ENGLAND SACRED SITES
From Avalon to Camelot
This journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the enchanted realms of Arthur, Merlin and Morgan le Fey. Experience the history, mystery and magic of the landscape of ancient southwest Britain
June 6 – 15, 2017
Operated in conjunction with Gothic Image Tours
On this tour we visit some of the key sites of the mythic Arthurian legends, Cadbury, Glastonbury and Tintagel. We also visit some of the most impressive prehistoric temples of southwest England, including Avebury, Stonehenge and Boscawen-un. At the world-famous Stonehenge we gain private access to do a Druidic dawn ceremony.
Avebury is the world’s largest stone circle complex, with the largest man-made prehistoric mound, Silbury Hill. Boscawen-un in Cornwall is special because it is a rarely intact and living stone circle, with one stone of solid quartz.
HOSTED AND GUIDED BY MARY GREER, LINDA MARSON & JAMIE GEORGE
Mary K. Greer
With more than ten books and 48 years experience in Tarot, Mary K. Greer pioneered many of the Tarot reading methods used today, including reading Tarot for yourself and methods that are interactive, transformational and empowering. She has a deep knowledge of the origins of the Waite-Smith deck and a particular interest in ‘Pixie’, the artist, Pamela Colman-Smith who lived for 30 years in Cornwall.
Professional Tarot reader, teacher and founder of Global Spiritual Studies, Linda Marson, facilitates a process for using Tarot to explore the messages sacred sites and landscapes have for us. In her book, Ticket, Passport and Tarot Cards, Linda shows how her travels around the world reflected stages in her own inner journey at the time. These insights came from using Tarot to reveal the link between inner and outer journeys. She believes readings we do on the tour will shine a light on what sustains us spiritually and how we connect with it.
Director of Gothic Image Tours, Jamie George, has been taking spiritual pilgrims on tours for over 30 years. “It’s been an honour to journey with so many interesting and inspiring people, helping them tune in to the history, mystery and magic of ancient sacred places, where every site has a story to tell. I imagine myself coming there for the first time, and if you put yourself in that position, all kinds of things can open up. For me, it’s a dance between memory and revelation. Some of the most memorable times are those when we’re just having fun. You find yourself laughing and joking because you’re opening up, you’re becoming much more at one with yourself and the land.”
We begin our pilgrimage at Glastonbury, the ancient Isle of Avalon, known in former times as England’s ‘holyest earthe’. We climb the incredible Glastonbury Tor, home of the King of the Fairies, with its stunning views and its three-dimensional labyrinth dedicated to the Great Goddess.We trace the footsteps of the Essene Joseph of Arimathea, on Wearyall Hill, drink deeply of the healing waters of Chalice Well, and absorb the spiritual energies of the ‘first ground of God’ in the green pastures of Glastonbury’s Abbey ruins. We visit an ancient Druid grove where lie the majestic ancient English oak trees, Gog and Magog, with their astonishing simulacra.
Nearby, across the ten mile King’s Causeway, is that most impressive of hillforts, Cadbury Castle, known as Camelot, King Arthur’s citadel, festooned with massive earth and stone ramparts and enchanted woods.Onwards to the legendary site of King Arthur’s birth – Tintagel, its castle ruins, sacred island and Merlin’s cave full of magic and atmosphere, where dwells his spirit amidst the craggy rocks and roaring tides.
Few natural sanctuaries in Britain are as numinous as St Nectan’s Fairy Glen where we pause in wonder at the marvellous waterfall and keive. Here we can swim in the healing waters which have created a natural bowl. We visit the Saint’s hermitage and shrine before we venture further to Rocky Valley with its awesome labyrinth rock carvings. We lunch and enjoy the quaint village of Boscastle.
Onward to the wild and moody district of West Penwith where we visit two powerful stone circles: Boscawen-un and the Merry Maidens along with two delightful holy wells at Sancreed and Madron. Here we will have time to pause and reflect on the wisdom of our Neolithic ancestors in some of the most unspoilt and evocative sacred landscapes in the British Isles.
As we travel back upcountry, back towards London, we stop on Bodmin Moor at Jamaica Inn and visit the legendary Excalibur site of Dozemary Pool. Onwards via a 12th Century hostelry for lunch to the pretty market town of Marlborough.
The following morning we arise and travel to Stonehenge (with special access) for a unique vigil to greet the sunrise within the temple of the stones. Here we will have a Druid ceremony in which we can all participate. Later we visit the enormous ancient stone circle complex of Avebury – so large that it has a village in the middle. We also visit the magnificent West Kennett Long Barrow and Silbury Hill, part of the Avebury complex. Our tour concludes with a farewell dinner at our Marlborough hotel.
Day One, Tuesday, June 6: In London – On to Glastonbury
Rendezvous at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, Arrivals Building, ‘The Meeting Point’ – at NOON. Transfer to coach. Lunch at the Mayfly Inn, Wherwell, en route to Glastonbury. Check into our hotel in Glastonbury. Dinner and orientation.
Day Two, Wednesday, June 7: In Glastonbury
A mystical tour of Glastonbury – the Ancient Isle of Avalon with its intriguing blend of Christianity, Druidry and Arthurian legend. According to tradition, Joseph of Arimathea arrived with his 12 companions in AD37, bringing the Chalice of the Last Supper or the Holy Grail. We visit the beautiful gardens of Chalice Well and drink of the well’s healing waters. Here is the legendary burial place of the Holy Grail. We visit Glastonbury Abbey and climb the magnificent Tor hill with its three-dimensional labyrinth or Cretan maze. In this landscape, the veil between the worlds is thin and we thin and we tune into its special energy through Tarot and meditation.
Day Three, Thursday, June 8: In Glastonbury
Today we visit the spectacular hill fort known as Cadbury/Camelot – the likely site of King Arthur’s citadel. Here we can see the enormous stone ramparts that surround the hill and walk the perimeter of the 21 hilltop acres that constitute the fort. This became an important defensive site over thousands of years. We learn of the history, myth and legends of the Arthurian period. After lunch we return to Glastonbury to visit the ancient Druid oaks of Avalon – Gog and Magog – that were reputed to be part of a processional path leading to the Tor. Free time until dinner when we can shop, have a massage, tarot or astrological reading, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Aura Soma or revisit a Glastonbury site for quiet contemplation. Overnight in Glastonbury.
Day Four, Friday, June 9: To Cornwall and Tintagel
After breakfast, we travel to North Cornwall, to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur – Tintagel. En route we visit the holy well and chapel of the Celtic St Clether, set in a beautiful valley with a bubbling stream and rocky outcrops. A place of rare peace and sanctity. After lunch we explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle, set on island peninsula amid the rugged Cornish coastline. We descend to the awesome Merlin’s Cave, said to be haunted by the spirit of the great sage. We visit the fogou (iron-age underground ceremonial cave) and the King’s Inauguration Footprint, set in stone at the highest point of the island. We check in to the Camelot Castle Hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Tintagel.
Day Five, Saturday, June 10: In Tintagel
Today we visit the nearby enchanted fairy glen of St Nectan with its wonderful waterfall, keive (initiation bowl), saint’s hermitage and chapel. Here is a precious nature site of outstanding beauty. Legend recalls that King Arthur and his knights found refreshment here. We take lunch at the Cobweb Inn in the lovely little fishing village of Boscastle, home to the Witchcraft Museum which we visit in the afternoon. Tarot displays feature the Waite-Smith deck, and the Golden Dawn, so this is a wonderful place to tune into the energy of Pamela Colman-Smith. Overnight in Tintagel.
Day Six, Sunday, June 11: To Penzance including a visit to Mt St Michael
Onwards through the Cornish countryside to Penzance – the last city in England . On the way to our hotel we will view the impressive St Michael’s Mount across from Mount’s Bay, where we take in the sea air and relax by the shore. Overnight in Penzance area.
Day Seven, Monday, June 12: In Penzance
This is a day for crossing over into the otherworld through Tarot, ritual and meditation. We visit the stone circles, wayside shrines and holy wells of the little district of West Penwith – the Land’s End. First, the evocative stone circle of Boscowen-un (‘house of the elder tree’), secluded amongst bracken, with a central leaning pillar stone and an enigmatic quartz stone in the south-west of the circle. Here we have a ritual to call in the spirit of Pamela Colman-Smith. Then the Merry Maidens stone circle, named after a group of girls caught dancing on the Sabbath by the Devil, who turned them to stone. Nearby are two monoliths known as the Pipers, who met the same fate. We visit the lovely valley of Lamorna, where we take lunch at the Lamorna Wink Inn. In the afternoon we visit the holy wells of Madron and Sancreed, where stands a church with ancient crosses. Overnight in Penzance area.
Day Eight, Tuesday, June 13: To Marlborough
We journey northeast across the great Bodmin Moor, stopping for a break at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier. We have lunch at a unique 12th C hostelry on the edge of Dartmoor. This inn has been built within what remains of a stone circle! We travel upcountry to the pretty market town of Marlborough. Overnight in Marlborough.
Day Nine, Wednesday, June 14: In Marlborough
We rise early for a pilgrimage to the great temple of Stonehenge where we participate in a ritual to celebrate the coming summer solstice, the time when the power of the Sun is at its peak. This will be led by a member of a modern Order of Druids. After a short break for breakfast, we visit the World Heritage Site and sacred landscape of Avebury. The henge, the largest stone circle in the world, has an imposing bank and ditch, and inner stone circles. We visit the largest burial mound in Europe – West Kennet long barrow – and the largest artificial structure in Europe – the enigmatic Silbury Hill. At these sites, we are joined by Steve Marshall, whose book, Exploring Avebury, reveals, for the first time, the importance of water, light and sound in these ancient sites. The afternoon is free to rest, stroll round the town of Marlborough and prepare for our farewell dinner. Overnight in Marlborough
Day Ten, Thursday, June 15: To London Airport – Tour Ends
After breakfast, we depart for London Heathrow Airport for international, domestic fights and transfers. We arrive by 10:00 am in time for flight departures from 1:00 pm onwards.
Please note: We reserve the right to vary the itinerary as necessary to provide the best possible experience under the circumstances prevailing at the time.
- Excellent quality accommodation with private facilities.
- Full English breakfasts every day
- Dinners each day
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Transportation by motorcoach throughout itinerary
- Sea transportation
- Presentations and lectures
- Tarot Activities
- Local taxes and gratuities (excluding. driver)
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