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SACRED SITES
RETREATS

 

Sacred Site : Sacred Turkey September 2024

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SACRED SITES RETREAT

Turkey: Journey into Divine Feminine

September 2024

Join me for a journey through the ancient temples & mystical sites of Turkey!

 

Turkey is home to countless sacred sites steeped in ancient history. During this 10-day journey we'll deepen into the heart of the Divine Feminine as we visit the holy places of House of Mother Mary, explore sacred temples dedicated to gods & goddesses, & the ancient city of Ephesus. We'll also sample the culture of tiny villages filled with winemaking & extraordinary craftsman.

Sacred workshops will offer potent activations & knowledge  seamlessly woven into our itinerary to allow time for integration of these powerful energies.

DATES:
SEPT 2024-TBA

LENGTH:
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

MAX GROUP SIZE:
12

ACCOMMODATION:
DOUBLE & SINGLE OCCUPANCY

ENROLLMENT OPENS OCTOBER 2023

Sample itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Ephesus Retreat Center

Group transport from Izmir International Airport to our gorgeous retreat center, the home base for everything we'll see and do. Ephesus Retreat Center sprawls over 20 acres of olive groves & fig trees. A peaceful sanctuary perched on a hill overlooking ancient sites rooted in biblical history. Here, you'll be able to unpack and unwind, take long walks, book a massage, or swim in the infinity pool, allowing yourself to be supported by the Divine Feminine energy that envelops us.

Afternoon/Evening:  

We'll gather for an early welcome dinner of traditional Turkish cuisine  to get acquainted and discuss our adventure ahead!

(dinner included beer & wine avail for purchase)

Day 2: Rest & Restore

Morning: Meet me for an early morning meditation or sleep until breakfast. After breakfast we'll gather for our 1st Sacred Workshop to help us move the body and open our channels to Divine Mother.

Afternoon: After lunch you'll have lots of free time to swim, read,nap, book a massage, Reiki healing or tarot reading, or simply take a stroll along the expansive grounds.

Evening: We'll gather for a sunset Reiki & Restorative class then enjoy dinner at our retreat center. Afterwards we'll discuss the next day's adventure of visiting ancient temples.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included, beer & wine avail for purchase)

Day 3: Priene, Temple of Athena & Didyma, Temple of Apollo

Morning: Meet me for an early morning meditation or sleep until breakfast. After our breakfast we'll be transported via luxury coach to our first sacred site, Priene, Temple of Athena. A place of pilgrimage during the Ionian Empire and once home to Alexander the Great, this small well-preserved city is a quiet place for us to explore & meditate activating the potent energies embedded here.

Afternoon: We'll continue our tour to Didyma, Temple of Apollo situated along the Aegean Sea, this too, was along the Holy Path as a place of pilgrimage and to seek counsel with the resident oracles.

We'll explore, meditate and walk the very corridors of where the oracles walked to their chambers. Afterwards, we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and make a stop at a market selling local fresh-pressed olive oil, facial & body oils, soaps & a favorite sweet, Turkish Delight.

Evening: We'll gather that evening for a delicious Turkish dinner prepared on-site by the chef. After dinner we'll gather for a Group Wisdom Circle to discuss our experiences of the day.

(Breakfast & Dinner included, beer & wine avail for purchase)

Day 4: Rest & Integrate

Morning: Meet me for an early morning meditation or join us at breakfast. Afterwards, we'll gather for our 2nd Sacred Workshop to help us understand & strengthen our connection with Divine Mother.

Afternoon: After lunch, the day is yours to swim, nap, read, journal, book a Reiki healing, a tarot reading or massage.

Evening: We'll gather for a Sunset Soundbath & Reiki then enjoy delicious dinner at our retreat center. Afterwards, drift into a peaceful sleep to prepare for our next adventure.

(breakfast, lunch & dinner included, beer & wine avail for purchase)

Day 5: City of Ephesus

Morning: Meet me for an early morning meditation or join us at breakfast. Over breakfast we'll discuss the day ahead, visiting the grand ancient city of Ephesus! 

 

A Unesco World Heritage site, Ephesus is one of the largest, most well-preserved ancient cities pre-dating ancient Greece. Known as the city of Divine Female it was once inhabited by female warriors devoted to Artemis and women held seats of government. You'll walk through the original stone streets once tread by Cleopatra, still lined with grand monuments from the Roman Imperial period. Visit the Library of Celsus, Hadrian's Temple and the half-circular theatre originally built by the Greeks 2500 years ago.

Afternoon: We'll have a relaxing lunch in the garden of a textile school where local women learn the art of weaving Turkish rugs. There will be time to peruse the beautiful textiles and jewelry made by local craftspeople. 

Evening: After some free time to relax, we'll gather for an Evening Wisdom Circle before dinner to download our experience of the day. Afterwards we'll enjoy dinner at our retreat center. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included, beer & wine avail for purchase)

Day 6: House of Virgin Mary

Morning: We'll gather for a special morning meditation to activate the priestess lineage of Mother Mary, her mother Anne & Mary Magdalene.

After breakfast, we'll be transported to the House of Virgin Mary , a very special pilgrimage site. Said to be her final resting place, this site is filled with her loving energy and offers powerful activations. We'll spend time beneath the shade of ancient olive & maple trees deepening into these energies and opening to her guidance. An eternal spring allows you to bottle water here and use it for healing purposes. 

Afternoon: We'll return to the retreat center by early afternoon for our 3rd Sacred Workshop to assist us in our activations, discuss and integrate this Divine energy.

Evening: Gather for a Sunset Reiki & Restorative Yoga, enjoy a delicious dinner then float off to bedtime.

 Day 7: Visiting Local Artisans & Winetasting.

Morning: Join me for an early morning meditation, followed by breakfast. After breakfast, we'll gather for our 4th Sacred Workshop, where we explore how the Divine Feminine wants to be expressed through us.

Afternoon: You'll have some free time to swim, relax, book a healing session or tarot reading. 

Late Afternoon/Evening: ​We'll visit a local ceramics school & showplace where local students apprentice the age-old craft of making fine ceramics infused with quartz & moonstone. We'll then make our way up into the hills of the quaint wine-making village of Şirince. Made up of both, Greek & Turkish influences, the village dates back over 200 years and offers scenic mountain views. Wander through cobblestone streets, enjoy wine tasting and authentic marketplaces. We'll gather for dinner at one of the local restaurants for a beautiful dinner.

(breakfast, lunch & dinner included, beer & wine avail for purchase)

 Day 8: Aphrodisias & Temple of Aphrodite

Morning: After an early breakfast, our guide will take us on a 2-hour drive through the Turkish countryside to visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias, a Unesco World Heritage site and home to the Temple of Aphrodite, Goddess of love & beauty. The site dates back to the 3rd century BC and offers many areas to explore, spend quiet time or wander through the museum which is home to many larger-than-life-size marble statues of popular figures during its day.

Afternoon/ Evening: Lunch at a local restaurant, then back to our retreat center to relax, integrate and enjoy an evening dinner.

 Day 9: Rest & Integrate

Morning: Join me for an early morning meditation. After breakfast we'll gather for our last Sacred Workshop to enjoy a cacao journey where we'll invite all of the Divine Feminine guides we encountered on this sacred trip to connect more deeply with us.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon with free time to relax, swim, book a Reiki healing, massage or tarot reading or simply curl up with a good book.

 

Evening: Our farewell dinner celebrates our beautiful pilgrimage to this sacred land. 

Day 10: Depart

Morning: After breakfast, we'll say our goodbyes and be transported to Izmir International Airport in plenty of time for your flight home.

Return home from the trip of a lifetime and integrate all the powerful energy absorbed from these sacred earth sites.

(breakfast included this day)

Istanbul Add-On

Day 10-13: Arrive in Istanbul!

Rather than flying home on Day 10, you have the option of adding on 3 amazing days in the spectacular city of Istanbul.

You'll be transported from the airport to your luxury boutique hotel in the historic Sultanamhet district. 

That evening, enjoy a Sunset Bosphorus Cruise, followed by dinner at one of the many rooftop terraces overlooking the beautiful skyline of Istanbul.

The following days you'll enjoy private guided tours of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the ancient Underground Cisterns, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. There will be plenty of time to shop, explore and even book spa services at historical hamams!

(breakfast, lunch & dinner included, alcoholic beverages available for purchase.)

On Day 13, you'll be transported to Istanbul International Airport to fly home and remember the trip of a lifetime!

The Journey of a Lifetime!

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What's Included

You'll be cared for & guided each day!

  • Luxury accommodations for 9 nights at Ephesus Retreat Center, Selçuk

  • Turkish-style meals most days, unless otherwise specified

  • Group Airport transfers to & from Ephesus Retreat Center

  • Group transport for all guided tours

  • Guided tours & passes for all sites on our itinerary

  • Sacred Workshops

  • Soundbath

  • Reiki & Restorative Yoga

  • Discussion & Integration 

  Not included:

  international and/or domestic flights, Turkish travel visa (about $50), separate airport transfers or hotel bookings, gratuities for guides, hotel and waitstaff , alcoholic beverages, laundry, spa services, meals not noted on itinerary, personal shopping & excursions.

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Pricing 

TBA (shared occupancy in luxury room)

*includes your non-refundable deposit

add $800 for single supplement

**ENROLLMENT OPENS OCTOBER 2023**

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Must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited to 12 women.

 

By paying your deposit you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

Please click here to read the Terms & Conditions before paying your deposit.

About Ephesus Reteat Cener

About EphesusRetreat Center

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Ephesus Retreat is situated in the midst of history and heritage of different cultures. Surrounded by five natural lakes, extensive forest areas, fertile fields and extensive vineyards, this region forms the ideal setting for relaxation and integrating the powerful activations received by the sacred sites.

For thousands of years, seekers and artists have been called to this place to find wisdom and knowledge, mystery, community life and inspiration, and to encounter the ancestral energy and stories that vibrate alive to our day!

On a hill, surrounded by old trees and olive groves, all rooms promise an immersion in nature!

Amenities include a hilltop infinity pool, yoga studio, massage services, spacious outdoor areas to relax, plus acres to hike & explore.

The food: Inspired by traditional Mediterranean cuisine, we combine local fish, meat and dairy products with seasonal and local fruits, vegetables, Aegean herbs and olive oil in a symphony of the senses.

We pay attention to sustainable cultivation and therefore all products come from our own cultivation, from local suppliers or from the region.

Our kitchen offers vegan, vegetarian and traditional Turkish dishes. We are happy to adapt the menus to individual needs such as allergies and special diets.

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Meet Your Guide

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It is my deepest honor

Since 1999, I've accumulated wisdom from my trainings in yoga, meditation, massage therapy, Reiki, shamanism, energy medicine, somatic healing, psychic healing, animal communication and most importantly, my innate connection to Earth & Cosmos.

And since 2008, I've traveled to sacred sites around the world, from the vortices of the southwest, to the mystical Neolithic sites of the UK, trekking over towering Andean mountains that hold ancient Incan wisdom, bathing in purifying waters of Hawaiian Islands, to ancient temples of Turkey which hold divine feminine energies. Each site has provided me with powerful activations and wisdom which influence my teachings, healings and personal practice.

These retreats offer a tapestry of experiences, soul activations and a transference of ancient wisdom for you to embody and utilize as a powerful change agent in your life.

I am committed to ensuring a safe, supportive container by teaming up with trusted guides, lodging, transport, etc so that you feel secure in deepening into these experiences and  allow your soul to flourish.

It is my deepest honor to be a guide on your journey!

XOXO Jennifer

ENROLLMENT TERMS:

By submitting your non-refundable deposit, you are booking your spot and you agree to the following Enrollment Terms:

  • A deposit of $800 is due at the time of booking before May 1, 2024. After May 1st a 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of enrollment. This is a non-refundable deposit unless the retreat is cancelled, in which case participants receive full refund of any fees paid.

  • ​Deposits may be transferable up until June 23, 2024

  • All remaining balances must be due by June 30, 2024.

  • Any participant wishing to enroll after the August 1, 2024 will be admitted on a space-available basis & $150 late fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
• Cancellations received in writing at least 60 days prior to the Retreat Start Date are 50% refundable, minus the $800 nonrefundable participant deposit.

• Less than 90 days before the Retreat Start Date, the full balance is non-refundable and non-transferable.

TRAVEL INSURANCE is not included in your trip fees, but strongly suggested.
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase travel insurance.  
Travel insurance can protect against:
• loss or damage to baggage and personal effects,
• trip cancellation and interruption
• emergency evacuation, accidental death or injury, illness and medical expenses sustained
or incurred in connection with your retreat, if applicable.

Liability Release:

Retreat Participants agree and understand that the stated itinerary may offer slight changes in toured sites and schedules. 
Retreat host and/or lodging will not be liable and shall not be held responsible for any direct or indirect loss or damage to baggage or property, or for personal injury or death,delay or inconvenience in connection with the provision of, or failure to provide, any goods
or services resulting from acts, omissions, or negligence of any third party provider of services or accommodations, or due to any other cause whatsoever beyond the direct control of lodging and/or retreat host, Jennifer Brinn

Retreat host and/or lodging will further not be liable, and shall not be held responsible, for any loss, damage or additional expenses, delay or inconvenience caused by changes in schedule due to the actions, omissions or decisions of any carrier or other supplier of
services, and/or disruptions to the schedule caused by, including without limitation, force majeure events, weather, strikes or civil unrest, political strife and demonstrations, mechanical or other failure of vessels and other means of transportation, reasonable health
precautions, or any other reason whatsoever beyond our direct control.

Each each participant agrees that he/she engages in any and all activities at or during the retreat at his/her own risk, including, but not limited to, yoga, meditation, hiking, excursions, and any other activity or use of any facility on the premises of lodging.

Each participant acknowledges that participation in the retreat carries with it certain risks, known and unknown, including the risk of personal injury and risks related to high altitude, and release retreat host, Jennifer Brinn & lodging (including its managers, officers, directors, instructors, employees, and agents) from their own negligence and any duty of reasonable care to protect the Retreat Leader /participant from injury.

Enrollment Terms
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