Join us on an unforgettable journey to the island of Crete, Greece, where the stories of powerful Goddesses come to life...
...and prepare to be immersed in historical splendor, timeless mythology, authentic priestess traditions, and the healing energy of the landscape!
Our accommodations are at Armonia Retreat Center, located in the heart of the picturesque mountain village of Douliana, and surrounded by stunning nature.
Our tranquil center boasts a gym and traditional sauna. An ancient woodland path is a stone's throw away, whilst the mountain view is breathtaking, the stars are bright, and the sea is a scenic 40 minute hike. You will share a spacious, updated bedroom and ensuite bathroom with two to three other people of your gender (one private room available).
A private chef will nourish you with Mediterranean Ayurvedic-inspired meals, and you will also indulge in the delights of local Cretan cuisine, a feast of fresh ingredients and traditional recipes passed down through generations.
Experience the warm hospitality of Crete and nourish your body and soul with the bounty of the land, just as the ancients did.
After arriving to the beautiful region of Chania, we begin our pilgrimage experience with introductions, a tour of the village, and dinner at Heliostasi, a traditional Greek taverna with incredible sunset views.
Our first full day is spacious, with sleeping in and enjoying a fresh breakfast beneath the grape vines! After that, we will have an opening ceremony, creating an altar using the stunning natural elements around us, and learning about the history of the Goddess in Greece.
After a refreshing lunch from our private chef, we will pass through ancient olive trees to the cave sanctuary of St. John, where we will pray and make offerings to the primordial snake Goddess of Crete, the Potnia Theron.
With the sun setting, we will make a procession down to wild Kera Beach, bearing the statue of the Goddess and performing cleansing rituals with the salt of the sea. Finally, we will end the day feasting and toasting beneath the stars at Ta Douliana Taverna!
Next, we journey through the cliffs to the diverse ancient city of Aptera, site of the mythic battle between the Muses and the Sirens. There, Dr. Carla will share her archaeological expertise about the surviving Roman cisterns and bathhouses, Hellenistic necropolis, Byzantine monastery, and Ottoman fortress. We will make offerings at the Classical temple ruins of Artemis and theatre of Dionysus.
Then, we return to Douliana for a nourishing chef-prepared dinner, ending the evening with a Labyrinth Mystery Ceremony of sacred myth, song, and dance (ABBA songs usually make an appearance, too ... what's Greece without a little Mamma Mia?).
We reach the climax of our pilgrimage as we travel to the Arkoudospilios, which translates to bear cave, once home to a primal temple of Artemis. Here, Dr. Carla will guide us through the hike and sacred history, and Priestess Bria will lead us in an ecstatic drumming ceremony in honor of the Goddess.
Afterward, we will enjoy a breezy lunch in the old Venetian harbor of Chania, with time for shopping and taking in the tranquil sea before a relaxed dinner at the retreat center.
Our final full day opens with a sunrise sauna cleanse, quiet meditation in the courtyard, and a light and fresh breakfast.
Then, we will journey to breathtaking Kourtaliotiko Gorge, immerse ourselves in its secret mountain waterfalls, gather sacred spring water, and make offerings of thanksgiving to the naiad nymphs.
Upon our return to Douliana, we will enjoy an oracular jewelry show featuring Greek artists Eledina Palasoglou and Daphne Kourkounaki.
Finally, we will close our pilgrimage together with dinner at a local taverna, and depart the following morning with breakfast and blessings of farewell!
Bria Melitta is an Oreiad Priestess of Aphrodite and founder of the Mt Nysa Mystery School.
After receiving her degree in Religious Studies in 2016, she continued her studies in Classical Greek with H.M. Classics Academy, Ancient Hellenic Religion with the Artemis Research Center, and Women’s Mysteries and Priestess Training with the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple.
She has served people around the world through sacred retreats, birthwork as a doula, education in the religion and temple traditions of the ancient Mediterranean, and traditional methods of divination.
Bria Melitta is a current candidate in The Classical Mediterranean M.A. at the University of Leicester.
Dr. Ionescu is a distinguished scholar, ancient historian, and Artemis expert, whose insights have shed light on the mysteries of Artemis in antiquity. Her pioneering work with The Artemis Research Centre and The Goddess Project podcast is expanding the way we understand the ancient world.
As a leading Artemis expert, Dr. Carla Ionescu has published several papers and authored a recent book titled “She Who Hunts – Artemis, The Goddess Who Changed the World”, becoming a respected authority on the subject.
The Goddess Project podcast, another brainchild of Dr. Ionescu, serves as a captivating exploration of ancient goddesses and their relevance to modern times. Through this podcast, she introduces listeners to the multifaceted aspects of these ancient deities, offering fresh perspectives on their significance in contemporary culture and spirituality.
Explore Carla’s latest research, immerse yourself in episodes of The Goddess Project podcast, and delve into the mesmerizing world of Artemis through the lenses of a dedicated expert. Join Dr. Ionescu as she unravels the mysteries of antiquity, revealing timeless wisdom and empowering narratives that continue to resonate with humanity across the ages.
"Soulful. My favorite session was the mystery of the labyrinth and the divination night. A truly amazing experience, with incredible people and in the most beautiful location. One of those moments I’ll always keep close to my heart. Forever grateful to have been part of it."
"If I could sum it up in one word, friendship. This experience gifted me with deep, nurturing friendships, a deep sense of acceptance for all that were present and the gifts we bring. I found the experience to be a culmination of alot of inner work and found clarity about who I am as a person/priestess. I would recommend this experience to others that are ready to dive deeply into the priestess path, or wanting to be apart of a deep sisterhood and community."
"For the past 6 weeks, I completely immersed myself into a deeply moving program by Bri Miryam, and it was seriously the best gift I've ever given myself!
I forced myself to look my dark shadow side square in the eye and choose to heal and embrace. Spoiler alert, it was f&*$ing hard! And it's just the beginning of this journey...deep wounds take TIME to heal.
A sovereign PRIESTESS has been uncovered from the ashes and she's standing in her full POWER.
Thank you from the deepest part of my heart! Loved the beautiful container you crafted with APHRODISIA to help me uncover my true priestess!"
“Bri is a kind, gentle soul who looks deep into her clients and sees something other people don’t see. I had only known Bri for 2 days when she looked deep into my soul and saw the core of what I had been struggling with my entire life.
I was amazed at how connected we had become in just a short time. The questions in the workbook stimulate my thought process and encourage me to look deeper into myself as a woman, as a goddess, and most of all, an empress.
I see things in myself now that I didn’t see before I met Bri. I never used the words goddess or empress but now I do. My image of myself has expanded thanks to Bri. I will never see myself as anything less than a goddess or an empress now that I have had this experience.”