I have just returned from the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete with Carol P. Christ , where we have visited over ten archeological sites associated with the highly advanced, matristic, peaceful, and life-loving civilization of ancient Crete (also called Minoan). We hiked up the great mountain tops and descended into the dark caves, participated in the transformational rituals, swam in the clear Aegean sea and connected to the locals through food, wine, dancing, laughter, and storytelling.
For me, it turned out to be an Odyssey of heart and soul: old wounds resurfaced to be cleaned and healed properly; the joy of life and positive attitude rediscovered anew; creative inspiration reignited. And, most importantly, I found the connection to the Great Mother (or Divine Feminine) both within and without - in my heart, in the tender beauty of Nature, in the wisdom of our guide Carol, in the smiles and quintessential support of the fellow Ariadne sisters.
One of the most breath-taking views - the Mesara plain -, where the sacred center of Phaistos is located. I felt a special connection to this place.
Skoteino Cave. My first experience of descending into a cave, and going down to the lowest fourth level, where we meditated in the complete darkness of the womb of the Mountain Mother. Ascension back up was symbolic to a rebirth and I felt changed.
Beautiful, thoroughly feminine, and positive energy of the sacred center of Malia made it one of the favorite places of our group.
Another archaeological site that offered a strong emotional connection was a late Minoan town of Gournia. It was originally excavated by the American archaeologist Harriet Boyd Howes in 1901 with more artefacts recently found by a large team of archaeologists who have been working on the site since 2010.
We stayed a few nights in the picturesque fishing village of Mochlos. On a nearby island once attached to the land, we explored the ruins of the Early Minoan period. A few of us, including myself, enjoyed a half-an-hour swim to the location.
Kato Symi - home to a thousand-year-old sacred plane tree and a Minoan peak shrine, which later became a temple of Aphrodite and Hermes. We read Sappho poetry in honor of the spirit of Aphrodite there.
Minoan houses at the Tylissos archaeological site. We had a chance to observe (and disturb) archaeologists at work.
Our last stop was Idean Cave - a place of worship in Minoan times, also known as a birth place of Zeus in Greek mythology. We enjoyed a traditional lunch with homemade wine after the beautiful hike.
It is impossible to describe in fair detail the sacred journey of fourteen unforgettable days plus Athens, Delphi and Santorini in one blog post, but I did my best in sharing the highlights of the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete with you here.
I hope you enjoyed it!