The Avalon Meditations: 1 Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 May 2006
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An elegant followup to Mara Freeman's Celtic Spirit Meditations CD, this is a lyrical, beautifully imagined offering that reminds me of the Howard Pyle stories and illustrations that captivated me as a child. The tales are lovely, even ornate, but there is a light clarity of tone that keeps the mood lively despite the rich ornamentation. The style of this CD falls somewhere between Ms. Freeman's Celtic Spirit Meditations and her story recordings (Celtic Tales of Birds and Beasts is also available on Amazon).
I have enjoyed the Celtic Spirit Meditations more for active contemplation at special times or regarding certain issues, and the Avalon Meditations for a dreamy, hypnotic escape, particularly nice in the evening. The trance-like listening state induced by this CD has the interesting effect of making certain details sometimes fall away into the background and at other times hold the foreground, so that the stories seem different on repeat listening. The journeys takes place in the same locale (the first three on the isle of Avalon, and the fourth representing Avalon as Annwn, the Welsh underworld), with some features only glimpsed in one meditation more fully explored in another. This technique creates a consistently drawn otherworldly realm that seems to live eternally in the imagination.
The CD is well-produced. The sound quality and delivery are excellent, and the gentle, sensitive music, lyrical verse, and occasional subtle sound effects evocatively support the storylines and mood, while the liner notes provide further information about the meditations and the author.--Melusine, Seattle, Washington, USA
About the Author
Mara Freeman is a leading writer, teacher and ritualist of Celtic, Druidic and related Western mythology and magical traditions. She is the founder of the Avalon Mystery School, a comprehensive training program in the Arts of Sacred Magic, and author of many published articles, and the book, Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions To Illumine your Life throughout the Seasons (HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.) Mara lives in Wales and teaches at universities and educational centers in the United States as well as leading annual retreats and pilgrimages in the British Isles and Ireland.
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found the voice over a bit strange at first,would of liked the journeys to be a bit slower,found them to be a bit fast paced for me,Published on 4 April 2010 by Ms. Glenda Joyce