Ynys Enlli, Bardsey Island

Date(s) - 30/04/2016 - 07/05/2016
All Day

Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli)

Leader details:

Pilgrimage to Ynys Enlli, Bardsey Island, Wales

30th April – 7th May 2016

Healing Breath through the Beatitudes

With Shamsia Sandra Sunfire

and Geoff Carter

 Healing Breath through the Beatitudes

We invite you to join us for a retreat of healing, connecting through our breath with the whole of our body and all aspects of our being.   We will be guided by the words of Jesus in Matthew 5, which describe ways of experiencing our journey towards wholeness.   We will use simple movement as body prayer, singing, chanting and Dancing with Jesus’ words in Aramaic, the language he spoke.   We will be supported in this process by the sanctuary offered by Ynys Enlli, Bardsey Island, this ancient place of pilgrimage.   Leaving the mainland helps us to find some release from our everyday lives and concerns and enter an environment in which we touch and are touched by the sacredness of life.  Without electricity, living simply together as a group, approaching the words of Jesus, of Yeshua  (as we would say in Aramaic) through his native language, offers us a unique opportunity to dive more deeply into our own journey of healing.  Through the process of retreat we can re-enter our everyday lives bringing through more of the healing power of nature and the sacredness of life.You are most welcome to join us if you are new to or familiar with the Beatitudes or what we might call    the Aramaic Jesus based on the work of Neil Douglas Klotz. (more information of his work is available at http://www.abwoon.org/ ) 

Bardsey (Ynys Enlli in Welsh: ‘the island of the tides’), is a place of pilgrimage that has been of great importance in Welsh religious history and still exercises a fascination. Visitors to the island can see the fragmentary remains of the thirteenth century abbey of the Augustinian Canons who took over from the ancient Celtic foundation of the sixth century. The roofless tower has been adapted for those wishing to hold informal services in the open air. Nearby a Celtic cross stands commemorating the all but obliterated religious past and very numerous (20,000?) saints reputed to have been buried in or near the site. In 1875 a chapel was built and remains open for the purposes of worship and meditation. The island offers its pilgrims an opportunity to re-evaluate and re-orientate their lives and, in its many silences and mysteries, the chance to find peace and newness of life.

Crossing by small boat to the island, we will follow in the footsteps of the many pilgrims who have gone before us.  This crossing can only be made in good weather and should our crossing be delayed we will endeavour to arrange for you to stay with Dancers of our local Derwenlas Circle.  Should we be delayed on our return we must ensure to take a few days extra food.

Information will be provided concerning details.

Please see “Essential Information” under “Staying on Bardsey”.


Shamsia Sandra Sunfire has been living and Dancing in Mid-Wales for 21 years.  Her local circle at Derwenlas in Wales has been Dancing Dances of Universal Peace for around 26 years now and continues to welcome new Dancers as well as those with more experience and visitors who are in this beautiful part of the world.

Both Shamsia & Geoff have completed a training with Neil Douglas Klotz being particularly drawn to his work.

Geoff Carter provides musicianship and laughter at the local circle in Derwenlas, as well as leading body prayer and meditation.

Costs:  £270 / person ~ a non-refundable deposit of £50/person on booking please.

Inclusive of:  cost of parking at farm and our luggage transportation , return boat journey, a room (some single rooms and twin rooms), group retreat space in the old school and the retreat itself.

Excludes ~ food!  Self catering ~ all food to be taken to island.

Please phone us if you are interested in joining us.

Booking essential, places limited

Shamsia Sandra Sunfire & Geoff Carter: 01650 511513

sandrasunfire@aol.com   cadairidris@aol.com www.dupderwenlas.org.uk