Traditions of Christ in Ancient Britain
with Mandy Green
September 4-16 th , 2017
“And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures seen!”
Jerusalem by WILLIAM BLAKE
Day 1 & 2 Welcome to England/Winchester: After our arrival at a London airport, we travel to
see Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe and the burial site of Jane Austen. The
year is the celebration of the 200th year since Austen’s death so this year there is special events
and opportunities here in Winchester for those who love her writing. While there, we will also
see the statue of King Alfred the Great! We will learn of his bigger than life legend, and how
he shaped the England we see today. We will visit what is left of Winchester Castle to view the
Great Hall-- home of the famous “Round Table” of King Arthur fame. That evening we will
have a Welcome Dinner to get acquainted with everyone who is on the tour.
Day 3 Glastonbury: Glastonbury, also known anciently as Avalon, is one of the most beautiful
and most fascinating places to visit in all of England. Chalice Well, Glastonbury Tor and
Glastonbury Abbey are the three sites we will visit that are steeped in legend and traditions.
You’ll visit Chalice Well, a place of ancient Celtic worship whose waters and design represents
the union of heaven and earth and have the opportunity to drink from the well waters. The area
by the well is traditionally thought to be the burial site of the Holy Grail Cup, brought to Britain
by Joseph of Arimathea. We’ll make the climb to Glastonbury Tor to see the breathtaking view
and to see the representation of the heavens and learn about the Temple of the Stars. After a
leisurely lunch in town, which has many interesting and new age sites and shops, we’ll finish our
day at Glastonbury Abbey. This abbey is said to be the burial site of Joseph of Arimathea, King
Arthur and Guinevere. It is also the site of Joseph’s famous Thorn Tree that still blooms twice a
year on Easter and Christmas.
Day 4 Stonehenge and Avebury Circle: A visit to the iconic Stonehenge is in order; however,
on this tour you can learn about what the ancient site was really built to be. Our mid day lunch
break will be at the 400+ year old Waggon and Horse Pub, where legend has it, Charles
Dickens was known to frequent that very spot in his travels to and from London. Then we make
a visit to an even older ancient stone circle site called Avebury. (Some believe the stones at
Avebury were actually used to create Stonehenge.) Avebury has its own unique story about the
paths of the stars and allows you to walk amongst the stones.
Day 5 London: The study of the Holy Grail Legend would not be complete without a visit to the
Temple Church in London. Built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar; The Round Church
was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place
in the Crusaders’ world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. All of the
Templar churches we will visit are round-- patterned after what the Templars believed was the
structure of Solomons Temple in Jerusalem. After lunch on Fleet Street, we will visit St Paul’s
Cathedral whose architect was Hermeticist Christopher Wren and learn some of the key ideas
and concepts believed in by the Hermeticists.
Day 6 London: In the morning, we will set out for a Globe Theatre Tour. We will learn how
this theatre architecture houses many hermetic symbols and architectural details. The afternoon
and evening is free for you to explore London, shopping, sightseeing or catching a live
performance of Shakespeare that night at the Globe Theater.
Day 7 Cambridge: We start our day traveling to Cambridge, home to the Neo-platonists and one
of the greatest minds of all time, Sir Isaac Newton, another Hermeticist. Our first visit will be
the Round Church, one of only 4 standing churches in the world that were built by the Knights
Templar. We will take a scenic boat ride, called “punting on the Cam” (river) and enjoy a tour
of the King’s College Chapel home to the world famous King’s College Choir.
Day 8 Lincoln: We will travel to Lincoln and spend the day exploring the city. Lincoln is the
land of Tennyson and others who revered Mary Magdalene. It’s also close to Robin Hood
fame, with Sherwood Forest not far away. You will learn how the legend of Robin Hood and
Maid Marian ties into the traditions of Christ in Britain. We will visit Lincoln Cathedral and
learn of the traditions that tie it to Mary Magdalene. We will also have a tour of the Lincoln
Castle where we can see 1 of the 4 original copies of the Magna Charta.
Day 9 York: We travel to York, one of the best places to get a feel for medieval England. We
will tour York Minster and have an opportunity (for those who choose) to climb to the top of
the tower for a most spectacular view of the countryside. You will learn about the octagon, add
on to the Minster that ties into Solomon’s Temple structure and the Templar tradition. Your
afternoon is free to explore this quaint medieval city, which must include a visit to Shambles
Street-the place Diagon Alley is patterned after-- and hopefully a taste of delicious, Yorkshire
Day 10 Edinburgh: We will continue our travel up north to Edinburgh for a tour of Holyrood
Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. Holyrood Palace was built
in the 1600’s and has its own connection to Hermeticism. Holyrood Abbey, the site of Scottish
Templar trials in 1309 was built in 1128 under the direction of King David I of Scotland. The
rest of the time will be spent exploring and shopping on the Royal Mile at your leisure.
Day 11 Stirling: We are off to Stirling and a visit the Bannockburn Battlefield Visitor Center.
You will learn about Robert the Bruce and the last ride of the Templar Knights on this
battlefield to secure independence for Scotland. We will also make a visit to the William
Wallace Monument and learn about his ties to Scottish Freedom.
Day 12 Roslin: The final day of our tour will culminate with our visit to Rosslyn Chapel, built
in the 1400s by the St. Clair family. Rosslyn, is a sacred site full of symbolism and energetic ley
lines. Our visit will include a walk through Roslin Glen and a visit to Rosslyn Castle; ancestral
home to the St. Clair (Sinclair) family of Templar fame. The afternoon we will visit the ruins of
the Knights Templar Church at Balantradoch and what is left of the first preceptor built by
the Knights Templar. Rosslyn is the perfect conclusion of the tour that culminates in
understanding the true grail legend and those who sought to protect it. Farewell Dinner that
evening for the Traditions Tour.
Day 13 Depart to USA from Edinbugh or continue on with the Classical Literary Extension
Classical Literary Extension Tour
September 16-20, 2017
The Literary Extension Tour will take us to the Scottish Coast, down through the Lake District
and English Moors, though Oxford and ending up back in London.
Day 13 Keswick: We will travel to Ayre, Scotland and the Robert Burns Museum. Robert
Burns 1759-1796 is famous to Americans for his poem “Old Lang Syne” sung every New Year’s
Eve. In Scotland he is highly revered and known as Scotland’s “National Poet”. . Burns is
generally classified as a proto-Romantic poet and is thought to have influenced William
Wordswoth, whom we will learn more about later in our tour. That afternoon, we will travel on
to Keswick to spend the evening in the famed and beautiful Lake District.
Day 14 Bakewell: Our morning begins with travel to Grasmere to visit Dove Cottage, one time
home to poet William Wordsworth, where we will enjoy a private, poetry reading. (Bring your
poetry!) We will also see Beatrix Potter’s House and Gallery and from there travel to Haworth
to visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum, where we will enjoy the sights and sounds of the
English Moors. We will overnight in Bakewell in the scenic Peak District Area.
Day 15 Oxford: We will start our day with a visit to the Chatsworth House and Gardens (one
site of where Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice was filmed.) We will then travel to Stratford, to
visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage where the real identify of
Shakespeare will be revealed. From there we will travel on to Oxford for the evening. The
evening is free for you to explore the colleges, sights and sounds of Oxford.
Day 16 London: Our morning starts with a Literary Tour of Oxford with a local guide to visit
various literary and important sites of Oxford. The magic of Oxford has inspired generations of
creative writers, some of them internationally famous like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. After
lunch we will head to London for a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum. The evening will
conclude our tour with a Farewell Dinner with all the new friends we have made on our journey
across Great Britain.
Day 17 Depart for the USA
After serving an LDS mission in Moscow, Russia, Mandy Green earned her BA in Humanities from Brigham Young University, with a minor in English Literature. She married Brent Green in 1998 and they are the proud (if not perplexed) parents of three children. Mandy is fluent in Russian and can read and write in Biblical Hebrew and Koine (New Testament) Greek. Her post graduate studies include courses in Ancient Texts and Temples, the Nag Hamadi Writings, Egyptian Religion, Hermeticism, and Grail Lore. She also spent a summer taking a special archaeology course at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2014.
Mandy currently teaches adult religion courses in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Mandy is a passionate student of the world and has traveled to Russia, Kazakhstan, France, England, Scotland, Israel and Italy. The only thing Mandy enjoys more than experiencing a new place for the first time is introducing it to someone else.