Ireland – Leprechauns and Celtic magic

The Neolithic sacred sites of Ireland, rich in history and lore, are amongst the most spectacular in the world. This Emerald Isle is home to leprechauns and Faeries; medieval knights and ancient Celtic myths and legends; where Druids once roamed the land and the rich Celtic spiritual culture thrived.

It is easy to be enchanted by the scenic beauty, mesmerized by the traditional music and dancing, awestruck by ancient wisdom of the sacred sites and combined with your inner journey through connection to forgotten aspects of self and mother earth, leave you energized, joyful and open hearted.

Discover the secrets of the ancient Earth-based Celtic wisdom as you explore the sacred landscape and its lore. Connect with the power, wisdom and beauty of the magical sites of medieval monastic sites, mountain cairns, holy wells, stone circles, fairy glens, mysterious lakes and cleansing ocean. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the Celtic and Neolithic ancestors at pristine, uncrowded sites where you can hear the whispers of ancient voices and feel the magic course through you.

10 days | £ 1 995 per person | 22 – 31 August 2014

Highlights include:

Discover the secrets of the ancient Earth-based Celtic wisdom as you explore the sacred landscape and its lore ~ Connect with the power, wisdom and beauty of the magical sites of medieval monastic sites, mountain cairns, holy wells, stone circles, fairy glens, mysterious lakes and cleansing ocean ~ Meet local expert guides ~ Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the Celtic and Neolithic ancestors at pristine, uncrowded sites where you can hear the whispers of ancient voices and feel the magic course through you.

Journey Overview:

Duration: 10 days
Dates: 22 – 31 August 2014
Price per person sharing: £ 1 995 (Great British Pounds)
Single Supplement: £ 204
Journey Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton

Katrina Valenzuela

Location of nights spent: 2 nights Naas

2 nights Galway

2 nights Sligo

3 nights Kells

Key Activations:

(there are a number of other meditations, initiations and ceremonies en-route)

Opening ceremony and intention setting meditation

Spirit and faerie guide connection

Reincarnation: Journey to your Celtic lives workshop

Closing and integration ceremony

Arrival point of entry: Dublin Airport: Pick up 11 AM
Departure point: Dublin Airport: Drop off by 11AM. Please ensure flight are booked after 1 PM.

Journey Leaders:

Cameron Broughton – Cameron has been guiding people on spiritual journeys of discovery for the past twelve years with her husband Glenn. She 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. Cameron is a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and energy healer. Utilizing these skills as a qualified healer of twenty-four years, she will 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, she brings a heart centered approach and passion to the experience.

Cameron is joined by her husband Glenn Broughton, who has been researching and visiting ancient sacred sites for over twenty years. Glenn, who is English, trained with the National Federation of Spiritual Healers in England and the International College of Crystal Healing. Glenn also leads spiritual development and earth mysteries groups and workshops.

Together they lecture internationally on sacred sites, earth mysteries and crop circles and are the co-founders of Earth Spirit Conferences in the USA.

Glenn and Cameron will be joined on this journey by Katrina Valenzuela, Mike Croghan and Anthony Murphy for part of the journey.

Katrina Valenzuela is a graduate of International Tour Management Institute and has conducted Sacred Site and Historical Tours to Egypt and Worldwide since 1986, She has presented tours and conferences in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, Morocco and Peru.

A certified hypnotist, past-life therapist, Stillpoint intuitive healer, EFT practitioner and medium, Katrina has been in practice since 1980 at Transformations Center for Healing and Holistic Studies. She has presented spiritual workshops to the Mystic Round Table of the UN and numerous other organizations.

A sought-after medium and spiritual teacher with 30 years experience, Katrina shares her insights with humor and light-heartedness. During the tour, she will offer a special 2-hour workshop ‘Reincarnation; Journey to Your Celtic Lives.’ Through the use of breathe, movement, sound and guided journey, we will travel to our ancient past in order to heal and integrate all parts of self.

    

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 – Fri 22 Aug

Meet at Dublin International Airport and travel for an hour to our hotel base in Naas for 2 nights. After check in, join the orientation meeting and an intention-setting meditation, followed by the welcome dinner at the hotel.

Welcome dinner and overnight at Naas Hotel.

Day 2 – Sat 23 Aug

St Brigid established a monastery in 470AD, probably at the location of a former pagan sacred site. Kildare Cathedral developed from this in the early 13th century and is unusual in Ireland for being Anglican. It contains a sheela-na-gig inside. Within the graveyard is the only surviving round tower in Ireland that you can climb. We will visit Bridget’s Well & the Brigidine Sisters who maintain her perpetual flame.

Evening at leisure and overnight at Naas Hotel

Day 3 – Sun 24 Aug

Visit the former monastic site of Glendalough – ‘Glen of the two lakes’. This is a valley of great natural beauty and serenity surrounded by the Wicklow Mountains. The ‘monastic city’ was mostly built in the 12th century and comprises several churches, a spectacular round tower and an early Celtic cross. In the afternoon, drive through beautiful scenery to Galway for the next 2 nights

Dinner at the hotel and overnight Galway Hotel

Day 4 – Mon 25 Aug

Day sightseeing in County Galway including the stunning scenery of Connemara National Park.

Evening at leisure and overnight Galway Hotel.

Day 5 – Tues 26 Aug

Today we explore County Mayo. Our first stop is at the oldest field system in the world, the Ceide Fields. The pyramidal shaped visitor centre has a glazed viewing area at its peak affording spectacular views out over the ocean as well as information on the people who lived here 5,500 years ago. Then visit the Franciscan Moyne Abbey dating to 1462AD. The ruins are amongst the most intact of any abbey and give a glimpse into medieval monastic life. Continue to Sligo for the next 2 nights.

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Sligo Hotel.

Day 6 – Wed 27 Aug

Today we will meet our local guide Mike Croghan, hearing the legends and history of Ireland from Irish lips will bring it to life in a very real way.

Carrowkeel is set high in the Bricklieve Mountains and offers sensational views of the surrounding landscape. There are fourteen Neolithic cairns, two of which have three side recesses forming a cruciform chamber that we can enter. Cairn G has a light-box above the entrance, similar to the one at Newgrange, and this admits the light of the setting sun around midsummer and the setting moon around midwinter.

Carrowmore is the largest megalithic complex in Ireland covering more than 1 ? square miles. There are remains of thirty passage cairns, together forming an oval shape, many of which have a dolmen at their centre. The sacred mountain of Knocknarea, with Maebh’s Cairn on top, is visible to the northwest.

We will have the whole day to explore these landscapes that have been revered as sacred for over 5,000 years.

Arrive back at Sligo hotel

Evening at leisure and overnight Sligo Hotel.

Day 7 – Thur 28th Aug

Today we travel to Kells via a brief detour into Northern Ireland. There are no border controls as we cross over into Ulster to visit the enigmatic Janus Idol and Lustymore Idol on Boa Island. Two carved stone statues that may date to the Bronze Age are located in the atmospheric early Christian graveyard of Caldragh that is around fifteen hundred years old.

Arrive at Kells hotel for the next 3 nights, where you will have a free afternoon and evening to explore the town.

Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Kells Hotel.

Day 8 –Fri 29th Aug

This morning our climb up to the hilltop cairns of Loughcrew is rewarded with panoramic views of seventeen counties. The old name for Loughcrew was Slieve na Caillighe, Gaelic for Mountain of the Witch. We can gain access into Cairn T, which has elaborately carved and decorated stones in its inner recesses and the Hag’s Chair set into the northern side of the kerb.

Lunch at Loughcrew Garden Centre

Visit Tara, the ancient capital of Leinster and the ancient seat of the high kings of Ireland when Tara replaced Uisneach as the seat of power. There is a complex of sites at Tara including Grainne’s (Sun Goddess) Mound, the Mound of Hostages, the Stone of Destiny and Teach Cormaic.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at Kells Hotel.

Day 9 – Sat 30th Aug

Today we visit the Bru na Boinne visitor center to learn about Newgrange and Knowth cairns, Ireland’s most famous Neolithic sites. Local guide and author of `Newgrange: Monument to Immortality´, Anthony Murphy, will lead us inside Newgrange known as a passage tomb and also a place of initiation and spiritual rites of passage. It is aligned such that the midwinter solstice sunrise creates a beam of light that extends deep inside the passage to the central chambers. Anthony will share his wisdom as we experience the sacred sites of the Boyne Valley.

Lunch at the visitors centre and talk by Anthony Murphy.

Afternoon visit to Knowth that has the finest Neolithic stone carvings in Europe that decorate most of the kerbstones around the base of the cairn.

Farewell dinner and overnight Kells Hotel.

Day 10 – Sun 31th Aug

Depart for Dublin airport for connecting flights or private time in Dublin

Included in the tour price:

  • Pick up and drop off from Dublin International Airport
  • All ground transportation in a minibus for the duration of the tour
  • 3 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Kells Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast at Sligo Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Galway Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Naas Hotel
  • All accommodation is on a twin share/double basis with en-suite facilities. A single room supplement is available for  £ 204 per person (subject to availability)
  • 4 Dinners
  • Gratuities and taxes for included meals and accommodation
  • All meditations and ceremonies
  • Admission fees to all included sacred sites
  • Full time driver guide and journey leaders

Not included in the tour price:

  • Any airfares
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not specified in inclusions
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature and incidental expenditure
  • Insurances

Terms and Conditions:

A full list of Spiritual Quest Journeys terms and conditions is available on the terms and conditions page of www.spiritualquestjourneys.com Specific terms and conditions relating to this tour are as follows:

  • This trip involves a fair amount of walking and the option to enter an underground chamber so a medium fitness level is required.
  • To secure your space, a deposit of £450 is due at time of reservation. The full tour cost is due by the 1 May 2014. Should you book after the 12 May, the full cost of the tour will be due on reservation.
  • To ensure comfort and enjoyment, this tour accommodates a maximum of 18 pax. Please note that we require minimum numbers for this tour to operate. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, we will re-cost the journey based on the number of confirmed guests or, if possible, tailor make an itinerary best suited to your requirements. If confirmed participants choose not to accept the new costing or tailor made alternative, the journey will be cancelled and a full refund of the payment received will be given.
  • The tour has been costed in Great British Pounds as all expenses are in same. This protects our clients from currency fluctuations and hedged conversion rates.
  • Cancellations after payment of the deposit or balance are subject to the following penalties:
    • 75 – 90 days – full client deposit is non refundable
    • 22 – 75 days – 50% of the tour price is forfeit
    • 0 – 21 days – 100% of the tour price is forfeit
  • Individuals are responsible for their own personal medical, travel, baggage and flight insurance. Personal items, such as jackets, cameras, purses or daypacks are the sole responsibility of the owner.  We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance. Please click on the Travel insurance page under Your Journey on the Spiritual Quest Journeys website if assistance is required.
  • Spiritual Quest Journeys’ ground operator provides professional liability insurance cover for bodily injury and property damage up to $1 million per claim and professional liability for $1 million per claim.