Starting at Canterbury Cathedral,
the old pilgrimage road to St Davids Peninsula goes from the English
Channel to St. Davids Cathedral and the Presceli mountains ( Pembrokeshire
/ Wales ).
Visiting on its way Glastonbury
Tower and Stonehenge, this experiential and landscape phenomenology will
introduce you to the megalitic , Keltic and medieval powerplaces of Welsh
Christendom , investigating the traces of the Arthurian legends and refuges
of the Celtic saints of the medieval period.
Three Cliffs Bay
OPTION ONE (14 days)
Day 1 :
- for participant from USA :
Flight from USA to UK , arrival in London Heathrow
airport, transfer by minibus to the medieval town of Tenby ( for details
see your registration form )
- for participants from Europe :
Meeting in Bruxelles, boat from Calais (Fr) or
Oostend (B) to Dover (UK), or Shuttle to Folkestone (UK) (for details see
your registration form).
Transfert from Dover or Folkestone , by coach
to Canterbury, introduction to the Tour and Pilgrimage Itinerary and Guides,
visit of Canterbury Cathedral,
Bed and Breakfast in a guesthouse in Dover seafront,
Day 2: arrival in London Heathrow airport, transfer
by minibus to the medieval town of Tenby (Pembrokeshire, SouthWales), old
fishing harbour with a spectacular view across the Carmathen Bay and towards
Pembrokeshire is a unique breathtaking 200 miles
Atlantic coastline, in a countryside providing a contrasting idyllic rural
setting , full of Welsh mysteries and Celtic remains.
Tenby is a small town historically known as "
Dinbych y Pysgod", meaning in Welsh the "Little Fortress of Fish". The
old city is lined with buildings dating from the late Middle Ages and the
Tudor Period. It has spacious golden beaches.
Evening presentation of the Keltic and early
Christian sites visited by the tour, first investigating Arthurian legends
and Celtic saints and the medieval period. First lecture by Dewi Bowen
(landscape of Pembrokeshire from Cambrian epocs upto the Iron Age) and
Eric Talbot (Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Glasgow University)
from the Iron Age upto the Medieval time.
Day 03: morning guided visit of Tenby medieval
town, its harbour, castle, old Tudor House and its prehistoric cave. Afternoon
transfer by ferryboat to the Caldey Island Cistercian Order's monastery
(12th Century), lecture by Father Peter or Father Douglas on the history
of the early Christendom and Cistercians monasteries in Wales. Evening
lecture from John Sharkey, author of " Celtic Mysteries" (Thames and Hudson,
London ) on the ancient Celtic and medieval pilgrimage routes.
Day 04: day excursion by mini-bus and visit to
St. Davids' Peninsula, land of ancient pilgrimage, beauty and peace. This
granite ledge of land jutting into the Atlantic, is an area of sanctity
dotted with Neolothic tombs, Bronze Age stones, wells of healing and tiny
chapels having their roots in the saints of Celtic Christendom. King Arthur
landed on St. Davids' shores.
Two pilgrimages to St. David Cathedral equalled
one to Rome in the Middle Ages. The glorious cathedral stands where St.
David build his original church and monastery . Behind the High Altar are
the relics of St. David and St. Justinian. Adjacent to the cathedral are
the magnificient ruins of the Bishop's Palace, where they lived in great
pomp and state. On the way, exploration of ancient stones and the old Pilgrim
sites of Ancient Britain. Participation of Norna Rees on St. Davids cathedral.
Evening lecture on the possible historical and
modern links between the early Buddhist missionaries (Ashoka Period), the
Celts of Ireland, as well as the current activities on Holy Island , given
by a member of the Samye- Ling Tibetan Buddhist Community.
Day 05: All day freetime or an optional " Thousand
Island " boat- excursion (2 hours) to Ramsey, Skokholm and Skomer islands
and their Natural Wildlife Reserve. This boat excursion will be a fulfilling
experience of the myriad of natural wealth and beauty of the Pembrokeshire
Atlantic coast and will enable a close encounter with colonies of seals,
dolphins, seabirds niched along sea-caves and sea-cliffs.
Evening 2nd lecture by Dewi Bowen on the Mesolithic
and Neolotithic transition.
Day 06: Morning excursion day devoted to Celtic
Arts and Handicraft Workshops in Fishguard and Newport. Visit of the Celtic
Iron Age Village at Castell Henllys. Afternoon presentation of publication
and documentation on the Celtic Heritage, at the Catell Henllys. Early
evening lecture by a Member of the Bards and Druid Community of Wales on
the Celtic tradition and shamanism ….
Day 07: Day free (...).
Day 08: - early morning talk on the Mesolithic and
Neolithic archeological sites of Pembrokeshire, which will be visited later
in the day. This day constitutes the core of the presentation of stones,
wells, graveyards and chambers which will be discussed in the evening lecture.
Evening lecture on "Phenomenology of Landscape"
and methodology for increasing the empathy with the sacred sites of the
Celtic tradition, as a preparation to the next day excursion and exercises.
Lecture given by Mr. Christopher Tilley , author of the " Phenomenology
of Landscape " (published by BERG, Oxford , Providence USA, 1994)
Day 09: Interactive day excursion to the sacred
Celtic sites. Experiencials in phenomenology of landscape, the resulting
empathy and intuition with the sites, their sacred geometry and astronomy.
The day follows the ancient pilgrimage route linking the heart of Pembrokeshire
to St. Davids.
Evening optional / invitation to a typical Welsh
evening with food, drinks and Celtic music.
Day 10: Day excursion to the prehistoric landscape
of Skomer Island. Guided visit of the site by the Warden of Skomer Island.
Interactive exercises. Evening preparation of a Celtic Shamanic Purification
or the Solar Solstice Ceremony.
Day 11: Celtic Shamanic Purification or Solar
Soltice Day Ceremony , visit to Stonehenge and Glastonbury , evening back
Day 12: One day excursion and visit of the Tintern
Abbey , and the castle of Caerffilli. - evening lecture on The Arthurian
Grail and Politics , given by Brian Davis (at Pontypridd Historical and
Day 13: free day evening special Welsh Entertainment
& Celtic Music ( party ).
Day 14: transfer to London , then Heathrow or
Dover , departure back to USA or Europe.