Sacred Sites of Wales

Sacred Welsh landscape and how modern spiritual practitioners can engage with it, through ritual and pilgrimage, is our inspiration for creating this web page. It is dedicated to the places that have captivated us and brought us into relationship with this ancient and sacred landscape. We hope this page provides an inspiration to those looking to access the living mythical realm available today in our Welsh landscape.

We are the Awakened Heart Sangha, part of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Our founder, Lama Shenpen Hookham made her home in Criccieth, Gwynedd in 2003. She founded a Buddhist meditation and retreat centre here and called it “The Hermitage of the Awakened Heart”. We are dedicated to honouring and empowering this sacred space.

Here you can read about our mythical journey to finding our Buddhist home in Gwynedd, North Wales, the building of our Buddhist Stupa – the centre of our sacred space, and our regular pilgrimages to Welsh holy sites. Through our activity here, we seek to honour the ancient spiritual traditions of Wales and to build connections of meaning and trust with this beautiful landscape.

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Another visit to the sacred site of Llyn y Dywarchen

Last weekend we went on another pilgrimage to the sacred site of Llyn Y Dywarchen in Gwynedd, to mark the end of the week-long Formless Meditation retreat, held at our sacred site, The Hermitage of the Awakened Heart in Criccieth, North Wales. As we described in a previous post about a pilgrimage to this sacred Welsh site, it … Continue reading Another visit to the sacred site of Llyn y Dywarchen

Summer Solstice in Sacred Wales

The solstice is regarded as a special time in many spiritual traditions. At the Hermitage, a Buddhist retreat centre in historic Gwynedd, Wales, we marked the occasion this week with a celebratory smoke puja, called a Lhasang. Our Buddhist summer solstice ritual was attended by Lama Shenpen Hookham, the Hermitage staff and a bevy of local Sangha (Sanskrit: Buddhist Community) members.

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