Bestselling author Kathleen McGowan to lead writers’ workshop in Scotland

Kathleen McGowan

If you have even wanted to “pick the brain” of a successful author, this is a rare opportunity to do so. Kathleen McGowan is the author of the bestselling “Magdalene Line” novels, her books have been translated into 50 languages and sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. She has planned a “Writers’ Grail” to help aspiring authors gain inspiration and authenticity through a spiritual and historical journey through sacred sites of Scotland.

Featured destinations include Rosslyn Chapel and the holy isle of Iona. There will also be writing workshops. Please note that this is neither a conventional tour nor is it a writing class. It is a pilgrimage designed to stimulate the inspiration and the creative muse. Appropriate for fiction and non-fiction writers alike, the curriculum of the seminars will only be finalized after Kathleen and her co-host creativity coach Eleanor O’Rourke have familiarized themselves with the personal needs of the group members. After participants sign up for the program, they will receive a preliminary questionnaire asking about their writing goals and desires.

The setting for the workshop part of the tour is historic Iona, a tiny Island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. It is the site where Saint Columba established a monastery in 563, and it is said that 48 ancient Scottish kings including MacBeth are buried there.

To see full details of Kathleen McGowan’s “Writers Grail” tour of Sacred Scotland and Iona, please CLICK HERE.

Please note that Kathleen McGowan’s tours are very popular and tend to fill up very quickly. Her June, 2014 “Mary Magdalene” tour of France sold out in just a few weeks. So anyone with a serious interest should act quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Brittany Tour Features Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel tourIs it possible that the Brittany region in the northwest of France contains the last remaining vestiges of the lost city of Atlantis? This is one of the fascinating topics that highlights a forthcoming tour of the area. “Angels and Atlantis” is a group travel program to be hosted by Kathleen McGowan and Michelle Anderson starting in late September, 2014.

One of the featured destinations, Mont Saint Michel, is so rich in both history and myth that its legends date back more than 1,300 years. To give you some background about this sacred place, we thought we would share with you an article about its history.

The History of Mont St Michel

by Bob Lord and Penny Lord

When the miracle occurred, in 708, the whole area, which is now a bay, was a forest.

Two rocky peaks broke the massive forest. One was and is still called Tombelaine and the other was known as Mont Tombe. Mont Tombe, or as it is now called Mont St. Michel, was once a Shrine to Belen, the Celtic god of Light.

It later became a Shrine to the Roman Mercury.

It did not become a Christian place of worship until the 5th century, when it was occupied by hermits from the other side of the channel (somewhere in the British Isles, as it is now known, probably from Ireland).

They set up two oratories under the protection of Saints Stephen and Symphorien.

In 708 A.D. the Archangel appeared to St. Aubert who was then Bishop of Avranches.

Michael commanded that a Sanctuary be built on Mont Tombe, in his honor.

And so, the Sanctuary was built on the very mount where the pagans worshiped. This is not unusual in the history of our Church. In Assisi, for example, there is a church called Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (Saint Mary over the temple of Minerva).

It is fitting for the Church to do this. Did not Saint Paul go to the pagan Gentiles and bring the Good News of Jesus to them, very often using their pagan beliefs to help them understand that the god, they believed in, was no match for the One and Only God.

When you visit the Shrine, you have to stop and wonder how they were able to do it, first to fight the strong pagan influence that still prevailed and then the physical difficulty?

But when God is in charge “cannot a child, with the Angel’s aid, cause the monuments of a pagan cult to tremble?”

Saint Aubert sent representatives to Monte Sant Angelo (Cave of Saint Michael) in the Gargano, Italy, to retrieve a relic from the mountain. When the emissaries returned with the precious stones from the Holy Cave, what did they find, where there formerly had been a forest, but, waves smacking upon the shores of a sea-swept bay. The forest had become an island! Do you find that hard to believe? Well, how do you explain this?

This is not only the tradition of the Shrine, but geologists have confirmed that in the eighth century, a sudden encroachment of the sea did take place around the new Christian Sanctuary that was there. Phenomenon, or as we would rather believe, miracle?

Bob and Penny Lord are renowned Catholic authors and television hosts on EWTN, Global Catholic television. They are prolific writers about the Catholic faith, especially the Saints for which they have been dubbed “experts on the Saints.” For more information about Saint Michael appearances go to:

The upcoming “Angels and Atlantis” tour will cover the history and legends of Brittany from a broader perspective than that of the Lords. Co-host Michelle Anderson has been called a shaman, high priestess, angel and oracle, but she describes herself as “a girl who loves all living things.”

Kathleen McGowan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magdalene Line series, novels which explore and celebrate the role of exceptional women in history who have changed the world through their courage.  She has written several tantalizing things about Archangel Michael, with whom Mont Saint Michel is closely associated. She has even said that she may have been protected by a human manifestation of Saint Michael during a time when she was in great physical danger. The story is on her blog at

For a complete itinerary of the “Angels and Atlantis” tour, please visit

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Theresa Byrne on breaking through fear

Theresa Byrne will be one of the presenters at the September workshop for women, “The Heroine’s Journey” featuring Kathleen McGowan. Here is what Kathleen had to say:

My AWESOME, beautiful, bad-ass Ninja sister, Theresa Byrne, will be teaching a seminar on breaking through fear and obstacles at our epic retreat in Ventura California. Check out her short video here to see why you want to go. (No really, she IS a Ninja).

For complete details about The Heroine’s Journey, please click here.

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Tour Host Philip Coppens has died

filip-coppensIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Philip Coppens on December 30. He had been hospitalized with a rare form of cancer.

Philip’s beloved and wife, Kathleen McGowan, posted this message on her page:

My eternal beloved, my grail knight, my poet prince has made his transition. He is in the arms of the angels. In his last words he asked that I thank you all for loving him so much. We were both so greatly blessed. Good night, sweet prince. My love for you knows no boundaries and no time.

Here are details about his memorial service and burial:

  • The memorial service for Filip Coppens will take place on Tuesday, January 8th, at 11:30 am.  This will occur at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.  Please note that there are multiple memorial parks in Southern California owned by Forest Lawn, and ensure that you are going to Glendale, at the address provided below.
  • The service will be a closed casket.  However, those who wish to see Filip for one last time may attend a viewing the night before in the Forest Lawn Memorial Center.  This will take place between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm and these are open hours for coming to the viewing any time within that frame.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

1712 S. Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91205

  • Visitation and Viewing:

Monday, January 7, 2013
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, free visitation time between that period.
Upon entering Forest Lawn’s gates, you will see the complex of Tudor style buildings on your right.  Go inside to the information desk and they will escort you to the room with the open casket.

  • Memorial Service and Burial

Tuesday, Janaury 8, 2013, 11:30 am, Church of the Recessional
They can give you a map to the Church when you enter the gates.

  • This will be a celebration of Filip’s life and legacy, followed by his burial in the Court of Freedom, adjacent to the labyrinth.

A labyrinth walk will follow the burial for those who are called to participate.

  • We invite everyone who loved Filip to join us in this celebration of his life.  All locations are wheel chair accessible.


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