"Pilgrimage to sacred places is a chance to awaken the Great Person within." ~ Dao
This year is your chance to awaken that greatness, by joining me on a boutique tour of the portals of southern Britain.
What is a boutique tour? It is an exclusive opportunity for just six people to travel with me as your guide. It’s as close as you’ll get to a personalized tour with someone who actually understands sacred sites and how they work.
This is a journey for seekers and romantics of temples, antiquity and solitude, a chance to be immersed in the spirit of place, to make new friends, and hopefully, to feel what it is like to connect with places far and beyond this earthly domain. Because there are places on the land where the laws of nature allow us to cross a threshold into another level of reality. Every esoteric group and ancient society knew this, and today, so does science.
To the ancients, to immerse oneself in sacred places is to open a door into one's inner temple, it is to take advantage of a special life force that reconnects the spirit and dissolves the ego. Initiates of the Mysteries described the experience as ‘drinking from the cup of everlasting life’, and this relationship developed their self-empowerment.
But they didn’t keep these secrets to themselves. To be certain that future generations could share in the experience, temple builders marked the portals of the Earth with standing stones, holy wells, hermitages, and later, Gothic cathedrals.
Based in Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall, in the heart of one of the greatest centers of Neolithic, Gaelic and Gothic cultures, we will walk these ancient temples, explore the symbolism, myths and subtle energies, every so often practicing dry English wit, and sharing observations at various ‘research facilities’, otherwise known as pubs.
I personally design these tours to disconnect you from the modern world as much as it’s possible, to give you an opportunity to experience the sites at their best. Cellphones, iPads, Blackberries, lingonberries are banned, and the schedule attempts to avoid crowds. Unlike other tours we generally leave after 9 am, often we have entire sites to ourselves, with the emphasis on plenty of personal time. In the evenings, well, we return late, when stimulating conversation and the pint glass are empty.
During our quest we will visit:
Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world, and its mile-long ceremonial stone avenue;
Stonehenge (I have put in a request for special access into the temple itself);
Silbury Hill, the belly of the Earth Mother, a true repository of earth energy;
West Kennett long barrow, a ritual chamber where the elongated skulls of giant shamen were once interred, and where we shall perform a guided meditation;
Adams Grave mound and Devil's Den dolmen, two of the oldest repositories of earth energy;
Faery Mounds, a group of potent portals encircled by trees, once the domain of Druids;
Dragon Hill of Uffington, a repository of earth energy, with its enigmatic white horse figure;
Weylands Smithy, a Neolithic ritual chamber and mound;
Old Sarum, a 7000-year old man-made hill representing the primeval mound of creation;
Knowlton, a massive henge complex, with a superimposed, ruined church;
Cerne Abbas giant, a fertility figure carved upon a chalk hill;
St. Catherine's Well, a bewitching place for meditation;
the hilltop chapel of St. Catherine, Abbotsbury, with its white doves and extraordinary acoustics;
Wells Cathedral, to experience the mesmerizing resonance of this Gothic masterpiece;
Chalice Well, Glastonbury, with its meditational garden and healing waters;
Glastonbury Tor, marking the passage of England’s Michael and Mary energy currents;
Scorhill stone circle, to meditate in the heart of Dartmoor, a landscape unchanged since 3000 BC (followed by a picnic in this unspoilt wilderness);
the hilltop St. Michael church of Brentnor, the most isolated in Britain;
Cletherer's sacred well and chapel, a place of introspection, unchanged since Gaelic times;
Neachtan's kieve, a pilgrimage walk to the hermit's cell and ritual waterfall set amid 'fairy tranquility';
Tintagel island, with its initiation chamber and Merlin's cave, home to the Arthurian resurrection myth.
"It felt less like a tour and more like a lively and highly humourous trip with a small group of people, all of whom became friends."
"Freddy Silva's tours are unique insofar as they convey information rarely shared with the general public. He painstakingly crafts his itineraries, ensuring you have a good chance of avoiding hoardes of tourists, with free time to experience the subtlety and spirit of place as close as it was intended to be."
TOUR 1: May 4-11, 2017
TOUR 2: May 13-20, 2017
EACH TOUR IS LIMITED TO JUST SIX PEOPLE.
$2995 per person.
Single occupancy lodging in Marlborough, Wells, Boscastle.
Entry fees to all sites listed.
Ground transport from Hatton Cross (London Heathrow airport) through to Cornwall, and single train ticket back to Central London (Paddington).
Your esteemed guide (me).
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED.
Air fare, lunches, dinners, London hotels.
Please note: this tour requires agile walking and steep climbs. Do not book unless you have a high level of fitness and are able to walk at a brisk pace.
HOW TO REGISTER. AND HOW SOON.
This tour is strictly reserved for 6 people. Places go quickly, very quickly, on a first-come basis.
1. Contact me with your preferred date.
2. I will notify you. You then have seven working days to read and sign the Terms of Agreement, and mail-in a personal check for $500. This non-refundable deposit guarantees your place. The remaining balance will be due three months prior to the tour date.