This picturesque gem in North Yorkshire is famous for its seafaring culture and stunning coastline. But donâ€™t be fooled by this quaint townâ€™s scenic setting, thereâ€™s an eerie atmosphere to Whitbyâ€™s narrow cobbled streets and a wealth of folklore, with tales that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
â€œThis is a lovely place...the houses of the old town are all red-roofed and seem piled up one after the other..... right over the town is the ruin of the Abbey, a noble ruin of immense size. Between it and the town is another church, the Parish one, round which is a big graveyard, all full of tombstones.â€
Such was Bram Stokerâ€™s description of Whitby in his 1897 novel Dracula, which was inspired by the dramatic landscape and sees the vampire first come ashore here from Transylvania. The townscape has changed little in more than a century. Whitby is an ancient port with a fascinating history; it also has sandy beaches, rock pools and some of the best fish and chips in the world!
We will be staying at the Royal Hotel, where Bram Stoker was inspired to create his now world famous character. The hotel is located on the West Cliff, overlooking the harbour and the ruins of Whitby Abbey. All hotel rooms that we use will have sea views so that you can enjoy the dramatic view. The mornings will be spent sharing and learning together, guided by Gerrie and Tamsin. You will develop a deeper understanding of yourself and find new horizons inspired by the wide sea views and with the Whitby wind blowing us to find a fresh direction. The morning workshops will cover creative psychic intuition and spirit communication, inspired by the historic location. All levels of experience are welcome.
Monday 23 May Arrive in Whitby and settle into the hotel. 6.30pm - Dinner at the hotel. 8pm - A welcome and Introduction meetup in the hotel.
Tuesday 24 May 10am - 12.30pm - Morning workshop with Gerrie and Tamsin. 1pm - 4pm - free time to explore Whitby. 4pm - Meet in the Abbey grounds for a group meditation.
Wednesday 25 May 10am - 12.30pm - Morning workshop with Gerrie and Tamsin followed by taking the local bus to Robin Hoodâ€™s Bay, where Gerrie grew up, for lunch, with exercises on the beach (weather and tide permitting),
Thursday 26 May 10am - 12.30pm - Morning workshop with Gerrie and Tamsin. The afternoon will be free for you to explore Whitby, maybe take a boat trip around and outside the harbour, visit Captain James Cookâ€™s Memorial Museum, explore the maze of alleyways and narrow streets that run down to the quayside, or maybe visit the Whitby jet shops (Whitby is still the best place to find the gleaming black gemstone so beloved by the Victorians).
The week will finish with a group celebratory dinner.
Friday 27 May We will say our farewells and begin our journey home.
In May the weather in Whitby can still be quite chilly and blowy, so bring warm clothes and walking shoes for the steep climbing and steps there.
Price per person for this trip is Â£550 which includes: Four nightsâ€™ accommodation at the Royal Hotel Whitby in a standard single room with sea view.
English breakfast and evening meal at the hotel.
All tuition and two afternoon group activities.
Travel to and from the hotel
Drinks and alcohol at meal times
Entrance fee to Abbey
Bus fare to Robin Hoodâ€™s Bay
Lunchtime meals and refreshments
Free time activities
A deposit of Â£275.00 (non-refundable) is payable upon booking. Please call College reception on 0207 589 3292 to pay your deposit. Balance to be paid in full by Monday 11 April 2016. If you would like to pay now in full for this event please click on the 'book now' button below.
Gerrie is a senior College tutor who has worked for over 30 years and in 11 different countries as a psychic medium. She is an award holder of the Spiritual National Union.
Travel information: The trains to Whitby are not frequent. If travelling by train we recommend that you pre-book the 11am train from Kings Cross London to Whitby North Yorkshire, which arrives in Whitby at approximately 3.35pm.
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