Amantha Murphy makes it very clear that the tours she leads around her native Ireland are anything but typical. A shamanic healer and teacher, Amantha’s tours feature sacred places, such as stone circles, holy wells, dolmens (burial stones) and sites associated with ancient Irish myths and legends.
“Ireland holds the energy of the Great Goddess,” Amantha says, and she conducts ceremonies at various sites to help her tour group members connect with that spiritual energy.
Near Lough Gur is the largest stone circle in Ireland. On the morning of the summer solstice the first rays of sunlight illuminate its giant stones. This is the site where, on May 27, 2011, an opening ceremony will mark the beginning of the “Sacred Soul Journey of Ireland.” The 10-day guided tour will continue to Innishfallen, the Dingle Peninsula, Newgrange, Lough Crew and Tara.
Accommodations include two nights in a gothic revival castle that, according to legend, may be visited by a ghostly monk. The tour has other supernatural connections, including a waterfall where fairy folk are said to gather amidst the trees and glens, and a lake where legends say a sacred tree emerges every seven years.
The tour group is being limited to seven participants, and only a few spaces remain unfilled, so anyone interested in this spiritual tour of Ireland is advised to act quickly. The complete itinerary is available from Body Mind Spirit Journeys at http://bodymindspiritjourneys.com/ireland-may-27-to-june-5-2011.html
“Our programs are really tours of enlightenment,” says Jack Schafer, Director of Marketing for Body Mind Spirit Journeys. “They are for spiritually-minded people who want to go beyond touring and genuinely experience the culture of a place in ways that are not available to ordinary tourists.”