Goddess Pilgrimage in Sintra | March 2019

March 21st - March 30th 2019

Connect to your inner wellspring in Sintra, Portugal and discover deep connection to sacred place and mythic landscape as we are embraced by the Mountains of the Moon, a jewel like landscape full of mystery and connected to the Goddess. We will gather on Spring Equinox, spending ten days following the ancient pathways of this land.



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Join us in Sintra, near Lisbon – for ten amazing luxurious days on Spring Equinox, at a Full Moon. Together we will journey to sacred sites, explore the earth based energies, honor the Goddess, make inspired art and deepen our myth-poetic writing in this ten day, all inclusive retreat.

Together we will be seeking the mysteries of this sacred land.

Sintra is a mountainous landscape near the sea. It was called the Sacred Mountain or Mountain of the Moon, mons lunae, by artists and scholars as early as 100 AD. Connected with Iberian and Celtic tribes, as well as the goddess, this is a place of sanctuary that was influenced by a cross pollination of cultures over the last 1000 years. Considered one the the jewels of the region we will be staying in a beautiful Quinta, or villa, with lovely grounds, pool and dedicated creative space.

We will celebrate the rising Full Moon, at Spring Equinox, tapping into mythic connections in this verdant land of mist and mysteries.

As you visit sacred sites and explore the deep history of this land, you will connect to the natural landscape, spirit of place, ancestral remembering, mythic resonance, and then create based on inspiration, exploring art as process and myth-poetic writing in our own studio space.

Amongst the pleasure of deepening into the mythic, we will enjoy luscious food, have fun adventures and hear evocative Portuguese music called Fado, a passionate poetic singing form that express both the lightness and darkness, in all of our experiences of life.

This journey is a pilgrimage of the heart.

We seek the deeper mysteries within and without, finding the heart of this place where myth meets magic and one can feel the myriad energies and lore held here.

We will visit Sintra and other villages, sites and natural surrounds nearby. These include Palácio and Quinta de Regaliera, Well of Initiation, Palácio and Parque de Pena, Castle of the Moors, Monserrat, Cabo de Roca/Praia da Ursa, Chalet da Condessa D’Edla and Ponte Romana. Several day trips will include the ancient Stone Circles at Evora, a day out in Lisbon! 


This pilgrimage/retreat includes:

  • Beautiful Private “Quinta” Compound with Pool
  • Large home space with gathering areas inside and out
  • Dedicated creative space and room to play/explore/relax
  • Visits to nearby villages, sites and natural surrounds
  • Ample creative time and free days to rest and wander
  • Transportation and entry fees
  • Day trips to Lisbon and Evora


This is a spiritual, mythic, creative and experiential retreat – we will be holding a sacred circle, making expressive art with SoulCollage®,  JourneyCircles™,  Journey Landscapes, exploring alignment to the Equinox and the energies of the Moon, through art and myth-poetic writing. Develop a reflection of the living myth within your own experiences as we travel and create.  

All creative materials provided.

      • Have fun with like minded creative women in a wonderful, warm and special place
      • Build sacred space, guided through meditations and inner journeys
      • Participate in art as ritual and visit sacred sites bringing new insights back to the creative process
      • The trip is planned with ample space for quiet and contemplative time
      • Connect with the land and the spirit of the place 
      • We will be creating with ancient ways, ancestral wisdom, symbol, meaning and myth

Shared Room: $3900 US or 10 payments: $390 US

Single Room: $4800 US or 10 Payment: $480 US

Air travel to and from the retreat is not included and we will have a “Share Cost” van from Lisbon to Sintra early afternoon on March 21st with a return bus bringing everyone back to Lisbon for airport or other transfers.

I have a travel agent who is further assisting our trip participants with extra travel plans to travel further, if that is of interest to you. We can also assist with stay over locations in Lisbon if you arrive early.


Refund policy is stated below:

With such a rich offering and details being arranged twelve to eighteen months in advance I will make all efforts to honor emergency needs that arise. This is a non-transferable retreat and a refund will be offered for any medical issue and/or emergency, with clear communication, less a $500 administrative fee, before March 1, 2018. After March 1st, refund cannot be offered. Travel insurance is highly recommended and can include medical coverage overseas, it is available for a very reasonable cost. I have a wonderful travel agent who can help you with any flights and additional travel needs.

Your first payment authorizes that you understand this refund policy, commit to payment in full and take full responsibility for your personal choices and safety while you travel. Trip is offered by Cat Caracelo and Blue Door Arts LLC, leading expressive arts, mythos journey and goddess travel retreats since 2010.