THE DIVINE FEMININE RETREAT
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARY MAGDALENE
October 1ST - 10TH 2019 (9 nights)
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Come and meet the divine feminine within you.
The divine goddess, the divine spirit, the divine soul.
Come and discover the power of the feminine wisdom of God that resides in all beings.
Embrace her, enlighten her and embody her on your journey.
In one of the most spiritual places on the planet where Jeshua and Mary Magdalene walked hand-in-hand anchoring the sacred twin flame on Earth, you will come to meet the power of the divine feminine spirit that sits inside your heart.
On this journey you will walk with Mary Magdalene by the shores of the Sea of Galilee and spend your time in the ruins of the village known as Magdala, where Mary Magdalene was born and lived.
You will receive from The Magdalene herself about your journey into the Divine Feminine spirit and how you may open more to anchor the feminine spirit of God’s heart within you.
You will learn how to receive the support and nourishment you need to live in grace and how to share this with others in a way that honours yourself, yet supports all to walk their path in loving embrace.
You will learn to open the divine feminine within you and understand that this is the new way for humanity to bring balance and peace to our world.
You will come to embrace the power that the feminine holds and how it makes you strong and resilient, yet deeply open and ready to receive with clarity the divine guidance from the heart of God you need to walk your path in the light.
Through the divine channel Ishtar, Mary Magdalene will guide you on the path as you walk in her footsteps on the shores of Galilee.
You will be visiting these sites during your stay in Magdala:
2 full day tours in a minibus with tour guide (Jerusalem and Nazareth)
1 full day tour in a minibus with tour guide (Tomb of the Matriarch in Bethlehem, Beit Yerah and Tiberias
2 half day tours in a minibus with tour guide on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Bethsaida and Church of Multiplication of the Loaves)
Listen to what The Magdalene has to teach us….
Join us in the ancient town of Magdala besides the shores of the sea of Galilee where Mary Magdalene and many other awakened women walked beside the Jeshua the Nazarene as he taught his path of love showing the people of his time the way to ascension through the feminine heart of God’s love.
They taught that it was important to open your heart to receive from the divine feminine heart of God and allow yourself to be nourished and nurtured on Earth. he taught the path of the feminine is loving and honoring the light of God that you are. All sons and daughters of the One….
Walk the Christed path with Mary Magdalene as your guide:
Come and walk with Mary Magdalene in her birth place and follow in her footsteps as we immerse ourselves in the divine feminine heart of our being.
Learn to open your heart to receive all you need on Earth to be all that you are
Learn that when you open to receive so much comes to you
As you walk in the heart of the divine feminine you begin to walk the path with grace and ease
Come and surrender your ego and embrace the infinite divinity of you
Come and meet the heart of God within you as we walk the Christed path of love
Join us in ancient ceremony on the shores of Galilee as we call in the divine feminine for all of humanity
On this journey Ishtar will channel Mary Magdalene and Lady Sarah to guide you to the divine feminine vibration of your being
Honouring the Feminine
Magdala is a first-century town best known today because of one woman – a woman who has fascinated the world for centuries, Mary Magdalene. It seems only appropriate that in the “hometown” of Mary Magdalene women would find a place especially for them.
“I have never seen a place like this for women…” “Thank you for honoring women…” say many of visitors to the temple dedicated to the feminine that has recently been erected at Magdala in Israel. The names of some women mentioned in the Gospels are inscribed on the eight columns in the Women’s Atrium of this temple and artistic images of women’s hands can be seen in the frescos, mosaics and oil painting of Duc in Altum.
But, Magdala is not just about biblical times…or about artistic images of hands. The woman’s touch is seen, felt and experienced in every part of the Magdala Project. Who are these women? From Chief Archaeologist to Master Artist, Construction Project Manager to Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Magdalena Institute to Marketing and Development Manager, from Key Account Manager to Curator of Duc in Altum, women are an integral part of Magdala today.
Magdala is benefiting from the feminine wisdom even today.
Walking in the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene
Walking around the ruins of Mary Magdalene’s hometown conjures up images of the first century ambience in which the Magdalene lived. There is a strong spiritual presence as one walks around the first century synagogue with a Temple model (The Magdala Stone) set inside the synagogue. Rabbinic literature mentions a synagogue and famous bet midrash, even naming a scribe and Rabbis Isaac and Judah. One of the 24 priestly families had its seat in Magdala. What influence did this religious environment have on Mary Magdalene? Did she subscribe to it? Or rebel against the strictness of the law enforcing leadership?
On the other hand, art work reveals a Greco-Roman influence dominating the cultural milieu at the time. Galileans in the first century had already seen the crumbling Jewish Hasmonean dynasty usurped by Roman political domination. Most Galileans were rural dwellers, farmers and fishermen. Magdala was a town where they prospered from their livelihood. It was a commercial trade center with a thriving fishing industry, particularly a pickled fish market exporting its goods to Rome.
As a religious, cultural and economic center, the Jewishness of the town comes face to face with the Greco-Roman influence. The Talmud recognizes Magdala as a prosperous city with an immoral reputation. Its demise in 67AD by Roman troops was seen as a punishment for its wickedness. How does this cultural context influence the imagination of women of the first century? Were young women, such as Mary Magdalene, enticed by the pagan Roman culture?
Amidst the obscurity of her life, one fact is certain. Her life radically changed upon meeting Jeshua the Nazarene, so much so that she followed him to the foot of the cross when many of his closest followers fled in fear. The “before and after conversion” of Mary Magdalene are juxtaposed with 2 gospel stories: the adulteress woman (John 8) and Mary of Bethany who anoints Jesus with expensive nard (John 12).
Early Church Fathers of the East and West debated whether these “3 women” were one and the same. The Eastern church predominantly stating they were 3 different women, while the Western Church remained steadfast in identifying them as one and the same woman, Mary Magdalene.
This debate resurfaced during the Protestant reformation and once again among biblical exegetes in the mid-20th century. Around the same time, feminist movements in North America attempted to liberate Mary Magdalene from her “prostitute stigma”, only to be counteracted by a refocused approach in the Catholic church on her restored dignity. On June 3, 2016, Pope Francis initiated a “liturgical upgrade” to offer Mary Magdalene an honored position among the celebrated apostles in its liturgies. The decree has offered renewed reflection on her story in religious and spiritual circles.
It is said that the feminine spirit of the women of Gallilee supported Jeshua and his teachings, with love, with support, with money and with lodgings and food. This group of female followers was led by Mary Magdalene, yet included Joanna, whose husband Chusa was Herod’s administrator; Susanna; Mary of Cleophas and many other unnamed women who were part of this feminine heart that supported the teachings of the loving heart that Jeshua offered to the people of the middle east at this time.
It was not necessarily scandalous in the first century for women to join themselves to a traveling male teacher or religious figure, but the mere presence of women among Jesus' followers, along with Luke's willingness to make them known in the new testament, suggests that Jesus' movement was more inclusive and welcoming toward women than were some others in the ancient world.
Luke mentions that the women "provided for" Jesus and the others "out of their resources." Luke does not elaborate on the nature of their service, so some have interpreted it to be supplying and preparing food. The context and details of these verses, however, lend strong support to the assumption that the women offered their independent financial patronage to assist the functioning of Jesus' ministry.
Importance of women in Religion
Author Rachel Held Evans writes, “That Christ ushered in this new era of life and liberation in the presence of women, and that he sent them out as the first witnesses of the complete gospel story, is perhaps the boldest, most overt affirmation of their equality in his kingdom that Jesus ever delivered.”
Bible experts Helen Bond and Joan Taylor claim that a fresco unearthed recently in an Italian catacomb proves that women were acting as bishops in the early Christian church.
The 5th century image of a woman named Cerula, found in the catacomb of San Gennaro, Naples, shows her surrounded by open, flaming Gospel books, which are thought to be symbolic of the role of a bishop.
Academics said the discovery was “incredibly significant” evidence that women held senior roles in the early Christian church.
The revelations also suggest that Jesus had many more female disciples than was previously thought.
The Vision of Magdala
When you think of the biblical Sea of Galilee it is easy to picture images in our minds of fishermen in their boats, Jewish seaside cities, Roman soldiers, and crowds gathering to hear the words of a humble Rabbi from nearby Nazareth. His name was Jeshua the Nazarene.
Jeshua spent the majority of his ministry in the Sea of Galilee region. It is in Galilee that he established his home base, called his disciples, and performed many of the great miracles we read about in the Bible.
A few years ago Father Juan Solana, the papal appointee in charge of Notre Dame of Jerusalem, the highly-rated pilgrimage guest house, received a vision from Jeshua asking him to build a retreat center in Galilee. From the very beginning he envisioned a place where pilgrims could enjoy comfortable accommodation in a spiritual atmosphere on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
When construction began in 2009, no one could have imagined what God had in store. As workers began to dig the foundation for the guesthouse, they discovered a First Century Synagogue where it is certain that Jeshua taught. Inside this ancient synagogue they also found The Magdala Stone, a discovery many archaeologists call the most significant archaeological find in the past 50 years.
As archaeologists continued to dig, they discovered an entire first century Jewish town lying just below the surface. With only 10% of the archaeology uncovered, the hometown of Mary Magdalene already provides pilgrims an authentic location to walk where Jesus taught and to connect with the first century life of Jesus’ followers.
Magdala is a unique Holy Land site with a first century city where the Jewish residents gathered in a synagogue where Jeshua visited and taught. It is home to the beautiful Duc In Altum, which provides a place for worship and prayer. While it is a Christian vision it is a site for pilgrims of all faiths.
The Mary Magdalene Temple - Duc in Altum
Duc In Altum exalts the presence of women in in the life and times of Jeshua the Nazarene and Mary Magdalene. The Women’s Atrium features eight pillars, seven of which represent women in the Bible who followed Jeshua, while the eighth honors women of faith across all time.
The honored women are listed below:
Susana and Joanna, the wife of Chuza
Mary and her sister Martha
Salome, the mother of James and John
Simon Peter’s mother-in-law
Mary, wife of Cleopas
Many other women
Unmarked Pillar – for women of all time who love God and live by faith.
The newly built Magdala worship center, Duc In Altum, houses a chapel with a mosaic depicting the moment of Mary Magdalene’s transforming encounter with Jeshua. Her hand is extended towards him as his finger points at her. All viewers can reflect on the healing balm of one look, a look of unconditional love and acceptance that penetrates the false fortress of a broken heart and restores peace of mind at the realization of the truth of one’s dignity.
From Mary Magdalene´s story, we could paint her as an icon of hope. Mary was certainly strong supporter of Jeshua as he went about the towns of Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News and healing all kinds of illnesses. She allowed the love of Jesus become effective in her heart. And it was rewarded with a growing passion to follow Him and be the privileged first to announce the Good News that Jeshua had not died, but truly lived. It is an invitation that continues to echo today to all who wish to experience a true transformation of the deepest kind. And that is good news that brings hope to all.
Where are We Staying?
The Magdala pilgrimage guesthouse was the primary focus of the vision Christ gave to Father Juan years ago. The Magdala Guesthouse features a warm and welcoming lobby area for pilgrims to meet and interact. Services in the lobby area include a gift shop and concierge.
The guesthouse features conference and meeting rooms, a pool, and fitness facility. It features 153 generously sized rooms and suites. It will be centrally located in close proximity to the restaurant, the first century synagogue, the visitors center, Duc In Altum and the archeological park.
The restaurant will be adjacent to the guest house and will provide a high quality dining experience with beautiful views of the Sea of Galilee. Pilgrims traveling through the Galilee often are in need of a place to stop, relax, and enjoy lunch or dinner.
The restaurant at Magdala provides seating for 300 people inside the comfortable air-conditioned facility. There are three dining areas allowing the restaurant to accommodate large groups of pilgrims, as well as provide meeting areas for smaller groups.
Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world. In its thousands of years of history, Jerusalem, a place of major importance to three main religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has seen countless conquests and destruction, triumphs and disasters. Discover sites such as ‘The Western Wall’, the holiest site in Judaism; The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and see a view of the impressive Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. These places are located in the ‘Old City’, an extraordinary walled city, filled with unique buildings, narrow passageways, bustling markets and a mix of cultures and languages.
Outside the walls of the Old City lies modern-day Jerusalem, a vibrant and dynamic place filled with bustling restaurants, cafés and cultural life.
The city of Nazareth, the ‘capital of the Galilee’ includes the iconic Church of the Annunciation, in a city of rich culinary and craft traditions. Famous for its bakeries and sweets shops, Nazareth was the ancient home of Jeshua the Nazarene and his family.
Tomb of the Matriarch in Bethlehem Rachel's Tomb is the site revered as the burial place of the matriarch Rachel. The tomb has been considered holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims for 2000 years. Since the mid-1990s,Palestinians have referred to the site as the Bilal bin Rabah mosque. The tomb, located at the northern entrance of Bethlehem, is built in the style of a traditional maqam. The burial place of the matriarch Rachel as mentioned in Jewish Tanakh, Christian Old Testament and in Muslim literature is contested between this site and several others to the north. Although this site is considered unlikely to be the actual site of the grave, it is by far the most recognized candidate.
Khirbet Kerak or Beth Yerah is a tell (ancient archeological mound) located on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee in modern-day Israel. The tell spans an area of over 50 acres—one of the largest in the Levant—and contains remains dating from the Early Bronze Age and from the Persian period through to the early Islamic period.
SEA OF GALILEE
The northwestern corner of the Sea of Galilee was one of the focal points in Jeshua’s ministry. Many of the archeological sites surrounding the Sea of Galilee suggest that Judaism and early Christianity existed alongside each other before they developed into two separate religions. Evidence for this initial co-existence can be gathered from archeological sites in Tiberias, Magdala, Capernaum, Bethsaida and Tabgha, which sits in the midst of all these sacred sites.
Bethsaida is considered the site at which Jesus miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish (Mark 6:32; Luke 9:10). To this neighborhood, Jesus retired by boat with His disciples to rest a while. The multitude following on foot. At the end of the fourth century A.D., the Spanish nun and pilgrim Egeria traveled to the Holy Land. Her report mentions a small church built over the rock, where “the Lord fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish.” In the fifth century, this small Syriac church was replaced with a much larger and more elaborate Byzantine structure, possibly to accommodate the rising number of visitors. This church contains the beautiful mosaics depicting animals and plants as well as geometric figures, all of which contribute greatly to the splendor and charm of today’s Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes.
Only in the 1930s was the site excavated in its entirety. A temporary church was erected for the protection of the precious mosaics, serving its purpose until the 1970s.
According to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus selected CAPERNAUM as the center of his public ministry in Galilee after he left the small mountainous hamlet of Nazareth. The town is cited in all four gospels of the new testament where it was reported to have been the hometown of the tax collector Matthew, and located not far from Bethsaida, the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. One Sabbath, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who was possessed by an unclean spirit (Luke 4:31–36 and Mark 1:21–28). This story is notable for being the only one common between the gospels of Mark and Luke, but not contained in the Gospel of Matthew. Afterwards, he healed Simon Peter's mother-in-law of a fever (Luke 4:38–39). According to Luke 7:1–10 and Matthew 8:5, it is also the place where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion who had asked for his help. Capernaum is also the location of the healing of the paralytic lowered through the roof to reach Jesus reported in Mark 2:1–12 and Luke 5:17–26.
The traditional location for the Mount of Beatitudes is on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and Gennesaret (Ginosar). Its highest point is 58 metres (190 ft) below sea level, which is approximately 155 metres (509 ft) above the surface of the lake. The actual location of the Sermon on the Mount is not certain, but the present site (also known as Mount Eremos) has been commemorated for more than 1600 years. The site is very near Tabgha.
The Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter is a Franciscan church located in Tabgha on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. It commemorates, and allegedly marks the spot of Jesus' reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. The modern structure was built in 1933 and incorporates parts of an earlier 4th century church.