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 self and mother earth, leave you re-energised, 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.
11 days | £ 2 155 per person | 18 – 28 August 2013
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.
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 Mike Croghan and Hugh Newman for part of the journey.
Day 1 – Sun 18 Aug
Meet at Dublin International Airport and travel for an hour to our hotel base in Kells for 4 nights. After check in, join the orientation meeting and an intention-setting meditation, followed by the welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Headfort Arms, Kells.
Day 2 – Mon 19 Aug
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. Connect with your spirit and faerie guides through a guided meditation, invite them to stay with you for the duration of your journey and learn to tune in with them at any time.
Lunch in the café at Tara followed by a visit to the holy well there.
Afternoon visit to Fourknocks cairn. We are able to get the key to enter this underground chamber, which has wonderful acoustics. Tune into your guides again and move into a ceremony to connect with the Spirit of the Land through soundwork using drums, rattles, toning. This enclosed private chamber is the perfect place to use sound to amplify our connection and has the added luxury of exclusive use.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Headfort Arms, Kells.
Day 3 – Tues 20 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. Loughcrew has a primal energy and individuals will be encouraged to find a place at one of the cairns to do a personal meditation.
Personal time to see the High Crosses of Kells (ancient carved stone crosses), visit Kells Abbey or the Heritage Centre, view the copy of the fabulous illuminated manuscript The Book of Kells (all within easy walking distance of our hotel) or to have some free time.
Dinner and overnight at Headfort Arms, Kells.
Day 4 – Wed 21 Aug
Today we visit the Bru na Boinne visitor center to learn about Newgrange and Knowth cairns, Ireland’s most famous Neolithic sites. Local guides 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.
Lunch at the visitors centre.
Knowth has the finest Neolithic stone carvings in Europe that decorate most of the kerbstones around the base of the cairn.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Headfort Arms, Kells.
Day 5 – Thurs 22 Aug
Today we move hotel to Carrick-on-Shannon (2 hrs drive) for 2 nights. We meet our local guide, Mike Croghan who will be joining the group for the next 2 days, at the visitors’ centre of Cruachain Ai, a short drive from our hotel. Imerse yourself in the mytical legends and history of Ireland, brought to life through Irish lips. In ancient lore, the kingdom of Connacht (or Connaught) was ruled from a ritual center at Cruachain. This large complex of ancient sites allows us to experience the variety of structures from the Neolithic age including the low hill or mound of Rath Cruachain, the coronation site of the kings of Connaught and a male or solar energy site. Oweynagat - the Cave of the Cats, or the entrance into the Underworld, is a place of the goddess. Cameron will lead a guided meditation to connect with the goddess energy of Eriu (Eire or Ireland) as we will be in the belly of the Goddess. For those not wanting to enter the cave, Glenn will do a guided meditation above ground.
Dinner and overnight at Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon
Day 6 – Fri 23 Aug
Today we travel into County Sligo for the day to visit Carrowkeel and Carrowmore.
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. 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 ½ 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.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Bush hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Day 7 – Sat 24 Aug
Today we have a longer drive as we head to County Kerry in the southwest in the province of Munster to our hotel in Killarney (5hrs) for 2 nights, stopping for lunch en route.
Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore Killarney, famed for its unequalled beauty and its busy streets of shops, pubs and restaurants. This is an ideal place to experience ‘the craic’ of listening to traditional Irish music played by locals in one of the town’s many pubs.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Killeen House. Killarney.
Day 8 – Sun 25 Aug
Killarney is at the entrance to a peninsula of outstanding natural beauty with Dingle Bay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Bantry Bay to the south. At the eastern end near Killarney, is Lough Leane and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, a mountain range containing the highest peak in Ireland. The Ring of Kerry is a circular road around the peninsula allowing us to experience the breathtaking views. Halfway around the 100-mile circuit we will stop to take a local boat over to Skellig Michael eight miles off shore. This small island was an isolated monastic community possibly as early as the 5th century. The cluster of stone beehive huts on this rocky island peak are reached by six hundred slate steps rising from sea level, an arduous climb made worthwhile by the stunning views and the feeling of sheer power of the place. It is a power centre of the Apollo and Athena earth energy currents which cross on top of Skellig Michael before running southeast to St Michael´s Mount in Cornwall and then across mainland Europe on their way to the Holy land, connecting Ireland energetically to energy vortexes all across mainland Europe.
Here, we will do a two-fold meditation – firstly to connect with the dual energy currents to bring our own feminine & masculine energies into balance (crucial for moving forward into the new raised vibrations of 2012) and secondly sending healing energy along the line to all places and peoples that need it and ending with prayers, intentions and healing for the Middle East region.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Killeen House, Kilarney.
Day 9 – Mon 26 Aug
Move to Woodenbridge Hotel, Ireland’s oldest inn (5 hrs drive) for 2 nights. This journey takes us across the south of Ireland, a chance to see more of the emerald isle. En-route we visit the Rock of Cashel, the political power centre of the southern half of Ireland and the place where kingship was empowered by the land.
Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Woodenbridge Hotel, Woodenbridge.
Day 10 – Tues 27 Aug
On our last full day we visit the former monastic site of Glendalough which means ‘Glen of the two lakes’. This is a valley of great natural beauty and serenity surrounded by the Wicklow Mountains. There are various buildings from over a thousand year period including a spectacular round tower; an interpretation centre explains this rich history.
On our way back we will visit Ireland’s oldest working woolen mill at Avoca. We will be guided around the mill and shown the traditional looms in action before browsing their shop and tearoom.
Farewell dinner. Overnight at Woodenbridge Hotel, Woodenbridge.
Day 11 – Wed 28 Aug
Depart for Dublin airport (1 hr) for outbound flights
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