The Rose Lineage Programme

Explore your Spiritual Path and Share your Soul Gifts

A series of Trainings and Pilgrimages inspired by the esoteric teachings of the Western Mystery Tradition, designed to empower you to explore your own spiritual path of gnosis and share your Soul gifts with others

  • The Avalon Rose Chapel® Priestess Training (Online 29 Aug 2023 – 26 May 2024)

The doors are still open to join us until Monday 25 September 2023

  • The Mary & Michael Pilgrimage to Glastonbury-Avalon (08-14 June 2024)
  • The Avalon Rose Chapel® Practitioner Training (Online Self-Paced)
  • The Rose Goddess Pilgrimage to Sicily (9-16 Aug 2024)

Spaces are limited and filling quickly so if you feel inspired to join any of my trainings or pilgrimages, please click on the links below to learn more and secure your place.

The Avalon Rose Chapel®
  • Annabel’s wonderful teaching style combines history, myth, legend, visualisations, imaginal journeys, pilgrimages and creative expression, covering the Rose Lineage from the cradle of civilisation across the millennia. I have loved all of it, learning about the goddesses and priestess traditions of the lineage, and learning about myself and remembering my own soul's journey. I was really drawn to this teaching and I am so happy that I followed my instinct. It has been so much better even than I could have imagined, and I have met a wonderful new community. This process has truly changed and enriched my life.

    Donna Gerard, Avalon Rose Priestess Training
  • The Rose Goddess Pilgrimage to Sicily was an utterly magical, healing and profound experience for me. Annabel and Cinzia have a really special connection through their shared love and passion for the deep spirit of Sicily. There are so many moments from the pilgrimage etched into my heart forever.Rosi Lalor, Rose Goddess Pilgrimage to Sicily
The Venus Cycle
  • The Rose Moon Membership has been a guiding light of beauty and transformation, a safe sanctuary for my heart. Annabel shares such deep embodied knowledge regarding the Rose Lineage, each spoken word during her meditations transmitting straight to your soul. The journey through the Venus Cycle is deepening my connection with the Divine Feminine, with each circle shining light on new gifts buried within.Georgie Catling, The Rose Moon Membership
  • Being part of this Rose Moon Membership has been like coming home. Annabel's teachings and guided visualisations are exquisite, embodied and informed. For me this has been such a pleasure, as I feel these ancient wisdom teachings are being updated for our current times where we are being called to be of service in all aspects, from the hearth of our families to our work places and communities. A blessed gift!Filipa Miles, The Rose Moon Membership
  • Being part of the Rose Moon Membership has given me the opportunity to take part in sacred circle again, which is something that I love so much and have missed. I love the sense of community, and the wisdom that Annabel shares is truly priceless. She knows what she is talking about and I feel like new paths are opening up for me in my connection to the Divine. I feel so blessed to be a part of this circle.Elin Hejll, The Rose Moon Membership

The Western Mystery Tradition

Whilst I was studying the Greek Myths and Medieval Women Mystics during my English degree in 1991, I asked the question “Why is God male?”.

I’ve since spent over 30 years on a quest exploring that question. It’s led me from the Isles of my Celtic Scottish and Irish ancestors, to the Black Madonna tradition of Southern Italy, to the Andean Path of Pachamama in Peru, to the sacred Rose Lineage Mount of Sinai, to Glastonbury and the Summerlands where I’m the Founder of The Avalon Rose Chapel®, which is available to hire for retreat groups of up to 12 guests.

On this quest, I’ve become an academic and experiential expert in the Western Mystery Tradition, specialising in peeling back the layers of patriarchal distortion to uncover the original pagan and Gnostic teachings of our ancestors, which have so much relevance today for those of us seeking a spiritual path outside the confines of patriarchal religion’s limitations.

I specialise in tracking these traditions from their origins in Africa and Neolithic Old Europe to Bronze Age Mesopotamia, the Levant and Egypt, to the Greco-Roman world and the early Christian Gnostics, who brought the Holy Grail to Glastonbury, where the Rose spiritual tradition united with that of Celtic Druidism on the ancient Isle of Avalon.

The Avalon Rose Lineage

6500 years ago, our Neolithic ancestors of the British Isles and Western Europe began building their megalithic monuments, many aligned as ritual resurrection chambers to the heliacal rising of the planet Venus and star Sirius, 1000 years before the Sumerians in Ancient Mesopotamia.

Sumeria is known as the ‘Cradle of Civilisation’ due to its creation of the art of writing. Its literature dates back to 2500 BCE was was written down in a collection of myths, epic tales, hymns and songs, some by the world’s first named author in history – Enheduanna, High Priestess of Inanna.

The primary Myth of the Descent and Ascent of Inanna was inspired by the cycle of the planet Venus, which creates the pattern of a Pentagram in the centre of a Celestial Rose, as featured in our logo since Beltane 2018 when The Avalon Rose Chapel® first opened its doors on the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury.

The name given to the spiritual Wisdom tradition that evolved from this Venus Rose inspired mythos is the Rose Lineage, of which Mary Magdalene and Yeshua, as the later embodiment of the Venusian Black Goddess of Wisdom Sophia and her Sirian Bridegroom Christ ‘Kasista’, were Priestess and Priest.

I’ve spent 30 years tracking the Rose Lineage from its origins in Africa and Neolithic Old Europe to Bronze Age Mesopotamia, and then as it wove its way down through the Ancient Judaic, Egyptian and Greco-Romano cultures to the Early Christian Gnostics, who brought these spiritual Wisdom teachings, contained allegorically in the Holy Grail, back to the British Isles. Here, they wove together with those of Celtic Druidism on the ancient Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury in the Summerlands, which some believe once leant their name to Sumer in Ancient Sumeria.

This Wisdom tradition was kept alive by secret societies like the Knight’s Templar, and in hidden codes like the Tarot, after it was forced underground by the patriarchal Church, and remnants of it still survive within the Cult of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, where I used to live and was initiated onto the path of the Rose Lineage in 1993.

The Venusian Pentagram is found in the centre of the Apple, the Fruit of Wisdom, and it is from these shared ancestral roots of honouring Venus, Sirius, the Rose, the Chalice-Grail, the Pentagram and the Apple of Wisdom, that the branches of the Rose and Celtic Druidic Lineages have blossomed in these sacred lands of Avalon, the Isle of Apples, from their singular Tree of Life, which I call The Avalon Rose Lineage.

My Programme of online trainings and in-person pilgrimages is a powerful way in which I facilitate your own experience of The Avalon Rose Lineage, energetically anchored in The Avalon Rose Chapel®, which is situated on an ancient island in the Great Lake of Avalon, on the Glastonbury Zodiac’s Isle of the Dog and beneath the Dog Star Sirius, and is available to hire for retreat groups of up to 12 guests.

The Gnostic’s passionate adoration of Sophia was known as Philosophia – the love of Sophia – a mystical communication with divine feminine wisdom, having little to do with the strictly intellectual, most often masculine, pursuit currently labeled ‘philosophy’.
Zeena Schreck

The Black Goddess Sophia & Philosophia

‘Philosophy’ comes from the Greek Word ‘Philosophia’ meaning a ‘Love of Wisdom’

The Wisdom teachings of the Black Goddess Sophia flow down to us through the millennia, from the original black Mother Goddess of Africa to Mount Sinai and thence to Sumeria in Ancient Mesopotamia, before weaving their way down the Rose Lineage.

Sophia was honoured as Goddess of Wisdom by the Ancient Greeks and Gnostics, gnosis being the Greek noun for spiritual knowledge and mystical enlightenment.

The path of gnosis teaches us that we can return to the Rose Garden of Eden through the Sacred Marriage of our Soul, by healing the wounds that are preventing us from stepping into wholeness and sharing our unique gifts with the world.

Self-knowledge was considered the path to enlightenment in the Rose Lineage spiritual tradition, through which we not only reunite with our Self but also with the Divine as we experience it, be it a transcendent being or inner guide.

Sophia is an archetype of divine feminine wisdom that can be found in all religious and spiritual traditions, thus forming a bridge of peace and union between all faiths.

To the Gnostics and Pagans, she is the Black Goddess of Wisdom. In Christianity, she is God’s wisdom, the Bride whom King Solomon speaks of with such reverence. In Islam, she is Ruh. In Judaism, she is Hokmah and the Shekhinah. In Buddhism, she is Tara. And to Agnostics or Atheists, she is simply a philosophy of life.

The Myth of Sophia teaches us that darkness is not separate from light, that it is within the darkest times of our lives when we experience deep pain, loss and fear that the light of rebirth can guide us towards greater wisdom, strength, love and compassion – gifts that we can then share with our loved ones and communities.

It is a philosophy that helps us to accept and surrender to life’s challenges, trusting in ourselves and in life that every seemingly negative experience is an opportunity for us to heal, learn and grow along our path of gnosis.

Philosophia is the term I use for all my teachings I share on the Black Goddess Sophia, the Black Madonna tradition of Southern Italy, the Avalon Rose Lineage, and the Philosophia Wheel of the Year, inspired by the Celtic Wheel and Rose Mysteries.

Through my programme of online trainings and courses, and in-person retreats and pilgrimages, I invite you to peel back the layers of patriarchal distortion, explore your spiritual and mythological heritage, and engage with ancient soul-development tools and rituals designed to guide you along your own path of gnosis or self-knowledge.

To learn more about My Story, how it influenced my Spiritual Path, and The Avalon Rose Lineage, watch my interview on the Law of Positivism Podcast
To learn more about The Avalon Rose Lineage and Venus Cycle, listen to my recent interview on the Ruby Ray podcast with Jaclyn Norton
The Venus Cycle
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