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– PODCAST SERIES –

A heartfelt journey of remembering and reclaiming ancestral stories, feminine wisdom & earth magic.

Throughout the series, I talk with guests from Ireland & the British Isles about ancestral dreaming and remembering as a pathway back to reverent ways of living in the modern world. Through stories, teachings, and personal sharing we’ll discover the greater possibility of who we can be in this time of planetary change.

Let's come together, and gather around the sacred fire in heartfelt conversation...

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I want you to imagine...

Imagine what it would have been like to grow up in a culture where feminine wisdom was celebrated and revered. 

Where we intuitively knew how to live in balance with the earth. Where ancestral traditions were passed down from generation to generation, and we knew the stories of those who had come before us. 

Imagine growing up outside of celebrity culture, away from the bombardment of media and advertisements… and instead, spending our nights around a great fire, hearing the myths and stories of old about the sacred feminine and her many faces. 

Imagine a time when the celebrities were the wise women, healers, women of the earth, women of magic. Women who could change into the wind, the wolf, the waves.

I want you to imagine...

Imagine what it would have been like to grow up in a culture where feminine wisdom was celebrated and revered. 

Where we intuitively knew how to live in balance with the earth. Where ancestral traditions were passed down from generation to generation, and we knew the stories of those who had come before us. 

Imagine growing up outside of celebrity culture, away from the bombardment of media and advertisements… and instead, spending our nights around a great fire, hearing the myths and stories of old about the sacred feminine and her many faces. 

Imagine a time when the celebrities were the wise women, healers, women of the earth, women of magic. Women who could change into the wind, the wolf, the waves.

Can you imagine how different we might be if...​

…we were valued by the depth of our souls?
…by our unique gifts and heartfelt intentions?
…by the songs we sang and the dances we danced?
…by the traditions and wisdom we passed down to future generations?

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Meet Your Host

Tara Brading is the creator of the Dreaming the Ancestors podcast. She’s a women’s educator, storyteller and songstress. She’s been on a journey of remembering and reclamation for over ten years, honoring the earth based feminine wisdom left in her blood and bones.

She believes that this wisdom is awakening inside so many of us in these times of transformation and change, and her greatest passion is connecting women to the wisdom of their ancestors.

She’s the creator of The Roundhouse, which is a year-long membership journey into the Irish traditions, and the creator of Grail Priestess, a deep-dive program into the heart of England’s ancient heritage.

Meet Your Host

Tara Brading is the creator of the Dreaming the Ancestors podcast. She’s a women’s educator, storyteller and songstress. She’s been on a journey of remembering and reclamation for over ten years, honoring the earth based feminine wisdom left in her blood and bones.

She believes that this wisdom is awakening inside so many of us in these times of transformation and change, and her greatest passion is connecting women to the wisdom of their ancestors.

She’s the creator of The Roundhouse, which is a year-long membership journey into the Irish traditions, and the creator of Grail Priestess, a deep-dive program into the heart of England’s ancient heritage.

Ep11: Reviving the Proto-Celtic Language & the Ancient Ways of Woman

WITH CAROLYN HILLYER

In this episode, Carolyn shares wisdom about living on the wild lands of Dartmoor and her process of reviving and reimagining the Proto-Celtic language; a language spoken by ancient ancestors across various parts of Europe, including the British Isles. 

Carolyn’s work has awakened in me, and many others, a sense of what our Indigenous tongue might have been before the Anglo-Saxons came. There is a bone-deep ancestral remembering that happens in the presence of the Proto-Celtic language—in the speaking, singing and listening of it—that is difficult to put into words. 

During the episode Carolyn shares a song she has written in Proto-Celtic, an ancestral prayer, and ancient rememberings she’s received from the ancestors.

Ep10: Welsh Witchcraft & Women of Welsh Mythology

WITH MHARA STARLING

Wales is a country full of legends and myths about the spiritual world; stories of sacred lakes, healing herbs, women of magic, and the mighty red dragon. The Land remembers these stories and the ancient ways of mystery and magic; traditions that have their roots in old Brythonic Britain.

There are some fierce and magical women in Wales’s ancient mythology who embody the archetype of the Witch in a variety of ways. In this episode, Mhara Starling shares deep wisdom about some of these mythic women (such as Cerridwen, Rhiannon, and Arianrhod) and the Welsh magical traditions at large.

Ep9: Irish Tree Wisdom, Plant Magic & Land Tending

WITH Aoife Ní hEochaidh Réamainn

In the midst of rapid technological advancements, there is an ancient whisper that calls to many of us…a calling to return to the wisdom of the earth and the sacred technology of nature. A calling to reconnect with the land in the heartfelt ways of our ancestors. A calling to remember the medicine of the plants and trees, and how to heal ourselves as we heal the earth.

In this episode, Aoife Ní hEochaidh Réamainn talks about working with trees and plants in sacred ways, her experiences of tending the land, and how being in intimate relationship with nature can support our return to wholeness. She also shares her reflections on the Irish people as “people of the trees” and healing Ireland’s colonial past through the wisdom of the earth.

Ep8: Pathways of Belonging & Courting the Sacred

WITH ISLA MACLEOD

In this time of displacement, disconnection and overwhelm, so many people are longing for meaningful ways to belong. The questions that we hold close to our hearts are things like: What does it mean to belong to this earth? What does it mean to have roots? What does it mean to belong to my lineage, my ancestors, my cultural heritage?

For those of you who feel this longing to belong, you know how deep it goes. In this podcast episode with Isla Macleod, we’ll be exploring pathways to courageously heal our sense of un-belonging. We’ll talk about remembering our heritage and courting the sacred through earth reverence, altar spaces, ritual, and more.

Ep7: Modern-Day Druidry and Rites of Passage

WITH EIMEAR BURKE

In this podcast episode I speak with Eimear Burke, a Druid and Seanchaí (storyteller) as well as the Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We talk about the importance of Rites of Passage and how Druidry can help to inspire and inform rituals to mark moments of significance in our lives.

In the Western world we sometimes lose track of the most important moments in our lives—transitional and transformational moments such as giving birth, menopause, divorce or breakups, marriage or commitment, death of a loved one, an important achievement, getting sober, menses, and so many other moments. We often don’t give these Rites of Passage the true presence and meaning that they deserve, and in this episode we discuss how the earth-honoring pathway of Druidry can help us to uplift these moments as modern women.

We also discuss what it means to walk the Druidic path in the modern world and how to create more meaning in our everyday lives through ritual and ceremony.

Ep6: Midwifery, Motherhood & Scottish Folk Medicine

WITH NICOLA GOODALL

In this conversation, I talk with Nicola Goodall about the importance of midwives in the birthing process for mothers, and the ways that Scottish folk medicine weaves into the ancient tradition of midwifery. 

Nicola shares her wealth of wisdom about the sacredness of birthing, and ways to support this important rite of passage for mothers. She also shares wisdom about the persecution of midwives during the Witch Hunts and the ways that these atrocities have impacted women’s medicine. 

Last but not least, we have a discussion about the importance of mothers being nourished and supported, especially in these times of overwhelm and isolation.

Ep5: Reclaiming the Mythos of Feminine Bodies

WITH JEN MURPHY

In this episode with Jen Murphy, we dive into the connection between mythology and the feminine body, with a special focus on the myths of ancient Ireland.

As women, we are indoctrinated into so many false narratives about our bodies from a very young age…stories that can take us away from the true essence of who we are and our embodied wisdom.

We are living in powerful times where we can re-write these stories and reclaim the power of living embodiment. Tales of the mythic feminine and her archetypal energies can help guide us back to buried and forgotten aspects of self…breathing life into a felt-sense of sacredness & sovereignty that sings in our blood and bones.

In this conversation we  talk about ancient mythology, ancestral embodiment, the power of the mythic feminine, reclaiming the wisdom of our bodies, and re-wilding ourselves as women.

Ep4: The Wisdom of Women and Water

WITH DR. KAREN WARD

In this episode with Karen Ward, founder of Moon Mná, we speak about the sacred connection between women and water, which is encoded into our bodies. We flow with the menstrual cycle, connecting us to the cycles of Grandmother Moon who holds sway over the tides. We flow with the rhythms of our sexual fluids. We carry sacred womb waters that hold our beloved babies in utero.
 
These living connections are reflected back to us in nature. Lakes and wells are womblike in nature, representing the sacred waters of Great Mother, Mother Earth. The rivers are a flowing symbol of Life, just as the fluids flow from our sacred womb space. And within the Irish landscape, there are many bodies of water that carry the names of ancient goddesses and stories of the mythic feminine.
 
In this podcast episode, Karen and I dive into some of the sacred myths and traditions of Ireland that have connected women and water since time immemorial…a conversation that will awaken you to your own connection with the sacred waters.

Ep3: Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Goddess

WITH KATHY JONES

In this episode with Kathy Jones, founder of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple, we speak about reclaiming the wisdom of the Goddess.

For too long the Goddess has been forgotten, degraded and denigrated as patriarchal thinking has dominated our world culture. This has occurred in parallel with the oppression of women through the control of women’s bodies and physical expression, and the repression of women’s spiritual, emotional and creative energies.

In these transformational times of change the sacred feminine is rising. The Goddess is calling us to step into our power as an act of love and devotion; to ourselves, our communities, and the planet. As part of this conversation we’ll also talk about the sacred lands of Avalon and some of the history, myth and tradition of Goddess reverence in Glastonbury. 

Ep2: Ireland's Ancient Astronomers

WITH ANTHONY MURPHY

Imagine living in a time when there was no artificial light. When there was true darkness in the sky, when there were no high rise buildings blocking your view of the celestial realms. A time when you knew exactly where the sun would rise at different times of the year. When you could recognize the planets and the constellations, and you would sit outside during the night and watch their movements across the skies.

In the modern world, so many of us have become disconnected with the skies. We’ve lost our bearings, so to speak. But Anthony Murphy is someone who has really reconnected to this wisdom in such a beautiful and meaningful way. In this episode, we’ll dive into the topic of Ireland’s ancient astronomers, and the archeological and literary evidence they left behind.

P.S. Anthony talks quite a bit about the sacred site of Newgrange in this episode. If you’re not familiar with this ancient monument, you can learn more about it here.

Ep1: Sacred Song Traditions of Ireland

WITH MARY MCLAUGHLIN

In this episode with Mary McLaughlin we discuss Ireland’s incredibly rich culture and heritage when it comes to traditional music and sacred song traditions.

Sacred songs have been important to our ancestors throughout history from all around the world. They hold an important piece of culture and tradition as they are passed down through the generations. They have the ability to bring people together in community and connect with a shared sense of identity and belonging. They open our hearts to the stories of old and sacred currents of living wisdom.

Mary is an Irish Singer, Songwriter, and Teacher with an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise, specializing in Ulster sean-nós singing. She carries the sacred song traditions of Ireland with so much beauty and grace, which you will experience for yourself in this episode.

THE ARCHIVES

WITH NAOMI LOVE

WITH BETHANY WEBSTER

WITH DR. ANITA SANCHEZ