“The ancients believed that we are the Tree of Life, that our bodies, in connection with the portal spirals of Cosmos and Earth form an incredible mystical power, when we know the keys to unlock its secrets.”

– Seren & Azra Bertrand –

Journey through the portals of the womb and hara

Live retreat: October 2-9, 2024




Just as our body has chakra’s, our womb and hara – hara is the deep belly for men – have energetic portals, also called grail gates. The awakening of those portals is a spiritual, energetic and physical quest. A powerful initiation with great transformative potential. In the ancient mystery schools the womb was known as the grail and a woman or man with a fully awakened womb was considered a living grail. Priestesses of Isis, such as Mary Magdalene, dedicated their lives to this. Mary Magdalene’s beloved Jeshua was also trained in these inner alchemy practices

In a safe group of sisters and brothers, we undertake a journey through the grail gates of our female and male sacred anatomy, through healing & clearing, guided meditation, energetic transmission, ritual, dance, song, mantra… This work focuses on awakening in-depth awareness of the secret landscape of our pelvic bowl. We connect to the archetypes and elements related to each physical gate. By shining our light on their shadow side, we also reclaim the gifts of each portal. Energetic healing & clearing practices free the way to vibrate again with the original frequency of each gate.

Next to this inner journey, we will equally explore the outer landscape of this stunning region, called the Languedoc in the South of France. We visit powerful places in nature, stunning sacred sites, springs and thermal baths. The outer nature becomes a mirror for our inner nature and brings in its own intelligence to our healing process.

>The inner alchemy practices do not involve nakedness nor erotic touch. Our exploration is energetic and restores a conscious and embodied connection with our inner grail portals.

This journey into the inner sanctuary of our womb and hara is powerful and transformative. We practice it the way I learned it from my teachers, Seren & Azra Bertrand.


Oct 2: arrival and opening ceremony

Oct 3: gate 1 – maiden/knight

Oct 4: gate 2 – lover/king

Oct 5: gate 3 – crone/sage

Oct 6: gate 4 & 6 – earth/sky

Oct 7: gate 5 & 7 – water/fire

Oct 8: Cosmic Womb/void

Oct 9: closing ceremony & departure

(this program is open to change)

This retreat can also be followed as part of the 13 Moon Womb Priestess Training.

“Mieke makes working with the pain body almost a pleasure, very clear guidance and very rewarding at the end of the tunnel. She is a woman/shaman of great medicine and I would recommend her highly to every woman I care about, to let herself be carried and healed by the space. Mieke is able to (co-) create. 4 weeks after the retreat I still feel blessed by the experience we all created together and I’m very thankful that I finally learned how to self-love en feel worthy of stepping into my greatest potential. And I will need to keep fueling that, still healing to be done, and that’s ok, gives me a great and happy reason to come back for more! ๐Ÿ™‚
โ€“ Katinka

“How glad I am that I gifted myself this wonderful pilgrimage. Mary Magdalene called…I followed her invitation. The journey has opened something healing, powerful in me, kissed awake something that is difficult for me to put into words. A deeper homecoming to my womb and soul. Several moments where I was deeply touched and moved, in which I was allowed to experience the immense power of love that lurks in my womb. It felt so safe, so powerful, so coming home, so connected to a universal force. We had wonderful days. In an enriching mix of teachings and practices, visits and rituals at the power places, relax and enjoy the environment, nature, being together with a blissful, powerful group of women connected in the sacred energy of Mary Magdalene. Thank you, powerful sister, for sharing and living your integrated wisdom. Your loving, warm softness, inner strength and feeling and authentic, humble Being.”
โ€“ Mieke

“It was a fantastic experience! Everything was magical! I was traveling in different timelines… Fantastic location! Your knowledge of the theme, chapeau! The workshop sessions! The mega delicious food! Everything was magical and beautifully accompanied! Very intense and beautiful experience”
โ€“ Nele

With deep gratitude, I look back on an immersion in Mary Magdalene energy in the Cathar region. Under the guidance of the wise, beautiful, powerful Mieke. With in the most fitting way also support from her partner Olivier. An initiation into the Mysteries, into a bath of sisterhood… and a deep anchoring in the divine feminine as well as masculine. I have rarely experienced such energetically charged places as on this journey.
โ€“ Sofie

The Cathar region in the South of France is stunning: wild nature, ancient thermal baths, lots of history and herstory, legends and myths, castles, churches, beautiful people, nice food…

Singing in the beautiful river Aude

On the belly of Mount Bugarach

Mermaid invitations

Mary Magdalene Cave

Mesmerizing ancient sites

Many springs

Jeanne d'Arc

Megalitic remnants

Stunning churches

Limoux lies half an hour below Carcassonne. Carcasonne airport is at 30min by car and Toulouse airport is 1.5h driving. Limoux has a train station. We provide transport to and from the airport.

Villa Sainte Marie

Typical French blue shutters and old walls between the different parts of the beautiful land

Guarded by the cypress

Nurtured by Sacred FeMinine energy

Room with a view

Our chalet

Sleeping between fruit trees

Romantic and close to nature

Super cosy glamping tent

Our deluxe temple tent

Delicious vegetarian food

Happy womb, happy woman

Villa Sainte Marie, where you will be lodged, is an exceptional and healing place that used to belong to the nuns of Cluny and afterwards to a pioneer in permaculture. We sleep in the main house behind cute blue shutters, or in wooden houses and glamping tents between the fruit trees on the land. We do the process work in the beautiful temple tent under the protection of a female taxus tree.

Hi there, I am Mieke Anthuenis (1972). I am a shamanic womb priestess, healer, and menstrual mentor, devoted to the sacred feminine, the way of the soul and birthing the new earth. Since 2005, I walk a mystic and shamanic healing path with strong influence from my time in Peru and Colombia and the teachers I met there, both in human, plant and spirit form. With a background in shiatsu and tuina, I seek to bring in the rich and old eastern view on womxn’s well-being. In 2017, I founded (former) Moving Inside, dedicated to feminine spirituality and holistic-natural sources for womenโ€™s health and empowerment, such as womb steaming, ritual bathing and herbal sweat lodge. Those are still the red thread in my current work. In 2020 I started Red Tara Tree to reclaim the sacredness of the red path of women: the mysteries of menstruation, se*x*uality, menopause, birth and death. Since 2023, I organize spiritual pilgrimages in the South of France. Some of my trainings are: wisdom keeper of the womb, moon mother, vaginal steam therapist, tuina therapist, shamanic counselor, conscious dance facilitator, sweat lodge facilitator… In the field of the feminine, I studied with: Seren & Azra Bertrand, Miranda Gray, Leyolah Antara, Diana Beaulieu, Keli Garza, Leontine Hartzell oa…

I am truly honored to connect with you. xxx