Voyages to Vision

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Fri 29Nov
Sun 01Dec

Our 40th Anniversary Course at Hawkwood

Facilitators: Caitlín Matthews, John Matthews & Ian Rees

Over 40 years Caitlín and John have explored many of the mythic and  imaginal doorways of inner vision. This leap year, we chart the voyages of the soul which wakens us to wonder. From the Irish wonder-voyage tradition of the Immram, to King Arthur’s voyage into Annwfyn, and the voyages of the Grail, we come together again as questers in search of inspiration through ritual, meditation, ceilidh, and deep conversation.

Limited Early-Bird places – now sold out.  Standard priced places now available.


If you would like to book a shared room, please contact Cathy on 01453 759 034 to discuss

Event time: Fri 29th Nov 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 1st Dec 2024 at 2:00pm

At a Glance

  • Chart some of the great myths of the soul’s voyage
  • Practical spiritual explorations of the sacred quest
  • Share the unfolding wonder of ancestral tradition

Participants Will Learn

  • Discover your inner quester
  • Recognise the patterns, pitfalls and handholds of your own soul’s journey
  • Find hospitable companionship on the quest

The Quest for Wonder

Caitlín & John Matthews cordially invite you to join them for their 40th Anniversary of teaching their open mystery school winter weekend at Hawkwood, with guest teacher, Ian Rees. Over the last 40 years they have explored many of the mythic, magical, and imaginal doorways of inner vision, continuing the tradition began here by our teacher, Gareth Knight who first raised the lantern of the inner light on Hawkwood’s sacred ground in the 1970s.

Throughout their lives, they have sought for the wonder which wakens the soul to quest through stories and myth. This leap year, they will explore some of those stories, charting the mythic voyages that deepen the soul over the primeval waters. Starting with the ancient Irish wonder-voyage tradition of the Immram, to the Blessed Islands of the West, and the mysterious voyage that King Arthur takes into the underworld of Annwfyn, to the mystic voyages of the Grail, they will weave the magic once more.

Coming together again as questers old and new, go once more in search of inspiration through ritual, meditation and deep conversation, gathering as the Companions of Hawkwood, in celebration and gratitude. There is so much to remember and to gather up, so many songs, poems and stories to be shared as we join together in a truly festive ceilidh. As deep winter calls us into the heart of solstice-time, prepare the way together!


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

£289 Early-Bird Non-Residential
£348 Early-Bird Residential Shared
£391 Early-Bird Residential Single
£340 Non-Residential
£410 Residential Shared
£460 Residential Single


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Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
10 available
Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
10 available

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Practical Information

Please bring the following:
A garment or shawl for the ritual
A notebook and pen,
Nibbles & drink for the ceilidh
A short offering for the ceilidh, if you wish.

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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Ian Rees

Ian Rees is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist practising in Glastonbury. He has been a therapist for 40 years. He is the author of Keys to the Temple (with Penny Billington) and The Tree of Life and Death.

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