Céile Dé teaching retreats take place in Scotland, England and the USA. Anyone who is sincerely interested in tasting the Céile Dé tradition is welcome to attend any of the events listed on our Events Page, where you will also find more information about the content of these gatherings.
Some gatherings aren't listed on our events page because they're only open to caimeachs (group members) this is usually because attendance requires a familiarity with certain teachings and practices.
As well as the above, caimeachs are able to request extra teachings at any time, either individually or as a group. Everyone in our caim is able to receive teaching support whenever they need help with a practice or want to more fully understand a particular aspect of the tradition.
Céile Dé do not offer any kind of online or correspondence course. The only "course” we offer is a three-part series of introductory teachings called Forus Feasa (The Foundation of Knowledge) which is only available to newcomers to our caim; but even this is not an impersonal experience as it is built around one-to-one sessions with a teacher.
Please see our FAQs page for more information.
Teachings in French and German
Si vous êtes francophone et souhaitez apprendre plus sur la Tradition des Céili Dé, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter en français. Nous avons maintenant la possibilité de vous offrir des Journées de Découverte, ateliers ou retraites en Français avec Heike Killet qui habite en Belgique francophone depuis vingt ans. Consultez également notre page events régulièrement.
Möchten Sie mehr über die Céili Dé Tradition wissen? Nehmen Sie doch bitte Kontakt mit uns auf, vielleicht könnnen wir einen Einführungstag, einen Workshop oder ein Wochenende in Deutsch organisieren. Heike Killets Muttersprache ist Deutsch und sie wohnt im Süden Belgiens. Schauen Sie auch regelmässig auf unserer Seite events nach.
The formation of a Céile Dé teacher takes years before they are able to facilitate their first teaching retreat… and, of course, formation never stops; there must be a great deal more to any spiritual teacher than the ability to communicate information; “walking one's talk” in the form of an authentic embodiment of the words that are spoken is the heart and soul of spiritual teaching.
The fact that all of our teachers are women has led a few people to assume that we are a female-only tradition: this is not the case, it just so happens that, so far, only women have felt and answered the call to teach. If all of the faces below were male, as they may have been in decades past, it might not have caused anyone to assume very much at all... perhaps society still has a way to go when it comes to assumptions, but we're getting there!
Céile Dé only endorse teachings given by the people below, who have been trained and ordained to pass on the tradition in its purest form.
Fionn, as most people call her, entered the Céile Dé community in the 1980s, when it was solely a monastic tradition; she has been teaching since 1992. Towards the turn of the millennium, she received a call to extend the teachings more widely and in 2004, with the blessing of her teacher, she founded our current community of lay-practitioners, known as 'The Caim'.
An Elder and founder member of our group that meets in Washington DC, Sue is also our first Céile Dé teacher in the United States. She teaches the tradition all over the States as well as being one of the tutors of Forus Feasa, a course that gives foundational teachings to newcomers to the tradition.
Carol lives in Oregon and is a member of our Pacific Northwest group that meets online. She is an Elder and tutors in our Forus Feasa course.
Carole Ann McFee Cole
Carole Ann is an Elder and a member of the Céile Dé group that meets in Santa Barbara, California. She tutors in our Forus Feasa course.
Heike lives in Belgium. She is an Elder and founder of one of our groups that meets online due to the distance of its members from the nearest physical group meeting. As well as teaching on our Forus Feasa course, Heike also offers teaching retreats in English, French and German.
Julie is an Elder and founding member of our group in the North of England. She also offers her experience and support as a founding Elder to our first Online group for English Caimeachs. She has mentored many newcomers to the tradition over the years and is also a tutor on our Forus Feasa course.
Marion is also an Elder and dedicated member of our longest-standing Céile Dé group, based in Edinburgh. She has mentored many newcomers to the tradition over the years and also tutors on our Forus Feasa course.