Heart of the Goddess

A Sacred Pilgrimage to Mystical Avalon

 

The Mythic British Isles: Heart Chakra of Mother Earth

May 12-24, 2019

 

Journey through the magical mists of Avalon home to your 

awakened heart and deep remembering.

You are an embodiment of Divine Love and Sacred Illumination.

Awaken to your true nature.

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Avalon,

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Is Avalon calling you home to a holy remembrance of your luminous light and pure divine essence?

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With love and joy, we invite you to journey with us on a magical pilgrimage to the enchanted land of Avalon–the heart chakra of our beloved Mother Earth. Here, where the veils are thin and the whispers of Spirit sing us home, we will awaken our ancient roots, activate the divine light codes imprinted in our hearts, and anchor our soul-purpose as vessels of illumination and embodiments of love.
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Walk with us in the Way of Love as we follow in the footsteps of the Magdalene and the Priestesses of Avalon who traveled this path before us. Return to the temple of your brave, tender heart where you will reclaim your radiance, splendor, and sacred sovereignty.
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In this pivotal shifting of the ages, we must boldly summon the powers of unconditional love and divine grace to create a new world of grounded harmony, balance, and peace that honors both the divine feminine and divine masculine within us all.
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Come, dear Sisters and Brothers, do you hear the call?

The Spirit of Avalon welcomes us home.

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The Mother embraces us with loving arms. It is time to return to the magnificent power of our holy hearts. It is time to embody higher consciousness, divine union, unconditional love, and sacred joy.
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The new world celebrates our awakening.

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We’d love for you to join us for this extraordinary journey of deep remembering and sacred homecoming.

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Love, 

Katherine, Lina, and Brad

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Love is the only prayer I know.

Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Magical Sacred Sites

Explore. Discover. Dream.

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Mystical Glastonbury Tor


A private Chakra Tour of Glastonbury’s sacred sites culminates at the legendary Tor.

Imagine dancing with your beautiful soul sisters and brothers on the windswept Tor, the sacred hill at the heart of the Isle of Avalon. In the valley below, the emerald green “Summerlands” stretch to the horizon. The magical mists swirl around us, whispering sacred songs and ancient secrets that carry us home to our awakened hearts and true divine essence. The Spirits of Avalon embrace us with unconditional love as we gather on the ancient hill in sacred circle and deep meditation. 

Divine healing music lifts us beyond the veil.

Here, where the powerful Michael and Mary ley lines intersect, all initiations and intentions are catalyzed, creating sacred space for us to embody our radiant sovereignty and welcome divine manifestation.
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Sacred Chalice Well Gardens

          

The Chalice Well’s water still holds the same miraculous healing powers it held thousands of years ago.

We’ll be blessed with private garden access, a potent group meditation, and a sacred concert by mystical musician, Michael Tyack. Each note of Michael’s beautiful, healing music is a holy vibration with the unique power to transport us into divine realms and open us to the healing light encoded in the well’s holy water.
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The beautiful gardens and mystical waters of this living sanctuary will lift us into expanded states of deep connection, peace, bliss, and love. Wandering through the gardens, we’ll have private time to anchor our transformation through art journaling, dreaming, and contemplation.
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Glastonbury Abbey and the Magdalene Chapel

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Two thousand years ago on this sacred land, Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea taught The Way of Love and seeded the promise of awakened consciousness.

The heart of the Magdalene can still be felt in the Glastonbury Abbey and the Magdalene Chapel, where the poor and the ill were welcomed and healed. In this quaint, sacred chapel, where the love of the Magdalene is encoded in the ancient walls, mystical musician, Michael Tyack, will serenade us with the heavenly, healing sounds of his hammered dulcimer.

As we heal our hearts, we heal the world.
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Enchanted Avalon Apple Orchards


Nestled at the foot of the Tor, the ancient Avalon Apple Orchards await our return.

A meditative walk and powerful healing ceremony will ignite our radiant hearts. Through sacred intention, we’ll activate and anchor the luminous light codes of a unified and healed Sacred Feminine-Sacred Masculine paradigm. Blossoming into the empowered template bearers that we are, we’ll seed the awakened energy for a new world of love, peace, harmony, and balance.

                                          

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Mythical Stonehenge & Avebury

Private access to mystical Stonehenge will allow us to intimately experience the “timeless dream” of this ancient and magical wonder.

Like all sacred sites, it is said that the ancient spirits of these mystical power points know us by heart and await our return. As we gather in sacred circle for a healing meditation, shamanic drumming, and sacred sound ritual, we’ll feel the spirits of the stones come alive, surrounding us with love, profound wisdom, messages, and medicine that have been held through the ages.

We’ll “seed light,” alive with our prayers and intentions, into this sacred land for personal and planetary healing. The energy of love and high consciousness we’ll anchor into the Michael and Mary ley lines, representing the divine feminine and divine masculine, will travel around the world, amplifying our intentions for peace, love and healing for all. 

After our sacred communion with Stonehenge, we’ll understand why this majestic “Temple of the Sun” is considered one of the marvels of the ancient world.

Our pilgrimage will lead us next to neighboring Avebury–the largest Neolithic sacred stone circle in the world–for a private guided tour with Peter Knight, renowned visionary and sacred sites scholar. We’ll explore West Kennet Avenue Long Barrow and enter the 5,500 year-old tomb–the womb of the Earth Goddess–for a powerful ceremony of sacred drumming and circle dance.

Magical Dartmoor Woods and Enchanted St. Nectan’s Glen

A meditative walk through the mystical fairy forest to the enchanted St. Nectan’s Glen will transport us into magical realms.

Arriving at the majestic 60 foot waterfall deep in the heart of the forest, we’ll feel a sweet sacredness and connection to all life. Here, where it is said that the 5th Century Celtic Christian St. Nectan blessed the Knights of the Round Table before their quest for the Holy Grail, we too will anoint our sisters and brothers for our own holy quest—the search for harmony, wholeness, and divinity within.

Legendary Tintagel Castle and Merlin’s Cave

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In this stunning landscape, we’ll explore the living legends of Merlin, King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table to awaken our power, purpose, and connection to the realms of magic, peace, and harmony.

We’ll rediscover the holy codes of nobility: integrity, fairness, harmony, compassion, and love, and weave them into our personal and collective reality. Returning to the birthplace of King Arthur upon the vast sea of infinite possibilities, we too will birth a new world and our own liberated sense of self.

We’ll explore the magic and mystery of Merlin’s cave embedded deep in the ancient rocks. The shimmering light on the towering cave walls and the calming hum of the ocean tide will evoke our own magical powers. Merlin created a life of harmony, compassion, and love. We have the power to do the same.

Breathtaking Cornwall

Charming seaside villages, awe-inspiring cliffs, and beautiful beaches will enchant and inspire us.

Magical Kayaking Adventure

An Optional Excursion for the Adventurous at Heart

Gliding through crystal clear waters on our private kayaking tour, we’ll slip into timelessness, feeling deeply connected to the healing power of nature’s wild mystery and breathtaking beauty. We’ll discover Cornwall’s dramatic coastline with awe-inspiring cliffs, hidden caves, secluded beaches, and spectacular wildlife. Sun, sea, and salt air will breathe new life into our bodies, hearts, and souls.

 As the Divine rushes in and awakens all our senses, we’ll understand why this sacred sea and mystical landscape have inspired poets, artists, lovers, and explorers across the ages.

Our Glorious Accommodations
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Near the charming hamlet of Glastonbury, we’ll stay at a luxury English Country Manor with a spa and award-winning restaurant.

Situated on 36 acres of exquisite gardens and parkland, the beautiful manor house and grounds are so quintessentially English that you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right into the pages of a Jane Austen novel. High tea, anyone?

We’ll dine together in the elegant dining room and enjoy three delicious, gourmet meals and a traditional English high tea each day.

All meals are included.

Our beautifully appointed, garden view, en-suite rooms are fit for royalty.

Gorgeous single or double occupancy rooms will welcome us home after our daily adventures.

Are you ready to answer the call of your heart?

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Our Very Own English Country Manor House

In the charming region of Cornwall, we’ll luxuriate in our very own English Country Manor House with beautiful gardens, walking paths, and pool. An award-winning chef will cater all our meals. Delightful single or double occupancy rooms will welcome us home after our daily adventures.

Our Extraordinary Guides

Lina Berntsen, Katherine Witteman, and Brad Laughlin

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LINA BERNTSEN, M.A. is a gifted channel with over 40 years of experience working with a group of ascended Master teachers known as “The Guides.” Lina has worked with people from all walks of life to help them heal, to understand themselves, and to grow spiritually and psychologically. She has taught classes and workshops nationally and internationally, and has helped thousands of people to open their hearts and transcend into higher states of consciousness.

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KATHERINE WITTEMAN, M.A
. is a visionary artist, certified Color of Woman Teacher, and Intentional Creativity Coach. A life-long art lover, mystic, and healer, Katherine’s greatest passion is sharing the profound joy and magical healing power of art with her beloved students. An inspiring teacher for over 20 years, Katherine holds a Masters in English Literature. She can teach absolutely anyone to paint. Consider her your loving creativity mentor and enthusiastic cheerleader. Learn more about Katherine at www.dancingheartart.com

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BRAD LAUGHLIN 
is the Executive Director of the international non-profit organization, CoreLight, which is dedicated to fostering outer peace through developing personal inner peace. For over 20 years he has taught classes and coauthored books, based on the principles of nonduality. Brad facilitates journeys to sacred sites worldwide and is a co-founder of Seeds of Light, which serves marginalized communities and AIDS orphans in South Africa. He has a B.S. degree from Duke University and when not with his life-partner, Leslie Temple-Thurston, in South Africa, is offering events in other parts of the world.

Meet our Amazing Guest Mystics, Musicians, Scholars and Artists

Jessica Libonati, Pauline Elice Reif, Tor Webster, Michael Tyack, and Peter Knight 

Jessica Libonati

Jessica Libonati is a passionate voice teacher who guides students to connect with the powerful instrument they already have. In her classes and workshops, students learn to embrace their confident, authentic voices and practice sustainable, healthy vocal techniques. Jessica encourages mindfulness and self love to help open the chakras and free the voice. Jessica obtained an M.Ed from Portland State University, continuing education in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and a B.M. in Music-Theatre from Catholic University (CUA). The multi-talented Jessica is a beloved teacher, professional vocalist, actor, dancer, music director, and acting coach. Meet magical Jessica here: www.jessicalibonatimusic.com  

Pauline E. Reif

Pauline Elice Reif, M.A., M.F.A is a visionary artist trained in the Intentional Creativity lineage, a poet, playwright, children’s book author and a scholar of the Divine Feminine, Mary Magdalene, and the lineage of the Dark Mothers. She’s the creator of the Sacred She, a women’s group exploring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and the Heart of Belonging. Love is her home, her heart and the hearth from which all of her art and teaching grows.

Tor Webster

The founder and owner of Tor’s Tour of the Tor, Tor offers magical journeys to England’s most sacred sites. It is a pure delight to explore the ancient mysteries through his wise and visionary eyes. For over 25 years, Tor has been studying the ancient traditions of the early Celtic Christians called “The Way.” A storyteller, mystic, healer, and channel of Divine Love, Tor infuses his powerful teachings and meditations with universal truth. Learn more about magical Tor here: www.torstourofthetor.com

Michael Tyack

Mystic, scholar, and sacred sound musician extraordinaire, Michael’s holy music transports us into the healing arms of the Divine. Michael explains the power of sacred sound this way: “Musical harmony is the divine source behind all creation and mathematically unfolds through the power of the number nine. With love and dedication to fine tuning, the hammered dulcimer resonates in magical majesty, sending waves of purity through the heart.”

 

Peter Knight

Researcher of ancient wisdom, author of 11 books, and renowned sacred sites guide, Peter’s wisdom, enthusiasm, and brilliance are legendary. An authority of ancient landscape, he weaves his vision and inspiration into his many books and lectures. Learn more about the extraordinary Peter Knight here: www.stoneseeker.net/AboutUs#PeterKnight

Our Magical Journey

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Our dreamlike Avalon pilgrimage will be a glorious weaving of

spiritual teachings

sacred ceremony

Intentional Creativity

healing music

powerful meditation

exquisite nurturance

sacred site adventures

divine expansion

joyful discovery

personal and planetary healing

 

Every aspect of our sublime journey has been infused with love and sacred intention,
calling us home to our own radiant heart and true divine essence.
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Come, dear Sisters and Brothers, join us for this unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

We welcome you with open arms and joy-filled hearts.

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Love,

Katherine, Lina, and Brad

 

Avalon of the Heart

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It is to this Avalon of the heart the pilgrims still go.
Some in bands, knowing what they seek.
Some alone, with the staff of vision in their hands,
awaiting what may come to meet them on this holy ground.
None go away as they came.
 
~Dion Fortune

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Yes! This sounds magical!

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A Note about Sacred Heart Journaling™

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Inspired by divine guidance, Katherine developed Sacred Heart Journaling™—an intuitive process that combines prayer, poetry, meditation, journaling, energy painting, and Intentional Creativity. Sacred Heart Journaling™ is a powerful way to align with our inner wisdom and attune to the mystical, healing energy of sacred sites. We’ll learn to paint energy and light and receive the divine information encoded within it. We’ll discover and deepen techniques called soul writing and soul sketching.

Like all sacred pilgrimages, our journey to Avalon is a divine appointment. The spirits of holy places remember us by heart and have been patiently awaiting the promise of our return. They hold ancient wisdom, sacred messages, and healing medicine to accelerate our expansion and align us with our soul purpose. Sacred Heart Journaling™ is a magical doorway that invites us to commune intimately with the energy and spirit of each site we’ll visit. Like old friends, they’ll welcome us home and celebrate our awakening.

Before our pilgrimage begins, you will receive a delightful gift box filled with everything you’ll need to begin Sacred Heart Journaling™. Each day, we’ll weave in relaxed time to nourish our artistic play-practice, spark creative inspiration, awaken inner vision, and connect with Spirit. We’ll each create glorious, hand-painted journals that hold the sacred energy and magical memories of our mystical pilgrimage.

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What better way to cherish, honor, and remember our beautiful journey home to our radiant hearts?

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I have called upon the Goddess and found her within myself.

Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

To Part the Mists

The path to the top of the Tor
Is also the spiraled way to the woman within
A journey of growth, empowerment,
And self-understanding

Voyage to the Source . . . the Center . . . the Goddess . . .
She whose Name can only be found in the silence of the soul
Delve into your darkness. . . enter your pain
Conquer your fears . . .
Call the Barge to take you
To the Holy Island of Healing which resides within . . .
And emerge renewed

The Mysteries of Avalon are alive
Her Apples are red and sweet . . .
Do you dare take a bite?

Become the Woman you were born to be . . .
Remember . . .

~Jhenah Telyndru

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Love and Avalon blessings,

Katherine, Lina, and Brad

If this retreat calls to your beautiful heart . . .

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Testimonials

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Katherine Witteman

Katherine is one of the most generous and loving souls I’ve ever met.  She is a brilliant teacher—patient, compassionate, and knows how to coax beautiful artwork out of anyone.  Her retreats are magical and deeply healing.  After attending a recent retreat, I felt as if every cell in my body had been filled with love.  Katherine and her work are exquisite.  I recommend her with the highest regard.

~ Christina Gage                                                                                                                                                             

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With grace and grounded delight, Katherine shares her gifts of Visionary Art and Magical Presence.  From her full heart and boundless joy she creates a welcoming and safe space in which her students are invited and gently guided into their own inner realities, wisdom, and beauty.  A journey with Katherine is pure joy!

~ Pauline Elice Reif

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Katherine is a true master of blending her knowledge and expertise of art with her spiritual knowledge. Her unique combination creates an alchemy that is deeply transformative. I have had such huge healings, awarenesses and empowering experiences in these joyfilled and beautiful gatherings. Working with Katherine and all she offers is life-changing.

~ Julie Brockman

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Lina Berntsen

Working with Lina and the Guides has been a life-saving blessing. Without their unconditional love, compassion, and guidance, I would not be here writing these words.

To experience the loving wisdom and healing energies of Lina and the Guides is a sacred gift. It has expanded my heart, nurtured my soul, and pointed me towards wholeness. It has reconnected me to my Higher Truth and awakened me to my Divine essence. Most of all, it has taught me what it feels like to love and be loved without condition. That is a gift I would wish for everyone in the world. That is a gift with the power to create peace on earth, one heart at a time.

~ K. Marie

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Brad Laughlin

Knowing Leslie and Brad has been, for me, a knowing of both the visible and Invisible.They are conveyors of soul love and knowing, and I am so grateful for their Mastery and teaching of the rare and seldom spoken ofrealms.

—Dr.MarjBritt, author, Your Soul’s Invisible Codes: Unveiling Your Sacred Love Story,Founder,Called By Love Institute, Senior Minister Emeritus, Unity of Tustin, CA

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Leslie and Brad are two of the most authentic, enlightened, kind, compassionate, and loving people on this planet that I am blessed to know as teachers and friends…. sharing the teachings with utmost impeccability, integrity, humility, Truth and Love (and much joy and playfulness too!)

—Ally Drummond, facilitator, therapist/coach, South Africa

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Leslie and Brad have created an oasis with their loveliness and love, their deep and generous hearts, the teachings from the Beloveds shared through them both, and their commitment to all who arrive at the open door.

—D.S.