There are many ways to find out more about a place. You can read up about it, swim in it, ask locals for stories, watch birds or go on a hike. As artists and Place Dreamers we have invented a tool for use in the field, which gives great insights. We used it a lot at MAC Geopark to help us obtain glimpses the unknown. It happens like this:-
1. We spread our our DREAMING PLACE mat; a blue ripstop nylon groundsheet that stops ticks from crawling onto us while we dream and keeps out the wet
2. We lie down and look up at the sky
3. We cover our eyes
4. We do nothing
5.We watch as images and sometimes sounds drift into view
6. We record the content of our “dream” either by telling each other about it, writing it down or by making an audio recording
So here we are on a millstone grit bluff on top of Cuilcagh mountain in the borderlands of Northern Ireland and Éire. It’s a place as much “on the edge” as anywhere I know. It has magnificent views over tarns and on the other side of the blanket bogs are incredibly green limestone hills. I’m speaking into my audio recorder about ancient Cuilcagh ecologies.