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The Magdalene Heart Path in France 2017

Led by Mercedes Kirkel
June 14th – 24th, 2017
(Over the Summer Solstice!)


Join us for this transformational journey that weaves together practicing and living The Magdalene Heart Path with exploring the sacred sites of Mary Magdalene in southern France.

Spend eleven 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 personal journeysan-salvayre-mm-statue-crop_1864 of living The Magdalene Heart Path
  • Visiting the sacred sites of the area that are powerfully 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 on the summer solstice
  • A special Mary Magdalene live channeling by Mercedes for our group over the summer solstice at a powerful location
  • Staying in the heart of the Magdalene energy field for 11 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 14 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 eight 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, family-style meal that we all enjoy together, starting with apertif and followed by appetizer, main course, table wine, cheese, and dessert. And each morning you’ll be served a French-style breakfast.

The retreat begins before you even arrive in France. All registrants will take THE MAGDALENE HEART PATH ONLINE COURSE prior to the retreat (the cost of the course is included in the retreat price). This will allow everyone to deeply understand what The Magdalene Heart Path is and support all of us in having a life-changing experience of LIVING THE MAGDALENE HEART PATH together throughout the retreat.


Day 1—Wednesday, June 14th

Arrive in Toulouse, France. You’ll stay overnight at a hotel in Toulouse (included in retreat price) which is very close to the airport and provides free airport shuttle service.

Day 2—Thursday, June 15th

In the morning, we have our first retreat gathering at our Toulouse hotel, focusing on what The Magdalene Heart Path is for each of us. Mercedes will talk about the Black Madonna and how it relates to Mary Magdalene, in preparation for the afternoon.

notre-dame-de-marceille-black-madonna_1455-editWe travel to Limoux for lunch and 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 place where she was found to honor her.

We then go to a special site for a ceremony of cleansing in preparation for our retreat.

Afterward we check in to our hotels in River and Hostelerie, Rennes les Bains_2589Rennes-les-Bains, where we’ll be staying for the next eight nights (included in retreat price). Rennes-les-Bains is a spa town, with a whole suite of baths going back to Roman times, as well as being a sacred site where the Celts worshipped the “Goddess of the Waters.” Most important of all, this may have been the place where Mary Magdalene and Yeshua settled upon arriving in France after the crucifixion.

We’ll have the first of many delicious dinners provided by our lovely hosts to our whole group. (All 8 dinners in Rennes-les-Bains are included in the retreat price).

Day 3—Friday, June 16th

We spend the morning in group practice, guided by Mercedes, as we go more deeply into our immersion in The Magdalene Heart Path. Lunch will be at a favorite restaurant on the Place des Deux Rennes, (the square in the center of Rennes-les-Bains).

After lunch we go 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 a visit to another empowered site.Tour Magdala w:path_2372

Before dinner, Mercedes will offer a presentation 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 4—Saturday, June 17th

We begin the day with our group practice of The Magdalene Heart Path.

Then we drive 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 said to be built on an ancient temple of Isis.

Mystery surrounds this church, which is filled with fRLC Altar Stained Glass full color crop_2386ascinating 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 enjoy 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.

We return to Rennes-les-Bains where dinner is provided by our hosts.

Day 5—Sunday, June 18thEsperaza market gypsy_1795

We begin with retreat time. Then we go to the lively and colorful outdoor market at Esperaza for shopping and fun, finishing with lunch from your choice of local vendors.

fountain-of-lovers_1994In 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 to fill us with her blessing and love of Yeshua and God, as we empower our inner lover.

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

Day 6Monday, June 19th

We begin with retreat time, followed by personal time for integration. An optional yoga class will be offered.

Lunch is on your own in Rennes-les-Bains. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the outdoor warm springs, or 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 7—Tuesday, June 20th

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 montsegur_1631rather 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 Montsegur archway_1621remarkable, 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.

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

Day 8—Wednesday, June 21st, Summer Solstice

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 9—Thursday, June 22nd

Magdalene Cave_2253Today we travel to the very special Magdalene cave that’s across the valley from Rennes-le-Chateau. Within this sacred cave, Mercedes will offer a live channeling of Mary Magdalene for the summer solstice.

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch afterward. 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 10—Friday, June 23rd

We gather in the morning for our closing ceremony. Then we drive to Alet-les-Bains for a wonderful blessing at a special site. 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 friends, 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 11—Saturday, June 24th

Depart from Toulouse for home.

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

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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 at Toulouse hotel (with free airport shuttle)
  • All ground transportation and transfers, as stated in itinerary, via touring vans
  • 10 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 (8 total)
  • French-style continental breakfast every morning (10 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
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, $4,720 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 April 19, 2017:

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 1, 2017 as per your invoice.

BALANCE due on or before May 1, 2017 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 14 people.

Early booking is highly recommended!

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