Celebrating Celtic Wisdom: An educational retreat
Facilitator: John & Caitlín Matthews & Ian Rees
From the deep myths and stories of the Celtic lands, to the art, music, poetry, law, and vision, we have been richly gifted by the Celts. In this winter gathering, we explore some of these gifts, drawing on the wisdom of memory and vision that was the training of the bards, seers and druids of the ancient lore.
Event time: Fri 4th Dec 2020 at 4:00pm - Sun 6th Dec 2020 at 2:00pm
At a Glance
- The roots of Celtic lore that have fed the soul for centuries revealed
- The wisdom of the ancient Celtic traditions.
- The bright knowledge of the ancient wisdom guardians.
What participants will gain
- A joyful reconnection to ancestral myth and story
- A deepening welcome to the world of vision and wisdom
- A preparation for the traditional midwinter season
From the deep myths and stories of the Celtic lands, to the art, music, poetry, law, and vision, we have been richly gifted by the Celts. In this course, we explore some of these gifts, drawing on the wisdom of memory and vision that was the training of the bards, seers and druids of the ancient lore. The bright knowledge which lies at the kernel of the nuts of wisdom that the salmon once sought is still sparkling in the darkness. We will enter the portals that lead to the Otherworld and meet the Shining Ones who keep the treasures still. Our ritual will be the Four Treasures of the Shining Ones. Join us for our 35th annual open mystery school as we draw to the deep heart of winter.
Bring a pen and paper, a shawl or scarf or robe for the ritual, some nibbles and drinks for the ceilidh on Saturday night.
Please note that prices are listed per person.
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Caitlín Matthews is the author of 78 books, including The Lost Book of the Grail, Ancestral Oracle of the Celts, Untold Tarot and The Complete King Arthur, with John Matthews. She and John have given an annual winter mystery school course at Hawkwood for 35 years, exploring the depths of a range of mythic and spiritual topics from the Arthurian legends to the magical and faery realms, with many special guests. Caitlín is the director of studies of FÍOS, the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies which is dedicated to the oracular and unwritten arts which inspire the soul and expand our vision. She teaches internationally for groups, institutions, and universities, working across spiritual traditions.Visit Tutor's Website
John Matthews [participating remotely]
John Matthews has been a full-time writer since 1980 and has produced over one hundred thirty books on myth, faery, the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, and several successful children’s books. His books have won many awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award for that year, and a Gold Medal from NAPPA, a gold Moonbeams award and a BIB Golden Apple Award. He has worked as an historical advisor and contributor to many films including the 2004 ‘King Arthur’ film by Jerry Bruckheimer. He is the author of Temples of the Grail, Celtic Shaman’s Pack, Arthurian Magic, and Robin Hood.Visit Tutor's Website
Ian Rees is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist practising in Glastonbury Somerset UK. He has been a therapist for 20 years and spent 10 before that working in Probation Work and Social Work at all levels. He is an experienced trainer and taught at the Karuna Institute in Devon from 1999 to 2009; he designed and ran their MA programmes as well as being central to the teaching team. Since 2009 he has concentrated on developing the Annwn Foundation workshops and the Awen training and presents this material in the UK and IsraelVisit Tutor's Website
"‘I have deep respect and gratitude for your wisdom, scholarship and presence. In reading your books these past few years, I have always "felt" the transmission you give through yours and John's writings. Being able to experience this transmission in person, I feel extremely blessed and that I have finally been "initiated" into the land of my ancestors. I have no words to convey how much this means to me, except thank you.’ Dr. Mary Lanier, participant on Augury and Inspiration course."
“You both help us feel, see, imagine, and enter the story that sustains our inner life."
- Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, author of The Shining Paths.