A Journey to the Origins of Time
Day 1 – July 14, 2022
ARRIVAL AT MARDIN & OPENING TALK
After dinner, we will gather for “What the @#$% Is Going On?” This talk by Kaypacha will discuss the current astrology of our times and set the foundation for our journey together.
This talk is open to the local public for 25 euros at the door.
🏨 Accommodation at Ramada Hotel in Mardin.
Day 2 – July 15, 2022
ZERZEVAN CASTLE, DEYRULZEFERAN MONASTERY & MARDIN CITY
After an early 6 AM breakfast to beat the heat, we will visit Zerzevan Castle and Deyrulzeferan Monastery. Zerzevan Castle, also known as Samachi Castle, is a ruined Eastern Roman castle in Diyarbakır Province, southeastern Turkey. Archaeological excavations at the site revealed the existence of underground structures, among them a temple of Mithraism, a mystery religion. For more information regarding this fantastic castle visit this link.
The Deyrulumur is the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world. It is located on the Tur Abdin plateau near Midyat. Syriac Orthodox culture was centered in two monasteries near Mardin (west of Tur Abdin), Mor Gabriel Monastery and Deyrulzafaran.
After lunch and a rest at the air-conditioned hotel, we will venture out to the Old Mardin City and the Kirklar Church in the late afternoon. The city is located on the slope of a hill looking down south to the Mesopotamian plains. Mardin is on the main routes connecting Turkey to Syria and Iraq. According to hearsay, the city’s history dates as far back as the Flood. Mor Behnam (Kırklar Kilisesi) church is one of the most significant historical sites in the old part of Mardin.
Dinner and early to bed to rise for another 6 AM breakfast!
🏨 Accommodation at Ramada Hotel in Mardin.
Day 3 – July 16, 2022
SANLUIFA, SOGMATAR, SUAYB, THE BAZDA CAVE & HARRAN
After breakfast, we will check out and take the tour bus to Sanluifa, a 90-minute drive. Along the way, we will tour the ancient cities of Sogmatar and Suayb and the Bazda Cave. Sogmatar is famous for its cave temple, which was probably constructed during the 2nd century and used to worship the god of the moon, which was a deep-seated culture of Harran. The village, now in ruins, was the cultural center of the god Marilaha, and there was an open-air temple for praying and sacrificing animals. The temple walls contain Syriac writing and reliefs of human figures. On the rocks on the hill to the west of the castle, there are more figures of gods and ancient writings.
The historical ruins of Suayb, now known as the village of Ozkent, are built in a large area and surrounded by sturdy ramparts, dating back to the Roman period. There is a mosque on the site of the (supposed) home of the prophet Jethro. Nearby is Bazda Cave in the Şanlıurfa Province. This vast cave system looks like it was man-made with right angular pillars. In addition, there is a tunnel system leading away from the cave.
After lunch on the bus, we will visit the city of Harran and one of the largest Archeological Museums in the world. The historical settlement of Harran was mentioned in the Old Testament as the place where Abraham lived before going to Canaan. Islamic historians connect the area to the grandson of the prophet Noah and also Aaron (Harran), the brother of Abraham. Har-ra-na was mentioned in ancient inscriptions found in Kultepe and Mari dating back to 2000 BC and stone tablets found in northern Syria.
The beehive houses of Harran were probably designed in the 3rd century BC, and the site is considered the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world. Today, few people live in the huts, and those that remain were built as recently as 200 years ago. The kale (fortress) stands on the eastern side of the hill and was originally built during the Hittite period and restored by the Crusaders. Its eastern gate still shows the carvings of chained dogs. The 4km long wall, most of it crumbling, has 187 towers and the remains of a 10-sided tower, and plenty of ruins to explore.
After visiting the Archeological Museum, we will check-in at the hotel and have dinner and a well-deserved rest. The following morning will again be an early morning breakfast so we can head directly to nearby Gobeklitepe.
🏨 Accommodation at Park Dedeman in Sanlıurfa.
Day 4 – July 17, 2022
GÖBEKLI TEPE & HALFETI
Göbekli Tepe is dated to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic, between c. 9500 and 8000 BCE. The site comprises several large circular structures supported by massive stone pillars – the world’s oldest known megaliths. Many of these pillars are richly decorated with abstract anthropomorphic details, clothing, and reliefs of wild animals, providing archaeologists with rare insights into prehistoric religion and the particular iconography of the period. The 15 m (50 ft)-high, 8 ha (20-acre) tell also includes many smaller rectangular buildings, quarries, and stone-cut cisterns from the Neolithic and some traces of activity from later periods.
It is magnificent to witness where human beings first started observing the sky and carved symbols into stone before “civilization” when they were hunter-gatherers. They built temples to get to the sky! Our journey is to the heart of time, where we will feel the earth beneath our feet and awaken our hearts to the ancient’s knowledge. Not just to know the sky and planets, but to feel how they have always guided us and always will.
We will let them whisper their knowledge straight into our hearts. We will see where astrology was born and make rituals there to feel our way into the wisdom of the stars. Then, like Mark Edmond Jones, who channeled the Sabians themselves, we will follow in the footsteps of the Sabians to reach our deepest self, which is stardust, as Carl Sagan once said.
After visiting Göbekli Tepe, we will stop briefly at Halfeti, an ancient submerged, magical town, and have lunch back at the hotel before heading to Adiyaman, a 2-hour bus ride, to check-in, have dinner, and sleep.
🏨 Accommodation at Park Dedeman in Adıyaman.
Day 5 – July 18, 2022
SUNRISE CEREMONY ON MOUNT NEMRUT, ZEUGMA MOSAIC MUSEUM & FLIGHT TO ANTALYA
We will rise early to have breakfast and head off to Mount Nemrut at 3 AM to arrive in time for a sunrise ceremony honoring the Sabians! Mount Nemrut is a 2,134-metre-high (7,001 ft) mountain in southeastern Turkey, notable for the summit where many large statues are erected around a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. It is one of the highest peaks in the east of the Taurus Mountains.
After our sunrise ceremony, we will have breakfast before heading toward the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.
The museum is located on Hacı Sani Konukoğlu Bulvarı, in the Mithatpaşa District of Şehitkamil. The museum tries to show its visitors a flavor of the lifestyle, culture, and beliefs of the people living at that time in the city by recreating their environment using full-scale replicas of a street, fountain, building walls, and foundation stones constructed according to the architecture of the time.
Our stop at the museum will break up the 3-hour ride from our hotel to the airport in Gaziantep, where we will board our plane for the 50-minute flight to Antalya, the city nearest Sundance camp, our venue on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea!
After our Journey to the Origins of Time, we will settle in to share our experiences and channel the wisdom of the Sabians concerning our birth charts!
🏨 Accommodation at Sundance Camp in Antalya.
Using the Sabian Symbols in Chart Interpretation
Day 6 – July 19, 2022
BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH YOUR ASTROLOGICAL CHART
We will have a leisurely morning beginning with the “Yoga of the Zodiac.” Using sound and movement, Kaypacha will take us through the twelve signs of the zodiac to get a feel for each of them in our bodies. Breakfast will be followed by relaxing beach time.
After lunch, Kaypacha will do a quick review of the twelve archetypes of the zodiac, the meaning of the planets, and how to understand them through the houses. Finally, he will discuss the New Paradigm Method of Chart Interpretation to help everyone become more familiar with their chart.
Dinner will be followed by Kaypacha explaining how to use the Sabian Symbols as an oracle, with everyone having an opportunity to have any question answered!
Day 7 & 8 – July 20-21, 2022
USING THE SABIAN SYMBOLS IN CHART INTERPRETATION
These days will begin with kundalini yoga, breakfast, and some beach time. Then, Kaypacha will give every participant a short mini-reading of their natal birth chart in the afternoons, and everyone will share what they feel are the most significant Sabian symbols in their chart.
During our time together (and even better, before the workshop), you will be encouraged to read and make note of the Sabian symbols for each of the planets, the Sun, Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, and Nadir. These will be explained in greater detail by Kaypacha during bus rides and other free times throughout our journey. These days will help you understand yourself, your chart, and how to interpret the charts of others!
Day 8 – July 22, 2022
CLOSING CIRCLE & FAREWELLS
Our final day together will begin with a closing circle and ceremony. Then, following breakfast, we will pack up and go our separate ways taking the ancient star wisdom with us to share far and wide.