Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter March 28th, 2012

TAKE ME TO: Events & Workshops
Our Guest Article | Our Upcoming Trips at a Glance

Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? New trips, New experiences, New destinations!

Big Sur California Painting Retreat

Last week I forgot to put Linda Jacobson’s wonderful weekend retreat to Big Sur on the list below – such a beautiful and amazing part of California. I just LOVE the Redwoods, so majestic, ancient and wise. That’s the place to hug a tree for sure! We also have some new trips to Peru as you will see and Kathy & Joy’s yoga and intuition retreat in Sedona in September – yum!

We’ve done our best to keep trip pricing down – but on facilitated journeys you have to remember that your leader needs to get paid for teaching. I have actually received emails from folks telling me they can do the same trip for less themselves – and of course that’s true. But this is a group trip with group activities, ceremony, teachings and so much more. So how can you compare the two experiences? You can’t. Our facilitators are all wonderful heart-felt people and their mission and purpose in life is to teach and share and that is certainly something special!

And ladies – an important reminder – if you’re interested in Sacred Britain you need to sign up NOW! ♥


**Just to let you know – Dennis McKenna is one of THE preeminent experts on Ayahuasca and if you have been considering ceremony with this sacred herb – Dennis is the person to experience this with.


Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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EVENTS, FREE VIDEO-CLASSES & NEW PROGRAMS!

A Women’s Journey to Avalon: Sacred Britain
June 14-22nd, 2012
LADIES: TIME TO SIGN UP IS NOW!

Stonehenge

Within the heart of every woman is the desire for a grail quest for personal freedom and internal peace. On this sacred journey we’ll be visiting Glastonbury, otherwise known as the Isle of Avalon. Glastonbury Abbey, the birthplace of Christianity in England is often referred to as the “holiest earth in England.”

We’ll visit to the enchanted Dozmary Pool where we come into the presence of the Lady of the Lake at her mystical and watery home. Get ready for a private visit to the beautiful and tranquil gardens of Chalice Well, one of the true healing places in this land where you are encouraged to drink from the holy well.

Join us for a private visit to Stonehenge, plus so much more! This will be a very special one-of-kind tour specially arranged for Journeys of the Spirit®. Joining trip leaders Sheri Rosenthal and Cameron Broughton – are local experts who will share the many secrets of these ancient lands hidden behind the veil of modern society.

Together they will share and guide us into the heart and soul of these sacred places and into the mystery and magic of our personal grail quests. Don’t miss Cameron’s article below on Sacred Britain!!

Trip cost: $2845.00 USD per person double occupancy.

Details for Sacred Britain here!

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OUR GUEST ARTICLE

A Soul’s Journey to Sacred Britain

Glastonbury Ruins

Glastonbury Ruins

Why do so many people visit ancient sacred sites each year? Why are so many people drawn to England’s Stonehenge, which is known throughout the world? Why are the Pyramids the first port of call for international visitors to Egypt. What is going on?

In my experience as a guide to ancient sacred sites in Britain, there are various reasons why people make these journeys. For some it is a quest, such as following the Arthurian legend in a personal search to find the meaning of the Holy Grail. For others the journey is a modern pilgrimage, to walk the paths of our ancestors for spiritual purposes. Others instinctively know that a healing awaits them at one of these places shrouded in mystery. Whatever prompts the decision to travel, journeys of this kind are almost always transformative.

Our ancestors knew the Earth intimately and understood her wisdom. They lived in much closer communion with the planet than we do today. Their sense of the natural forces of the Earth was a finely-tuned whole body awareness – not just a mental knowing. Imagine yourself as a member of a neolithic society living five thousand years ago. You are walking along and suddenly you feel a tingling in your hands or feet or maybe a rush of energy throughout your body. You have just walked over an energy hot spot. This is where you would choose to build a structure in which you could work with the energies present for purposes of healing or spiritual insight.

Chalice Well

Chalice Well

Today this same sacred site might appear to be just a dead relic of a bygone age. However, myths passed down through the generations tell a different story. Invariably we find gems of truth in these stories if we interpret the symbolism. For example, it is said of several stone circles that the stones go down to the water to drink at midnight or on a full moon. This folktale speaks of the connection between the stone circle, Earth energies and water.

In fact, dowsing shows that most sites are animated by the serpentine currents of energy which course through the ground following the subterranean streams of water and which vary according to the seasons, the phases of the moon and even day and night. All holy wells have stories of healings attached to them. When we realize that strong Earth energy currents have turned the waters into something akin to a homeopathic remedy, these tales make perfect sense.

Avebury Circle

Avebury Circle

Originally all energy spots were simply in nature – a hilltop, a wooded copse, a spring. The trees were the first to teach us the consequences of enclosing natural energy. The energy can be contained and built up to create a super-charged space. The Druids performed all their ceremonies in sacred groves for this reason.

We can often feel these “magic” places still, but even if we don’t feel energies; they create in us a sense of silence, of wonder, of gratitude. We are naturally brought into a place of mind, body and spirit balance within ourselves where we are ready and open to receive insights and healing.

The stone circle builders developed this theme and utilized crystal-studded granite and sandstone (granular quartz) blocks in order to have greater control over the build-up of energies. We are all aware that our wrist watches and computers operate because of the energetic properties of quartz crystal; our ancestors were really using the same technology but for different purposes and on a different scale. Medieval churches and cathedrals were often built on the sites of stone circles, ensuring that these energy hot spots would empower the Christian ceremonies and services which would take place there.

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle Ruins

What makes the crucial difference between a tourist visit and a transformative experience? Our intent! Intent activates the potential in each of us. When we focus our intent on a spiritual goal, magic occurs. As W. H. Murray says in the book The Scottish Himalayan Expedition: “Once one commits (to a quest) all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision – raising in one’s favour all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.” Combining this committed intent with the super-charged atmosphere of a sacred site on a spiritual journey opens the door for extraordinary things to happen.

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On a tour of crop circles and sacred sites our group decided to invite the “Circlemakers,” whoever or whatever that might mean for the participants, to co-create a crop circle with us that would have something to teach us. There were nineteen people on the tour but for various reasons five of our group didn’t take part in the meditation. The next morning in that very field there was an incomplete flower of life crop formation. A flower of life is normally made up of nineteen overlapping circles, this one had five missing!

Mists of Avalon

On another occasion I visited Merlin’s Mound which sits in the grounds of a private school in Marlborough. The Mound, once a revered sacred site, was neglected for many years. The Victorians had built a monstrous cast-iron water tower on the summit blocking out all the light. I had done some healing energy work there three months previously using the elements of air and fire to bring Light back to this abused site.

On my return I needed to work with the elements of earth and water. I didn’t know how I was going to gain access to the water. As I reached the top of the hill I was stunned to find the summit now flooded with light because the water tower had been demolished. Where the tower had been the water supply pipe, open and uncapped, was coming out of the earth. I later discovered that they erected a new but much smaller water tank two days after my visit.

On some level we still know what our ancestors knew – that the ancient sacred sites hold power and potential. Yet, our logical thinking often tells us this can’t be true. If we are prepared to quiet the skeptical mind for a while and act as if magic is possible, then magic does indeed become possible. As Albert Einstein once remarked “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

Blessings & love, Cameron Broughton

Cameron Broughton

Cameron Broughton’s life path has taken many directions; following her passion she traveled to England in 1996. Through a serendipitous unfolding of events, she met Glenn (her life partner) on the first tour that he led of the Sacred Sites of Southwest England. It has been an amazing journey, rich with the beauty of life and all that it encompasses!

Since meeting Glenn, she now spends half the year leading pilgrimages exploring Britain’s ancient and modern mysteries, its legends and sacred myths. Cameron is deeply aware of the transformations that such journeys can bring about and she looks forward to meeting you on her trip with Sheri in June 14-22nd and helping to make your journey a truly unforgettable one.

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OUR MENU OF UPCOMING FABULOUS ADVENTURES!

~APRIL TRAVELS~

Sedona Spiritual Journey

Goddess Healing Spiritual Retreat
Sedona, Arizona
Trip Leader: Shanti Gilbert
April 29-May 4th, 2012

~MAY SOJOURNS~

Chichen Itza

Shamanic Healing Techniques in the Heart of the Mayan Lands
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
May 17-22, 2012

Big Sur California Artists Retreat

Explore & Express Your Authentic Artistic Vision
Big Sur, California – NEW!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
May 17-20th, 2012

~JUNE JAUNTS~

Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Ayahuasca & Ayni in the Andes
Peru NEW!
Trip Leader: Dennis McKenna
June 2-9, 2012

Oregon Coast

Soul*Full Women’s Photography Retreat
Oregon Coast FILLING FAST!!
Trip Leader: Catherine Just
June 6-10th, 2012

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The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Dharamsala, India
Trip Leader: Lisa Tully
June 5-21st, 2012

Stonehenge

A Women’s Sacred Journey to Avalon
Sacred Britain
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Cameron Broughton
June 14-22nd, 2012

~JULY JOURNEYS~

Isla Espiritu Santo

Sisterhood, Sand & Sun!
Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja, Mexico
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
July 1-7, 2012

~AUGUST ADVENTURES~

Akashic Records Intensive

Akashic Records Intensive – Opening the Secrets of the Stones
Teotihuacan, Mexico
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
August 9-19th, 2012

Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Awaken in the Andes
Peru NEW!
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
August 19-27th, 2012

~SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~

Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Journey to Machu Picchu – Authentic Spiritual & Cultural Wonders
Peru NEW!
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
September 13–24, 2012

Equine Therapy

Reconnecting to Truth through Horse Wisdom
Tucson, AZ
Trip Leaders: Ezra Marrow, Briana Lorenz-Marrow & Judy Askins
Sept 19-23rd, 2012

Bali Spiritual Journey

Spiritual Empowerment! Female Entrepreneur Summit
Bali – NEW!
Trip Leader: Deborah Skye King
Sept 29-Oct 1st, 2012

Sedona Women's Yoga Retreat

The Awakening! a Women’s Intuition, Yoga & Life Mastery Retreat
Sedona, AZ NEW!
Trip Leaders: Kathy Knowles & Joy Kochmer
Sept 29-Oct 4th, 2012

Santorini, Greece

Inspire Your Creative Soul! (Painting Retreat)
Santorini, Greece – NEW – DATES COMING!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 2012

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Visit our Trips at a Glance page.

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