26 episodes

In each KnotWork Storytelling episode, we'll explore a different story from mythology, folklore, or history, particularly from Ireland and the Celtic World. Then, my guest and I dive deep into why these ideas and characters still resonate today.

Your host is Marisa Goudy, author of The Sovereignty Knot: A Woman’s Way to Freedom, Power, Love, and Magic. She is a Word Witch, a Story Healer, a Writing Coach, and a has an MA in Irish literature from University College Dublin.

Join us as we wander through these ancient storylines as we set out on a quest to learn from the past, better understand the present, and craft a sustainable future.

Every episode reminds us that ancient stories are medicine for our ancient maladies.

KnotWork Storytelling Marisa Goudy

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In each KnotWork Storytelling episode, we'll explore a different story from mythology, folklore, or history, particularly from Ireland and the Celtic World. Then, my guest and I dive deep into why these ideas and characters still resonate today.

Your host is Marisa Goudy, author of The Sovereignty Knot: A Woman’s Way to Freedom, Power, Love, and Magic. She is a Word Witch, a Story Healer, a Writing Coach, and a has an MA in Irish literature from University College Dublin.

Join us as we wander through these ancient storylines as we set out on a quest to learn from the past, better understand the present, and craft a sustainable future.

Every episode reminds us that ancient stories are medicine for our ancient maladies.

    The Fenland Lanterns: An Autumn Story from East Anglia by Robyn Watt | S 2 Ep 10

    The Fenland Lanterns: An Autumn Story from East Anglia by Robyn Watt | S 2 Ep 10

    Our Story
    This is a story of a cheerful, fearless farmhand named Fred who lived in the Fens, the marshy, bogs of East Anglia. He was at home in himself and on the land, and that attracted the jealousy of the other young men on the farm. This story, inspired by a tale called "The Syleham Lamps," collected in https://amzn.to/3RQ34xs (Kirsty Hartsiotis’s Suffolk Folk Tales), features the mysterious will-o'-the-wisps, the mysterious marsh lights that appear over the bogs of the Fens in eastern England.
    Our Guest
    Robyn Watt is an animist teacher and practitioner in the traditions of the British Isles. She offers programs for somatic nature connection, and soul and ancestor-tending in the field of the animist healing arts.
    After moving to Canada from the UK, Robyn navigated the experience of grieving for her homeland by reclaiming the ancient animist cosmologies of her ancestry. Through this, she came into the work of guiding others who also long to reconnect to their ancestral wisdom traditions from far away.
    Find Robyn at sacredearthgrove.com, in her online community oursacredcircles.com and on Instagram @sacred.earth.grove
    Our Conversation
    Robyn begins with an invocation of the ancestors and the land as she tells a story inspired by the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk, where she grew up and where her family has lived for centuries.
    What it means to live in North America and feel the call back to ancestral homelands. Robyn describes it as a wounding but also considers the gift of reconnection that follows the pain of disconnection.
    Animism upholds the sentience and aliveness of the world. It is rooted in the ancient understanding that the world can and wants to communicate with us is something that many modern people know in their bones, even before they know the word. Animism is a powerful way to cope with environmental crisis and climate anxiety.
    The perennial struggle of nature versus civilization, as embodied by Fred and his struggle with the other stable boys
    Disney brought the will o’ the wisps to popular consciousness in the movie Brave. As imperfect as Disney is, there’s magic in the way modern retellings give us access to the ancient in a vital way
    The Fens were also home to Queen Boudicca’s Iceni tribe
    Resources and sources of inspiration: artist and author Katie Holton’s work with the Ardee Bog in County Louth; Francis Pryor’s book https://amzn.to/3ra8Kqb (The Fens: Discovering England's Ancient Depths); Philip Pullman’s novel https://amzn.to/3Syz74Y (The Secret Commonwealth.)
    The scientific explanation for the marshlights or “ignis fatuus”: they are created by the oxidation of gasses produced by organic decay that cause photon emissions. But also… it’s magic!

    Our Music
    Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/billyandbeth.com (billyandbeth.com)
    Work with MarisaMarisa offers 1:1 coaching for Personal and Professional growth with her https://www.marisagoudy.com/healing-for-heroines (Healing for Heroines) packages.
    She also offers https://www.marisagoudy.com/story-weaver-book-coaching (Story Weaver Book Coaching )for memoirists, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs at the beginning of their writing journey.
    Find more of Marisa's writing and get a copy of her book, The Sovereignty Knot https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/www.marisagoudy.com (www.marisagoudy.com)
    Follow the show on https://www.instagram.com/knotworkpodcast/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/knotworkstorytelling (Facebook), and https://www.facebook.com/groups/4429930243750952 (join our vibrant listeners' community).

    • 47 min
    Deirdre, Who Is So Much More Than Her Sorrows | S.2 Ep. 9

    Deirdre, Who Is So Much More Than Her Sorrows | S.2 Ep. 9

    Our Story
    The story of Deirdre or the Exile of the Sons of Uilsliu is a pre-tale of the Táin, the greatest epic in Irish mythology. At her birth, Deirdre is prophesied to bring ruin to Ulster. It is a tale of a despotic king, love at first sight, betrayal, and includes a brief mention of suicide.
    Our Guest
    Melinda Laus is a grief counselor and educator who understands grief as a normal, healthy part of being human. After the sudden and unexpected death of her late husband, Melinda learned that her healing was richer and deeper when she accessed nature and expressed herself through writing and photography. In addition to running a private practice in the Portland, Oregon area, Melinda is the founder of the online support community, The Nature of Grief.
    Find her onhttps://www.instagram.com/melindalaus/ ( Instagram) and onhttps://www.facebook.com/TheNatureofGrief ( Facebook)
    Our conversation
    This story of kings and failed leadership is also a story of young love and freedom. This retelling has echoes of a former American president, but also the death of Queen Elizabeth, and the tragedy of Princess Diana’s death.
    Deirdre is an unapologetic tragic figure, and that teaches us so much about permission to grieve and be sad in a culture rooted in toxic positivity
    Melinda’s story of losing her husband at age 31 and how that transformed her understanding of grief
    Power as held by royalty, the bards, and the druids as a parallel to the ruling elite, the media, and the religious establishment
    The play between the individual and the collective, as well as the result of toxic individualism
    Other forms and causes of grief, including climate grief and the grief caused by colonization and displacement
    The specific nature of “Irish grief” and a reference to poet Padraig Ó Tuama who reminds us that the Irish phrase tá brón orm, which translates to "the sadness is on me"
    Susan Cain’s book Bittersweet and the validity melancholic personality

    The primary sources for this retelling of the tale: https://celt.ucc.ie/published/T301020/index.html (Douglas Hyde's translation of Deirdre) andhttps://celt.ucc.ie/published/T301020B.html ( Vernam Hill's translation of The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu. )
    Our Music
    Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/billyandbeth.com (billyandbeth.com)
    Work with MarisaMarisa offers 1:1 coaching for Personal and Professional growth with her https://www.marisagoudy.com/healing-for-heroines (Healing for Heroines) packages.
    She also offers https://www.marisagoudy.com/story-weaver-book-coaching (Story Weaver Book Coaching )for memoirists, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs at the beginning of their writing journey.
    Find more of Marisa's writing and get a copy of her book, The Sovereignty Knot https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/www.marisagoudy.com (www.marisagoudy.com)
    Follow the show on https://www.instagram.com/knotworkpodcast/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/knotworkstorytelling (Facebook), and https://www.facebook.com/groups/4429930243750952 (join our vibrant listeners' community).

    • 59 min
    Life and Death on the Farm Atop the Hill: A Story of an Irish Cailleach | S.2 Ep.8

    Life and Death on the Farm Atop the Hill: A Story of an Irish Cailleach | S.2 Ep.8

    Our Story
    There’s a long, strange tradition in Irish mythology and folklore in which a powerful man tries to steal a valuable cow from an old woman (cailleach). Maybe it’s not so strange… It’s just one more example of how independent older women are considered a threat to the status quo.
    Marisa Goudy tells the story of Mona, the Cailleach who lived upon a hill that bore her name (Cnoc na Móna/Knocknamona). The original tale, found in a footnote in an 1860 publication of the Ossianic Society, a translation of a medieval Irish manuscript called the Imtheacht na Tromdhaimhe, includes few details. Marisa’s version imagines a new ending for tale that originally ends in a wise woman’s murder and the slaughter of a sacred cow.
    Our Guest
    Lee Rankin is a farmer and founder of https://applehillfarmnc.com/ (Apple Hill Farm), a successful and award-winning first-generation farm in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. She is an advocate for farmers through her leadership and involvement at a local and state level. She speaks, teaches and consults frequently as a first-generation woman farmer on the topic of alpacas, entrepreneurship, and the benefits of diversifying your farm portfolio through agritourism.
    Lee is the author of https://amzn.to/3BwPtp6 (Cookin' Up a Storm, The Life and Recipes of Annie Johnson) now in its second edition. She is currently looking for a home for her memoir, Farm Family, the story of her journey of starting Apple Hill Farm as a solo Mom.
    Our Conversation
    The power of being a woman with animals and land. In Lee’s experience where the majority of farmers are men, she’s so aware of the feminine expression of her farming, including a spiritual, sacred sense of “knowing.”
    Choosing when to preserve and when to innovate, as storytellers and as famers.
    Preserving the Randall Lineback breed of cattle; there are only 1000 across the US.
    Lee’s story of moving to what would become her alpaca farm in Appalachia with her one year-old son and a golden retriever.
    Stories of animal rescues, and also of animal passages.
    A powerful reframe on death and how this story could have ended as the original version did, with the death of Mona and the cow. Our desire to sanitize the death parts and give everyone a happy ending.
    This episode pairs so well with https://knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/boinn-remembered-laura-murphy (Laura Murphy’s story of the goddess Boinn) who was closely associated with cattle and the concept of imbas forosnai, the inspiration that illuminates. (S.2 Ep.7).

    Our Music
    Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/billyandbeth.com (billyandbeth.com)
    Join Us in the Heroine's KnotThe Heroines' Knot is an online community for creative creatures on the quest for self-expression and collective renewal. https://my.captivate.fm/www.marisagoudy.com/heroines-knot (Learn more and join us.)
    1:1 Coaching Opportunities
    Marisa offers 1:1 coaching for Personal and Professional growth with her https://www.marisagoudy.com/healing-for-heroines (Healing for Heroines) packages.
    She also offers https://www.marisagoudy.com/story-weaver-book-coaching (Story Weaver Book Coaching )for memoirists, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs at the beginning of their writing journey.
    Find more of Marisa's writing and get a copy of her book, The Sovereignty Knot https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/www.marisagoudy.com (www.marisagoudy.com)
    Follow the show on https://www.instagram.com/knotworkpodcast/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/knotworkstorytelling (Facebook), and https://www.facebook.com/groups/4429930243750952 (join our vibrant listeners' community).

    • 52 min
    Bóinn Re:membered: A Story of Poetic Inspiration by Laura Murphy | S 2 Ep 7

    Bóinn Re:membered: A Story of Poetic Inspiration by Laura Murphy | S 2 Ep 7

    Our Story
    This original story of the Irish goddess Bóinn was written by Laura Murphy and is being offered for the first time here on KnotWork Storytelling. Laura takes what we have from the medieval manuscripts from the Christian monasteries and then follows her own divine inspiration, or the imbas forosnai you’ll hear so much about in our conversation.
    If you hear a phrase that plucks at the strings of memory, know that Laura has woven in a few lines from other great Irish writers who have inspired her, who have offered their imbas, including W.B. Yeats, George Russell (also known as AE), Ella Young, Padraig Pearse and Sinéad O’Connor.
    Our Guest
    Laura Murphy is an activist, healer and Poet in Residence for Herstory; the powerful movement in Ireland telling stories of modern, historic and mythical women.
    Laura is a passionate campaigner for Ireland’s Mother and Baby home survivors and other issues surrounding equality, environmental and social healing including the recent successful campaign to make Brigid’s Day a national public holiday in Ireland.
    Laura’s work is centered around the ancient Irish poetic practice of “Imbas Forosnai,” which means “Inspiration that Illuminates.” Comparable to the Buddhist concept of Enlightenment” or contemporary “Flow-State,” Imbas Forosnai is said to be a gift of the Goddesses Bóinn and Brigid. It was a practice mastered by the ancient poets of Ireland to bring truth to power and healing to society.
    Our Conversation
    The long legacy of patriarchal suppression of the feminine that appears in Bóinn’s story, just as it did in the story of Eve and Mary Magdalene. There’s punishment for “tasting wisdom.” How did these stories change our understanding of the feminine across centuries?
    Laura’s experience with Lyme disease as a “lived experience of Bóinn’s ordeal.”
    Experiences in the dark chambers - Bóinn in Newgrange, Marisa’s experience at Oweynagat (the “Cave of Cats” at Rathcroghan in County Roscommon, which is said to be the birthplace of the goddess Morrigan). The spark of Imbas comes in the deepest, darkest spaces just as alchemy, the creation/discovery of the golden light, happens in the power of beholding the dark.
    Laura’s first deep experience with Imbas Forosnai: A sacred pilgrimage route that connects Brigid’s birth and death place and spans from Dundalk, the Hill of Slane, Tara, and Kildare. In a mystical experience as she crossed the River Boyne, Laura felt the gift of poetry flow through her.

    An Invitation to Go Deeper into Bóinn’s Origins and Mythology
    In our conversation, Laura mentions her dear friend Anthony Murphy who has written a monograph that compiles all known references to Bóinn called “Bóinn: the Goddess of the River Boyne and The Milky Way.” It presents a full and untainted account of the mythology behind her.
    Also available is a prose-poetry masterpiece he wrote in a state of Imbas flow, inspired by Bóinn called Return to Segais.
    Laura had the honor of proof-reading both. In turn, she says, these books were instrumental in her connection with Bóinn and in Her healing. Both available at http://www.mythicalireland.com (www.mythicalireland.com)
    Our Music
    Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/billyandbeth.com (billyandbeth.com)
    Join Marisa in the Heroine's KnotThe Heroines' Knot is an online community for creative creatures on the quest for self-expression and collective renewal. https://my.captivate.fm/www.marisagoudy.com/heroines-knot (Learn more and join us.)
    1:1 Coaching Opportunities
    Marisa offers 1:1 coaching for Personal and Professional growth with her https://www.marisagoudy.com/healing-for-heroines (Healing for Heroines) packages.
    She also...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Lost in the Wild, At Home Within: A Story of Mad Sweeney | S 2 Ep 6

    Lost in the Wild, At Home Within: A Story of Mad Sweeney | S 2 Ep 6

    Our Story
    The tale of Suibhne Geilt or “Mad Sweeney” comes to us from a medieval Irish manuscript and is sourced as far back as the 9th century. A warrior king driven mad by a saint’s curse, Sweeney spends years wandering Ireland, never able to rest or find a home. Marisa Goudy’s version of the tale is inspired by Seamus Heaney’s translation of the epic poem, https://bookshop.org/a/832/9780374518943 (Sweeney Astray.)
    Our Guest
    Dr. Michaelene Ruhl has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 14 years and is the founder of Constellation Healing Arts where she holds safe and sacred space for people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and other life challenges. She also supports folks who have experienced plant medicine journeys via integration sessions.
    This year, Michaelene is launching the Sacred Immersion Training™ Program, which offers Healing Professionals the skills and insights they need in order to hold safe and sacred for themselves and others, particularly on plant medicine journeys.
    To learn more about Michaelene and her offerings, visit her website: http://www.constellationhealingarts.com (www.constellationhealingarts.com)
    Find Michaelene on https://www.facebook.com/dragonflyjourneys (Facebook) and on https://www.instagram.com/drmichaelenepsyd/ (Instagram).
    Our Conversation
    Michaelene, a psychologist and sacred healer, is like Saint Moling who welcomes Sweeney at the end of our tale. As a healer, you can’t save anyone, but you can hold their experience.
    The experiences of modern warriors and the difficult return home for veterans. Clinical trials for veterans with PTSD that include psychedelics
    Michaelene’s own journey with sacred plant medicine
    The story takes place in the period when Christianity began to eclipse paganism and the “old ways” of the Celtic, earth-based faith. We’re at another moment of great chance when it comes to faith and belief. At this moment, when we move away from organized religion, we can create a new relationship with our bodies, the land, and with the plants.
    Sweeney is a violent man who embodies “toxic masculinity.” And yet, he is also the sovereign of the land who is trying to fulfill the duty as king.
    Michaelene’s sacred blessing: We don’t have to take our journeys alone. We are far greater than any suffering we could perceive, endure, or experiences

    Our Music
    Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/billyandbeth.com (billyandbeth.com)
    Join Us in the Heroine's KnotThe Heroines' Knot is an online community for creative creatures on the quest for self-expression and collective renewal. https://my.captivate.fm/www.marisagoudy.com/heroines-knot (Learn more and join us.)
    1:1 Coaching Opportunities
    Marisa offers 1:1 coaching for Personal and Professional growth with her https://www.marisagoudy.com/healing-for-heroines (Healing for Heroines) packages.
    She also offers https://www.marisagoudy.com/story-weaver-book-coaching (Story Weaver Book Coaching )for memoirists, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs at the beginning of their writing journey.
    Find more of Marisa's writing and get a copy of her book, The Sovereignty Knot https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/www.marisagoudy.com (www.marisagoudy.com)
    Follow the show on https://www.instagram.com/knotworkpodcast/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/knotworkstorytelling (Facebook), and jhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/4429930243750952 (oin our vibrant listeners' community).

    • 49 min
    Bright And Obscure: Stories of the Irish Goddess Áine with Jen Murphy | S. 2 Ep. 5

    Bright And Obscure: Stories of the Irish Goddess Áine with Jen Murphy | S. 2 Ep. 5

    Our Story
    A Irish sovereignty goddess whose origins lie with the mythical Tuatha Dé Danann, Áine is also a sun deity, a bean sidhe (woman of the Sí), and fairy queen. Our guest Jen Murphy comes to KnotWork with a collection of Áine tales.
    In a story from the mythological period, Áine has an ill-fated meeting with the unjust king Aillil Ólomm, who strips the land bare and threatens the goddess. Later, Áine is also found in a 14th century tale of Gerald, Earl of Desmond, also known as “The Wizard Earl.” Finally, a story collected in 1938 by the Irish Folklore Commission about a wise woman named Áine with two daughters who refuse to follow their mother’s marital advice, each with disastrous results.
    Our Guest
    Jen Murphy is the creator of Celtic Embodiment, a cutting-edge modality that fuses the ancient wisdom of Celtic Mythology with the emerging field of Feminine Embodiment Coaching to transform modern life for women. Jen is a certified Feminine Embodiment Coach and holds a degree in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies and an M.A. in the Anthropology of Development. Coming from a lineage of storytellers and wisdom keepers on her maternal line, Jen is fascinated by the natural coalescence between our ancestral myths and our bodies as a potent brew to reclaim our sovereign power.
    Find Jen at https://www.celticembodiment.com/ (www.celticembodiment.com/) and on Instagram: @celticembodiment
    Our Conversation
    The ancient Celtic Sovereignty myth: the divine marriage (the banais ríghi). When the Sovereignty goddess unites with the king, she expects fir flaithemon, the prince’s truth. A worthy ruler needs to be just, truthful, and discerning. Parallels to Sumerian tales of Inanna and her partners.
    The importance of reciprocity - between people and land, between sovereignty goddess and king
    The ways that religion and politics collude together and exploit the land
    Connections to Arthurian Grail legend and “The Elucidation,”a tale that describes the rape of the Well Maidens that leads to the closing of the wells and creation of the Wasteland.
    Hospitality as a key aspect of mythology and culture
    Ireland as a “goddess obsessed” island. And yet, with all of the divine feminine magic, all of the Mother Goddess worship, it was not a Utopia for women. There were ways in which the coming of the church offered a haven for women, and monasteries became places of learning.
    Jen’s personal story of what it meant to see all part of herself, integrate the energy of midsummer, the deepest energy of the grandmothers, a death of a part of the self, and rebirth and integration

    Our Music
    Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/billyandbeth.com (billyandbeth.com)
    Join Us in the Heroine's KnotThe Heroines' Knot is an online community for creative creatures on the quest for self-expression and collective renewal. https://my.captivate.fm/www.marisagoudy.com/heroines-knot (Learn more and join us.)
    1:1 Coaching Opportunities
    Marisa offers 1:1 coaching for Personal and Professional growth with her https://www.marisagoudy.com/healing-for-heroines (Healing for Heroines) packages.
    She also offers https://www.marisagoudy.com/story-weaver-book-coaching (Story Weaver Book Coaching )for memoirists, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs at the beginning of their writing journey.
    Find more of Marisa's writing and get a copy of her book, The Sovereignty Knot https://www.knotworkstorytelling.com/episode/www.marisagoudy.com (www.marisagoudy.com)
    Follow the show on https://www.instagram.com/knotworkpodcast/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/knotworkstorytelling (Facebook), and jhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/4429930243750952 (oin our...

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

PuertoGeekan ,

Amazing storytelling!

Marisa is such a gifted storyteller! She takes old and ancient myths and brings them to life in a way that shows how timeless these tales really are and what we might still learn from them about ourselves and our world. If you’re interested in in the magic that a good story can bring to your life and want to be transported through time and space and back again… you’ll want to listen to Knotwork Storytelling! Highly recommended.

mahplay bb ,

I love the stories!

When I walk, I love being carried away with these stories. These stories take me away from every day life in a way that’s real and necessary. The Celtic world is a wonderful place to visit!

Mom of a fussy sleeper ,

Ear Candy & Soul Candy in One!

So well executed -- I felt lighter and stronger after listening to the Brigit episode. And I just about spat out my coffee with glee when She & Saint Patrick were equated to Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe!! 😆 That's when I knew I'd found my people. 🤗 Thank you for sharing!

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