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Besom Making Workshop

March 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


One of the earliest forms of a broom was known as the Besom. The besom broom is very practical, but the user needs a little education. Used correctly, with the broom outstretched and a sideways sweep, it is more effetive than many of the modern alternatives. Great for sweeping the decks of debris and helpful for workshops and gardens as well.

Traditionally, the besom brooms were made from Hazel or Ash for the handle and Birch or Heather for the bristles. There are certain times of the year in which to gather the components, for example, now is the time for Birch, but March will be the time for Heather.

In rituals, the besom is seen as both masculine (the phallic handle) and feminine (the bristles) and was used to cleanse or purify a space. Besoms were also kept by the door to sweep the threshold of the home, both for protection and clearing as well as setting intent for the positive energies welcomed and allowed to enter into the home.

Keeping a Besom by the door or hanging it over the door when not in use, was a way to protect the home from unwanted outside energies.

In this half day workshop you will be making your own besom out of either Hazel or Ash wood for the handle and Birch branches for the bristles. Your take-a-way from the day is not only a lovely besom to bless your home or to help around the house, but also knowledge of the old traditions, through Daithi Dubh, that you can share and keep alive.

The cost for this event is €50. To Reserve your space for this event with a non-refundable deposit of €25 no later then February 25, 2017.

Foinse Dubh is located 5 mins from the Woodlawn train station, so if you would like to arrange pick-up and drop off, we can do so.

There are also coaches that run to Ballinasloe and we can arrange for pick up and drop off from from there.

If you are coming from far away and would like to reserve accommodations, we can offer you the following options for an additional cost:

Double bed room at Foinse Dubh €50/night (incl. breakfast)
Couch surfing at Foinse Dubh €25/night (incl. breakfast)
Double bed room at Green Hills Farm Stay €50/night (incl. breakfast)
Camping grounds at Green Hills Farm Stay €15/night
or other hotel accommodations are in Ballinasloe €€

Daithi and Michelle welcome you to Foinse Dubh and look forward to seeing you.


March 4, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Daithi Dubh
083 880 1177


Foinse Dubh
Liscune, Ballymacward
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway 00 Ireland
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083 880 1177