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Oct
30
Thu
Wild Souls Spring: Renewing the Sacred Union @ Bandusia
Oct 30 @ 6:00 am – Nov 2 @ 3:00 am

Experience a Southern Hemisphere spring Beltaine celebration and explore the mysteries of the sacred union.

October 30th- November 2nd, 2014.

Come and spend a magical and inspiring long weekend with Witch and pagan author Stacey Demarco and Mystic and Priestess of Hekate, Naza Cogo and immerse yourself in the power of divination, healing, trance magic and Spring!

Your Spring Retreat weekend includes:

Boutique accommodation on a Twin share basis at private nature property of Bandusia, on the Hawksbury outside Sydney. The property is grounded in organic and self-sustainable principals and is surrounded by the bush and granite cliffs of the McDonald Valley. We have the entire place to ourselves!
www.bandusia.com.au

All healthy vegetarian meals including a celebratory dawn breakfast for our morning Beltaine celebration!

PLUS a full programme of learning with Stacey & Naza that includes…

• Exploring mythos and the mysteries of the Spring Goddesses & Gods.

• Learning more about the Sacred Union and balancing and healing the masculine and feminine energies within you.

• Energy techniques and spells for growth, renewal and health.

• Experiencing Trance Magic and an ancient divination ceremony.

• A beautiful Beltaine ritual under the night sky

• A welcome to the sun celebratory breakfast

• Nature walk and oneness meditations.

• Incense Making: Discover the art of blending your own incense the traditional way with natural herbs, spices and resins.

• Spring Talisman & Offering Making

• Contacting and working with the genius loci and how you can use those energies for peace, inspiration and ongoing success.

• And other cool surprises!

There are only 14 places available. Four days, 3 nights: $1175. Your place is secured only by a placing a non-refundable deposit of $200.

Please note: This retreat is not for complete beginners (ie: if you are not casting regularly or working with Gods/ Goddesses/Nature energy, this retreat is not for you).

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Apr
23
Thu
Wild Souls Halloween : Celebration & Illumination @ Bilsons Landing
Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm

Experience a Southern Hemisphere Halloween celebration and delve into the deepest and most powerful mysteries of the season.

April 22th-25th, 2016.

Come and spend a magical and luxurious long weekend with Witch and pagan author Stacey Demarco and immerse yourself in the power of divination, devotion, trance magic and the witches new year.

Your Halloween weekend includes:

Beautiful accommodation on a twin-share basis at the luxury private property of Bilsons Landing in Daylesford, Victoria. This area is well known for its sacred waters and healing properties. Enjoy the energy, the walks, the ambience and we have the entire property which faces the lake to ourselves.

http://www.bilsonslanding.com

All healthy meals including a midnight supper for our Witches New Year Halloween celebration!

PLUS a full programme of learning with Stacey that includes…

• Exploring mythos and the mysteries of the Underworld Goddesses & Gods.

• Why ancestral energy is important and why your DNA matters spiritually.

• Experiencing Trance Magic and an ancient divination ceremony.

• Morning nature walk, movement, mudras and meditation.

• Incense Making: Discover the art of blending your own incense the traditional way with natural herbs, spices and resins.

• Sacred Cooking & Kitchen Witchery: Imbibe your food with incantations and earn how to make candy skulls, mulled wine and halva for the divinities and yourself!

• Pumpkin Decoration and other Halloween traditions.

• Learn all about what Halloween REALLY is and how you can use those energies for healing and success ongoing.

• Have fun trick or treat-ing with a group of like minds*!

• And other surprises!

There are only 10 places available within Bilsons Landing but we are also offering a rate that does not include accommodation should you wish to stay nearby for 6 people. Four days, 3 nights: $1275 (twin share). No accommodation: $975. Your place is secured only by a placing a non-refundable deposit of $500.

Please note: This retreat is not for complete beginners (ie: if you are not casting regularly or working with Gods/ Goddesses/Nature energy, this retreat is not for you).

Please call Richard 0400345113 or email bookings@themodernwitch.com for further details.

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May
10
Sun
Wild Souls America : Walking through the Sacred Elements
May 10 @ 6:00 am – May 18 @ 1:30 am

Expand yourself under a million stars, allow the clean air to wash your cares away, remember again that you are a child of the forests and seas and trees, walk in beauty and come naturelusting with me…

Wild Souls America is a true naturelusting journey through the elements of earth, water, fire and air. We meet in San Francisco and wind our way through the famous Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, down to the California coast to a beautiful ranch in the seaside town of Santa Barbara and we eventually complete our journey in Santa Monica in Los Angeles.

Big wilderness, big trees, big Blue Whales, big sky, big adventure and big change is what this retreat is all about!

Yosemite National Park is a place of wild majesty and was one of the first national parks in the world. It is a World Heritage site and includes the High Sierra Mountain range. Pioneering naturalist, the immortal John Muir, wrote a whole book about the awe inspiring landscape of Yosemite and single-handedly lobbied the US Government in order to protect it back at the turn of the 20th century:

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” – The Yosemite (1912)by John Muir, page 256.

You’ll be camping in the full glory of the high country of this wilderness for two nights and three days and dependant on conditions you’ll see El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Tunnel View and the stunning Yosemite Valley itself. Wolves, bears, coyotes, eagles, stags and lots of other wildlife are plentiful here.

We then travel onto Sequoia National Park where we will be staying in a lodge within the park itself- so we will be able to experience the energy of the biggest trees on earth and do ritual amongst them.

Your retreat includes:

– Full retreat programme with Stacey Demarco and special guest lecturers that will be dedicated to your deepening your spiritual path and ensuring your transformation.

– All accommodation (twin share basis) from Day 1 in San Francisco (Executive Hotel Vintage Court), 1 Night at the Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park, 3 nights at the El Captain Ranch in Santa Barbara through to our last night in the luxury “The Huntley” -http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/, in Santa Monica, LA.

– All delicious meals including whilst on camp.

– 2 nights/3 days camping in Yosemite National Park at elevation. All camping equipment is provided (but feel free to bring your own sleeping bag should you prefer it). All entry fees to the park are included.

– Amazing professionally-guided wilderness walks within Yosemite: Deeply connect with your wild Self and perform ritual in a place that is famous all around the world for its incredible energy and wildlife. Learn more about Yosemite:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_National_Park

http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

– Night-time meditation around the campfire and animal guide facilitation.

– Learning how amazing your body is in a wilderness medicine and first aid in-situ workshop by Dr. Adam Rehak.

– Connecting with the biggest trees on the planet, the Giant Sequoias and performing a ritual for wisdom amongst them.

-Delighting in outdoor ranch life in Santa Barbara and experience storytelling, Native American traditions & Gods and Goddesses & ritual, wildlife walks, how to create a magical geomarker and more…

– Whalewatching by boat- yes, our aim is to spot and sing to the largest whales on earth, the Blue Whales!

– Discovering the amazing feeling of connecting with an equine companion with a sunset ride (no experience required- beginners through to expert riders will be catered for!)

– Airport transfers.

– Our eco transport and yes, it’s a ROADTRIP!

– Loads of surprises and gifts AS USUAL!

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE: $4295 twin share or $4750 single (airfare not included).

Deposit is $750 to hold your place.

FREQUENT RETREATERS BONUS! If you have been on any of my retreats before, you will receive a bonus discount of $200 off the price.

What the retreat doesn’t include:

– Personal spending money

– Drinks when not on camp

– Your airfare.

– Travel insurance

– Worry and work (yep, we aim to leave those behind somewhere pretty early 😀 )

As this is a true wilderness experience, a certain level of fitness is required. When in Yosemite you will experience uneven ground, walking for approx 3+hours or more per day, it may be quite cold (snow happens even in Spring sometimes but nothing that good boots and a warm clothes can’t fix) and as we are camping you’ll be a tent in a sleeping bag on the ground (although it will be padded underneath). If in doubt whether you’ll be ok fitness-wise for this trip, just ask us and we will work things through with you.

We are super-excited about this retreat and would love to speak to you further about it! Just contact Richard on 0400345113 or bookings@themodernwitch.com

Come, walk in beauty, together.

As John Muir himself said in 1938: “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

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Oct
25
Sun
Wild Souls Hawaii : Madame Pele & the Star Stones of Light
Oct 25 @ 4:00 am – Nov 1 @ 12:30 am

Come with me into the deep healing power of the ancient land and sea of Hawaii and change yourself forever!

Come with me where we will weave the energies of heaven and earth, sea and stars, fire and water, lava and ice, aloha and magic!

Come along and have an adventure where it is all about YOU and your expansion.

We invite you to immerse yourself in deep nature from sun to snow in a place known for its welcoming heart and its honouring of the great living Goddess Pele who is assists with the expression of emotions in real time, sensuality, purpose, confidence, creation and drive.

Experience the newest land on earth being created and… a new YOU!

Come along and ….

* Rejuvenate with delicious organic food, connect more deeply with nature and powerful magic and experience appropriate physical challenges in nature.

* Enjoy the powerful nature energies of Hawaii & teachers dedicated to your transformation.

* Activate your spirit with rituals and blessings designed to cleanse, transform and inspire.

* Luxuriate in accommodation in an area famous for its tranquillity and beauty.

* Plenty of quiet time so you can integrate your learnings with ease before coming home!

Retreat Inclusions:

• Accommodation: You will be staying at the beautiful Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. “Kalani Honua” means harmony of heaven and earth, and this is what this 120 acres of organic environment aspires to with nutritious food, eco-accommodation and a stunning heart-opening location (Your choice of single, twin or triple share).

• Full use of the resort’s facilities including pools, yoga sala, internet and gorgeous tropical grounds. Because Kalani is located in a tropical jungle overlooking the spectacular black lava coast, our accommodations have no need of heating and air-conditioning. Views are everywhere and the flora and fauna are diverse and fascinating. Fall asleep to the chorus of frogs and the hush of the ocean.

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day!

* Airport transfers to and from resort.

• Full 7 night retreat programme with Stacey Demarco with special guest Hawaiian Indigenous guides.
We are proud to be able to work with you to ensure you experience a true retreat for body, mind and spirit.

Experience:

– A beautiful in-depth spiritual programme with Stacey designed to clear away your obstacles, enrich your spirit, balance your body, deepen your magical abilities, bring back your enthusiasm and transform yourself. Every day you’ll learn something new – whether it will be through the power of nature as teacher, sessions with Stacey or traditional practitioners, or through the strength of Hawaiian magic.

– Opening Ceremony that includes a special snorkel with the sacred Giant Mantas of Kona. (One of the best places in the world to experience to see these gentle giants and a safe activity for all levels.)

– Sacred Cleansing at Madame Pele’s three waters. Cleanse and revive and swim in volcanically-heated freshwater that percolates from the ground as it combines with the sea! This protected ocean inlet is filled with crystal clear water and is a favourite hangout for Hone (sea turtles).

-Accompany our Elder to the Sacred Navigational Stones and find your true north.

– Meet Madame Pele and experience a powerful communing ritual with one of the world’s most active Goddesses at her source at the live Halemaumau Crater! We will ask Pele to remove what we no longer need and to instead fill us with creative and confident energy! We will explore the summit of Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano and do ritual at the edge of a majestic caldera where you can see steam vents, sulphur banks, rain forests, lava tubes, petroglyphs and much more. (We are always the talk of the island after this ritual!! )

– See the sunset and stargaze from the sacred mountain Mauna Kea, one of the premium astronomical sites in the world, and make an offering to the Snow Goddess! (Bring warm clothes- it’s so high it can snow!)

-Explore The Place of Refuge, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, at the ancient Kahuna Temple of Kona and feel the power of a ritual of forgiveness performed at one of Hawaii’s most sacred places with our elder.

-Experience a US- style Halloween! Trick or treating, Halloween party, full dressing (bring your outfit) and a beautiful private Samhain ritual.

– Meditation, nature walks, yoga and hula!

– Meet like minds, laugh out loud and free your spirit.

• And as always, so much more… even surprise gifts!

Plus: Everything is optional! This is your retreat! Plenty of time to just be quiet and rest if your choose.

Just think: No work, no cooking, no pressure, no stress! Leave it to us!
This retreat is for those who have some basic understanding and experience of ritual or energy raising or who have attended one of our retreats previously. We assume a basic level of fitness. (Any doubts just ask us!).

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE: $3450 twin share or $4250 single (airfare not included).

Deposit is $750 to hold your place.

FREQUENT RETREATERS BONUS! If you have been on any of my retreats before, you will receive a bonus discount of $200 off the price.

EARLY BIRD BONUS: If you pay your deposit before 30th June, 2014 you will receive a special Watsu treatment at Kalani with my compliments. Watsu is an incredibly nurturing shiatsu massage done in a warm pool with an expert who fully supports you- believe me, there is nothing quite like it.

HURRY: Small group only. Stacey’s Retreats sell out quickly.

Call Richard on 0400345113 to reserve your place or for more information.

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Jun
18
Sat
Wild Souls Spirit Bear: An Invitation from the First Nations @ Spirit Bear Lodge
Jun 18 – Jun 25 all-day

There are some rare places in the world that have escaped the cruelty of man’s hand. They are very few, yet they exist. These places often have custodians, those who love and deeply connect with these places, protecting them and living as part of the circle within them, part of, not apart.

The Great Bear Forest of British Columbia, Canada is such a place. This is a wilderness so pristine and protected that some animals may not encounter a human for their whole lives. It is the largest and largest remaining untouched temperate rainforest on the planet. Towering green, forested mountains give way to river valley bottoms and estuaries which teem with wild salmon. It is the home of the great Grizzly Bear, coastal wolves, cougar, wolverines and many other terrestrial mammals. The Pacific Ocean, which laps the forest’s shores, is home to pods of Orca and Humpback Whales who swim and hunt in the labyrinthine complex of fiords and channels.

The First Peoples of this conservancy, the Kitasoo/ Xia Xia are such custodians. It is here in the Great Bear Rainforest that the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation has lived since time immemorial. They have shared the forest and the salmon in harmony with all animals, plants and minerals and whilst all beings are important to these First Peoples, there is a very special creature they call moskgm’ol (white bear).

Their legend of the origin of moskgm’ol holds that “Goo-wee (Raven) made one in every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered this land and how the people should be thankful of the lush and bountiful land of today.” Many of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais believe these bears hold super-natural powers, hence the name Spirit Bear. The Great Bear Rainforest is the only place in the world where Spirit Bears exist.

This is an extraordinary place and an extraordinary people.
And we have been invited by the Kitasoo/ Xia’ Xias to immerse ourselves in their land and their culture and experience a once in a lifetime journey…

As Winter’s grip recedes, we have been given special permission to visit very early in the season before other visitors. We will be personally guided into these lands and into the culture of these First Peoples. We will be shown the medicines of the forest, we will listen to the guiding stories of this ancient culture, we will dance their dances, we will walk side-by-side with the men charged with protecting the animals and land, “The Watchers.” Every day, we will experience another animal, another ecosystem another facet of mythos, another deeper level of nature-based experience, all seen through the world view of the Kitasoo/Xia’Xias. There may be other places in the world to spot a wolf, but nowhere else where you will learn why this wolf at this time in this place is important to you.

We will also have the opportunity to engage hands-on in a research approach that honours the cultural importance and sensitivity of the bears. (More info below).

All the while, you will be staying in Spirit Bear Lodge in the heart of the region. Built and run by the Kitasoo/Xia Xia. Spirit Bear Lodge has only 12 beautiful rooms and architecturally, the exterior of the Spirit Bear Lodge pays homage to the traditional long houses built for thousands of years by West Coast First Nations. Inside, the atmosphere is modern and relaxing yet culturally authentic. After a day of adventure, we will share stories in “The Great Room”, an intimate central room with comfy couches, 20-foot high, ocean view windows, local Tsimshian Art. Gaze out towards the grey blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and watch for passing Orcas, White-Sided Dolphins and Sea Lions. Listen to the silence as you revel in the natural wonders of the pristine and raw landscapes that surrounds you.

Wild Souls Spirit Bear will bring to life authentic contemporary First Nations culture and offer unparalleled adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. It is hard to explain to you how special this place is and how special our invitation, so perhaps watch this:

Your retreat includes:

– Full retreat programme with Stacey Demarco and Kitasoo Xia’ Xia First Nation Elders and Guides that will be dedicated to your expanding your heart, deepening your spiritual path and ensuring your transformation through the power of nature and mythos.


– All accommodation (8 days, 7 nights twin share basis) from Day 1 in the exclusive Spirit Bear Lodge through to our last night in a boutique hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

– Domestic flights return from Vancouver airport to Bella Bella and then onto Klemtu (280 nautical miles from Vancouver) via a scenic ferry ride across the channel to Spirit Bear Lodge.

– All transport within the conservancy.

– All fresh delicious meals whilst at the lodge. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks starting with dinner on Day 1
– All adventure activities with our hosts…dependent on weather and animal movements, daily choices may include:
 Full day excursions to main wildlife viewing area on Mussell, Kynoch or Khutze River estuaries
 Full day Spirit Bear quest and exclusive access to the Canoona River
 Full day Spirit Bear quest to other areas on Princess Royal Island and in the Spirit Bear Conservancy.
 Daytrip to UNESCO World Heritage candidate site Dis’ju
 Marine tour for Humpback whale viewing in Finlayson Channel
 Boat excursions to Kitasu Hill, a basaltic cinder cone and the best preserved volcano in Milbanke Sound
 Beachcombing and beach exploration of Kitasu Bay
 Cultural and natural history sites interpretive boat tour
 Grizzly tracking tour
 Estuary exploration by sea-kayak
 Plant medicine walks,
 Northwest Coast indigenous art workshops
 Cedar basket weaving
 Authentic dance performances and story telling by village elders.
 Interaction with “The Watchmen”

– Research
We will also have the opportunity to engage hands-on in a research approach that honours the cultural importance and sensitivity of the bears. Grizzly, black and spirit bears – as well as wolverine, cougar and wolf – visit non-invasive hair snagging stations. Caught on remote camera, these animals visit the sites and leave tiny amounts of their hair on a barbed-wire corral they must cross over. From a few hairs, leading-edge molecular techniques can reveal the species, gender and even individual identity of the visiting animal. Chemical signatures in hair can reveal diet and even hormone levels – all without harassment of these special animals. Come join us in making scientific history on the first research project of its kind.

– Night-time meditation around the campfire and animal guide facilitation.

– Airport transfers to last night accommodation in Vancouver.

– Loads of surprises and gifts AS USUAL!

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE: $6299 twin share. Talk to us about the possibility of single accommodation.

Deposit is $1000 to hold your place. 14 places ONLY.

FREQUENT RETREATERS BONUS! If you have been on any of my retreats before, you will receive a bonus discount of $200 off the price.

What the retreat doesn’t include:

– Personal spending money

– Alcoholic drinks

– Your airfare.

– Travel insurance

– Worry, boredom and work (yep, we aim to leave those behind somewhere pretty early 😀 )

As this is a true wilderness experience, a certain level of fitness is required. When in the conservancy you will experience uneven ground and you may be walking for approx 3+hours or more per day. You will be getting in and out of boats and kayaks. It may rain sometimes but nothing that good boots and waterproofs can’t fix). If in doubt whether you’ll be ok fitness-wise for this trip, just ask us and we will work things through with you.

Again, this is a very special once-in-a-lifetime invitation and opportunity. I would be honoured to host you.

“Remember: Nature allows not just a chance to go back to our true selves, which is incredible enough, but we get to create our new story moving forward. We get to renew. We get to transform far easier than in any other place. We are able to be the hero in our own mythos the one that WE write. Deep Nature gently invites us to be very present, to be very alive in it’s aliveness, flooded in beauty and in this moment of sheer oneness, we realize anything is possible. We realize that we are already ‘home’, that we have already arrived at a very good place, and our next steps can only bring more happiness.”
– From “The Disconnect”, by Stacey Demarco.

Come with me to a place where you can be nourished, transformed and made whole again. Come with the first Nations and myself, write your new mythos and feel who you really are.

Just contact Richard on 0400345113 or bookings@themodernwitch.com

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Jun
23
Fri
Wild Souls Musefest: A Retreat for Writers and Creatives @ Hunter Valley , NSW
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm

Wild Souls Musefest: A Retreat for Writers and Creatives

23rd – 25 June 2017

Join author and pagan Stacey Demarco for a unique retreat weekend for writers and creatives. Nourish yourself and learn how to stimulate and take care of your creative flow and enjoy the process of creation more.

We will cover:

  • Your Birthright of Creation
  • The Multi Sensory Experience of Creating
  • The Focus, The Wildness, The Rituals, The Birthing
  • The role of Reverence and Irreverence
  • The importance of the Muses
  • F**king off writers/creative block
  • Producing with pleasure and confidence
  • Getting it Out there!

And you get to pick the brain of someone who has produced best sellers, has self-published and is published by a variety of publishers, someone who works in a variety of genres and creative fields and someone who understands the deeply spiritual practice that is creation!

The retreat Includes:

  • Single or double accommodation at The Hunter Valley Retreat
  • Beautiful, healthy vegetarian food served a la carte.
  • Coffee, tea, drinks and Hunter wine with dinner
  • A full practical programme with Stacey from Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon.
  • Gorgeous and practical gifts (as always!)
  • Surprise adventures that will challenge and delight!
  • The chance to meet other like-minds and hang out in a supportive environment.

Please bring your laptop or tablet (or your tools of the trade) to write/create with as you will be producing!

We will send you a packing list but this is a casual retreat. We want you to truly relax.

The retreat is held at the acre property The Hunter Retreat, the Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, approx 2 hours drive from Sydney.  It is a working winery and a beautiful environment close to nature. http://www.hunterresort.com.au

Arrive: From 3.30pm-4.30pm. Your retreat formally begins 5pm Friday and finishes after lunch Sunday –approx 2.00pm.

This is an exclusive small group retreat

Single: $ 1399

Share Twin: $1199

Non-refundable deposit paid to secure your place is $525.

Email : bookings@themodernwitch.com

Call: Richard 0400345113

 

Jul
21
Fri
Wild Souls Musefest: A Retreat for Writers and Creatives @ Daylesford , Vic
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm

Wild Souls Musefest: A Retreat for Writers and Creatives

21-23 July 2017

Join author and pagan Stacey Demarco for a unique retreat weekend for writers and creatives. Nourish yourself and learn how to stimulate and take care of your creative flow and enjoy the process of creation more.

We will cover:

  • Your Birthright of Creation
  • The Multi Sensory Experience of Creating
  • The Focus, The Wildness, The Rituals, The Birthing
  • The role of Reverence and Irreverence
  • The importance of the Muses
  • F**king off writers/creative block
  • Producing with pleasure and confidence
  • Getting it Out there!

And you get to pick the brain of someone who has produced best sellers, has self-published and is published by a variety of publishers, someone who works in a variety of genres and creative fields and someone who understands the deeply spiritual practice that is creation!

The retreat Includes:

  • Single or double accommodation at Bilson’s Landing connected luxury private houses our group will have on it’s own. www.bilsonslanding.com
  • Incredible and plentiful healthy vegetarian food, especially catered for us by one of Daylesford’s top chefs. Think foraged and organic, delectable and seasonal.
  • Coffee, tea, drinks and wine with dinner
  • A full practical programme with Stacey from Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon.
  • Gorgeous and practical gifts (as always!)
  • A surprise adventure on Saturday night (wear warm clothes and bring trainers/hikers)
  • The chance to meet other like-minds and hang out in a supportive environment.

Please bring your laptop or tablet (or your tools of the trade)to write/create with as you will be producing!

We will send you a packing list but this is a casual retreat. We want you to truly relax.

The retreat Venue is: Bilsons Landing and it is across the road from the famous Daylesford lake.

Daylesford is a 1.5 hour drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Arrive: From 3.30pm-4.30pm  Retreat formally begins  5pm Friday and finishes after lunch Sunday –approx 2.00pm.

This is an exclusive small group retreat –

Single: $ 1499

Share Twin: $1199

Should you wish to join us and stay in your own accommodation, (everything else included) we have a few spots available at $ 999

Non-refundable deposit paid to secure your place is $525.

For Bookings :

Email : bookings@themodernwitch.com

Call: Richard 0400345113

May
19
Sun
Wild Souls Greece: The Mythos and Magic of Hellas @ Atherns, Greece
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – May 28 @ 11:00 am

wilds souls greece

May 19-28th 2019

Walk gently in the footsteps of the Gods and Goddesses in the very place that created the term ‘mythos”.

Let go and surrender to the magic of Hellas…

Hellas, the ancient term for Greece, is a place of unparalleled archaeological and mythic importance. Zeus and Hera, Artemis and Apollo, Athena and her owl, Dionysus and the Muses, Poseidon and his sparkling oceans, Hades and Persephone in their underworld, Gaia and her snowy mountains: here, all come alive in a tapestry of magic, nature and mythos.

As with all Wild Souls Retreats, you won’t be inactive, instead, like the ancient pilgrims, you will renewed be journeying through the ancient city of Athens, to swim in the sea right by Poseidon’s own temple, to the sacred heart of the ancient world Delphi, and onto the very home of the Gods and Goddesses, Mt. Olympus. We will relax, learn, connect, and perform ritual in some of the most powerful sacred sites in the ancient and modern world.

We start our sun-soaked journey in the Hellenistic capital of Athens, where we start spectacularly with a walk, ritual and visit to the world famous Acropolis. We enjoy expert insights from an archaeologist and expert on culture. Then our adventure starts proper- the next day we swim with Poseidon and receive blessings in his temple. In days to come, we travel inland into the sacred highlands to Delphi and learn about the Pythia and her oracle and perform rituals dedicated to Artemis and her twin Apollo on their actual temple site. The home of the Gods and Goddesses, Mt.Olympus, receives us next and we hike along the wild gorge paths in one of the most spectacular places in the whole of Hellas.

And all the while we experience the food and hospitality Greece is famous for. All your breakfast, lunch and dinners are included and deluxe accommodation in which to rest your head.

If you have ever wanted to experience the real magic of ancient Greece, here is your opportunity.

What’s included in your Wild Souls Greece experience?

– 10 day/ 9 night programme.

– All Deluxe Accommodation:

3 nights accommodation in the elegant The Margi in the Athenian Riviera, Vouliagmeni, Athens.

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2 nights accommodation at the Amalia Delphi.

Amalia Delphi

3 nights at the Royal Palace Hotel and Spa in Platamonas, near Mt Olympus.
http://www.royalpalace.gr

1 Night Accommodation at the Amalia Hotel, Athens.

Hotel Athens Amalia Athens

– Your Meals: Nourishing meals from our first evening in Athens through to our last breakfast in Athens. Our meals will be Greek style mostly, fresh local food, and please discuss any dietary requirements with us.

– Our activities and adventures:
As always on a Wild Souls Retreat, we immerse ourselves with the natural environment and the people who live there. As we will be travelling within Hellas to both urban and remote areas, we have the services of experts and guides who will assist us to get the most out of our visit.

Here is an outline of some of our adventures…

– We start with an early morning visit to the Acropolis which towers high above Athens city. We will do ritual here and set the intentions for our journey on the very hill that has held ceremony for countless millennia.

We will then visit the stunning new Acropolis museum. The museum displays some of the most impressive and precious ancient Greek artifacts and sacred art. A qualified archeologist guide who has taken part in major Greek excavations will accompany us.

– As we see more of the city, we will learn about the evolution of the theatre and dramatic arts from a specialist speaker from the Greek National Theatre.

-We will travel to Sounio to visit the Temple of Poseidon and swim at and do ritual at the beach honouring the God of the Sea, earthquakes, prosperity and flow.

-Travel to the Omphalos (navel) of the World, the centre of the ancient Universe, Delphi. We will visit the Museum and spend two days at this incredible area. Here you will visit the home of the famous Delphic Oracle who gave insights to King Croesus and Alexander the Great.

You will walk the ancient path from the Cave of Panas (Corycian Cave) up to Delphi itself. Perhaps the most famous place of power in the whole of Greece, the profound energies of Mt. Parnassus can be experienced with love and devotion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corycian_Cave
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi

Parnassus is home to the God Dionysus and the Muses so we will ensure we have some fun in the evening!

– Perform Artemistic ritual with Stacey in the actual Temple of Artemis and make offerings to her brother Apollo, the God of Light and Music, in his home in Delphi.

– Visit and explore the home of the Gods, at the foot of Mt Olympus. We will travel to the village of Litchoro, on the east coast of Hellas, to see where Zeus and the Olympians make their home. For two days we will stay amongst the mountains and the deities. We will visit the Dion Archaeological site as well as pay our respects at the large Temple of Zeus. There are also sacred temples to Demeter, Isis and the Greek God of Medicine Asclepius.

– Experience the beautiful yet slightly challenging Enippeas Gorge Walk on the site of Mt. Olympus the way the ancients did, by foot, leaving small offerings and singing to the Gods!

-You’ll honour the Gods and Goddesses at a dawn ceremony over the Aegean Sea and visit the archaeological site of Aigai, the first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. Here we see the royal tombs of Alexander the Greats father Phillip II, who paved the way for the incredible expansion of the whole of the Hellenistic world.

– Our last afternoon and evening will be spent back in Athens and our farewell dinner will have a view of the shining Acropolis. Full circle!

– All transport is included during the retreat, including chartered private bus.

– And of course, a mythos-rich spiritual programme with Stacey. This retreat will involve ceremony and rituals on the sacred sites of the Gods and Goddesses. Stacey will also be teaching the traditional way, “in situ” (within the places) and so you will be learning about the mythos, concepts and doing the transformational workings within the actual places that have harboured this energy for literally thousands of years.

Nature, as always will be your teacher too, and will work it’s magic to bring you back to your most authentic self. The sea, the sky, the earth, the fire of the sun and the air of mountains will transform you.

This retreat is designed to quickly clear away the everyday, inspire your spirit, connect you with your own continuing mythos, spark your innate creativity and to bring new flow and vitality to transform yourself.

With this retreat, you will be doing quite a bit of ritual and energy work, and whilst this is optional and you need no experience, you should be open to the workings and the earth-honouring learning to get the most out of the retreat.

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***Remember, this is your retreat- all activities are optional, but travelling progressively is not optional.***

What’s not included:

– Beverages and alcoholic drinks
– Your return flights from Australia (or where ever home is!)
– Transport from the airport to the meeting place in Athens, the Hotel Margi, and your transfers back to the airport on the last morning.
– Any activities on your free days or afternoons.
– Tips and items of a personal nature.
– Your Travel Insurance (compulsory for a journey of this type)

As always, you will be supplied with an extensive packing list and further details well ahead of time and of course the useful and beautiful gifts you have come to expect. This retreat requires an average fitness level and the ability to be able to walk uphill and on uneven and rocky ground. Please ask us about this further if you need more clarification.

Again, this is an adventurous, bespoke retreat and as such, this is a limited group only. Speak to us about single rooms if you prefer.

Confirmation of your place is guaranteed only by payment of the non-refundable deposit. Your place is not secured until this deposit is paid.

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE: from $A 6495 twin share (international airfare not included). Single Room Supplement $1695.

Deposit is $A1500 to hold your place.

FREQUENT RETREATERS BONUS! If you have been on any of my retreats before, you will receive a bonus discount of $A200 off the price!

Contact Richard Martin for more information and bookings:
Phone: +61 400345 113
Email: Richard@rcmmanagement.com

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