Women’s journey to Avalon

“I dreamt of you in Glastonbury. You opened a curtain into Avalon, and lifted me in…”  from the novel “The Mists of Avalon”

The quest for Avalon, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur and the Holy Grail, have long been sought after by seers, magicians, kings, noble knights and all those who hold magic in their hearts. Representing the classic story of the eternal journey for peace, restoration and integrity, these myths and legends represent your journey, my journey and all of humanity’s to the heart of who we truly are. We invite you to cross over the threshold of time as we open the curtain to Avalon and step into the mystery and magic.

9 days |  £1 895 per person | 29 May – 6 June 2014

Highlights include:

Traveling with a sisterhood of like minded women  ~ Special private access and time at Stonehenge ~ Private moonlight gathering at Chalice Well ~ Ceremony at the Goddess Temple in Glastonbury led by a Priestess of Avalon ~ Thermae Spa New Royal Bath session in Bath ~ Private group time with Local experts in Tintagel and Glastonbury ~ Guided and private meditations and ceremonies.

Journey Overview:

Duration: 9 days
Dates: 29 May – 6 July 2014
Price per person sharing: £ 1 895 (Great British Pounds)
Single Supplement: £ 150
Journey Leaders: Cameron Broughton
Location of nights spent: 2 nights Salisbury

2 nights Tintagel

4 nights Wells

Key Activations:

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

Opening ceremony and intention setting meditation

Private access and release ceremony at Stonehenge

Closing and integration ceremony

Arrival point of entry: Heathrow Airport, London Pick up 11 AM
Departure point: Heathrow Airport, London Drop off at 11 AM. Please only book flights after 1 PM.

Journey Leader:

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 will be joined by Jude Currivan in Tintagel and Clare Viner in Glastonbury who will share their knowledge and wisdom with the group. A Priestess of Avalon to lead the ceremony at the Goddess Temple in Glastonbury.

   

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1, Thurs 29 May

Meet at Heathrow Airport in London at 11 AM and travel for an hour and a half to Salisbury. After check in to the hotel, you are free to explore Salisbury, enjoy lunch at one of the many bistros or relax at the hotel. Salisbury has been built around the beautiful Medieval Salisbury Cathedral and has become a bustling vibrant European city.

Meet the group for an intention setting meditation in the early evening before the welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Salisbury Hotel

Day 2, Fri 30 May

After a wonderful breakfast, gather together for an orientation meetingThen, enjoy 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. Lunch at the Cathedral’s stunning cafe, followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral, including the cathedral Chapter House  where you will see one of the original and best preserves Magna Carta. You will have time to walk around Salisbury to explore and shop before a visit to Old Sarum. Sarum is the old name for Salisbury and at Old Sarum, you can see the remains of the castle and the original cathedral – a leyline connects it to the present cathedral in the valley below and to Stonehenge.

Own arrangements for dinner.

Overnight at Salisbury Hotel.

Day 3, Sat 31 May

This morning, rise bright and early to visit Stonehenge where 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 that 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.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and then depart for the 2 and a half hours scenic drive to Cornwall, arriving at the Jamaica Inn, made famous by the novel of Daphne du Maurier by noon for lunch. Then, visit the enchanted Dozmary Pool and connect to 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 you to receive a gift of your own to accompany you on this pilgrimage. After this magical experience, continue onto the mystical town of Tintagel.

After dinner, immerse yourself in the myths and legends presented by Arthurian expert and author, Jude Currivan, PhD. Jude will share her wisdom of Arthurian lore with us and how it impacts on woman today.

Dinner and overnight at Tintagel Hotel.

Day 4, Sun 1 June

The town of Tintagel and the surrounding sites are dominated by everything Arthurian and you will have the opportunity to re-live the stories of the Arthurian legends. Travelling back in time, discover how these archetypes can help you in your world today. Learn about the Arthurian legend and the lives of the fabled Knights of the Round Table where King Arthur’s Great Halls were constructed entirely of crystal-studded granite using sacred geometry in its layout.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch, with time to experience the many gift shops and cafes that Tintagel High Street has to offer. Then, cross the footbridge that is now the only access to Tintagel Castle, the fabled birthplace of Arthur, sitting in splendid isolation on its rocky promontory. Descend the castle cliffs to the beach below to enter Merlins Cave (accessible only for a short time at low tide each day).

Own arrangements for dinner.

Overnight at Tintagel Hotel.

Day 5, Mon 2 June

This morning, gather to share your experiences thus far followed by a visit to the magical wooded St Nectan’s Glen with its waterfall and kieve. This sacred site is found where the River Trevillet has carved its way through Late Devonian slate and created a magnificent 60 foot waterfall and then punched a hole through the original kieve or basin, where the water now cascades into a beautiful valley. St Nectans Glen is host to animals and birds playing amidst fairies, pixies and spirits and has been appointed a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare specimens of plants found here.

Walking along a quiet lane with fragrant hedgerow flowers, come to a beautiful and energetic woodland stream and reach the waterfall at its head. St Nectan’s former hermitage cell is now a shrine where you are free to meditate, pray or light a candle. Continue on to your hotel in Wells for the next 4 nights.

Dinner and overnight at Wells Hotel

Day 6, Tues 3 June  

Spend the day in Glastonbury, otherwise known as the Isle of Avalon, with Clare Viner, a well known spiritual storyteller. who really brings the myths and legends alive.

Visit 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 colourful 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, visit the Glastonbury Tor, the huge natural mound rising dramatically from the flat land of the surrounding Somerset Levels. 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 from all beliefs. Hear the stories, myths & legends; feel the powerful energy and atmosphere of this sacred site; See the spectacular views from the top.

After an early dinner back in town, conclude this magical day with a private visit to the beautiful tranquil gardens and orchards of Chalice Well, one of the authentic healing places in this land, where you are encouraged to drink from the holy well, reputed to have therapeutic and healing properties. A local legend states that the Holy Grail is hidden within the wellhead.

Chalice Well is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, located in the vale of Avalon between Chalice Hill and the famous Glastonbury Tor.

Overnight at Wells Hotel.

Day 7, Wed 4 June 

Spend the morning at leisure relaxing at the hotel or exploring the delights of Wells, a splendid medieval city and one of England’s best-kept secrets! The open-air market is held in the ancient marketplace, just as it has been for a thousand years. The magnificent 800-year-old Wells Cathedral occupies the central position in England’s smallest city. Perhaps 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.

Enjoy lunch at one of Wells many restaurants or cafes before we leave at 1.30 pm for the short journey to Glastonbury. The afternoon will be spent with one of the Priestesses of Avalon who will lead a ceremony connecting to the feminine aspects of the land.

Own arrangements for dinner.

Overnight at Wells Hotel

Day 8, Thurs 5 June 

After breakfast, depart for the Roman city of Bath, built around the hot thermal springs, which were revered in Pagan times and enclosed by the Romans into their bathhouses and temples. Personally experience the baths at Britain’s original and only natural thermal spa, the Thermae Bath Spa. In the stunning New Royal Bath or Cross Bath, the fusion of glass, stone, light and water creates a special environment in which to enjoy a 2-hour spa session. Here, you can relax in your choice of two spectacular baths, fed by the natural thermal waters and refresh yourself in a series of aromatic steam rooms.

For those who wish to take advantage of the optional extra private healing treatments, there will be time blocked for the group with the spa therapists.

The city of Bath developed over the centuries and today boasts the finest Georgian architecture in Britain including the world famous Royal Crescent that you can discover on foot or view while learning about 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 have scheduled some time at leisure so you are free to roam at will. Perhaps visit the Roman Baths and museum or sample the thermal waters in the historic Pump Room. Right next-door is the sixteenth century Bath Abbey 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.

Our farewell dinner will take place back at the hotel in Wells followed by the closing circle. Overnight at Wells Hotel

Day 9, Fri 6 June 

After breakfast, travel from Wells to Heathrow Airport in London to connect with flights or drop off for private time in London.

    

Included in the tour price:

  • Pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport, London
  • All ground transportation in a minibus for the duration of the tour
  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Salisbury Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast at Tintagel Hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Wells Hotel
  • All accommodation has private bathrooms and is on a twin share/double basis. A single room supplement is available for £ 150 per person (subject to availability)
  • 4 dinners
  • Gratuities for stated meals and accommodation
  • All meditations and ceremonies
  • Admission to included sacred sites (excluding leisure time in Bath)
  • Special access into Stonehenge, Chalice Well, the Goddess temple
  • The Thermae Bath 2 hour session in Bath (your choice of New Royal Bath or Cross Bath)
  • Full time driver guide and journey leader

Not included in the tour price:

  • International and domestic flights not specified
  • All lunches
  • Dinners other than specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Activities not specified in inclusions
  • Cancellation, travel, baggage and medical insurance

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:

  • To secure your space, a deposit of £ 450 is due at time of reservation. The full tour cost is due by the end March 2014. For bookings made from 1st April 2014, full payment will be required at the time of booking.
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  • To ensure comfort and enjoyment, this tour accommodates a maximum of 24 pax. Please note that we require minimum numbers for this tour to operate. Should the tour not operate, a full refund 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 forfeit
22 – 75 days – 50% of the tour price is forfeit
0 – 21 days – 100% of the tour price is forfeit
  •  The relevant cancellation policy applies should the guest fail to join or start their journey for any reason, including airline delays or missed connections. Please ensure adequate travel insurance is in place for this eventuality.
  • Individuals are responsible for their own personal comprehensive medical, travel, cancellation, curtailment and default, baggage and flight insurance for the duration of their trip. Personal items, such as jackets, cameras, purses or daypacks are the sole responsibility of the owner.  We cannot be held responsible for any guest traveling without insurance. We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance. If assistance is required, please click on Travel Insurance under Your Journey on this website.