Vision of Albion

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Fri 01Dec
Sun 03Dec

Spiritual Lore and Heritage

Facilitators: Caitlín Matthews, John Matthews & Simon Wilson

On this 38th annual Company of Hawkwood weekend – open to all – we explore the indwelling sense of Albion as an inspired land, and consider the nature of that call to awaken. What does it mean to honour that vision in our desacralized times? How do we embody it?  Together, we will hold high the lantern that we may be walk that path again, with integrity, faith, and joy.


Event time: Fri 1st Dec 2023 at 4:00pm - Sun 3rd Dec 2023 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Learn how to live with better support in a rapidly changing world
  • Traditional sources of wisdom to equip us for any challenge
  • Holding firmly to healing resources that irrigate the world with hope, kindness and joy

Participants Will Learn

  • Ancestral healing techniques to help us come home to our true being
  • How to use creative practices to restore balance and unity
  • Methods of traditional mystical sources that support our lives

The Vision of Albion

In his novel, That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis wrote: ‘Something we may call Britain is always haunted by something we may call Logres,’ and so it with Albion, one of the other ancient names for this island. The vision of Albion has not been forgotten: it lies beneath the construct we call Britain as an abiding myth that calls us to awake and remember the spiritual lore and heritage of our land.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£310 Non-Residential
£370 Residential Shared
£410 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Bring a notebook & pen, wear comfortable clothing.

Registration with tea on Friday at 4.00 pm; then supper at 6.30 pm. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday.

Caitlín and John Matthews

John and Caitlín Matthews are the authors of many books including The Goblin Market Tarot and the Beowulf Oracle, and the Art of Celtic Seership. John edited the Labrys Symposium on Alan Garner back in 1981. Together they have presented their open mystery school at Hawkwood College for 38 years.

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Dr Simon Wilson

Dr Simon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has a special interest in landscape, love of learning, and the mystical theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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