In The Footsteps of the Goddess: An Initiatory Journey to Crete and Mainland Greece
May 18-31, 2018
Organized and facilitated by Veronica Goodchild & Svetlana Meritt
This is an in-depth journey of inner transformation and renewal, offered as service to reclaim the lost Feminine and to help re-establish the planetary balance in these challenging times.
Our Pilgrimage will unfold on several levels: archaeological, as we explore the rich symbolism and energy of ancient Minoan Great Goddess at the temple-palaces of Knossos, Phaestos, Malia, and Kato Zakros, as well as the Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Aphaia on Aegina; artistic, as we visit the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion that houses some unparalleled works of pre-Hellenic art; esoteric, as we examine the principles of an ancient sacred knowledge transmitted to the initiates of the Temple Mysteries; in nature, as we hike to the Mt. Yuktas sanctuary and the Dicteon Cave (the most sacred Goddess sanctuaries on Crete); on pristine beaches, where we take a rest from activities to journal and integrate our experiences.
It will end with a full-moon meditation ritual at the famous oracle of Delphi.
The Pilgrimage is organized and led by two accomplished women, specialists in their fields of inner journeying and sacred sites.
About Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D
Veronica Goodchild, PhD, is Professor Emerita, Writer, Jungian psychotherapist, and Pilgrimage Leader. Her latest book is Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century.
About Svetlana Meritt
Svetlana Meritt, M.A., teaches courses on sacred sites and Earth energies. She is an author, teacher, public speaker, and esotericist. Her latest book is Meet Me in the Underworld: How 77 Sacred Sites, 770 Cappuccinos, and 26,000 Miles Led Me to My Soul. Website: http://www.svetlanameritt.com.
The Magdalene Mysteries and the Path of the Blue Rose:
A Ten-Day/Nine-Night Pilgrimage Journey to the Heart of the Languedoc in SW France and Northern Spain.
Our 2017 Tour is full. We will post new dates for 2018 soon!
with Veronica Goodchild, PhD
Professor Emerita, Pacifica Graduate Institute,
Author, Jungian psychotherapist
You are invited to download and read Veronica’s recent paper about Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Blue Rose.
Click here to access the pdf.
The Magdalene Mysteries relate both to ‘hidden’ histories and Gnostic Texts concerning Mary Magdalene and Jesus, and to the Tradition of the Blue Rose, the name given to MM’s teachings, and a lineage of Grail Priestesses and Womb Shamans whose central symbol is the Chalice of the Grail, and whose guiding force is the Cosmic Sophia.
MM has a strong presence throughout France, particularly in Provence, and in the Languedoc where the Cathar Gnostic Movement – devotees of MM and Jesus – also flourished. During our pilgrimage in this beautiful part of France, we will journey to some of the sites sacred to these traditions. Our focus will be a contemplative one, and our days will be informed by dream-work and meditation practice, history, legends, and conversation, as well as visiting places, portals or doorways, that resonate with the energies of MM and the coming culture of Sophia.
This is an inner journey in the outer world! We will immerse ourselves in the extensive symbolism of the Grail Chalice as an archetypal image that is emerging again in our time. Our hope is to deepen into what our own contribution might be to the new emerging story as we leave the Age of Pisces and welcome the Age of Aquarius as ‘Water Bearers’ in the Grail tradition of personal transformation and service.
In the Languedoc and Cathar Gnostic tradition, MM as Jesus’ Beloved, Initiate of the Mysteries, and the “Apostle to the Apostles,”
is also remembered especially as “Mistress of the Waters” and “Mary of the Sea.” We will link her story to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, to star lineages, and to the Black Madonna tradition so alive in France and Spain, as well as other areas of Europe.
We will also enjoy and be inspired by the delicious food and wine of this special region.
The first part of our journey includes the mystical landscapes in and around Rennes-les-Bains and Rennes-le-Château, the sacred mountain of Bugurach, Esclarmonde’s Cathar Château of Montségur, and other venues. For the second part we will travel to northern Spain, to the Gulf of Roses, and visit an Isis Temple and Asclepian Dream Sanctuary, the town of Girona, a mediaeval center of Alchemy and Kabbalah, where there was a community vision of MM, and finally to the sacred and healing Black Madonna of Montserrat.
Fee and Program Cost: $3,500
(includes hotels and all breakfasts, six dinners, 2 lunches, all ground transportation including pick up at Toulouse airport on first day, all entrance fees, two concerts, tips)
For more information or a detailed Daily Schedule, or to Register please email Veronica by clicking HERE.
Please read my article, “The Magdalene Mysteries and the Path of the Blue Rose” for a background on these themes and how this Pilgrimage Journey came about, and for Reading References.
About Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D
Your faculty/guide: Veronica Goodchild, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she taught courses on Jungian and Imaginal Psychology, Psyche and the Sacred, the Grail Myth, Alchemy and Depth Psychology, and Soulful Research for over 16 years. Educated at London University in her native England as well as Columbia University in NYC, she has long been interested in the reality of dreams and visions, synchronicities and extraordinary experiences.
She has travelled extensively to sites sacred to the Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France, and to the sacred sites of the UK, Egypt, and Peru. Recently, she walked the Le Puy route of the Camino de Santiago in France, as a response to our environmental crises. This led her to two separate but related shamanic paths (the Q’ero mystical tradition in Peru, and the Path of Pollen/Way of the Melissae in the UK), which extended her Jungian background to include the energetic nature of the universe, which ancients called the ‘anima mundi.’
Veronica enjoys the imaginal reality of sacred space and pilgrimage walking, as well as the history, legends, mythological, and symbolic background of these ancient places.
Veronica is the author of two books, Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century (Foreword by Thomas Moore), and Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love, as well as the Introduction to Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable. She has also written book chapters, reviews, and other essays.