~ from ”The Mists of Avalon”
Glastonbury has long been acknowledged as the location of the mystical land of Avalon and the burial site of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere; a place beyond the veil of human sight and one only those who have reached deep inside their soul can see. Ladies, if you’ve ever felt a connection with Camelot, Tintagel, the healing waters of the Chalice Well, or felt called to walk with the ancients at Stonehenge, this journey will speak to you.
A Quest Of The Heart
The quest for Avalon, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur and the Holy Grail, have long been sought after by seers, magicians, kings and noble knights – it represents the classic story of the eternal journey for peace, restoration and integrity. These stories represent your journey, mine, and all of humanity‘s to the heart of who we truly are. We invite you to quest with us and cross over the threshold of time as we open the curtain to Avalon.
This will be a very special one-of-kind tour with your experienced trip leader Cameron Broughton. – We will be joined by local experts along the way who will share the many secrets of these ancient lands, hidden behind the veil of modern society. Together they will share and guide us into the heart and soul of these sacred places and into the mystery and magic of our personal grail quests.
The Heart Of Sacred Britain
We’ll have private time at Stonehenge, visit Glastonbury, Chalice Well, Tintagel, Merlin‘s Cave, Dozmary Pool, St Nectan‘s Glen, Bath, Wells, and Salisbury! Honouring our sacred feminine through ceremony and celebration will be a highlight of this journey. Join us on this woman‘s quest to illuminate our integrity, power and glory.
“The grail is made in the image of ourselves, our mind the vessel, our body the stem… Drink up and be ruler of thine own destiny.” – King Arthur to his Knights of the Round Table
Day 1, Thurs 29th May
This morning we’ll arrive into London Heathrow Airport to gather our group and drive to our hotel in Salisbury.
You will have a free afternoon in Salisbury to have lunch, rest from your journey and explore this beautiful ancient city. You will find that even though the city has been built around the medieval Salisbury Cathedral it has kept up to date and is a bustling small European city.
In the early evening we’ll have an introductory gathering before a welcome dinner, get to know one other a little and set our intention for the journey.
Overnight in Salisbury ~ dinner included
Day 2, Fri 30th May
After a wonderful breakfast, our group will gather together for an orientation. Then we’ll have a leisurely walk to the 800 year old medieval Salisbury Cathedral; this is one of England’s most famous Gothic cathedrals, around which the city itself was built. We’ll lunch at the Cathedral’s stunning cafe followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral, including visiting the cathedral Chapter House where you’ll see one of the original and best preserved Magna Carta. You will have time to walk around Salisbury to shop before a visit to Old Sarum. Sarum is the old name for Salisbury and at Old Sarum we find the remains of the castle and the original cathedral and a leyline connects it to the present cathedral in the valley below and to Stonehenge.
Overnight in Salisbury ~ free choice dinner not included
Day 3, Sat 31st May
This morning we’ll rise bright and early for our amazing private visit to Stonehenge where we will have private time at this sacred site. We have arranged for the group to have private special access into the stones of the world’s most famous sacred site. Touch the huge megaliths which 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. Imagine the ceremonies which have been performed by robed priests over eons of time or just sit in quiet meditation. This is a rare opportunity to truly experience a site revered by countless generations.
Returning to the hotel for breakfast, after which we will then depart for Cornwall, arriving at the Jamaica Inn by noon we’ll lunch at the Inn, made famous by the novel of Daphne du Maurier. After our lunch we’ll visit the enchanted Dozmary Pool. Here we come into the presence of the Lady of the Lake at her mystical and watery home. It was at this lake that the Lady bequeathed Excalibur and its enchanted scabbard to King Arthur. Understanding the importance of this gift and paying tribute to the Lady will enable us to receive a gift of our own to accompany us on this pilgrimage. After our beautiful experience we’ll drive to Tintagel.
While in Tintagel we will be joined by author Jude Currivan, PhD who will share her wisdom of Arthurian lore with us, and how it impacts us as women today.
Overnight in Tintagel ~ dinner included
Day 4, Sun 1st June
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 may discover how these archetypes can help us in our world today. We’ll learn the stories of the Arthurian legend and 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.)
Overnight in Tintagel ~ free choice dinner not included
Day 5, Mon 2nd June
This morning we’ll gather to share our experiences thus far followed by a visit to the magical wooded St Nectan’s Glen with its waterfall and kieve. Walking along a quiet lane with fragrant hedgerow flowers we’ll then come beside a beautiful and energetic woodland stream and reach the waterfall at its head. St Nectan’s former hermitage cell is now a shrine where we’re free to meditate, pray or light a candle. After lunch we’ll travel to our hotel in Wells for 4 nights.
Overnight in Wells ~dinner included
Day 6, Tues 3rd June
We will spend the whole of this day in Glastonbury, otherwise known as the Isle of Avalon. We will be joined by a spiritual storyteller, Claire Viner, who will bring the myths and legends to life for us.
Glastonbury Abbey, the birthplace of Christianity in England and referred to as the “holiest earth in England,” was once the largest and most powerful abbey in all of Britain. It is no coincidence that the dual energy currents of England’s most famous leyline cross at the site of the high altar. A grave in the centre of the Abbey ruins is reputed to have been the resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere.
After lunch we explore the town of Glastonbury, which is full of unusual shops selling everything from candles and incense to colorful clogs, books and Goddess statues that you can peruse at your leisure. It’s also the perfect time to visit the Magdalene Chapel or the museum.
In the late afternoon we’ll see rising dramatically from the flat land of the surrounding Somerset Levels the huge natural mound of Glastonbury Tor. Surmounted by St. Michael’s tower, the Tor has been a beacon of spirituality since pagan times and still acts as a magnet for people of all beliefs. You’ll hear the stories and the legends as well as experience the powerful energy and atmosphere of this sacred site. Plus the views from the top are spectacular!
Back into town for an early free choice dinner, followed by the conclusion of our day in Glastonbury with a private visit to the beautiful and tranquil gardens of Chalice Well, one of the true healing places in this land, where you are encouraged to drink from the holy well. A local legend states that the Holy Grail is hidden within the wellhead.
Overnight in Wells ~free choice dinner not included
Day 7, Wed 4th June
This is a free morning to explore the delights of Wells, a splendid medieval city and one of England’s best-kept secrets! The open-air market will be held in the ancient marketplace as it has been for a thousand years. The magnificent 800-year-old Wells Cathedral occupies the central position in this, England’s smallest city. You can either attend a service or visit the cathedral between services. Next to the cathedral is the Bishop’s Palace complete with its moat and drawbridge and the most complete medieval street in Europe, still used to house the young cathedral choristers.
You are free to have lunch at one of Wells many restaurants or cafes before we leave at 1.30pm for the short journey to Glastonbury. The afternoon will be spent with a Priestess of Avalon who will lead us in ceremony connecting to the feminine aspects of the land.
Overnight in Wells ~free choice dinner not included
Day 8, Thurs 5th June
After breakfast we’ll meet as a group and then drive to the Roman city of Bath. It was built around the hot thermal springs which were revered in Pagan times and enclosed by the Romans into their bath-houses and temples. Personally experience the baths at Britain’s original and only natural thermal spa, the Thermae Bath Spa – included in the tour price. For those who wish to book and pay for a private healing treatment there will be time blocked for our group with the spa therapists.
The city of Bath developed over the centuries and today it boasts the finest Georgian architecture in Britain including the world famous Royal Crescent that you can discover on foot or view while learning of the history of this unique city on an open-topped double-decker bus tour. There is such a diverse range of things to see and do in Bath that we let you choose. You may wish to visit the Roman Baths and museum and take tea or sample the thermal waters in the historic Pump Room. Right next door is the sixteenth century Bath Abbey for you to explore and just around the corner you can shop above the river in the tiny stores on the spectacular Pulteney Bridge modeled on Venice’s Ponte di Rialto. Bath has a fantastic range of shops for those in need of retail therapy or to find the perfect gift. Literature lovers won’t want to miss the Jane Austin Museum or if fabric is your thing you will want to visit the Lace museum.
After driving back to Wells we will have our farewell dinner at the hotel followed by our closing circle.
Overnight in Wells ~ Farewell dinner
Day 9, Fri 6th June
Travel from Wells to London’s Heathrow Airport for our return flights home – our hearts filled from our beautiful journey!
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