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Spirit of Wales: A Mythic Journey from the Underworld to the Stars
June 24th - July 2nd, 2019

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A Green Jewel

Wales is a green jewel of a country, blessed with some of the most dramatic landscapes of Britain. To the north lies Snowdonia, a land of awe-inspiring mountains, wild moorlands and crystal-clear lakes whilst further south the land is abundant with deep valleys and forests. To the west is a beautiful coastline of cliffs, coves and sandy beaches.

A thriving megalithic culture built mysterious stone circles and cromlechs throughout the land. In later centuries, Wales became the fastness of the ancient Britons who fled west from the Romans to keep alive the Celtic traditions in places like Ynys Mon, (the Isle of Anglesey) one of the last strongholds of the Druids. In the Age of the Saints, holy men and women sailed their coracles over from Ireland, built little churches and hermitages and blessed the healing springs, while in medieval times, Cistercian abbeys, symphonies in stone, graced the remote hills.

A Mythic Landscape
Above all, Wales is a land of story, myth and legend. Every hill, lake and river whispers its tales of gods, goddesses, heroes and kings, from Rhiannon, Arianrhod, and Ceridwen to Taliesin, King Arthur and Merlin. The Bards are still touching their harps in the mountains and ruined courts. This mythic landscape invites both an outer and an inner journey, an initiatory passage deliberately marked out by the ancient ones, that takes us from the Underworld to the Stars, meeting ancient gods, goddesses and archetypal characters in hills, mountains, rivers, and lakes along the way. As we leave behind the clamour of our everyday lives and tread lightly on the Earth Goddess, we begin to hear the voices that still resonate in tree and stone and water. In listening to their stories, we will not only aid in the re-hallowing of this sacred land, but may also experience a transformative journey of the deep self.

The Pilgrimage

Our sacred journey starts in the Wye Valley at the atmospheric ruins of Tintern Abbey and nearby standing stones and holy well. Heading westwards through the Brecon Beacons we visit the spectacular Castle Carreg Cennen, then spend three nights exploring the old kingdom of Dyfed, sacred to the goddess Rhiannon, whose ancient woods, moors and shores are home to many of the most powerful ancient sites of Wales. Travelling north, we stay in beautiful Snowdonia for four nights, to visit Merlin's hill of Dinas Emrys, the Mother Mountain of the Lleyn Peninsula, the megalithic earth chambers on Druid Isle of Anglesey – and much, much more!
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There will be time to walk on the land each day through woods or by the sea, or stroll through old villages and market towns.

Stories and legends, traditional rituals and meditations will deepen your experience along the way.

Special presenters will entertain you with traditional Welsh harp music and storytelling.

The journey will be led by Hilary Wylde (pictured) who has an extensive and intimate knowledge of Wales. Hilary has degrees in psychology and social anthropology, and has given presentations to explore the archetypal mythology within the landscape of Wales to people from all over the world – including the Smithsonian Institute in the USA – for over 30 years. She has led workshops on mythology and psychology, taught meditation and yoga, and led seasonal celebrations from her home by a holy well in North Wales. She now lives on the West Wales coast.

PLUS: Mara Freeman will be your special presenter for one day in the magical landscape of North Pembrokeshire!

Where will
we stay?

Accommodation that has been carefully selected for high standards of comfort, great food, and beautiful locations.You will be staying in some beautiful and comfortable places that are among the best in Wales! These include 4 nights at a 5-star country house hotel, a 4-star country hotel and an award-winning retreat centre in a historic mansion. Fees are based on double occupancy, although there are some single rooms available on request for an extra fee.

The fee includes:

Hearty breakfast and three-course dinner each day

All transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

All presentations by Hilary Wylde and guest speakers.

All guide fees and entrance charges to sites and museums.

All applicable taxes and cover charges.

"It was a MOST wonderful journey and I look forward to traveling with you again in the future! Sublime!"

NM, San Diego, USA

"It was a really first class tour. Hilary was a wonderful leader – full of enthusiasm, knowledge and care. I couldn’t ask for more… The beauty and history of Wales was very nourishing and I really appreciated the magic of storytelling."

BL, Sydney, Aus.

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