Unforgettable journeys to the ancient sites of
England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France
Mara Freeman

Mara Freeman is a British author, storyteller and teacher who has been an internationally respected teacher of Celtic sacred traditions for over twenty years. She is an initiate of the Western magical arts, an Archdruidess of the Irish Druid Clan of Dana and Honored Bard with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and founder of the Avalon Mystery School.

Mara is author of many published articles, recordings, and the book, Kindling the Celtic Spirit, (HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.) See more about Mara.
Below is a list of special guests who contribute their talents and expertise to Celtic Spirit Journeys.
One or more of them will be on each journey.
Peter Knight and Sue Wallace

Peter Knight and Sue Wallace are well known in the UK for their entertaining and in-depth workshops, lectures and field trips. Peter is an authority on Britain’s ancient landscape; he has woven this wisdom into many books and has also been featured on radio and TV. Sue brings along a lifetime of experience of dowsing, drumming, and chanting. She has a deep relationship with the Earth and its sacred places, often connecting intuitively with trees and elementals, frequently through chant and song. Peter and Sue have recently co-authored their new book, Albion Dreamtime – Re-enchanting the Isle of Dragons, to which they bring their deep connection with Nature and concern for environmental ethics to the fore. Read more about Peter and Sue here. www.stoneseeker.net
John Matthews

John Matthews is an internationally renowned authority on mythology and folklore with a special interest in the Arthurian and Grail traditions. He has produced over forty books ranging from the worlds of the Celtic and Arthurian legends to collections of stories, essays, and poetry.

His best known and most widely read works are The Grail: Quest for Eternal Life, Taliesin: Shamanism and the Bardic Mysteries in Britain and Ireland, and The Celtic Shaman. See more about John Matthews.
Andy Norfolk

Andy is a writer, artist, and occasional broadcaster living in Cornwall, who has been studying and researching ancient sites for over 40 years. A landscape architect and ecologist, he started the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network and was one of the founders of the Cornish Earth Mysteries Group. He is a Cornish speaker, a Druid, and Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh.
Caitlin Matthews

Caitlin Matthews has written over 36 books and leads workshops on Celtic mythology, spirituality, shamanism and healing. Her works have been a source of wisdom, healing and inspiration to thousands of people around the world.

Her most popular books and divination systems include: The Celtic Spirit, The Celtic Devotional, Elements of the Celtic Tradition, The Celtic Book of the Dead and the Celtic Wisdom Tarot. See more about Caitlin Matthews.
Ronald Hutton

Ronald Hutton is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. Also the leading historian of the ritual year in Britain and the current world expert on the history of modern paganism.

His books include: Witches, Druids and King Arthur; 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. See more about Ronald Hutton.
Paul Broadhurst

Paul Broadhurst is one of the most original authors and researchers into the mysteries of ancient landscapes, their myths and the effect they have on human consciousness. Probably best known as the co-author of cult classics The Sun and the Serpent and The Dance of the Dragon, which have changed the way a whole generation relate to the land, he has also written a number of ground-breaking books investigating subjects as diverse as Holy Wells, Arthurian mythology and the real meaning behind the myth of St George. See more about Paul Broadhurst.
Cheryl Straffon

Cheryl Straffon has been tour guiding for twenty years to sacred sites in Britain and Europe. She is an author of several books including Pagan Cornwall: Land of the Goddess, The Earth Goddess, and Daughters of the Earth, and editor of the magazines Meyn Mamvro and Goddess Alive!

She was born in Cornwall and has lived there for most of her later life, and is Chair and Project Director for the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network.
See more about Cheryl Straffon.
Manon Tromp

Manon is from The Netherlands. She fell in love with Glastonbury and moved here in 2012 and now regards it as her home. Her lifework is to be an Earth Priestess – to reconnect people with Mother Earth and to bring her life-energy back into their lives. In today’s hectic world we can often lose touch with ourselves and our true purpose, but the Earth reminds us who we are and why we are here. Manon works with ceremony, ritual, the Celtic Wheel of the Year, the elements and divination. She organises spiritual tours and workshops to bring people back to a sense of themselves as sacred. She is also an accomplished jazz and blues singer.
Learn more about Manon here. www.manontromp.com
Karen Ralls

Karen Ralls is a Oxford-based author, medieval historian, and world religions scholar, is widely recognized for her ground-breaking work. A lively and inspiring conference speaker, international lecturer, acclaimed specialist researcher, and media / film consultant, Dr Ralls is the author of The Knights Templar Encyclopedia (Career Press, NJ, 2007), The Templars and the Grail (Quest Books, Chicago, 2003), The Quest for the Celtic Key (Luath, Edinburgh 2002) and Music and the Celtic Otherworld (Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave/Macmillan, NY 2000). She obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and was asked to remain on as Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer for six years, before continuing at Oxford in 2001. See more about Karen Ralls.
Scot AnSgeulaiche

Scot AnSgeulaiche is a native of the Highlands and storyteller to Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart Castle, on the Isle of Mull. He is a tour guide of many years' experience, specializing in history, myth and legend, and has a magical way of making the landscape come alive with all its stories and secrets from ancient times.

He has been a regular and popular presenter on the Spirit of Scotland tours since they began. See more about Scot.
Hilary Wylde

Hilary Wylde has been a guide for visitors to Wales from all over the world – including the Smithsonian Institute in the USA – for over 30 years. She has led workshops on the archetypal mythology within the landscape of Wales, 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.
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