EP 001 – What are Thin Places? St. Gobnait’s Journey

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#001 What are Thin Places?  St. Gobnait’s Journey
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guest –   Ruth O’Hagan
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In Episode #1 Mindie Burgoyne discusses the definition of “thin places” and explains why travel to Ireland is so often associated with mystical and spiritual travel.  The guest for this episode is Ruth O’Hagan, from County Clare, Ireland.

Mindie tries to define Thin Places and tells the story of St. Gobnait

What are thin places?  places where the veil between this world and the otherworld is thin.

Are places made thin by us or are they inherently thin?

How do identify a thin place?  What caused the ancients to choose certain places that still vibrate today?

Why Ireland – why are there so many thin places there?

In an effort to further explain the qualities of thin places, Mindie shares the story of The Journey of St. Gobnait and “places of resurrection”
Links to posts about St. Gobnait and places of resurrection:

Mindie Burgoyne and Ruth O'Hagan at Biddy Early's cottage
Mindie Burgoyne and Ruth O’Hagan at Biddy Early’s cottage

Guest Interview – Ruth O’Hagan

Ruth O’Hagan is from County Clare. She is a teacher and a healer and very much in tune with the spiritual landscape of Ireland. Ruth discusses travel to thin places, how to prepare yourself and also talks about embracing the “wounded healer” and a bit about the Irish perspective on the mystical landscape.

Labyrinth Concept
Inis Caeltra – Holy Island, County Clare
Biddy Early – the legend

Mindie Recommends…

Two books:

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

In the House of Memory by Steve Rabey  (out of print)  Amazon, AbeBooks or Book Depository


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Other Links of Interest

Inis Caeltra – Holy Island in County Clare 

Holy Island Boat Trips

Clarevirtually Website on travel in East Clare 

National Geographic Traveler – The Curse of Inis Caeltra



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