains in Tyrone where he lives happy and content.

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  • Rev. Ray Simpson — Renowned Celtic Author
    Ray describes himself as a Celtic New Monastic for Tomorrow's World. He is the Founding Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda - a world-wide people who journey with God, reconnecting with the Spirit and the Scriptures, the saints and the streets, the seasons and the soil through a Way of Life, a Rhythm of Prayer and a Network of Soul Friends. He is the principal tutor of its studies programmes and the founder of its Celtic Christian Studies Library and its Retreat House (The Open Gate) on Britain's Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where he lived for twenty two years. He is also its principal liturgist. He leads retreats and lectures world-wide. He is the author of some forty books on Celtic and general spirituality, fresh expressions of church, prayer and society. Some of these have a prophetic edge and have been translated into other languages. Ray is an ordained Anglican priest, and as a church planter of 'one family of Christians for one neighbourhood' at Bowthorpe, Norwich has been recognised as a Methodist and as a United Reformed minister, a minister to Baptists, a Quaker adherent and he was commissioned by the Catholic Diocese. Ray has formed deep bonds of love with a number of countries - those he has visited most often include Australia, Ireland and Norway. He went to Woking Grammar School and London University and began his Christian ministry in Stoke-on-Trent and multi-racial London, where they aimed 'to build the peace of the world in the streets of London'. Other interests include the gym, hill scrambling, galleries and films. He has written one novel and is currently working on a memoir. He has family in Norwich and Cork, Ireland. He now lives in the Community's house in Berwick-Upon-Tweed where he engages in mentoring and leadership training, and loves to accompany pilgrim groups before, after or during their stay on nearby Lindisfarne.

  • Meanwhile Back On The Farm — With Grant Marshall (Drew's Dad)
    We're losing a generation. A generation of respect, integrity and honour. A generation who were not afraid of hard work and sacrifice. Drew's father IS that generation. Growing up on the farm taught Grant Marshall more about life than Google. So maybe we should take the time to listen – before that generation is gone.

    *Drew surprised his father by pretending to make a random phone call to Northern Ireland, in order to see if whoever picked up the phone had heard of the Marshall family. Unbeknownst to his dad, Drew knew who he was calling! He was able to track down a distant relative who is still actually living on the Marshall Homestead back in Ireland.

    Two lads from Belfast speak to each other for the first time since they were kids. Brian lives in Belfast. John lives in Canada. They both went to the same school. John played drums in Brian’s band until it was suggested that he play the bass instead. John left the band. Brian became a successful recording artist. John didn’t.

    The Belfast Boys

    John McAuley - President & CEO of Muskoka Woods


    Brian Houston - Recording Artist
    Check Out Brian Houston's Song "I Was a Kid in the 70's"

  • Eimer Burke — Druid from Kilkenny Ireland
    Eimear Burke is a practising Druid and has been holding druidic ceremonies for many years and facilitates Rites of Passage, including weddings, handfastings, baby naming, welcoming ceremonies and passing ceremonies. She holds a private practice as a Registered Counselling Psychologist, Reiki & Seichem master and Shamanic therapist. Eimear is a practiced story-teller. She is a priestess of the Fellowship of Isis. As a shamanic therapist, Eimear has trained with Slí an Chroi Shamanism which promotes a native Irish Shamanism, supported by contacts with Peruvian Q'ero/Inca Shamanism and has studied Herbalism at The Brighid's Academy of the Healing Arts. She has studied Reiki, Secheim & Sakara (Tera-Mai) with Eileen Heneghan and finds that the practice of Reiki integrates well with psychotherapy, shamanic work and herbalism.

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  • Clan Hannigan
    Steáfán Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins moved to Canada in 2007 from England with their three children: Oisín, Eilé, and Ayisha. Steáfán, from Northern Ireland, and Saskia, from England, met in the UK and have been performing together for 20 years. When the children arrived, they naturally accompanied their parents to gigs. After a while, it was obvious that the children wanted to share the stage, so Clan Hannigan was born. Clan Hannigan has played across Ontario. Highlights include Massey Hall (with The Chieftains), Blue Skies Festival, and St Patricks Day @ The Tranzac Club. They collaborated with The Peterborough Singers, Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. They’ve toured in the Czech Republic and Austria in 2010, were featured as a gaelic speaking family in two 4th Line Theatre plays: “The Cavan Blazers” and “The Winslows of Derryvore”. They are regular featured performers at Lang Pioneer Village Museum on special events, and were the guests for the Illumination at Sharon Temple in 2016.


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