22-28 July 2012
Awakening Albion: Journey to Mystical England
High above the gorgeous and rugged Atlantic coastline, we’ll explore the haunting ruins of the medieval castle raised by the Templar Knight Earl Richard of Cornwall and delve into the history and perennial wisdom of the Knights Templar. We’ll step into the stone footprint of Arthur at this reputed place of dedication between monarch and land and attune to this ancient and sacred connection.
Tintagel | photo courtesy of Tony Currivan
St. Nectan's Glen & Kieve
Saint Nectan’s Glen is an area of woodland in Trethevy near Tintagel, north Cornwall stretching for around one mile along both banks of the Trevillet River. The Glen’s most prominent feature is Saint Nectan’s Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall. It has been a sacred place of pilgrimage for centuries and continues to be so for modern pilgrims and spiritual seekers alike who are drawn to the Arthurian sacred sites and to the magnificence of Cornish coast and temperate rainforest. We'll attune with the essence of this magical place pervaded by the presence of elemental and faerie beings.
St. Nectan's Kieve| photo courtesy of Steve Potter
Merlin's Cave is a sea cave located right beneath Tintagel Castle, described in legend as the place where Merlin lived and was imprisoned by the bad witch Morgana. Tennyson made Merlin's Cave famous in his Idylls of King Arthur and described waves bringing the infant Arthur to the shore and Merlin carrying him to safety. Here we will listen to the magic of his ever-present voice that continues to pervade this mystical land.
Bath, considered the prettiest city in England, is home to the Roman Baths, a well-preserved Roman sacred site. The fundamental part of the Roman Baths is the sacred spring. Hot water at a temperature of 460°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 liters (240,000 gallons) every day and has been doing so for thousands of years.
The first shrine at the springs in Bath was built by the Celts and dedicated to the goddess Sulis. After the Roman invasion Sulis was identified with the Roman goddess Minerva but the name Sulis continued to be used. This led to the town's ancient Roman name of Aquae Sulis ("waters of Sulis").
Here we will experience the healing powers of the goddess and the mineral-rich water from the spring have attracted visitors for millennia.
Glastonbury | Abbey · Tor · Chalice Well
Glastonbury. The renowned Isle of Avalon, where Joseph of Arimathea and even perhaps the young Jesus are said to have trod. We’ll climb the Tor beneath which Arthur’s great sword Excalibur is reputed to rest, learn about the Michael-Mary (and recently activated Albion) telluric energies that weave around the Tor and across southern England, visit Chalice Well with its Red and White springs and beautiful garden, and explore the ruins of the ancient Abbey with its echoes of the earliest Christianity and Arthurian presence.
St. Michael's Tor | photo courtesy of Tony Currivan
"All we know of its form, structure and alignment, speaks to us that it was intended to connect Heaven and Earth as an enduring monument to the continuity of the communities who built and used it and the ancestors who guided and guarded its precincts."
Stonehenge is the world’s earliest known earthwork to contain specific lunar and solar alignments, a triumph of prehistoric engineering, astronomy and symbolism. Over a period of 5000 years, Stonehenge has been used as a temple, burial ground, a place of gathering, for magic, for ritual, as an observatory and much more to many different cultures and civilisations. We'll experience this amazing place which connects Sun, Moon and Earth in a sacred trinity of power.
Stonehenge | photo credit: Tony Currivan
At the world epicentre of this enigmatic and consciousness expanding phenomenon, we'll see how its message for humanity has and continues to evolve.
West Kennett Longbarrow Wiltshire | 25th July 2011 | Barley P2
photo credit: Steve Alexander · Temporary Temples
Like Stonehenge, Avebury too connects the Cosmos with the Earth, whilst also incorporating the human themes of fertility and the balance of masculine and feminine. As seen for example in the pairing of triangular and columnar stones, the Avebury landscape and its monuments show us that the cycle of birth, life and death was very important in Neolithic times. Jude and other geomancers also believe that Avebury is an omphalos point for the entire Earth, energetically connecting with the Galactic Center.
We will explore and experience the Avebury Temple complex, including Avebury Henge, Silbury Hill, the Sanctuary, Knoll Down and West Kennet long-barrow with whose discarnate guardians Jude has worked for nearly twenty years (in this life...). And we'll attune to its ancient wisdom and pivotal role in the planetary shift of consciousness at this momentous time.
Avebury | photo credit: Tony Currivan
Adjoining Avebury is Silbury Hill, the biggest man made mound in Europe carbon-dated at 2660 years BCE, the same era as the Giza pyramids. It is part of a sequence of ancient sites in the area that are in alignment.
Despite its external appearance this is actually a step pyramid consisting of six, six-metre high steps. The steps are walled with blocks of chalk, which easily deteriorates when left exposed. Consequently the builders preserved it, by covering it with earth and grass. Excavations have revealed that it is not a burial mound.
Numerous crop circles and orbs have appeared near Silbury Hill and Avebury.
Silbury Hill | photo credit: Tony Currivan