INNER QUEST CHURCH
A Country for Myth and Mystery
May 21 – 29, 2015
Hosted by Rev. Cindy Fuller and Rev. Patrick Abent
Journey to one of the most sacred places in Europe – Ireland. Visit Grange Stone Circle, the largest stone circle in Ireland. Tour the Hill of Tara, which is said to represent The Mother Womb of Ireland – the most sacred place of them all – where the Ancient Ones conducted rites, and where Irish monarchs were crowned. Tour Belfast and learn about the city’s fascinating times during what is called the “Troubles.” Enjoy the beauty of the stunning North Antrim Coast and Ireland’s favorite giant, Finn McCool. Visit the huge Knocknarea cairn, said to be the grave of the legendary Queen Maeve. All this and more as ancient & mystical Ireland awaits you!
We would love for you to join our Meditative experience as we connect with a world that created our own. We will touch the land and ancient energies, and allow our love to close the circle of Peace.
By Cindy Fuller
Trip Tour Hosts, Rev. Cindy Fuller and Rev. Patrick Abent. Plus Special Guide Diomira D’Agostino
Rev Cindy Fuller, spiritual leader has dedicated her life to following God. A gifted psychic, healer and teacher, she and Rev. Patrick Abent co-founded Inner Quest Church, a spiritual path which incorporates metaphysical principles with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Patrick Abent, also a healer and teacher, is a pioneer in the field of vibrational healing. Together they have worked for over 24 years, creating a church of love and a space of “heaven on earth.”
Special Guide and acting Faery Ambassador- Diomira D’Agostino, an intuitive who connects with the faeries of every region, has extensively walked the sacred sights of Ireland. She has connected with the Faery Beings there and has awakened the memory of co-creating with them in her own heart. She seeks to bring this experience to you so that we can all touch that magical space. Her light will help to open doorways to other realms of enchantment and love.
Day 1: Thursday, May 21: Leave for Ireland
Depart Atlanta this evening for Dublin.
Day 2: Friday, May 22: Arrive in Dublin. To the Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara, Bru Na Boinne Newgrange and overnight in Dublin (B/L/D)
Welcome to Ireland. Arrive at Dublin Airport and transfer to our coach as we travel through the scenic Boyne Valley, which is the most historical region of Ireland, and where we will find its most important Irish monuments. We start with the Hill of Tara. Tara was once the residence of the High Kings of Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned here in pre- and historic times. In the early Christian period Tara was the political and religious center of Ireland. Saint Patrick himself is said to have visited Tara. The earliest settlement at the site is Neolithic while the Mound of the Hostages was constructed in or around 2500 BC. Early in the 20th century a group of Israelites came to Tara with the conviction that the Arc of the Covenant was buried in the famous hill – alas they only found some Roman coins. We continue to the Bru Na Bóinne Visitor’s Centre where we will have a light lunch and bit of time to refresh ourselves. Then in the afternoon we explore Newgrange, which includes the fascinating megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Dowth. (Dowth is the Fairy Mound of Darkness and will be filled with the Fairy Energy.) The extensive exhibition highlights a full-scale replica of the Chamber at Newgrange. The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. Its kidney shaped mound covers an area of over one-acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 60 foot long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. It is estimated that the construction of the Passage Tomb at Newgrange would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years.
*Note that the Irish government has placed restrictions on visits to Newgrange and Knowth are strictly subject to availability so we while we are confirmed at Newgrange, we are on the wait list for the smaller tombs at Knowth.
We return to Dublin in the late afternoon and check into our hotel (where our rooms will be ready for us) and our welcome to Ireland dinner.
Day 3: Saturday, May 23: Morning in Dublin and afternoon to Newcastle (B/D)
Spend the morning at leisure in Dublin for relaxing and meditation. Or for those who want, there is an optional panoramic tour of Dublin via the “Hop On/Hop Off” bus (cost $20), that allows you to experience all the history and culture of Dublin in one visit. There are two routes on the tour; The Original route is 90 minutes long with 23 stops conveniently located close to Dublin’s most popular attractions. You can hop-off at any time to go visit attractions like the Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse or the Book of Kells in Trinity College. Your guide will point out all the most famous landmarks and points of interest along the way, showing you where famous Dubliners like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett (among others) lived and spent their time. The second route is through Dublin’s Docklands and takes 35 minutes with 8 stops including the Jeanie Johnston Famine Memorial ship, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the National Convention Centre. You can also hop-off at Stop 7 to take a Dublin Bay Cruise. Buses arrive at each stop every 10-15 minutes. You’ll enjoy live commentary from the Bord Fáilte Ireland accredited drivers, all native Dubliners, who will charm and entertain you. About 4 pm, we depart Dublin for Newcastle and overnight accommodations and dinner at our hotel.
Day 4: Sunday, May 24: To the Ballynoe Stone Circle and Belfast (B)
After breakfast we depart for the Ballynoe Stone Circle (Northern Ireland). The stone circle at Ballynoe is a wonderful megalithic site, which may date back as far as 3000 BC. Aubrey Burl described Ballynoe as one of the great rings of Western Europe and suggested it was modeled on the great circle at Swinside in Cumbria, which is on exactly the same latitude. The circle consists of over 50 stones and originally may have had up to 70 stones. Elliptical in shape, the circle is up to 100 feet wide, and has an entrance at the WSW with two large portal stones outside the ring. We will have an extensive morning at this sacred place before departing for Belfast, about a 90 minute drive. After checking into our hotel and lunch on our own, we depart at about 3 pm on a unique touring experience as we board a “Black Cab” (four travelers to a cab with a local driver/guide) for a Panoramic Tour of Belfast City. The tour will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower (Ireland’s answer to the Tower of Pisa) and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. We will go by the City Hall, the Opera house, the Crown Bar (which dates from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. We’ll also pass the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912. A visit to the Shankill and Falls road will be of interest, as it will give the visitor an indication of how life was in Belfast during the “Troubles.” We cannot help but notice the murals across Belfast that offer a fascinating history in pictures of the situation encountered in this Northern Irish capital. Although huge strides have been made in the fight to combat sectarianism in the city, the marks of the past can still be witnessed in the form of majestic murals adorning the sides of buildings and walls that tell the two sides to the story of the conflict and you can leave “your own message” on the peace walls. We return to our hotel where the balance of the day and evening is at leisure and dinner on our own at one of the many delightful restaurants.
Day 5: Monday, May 25: To Giant’s Causeway and Antrim (B/L/D)
This morning we depart Belfast for the stunning North Antrim Coast and a photo stop at the Dark Hedges of Stranocum. Then we visit the Giant’s Causeway Site & Visitor Centre, where we will encounter Northern Ireland’s favorite giant, Finn McCool. According to legend Finn McCool created the Giant’s Causeway by building stepping stones to Scotland to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner. At the new Visitor Centre we explore the major themes of mythology, geology, landscape, ecology, culture and social history based on the UNESCO World Heritage site that consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago after a volcanic eruption. After lunch at a local restaurant we continue along the north Antrim coast to visit Dunluce Castle & Mermaid Cavern. The ruins of Dunluce Castle are located right on the North Antrim coast and stand proudly on a 100 foot high column of basalt rock. The ruins portray an air of strength that this site seems to command. Before the advent of gunpowder it would have been almost impossible to conquer. The castle dates largely from the 16th and 17th centuries, however the outer walls with round towers are attributed to being built in the 14th century by the MacQuillans. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. This day will take us as far north as we are going. We will experience the awesome ocean energies.
Day 6: Tuesday, May 26: To Donegal (B/L/D)
Today we journey to Donegal, located on the North West part of Ireland, a region that has kept Donegal secret and wild. The Irish consider it to be the most beautiful part of the county because of the great diversity of scenery. Donegal is formed by coastal scenery, mountains, lakes and bogs covered in heather – all of which combine to give it a unique charm. Its roads are narrow and will lead us to tranquil and deep bays, long deserted beaches inhabited only by the sea birds, high cliffs and a coastline dotted with small islands. The narrow winding roads slow us down and allow us to enjoy the wild and unspoiled nature. Afterwards, we enjoy lunch at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel. Then we continue through the Irish countryside to our hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight. This area is filled with Faeries. We will connect with them as we enjoy a restful day.
Day 7: Wednesday, May 27: To Sligo, Knocknarea Cairn (Queen Maeve’s Tomb) and Lough Gill (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart for Sligo to visit to the hilltop cairn grave of Knocknarea. Considered 1000 years younger than Carrowmore, the huge Knocknarea cairn is said to be the grave and tomb of the legendary Queen Maeve. The 40,000 tons of stone that cover the tomb have never been excavated despite speculation that a tomb on the scale of the one at Newgrange lies buried below. Local legend has it that it’s bad luck to remove a stone from the cairn, but good luck to take one up the hill to deposit at the cairn. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then on to Hazelwood Demesne on the shores of Lough Gill for some peaceful time to explore the nature trails, sculptures and views of the lake. Continue to Sligo for dinner and our overnight.
Day 8: Thursday, May 28: To Carrowkeel and Athlone (B/D)
Today we will depart Sligo and our first stop is Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery. Carrowkeel is located on a scenic Neolithic hilltop passage tomb complex made up of 14 passage cairns that are identified by a sequence of letters. The passage cairns sprawl across a number of hills that form part of the Bricklieve Mountain range. Carrowkeel is one of the “big four” passage tomb cemeteries in Ireland. The Carrowkeel Tombs have been carbon dated to between 3400 and 3100 BC, making them older than Egypt’s Pyramids. Then we visit the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre which tells the story of the archaeology, history and mythology of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Onto Ogulla Well. According to legend, Saints Eithne and Fidelma were baptised at Ogulla Well by St. Patrick during his visit to Ireland in 432 A.D. The Well is now a place of pilgrimage. Enjoy free time in Longford for lunch on our own before we continue to Lough Deravaragh in county Westmeath. Also known as Donore Lake, it is one of the highest lakes in Ireland and a perfect place to meditate and go over all the places we have seen on our journey. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 9: Friday May 29: Depart for Atlanta (B)
After a final breakfast at our hotel transfer to Dublin Airport for our flights back to Atlanta.
- Round trip transportation from the Church to the Airport
- Round trip air transportation from Atlanta to Dublin
- All activities described in the above itinerary
- Hotel accommodations
- Daily buffet breakfasts
- Additional lunches and dinners as indicated
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Group transportation within Ireland by coach
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Escorted from Day 3 to 8
- A “Black Cab” tour of Belfast
- PLUS Group ceremonies and workshops
Hotels or similar
- Dublin: Hotel Academy Plaza (1 night)
- Ballynoe Area: Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel (1 night)
- Belfast: Days Inn Belfast (1 night)
- Antrim: Bayview Hotel (1 night)
- Donegal: Central Hotel (1 night)
- Sligo: Hotel Best Western Sligo Southern (1 night)
- Athlone – Westmeath: Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown (1 night)
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