As we approach mysterious Dumnonia, or Cornwall, via the ancient kingdom of Wessex, we will discover many secrets in King Alfred’s capital city, Winchester, and the knowledge gained there will open the gateway for our quest.
Many people have dreamed of entering the hallowed ground of Stonehenge and being in the presence of those mighty megaliths, yet few ever get to do so. We invite you to become one of those privileged few during our private early morning visit when we will have this temple to ourselves. We celebrate with a simple yet profound ceremony and honour this site as countless generations have done for nearly five thousand years. It is an experience that no one forgets!
Connected by a leyline to Stonehenge, Salisbury will be our base as we sleep just a stone’s throw from the medieval cathedral that has been the heart and lifeblood of this ancient city for a thousand years.
We edge closer to the Celtic Lands of the far Southwest as we enter the county of Devon and its landscape heartland of Dartmoor. Here we find atmospheric stone circles hidden in the folds of the beautiful moor, each with a gift to bestow. By the time you get here you can truly say that you have arrived in Britain.
Mysteries generally get deeper before they are solved. So, with this in mind, we travel on until there’s nowhere left to go. Surrounded by the ocean from which it defends itself with mighty coastal cliffs, West Penwith is the ‘toe’ of land at the foot of Britain. Seemingly, an unlikely place to look for answers to our mystery – yet there is no better place; it has survived like a land out of time…
St. Michael’s Mount, dedicated to the Archangel Michael, is accessible at low tide by a pedestrian causeway and at high tide only by small local boats. The site, of both a former monastery and a military castle history, reflects the duality of life. The majestic isle is a paramount place to reflect on this lesson where the powerful Michael/Mary and European Apollo/Athena Earth energy currents converge.
We are drawn by the mysterious sounding names of Nanjizal Bay, Men-an-tol and Boscawen-Un and for good reason – they have not only retained their Celtic names but also their power. The heavily crystal-studded granite underlying this land conducts powerful Earth energy currents to each of the sacred sites, and surprisingly there are more ancient sacred sites per square mile here than anywhere else on Earth! Their isolation within this beautiful rugged landscape has helped to preserve so many of them. The veils that shroud the mystery will thin and we will directly experience what our quest is really about.
We will be treated to a visual and fragrant delight of wild hedgerow flowers in full bloom as we tread half-forgotten country paths that lead to secret holy wells, lone standing stones, cromlechs and hidden stone circles. Every stone and flower comes vibrantly to life under the glow of the special Cornish light. This is no fanciful notion – it is a reality that has attracted many artists to live and paint in Cornwall.
After our time immersed in this special land we follow the coastal road that winds up hill and down dale giving us breathtaking vistas until we arrive at Tintagel on Cornwall’s craggy north coast. The castle ruins which sit atop the cliffs mark the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. There have been few more evocative and appealing stories throughout history than that of the young warrior king. With its call to the noble, the romantic, the courageous and the spiritual seeker in each of us how can we fail to be drawn to this legend? By walking this land on our own Grail quest we find answers, often in the most unlikely of places.
It may be down below on the beach in Merlin’s Cave, accessible only at low tide, or in the Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle – honouring Wise Women and Cunning Men throughout history, or nearby at St. Nectan’s Glen where the water from a beautiful waterfall flows through the hermit saint’s cell, which has been converted into a prayer and meditation sanctuary. Or it may well be at Dozmary Pool, the home of the Lady of the Lake – where the final secret awaits…
10 days |£ 2 095 per person | 15 – 24 September 2017
|Duration:||10 days/9 nights|
|Dates:||15 – 24 September 2017|
|Price per person sharing:||£ 2 095 (Great British Pounds)|
|Single Supplement:||£ 295|
|Journey Leaders:||Cameron & Glenn Broughton|
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|Arrival point:||Heathrow Airport, London Pick up 11 AM|
|Departure point:||Heathrow Airport, London. Drop off at
11 AM, please book outbound flights after 2 PM
Cameron and Glenn Broughton have been researching and visiting ancient sacred sites for over twenty years. Together they lecture internationally on sacred sites, earth mysteries and crop circles and are the co-founders of Earth Spirit Conferences in the USA.
Born in England, Glenn Broughton discovered his spiritual path via a circuitous route, which included school teaching, founding and running an inner city community arts centre, house renovations and wholesale organic food distribution. Having spent 6 months in the Avebury area researching the earths energies and another 6 months at a meditation retreat, Glenn went on to complete a two year qualification with ICCH (International College of Crystal Healing) and studied spiritual healing for two years with NFSH – National Federation of Spiritual Healers (The Healing Trust) in England.
Cameron qualified as a Massage Therapist at the New England Institute of Muscle Therapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied Shamanism with Naomi Lake, founder of Full Circle. She still practices as a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and energy healer and utilizes these skills to lead meditations at the ancient sites to re-connect with our spiritual purpose and with the Earth. Connecting with the Spirit of Place and the ancestors through ceremony, Cameron brings a heart centered approach and passion to the experience.
Day 1 – Fri, 15 Sept
This morning, meet the group at London Heathrow Airport and drive to our hotel in Salisbury for a two-night stay.
Enjoy a free afternoon in Salisbury to have lunch, rest from your journey and explore this beautiful ancient city. Even though the city has been built around the medieval Salisbury Cathedral, it is a vibrant and bustling small European city.
In the early evening, meet up for an introductory gathering and orientation and intention setting process before the welcome dinner.
Overnight Salisbury Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2 – Sat, 16 Sept
After breakfast, travel to the nearby ancient city of Winchester. This city, dating back to Roman times, is built around its 11th century Winchester Cathedral. Our first visit of the day is to the thirteenth century Great Hall of Winchester Castle. Here we find the seven hundred year old King Arthur’s Round Table and we make our first contact with this powerful archetypal legend of our quest.
Then walk by the old Westgate into the city and past the medieval Buttercross to arrive at the Cathedral. Winchester Cathedral is a magnificent example of a medieval cathedral and unusually displays both Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture. We will learn about the energetic properties of structures and sacred geometry and how they impact upon pilgrims like ourselves.
After lunch in the cathedral refectory, walk past Wolvesey Castle and the house where Jane Austin died, to the river Itchen with its multitude of wild fowl and flanked by beautiful flowering gardens. The ancient streets, with their rich variety of architecture from many periods of history, will lead us to some surprising sacred sites, as we follow the past into the present.
We conclude our day in Winchester with a visit to a very special site – St Catherine’s Hill. The centuries old grass-cut labyrinth and an ancient sacred grove of trees on the summit mark this hill as somewhere very special. It is an energetic gateway from where major earth energy currents flow down into the city in the water meadows below. We will conduct a ceremony here to open the gateway to the magical journey that lies ahead of us.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Salibury Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Day 3 – Sun, 17 Sept
This morning, rise bright and early for our amazing private visit to Stonehenge. We have arranged for the group to have private special access into the stones of the world’s most famous sacred site. Wander amongst the huge megaliths that have stood in magnificent isolation on the windswept Salisbury Plain for thousands of years. Feel the pulse of powerful earth energy currents coursing beneath your feet and imagine the ceremonies that have been performed by robed priests over eons of time while we participate in our own. You will also have time to sit in quiet meditation and take those precious photos to help remember this once-in-a-lifetime moment. This is a rare opportunity to truly experience a site revered by countless generations up close and personal.
After breakfast at our hotel in Salisbury, depart for Devon to our country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor, for the next two nights. We will have lunch en route and make our first visit to a Mary site on the famous St. Michael leyline. We head to the village of Belstone, to find St. Mary’s Church, lovingly cared for by local parishioners, where you can sense Mary’s energy upon entering. Re-energized, walk through the village onto the moor to visit Ninestones circle, situated at the foot of Belstone Tor and feel transported into another world.
Dinner at hotel and overnight Dartmoor Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 4 – Mon, 18 Sept
After breakfast, visit Scorhill stone circle located on the moor and surrounded by natural tors and bubbling brooks; an ideal place for ceremony, connecting us to nature and the power of place. After our mornings pilgrimage, enjoy lunch at Fingle Bridge Inn and then walk back in time and visit Devon’s best Neolithic site, a dolmen called Spinsters Rock.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Dartmoor Hotel on a Bed & breakfast basis.
Day 5 – Tue, 19 Sept
Today we head to Cornwall, the most western part of England, where we will be treated to a visual and fragrant delight of wild hedgerow flowers in full bloom as we tread half-forgotten country paths that lead to secret holy wells, lone standing stones, cromlechs and hidden stone circles. Our first port of call will be Marazion on the mainland, then we cross to St. Michael’s Mount, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It is accessible at low tide by a pedestrian causeway and at high tide only by small local boats. This former monastery and then military castle reflects the duality of life. What better place to reflect on this lesson than the majestic isle, which is the crossing point of the powerful Michael/Mary and European Apollo/Athena earth energy currents.
Dinner and overnight at Penzance hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 6 – Wed, 19 Sept
We start our exploration of West Penwith with a visit to Nanjizal Bay where the Michael and Mary earth energy currents first come ashore. A walk brings us to the cliff tops overlooking this isolated and wonderful bay. This is the western end of the St Michael leyline. The beach is underlain with quartz crystal and there is a cave to explore. After lunch at a local tea room we will be joined by Cassandra Latham, a local wise-woman. She will give you a chance to experience the uniqueness of the Cornish ancient landscape with her knowledge of local lore. She will take us to Boscawen-un stone circle, one of the three mighty Gorsedds of the Druidic bards, set in remote heathland; this intact stone circle is considered by many to be the most powerful in all England. We also plan to visit Men-an-tol, a holed stone that has been visited as a place of healing forever and is aligned with other sacred sites in this landscape – you can crawl through the hole to receive healing energies yourself!
We are including a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching a play at the Minack Theatre this evening. This amazing amphitheatre is cut into the granite cliffs so you have the stunning view of the ocean as the backdrop throughout the performance!
Own arrangements for dinner and overnight Penzance Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 7 – Thu, 20 Sept
We start today with a ritual healing ‘baptism’ at Sancreed Holy well where we learn of the importance of water. We will then hike up the nearby Sancreed Beacon that affords 360 degree panoramic views of West Penwith.
Enjoy a free afternoon in Penzance and then rejoin the group for dinner at Admiral Benbow Pub (pirates and smugglers pub) in Penzance
Overnight Penzance Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
Day 8 – Fri, 21 Sept
After breakfast, we travel up Cornwall’s north coast to Tintagel, where we will stay for our final two nights. After checking into our Arthurian themed hotel on the cliff tops we will go to Boscastle for lunch and visit the Witchcraft Museum. The museum’s purpose is to present a well rounded view of witchcraft and the importance of Wise Women and Cunning Men to village life. Following our visit we will take a magical walk alongside the stream through the beautiful wooded St. Nectan’s Glen to arrive at its 60ft highwaterfall, keive and the hermitage cell used by St. Nectan. This has been a place of reverence since Celtic times and is now a shrine with the waters flowing through it. We are welcome to use it for meditation and lighting candles. Some believe it to be amongst the ten most important spiritual sites in England.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Penzance Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 9 – Sat, 22 Sept
All sites in Tintagel are dominated by everything Arthurian and you’ll have the opportunity to re-live the stories of the Arthurian legend. Traveling back in time we discover how these archetypes can help us in our world today.
Learn the Arthurian legends about the lives of the fabled Knights of the Round Table. King Arthur’s Great Halls were constructed entirely of crystal-studded granite using sacred geometry in its layout. We’ll have a leisurely lunchtime to allow time to experience the many gift shops and cafes that Tintagel High Street has to offer.
Then we cross the footbridge that is now the only means of access to Tintagel Castle, the fabled birthplace of Arthur, which sits in splendid isolation on its rocky promontory. Descending the castle cliffs to the beach below, we’ll enter Merlin’s Cave accessible only for a short time at low tide each day. (Order of the day may change according to the tide schedule.)
Farewell Dinner at the hotel on overnight Tintagel Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 10 – Sun, 23 Sept
Today, we make our journey back to London Heathrow Airport for late afternoon flights home.
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75 – 90 days – full client deposit is forfeit
22 – 75 days – 50% of the tour price is forfeit
0 – 21 days – 100% of the tour price is forfeit