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Remembering a Past Tour to Ireland
Drive Your Own Western U.S./California Sacred Places of
Goddess Pilgrimage.... Made Easy for You with My Book.
A word from Karen...
"Many of our
troubles in the world today arise from an over-emphasis of the
masculine, and a neglect of the feminine. This modern world is an
aggressive, hyperactive, competitive, masculine world, and it needs
the woman's touch as never before."
~ Eva Burrows
Sacred or purposeful travel, the contemporary version of
ancient pilgrimage, is undertaken for many of the same reasons
as in times past.
Humans still yearn to connect with ancestral roots, curry
favor with their deity, or participate in meaningful activities
that uplift their spirit or nourish their soul. Travelers may
be called to seek healing for their body and mind or broaden
their horizons about cultures and peoples in other places, ultimately feeling more a part of the global family.
Often times these sacred pilgrims are
seeking to validate their cultural or spiritual heritage, and
recognize these transformative journeys as a unique rite of
passage, an act very much in short supply in our contemporary
world. Rites of passage are almost completely missing from modern
society and constitute one of the most important reasons for the
pervasive sense of disconnection people feel between themselves and
others, their communities and even Mother Earth. These rites of
passage help us reconnect and feel a sense of belonging, kinship and
empowerment. On these pilgrimages we travel to sacred places where
Divine and mortal meet, experiencing secular time and sacred time,
ordinary reality and the extraordinary.
According to Karen, "The energetics of these places coupled
with the preparation we make for each journey helps us connect
with the deeper realms of body, soul, heart and mind, often
providing needed guidance and direction in our lives. We often
hear those we travel with say time and place mysteriously seems
to dim, as pilgrims immersed in the cycle of past, present and
future see history through a surreal lens."
So, if you are hearing the call, if your Divine Self is
urging you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, rituals,
prayer and magical revelation of a sacred journey, you might
want to heed the wisdom of your intuition and God/dess Self.
|Let Karen lead your group to sacred sites around the world.
For centuries the most devoted
Muslims, Jews and Christians have been making treks across the globe
to Mecca, the Wailing Wall and sites important in Jesus' life. In
the last few decades this tendency to travel to sacred places is
growing, with Pagans and Goddess Advocates making their own
contemporary pilgrimage routes. No longer content to take their
valuable quality time away from work and simply sit by a pool, more
and more the trend for people of all faiths is toward purposeful
travel to sacred sites around the world which enriches their lives
and nourishes their souls.
Having traveled tens of thousands of miles
over twenty years to the far corners of the globe, both individually
or with groups, Karen is the perfect guide to help you lead, plan or
select your own sacred pilgrimage. Travel with like-minded
travel companions on tours fully escorted for your leisure and
enjoyment, taking the guesswork out of travel. Contact Karen at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information about her tour guide services.
|For months after the tour, I’m still plugged in. I’m getting the
inspiration, I’m seeing the sites in my mind, and I’m still feeling
the tingles! – Sharon S
|The Goddess tour through Turkey was a great and unexpected
delight on all the senses. Thank you Karen for expertly leading us
through so much rich history at so many awe inspiring sacred sites.
This was one of my favorite travel experiences ever. In addition to
stimulating our minds, you awakened our intuition through dream
cultivation and discussion. The variety of rituals and ceremonies
you organized helped me personally connect with each location and
the Goddess within. It was so much fun as well!! Most highly
recommend you and your tours to others. -- Christina B.
|Words can only approximate and never completely capture my inner
landscape but gratitude prompts a feeble attempt. Thank you and Roy
so very much for your efforts and allowing me to share in the fruits
of your life's work and joys. My life has been permanently enhanced
by your sharing. -- Samantha W.
|Energy of the Goddess pilgrimage has lifted my demeanor and
infused my being with an accelerated sense of joy and purpose. My
physical body vibrates at an accelerated rate and higher frequency.
I am immersed in an infinite sea of joyous life which I call
Mystery. I live within Goddess and Goddess lives within me. All is
Goddess and I am All. I am unity. There are no boundaries. There
are no seams of division or separation. I am light. I am the
colors and smells of Fall. I am glistening in the early morning
dew. I am bursting with Love. My soul screams with exultation. I
am five pounds in a four pound container. I flow from the Mother; I
am her son. -- Danny aka One Coyote
|Words just can't express it. I'll never forget our journey
chasing the sun. -- Nancy W.
Karen's Travel Tips
traveled across five continents chasing down sacred sites, one
begins to acquire some savvy about travel. You will find these
tips, and many more, in Sacred Places of Goddess: 108
- Deciding to make a sacred pilgrimage or plan a vacation requires
a good deal of planning. Things to consider are the duration of the
trip, your budget, your intention for the journey and if you are
going to travel independently or with a group.
- Traveling independently affords the most flexibility, but
requires the most planning before you leave and during your journey.
- Sometimes it may be less expensive to travel independently,
however, taking advantage of group air and land costs should be
- Always remember to bring along bottles that seal tightly if you
plan to gather sacred water. Coke bottles or empty shampoo bottles
always work well.
- Your first trip abroad is not the time to test your limits of
endurance. Be realistic about your physical condition.
- Pack according to the activities on your itinerary. If you're
going to be walking through cow paddies in farmers fields to get to
standing stones, be sure you bring protective footwear. Likewise,
if you plan to visit mosques, be prepared with something to cover
head, shoulders and bare legs. No need to pack formal clothes if
you aren't planning to go to the opera or theatre, and even then,
try to use multi-purpose clothes to cut down on what you pack.
- The tendency is always to over pack. One tip I've come to
embrace is actually bringing one pair of jeans and old t-shirts I
actually leave behind as I go, making room for souvenirs and hard to
find statuary for my collection. If I need a fresh t-shirt, I can
always find one from the local souvenir vendors.
- Don't pack expensive clothing or jewelry. One never knows when
luggage might be lost and never recovered. Keep valuables and
irreplaceable medicines with you. Never check them. Keep your
receipts for items that is in your baggage in your purse or wallet
in case you have to claim them lost at the airport if luggage goes
- Roll-up skirts and scarves can easily double for evening clothes
rather than packing day AND evening clothes. Later these items can
even be used to cushion fragile items in your suitcase.
- Camera supplies are often hard to find and can be expensive in
third world countries. Bring back up supplies. Extra batteries,
film, memory cards.
- Remember to get your passport well before your departure date and
remember your name on your airline tickets must match your passport.
Visas are often required and are issued by embassies and
consulates. Check about applying for your visa. If you're
traveling with a group, your tour operator might provide the visa
for you. Be sure to ask. Never assume. Write the U. S. Department
of State, Passport Services, Correspondence Branch, Room 386, 1425 K
Street NW, Washington, DC 20524 for visa and passport information.
You can also get a passport application at many of your local post
offices. Call ahead before going down to the office and find out
their photo requirements.
- The World Wildlife Fund prints a Buyer Beware booklet informing
travelers what's allowed back into the country and what might be
against the law. You can call them for the brochure at
202/293-4800. Remember not to purchase any items made from any part
of an animal. Our friends in the animal kingdom are not
- Never take anything from a sacred site or treat the environment
with disrespect. No climbing on rocks, putting out cigarettes, or
leaving your trash behind.
- Be prepared that third world countries have squat toilets.
Ladies, bring your own tissues.
- Understand the currency exchange rate before you depart. You
might even want to make yourself an "At A Glance" chart to keep in
your pocket. Consider purchasing currency for your destination in
the airport before you take off or in the airport of your arrival
destination. You'll need money for your cab ride to your hotel
unless you've pre-purchased an airport transfer.
- Many countries
will not take U.S. dollars. Though some will. Don't take the
chance. You will get the best exchange rates for your travelers
checks at banks and Thomas Cook. Hotels and other private
businesses usually give a poor exchange rate. Some countries are
using the Euro - others aren't - like England. Know before you go.
Karen is available to lead your group tour and organizes annual
and semi-annual tours you might want to join. Remember, if you
want to experience a Goddess-oriented tour, it is important that you
avoid traditional tours which will not cover herstory.
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