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February 7, 2018 59 min

In this episode, Thin Places Podcast host, Mindie Burgoyne explores several questions concerning how we define “thin” places or mystical places. The basic definition she ascribes is, “thin places are places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin.” SEGMENT 1- Questions on thin places:


What are thin places – a place where the veil between this world and the otherworld is thin. Are places made thin by us or are they inherently thin? How do identify a thin place? What caused the ancients to choose certain places that still vibrate today? Why Ireland – why are there so many thin places there? In an effort to further explain the qualities of thin places, Mindie shares the story of The Journey of St. Gobnait and “places of resurrection” Links to posts about St. Gobnait and places of resurrection:

  • St. Gobnait: Patron of Ballyvourney, County Cork
  • Inis Oírr – Aran Islands Little Sister
  • St. Gobnait’s Holy Well – Ballyvourney


    Ruth O’Hagan discusses the concept of thin places in Ireland

    Ruth is from County Clare. She works in family psychology and teaches in university masters and doctorate programs on the supervision and training of therapists and clinicians. Her background is deeply spiritual, and she comes from a long line of natural healers.


    SEGMENT 3 – Mindie recommends


    Two books: How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill In the House of Memory by Steve Rabey (out of print) Amazon, AbeBooks or Book Depository




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