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Meditation Teacher Academy Intensive Training (#28)

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#28 June 12-20, 2020, at Avi Om, Flushing, Michigan

Sarah and the faculty at the Meditation Teacher Academy provide a 200-hour meditation and mindfulness teacher training program. Receive the training, support, and coaching you’ll need to prepare you to deliver professional meditation instruction. The program is structured in two components. It begins with a self-paced, distance learning module—the Meditation Foundation Course—which is followed by a week-long in-person Teacher Training Intensive (see dates above.) There are rolling admissions, so get started right away so you can join the training.  Read more.

Meditation Teacher Academy Intensive Training (#27)

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#27 March 20-27, 2020, at Middle Coombe Farm, Devon, England

Sarah and the faculty at the Meditation Teacher Academy provide a 200-hour meditation and mindfulness teacher training program. Receive the training, support, and coaching you’ll need to prepare you to deliver professional meditation instruction. The program is structured in two components. It begins with a self-paced, distance learning module—the Meditation Foundation Course—which is followed by a week-long in-person Teacher Training Intensive (see dates above.) There are rolling admissions, so get started right away so you can join the training.  Read more.

Meditation Teacher Academy Intensive Training (#26)

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#26 December 6-14, 2019, at a private residence, Sedona, Arizona

Sarah and the faculty at the Meditation Teacher Academy provide a 200-hour meditation and mindfulness teacher training program. Receive the training, support, and coaching you’ll need to prepare you to deliver professional meditation instruction. The program is structured in two components. It begins with a self-paced, distance learning module—the Meditation Foundation Course—which is followed by a week-long in-person Teacher Training Intensive (see dates above.) There are rolling admissions, so get started right away so you can join the training.  Read more.

Creative Soul Writing & Mindfulness Retreat for Women in Scottsdale, Arizona

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Women on Retreat

CREATIVE SOUL RETREAT
A MEDITATION, WRITING & EQUINE EXPERIENCE FOR WOMEN 

NOVEMBER 8-10, 2019 IN CAREFREE, ARIZONA

Find a renewed sense of belonging in the world, just as you are through writing, meditation, mindfulness and being with the rescued horses of the Tierra Madre Sanctuary.

For many, writing is a spiritual practice which can lead to expanded self-awareness and a profound experience of timelessness. Spending time with horses can shift your perspective as you see the world through their eyes and hearts.  The same is true of the practice of meditation, it can transform you physically, spiritually, and emotionally, as it allows you to connect with your true nature, commune with your creative soul, and find the confidence to express yourself without fear – with or without words.

Co-facilitated by best-selling Hay House author Sarah McLean, and equine experiential coach Christine Badoux, this weekend women’s retreat is designed to take you on a journey deep into yourself. You’ll cultivate your creative soul and trust your voice and its place in the world.

Sarah, Christine, and the horses will co-coach you into deep mindfulness practices, provocative writing exercises, and timeless moments of connecting with your heart and true nature.

  • Learn and experience deep meditations and dive into that sense of home found inside you
  • Discover powerful mindful walking, listening, and eating practices to be more enamored with your beautiful life
  • Reveal and express your creative soul with journaling and writing prompts
  • Transcend your inner critic and trust what wants to be written
  • Express yourself spontaneously and be heard without judgment

On Friday, we’ll have an opening gathering to connect and explore the powerful mindfulness, meditation, and writing practices. On Saturday, you’ll journey to the Tierra Madre Sanctuary and meet the rescued horses. They’ll teach you about being more present, tapping into your intuition and senses, and how to be strong and gentle at the same time. You’ll find they help you access a deeper creative expression of yourself. (You won’t be riding the horses, instead, you’ll connect with them to learn a lot about yourself: the way you show up and how you express who you are.)

You’ll ahve the opportunity to bask in nature, take time for spa treatments and rejeuvenation, and unplug to find deep rest and the lightness of being.

Who is Welcome:

Women with any level of meditation and/or writing experience are welcome. You don’t have to be especially artistic or creative, nor do you need an established meditation practice to attend. You simply need courage and a desire to be inspired, write, and cultivate self-awareness. You won’t be riding horses during the retreat and no previous horsemanship experience is necessary.

When:  November 8-10, 2019

The schedule: (subject to change):

Friday
5:00-7:00 pm. Welcome Gathering

Saturday
8:30 am. Departure for the Tierra Madre Sanctuary
9:00-11:30 am. Morning Mindfulness, Writing & Equine Experience
11:30 am. Return to Civana
12:00-4:00 pm.  Lunch & Optional Hike, Spa Treatments & Watercolor class
4:00-6:30 pm. Happy Hour Meditation, Writing, & Sharing
7:30 pm. Optional No-Host Group Dinner

Sunday
7:00 am. Optional Morning Stretch
9:30 -11:30 am. Morning Meditation, Writing & Sharing
11:30 am Retreat Ends
Lunch & Optional Private Equine Experience Sessions

Where the Retreat is held:

At the Civana Resort in Carefree (480) 653-9000

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, Cave Creek, Arizona   (480) 469-9166  tierramadrehorsesanctuary.org

The retreat has been held over the years in several inspiring and magical places: Big Sur, California; Sedona, Arizona; and Teton Valley, Idaho. Nourishing and powerful environments are selected to support your personal transformation.

Registration & Retreat Fees:

Please inquire.

A portion of the retreat fee is donated to Tierra Madre for the continued care and feeding of the horses.

Email Events@McLeanMeditation.com

View the meditation retreats cancellation policy and service animal policy, here.

What’s Included:

  • Meditation Instruction & Mindfulness Practices
  • Writing Practices & Coaching
  • Equine Experience for Self & Awareness the Horses of Tierra Madre
  • Does not include your transportation, optional  spa treatments, meals

Your Facilitators:

Sarah McLean is a best-selling Hay House author and popular meditation and mindfulness teacher who offers provocative mindfulness practices and expansive writing exercises. She’s traveled the world seeking insights into meditation and has lived in a TM Center, a traditional Hindu Ashram, and a Zen Buddhist training center. She served as the program director for Deepak Chopra’s Center and was the director for Byron Katie’s School. She’s now the director of the Meditation Teacher Academy.  Find out more about her here.

Christine Badoux is a highly trained experiential coach who promotes the learning and healing that occurs between horses and humans. She coaches at Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary where she is a (volunteer) Program Director. She’s also a Certified Assertiveness Coach who offers individual and group coaching sessions, workshops, and retreats. In a prior life, Christine spent more than ten years in the hospitality industry working for Four Seasons and Westin Hotels. She lives in Phoenix with an ever-expanding family of animals and her two favorite teachers: her children Isabelle and Alex. Visit her website: www.christinebadoux.com

Creative Soul Writing & Mindfulness Retreat for Women

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September 2019 – TBA

Creative Soul Writing & Mindfulness Retreat for Women
Salishan Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon

A self-discovery retreat is a wonderful way to give yourself a reboot as you reflect, relax, and are inspired. Learn the best ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life, as well as how to establish a nourishing daily meditation. You’ll connect with nature and take a deep dive into yourself.

“So many of us get to a level of success in our lives and the question remains, now what?” says Sarah. “Going on meditation and mindfulness retreat gives you the opportunity to fall in love with who you really are, become clearer about personal success really means to you, and sort out what it is you are truly seeking in your life.”

The weekend begins with a welcome reception on Friday evening September 21 where you’ll meet and connect with Sarah and the other participants.

On Saturday, September 22, you can start your day with a sunrise meditative Yin Yoga session, which is followed by an introduction to mindfulness and meditation. In the afternoon you’ll have free time to relax at the spa, find a hidden hiking trail, visit the beach, or take a kayak tour on the water.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll be guided into a reflective exercise and discussion that will challenge you to become more self-aware, explore your thinking patterns, and create an inspiring shift in perspective.  Then, you’ll be served a bountiful dinner featuring fresh, healthy foods. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore mindful eating practices and share insights about what real nourishment is.

On Sunday, you’ll start the day with a sunrise meditation. After breakfast, you’ll then be guided on a walk into the woods surrounding Salishan for a Forest Bathing experience–you’ll be immersed in this sensory experience to connect with nature and yourself.  You’ll have time to journal after you’ve been guided into an empowering meditation. The retreat ends at noon.

Salishan’s Mindfulness & Meditation Retreat costs $692 per person based on single occupancy or $442 per person based on double occupancy. The package includes two nights lodging, all sessions with Sarah, daily yoga and meditation sessions, the welcome reception, a boxed lunch, and a celebration dinner. Breakfasts, spa treatments, and additional resort activities are not included in the fee.

To sign up for Salishan’s inaugural Mindfulness & Meditation Retreat with Sarah McLean, call (541) 764-3605. Or visit this page.

ABOUT SALISHAN RESORT

Salishan Resort sits among 250 acres of forested land on the Oregon Coast, conveniently located just two hours outside of Portland. The resort provides stunning views from any guest room and the outdoors comes indoors as the main lodge showcases local wood and stone complemented by an art collection featuring Northwest artists. The property ties together classic architecture and land-use sensibility. When not enjoying the grounds, guests can take advantage of a world-class spa, golf course, indoor tennis facilities, pool, sauna, and fitness center year-round. Condé Nast Traveler, in the magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards, recently named Salishan the No. 3 Top Resort in Alaska and The Pacific Northwest for the second year in a row. Readers of Travel & Leisure recently voted the resort one of the 10 Best Resort Hotels in the West.

Meditation Teacher Academy Intensive Training (#25)

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#25 July 12-20, 2019, at a private residence, Sedona, Arizona

Sarah and the faculty at the Meditation Teacher Academy provide a 200-hour meditation and mindfulness teacher training program. Receive the training, support, and coaching you’ll need to prepare you to deliver professional meditation instruction. The program is structured in two components. It begins with a self-paced, distance learning module—the Meditation Foundation Course—which is followed by a week-long in-person Teacher Training Intensive (see dates above.) There are rolling admissions, so get started right away so you can join the training.

 

Just Breathe Week at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas

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June 18-20, 2019

Just Breathe Week
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas

Unplug from distractions and be completely nourished at this all-inclusive world-class spa destination. Cultivate self-awareness and relaxation with nourishing spa treatments, delicious food, a beautiful natural environment, and immersion into mindfulness and meditation at glorious Lake Austin Spa. Call (512) 372-7300 or visit the Just Breathe Week on their website.

Just Breathe Week

Meditation at Lake Austin

JUST BREATHE: WHERE PEACE MEETS REST…. PRACTICES FOR A TRANQUIL MIND AND BODY.

Slow down, unplug and breathe. Listen, hear and feel. The peace and tranquility, the lake, nature and an endless assortment of spa services, activities and programs designed to help you slow down, and create some new habits to re-enter your world refreshed and energized. In addition to our regular schedule, enjoy the special classes listed below.

June 18, 19, 20, 2019

Meditation Classes with Special Guest Sarah McLean

Tuesday June 18, 2019 5pm

The Inner Journey with Guest Sarah McLean

Take a journey into your interior realm. This session will introduce you to mindfulness meditation practices to help cultivate present moment awareness. Living mindfully allows for a deeper, more fulfilling experience of life. This is because the good stuff—your inspiration, feeling love, wonderful experiences, the power of choice, connecting to others, and the freedom to be who you are—is revealed and savored in the present moment. Though life unfolds in the present, the mind frequently travels into the past and the future. This inability to pay attention to what matters most to you can distract you from important moments of your life. Explore easy ways to create personal moments of sanctuary to maintain your inner peace.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Discovering the Essential You with Sarah McLean

More and more find that when they meditate they can clearly see who they are. Get to know the real you, the you outside of the roles you play, the responsibilities you have, the pressure you put on yourself, and your relationships in your life.  Discover who you are, examine the best qualities of yourself, and how you can embody them in a more consistent and meaningful way. .  Explore the way your brain works, how you focus your attention, and how you make the choices you make. Learn to be fully present to your life and create a “new normal”— one of peace, comfort, and fulfillment.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Be Kind to You with Guest Sarah McLean

Most people know how easy it is be kind to those we care about—yet we can find it difficult to treat ourselves with the same care. The Western culture teaches us that self-criticism and being hard on yourself is the way to motivate yourself, and that competition with self and others is the pathway to self-esteem. In this session you’ll re-learn the essential skill of being supportive toward yourself, and you’ll find increased wellbeing, motivation, and resilience.

Getting Out of Your Own Way with Guest Sarah McLean

Discover new ways to be kinder to yourself by incorporating a more self-honoring internal dialogue.  With mindfulness as a way of being, you’ll being to become more aware of your inner dialogue and may discover habits of mind that keep you stuck and stressed, such as comparing yourself to others and negative self-talk. You’ll learn a tool that will keep you from falling back into old, patterns that limit you: a simple self-inquiry process to help you get unstuck from beliefs so you can be empowered to move forward to manifest your desires. You’ll also develop affirmations that will replace the beliefs that hold you back and be guided into a modern version of an ancient compassion meditation practice which will reveal to you how you can best love yourself as well as others.

 

Sarah McLean is known for her gift of making meditation and mindfulness accessible to everyone. She loves to coach the spa-goers at Lake Austin Spa Resort and help them to find more peace and happiness through these and other contemplative practices. She’s a sought-after speaker and the best-selling author of “Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation”, “Simple, Easy, Everyday Meditation” and “The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation”, released by Hay House. She’s also founding director of the Meditation Teacher Academy in the spiritual mecca of Sedona, Arizona. She has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Forbes, and Prevention Magazine and her work is endorsed by a myriad of popular thought leaders including Deepak Chopra and India Arie. Find out more about her at www.McLeanMeditation.com.

Satori Mindfulness & Meditation Spa Retreat at the Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona

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June 9-12, 2019
October 13-16, 2019
December 15-18, 2019

Satori Mindfulness & Meditation Spa Retreat
Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona

It’s a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, meditation retreat and spa vacation with Sarah McLean held in the lovely and luxurious setting of the award-winning Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. Give yourself the time to explore who you really are through silent and guided meditations, and reconnect with your heart’s desires through self-inquiry practices during this one-of-a-kind meditation retreat vacation. Find out the best ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life as well as how to establish a nourishing daily meditation. Held in the privacy of the spa house, you’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations, award-winning signature body treatments, and deep yoga. Read more.

Return to Avalon: A Sacred Site Tour of England

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Return to Avalon Tour of the UK with Sarah McLean

EXPLORE THE ANCIENT MYSTICAL SITES OF ENGLAND WITH SARAH MCLEAN & VERA LOPEZ, MAY 13-22, 2019

You are invited on a 10-day journey to explore the inspiring and ancient sacred sites of England. It’s an intimate women-only tour of beautiful and legendary sacred sites where we’ll meditate, do ceremony, experience initiations, and be inspired by nature as we’re immersed in the ancient Celtic wisdom tradition.

It’s a journey designed to reawaken you to your feminine power.

You’ll visit Avalon and recover the memory of what it means to be a priestess serving the earth and creation. You’ll connect with the mysteries of the ancients in the school of Merlin. You’ll dive into the timeless, potent stillness at Stonehenge as you attune to the ancient wise voices of the women who have gone before you.

Reawaken the field of energy of the divine feminine power and experience your personal inner shift. Celebrate more joy, power, service, and innocence.

From the beginning of time, women have been healers, shamans, priestesses. They came together to heal, nurture, and to love. In the ancient world, women did not share their inner world with their companions. Instead, they gathered in social circles, where they were safe to share their dreams, visions, experiences, desires, and emotions. These social circles of sharing were a woman’s opportunity to express their soul and be nurtured. However, in today’s world, the sisterhood and union of the feminine have been compromised by competition between women. This leaves many women feeling alone, frustrated, and disconnected–as if something sacred is missing from our lives. This is the why women worldwide are being called to return to the ancient and powerful feminine ways of cooperation, intuition, and connection as we support and celebrate one another’s power and true expressions of creativity.

Avalon Itinerary: 10 days – 9 nights

​​Day 1 – MAY 13th

Welcome to England!  We’ll meet at the hotel reception at 6:00 pm for a welcome dinner and opening circle.

Day 2 – MAY 14th

After breakfast, we leave London. Our first stop is Stourhead where we will officially open the sacred space of our circle.  We’ll arrive at Radstock, the small town where our hotel is located, at approximately 6:00 pm. This is the place we’ll call home for the next seven nights. The lovely gardens will be your witness to a great transformation, deep meditations, and inspiring heart-centered circles. You’ll love this place so much, you will miss it when you return home.

Day 3 – MAY 15th

Today we open our journey to Avalon at Bride’s Mound which is a holy place, where it is said that St. Brigit (Brigid – Goddess of Healing, Smithcraft, Poetry, Wells, and Springs) visited and spent time in an oratory dedicated to Mary Magdalene.

There was an old chapel on the top of this small hill which contained possessions left by St. Brigid when she left for Ireland including a necklace, a bag for collecting herbs, and her bell. There is a long history of connection between Glastonbury and Ireland beginning with Return to AvalonBrigit (Brigid) and continuing into Christian times.

Our pilgrimage will start by walking up to Weary Hill onto the top of swan’s head (one of the Power animals of the goddess) and visiting the Holy Thorn, a magical tree said to be planted there by Joseph of Arimathea where we can tie ribbons with our wishes.

As we then walk down an old path to the Bride’s Mound, a place of power and deep connection with the Earth. A small head of a well dedicated to St. Brigid is nearby on the river Brue— a river also dedicated to the goddess. Here we will honor Great Mother, Mother Earth, Banbha – Goddess of Earth, and connect deep to ancestral lines.

We continue our journey through the Mysteries of Avalon meeting sacred springs representing the female and male energies.  In Beltane, full spring, we’ll go on a meditative walk through the gardens of the Chalice Well and walk among the trees, flowers, herbs, and the Symbol of Vesica Piscis power. We’ll meditate at the head of the well to connect with the divine feminine.

We’ll evoke the goddess Rhiannon, the Goddess of Love & Sacred Sexuality, so wear something red. We will gather in circle and call in our mother lines. It’s a time to reflect on your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or any female figure that has influenced you.

We’ll then step into the next holy site in our pilgrimage, the White Spring Well house.

The Isle of Avalon, often identified with Glastonbury, derives its name from a Celtic legend of the demi-god Avalloc or Avallach, ruler of the underworld. In Celtic lore, Avalon was an isle of enchantment. It was considered the meeting place of the dead and is the portal where they passed to another level of existence. The Tor was believed to be the home of Gwyn ap Nudd, the Lord of the Underworld, and a place where the fairy folk lived.

In the afternoon, we’ll explore the Glastonbury Tor, said to be a major center of energy and ley-lines and the home of a goddess. Ley lines are hypothetical alignments that run through ancient sacred sites believed to have a special energy and cosmic power.

One major mysterious aspect of Glastonbury Tor are the seven levels of terraces that encircle the hill. Many believe they are an ancient ritual labyrinth or maze that correspond to a magical diagram.

A bit more history:

The earliest written legend of Glastonbury Tor is in a mid-13th-century story about St. Patrick (387-460). According to this account, Patrick became a leader of a group of hermits at Glastonbury after he returned from Ireland, and discovered an ancient ruined oratory after climbing through a dense wood.

Glastonbury Tor is also associated with the Holy Grail, the finding of which was the legendary quest of King Arthur and his knights. After the crucifixion of Jesus, local lore has it that Joseph of Arimathea (who according to the Bible donated his own tomb to Jesus) came to Britain, bearing the Holy Grail. This sacred chalice was the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper and later by Joseph to catch Jesus’ blood at the crucifixion.

When Joseph arrived at the Isle of Avalon (i.e. Glastonbury), he landed on Wearyall Hill, just below the Tor. He thrust his staff into the ground and rested. By morning, his staff had become a strange oriental thorn bush – the Glastonbury Thorn. For safekeeping, Joseph buried the Holy Grail just below the Tor at the entrance to the Underworld. Soon after, a spring, now known as Chalice Well, flowed forth and the water that emerged brought eternal youth to anyone who drank it.

In recent years, there have been reports of mysterious light phenomena at Glastonbury Tor. In 1981, people climbing the hill saw a strange writhing light arc from St. Michael’s Tower to the ground near Chalice Well. The earth-mysteries researcher Paul Devereux also reported witnessing strange lights in 1991.

Day 4 – MAY 16th

Ninety miles west of London and 20 miles north of Stonehenge stands the largest known stone ring in the world: Avebury. The multiple rings of Avebury are cloaked with mysteries which archaeologists have only begun to unravel. It’s older than the more famous Stonehenge, and for many visitors far more spectacular.

Our pilgrimage to Avebury is guided by the leading authority on the geodetic system of earth energies, Maria Wheatley. Maria is a second-generation dowser who was taught how to decode the land by her late father, Dennis Wheatley, a man considered to be one of the UK’s top Master Dowsers. We will ritually enter the stones, and explore its powerful energy transmissions while attuning to the wisdom it holds.

We will perform rituals with the sacred yin waters of Avebury, and make our own energetic water essence that we can take home for aura cleansing.

We’ll explore the stones’ energies and the yin and yang earth energies that encoil the ley line called St. Michael. You’ll also explore the healing life-enhancing earth energies of the West Kennet long barrow that predates Avebury stone circles by one thousand years.

Situated across the highway from Silbury Hill (the largest prehistoric mound in Europe) and a little over a mile from Avebury (the largest stone circle in the world–two of the most sacred sites in England), is West Kennet Long Burrow, which pre-dates the creation of both Stonehenge and Avebury.

West Kennet Long Barrow is considered a portal into the underworld, the place of ancestral energies and the Crone Goddess. It’s a Neolithic site which was probably a communal or clan project around 3250-3700 BCE. Three hundred-thirty feet long, this is the largest long barrow in England and Wales and was used not only as a burial shrine but also a community focal site for ritual gatherings.

The layout of the shrine consists of a stone-lined corridor with five chambers (two on each side with the fifth at the end of the corridor), in what J.D. Wakefield compared to a “pregnant squatting goddess”. These Neolithic sites were constructed to symbolize the Earth Mother. It is likely that West Kennet Long Barrow’s primary function was to “provide a womb from which the dead ancestors could be reborn”. The dead interred here so that they may be reborn again in another life.

Here, in one of the richest in sacred sites in England and in the lay line that stretch from St. Michael’s Mount on the westernmost coast, through Glastonbury, Avebury, Stonehenge, Royston Cave, Bury and Hopton on the opposite side of England, we will sit in meditation and experience sound healing work: breathing in the process of death and rebirth of belief and experiences. We’ll allow the mystical process of life to move through us.

Day 5 – MAY 17th  Visit the Mystical Sites of England with Sarah McLean

We will have the privilege of entering the ancient and sacred circle of Stonehenge in a private, early morning tour, accompanied by with Maria Brigantia, a Druid Priestess and 20+ year guide for this holy place. She’ll share her experiences and you’ll discover your own as you connect with the spirit of the land and the priestesses who have gone before us.

The prehistoric architects of this ancient site were attuned to the Earth’s magnetic energies. They carefully integrated these energies into these monuments using a long-lost technology. At Stonehenge, for example, certain megaliths, such as the Altar Stone, were positioned above a geometric earth energy pattern, known as a geospiral, designed to harness the earth’s force which perpetually charges the stone with magnetic energy. You will sense their energetic power. This is a once in a lifetime experience and it will alter the rest of your life.  Throughout the day, we’ll explore nearby holy sites connected to Stonehenge including Woodhenge and the Cuckoo Stone.

Day 6 – MAY 18th

We’ll head to Somerset to explore an enchanted English town of Wells, the smallest city in England. Its stunning medieval location hosts a fascinating Saturday Market where the food, music, art, and the local flavor of England’s southwest beauty will be our entertainment. We’ll walk through the oldest inhabited street in the country, also an opportunity to explore the magnificent 12th century Wells Cathedral, with its resplendent architecture, including an exquisite Mary chapel. The afternoon will also offer a visit to the elegant Bishop’s Palace, view its medieval chapel and unique collection of Green Man carvings, and wander through the beautiful gardens and sacred pools.

Day 7 – MAY 19th

Today we’ll head to the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, a monastery founded in the 7thcentury, and is the site of the graves of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Near the Abbey, there is an orchard that is deeply connected to the Lady of Avalon, where we will have a ceremony to connect with and ask her to bring healing and supportive energies as we continue to explore the power of the divine feminine. We’ll connect to the trees, herbs, and flowers of the medieval herb garden. Vera will teach us how to make our own talisman of power and presence with some of the sacred plants, so you can have the memory of the place once you leave Avalon. Priestess pouches have been worn for thousands of years and can hold magic objects, amulets, leaves, flowers, stones, or any objects that connect the wearer to nature and her gifts. The pouch is worn around the neck in order to keep it close to your heart.

Day 8 – MAY 20th

After our immersion in the special land of Somerset we travel to the kingdom of Cornwall. We arrive at Tintagel parish around noon, where we’ll visit the Tintagel Castle ruins which sit atop the cliffs. Some say this is the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, the young warrior king. His legend calls to the noble, the romantic, the courageous, and the spiritual seeker in each of us. By walking on this land on our own quest for the Grail, we find answers, often in themes unlikely of places: perhaps down below on the beach in Merlin’s Cave, accessible only at low tide, or the beautiful White Lady Waterfall where the water flows down to the valley below. Or,  it may well be at Dozmary Pool, the home of the Lady of the Lake where we each received a gift from the Lady.

Day 9 – MAY 21th

We’ll visit Cornwall’s St. Nectan’s Glen, what some say is one of the most sacred sites in Britain. We’ll walk through the ancient and beautiful woodlands along the banks of the River Trevillet, which sparkles and gurgles busily on its journey to the sea. We’ll explore the series of three waterfalls which sit below an ancient Hermitage site established by the 6th century Celtic Saint Nectan.  Many myths and legends, from King Arthur and his knights to ghostly sightings, abound: but one undeniable fact is that it is a place of outstanding natural beauty. It’s where animals and birds play amid a mysticism of fairies and spirits, serenaded by the wonderful bird songs.  It’s our last stop as we then pack our bags to return to London’s Heathrow airport by 7:00 pm.

Day 10 – MAY 22nd
Though we each go our separate ways, the community we created will continue to inspire us as we journey on to our individual destinations. We’ll take with us the lessons learned, the laughs, the tears, the love, and the power that our community of women created.

The Cost of the Journey:

$4,400 USD per person for a double room (2 twin beds), or $5,400 USD for single occupancy.

Receive a special discount if you are one of the first women ready to commit to this journey. For the first 15 women, you’ll receive a 5% discount off of the total cost. And, when you bring a friend, you’ll each receive another 5% discount. Contact Vera for details at veralopez@me.com, you can also visit this page for more information. 

What’s Included:

  • 10 days, 9 nights’ (4 star) accommodation – from May 13th to 22nd;
  • Breakfast daily;
  • Local guides: Maria Wheatley, a Druid Priestess,  and Marion Brigantia, a Brigit and Avalon Priestess;
  • Entrance fees for stated sacred tour sites;
  • Special, private access to Stonehenge;
  • Ground transportation with a private driver for the duration of the tour;
  • Gratuities for the driver and hotel staff;
  • Ceremonies and spiritual guidance and support with Sarah McLean and Vera Lopez;
  • Daily meditation;
  • A guaranteed heart-opening journey.

What’s Not Included:

  • Your flights and airport taxes;
  • Additional overnight accommodations before May 13th and after May 22nd;
  • Your lunches and dinners;
  • Transport costs outside of, and not included in, this itinerary such airport transfers upon arrival and departure;
  • Your insurance, including personal liability, medical, travel, cancellation, and/or baggage loss/damage, etc.;
  • Fees associated with visas, passports, or taxes for any purchases;
  • All items not specified, mentioned or covered as part of this itinerary.

Your Tour Guides and Facilitators:Vera & Sarah

Vera Lopez, Facilitator, Founder of Spirits of the Earth, has been leading spiritual adventures around the world since 1989 sharing the power of transformational travel experiences with thousands of seekers. She’s also one of the most knowledgeable guides of Machu Picchu where she herself heard the call to dedicate her life to guiding people into sacred places around the world, such as the John of God Center in Brazil, and sacred sites in Sedona, Arizona, Peru, France, and Avalon.

Vera is an International Transformational Teacher who, at the age of 18,  began her spiritual studies with the renowned psychologist and metaphysical teacher, Luiz Gasparetto. She’s a spiritual group facilitator, shaman, PachaMama’s Priestess and is a keynote speaker who empowers women and leads international classes and retreats on topics such Priestesshood, Shamanism, Metaphysics, Spiritism, Traditional Japanese Reiki, and Awakening the Illuminated Heart. She also leads Divine Feminine Circle Retreats and has developed a certification program for women who are called to serve the Great Goddess. She lives in the spiritual mecca of Sedona, Arizona and is a native of Brazil.

Sarah McLean, Founder McLean Meditation Institute, has always been fascinated by the subtle and powerful force at the source of all that is. She’s made it her mission to know more. That’s why she’s dedicated her life to exploring meditation, a practice that allows anyone to have the direct experience of this force field that underlies all of creation. She was a two-year resident in a Zen Buddhist monastery, lived and worked in a Transcendental Meditation center, and was a resident in a traditional ashram in India.  She also headed up the education programs at Deepak Chopra’s center in California as well as at Byron Katie’s School for the Work.

Sarah is a best-selling Hay House author of Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation and The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation. She’s a sought-after presenter who has been inspiring people to meditate for over 25 years. She’s facilitated retreats for the Chopra Center, Esalen Institute, The Art of Living Retreat Center, and many other world-class destinations. She has been interviewed on national television, featured in a variety of award-winning movies, and her work has been touted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She is determined to create more peace on this planet by helping people wake up to the wonder and beauty of creation through the practice of meditation.

Local British Guides:

Marion Brigantia
I am a Priestess of Brighde-Brigantia, Avalon, Goddess and all of Her Nature. In Avalon/Glastonbury I serve Goddess through what I tend to call: ‘Priestessing for You!’ – as my work is all about being in service to Goddess as well to the people who come here and to me to connect with the Land and Goddess. Through my love and devotion for and service to Goddess, it is my intention and wish to bring Her Love and Light, Wisdom, Healing and Abundance into the world and into people’s lives. I will, therefore, be looking forward to ‘Priestessing for You!’

Maria Wheatley

A Druid Priestess, Maria is the UKs leading authority on geodetic earth energies and ley lines. She has been teaching dowsing, past life regression, and tarot for over 23 years. Maria has studied the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape with the University of Bath, astrology and metaphysics with Claregate College, Potters Bar, London, and Druidic practices and history with the British Druid Order. She is a second-generation Master Dowser who was taught by European Master Dowsers, her late father, and Chinese geomants.

MAY 2018 was a sold out journey, 22 women from all over the world united in Avalon… now is your opportunity, registering for 2019. SPACES are LIMITED. For more information or registration, contact vera@spiritsoftheearth.com

If you hear the call don’t hesitate, follow your heart and join us as we Return to Avalon and reclaim its mystical powers, beauty, and divine feminine glory.

Awaken the Power of the Feminine Mystics Retreat

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AWAKEN THE POWER OF THE FEMININE MYSTICS IN DEVON, ENGLAND MAY 3-5, 2019

Explore the power of the feminine as revealed by modern-day and historical mystics at this powerful women-only, all-inclusive retreat May 3-5, 2109 at an organic farm near Devon, England.

Facilitators Sarah McLean, Suzi von Mensenkampff, Vera Lopez, and Sue Cooper will share inspirational stories, lead you into empowering ceremonies, hold community council practices, guide you into deep meditations, offer deep awakening exercises, and hold the space for you to wake up to the power of the feminine mystics.

During this retreat, you’ll join other women who also long to connect to the deepest part of themselves and journey deep into their interior. You’ll examine your life through the mirror of the lives of female mystics and reawaken to your personal feminine power. You’ll discover how you uniquely embody the power and wisdom of modern and ancient feminine mystics and archetypes.

Cultivate and celebrate your unique expression of feminine power, embrace what is truly yours while letting go of what doesn’t serve you, and identify what you are being called to do next, all in a supportive, safe and inspiring environment. Limited to 16 women.

When:  May 3 – 5, 

Check in Friday at noon, retreat ends on Sunday afternoon.

Where: At Middle Coombe Farm, Tiverton, Devon.  

The retreat is held at this eco-friendly farm on four hundred acres of farmland and woodland. Visit the website here.  We’ll gather in the 16th-century cider barn next to a walnut grove with big threshing doors that open to a view of the meadow to the woods. The ceiling’s oak beams and rafters give a great sense of space and the underfloor heating makes for cozy yoga and meditation.

Delicious vegetarian meals will be served in the farmhouse which combines the cosiness and informality of country life with the luxury of a large oak paneled drawing room. There’s also a secluded courtyard with a large open fireplace for outdoor dining.

Registration & Fees:

This is an all-inclusive residential retreat. The retreat fee includes two nights’ accommodations and all meals.

Reserve your place at this powerful retreat limited to 16 women. The retreat fee includes 2 nights’ accommodations and delicious meals from Friday lunch through Sunday lunch.

What previous attendees share about this retreat:  

I now trust my inner knowing and truly believe in my power to achieve whatever my heart truly desires.  

I feel more positive about myself and have created a new set of daily affirmations to cultivate more self-love.

Now I know who I really am. I left almost floating with the recognition of it at a deep level. I had never before made the connection that I too have the qualities of the powerful women I know. For that alone THANK YOU.

I have let go of the unkind thoughts I had about myself and am being more kind to me!

Getting to Middle Coombe Farm: Though the farm is tucked into its own sheltered valley, free from light and noise pollution, it’s conveniently located ten minutes’ drive from Tiverton Parkway railway station, on the mainline to Exeter, Bristol, and London, as well as junction 27 of the M5 motorway. It’s a 30-minute drive from Exeter airport. Visit this page for a map and information about transfers and travel.

Weather: Check the averages here, and the daily here.

What to Bring & Wear:

Bring a small item that symbolizes feminine power to you (you’ll receive it back at the end of the program.) Dress casually and comfortably. Bring your journal and your favorite pen.

The accommodations are shared rooms with en-suite baths. You can view them here. In addition to the meals provided, there is a fully equipped kitchen. Bring your own toiletries such as shampoos and shower gels, as the farm does not provide them.

About the Presenters: 

Sarah McLean is a global go-to teacher for contemporary meditation and mindfulness and has inspired people to meditate for 25 years. She’s the best-selling Hay House author of Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation and The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and Its Unlimited Potential with Meditation. With kindness and humor, Sarah will share her secrets to successful meditation and how the meditation path can lead you to your true source of power. Sarah began her personal meditation practice while working at a Transcendental Meditation center in Massachusetts in 1989 and there, studied mind/body health with Deepak Chopra. She worked with him for eight years, going with him to California to serve as the Program Director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She later traveled the world studying the origins of contemplative practices and learning a variety of meditation techniques. She’s lived in a traditional ashram in India and was a two-year resident at a remote Zen Buddhist Monastery. In 2001, she founded the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona, Arizona, and the Meditation Teacher Academy® which trains meditation teachers worldwide. Sarah lives in Santa Barbara, California and is a popular facilitator at retreats for the Chopra Center, Esalen, and many world-class getaways.

Suzi von Mensenkampff is based in Ireland and travels regularly as a retreat facilitator and teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Meditation. She is inspired and committed to sharing these teachings having immersed herself and studied with Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Centre to become a Chopra Certified Teacher in all three disciplines, graduating in 2012 as Ireland’s first Vedic Master. Suzi is a course advisor at the McLean Meditation Teacher Academy as a course advisor and is the program director for MTA Europe since graduating in 2014 as an MMI meditation & mindfulness instructor from the Academy. Suzi creates events, retreats, and wellness days in collaboration with teachers worldwide. She hosts classes and retreats in Ireland, U.K., Europe, and the U.S. and leads meditation retreats and Dharma Tours, spiritual adventures in  India and Bhutan.  She lives in County Cork, Ireland.

Vera Lopez has been leading spiritual adventures around the world since 1989. She shared the power of transformational travel experiences with thousands of seekers. She’s also an International Transformational Teacher who began her spiritual studies at the age of 18 with the renowned psychologist and metaphysical teacher, Luiz Gasparetto. She’s a spiritual group facilitator, shaman, PachaMama’s Priestess, and a native of Brazil. She’s made it her mission to empower women and leads international classes and retreats on topics such Priestesshood, Shamanism, Metaphysics, Spiritism, Traditional Japanese Reiki, and Awakening the Illuminated Heart. She also leads Divine Feminine Circle Retreats and has developed a certification program for women who are called to serve the Great Goddess. Vera also runs Spirits of the Earth which offers spiritual travel journeys. She lives in the spiritual mecca of Sedona, Arizona.

Sue Cooper is a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and has been a Registered Nurse with over four decades of nursing in clinical care, healthcare management, and education. Sue is a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor from the Chopra Centre for Well-being led by founder Dr. Deepak Chopra. Sue also completed a one-year voluntary position as Health and Well-being Ambassador to The High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire 2015/16, Dr. Jas Bilkhu, where the focus was on conversations, collaborations, and connections around ‘Co-creating Integrative Care Communities’. For the last 10 years, she has been exploring natural healing modalities from indigenous cultures around the world, their applications to modern day self-care and the fusion with scientific research from Health Care, also known as integrative care. As founder of Self Care World, she is developing a framework that integrates self-care and healthcare through natural practices, arts, and the sciences.