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The Western Mysteries, Orkney
Languages: German and English
Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th December 2023

Mystery places on the Orkney Islands

with Renatus Derbidge

2 places left!

Small group in a self-catering cottage

Morning: hiking the land

Afternoon: 3x the last sun of the year in the cairn Maes Howe.

Evening: Seminars and Conversation




The Western Mysteries, Orkney

Languages: German and English

2024 or 2025, plaese ask for details...

The famous and very inspirational stone circles of Orkney, the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness as well as cairns like Maes Howe and the oldest stone-built houses like Skara Brae are beacons of our cultural evolution. We will explore what they tell us about the evolution of mankind, the evolution of consciousness and why they were built. We will spend extensive time to perceive the places and structures. Observations together at the sites will be a schooling path to learn to perceive and to read their language, to get to a point where they reveal their secretes. We want to come to an understanding of what they still can mean to us today. Do they ask something of us? Is the impulse from many millennia ago still important today? Cairns and stone circles can be experienced as polarities.  Extreme darkness in a cairn and extreme exposure to nature in a stone circle. Going through experiencing theses polarities we arrive at the fundamental polarity of world and self, inner and outer. Strengthening the soul between theses extremes we can develop our soul capacities to unite with the higher in us, in nature and in community. 

Stone Circles are also be seen as installations or demonstrations of an ideal of social life that includes nature, the landscape, the cosmos, and everyone in its uniqueness. This trip is all about own experiences of this social "archetype" which is the fundamental experience of the "Western Mysteries"

We will spend consecutive days at Stone Circles and cairns and their surroundings. We`ll visit the sites at different times of day, weather conditions, moods, not only on mainland Orkney, but also on the islands of Hoy and Rousay.

Apart from the megalithic period there will be a second focus on sites of the Celtic saints. The holy sites of the Celtic Church, today just ruins, still contain a strong sense of peacefulness and inner qualities. These atmospheric places once where the centers of pilgrimages in medieval times. An esoteric Christianity has once lived here and is now deeply inscribed into the places where we can connect to that spirit.

We will connect our experiences with insights from Rudolf Steiner about the "Hibernian or Western Mysteries". This trip will be an investigation of what theses mysteries are today and how they can enliven our lives and communities in times of much needed change.

Meeting point to start the journey will be our campsite on Orkney mainland.

Fee: £970 (4-meter diameter twin tent); £860 (5-meter diameter 4-tent)

Partner booking 20% reduction.

Registration requires a 25% non-refundable deposit. 

Full payment until 6 weeks prior to the start of the trip. No refunds for no-show up or cancellation shorter than 2 weeks prior to beginning.

The tents are equipped with camping beds, a warm carped flooring and a wood burning stove. Breakfast will be porridge (with extra goodies) and for the day we can prepare sandwiches (and other goodies) that will be provided like fresh fruits, cakes and cookies.


Tents are mixed gender.

For our seminars and sharing circles in the evenings and for eating, we will have a separate tent.

We travel in cars- please bring one and share it or join an existing car group. All car costs will be equally distributed among all participants.

Included in the fee:

- Accommodation in our bell tents.

- All camping site fees.

- All food during the week including a warm 3-course dinner in the evenings.

Not included:

- Entrance tickets (for instance to Maes Howe or Skara Brae).

- Ferry rides to other islands (Hoy and Rousay).

- Meals if not at campsite, like a pub meal that we might decide to have one evening.

- You need to bring your own car or share a car with someone (I assist in finding someone if you don't come with a car).

- Bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

- Binoculars, drawing paper and colors can make the experience even richer.

- We don't supply drinks for the meals. So feel free to bring whatever you need or desire.

To register please use the contact form.

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