Pilgrimage to Mary Magdalene

Live retreat in the Cathar region in the South of France, 3 – 8 July, 2024


Are you longing to

heal the wounded feminine and the wounded masculine imprints inside of you? 

embody the divine feminine/masculine, both within and without?

lay the foundation for healthy, nourishing relationships?

clear the obstacles on the path to sacred se*x*uality and sacred union?

awaken the full potential of your womb/hara?

let go of limiting ego patterns?

reconnect to the wisdom of your soul?

deepen your connection with Mary Magdalene?

explore the spiritual dimensions of a FeMinine Christ?

immerse yourself in a powerful region where legends say Mary Magdalene has lived and taught?

    Then this Pilgrimage fits you like a glove. 



    This Pilgrimage combines visits to powerful sacred sites in the Cathar region in the South of France with teachings, inner process work and rituals. We will dive deep into inner and outer landscapes to connect with the essence of Mary Magdalene and the transformative power of love and sacred union. 

    Healing our masculine and feminine wounds

    This pilgrimage to Mary Magdalene offers you a safe and transformative space where you can heal feminine wounds and clear distorted masculine imprints, both personal and collective. Removing these obstacles, you make space again for the pure/divine feminine and masculine energies, your original essence. You prepare yourself for sacred union: the optimal interaction between the masculine and feminine, both within yourself as in your relationships with your beloved(s) and the world. 

    Our guide Mary Magdalene

    There is no better and more loving guide for this “Great Work” than Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene’s role in the quest for sacred union extends beyond her historical portrayal in biblical texts. She is revered as a spiritual guide who helps individuals navigate their own inner landscapes, integrating the feminine and masculine aspects of their being. Through her example of perseverance, compassion, and spiritual insight, she inspires seekers to embrace their own inner union and to cultivate balance and harmony in their lives.

    Inner alchemy

    The teachings associated with Mary Magdalene and sacred union emphasize the importance of inner alchemy and self-discovery. By delving deep into the psyche and embracing all aspects of the self, you can awaken to your true essence and experience the transformative power of sacred union. This journey involves healing past wounds, releasing limiting beliefs, and opening your womb/hara and heart to the infinite possibilities of divine love. 

    Energetic and intuitive

    Our healing work is energetic and intuitive. The modalities we work with are: ancient mystery teachings, energetic healing, guided meditation, shamanic journeying, ritual, dance, song and mantra. This work does not involve sexual touch and no nakedness. 

    Ancient wisdom 

    We embark on a profound healing quest inspired by modern research and ancient wisdom traditions such as gnostic, Taoist and Egyptian alchemy, shamanism and Goddess tradition.

    Pilgrimage to sacred sites

    Throughout the retreat, we will visit sacred sites steeped in the legends of Mary Magdalene, places where her presence is believed to have left an indelible mark, often places where the legacy of the Cathars and the Templars is very strong too. These locations, charged with centuries of enigma and mystique, serve as powerful conduits for our personal work and spiritual reflection.

    Join us

    Join us on this unforgettable journey, where ancient legends come to life, and the teachings of Mary Magdalene guide you on a path of deep spiritual awakening and profound inner transformation.

    Go deeper

    If you want to go deeper in your connection to Mary Magdalene, you can also follow this retreat as part of a longer 5-month Mary Magdalene Initiation. You find all the info here.

    “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! 🙂
    – 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.”
    – 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”
    – 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.
    – 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, amazing food…

    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 in France. Carcasonne airport is at 30min by car and Toulouse airport 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.

    Hello, my name is Mieke Anthuenis (1972). I am a womb awakening teacher, shamanic womb healer and priestess, menstrual mentor and yoni steam facilitator. My life is dedicated to birthing the new earth and bringing back ancient feminine wisdom, healing arts and spirituality. Since 2005, I have been walking a shamanic path with strong influence from my time in Peru and Colombia and the teachers I met there. I am trained in core shamanism (Michael Harner) and womb shamanism (Fountain of Life, Sanctuary of Sofia and Sacred Woman Awakening). Since 2018, I work as a Moon Mother (level 3) and Vaginal Steam facilitator (Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute). With a background in shiatsu and tuina, I seek to bring in the rich and old eastern view on womxn’s well-being. In my retreats and 1-on-1 sessions, I blend these modalities together, based on the needs of the client, to facilitate a deep and safe space for healing and transformation. I work with persons in all seasons of their life, with or without a womb, with or without a period. I am co-author of the best-selling book Return To the Motherworld and run retreats and pilgrimages in the legendary Cathar region in the South of France. 

    I am truly honored to connect with you.