Journeys 2019

Sacred Spaces of Pen Llŷn

Gwynedd - North West Wales

Date

Monday 8th - Friday 12th July

Nights

4

Cost

£530 for single occupancy, discounted to £495 for a shared room when booked with a friend or partner. Please note on the booking form the name of the person you will be sharing with.

Description

Throughout human history 'Sacred Spaces' have been created or searched for, to nurture the spiritual aspect of our humanity. Here on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales the evidence of those ongoing processes of spirituality, can be seen in the 5th Century gravestones of a religious community in Aberdaron and the monastery on the sacred island of Bardsey. Continuing on through to the 12th century pilgrim churches and sacred wells, then onwards to the 20th century Buddhist Sangha and 21st century 'Observatory' which looks back, full circle, to the ancient ways of living, working, celebrating and growing in community.

There is a richness in the variety of 'Sacred Spaces' that can be experienced in the 5 days spent on this small peninsula, at a pace that gives time to savour and reflect. Your Journeying leaders know the place well, so that you can relax with short walks in the company of others who are seeking the 'Sacred Spaces' too.

Walks and Excursions

From our base at Nefyn we shall use a minibus to explore the following sites:
St Beunos Abbey Church and Well... The medieval abbey [1290] is mentioned in the legends of the Kingdoms of Wales.

St Cybi's Well... A place of renowned healing in ancient and more recent times. 2 miles.

Bardsey Island Enlli... "The island of 20,000 saints" "The island of Resurrection" "The island of Cadfan and his Celtic Christian brothers" 3 miles.

Mynydd Mawr... Panoramic views of Bardsey Island to the west, Snowdonia National Park to the north and east, Cardigan bay to the south. Drive to the top in the minibus!

Aberdaron & St Hywyn's on the seashore... The last stop for pilgrims before crossing to Bardsey Island. The parish of RS Thomas, poet & priest. Walk in the landscape which inspired his poetry. 6 miles with a short climb.

Awakened Heart Buddhist Sangha . . . Lama Shenpen Hookham was sent from Tibet to create a sacred space in the foothills of Wales. This will be a guided meditation.

Felin Uchaf Community Project... A Visionary Social Enterprise creating structures in which to nurture the growth of the human spirit.

(Walks are graded Short-Medium in length with Easy-Moderate terrain).

Accommodation

Four nights at the Nanhoron Arms Hotel, Nefyn: Includes cooked breakfast, dinner and fresh packed lunches made to order. Superb location just three minutes walk from the beach with a garden bar and international restaurant. "Very Good" reviews on www.bookings.com. Single, twin & double rooms.

Getting there

By train: On Monday 8th, Bangor Railway Station, pick up in the minibus at 1:30pm.
By car: Meet at Clynnog Fawr Abbey 2.30pm, before travelling on to Nefyn in time for dinner.
Return to Bangor Railway Station on Friday by 1pm.

Contact

Phil Craine (01624 675925 / 07624 437248 philcraine44@gmail.com) and Susan Fogarty