The Western Mysteries, Orkney
Languages: German and English
Saturday 6th to Saturday 13th August 2022

Mystery places on the Orkney Islands

with Renatus Derbidge

Glamping in luxurious bell tents including catering.

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 or Knap of Howar on the Island of Papa Westray 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 tie to perceive the places and structures, do observations together and learn to perceive and to learn to read their language, to get to a point where they reveal their secretes and we can come to an understanding of what they still can speak 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 tone 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 souls 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 o mainland Orkney, but also on the islands of Hoy, Rousay and Papa Westray.

Apart from the megalithic period there will be a second focus on sites of the Celtic saints. The holy sites of the Celtic Church, often just ruins still contain a strong sense of peacefulness and inner qualities. They are atmospheric church ruins that 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 texts and 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 and society 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)

Early Bird discount (until Christmas 2021) 20% reduction, 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 and for the day we can prepare sandwiches and other goodies that will be provided like fresh fruits, cakes and cookies.


You can choose between sharing a twin tent or a gender separated 4-person tent.

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 and camping site fees and two nights in a hostel on Papa Westray.

- All ferry rides and a short aircraft flight to Papa Westray.

- 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).

- 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 mat and sleeping bag.

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

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

To register please use the contact form.