It is a great feeling to be able to invite you to our home, a place immersed in magic, drenched in wonder and inspiring beyond belief. We live in the Cathar Heartlands of Southern France, home of the Mary Mysteries and Grail Legends. During our time together we will show you some of the things we have discovered, only by living here. Let us introduce you to mysterious black madonna's, quitely hidden caves that are almost forgotten, initiatory seats of power, true temples of sophia and chapels of real esoteric gnosis.
This immense feminine vortex is a portal of transformation. A place where a life-changing experience can always be guaranteed. During this Easter period we will immerse ourselves in the sacredness of what Easter really means from a Christian and Pagan understanding.
- Montsegur (last fortress of the Cathars)
- Bugarach (sacred mountain)
- Venus Temple (pentagram of the Magdalene)
- Cathar Initiation Caves
- Mary's Baptismal Pool
During this week Anaiya and Pete will weave all their skills in this inner/outer adventure together. Every morning will begin with Anaiya leading a form of yoga that promotes an heightened state of Sacred Union. This sets the tone for the whole day, founded in devotion, union and connection with All. Anaiya will be drawing on all her teachings from Spirituality, Sexuality and the Sacred Feminine. Pete will be leading our outer adventure, as well as probing deeply into our relational issues (if we wish to go there!). He brings in the spirit of Men's Work, and the healing of the Brotherhood. Their everyday simplicity and beingness is a real breath of fresh air. They also love a good laugh and highly promote the necessity of joy!
Relational Understanding, Wisdom of the Womb, Men's Work, Kundalini Yoga, Sleeping Overnight in Caves, hikes along ancient Cathar paths, prayer and meditation, joy and laughter and plenty of spontaneous magic are all on the menu.
Everyday Anaiya will initiate the Inner Journey to summon forth the Mystery and open us up to its presence, while Pete will guide the Outer Journey taking us to the mystical gateways where seemingly two worlds overlap. These places cannot be found on the tourist trails and can only be found if it is ‘your time’ and with a trusted guide. During our days together we will weave together a week long, real life Grail Quest, returning you back to the world, forever changed and forever faithful…to your own Grail Quest.
HER Grail Quest
I have been exploring these mysteries of Sacred France for over twenty years and my journey has been one of wild transformation, filled with magic and mysticism, and steeped in some of the most inspirational stories in our human history. During this week together our intention is to bring you to these off-the-beaten track places, far, far away from the Tourists and expose you to this Mystery
For me, the Grail is real - reachable, contactable and here in Southern France. I believe the Holy Grail was a ‘not of this world’ artefact that belonged to an ancient feminine order that began with Eve and was once in the hands of Mary Magdalene. I believe Mary brought it here to Gaul and left in in the custodianship of the Cathars, who hid it moments before the crusade slaughtered them.
I also believe this Grail calls out to those who are, and maybe once were, part of this order (men and women) and pull them once agan to this land. It is to this sacred quest that we speak and offer ourselves as trusted guides.
If you feel part of this ‘lineage’ – this week sincerely is for you
HIS Grail Quest
There are many wonderful stories, some century’s old, telling of the search for the mythical Holy Grail. There are many theories as to what the Grail literally is: a physical grail or an allegorical search for an “Inner Grail”. No matter what a man’s idea of what the Grail signifies, it still conjures up images of Knights, courage and codes of conduct. No matter the object of the Quest, it is the journey that brings out all the very best of the man having undergone rigorous and unexpected trials of everything from his combat skills to his moral judgements.
Come to our home, called “Occitania” here in the foothills of The French Pyrenees where such stories abound. Here castles, mysteries, legends, old forgotten pathways and much more for the modern day Knight to explore. Sometimes just the men. Sometimes with the Women too. But always with that thrill in the stomach, a spine chill from a story, a dewy-eye from a romance or a breath taken from a suddenly opened landscape
Whether “here” or “there” the question’s answer is always just out of reach…”Is the grail out there or in here?” and “What must I undergo and where must I undergo it to find the true Grail”. Whether “here” or “there” like me, you’ll be enchanted by Anaiya’s story telling and deep insights or quietened by my questions that bring you right back here, where you are. The combination of us both, the mystery of this land and your own good self will leave you wanting more – and you’ll know where to find it.
Each group will be limited to 10 people.
- Nearest Airports: Carcassonne or Toulouse
- Nearest Train Station: Carcassonne
- Retreat Begins: 5pm
- Retreat Finishes: 10am
- We can pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Toulouse is a 2 hr drive (€80) and Carcassonne 1hr (€60)
- Price includes accommodation, vegetarian breakfast at home and supper at a fabulous venue and all adventure costs.
- Price DOES NOT include lunch or airport transportation.