Join us for a 9-day women's journey into the mystical energy of Keros. This sacred immersion will be based on the enchanting island of Koufonisia, which looks out to the uninhabited island of Keros, one of the most mysterious islands in Greece.
Supported by the wild beauty of the earth and a community of fellow mystics, we will honor the healers of antiquity and our own ancestors as we grow our capacity to lead, heal, commune, and celebrate Life.
We will approach the trip as a pilgrimage into the mystical energy of the small Cyclades, specifically into the artistic and ritual practices of Keros--a tiny island which is believed to be one of the oldest healing art centers in the world. Heartfelt ritual has always been practiced as a sacred art. Throughout the week, the energy of Keros will be our guide in attuning us to the land, ritual, and our own artistic expression. We will learn how to be in right relationship with the land through offerings and honoring practices and find deeper levels of healing that are truly reciprocal, restorative, and supportive for all life on earth.
Greece is known for holding the vibration of myth and legend. By deepening our connection with her land, waters, and the stars and planets that guide our way, we will find ways to weave our own medicine stories. As we enter this portal of metaphor held in the land of Keros, we will have access to a time of pure creative potential, a place where we can remember and embody our true essence.
In group sessions (on our teaching balcony that looks out to a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and surrounding islands), we will practice creative ritual, meditation, the art of ceremony, sculpture, journaling, and other ways to access deeper layers of healing and wholeness. We will ground in daily somatic and yoga practices to help us integrate and embody our experience. Our journey will also include swimming in the gorgeous crystal clear waters of the Aegean, kayaking around the mystical small Cyclades, meditating in sea caves, dancing and singing on the beaches under the brightness of the stars and the full moon, eating delicious Greek foods, taking reflective time in nature, and making a pilgrimage to the sacred land of Keros.
Our goal is to deeply feel, integrate, and heal so that we can step into our power as artistic, ritual guides for ourselves and our communities.
Join us for this grounding, soul-growing journey.
Since the 1950s, various archeological expeditions have found collectections of small feminine sculptures on Keros, which corroborate the belief that the island was a pilgrimage site for sacred rituals in the Aegean dating back to 4000 BC. Many believe this is the oldest known sanctuary in Greece, predating the Greek gods and goddesses and the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations of early Greece. Keros was likely a place where the elements and essential energies such as land, stars, water, and fire were honored as a way to experience the holiness of life. Currently, Keros is uninhabited by humans, but the rugged landscape is home to wild goats and bees.
Koufonisia is a pair of two secluded islands (Kato & Pano Koufonisi) surrounded by the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. Pano Koufonisi, the only inhabited island of the two, is home to a small, idyllic Greek village filled with beauty, charm, and culture. There are few cars on the island and everything is in walking distance. Nearby, Keros is in full view and accessible by kayak or private boat charter.
*8 nights of accommodations in a private or shared room in a beautiful Greek beach house
Most rooms include balconies and patios that look out to breathtaking views of crystal clear waters and mountainous nearby islands.
*2-3 healthy Greek-inspired meals each day
Meals will include ancestral Greek food such as fresh-caught fish, olives, figs, greens, and traditional Greek dishes. Meals will be prepared by a local Greek chef with the intention of attuning us to the rich Mediterranean tradition of food as medicine. We will occasionally dine out at enchanting Greek tavernas on the beaches of Koufonisi. You will be responsible for the cost to these meals while dining out.
*Ritual and energetic teachings by Christa and Kate
*Group sessions, journeys, meditations, and pilgrimage trips
*A daily somatic or yogic practice to help us embody the experience
*Private mentoring and healing sessions with Christa and Kate before, during, and after the immersion
*Kayaking exploration day
*Sailing/boat trip to Keros
Our daily experiential immersions will begin after breakfast each morning and continue into evening activities. Time will be available for rest and individual adventures; however, participants should be excited for immersive full days of connection and soulful experiences.
Please email Kate and Christa at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
After submitting your registration application, we will schedule an in-person or Skype interview to ensure the immersion will be a good fit. After the application process, a non-refundable deposit of $750 is required to secure your spot. If paid in full by 4/16/19, the total cost is $3000. After 4/16, the cost is $3200 or 3 payments of $817, plus deposit of $750. All payments are due by 7/19/19.
If you must cancel your participation in the immersion, the $750 deposit is non-refundable. Full refund, less deposit, will be given with at least 90 days notice of immersion start date. Cancellations made between 90-60 days of the immersion will be refunded 50% of the total amount (less deposit). Refunds will not be given if cancellation is made 60 days or less prior to the immersion.
Koufonisia can only be accessed via boat. The island is well-connected with the port of Athens (Piraeus), Santorini, Mykonos, and Naxos. Piraeus port is 45-60 minutes from the Athens International Airport. There is a 7-8 hour direct ferry (with options for private sitting/sleeping rooms) from Piraeus port on the morning of 9/8/19. We will provide information for hotels near the Athens airport or near Piraeus port for those who would like to arrive in the evening of 9/7 and take the ferry to Koufonisia in the morning. You can also fly to Mykonos, Santorini, or Naxos from Athens and then take a short ferry to Koufonisia from those ports.
*Immersion begins at 4 pm on 9/8/19. Please plan on arriving by that time. We will end by the morning of 9/16/18.
Kate Daughdrill is an artist, urban farmer, speaker, and yogini who is based at her urban farm in Detroit, Michigan. Kate weaves together art, yoga, plants/food, and spiritual practice to create transformative experiences of embodied presence. Kate’s approach to ritual, ceremony and art is blissful, surrender-oriented, and often plant-inspired. Kate’s creative work and experiences have received national attention from the New York Times, Dwell, Oprah Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. She has shared her sculptures, performative dinners, cooking, yoga practices, ceremonies, writing, and creative immersions all over the world. Kate is currently offering public talks and interactive workshops that explore the values and practices at the heart of her recent art, gardening, and community-inspired projects. For more about Kate’s work, visit www.kdaughdrill.com.
Christa Sonnier has been working closely with women and families for over 15 years as a birth doula, yoga instructor and prenatal yoga trainer, intuitive energy healer, coach, and mentor. She is co-owner of Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center in Pensacola, Florida, where she facilitates weekly classes, monthly workshops, and various training programs. Christa is a curious spirit and lifelong learner which has led her to extensive training in yoga, anatomy, wellness coaching, energy healing, astrology, storytelling, birth, pregnancy, and the postnatal period. She loves working with people and has a deep calling to empower others to develop greater connections to themselves, each other, and the world around them. Christa creates a nurturing, supportive environment that encourages clients to delve deeper into the well of their own life, so they can begin to uncover dreams and desires that are otherwise hidden. She is particularly gifted in working with those in the process of major life changes and feels that these transitions offer some of the greatest opportunities for true growth and discovery.
For more about Christa, visit www.ourwisdomrising.com.