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Singing Women’s Lives

September 15 2022 @ 5:00 pm - September 18 2022 @ 11:00 am


Exploring our experiences of womanhood through song, ceremony and sharing our stories

15th – 18th September 2022

With Joanie Bones

Joanie will be sharing songs from her project THE SHAME // THE LIGHT and other women’s songs, holding space so that together we can give voice to our experiences and creating beautiful ceremony to help us on our way through our lives as women. Expect some tears and much belly laughter as we finally get to put aside generations of separation and come together to share our depths and light with each other.
Joanie’s current interest in writing women’s songs arose when she noticed that many women in her life were feeling lost and isolated around their experiences of menopause. Knowing that miracles so often happen when women come together to share their experiences, Joanie started to host online listening circles for women of all ages to share their experiences of the menopause, and for women not yet at that threshold to start to learn about it. These were such rich learning and healing experiences she followed these with circles on other themes of womanhood. Always looking for songs to bear light on any issue, she was stunned to discover there are hardly any songs about so many of the issues women face; the menopause, not having children, the experiences of mothering, aging, etc etc. The songs she will be sharing on this weekend come from the work she has been doing to root out the songs that do exist, and write the ones that don’t.

There is a discount available for those on our online women’s circle ‘Circles of Light’ which Joanie is also leading. Read more: https://thesonghouseireland.com/event/circles-of-light/

Joanie Bones

Joanie BonesJoanie has studied women’s story and song traditions for many years and has supported hundreds of women through the life-transition of pregnancy and birth. She has trained as a birth educator, midwife, shamanic practitioner, circle facilitator, and is currently studying ancestral song and story lines with Leah Song from Rising Appalachia.

With a background spanning a deep love of folk song of the British Isles, teenage years spent immersed in 90s Britpop London, decades of spiritual searching, a deep love for devotional music from the East and her daily life as a Persian/Jewish Londoner living in the remote Scottish Highlands, Joanie Bones gathers the fragments of cultures, lands and songs into a music of soul, spirit and connection.

Mentored by four-time winner of the Scots Singer of the Year Award Siobhan Miller, Joanie is committed to using song as a power for exploring meaning and creating unity. She has sung everywhere – at births, on boats, at festivals, at folk clubs, sit-ins, lock-ins and die-ins – always encouraging people to join their voices together in song and clearing the way with her deep, resonant voice, reminiscent of June Tabor.


Bunk Room (with 3 or 4 people) €340 per person
Standard Price – shared twin room €370 per person
En Suite – shared twin room €420 per person
Camping price in the Song House garden €300 per person
Non-residential price €270 per person (includes all meals)
Single Room €440

A deposit of €150 is required to reserve your place, with the balance due 6 weeks before the event. You must also fill in the below form in order to secure your place and type of accommodation.

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Please check if your preferred accommodation is available as accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please fill out this online form in order to select the type of accommodation you would like: Click here for the form


You can travel to Falcarragh easily by public transport.

• Daily Coaches from Dublin to Falcarragh (4 hours). The coach picks up at Dublin airport:

• Daily Coaches from Belfast to Falcarragh (2 ¾ hours). The coach doesn’t stop at Belfast International airport, but if you phone them, they’ll arrange for a taxi to drop you from the airport to meet the coach on the main road: http://www.gallagherscoaches.com/Map.htm

• Hourly minibus from Belfast airport to Derry: www.airporter.co.uk
Local buses will get you from Derry to Letterkenny, then on to Falcarragh.

• Regular flights from Glasgow and Dublin to Donegal airport. 30 min drive from Song House. The car hire at Donegal airport is more expensive. Or get a taxi.

• To drive, Google maps reference is on our website

Cancellation Policy

We strongly advise you to arrange travel insurance to cover personal accident, cancellation of the course, loss of personal effects and personal liability.

In the event of your cancellation, for whatever reason except Covid, the following will apply:
• Cancellation 90 days and over before start of holiday – cost refunded less €60 admin charge
• Cancellation 46 to 89 days before start of holiday – 50% of total cost refunded, less €40 admin charge
• Cancellation 45 days before start of holiday– full cost of holiday will be charged, unless a replacement can be found. Then €40 admin charge.

In the case of cancellation due to renewed Covid restrictions, we will either keep your moneys towards a future holiday, or if preferred, offer you a full refund, minus administration fee of €40.


Our public liability insurance covers you for injury due to our negligence during the course but it does not cover you for injury from other causes or for loss or damage to your property. We cannot accept responsibility for illness, injury or loss, other than that caused by our proven negligence.


September 15 2022 @ 5:00 pm
September 18 2022 @ 11:00 am
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