Spirit of Wales -
Land of Myth and Magic
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Wales is a green jewel of a country,
blessed with some of the most dramatic landscapes of Britain. To
the north lies Snowdonia, a land of awe-inspiring mountains, wild
moorlands and crystal-clear lakes whilst further south the land is
abundant with deep valleys and forests. To the west is a beautiful
coastline of cliffs, coves and sandy beaches.
Wales is a land of story, myth and legend. Every
hill, lake and stone whispers its tales of gods,
goddesses, heroes and kings from Rhiannon, Arianrhod,
and Ceridwen, to Gwydion and King Arthur - whose
presence can still be felt in places with names
like Arthur's Stone, Arthur's Chair and Arthur's
Hill. The landscape resonates with the spirit
of Merlin on his sacred hill, Dinas Emrys near
Snowdon, and Bardsey Island in the far west.
The Bards are still touching their harps in the
mountains and chanting the stories of The Mabinogi.
The Ancient Sacred Sites of Wales
A thriving megalithic culture built mysterious stone circles and
cromlechs throughout the land. In later centuries, Wales became the
fastness of the ancient Britons who fled west from the Romans to
keep alive the Celtic traditions in places like Ynys Mon, (the Isle
of Anglesey) one of the last strongholds of the Druids. In the Age
of the Saints, men and women sailed their coracles over from Ireland,
built little churches and hermitages and blessed the holy wells,
while in medieval times, Cistercian abbeys, symphonies in stone,
graced the remote hills.
sacred journey through Wales starts in the Wye
at the atmospheric ruins of Tintern
and the standing stones and holy well of Trellech
in the Brecon Beacons
explore the spectacular Castle
, and the magical moorland and shores
, home to
many of the most powerful ancient sites of Wales. Then four
days in North Wales
us to beautiful Snowdonia
we explore Merlin's hill of Dinas
, the hidden gems of the Lleyn
, and the Druid
Isle of Anglesey
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will be time to walk on the land each day through
woods or by the sea, or stroll through old villages
and market towns.
will be leading meditations, rituals, and sharing
stories and legends along the way.
presenters will entertain you with traditional Welsh
harp music and storytelling.
year's journey will be led by Hilary Wylde (pictured)
who has an extensive and intimate knowledge of Wales. Hilary has
degrees in psychology and social anthropology, and has given presentations
to explore the archetypal mythology within the landscape of Wales
to people from all over the world – including the Smithsonian
Institute in the USA – for over 30 years. She has led workshops
on mythology and psychology, 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.
PLUS: There will also be a special
evening guest appearance wth storytelling and meditation
with Mara Freeman!