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 near 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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Cist Cerrig

We celebrated welcoming the New Year with a Pilgrimage to Cist Cerrig – a sacred site  near Porthmadog, Gwynedd that contains the remains of a burial chamber/tomb dating from the Neolithic period. A rainbow graced us with its presence after performing Buddhist prayers and rituals on the site, considered a very auspicious sign!

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