2022 Workshops...

IMG 1208Walking Awake into the Celtic New Year: A Weekend Retreat

 Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th, 2022

This weekend retreat will take place at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, PA. Surrounded by wooded trails and within walking distance of Columcille Megalith Park (a Celtic influenced standing stone park with over 90 stones!), it's the perfect place to take in the colors and lessons of Nature's autumn season and to welcome the arrival of Samhain, the Celtic New Year! 

Details: The weekend activities will ebb and flow with the energy of the group and will include most, if not all, of the following: 


  • Group sessons with focus on deepening our inherent connection with Nature and exploring our interest in Celtic Spirituality. 
  • Reflection, activity and conversation about the many aspects and lessons of Nature's autumn season and the Samhain spoke of the Celtic New Year. 
  • Tales of the Blue Dragon: Weaving the connections between this very special mountain range in Pennsylvania and the sacred Isle of Iona, Scotland. 
  • Optional participation in Celtic influenced ceremonies and rituals. 
  • The option of attending *Columcille Megalith Park's memorable torchilit Samhain ceremony. 
  • EXCITING UPDATE: While we originally announced that Denise's husband Nick Prance would join in over Zoom, he will now be joining us in person! Nick will co-lead many of the weekend's sessions alongside Denise. He will also be offering an optional session on promoting presence and well being drawing on his many years of experience in Mindfulness and his work in the mental health field. 
  • Time to just be, peacefully "walking awake" both alone and guided out in Nature: at the labyrinth, by the tarn (pond), among the wooded paths of Kirkridge and the powerful standing stones at Columcille. 
  • The weekend will also include Walking Awake's signature mix of poetry, music, story and craft. 

More may be added as we move closer to the weekend. Attendees will receive additional detailed information including suggestions of items to bring from home closer to the date of our gathering. 

Cost for this Weekend Retreat:  

Residential Rate:

$500.00 pp (includes: shared lodging, meals, and weekend workshop)

A few single room options are available for an additional $200.00 ($700.00 pp total). Note: Single rooms are limited availability. 

Accommodations will be filled first at the Farmhouse facility. When the Farmhouse accommodation is sold out, new registrants will be reserved in another nearby Kirkridge building (within walking distance of the Farmhouse). All meals, sessions and group time will be either in the Farmhouse, the Barn near the pond, or out on the Land.   

Commuter Rate: 

$375.00 pp (includes meals and weekend workshop).

*Note: There will be an additional $10.00 (donation) per person to attend Columcille's evening Samhain event which will be collected in person during the retreat weekend. If for any reason Columcille should cancel or reschedule their Samhain event, Walking Awake will offer a private Celtic New Year celebration for our group that evening. 

If attending this Walking Awake retreat weekend is singing to your heart, please place your non-refundable $100.00 deposit ASAP. Balance in full is due by October 1st, 2022. 

The goal of Walking Awake is to make all events available to everyone therefor we do offer payment plan options customized just for you. For more information contact Denise at denise@walkingawake.com 

Prior to registering: 

Please contact Denise to check availability. This event is selling out fast! Single room availablilty is very limited. 

Please review our terms and agreement page prior to making your deposit. 

When you are ready to commit to attending this event: 

Please use the PayPal link in our website to make your deposit or payment in full. 

If you would rather send a check, please contact Denise for address and details. 

Looking forward to October! 

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We Will Bring Our Workshops to YOU!...

Nick and Denise 2An integral part of Walking Awake’s ministry is to enable opportunities for others to deepen their innate connection with Nature, and to explore the wisdom within the sacred spaces of ancient sites, myth, history, the individual and collective journey, and the land we walk upon.  

Denise and Nick creatively weave these treasures together blended perfectly with a mix of music, poetry and story within all of Walking Awake’s events throughout the US and the UK.  

Denise and Nick enjoy traveling and meeting new people and are happy to create the perfect customized workshop, guided walk, retreat, or pilgrimage for you and your community. See below for examples of Walking Awake’s past workshops. Contact Denise today to begin a conversation regarding the many exciting possibilities of how Walking Awake can bring our workshops to YOU!  

Examples of past Walking Awake Workshops:

Walking Awake in Nature Weekend Workshop:

Mikes-Iona-Photos-1012 workshops retreats kirkridge retreat center pa denise crawnCome spend the weekend  with Denise Crawn and “remember” how to “Walk Awake”. There is an old saying: You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Denise will take you to that forest both figuratively and literally; a primal place that offers a feeling of magic, remembrance, of not being alone, and of being connected with something larger than the human mind can envision. Based upon her book, “Walking Awake: The Faces in Nature” and her own deep connection with nature, Denise will share her ability to see and sense things that others might miss along the wooded path or on a crowded city street.

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We have all seen faces and shapes in nature, for example in clouds, flowers and trees. Together we will step into wonder and explore the beauty and mystery of such encounters. Are they messages or signs? Are they communication from God, a reflection of a Universal Consciousness, or simply just “there?”

This retreat will be held both indoors and outdoors and will include using our natural instincts and awareness in our everyday surroundings. We will learn to use our closeness to nature as a spiritual practice, grounding our spirit in our connection to and oneness with the natural world. We will be helped in this reconnecting to our roots through Denise's photographs of Nature Beings. There will be group conversation, reflection on quotes from well-known people and from sacred texts, individual quiet time, guided walks, meditation, creative play, music and more.

This weekend is designed to help us to re-claim a sense of wonder! Bring your journals, cameras, sketch pads, imagination and weather appropriate apparel.


2019 Walking Awake Workshops

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Walking Awake: 

Harvesting the Messages from Nature 

*This is a past Walking Awake Workshop. If you would like Walking Awake to bring a workshop similiar to this one to your location, please contact Denise.


Friday, August 2nd - Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, PA USA - led by Denise Crawn.


If you love trees, stones and being in Nature, this retreat is for you!

Join Denise for a memorable weekend at Kirkridge Retreat Center nestled on top of the Kittatinny Mountain Range in Northeast Pennsylvania, USA. 

It’s summer time on the mountain, Nature is in full bloom and August 1st marks the Celtic observance of Lughnasadh, a celebration of the year’s first harvest.

Nature’s gifts abound…can you see them? Nature is communicating with us all the time…are you present enough to receive the messages? Are you ‘walking awake’? 

During this weekend we will expereince ways to connect more deeply to the natural world that surrounds us and explore how to harvest the gifts available to us through our innate relationship with Nature. 

With a focus on Nature and a touch of Celtic Spirituality this weekend on the mountain will provide a balanced blend of group gatherings, guided walks and meditations, rituals and activities, story, poetry, and song.  In addition, there will be plenty of opportunity for individual free time to rest or to explore the many wooded trails at Kirkridge and neighboring Columcille Megalith Park with its over 90 Standing Stones.

On Saturday, August 3rd, there will also be the option of attending Columcille’s Lughnasadh Celebration. 

Be sure to bring your camera, journal, sketch pad, drum, rattle, and of course, your love of Nature! 

Cost $425 includes double occupancy room, board and tuition

Contact Janet Lewis at Kirkridge to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Denise Crawn is the owner of Walking Awake, LLC, author of "Walking Awake: The Faces In Nature" and creator of several inspirational card decks. An ordained Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, NYC, Denise's ministry is expressed through her photography, book, cards and events, all of which focus on becoming more aware, awake and fully present through our interconnection with the spirit of Nature. Her deep-rooted relationship with Nature began as a child when she would join her father and brothers hunting and fishing. No longer a hunter, she remains forever an outdoors woman with a keen eye for tracking and a gift for reading Nature’s hidden messages. Once upon a time (not so long ago)…a real-life Circle of Standing Stones nestled in the woods at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountain range (Columcille Megaith Park) in her former home state of Pennsylvania called her to visit the tiny Hebridean Island of Iona, Scotland. Ten year’s later on her way back to Iona, she met her husband on a ferry and so began their “Ferry Tale” come true. Denise now resides in Scotland with her husband, Nick Prance. Together they lead workshops on both sides of the pond and pilgrimages to sacred sites in the UK with the intention of helping others connect to their inherent relationship with Nature and the Divine within and around. 


Walking Awake will come to YOU!...

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Walking Awake offers a variety of retreats and workshops at various locations throughout the US and UK. We love to travel for book signings, guided walks in nature, workshops, and retreats. For more information contact Denise.

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