A journey of discovery, healing and transformation
Life-changing retreats to some of the world’s most beautiful and spiritual destinations, with Chrissie Astell.
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“Footsteps of Paul ~ a spiritual adventure across Turkey”
Led by Chrissie Astell
I invite you to join me on this exciting spiritual quest in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. We’ll not only be connecting with places of cultural and historical interest, but the very beginnings of Christianity. Let’s share in exploring Paul’s hometown of Tarsus (learning centre of the ancient world), Antioch and the first cave church in the world, Ancient city of Konya visited by Barnabas (and birthplace of Sufi mystic and poet Rumi), and so much more. Come and explore the valleys and mystical, fairy-tale rock formations of ancient Cappadocia, (with the opportunity to book a hot-air balloon over the misty valleys). Together we can soak up the energies of some of the most spiritually inspiring places of ancient ‘Constantinople’ – Istanbul, where perhaps within the Hagia Sophia we can touch our own deep mystical connection to the Divine, before heading to one of the largest and oldest bazaars in the world.
I’m delighted to be fulfilling a dream by walking and meditating in some of the most important and awe-inspiring places in ancient history. Ancient Turkey, including Cappadocia, has been on my wish list for a long time, I’m looking for 12 like-minded souls to join me.
Seven Spirits, Seven Angels – The Healing Power of Spiritual Attunement
19th – 26th September 2023
A wonderful mix of holiday and retreat
Have Fun; Enjoy; Grow and Develop; Still and Resource; Consciously connect with the guidance of Angels; Experience the healing art of Attunement; Immerse in the magic of Crete
This year I am delighted to be co-facilitating my ‘Angels Abroad retreat’ with Naomi Duffield.
Treat yourself in the company of soul friends
‘A wonderful experience of fun and gaining new perspective. The backdrop of Hotel Peli is so warm and welcoming. The Pool a great place to hang out, the sandy beach gorgeous. The magic of Crete is hard to explain – it just transforms. Chrissie is such a radiant light – her teaching and presence just uplift’
‘I really appreciated Naomi’s warm, friendly, compassionate qualities and how you brought these to your teaching’
‘Every time I go on one of these retreats, I leave with a part of me healed’
The healing energy of Crete is exceptional. There is a magical quality felt by everyone who comes with me on these retreats, especially in unspoilt Kissamos, West Crete, that calls people back year after year. That ‘special quality’ is the over-lighting energy of Divine angelic healing. This beautiful island is an etheric Ashram, a concentrated and heightened spiritual energy, of Archangel Raphael (who’s name means God’s Healer), and the Ascended Master Hilarion of the fifth Ray, where deep healing and self-discovery takes place. Complementing the healing atmosphere, is a beautiful bay, sandy beach and the charming Cretan cuisine and hospitality.
What will we be doing?
Each day we will open with a meditation, setting the tone for the day and giving you the opportunity to draw nourishment and healing from your breathwork, spiritual presence, and conscious connection with the angelic realms.
The morning workshops focus on the seven spirits, unleashing the sacred power held in each endocrine gland. Alignment of the endocrine glands is the original healing system. As these spiritual gateways unblock and reopen, our innate healing power fountains restoring wellbeing. As such Spiritual Attunement is both a deep mindfulness practice, an intentional way of living and a energy healing.
Our morning sessions will culminate with a healing circle, utilising the energy that has built to radiate love into both personal wounds and those of our beautiful Mother Earth. Letting our Presence be of service to both humanity and the Earth.
A locally produced homemade lunch is followed by free afternoons to relax, visit local sites and process or share our experiences. You may treat yourself to a session with either Chrissie or Naomi; or you may choose to simply stay by the relaxing pool at the Hotel Peli; or you may choose to lie on the beautiful Kissamos beach, and soak up the rays or read in the shade! You may even swim in the clear Mediterranean waters, refreshing and purifying.
And finally, wrapping up the day by enjoying the delights of Cretan Cuisine in one of the many local quality beach-side Tavernas.
Together we’ll have fun and exploration on day trips, grow through personal development sessions, meditate and heal; with plenty of time to relax and unwind by the pool or on the beach for personal relaxation.
All encompassed by that ‘special quality’ – the over-lighting energy of Divine angelic healing. After bringing lovely groups of people to West Crete for over twenty years it feels like a second home.
Come and the share the vibe!
Chrissie Astell is one of the UK’s best-loved spiritual educators and angel experts. Following a visionary angelic experience in 1997, she is the author of five books, most recently Seven Steps Into Angel Light (Watkins 2017). Through her writing and teachings and through her inspirational charisma and exceptional skill as a heartcentred facilitator, she has brought thousands of people into closer relationship with their spiritual guardians, healing energies and universal love.
Naomi Duffield is a Psychospiritual Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a certificated Attunement Practitioner, which she has practised since Attunement precipitated her own healing., She set up the Shekinah School of Psychospiritual Training and the Spiritual Education Programme at Mangreen Trust before returning to Dorset to launch Swanage Retreats. Her passion is to integrate psychological depth work and spiritual growth.
The price of this retreat is £875 per person, based on sharing a twin room, (not including flights). We can organise a sole-occupancy room for you with a £140 single room hotel supplement. All the rooms are ensuite, and this friendly, family-run Hotel Peli is literally across the road from the beautiful sandy Maria beach (beach towels provided).
The price includes:
1. Wonderful Cretan hospitality including your buffet Greek-
style (homegrown) breakfast,
2. Mid-morning refreshments,
3. Mamma’s’ lunch,
4. All your meditations
6. Morning workshops.
1. Evening meals
2. One to one sessions with Chrissie/Naomi
3. You book your own convenient flights to Chania where
you will be met.
4. Transfers will be organised, but these are not included in
the price. However, I do try to encourage everyone to arrive around the same time so that sharing keeps the transfer cost to a minimum.
5. Optional visit to Crete’s old capital, Chania, accessible by a local bus.
To book your place Contact Chrissie:
PLANNING NOW FOR MARCH 2024
This popular retreat is for 8 people only. (Register your interest now for 2024)
We’ve enlisted the services of a great guide, Fred Fons, whose knowledge (and personal research) of the Cathars and secrets of Mary Magdalene is exemplary, and not only that, he is a personal friend of one of the co-authors of the book ‘Holy Blood Holy Grail’ on which Dan Brown’s book The DaVinci Code was based.
What will we be doing?
We will discover the mysterious past of Rennes le Chateau, take part in a healing walk of the outer medieval wall of the old ‘cité’ of Carcassonne, and visit other Cathar castles and beautiful villages in the Languedoc region learning of the truths and tragedies of the courage, strength and faith of those we know as the ‘Cathars’.
Together we will hold a beautiful healing ceremony on the top of Montsegur where the final surrender of the Cathars took place, surrounded by the fabulous valleys and snow-capped mountains.
We can connect to the energy
Book your own flight, (not included in the price).
Price includes transfers (from Carcassonne airport assuming everyone arriving at the same time, and departing together). Our own minibus and daily guided tours, and B&B accommodation and packed lunches. All guided group Meditations (we shall be there for the Spring Equinox) and facilitated group processing.
Price (currently held from 2022) including all the above based on 8 people is £835.
STRICTLY on a FIRST TO BOOK basis to me at :
What people said about last years’ Carcassonne retreat:
“I heard about the trip from a friend. Not having done any of these trips before I had no what to expect. It was a magical trip from start to finish. I met the most amazing group of people. We gelled as a group so well. Everyone we dealt with was very warm and welcoming. Fred our guide was local and very passionate about the history of his area. I loved all the beautiful little towns we visited. My favourite part was the trip to Montsegur. That was really special. I also loved Carcassonne. I would have loved a little more time there. The trip definitely stirred something in me that makes me want to explore my spirituality more. I absolutely loved the whole trip so thank you Chrissie for organizing it.”
Anne McNeill ( Dublin, Ireland)
“I certainly enjoyed the experience! Carcassonne was a place I had long since wanted to visit. With the added advantage of visits to follow the Magdalene story another passion of mine, it was a perfect time! Being with like-minded people and having a knowledgable personal guide make it was just about perfect.
I loved every aspect of our time in France! Each visit had its own highlights. Even the traveling was fun as we got to know each other really well and Fred told us about the histories of the area.
The experience had a profound effect on me and continues to do so! I feel I was meant to go to Carcassonne to help anchor the light and bring healing to the area. I also feel it was part of my personal journey to acknowledging things from previous lives. I also know now that it is an integral part of my journey which will continue this year in the Holy Land!!
I realise that we where meant to be together as a group. Everyone had so much to bring to the experience it really was wonderful from start to finish!!
Maison de la Roche is an oasis of calm! It’s a really beautiful venue and Honor made everyone feel like family! It is a really special place and I feel it enhanced the whole experience!!
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone!! If I was to change anything I would make it longer.” Amanda Wilson (Cardiff, Wales)
“I would happily go back again and am looking forward to the next one with Chrissie in the Holy Land this year. Being with Chrissie and the group and using our collective energy and healing light into the areas that need it seems the most natural thing to do. I feel that we made a difference in an area that had a dark and sad past. This to me is the wonderful thing about Chrissie’s trips, that although you go for the experience and the history, you become involved in the healing process too.” Frances Smith (Brighton)
“I recently went on an amazing retreat to Carcassonne with Chrissie. From the moment we touched down at the airport to the return journey, everything was so well organised. Our very knowledgeable guide Fred Fons was a perfect fit for a group such as ours. He picked us up at the airport and brought us to the wonderful gites, Maisonette de la Roche, just approx 30 km in Ferals-Les-Corbières. There, Honor and the girls looked after our every need, cooking us mouth-watering meals in the evening and providing us with packed lunches (with treats) every day after setting us up with breakfast. We also dined in a Michelin star restaurant, En-Catamini, which was just a stroll away in the village. This was magnificent. Fred led us on an adventure from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, to Aigues-Mortes, Fanjeaux, Mirepoix, Rennes-le-Château, Bugarach mountain, Lagrasse and la cite de la Carcassonne. All of these destinations were unique and the knowledge both from Fred and Chrissie was almost spellbinding. We each had our own individual experiences and supported each other every step of the way. We made friends for life and found such a profound love for the area, that all of the group want to go back again, asap.
I cannot thank you enough Chrissie, for leading us on this beautiful journey, with your knowledge, wisdom, meditations, and your beautiful energy. Please continue with this work because you touch so many lives.” Mary Reidy (Galway, Ireland)
I’m so happy to be able to offer the next ‘Holy Lands’ opportunity. Drop into your heart’s own truth and alignment, with the awe-inspiring energy of Universal consciousness to be embraced in this magnificent and ancient land.
12 Days, May 2024 (Register your interest for 2024 now)
Come and embrace the ancient teachings and wisdom of the Ancient Essenes in Qumran, the ChristLight of Jesus (Yeshua Ben Joseph) and mystery of Mary (Miriam) the Magdalene in Galilee. Soak in the spirit of flowing healing energies as we gather to meditate and pray together in Bethany, and as we sit in silent contemplation together in the Garden of Gethsemane. Connect with the angelic mysticism of Kabbalah in Safed, and take time to sense the spiritual energies at the sacred spaces where the ancient communities gathered. Experience the awe of ancient Petra, the healing salts of the ‘Dead’ Sea, and the baptismal waters of the River Jordan as we visit these impressive historical sites of the Holy Land together. I absolutely love taking people on this ‘pilgrimage’ and whatever your spiritual strengths you will fid this is truly a ‘life-changing’ and unforgettable experience.
Organised and booked with the expert care and attention to detail of Maranatha Tours UK.
To register your interest, click on the registration form and complete (no deposit required until 2024).
What people said on Facebook (unsolicited!) about their ‘Angels Abroad Retreat to Jordan, Israel, and the Holy Lands’
“Words are not enough to describe what I think and feel about the Holy Land, you need to visit for yourself to ‘feel it’ in your heart. Truly lovely souls were met during my visit. Looking forward to next year.” Teresa B. Edinburgh
“Absolutely wonderful journey with wonderful people!” Amanda W. Cardiff
“I absolutely loved the trip. It was life affirming and life changing for me. I can’t wait until next year. I can’t recommend it highly enough as the Holy Land is so amazing. Having Chrissie leading it was so special.” Amanda P. Colchester
“This was an amazing journey and trip of a lifetime. So many wonderful and lasting friendships formed. To visit these places was a dream of mine since very young. Even at school I did a project on Israel…This proves if you dream hard enough and visualise strong enough, all good things manifest in your reality… Thank you Chrissie for leading us to these special places. ” Frances S. Brighton
“…Words are not enough – such a wonderful experience of a lifetime never to be forgotten – thank you Chrissie for giving me the opportunity. ” Jan P. Loughton.