The Heroine’s Journey: Persephone, Demeter & Mary Magdalene

The Heroine’s Journey: Persephone, Demeter & Mary Magdalene

June 11-18, 2020

Have you . Have you ever experienced a loss of innocence, been plunged into darkness, subject to the will of an irresistible force?  Had your innocence & trust betrayed?  Been separated from all that is familiar, forced to grow up? 
Or have you had that which is dearest to your heart stolen away
This retreat is for you. 

Persephone (Kore) is the young daughter of Demeter, Goddess of the Grain, crops, harvest, plenitude. She is seized by Hades, her Uncle, God of the Underworld, Guardian of Souls, & taken down into his realm, there to be his Queen. Demeter wanders the earth desperately seeking her beloved daughter, ultimately causing all crops to shrivel & die, thus forcing her brothers to restore her daughter to her before all humanity perishes. Zeus & Hermes are also involved..  There is a catch, however…. 

Where is the innocence of childhood, the confidence of youth? What happens to our generosity of spirit when faced with an endless stream of the needy? Our trust and love? Our belief in the innate goodness of the universe?  What do we do with our own trust, creativity, wisdom, intuition, vulnerability, when those aspects of our very being may have been ignored, disrespected, maligned, hidden, either by others, or by ourselves? What use are they anyway with things as they are? How can we contribute to a better world? 

Have you Non-religious in approach, this retreat is firmly based in Inquiry. Violent, disturbdisturbing or frightening world events can leave us feeling disempowered and ungrounded.  With all the chaos in the world: war, rape, the destruction of communities and people uprooted, economic and environmental uncertainty, we tend to look outside of ourselves for answers and stability. 

The “Nag Hammadi Scroll” of Mary Magdalene speaks of listening not just to the ‘above’, but also to the calls from ‘within’, or ‘below’, which is a path of inner truth and awakening. 

We’ve also planned for some visits to local sites dedicated to the Magdalene, and some time spent in solitude and silence to enhance your experience of the wonderful landscape. 

A typical day:  

*Early morning walk on the Pic.  

Breakfast in the garden.
A whole morning of intensive individual, group and pair exercises.  

After lunch, free afternoons to rest, do your homework, read, share a  massage, swim in lakes, mountain streams, socialise, paint, walk the  forest tracks, ride, bird-watch; hot springs, caves, castles...

Early evening session before dinner at 8.00, singing, dance, videos,  discussion, meditation, star or storm-gazing... In addition, we will be available for ad hoc or pre-booked private sessions
NB* Traduction pour Francophones.

About Presenters

Tamara A

I’ve been active in the field of personal awareness, authenticity and growth for over five decades, a Diplomate Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Supervisor for over thirty years, a Practitioner of The Work (2002) and Certified Facilitator (2009).  I maintain a private practice in London, run residential Retreats in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and work globally online with individuals, couples and groups in training. The rest of my time I’m busy being a grandmother, writer, traveller and gardener. The Work brings tremendous joy, ease and grace into my life and I simply love to share it.

Additional Information

"Ok, great.....mmmm....gooood memories of Lavaldieu....all sunny....deep, deep Work in that lovely room.....your amazing skill facilitating Tom and Marina at the same and Tom working in a field so full of butterflies it was hard to focus on facilitating around the evening meal table in candlelight and convivial discussions....pillow fight in the bedroom between me, Brigit and Edith, giggling like school girls...swimming in the lake from hot to cold grapes in a burning hot field.... early morning walking the Ridge, stars still fading as i started...view of mountains in each direction from the top as far as i could see..and the unforgettable moment when a space opened up in my mind between thoughts, revealing nobody having them....thank you..." 

"I can recommend Tamara as a wonderful facilitator and workshop presenter of The Work of Byron Katie - she is kind and sensitive yet acute, and brings immense skill and experience to her work. I have found her so helpful to work with and have loved attending her workshops." - Helena Weaver participant Lavaldieu

“Tamara is a woman of full integrity and honesty. She is so open and available. Her journey has been strong and her joy, love for life and others show you how deep she's done her inner-work. She is the kind of person you are grateful to have in your life and I know you will be even more grateful to work with her as a Certified Facilitator. You are in for a wonderful ride. Enjoy! I highly, highly recommend Tamara.”  - Tania Fierro 

Please register and see more information and pictures via this link:   
0044 (0) 208 347 9737   +44 (0) 7946476048

In addition, make sure to reserve your lodging with Pat at Lavaldieu: 0033 (0) 468 742321  

Lavaldieu, 11190 Rennes-le-Chateau, Couiza, Aude

£357 STERLING Earlybird by 21March. £377 thereafter.

€297 Euros 7 nights generous half-board. Plus approx €7 tax. Payable direct to Lavaldieu  - booking essential. Vegetarian, mostly organic, home cooking.  We buy simple food to share for lunch (salad, bread, fruit, olives,and cheese usually). Comfy shared bedrooms in farmhouse, or camping (reduced rate). Day attendance is also possible.

We meet for dinner on Thursday 11th June, and say au revoir on Thursday morning June 18th. You may be able to extend your stay by arrangement with Lavaldieu

Lavaldieu is a mediaeval Templar hamlet in the foothills of the magnificent French Pyrenees, steeped in the mythology and history of the Grail, Knights Templar, the Cathars, and of course the mysterious #Rennes-le-Chateau where the Tour Magdala was built. Legend tells that the Magdalene arrived here with her spouse Jesus, and the area has many springs, caves, and sacred places dedicated to her, whence the stories of Jesus and Mary arose. The magnetic mountain Bugarach lies in view, with legends swirling around the clouds on its flank. May is a flowering month in the pastures. Forest walks, historic castles, unspoiled villages, market towns, rivers, butterflies, eagles, wild boar, and horses, along with immersion in Inquiry. A detox for your body, your mind, and your soul.

Lavaldieu is the ‘Valley of God’ and Summer is a most beautiful time to visit. 

Important note: Where possible I’m choosing to travel in a more environmentally considerate way.  Eurostar/Train is a good way to get to the Languedoc. Or share a car journey. 


Please contact Tamara directly.