The Magdalene Heart Inititiation in France 2018—Detailed Itinerary

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Led by Mercedes Kirkel
July 17th – 28th, 2018
(Over Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day!)

Join us for a spiritual retreat and transformational pilgrimage. This powerful journey weaves together practicing and living The Magdalene Heart Path with exploring the sacred sites of Mary Magdalene in southern France.

Spend twelve amazing days immersed in the energy of Mary Magdalene and the Divine Feminine, being guided by multi-award-winning author and channel Mercedes Kirkel.

Our time together will include:

  • Focused retreat gatherings, led by Mercedes, to deepen your journey of living the MAGDALENE HEART PATH
  • Visiting the sacred sites of the area that are deeply connected to Mary Magdalene
  • Engaging in ceremony together at Magdalene sites, magnifying the blessing and transmission available to us
  • Initiation into The Magdalene Heart Path
  • A special Mary Magdalene live channeling by Mercedes on Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day
  • Staying in the heart of the Magdalene energy field for 12 days!

Plus we’ll savor delicious food, have fun and celebration, and enjoy a community of like-minded people.

The retreat will be limited to 12 people, to keep it personal and create connection amongst everyone. We’ll be based at a lovely chambre d’hote (French style B&B) for ten nights, right in the center of the Magdalene area, with the hotel entirely reserved for our retreat. Each night, our hosts will prepare a wonderful, French country-style meal for our group. And in the morning you’ll be served a French-style breakfast.

Join us for this life-changing experience of LIVING THE MAGDALENE HEART PATH together in France!


Day 1: Tuesday, July 17

Tina, our wonderful retreat manager, will meet you at the airport in Toulouse, France at 10:00 a.m. Please be prompt as we’ll be taking off for Limoux at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

[NOTE: We highly recommend arriving the previous day (Monday, July 16) or earlier, so you’ll be rested and prepared for our 10 a.m. meeting on July 17. We recommend staying at the Toulouse Airport Holiday Inn Express, which is 5 minutes from the airport and offers a free airport shuttle.]

notre-dame-de-marceille-black-madonna_1455-editWe bring you to Limoux for lunch on the traditional French square, where Mercedes will join the group. During lunch, Mercedes will talk about the Black Madonna and how it relates to Mary Magdalene, in preparation for the afternoon.

We then visit a famous Black Madonna at the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Marceille. Local lore has it that a farmer found this statue in his field and took her home with him, but she mysteriously returned to the field during the night. This happened on three consecutive nights, so they built a church over the site where she was found to honor her.

Next we go to another special place for a ceremony of cleansing in preparation for our retreat.

Afterward we check in to our hotels in Rennes-les-Bains, where we’ll be staying for the next ten nights (included in retreat price). Rennes-les-Bains is a spa town, with baths going back to Roman times. It was also a Celtic settlement. Most important of all, this may well have been the place where Mary Magdalene and Yeshua lived upon arriving in France after the crucifixion.

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We’ll have the first of many delicious dinners provided by our delightful hosts to our group. (All 10 dinners in Rennes-les-Bains are included in the retreat price).

Day 2: Wednesday, July 18

Today, is our first retreat day. We focus on what the MAGDALENE HEART PATH is and how we can engage Mary’s teaching for shifting from our head to our heart. Lunch will be at a favorite restaurant on the Place des Deux Rennes, (the square in the center of Rennes-les-Bains).

In the afternoon, we spend time soaking in the thermal springs of Rennes-les-Bains.

fountain-of-lovers_1994Day 3: Thursday, July 19

On this second retreat day we focus on group practice, guided by Mercedes, to go more deeply into our immersion in the MAGDALENE HEART PATH.

Lunch will be at another local Rennes-les-Bains restaurant.

In the afternoon we head to the Fountain of Lovers—a beautiful heart-shaped pool nestled within a forest. Legend  says it’s an empowered spot for one’s relationship with their lover. We’ll call upon Mary Magdalene and Yeshua to fill us with their blessing and love of God, as we empower our inner lover.

Dinner is provided by our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains.


Day 4: Friday, July 20

We begin with a visit to the Isis and Osiris Seats, two high-energy stone “chairs” dedicated to the ancient Egyptian goddess and god, Isis and Osiris. There we receive their blessings and messages.

This is followed by visiting another empowered site nearby.

Lunch is in Rennes-les-Bains.

Tour Magdala w:path_2372In the afternoon, we have a presentation from Mercedes on Rennes-le-Chateau and its connection to Mary Magdalene (in preparation for our trip there the following day).

Dinner is provided by our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains.

Day 5: Saturday, July 21

Now we journey to the famous town of Rennes-le-Chateau, thought by many to be the center of the link to Mary Magdalene in southern France. We’ll spend time in the church dedicated to Mary Magdalene, which is reported to be built on an ancient temple of Isis.

Mystery surrounds this church, which is filled withfascinating figures and symbols. At the center of the mystery is Berenger Saunier, the 19th century village priest who may have discovered a treasure related to Mary Magdalene, perhaps even proving the existence of a bloodline descending from Yeshua and Mary.

We lunch together at a lovely cafe in the village, followed by personal time to take in the Villa Bethania Museum and the Tour Magdala, both built by Saunier.

Then we return to Rennes-les-Bains, where dinner is provided by our hosts.


Today we enjoy the lively and colorful outdoor market at Esperaza for experiencing the local culture, shopping, and fun, with lunch from your choice of local vendors.

In the afternoon Mercedes will offer a special channeling of Mary Magdalene, in honor of her feast day.

Dinner is provided by our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains.

Day 7: Monday, July 23

We begin with retreat time, followed by a “Loving Our Body” session led by Mercedes.

Lunch is on your own in Rennes-les-Bains. In the afternoon, you’ll have personal time to revisit a sacred site in Rennes-les-Bains, soak in the outdoor natural warm springs, or enjoy the thermal pool and jacuzzi at the local bathhouse.montsegur-memorial-marker_1649

Before dinner, Mercedes will give a presentation on the Cathars, in preparation for our journey the following day to the castle at Montsegur.

Dinner is provided by our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains.

Day 8: Tuesday, July 24

After breakfast, we travel to one of the last strongholds of the Cathars at Montsegur. Here, in 1244, over 200 Cathars peacefully walked into a fire and died rather than renounce their faith. Legend claims that several Cathars escaped the night before with a secret treasure. Some say the treasure was the holy grail, or The Book of Love, or a descendant of Yeshua and Mary.

We climb the steep mountain to the castle at the peak, as we experience the power of a group of people whose faith was remarkable, and who many believe were deeply connected to both Mary and Yeshua.

After our time at the castle remains, we’ll co-create a ceremony in the field below for healing and blessing of all involved, calling forth a new age of safety and peace, where Mary and Yeshua’s teachings of love-consciousness are fully realized on Earth. We end with a group picnic lunch.Montsegur archway_1621

We return to Rennes-les-Bains for personal time and then dinner with our hosts.

Day 9: Wednesday, July 25

mm-initiation-suvani_1938The morning is spent in group retreat time, followed by personal time, in preparation for your initiation into the MAGDALENE HEART PATH. A silent picnic lunch at a spot of your own choosing continues the preparation.

From there, we go to the “baptismal font.” This is the alchemical meeting place of the Sals and Blanque rivers, where the salt and fresh waters come together. Many believe Mary Magdalene performed baptisms at this site and her energy is palpable. Here you receive your baptism and blessing into the MAGDALENE HEART PATH.

Dinner is provided by our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains.

Day 10: Thursday, July 26

Today we travel to the very special Magdalene cave that’s across the valley from Rennes-le-Chateau. Within this sacred cave, Mercedes will guide the group in receiving their own messages from Mary.

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch afterward at a beautiful lake beside Montsegur, known for it’s powerful energy of the Sacred Masculine and connection to Yeshua. If weather permits, we’ll swim in the lake. Then we return to Rennes-les-Bains for personal integration time.

At dinner we celebrate our final evening in Rennes-les-Bains with our lovely hosts, who have supported us throughout the retreat.

Day 11: Friday, July 27

In the morning we drive to Alet-les-Bains for a very special blessing at a local site, followed by a closing ceremony for our retreat. Afterward we’ll have lunch nearby.

We spend the afternoon at Carcassonne lores_2539Carcassonne, a striking medieval walled city, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll have time to visit the cathedral and explore this ancient fortress on your own—walking the cobblestone streets, visiting shops, getting gifts for yourself and loved ones, and maybe enjoying an ice cream on the square.

At the end of the afternoon we drive to Toulouse and drop you off at your airport hotel (included in the retreat costs). Dinner is on your own, with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel for you to choose from.

Day 12: Saturday, July 28

Depart from Toulouse for home.

If you feel called to be part of this powerful journey, register soon! We believe space will fill up fast, as we already have many interested applicants.

Retreat Leader:

Mercedes is a multi-award-winning, best selling author and channel for Mary Magdalene. She’ll be guiding us in Living the Magdalene Heart Path on the retreat, including sharing the history and legends of the region, informed by the guidance she’s received; bringing Mary’s channeled messages; leading ceremony at sacred sites; and offering personal instruction in embodying Mary’s teaching and wisdom. All the messages Mercedes brings forth are universal and are not affiliated with any religion.

Mercedes lives in Austin, TX, offering programs and private sessions online and in-person. Her specialties include Guidance from Beings of Light, Heart-Source Life-And-Relationships Coaching, Light-Filled Intimacy™ Instruction, and spiritual mentoring. Find out more about Mercedes at

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Retreat Manager:

Tina took her first trip to southern France three years ago and was immediately smitten. She has since become devoted to bringing people to these sacred lands to experience the Magdalene energy. In addition to arranging and leading tours to France, Tina is a certified reflexologist and manages Twin Star Herbal Education. Tina lives with her husband and three children in the magical northwest corner of Connecticut.


What Past Retreatants Have Said

“The France retreat was the most meaningful, transformative and memorable trip I have ever had. I am so grateful to Mercedes and Mary Magdalene for a retreat that deeply touched my heart and soul. I recommend this retreat to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding and practice of the Magdalene Heart Path.”
—Iris, Atlanta, Georgia

“My experience in the retreat was profound, joyful, inspirational and provided healing and opportunities for diving deeply into the sacred. Mercedes is a highly skilled teacher, healer, and facilitator. I highly recommend this retreat for those who seek a deeper connection with the divine, with Mary Magdalene and her healing work, and with the sacred and beautiful sites of southern France.”
—Suvani, Benicia, CA

“This was such a heart-opening experience for me. I loved the many sacred sites, and enjoyed deep connections and much joy with the community.”
—Martina Daley, Ashland, OR

“This retreat offered a giant daily dose of Love, both for self-healing and for expansion in the amount I can share with/send to  others. It was a very nurturing experience.”
—Red Wolfenbarger, Albuquerque, NM

“The places and natural environments helped me reconnect with my Feminine energy. I am deeply grateful for this enriching and transforming experience.”
—Silvina Povarchik, Argentina

  • Pick up and drop off in Toulouse
  • All ground transportation and transfers, as stated in itinerary, via touring vans
  • 11 nights hotel accommodations throughout the retreat, including all hotel charges, taxes, gratuities and service charges, and government sales tax
  • Dinner every evening in Rennes-les-Bains (10 total)
  • French-style continental breakfast every morning (11 total)
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • Entrance fees and visits to all sites listed in the itinerary
  • Mercedes Kirkel’s informational guidance, instruction, channeling, and leading of ceremonies throughout the retreat
  • The Magdalene Heart Path Online Course ($365 value), to be taken in advance in preparation for the retreat
  • Round trip flight to and from Toulouse, France
  • Meals and drinks not specified in itinerary
  • Trip, flight, and health insurance (highly recommended)
  • All personal expenses (i.e laundry, valet service, telephone calls, internet charges, postage, etc.). Any item that is not specifically detailed in the trip itinerary.


Retreat Pricing
[PLEASE NOTE: This is the pricing from the 2017 11-day retreat. The updated pricing for the 2018 12-day retreat will be posted soon.]
Make your second and final payments by check or money order and receive an additional 5% discount.


Price Per Person


Double Occupancy: $3,995 check or money order, $4,195 credit card
Single Occupancy: $4,495 check or money order, $4,725 credit card


Double Occupancy: $4,245 check or money order, $4,460 credit card
Single Occupancy: $4,745 check or money order, $4,985 credit card

YOU CAN STILL JOIN PRICE (if there’s space)—REGISTER BY May 15:

Double Occupancy: $4,495 check or money order, $4,720 credit card
Single Occupancy: $4,995 check or money order, $5,245 credit card


All prices are US dollars. Retreat prices are as listed unless the US dollar/euro exchange rate fluctuates by 5% or more from the 10/15/16 rates, or gasoline goes up over 5% from 10/15/16 France prices. If required, a fuel or exchange-rate surcharge will be added to the final payment.

Payment Schedule

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT (Due as soon as possible in order to ensure a place on the retreat)

Per Person Double Occupancy: $900
Single Occupancy: $1,000

SECOND PAYMENT due on or before March 15, 2018 as per your invoice.

BALANCE due on or before May 15, 2018 as per your invoice.

Room configurations are limited. The sooner you register, the more likely it is we will be able to accommodate your preferences for single or shared rooms. If you are willing to share a room, please let us know and we will try to match you with a roommate.

Also, the sooner you register, the more likely it is you’ll receive a room at the main hotel who’s hosting us. Additional people will stay at nearby B&Bs, which are just down the street from our main hotel.

Once you register, you’ll be able to join the private Facebook group for retreat attendees (not visible to anyone other than those on the retreat), where we can begin to get acquainted in advance and remain in contact afterward!

This is going to be a small, personal retreat.
Attendance is limited to 12 people.

Early booking is highly recommended!

Completion of the registration form and payment of the nonrefundable deposit  holds your space.
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