South West England 2012 Overview
Your Inner Quest for the Grail
Sacred Sites and Crop Circles of Southwest England
Tour offered in cooperation with Ancient Sacred Sites Tours
July 12 to 23, 2012
See video clip below
We will take you on a journey of transformation starting at the birth place of King Arthur as we discover where legend and truth are entwined, as we realized that these places are important to set the scene as to where we are traveling in our journey into the world of spirituality.
We will discover Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall like never before. An area rich in spirituality, legend and history, South West England was home to King Arthur, Joseph of Arimathea and the Druids who used the Stone Circles for sacred ceremonies and rituals.
Our eleven “Immrama” (Celtic word for Spiritual Journey) beginning in Cornwall embraces the compelling history of South West England and connects us to this powerful, sacred land. Throughout our journey, both spiritually and physically, we will visit the sacred sites of Stonehenge, Glastonbury Tor and many of the hidden Stone Circles in Devon & Cornwall, unvisited by most tourists. You will experience relaxing meditations, Druidic rituals and specialized knowledge only available through small group interaction.
Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at Bristol University, and the author of nine books, including The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles, The Stations of the Sun: a history of the ritual year in Britain, and The Triumph of the Moon: a history of modern pagan witchcraft.
He is a member of three different Druid orders, and a Grove Chief in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and is currently writing a book on the history of Druidry.
Ronald will be spending the day with us in Glastonbury. We will relive the history, spirituality, myths and legends.
Caitlin Matthews is a respected teacher of the ancestral British and Irish traditions, combining scholarship with practical applications of ancient lore. She is the author of many books including, The Celtic Tradition, the Arthurian Tarot and The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend, which depicts the sacred land of Britain.
She is co-founder of FmOS, the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies dedicated to the sacred oracular arts: FmOS also runs a shamanic training program, see web site: www.hallowquest.org.uk.
Caitlin Matthews is the author of over 50 books including King Arthur’s Raid on the Otherworld, Singing the Soul Back Home the and The Celtic Spirit. She teaches ancestral and Celtic traditions worldwide as well leading a shamanic training program.
Caitlin is currently on sky box, on Channel 200 http://www.edgemediatv.com/schedules.html The program is repeated once a week at present so look and see when next it’s on. She is talking about the new book on ‘The Watkins Review.’
We will be enjoying the company of Caitlin on the 17th July the group will have the opportunity to participate in a three-hour workshop. Then in the evening a very special ceremony will be conducted by Caitlin at the center of Stonehenge.
Peter Knight is well-known for his lively and enthusiastic workshops, convention lectures and field trips about topics relating to our ancient heritage.
Over the last 13 years he has written several books, including his latest The Wessex Astrum in 2008 with Toni Perriot. The book tells of a hexagram landscape involving Glastonbury, Stonehenge, and Avebury, which is known as the Wessex Astrum. Within this hexagram discoveries were made of Knights Templar sites. Earth energies were dowsed and over 500 miles of alignments were followed in discovering the hexagram.
He is the co-founder of the Dorset Earth Mysteries Group. Peter is an Honorary Member of the Antiquarian Society and the Wessex Dowers. He follows the Goddess inspired spirituality, yet honors and respects the wisdom of other spiritualities and religions.
We will be spending two full days with Peter around the sacred and magical landscape of Avebury, we will be looking at the symbolism of the stones, astronomy, understanding the spirituality of our ancestors and look at where the Shamans of old used to contact their ancestors. Also Peter will be explaining and showing the St Michael and Mary ley lines. Each one of you will have your own dowsing rods to use while on the tour, so that you can feel and experience the energy flows.
As the sacred landscape of Avebury is situated where it is the most active for crop circles in the world, we will be visiting the 2010 circles, that literally appear over night and to experience them first hand is truly amazing. These circles are a phenomena that can’t be explained you have to visit and experience them to understand them, the energies can be very different for each person. With Peter, we will visit them during our two day visit to this area. You will have an opportunity to meditate, dowse within these powerful circles.
The tour stays in Four locations: St Ives, Boscastle, Wells and Salisbury.
We will be accommodated in country bed and breakfast style guest house with full English breakfasts (vegetarians won’t miss out!) and the welcoming nature of friendly locals. Constant packing and unpacking is minimal, as we spend three nights in St Ives and two nights in Boscastle, three nights in Wells, and Salisbury. This means plenty of time for powerful energies and relaxing meditations should ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Most meals are included but there will still be opportunities to eat out on your own. The tour includes a free day at Glastonbury, to explore, rest or shop in this remarkable towns.
The open, spacious land of South West England is ideal for the sacred ceremonial sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. The Druids in ancient times used the natural open-aired amphitheaters of the land for their temples, allowing them direct access to the heavens. Our Druid ritual in the center of Stonehenge will encompass this very element as we literally look to the skies!
South West England is renowned for its timeworn history, tradition, legend, secrets, myth and mystery, but none is perhaps more spectacular than the Crop Circles. Appearing overnight, intricate designs cover entire fields, often in conjunction with UFO sightings and other unexplained happenings. While in Avebury experiencing the Crop Circle phenomena you will be able meditate and dowse in these wonderful creations.
Also included in each tour is a specialized book detailing each area we visit. The book is background information designed to enhance your memory of the unique and powerful elements of each place we visit, and furthermore, make your own notes of special interest to yourself.