Pilgrimage to Mary Magdalene

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



Embark with us on our “Pilgrimage to Mary Magdalene”, a profound journey of embodied-spiritual exploration designed to deepen your connection to the enigmatic and revered Mary Magdalene. This unique retreat goes beyond the conventional pilgrimage, delving into the symbols that have come to define Mary Magdalene’s legacy: the vessel, the heart, the fleur du lys, the skull. 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. These locations, charged with centuries of mystique, serve as powerful conduits for spiritual reflection and growth.

At the heart of our retreat is a focus on the symbols associated with Mary Magdalene. We will explore the symbolism of the vessel, representing spiritual receptivity and the capacity to hold divine wisdom. And of course, the vessel also refers to the womb and the hara, the holy grail. Mary Magdalene is often depicted with a fleur du lys, a timeless emblem of purity and spiritual enlightenment. The retreat also delves into the symbolism of the skull, a powerful and often misunderstood image linked to transformation and the art of dying. The heart, representing love in its purest form, is another key element explored on this pilgrimage, inviting us to reflect on Mary Magdalene’s embodiment of love as a guiding force. Central to the retreat is the exploration of the “Way of Love”. We will open our hearts for love, both cosmic and personal. And we will open our womb and hara for sacred union, both within and without.

We combine visits to powerful sacred sites with teachings, meditations, inner process work and rituals. As such, we will uncover the message that this incredibly loving feminine Christ has for us today, both on a personal and a collective level.

This live retreat offers a sacred space for self-discovery and spiritual renewal, inviting you to connect with the essence of Mary Magdalene and the transformative power of love. Join us on this unforgettable journey, where ancient legends come to life, and the symbols of Mary Magdalene guide you on a path of deep spiritual awakening and profound inner transformation.


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…

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 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 women’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

“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