For five thousand years Bwlch y Ddeufaen, the Pass of the Two Stones, was a gateway standing on the threshold between two worlds. It was the only way through the majestic mountains of Snowdonia from the coastal lowlands east of the Conwy River to the sacred island of Ynys Mon in the west. It is an Old Stone Age Way, well-trodden long before the Romans tramped over it to crush the power of the Druids. It was walked by the stone pedlars who carried their axe heads from the famous quarries of Penmaenmawr all over the land. Its sacred power was enhanced by a stone circle below the craggy summit of Tal y Fan with an astonishing view over the Holy River. And at the eastern end the ancestors were remembered in a beautiful stone burial chamber, known today as Maen y Bardd, the Poet’s Stone.
Later – though still before the Romans – this was the main way from Britannia and Gaul to Ynys Mon, the holy island of the Druids. This centre of Celtic spiritual power attracted people from afar. Still later came poets and prophets, princes and kings, pilgrims and saints. Many must have paused at Maen y Bardd, taken shelter, offered a prayer to the ancestors, perhaps even composed a poem.
On this retreat we will come to the threshold and pass through the gateway. We will walk this ancient songline from the Poet’s Stone all the way to the sacred falls at the far end. We will explore the old tales and the ancient characters whose memory still resonates in the Dreaming of this wild landscape. As we visit these sacred places we will explore their meaning for our time now and for our own personal journeys. We will steep ourselves in the histories and stories of some of the people who passed this way and respond creatively, ritually and spiritually to the ground on which we tread.
Accommodation for the duration of this retreat will be at Cae Mabon eco retreat centre in the heart of the Snowdonia mountains (see www.caemabon.co.uk for details). There you'll enjoy stories and songs by the roundhouse fire by night, hot tubs beneath the stars, a swim or two in Padarn lake, great home-cooked wholesome vegetarean food and deep nurture in nature in the embrace of the oak woodlands.
We hope you can join us on this adventure to discover the dreaming of the pass of the Poet's Stone.
Maximim number on this retreat is 16.
You can find out more information about the accommodation for this retreat, Cae Mabon in the foothills of Snowdonia, by clicking the button below