2015 Scottish Highlands & Islands Odyssey

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2015-Scottish-Odyssey“You have found a home…”

“Hiraeth… a homesickness, a nostalgia, a yearning for the lost places of my past.
It beckons and, at long last, I follow…”

October 10-19, 2015
TWO DAYS LONGER THAN THE 2014 ODYSSEY FOR ONLY $12.00 MORE!!

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Guided by Sheilaa Hite

Last year, for the first time in centuries, the Scottish Highlands portal opened, and bade us enter into a Life Mastery Initiation experience by reconnecting with the infinite powerful energy of time, space and soul memory allowing us to explore, discover and release the karma of our past along with all that no longer served us. Read about our experiences here. The portal remains open and now, having cleared our soul space, we must consciously complete the circle of Initiation by purposely recognizing, receiving, accepting and bonding with our rich birthright– the joy-filled life that truly reflects the love the Divine has for us.

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To do so, we must connect with that part of ourselves that holds our natural innocence, our belief that all things are possible and our strength of spirit– the heart. The heart is like a five year old child; it has never forgotten that life is meant to be a joy-filled, passionately creative experience. That is the purpose of this year’s Scottish Highlands and Islands Odyssey– to complete our Initiation by bonding with the heart-centered part of ourselves that yearns for wholeness, happiness and peace.

Upon our return from last year’s Scottish Odyssey, I discovered that even those who hadn’t accompanied us had undergone a transformational journey, too, but with one important difference…those of us who traveled together were held in a kind of sacred, joyful, grace encircled space of transformation and theirs was a more difficult and intense transformational experience.

2015-Scottish-Odyssey-01Whether you were with us or not, the portal of transformation was open to all of us and we were each given the opportunity to go from the seeking pilgrim to the spiritual initiate in our process of doing what we all must do– become whole. Now, it’s time for all souls to complete the Initiation and progress to the higher soul/life level of living from the perspective of our true calling– a Life Master.

Join me and accept this rare, sacred invitation which has been lifetimes in the making and complete your soul’s Initiation into Life Mastery. Awaken your spirit as we travel the magical Highlands and spiritual Islands of this most ancient, mystical land that gave birth to the fierce, unconquerable spirit of life and the people who still bear the stamp of it on their souls.

2015-Scottish-Odyssey-02As we experience the wonders of the Highlands and Islands of auld, journey with me and honor your heart’s intention as it yearns for a time when souls were free and magic was a way of life; where portals opened and heaven and Earth met; where lives were transformed and hearts and souls were healed and bonded.

The portal is a sacred gateway to a deeper, more profound space. The Scottish Highlands and Islands are home to hidden gems of mysticism and are the heart of these sacred portals in the northern hemisphere. Through entering them, we can commune with, acknowledge and unite the gifts we’ve gathered throughout all of the lifetimes our souls
have traveled.

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As I write in my book, ‘The Spiritual Hedonist,’ “to discover and live from what Divine energy already knows– that it is the highest good to unconditionally love ourselves and live a happy and satisfied life,” is our true purpose. You, this sacred land and the Divine are co-creators of the honoring and bonding of your heart, soul and essence. Come along with me and let the experience of this Odyssey engage, delight and ignite your passionate spirit.

Being a Spiritual Hedonist simply means that you’re honoring your Divine right and sacred responsibility by living in joy, acknowledging your value, coming from your heart and being of service and that is the highest and most profound form of spirituality that we can practice.

When your heart is focused on joy and happiness, you are closest to and in direct communication with the Divine. You effortlessly become a magnet for your good and you automatically attract the very best to yourself.

The successful encounter with your own Divine path happens on many levels– the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Through music, stories and our own soul-deep experiences, the paths that connect the ancient realms and the world of today will open and transport us back to the essential truth of our soul’s journey throughout our many lifetimes.

The structure of our Odyssey ensures that our sacred journey will be a fulfilling one, revealing, reconnecting and bonding us to the wealth of our life’s power and purpose. Each day and experience will provide opportunities for a soul-evolving shift through meditations, interactions in mystic places, ceremonies, personal talismans and daily numerological, astrological and Tarot interpretations as we reconnect ourselves to the sacred part of life with grace, glee, solemnity and wonder.

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Like a treasure map or Tarot spread we will unveil our own individual path to our goal– Life Mastery– by using the infinite power of Sacred Geometry, the healing aspects of vocal toning, the energy of ancient stone circles and ley lines and our soul’s desire and intention to live in harmonious balance. By so doing, we will each encounter and align with the intention our souls have set for us in this lifetime.

As always, our Odyssey goes beyond the usual tourist track. With grace and elegance touching our souls and reigniting our true potential, we’ll travel the Highlands and Islands in chauffeur driven coaches, participate in soul-evolving ceremonies and have plenty of free time to relax, shop and just be.

2015-Scottish-Odyssey-03We begin our Life Mastery journey with a visit to Abbotsford House, the baronial home of Scotland’s beloved national bard, legendary author Sir Walter Scott, and afterwards, we’ll visit one of the houses where Mary, Queen of Scots spent time near the English border. It is now a museum exhibiting many pieces of her memorabilia, including jewellery, personal items and her death mask. From there, we have our own private visit in renowned Rosslyn Chapel, built by the Sinclair Earls of Orkney with its Knights Templar & Holy Grail associations. There, the invocation ceremony of our Odyssey, conducted by Sacred Geometry Master, Dr. Jan Seward, will be held, thus activating the cycle of renewal and reconnection that culminates on the Isle of Iona.

2015-Scottish-Odyssey-04Every grand adventure needs a beautiful old castle. Ours is the 700 year old ancestral home to Clan Murray, Blair Castle. From there we’ll visit the 4,000 year old Clava Cairns, a prehistoric Bronze Age burial complex before journeying on to the city called the ‘capital of the Highlands,’ Inverness.

We’ll cross the northwest Highlands, then sail over to the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis and hold the first of our new moon Life Mastery ceremonies at the ancient Standing Stones of Calanais which lie under the constellation of transformational Scorpio. There, we’ll participate in an age-old renewal rite conducted by a Celtic officiant.

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We’ll visit the Isle of Skye, the ancient mist-veiled isle of deep lochs, beautiful peaks and rainbows, where we’ll spend time at the magical Fairy Glen before heading back to the mainland town of Mallaig. Here, we’re in for an exceptional treat– we’ll thrill the child’s heart in all of us by traveling on the very special ‘Harry Potter’ train (yes, that Harry Potter train!) to Fort William! From there, we’ll drive into magical Glencoe, world-famous for its scenery and history and overnight near there.

2015-Scottish-Odyssey-05From Glencoe, we’ll travel to Oban and cross the seas to the sacred Inner Hebrides island of Iona. Described by the ancient Celts as the ‘thin place,’ the place where the veil between Heaven and Earth is lifted and where mortals might catch a glimpse of the Divine. We’ll visit power spots, including historic Iona Abbey, where you can leave a prayer request for the Abbey priests to pray over in their special weekly prayer service.

Iona is where major feminine/masculine ley lines meet under the constellations Scorpio and Libra, assuring us of a harmoniously balanced and profoundly transformational experience during the second part of our new moon Life Mastery bonding ceremony.

Let the spirit of the Odyssey and Iona take you by the hand and lead you to your new beginning as you participate in this sacred ceremony, “Toning Us Home,” conducted by Shaman, David Nathan. Feel the weight of lifetimes lift from your shoulders as you, at long last, experience the harmony and joy of having found your way home.

The next day will begin with a specially designed yoga class taught by renowned yoga instructor, Zoe Heald. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you’d like– in contemplation, journaling, walking the labyrinth at legendary St. Columba’s Bay, climbing Dun I, exploring Iona or weather permitting, a boat trip to the renowned isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s acclaimed, ‘Hebrides Overture.’ After Iona, we’ll return to the mainland and continue via Luss, a pretty conservation village on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, on to Falkirk where we’ll take in the soul stirring installation of the ‘Kelpies,’ a modern homage to the fabled shape-shifting water horses that once lived in Scotland’s ancient lochs.

Leaving there, we make our way back to Edinburgh, where we’ll have free time to explore this esteemed old city and reflect on the success of our bonding with our hearts and progressing to our higher soul/life level of Life Mastery. On our last night in Edinburgh, we’ll gather together for a festive farewell dinner.

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2015-Scottish-Odyssey-06WHY I HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO GUIDE YOU ON THIS ODYSSEY:
My life is an ever changing, soul evolving, joy-filled, transformational odyssey and when you accompany me on a journey like this– your life changes! Join me and share in my magic as you discover your own!

As the person who coined the phrase and wrote the book, The Spiritual Hedonist, I know the different ways of consciously choosing to live a life of class, grace and soul awareness. As a result, I understand that Spiritual Wisdom can only come about if you’re able to fully experience life, fun, creativity and the joy of connecting to your senses.

Life is a journey; I know the route – I am one of only a handful of people in the world permitted by the British government to enter and conduct ceremonies in the sacred ‘inner circle of stones’ in Stonehenge, as well as being the first metaphysician authorized by the city of Malibu, California to teach in their facilities.

From the outer world, I guide you to the inner world where you will discover and reclaim the power, beauty and magic of your life’s purpose and soul’s intention– and from the inner world I guide you back to the outer world where you can live in the fullness of that divine knowledge and awakened spirit. Socrates said, “Know Thyself ”— I go beyond that and I teach you what I have learned, how to ‘Trust Yourself ’ so that you can ‘Know Yourself.’

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ITINERARY:
2015-Scottish-Odyssey-07SAT, OCT 10 Arrive Edinburgh. Check into hotel. Visit Abbotsford House, Sir
Walter Scott’s home and Mary, Queen of Scots house and museum.
Odyssey invocation ceremony at Rosslyn Chapel. Lunch on your
own. In the evening, we’ll gather for our first group dinner in one
of Edinburgh’s best restaurants. Overnight in Edinburgh.

SUN, OCT 11 Visit Blair Castle in Perthshire. Visit Clava Cairns. Brief sighting of
Culloden Battlefield. Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight
in Inverness.

MON, OCT 12 Take the ferry to the Isle of Lewis/Harris. Visit Gearrannan Black Houses, a thatched house with a peat fire and Harris Tweed weaving facilities with opportunities to buy beautiful, authentic Harris Tweed fabric! Lunch and Dinner on your
own. Overnight in Tarbert, Harris.

TUES, OCT 13 NEW MOON. Calanais Stones ceremony. Return to Tarbert & free time or optional site seeing opportunities that can include the most scenic part of Lewis with its cliffs and sandy beaches, the birthplace of the Brahan Seer, the dunes where the Lewis
Chessmen, the world’s most famous chess pieces were found (they were the inspiration for the final book in Peter May’s bestselling Isle of Lewis trilogy, “The Chessmen.”) Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight in Tarbert, Harris.

WED, OCT 14 We take the ferry to the Isle of Skye. On Skye, we’ll visit the wondrous Fairy Glen. Afterwards, we’ll take the ferry to Mallaig where we’ll board the Harry Potter train (Yea!!) to Fort William and travel through some of Scotland’s most breathtakingly
beautiful countryside. From there, we’ll drive into scenic, magical Glencoe, world-famous for its beauty and history. Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight in Ballachulish.

THUR, OCT 15 This morning, we’ll take the ferry from Oban to the islands of Mull and Iona. We’ll visit historic Iona Abbey and other power spots where we’ll hold the second half of our renewal rite, “Toning Us Home,” conducted by Shaman, David Nathan. Lunch
on your own. Group Dinner where we’ll dine together and reflect on this most significant passage in our life’s journey.

2015-Scottish-Odyssey-08FRI, OCT 16 Specially designed morning yoga class taught by renowned yoga instructor,
Zoe Heald. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you’d like– in
contemplation, journaling, walking the labyrinth at legendary St.
Columba’s Bay, climbing Dun I, exploring Iona or weather permitting,
a boat trip to the renowned isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave, the inspiration
for Mendelssohn’s acclaimed, ‘Hebrides Overture.’ Lunch on your
own. Group Dinner. Overnight on Iona.

SAT, OCT 17 Early morning ferry to Mull and Oban. After a visit to Luss, a pretty conservation village on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomand, we’ll journey to Falkirk to see the magnificent installation of the ‘Kelpies,’ a modern homage to the fabled shapeshifting
water horses that once lived in Scotland’s ancient lochs. From there, we’ll return to Edinburgh. Lunch and Dinner on your own.

SUN, OCT 18 Today is our free day in Edinburgh and we can each spend it however we choose. In the evening, we’ll gather for a lovely farewell dinner in one of Edinburgh’s best restaurants. Overnight in Edinburgh.

MON, OCT 19 Hotel check-out and off to destinations elsewhere.

sheilaa-smWHO IS OUR GUIDE?
Sheilaa Hite (www.SheilaaHite.com)
Author, Master Teacher, Wisdom Keeper,
Transformational Guide

nathanWHO IS OUR SHAMAN & TONING MASTER?
David Nathan (www.DavidNathan.com)
Author, Journalist, Singer, Musician,
Shaman

sewardWHO IS OUR SACRED GEOMETRY MASTER?
Dr. Jan Seward (www. drjanseward.com)
Psychotherapist, Transformational Life Guide,
Teacher, Intuitive

sandersonWHO ARE OUR SCOTTISH GUIDES?
Nicky Sanderson (www.nickysandersonguide.co.uk)
& Les Mac an Ultaigh (www.albannachtours.co.uk)
Members of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association,
Acclaimed Scottish Storytellers, Dousing Experts, Celtic Officiants.

WHAT? A once in a lifetime experience, sacred places and sacred soul-time, fun time, breathing time, alone time, group time

WHERE? The Scottish Highlands and Islands

WHEN? Saturday, October 10 – Monday, October 19, 2015

WHY GO? For the life changing experiences, the destinations, the events that become a portrait in this journey of self discovery for each participant, the fun of it, new people and places, the results; each destination, each event is a marker of your progress on this powerfully liberating journey, the realization that using your resources for your soul is as important to your development and life as eating, the knowledge that you are and you
can create magic.

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To book your space:
Sharon Polidoro
Berkshire Travel Group
39 Willis Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-9188
or contact Sheilaa

This is the purpose of life; to get what you want. There are deeper things, but this is fun.” – K. Lagerfeld