21828
North Carolina

Merlin's Lost Years: A Magical Adventure With Your Grandchild

An adventure of imagination with new friends awaits you in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where you’ll discover the magical realm of Fincayra, from “The Lost Years of Merlin.”
Rating (4.33)
Program No. 21828RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
699 / ADULT
429 / CHILD

At a Glance

High adventure lies ahead in the Blue Ridge Mountains when you step into the magical realm of Fincayra with your grandchild. Pack your imaginations on a journey into T.A. Barron’s book “The Lost Years of Merlin” as you get to know Barron’s hero, the young boy Emrys, and follow his journey along a twisting path of enemies and allies in search of his destiny and his true identity. Bond with one another as you engage in art projects, nature walks and games of chance and strategy.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Easy walks in the woods, up to 1.5 hours, on flat to slightly elevated trails.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Navigate new lands like Emrys by learning to locate constellations, and create your own legends and constellations as you study the stars.
  • Adventure together on hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, explore waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest and visit the creatures at the Montreat Nature Center.
  • Fly through the trees like Emrys’ friend Rhia on a ziplining adventure, and visit Cairpre the Poet’s underground library to learn the power of storytelling.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Barbara Pell
Bobbie, the moonstone minstrel, has been telling stories and writing fiction/poetry for over 30 years. She is a lifelong lover of story who incorporates folklore, myth and faerie lore into her writing, workshops/courses, and storytelling performances. She holds master's degrees in library science/technology and English literature/composition, and an MFA in creative writing. This modern-day minstrel unites song and story in delightful images and universal themes. She lives on Avalon Ridge with her husband Ron and their many golden retrievers.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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The Lost Years (Book 1) Merlin!
by T. A. Barron
Washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, the boy had no home, no memory and no name... he was determined to find all three. This best-selling series follows the adventures and training of young Merlin on the mist-shrouded isle of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. With this land's inhabitants to guide him, the boy will learn that Fincayra's fate and his own quest are strangely interwined. He is destined to become the greatest wizard of all time--known to all as Merlin. Children and grandparents are asked to read the book in advance, if possible. If not, reading can be done in the evenings to prepare for the next day's activities.





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