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Crete Goddess Pilgrimage 2023

Crete Goddess Pilgrimage and Ancestral Priestess Path Pilgrimage with Katinka Soetens

Come and follow the memory of ancestral Goddess loving people and Her priestesses, as well as the signs of the Goddess, in the sacred landscape of Crete.

The Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Ariadnean civilisation of Crete was the last pre – patriarchal culture in Europe, honouring life, beauty, women and men and living in the ways of Goddess.

This fertile land still holds the mysteries and offers a wonderful way to connect back into the Ways of the Priestess through the reclaimed libation rituals, sacred dance and symbolic movement, oracle tradition and deep underworld journey of the labyrinth.

The Cretan civilisation was abundant, amazingly advanced in arts and science, medicine and craft, agriculture and sea faring. The Ariadnean Goddess culture of Crete at this time was gift economy based, free trading and peaceful for over a 1000 years.

The beautiful landscape of Crete holds memory and allows easy access to the resonance of these ancestral times, temples and culture.

We will follow the memory of ancestral Goddess loving people and Her priestesses, as well as the signs of the Goddess, in the sacred landscape of Crete.

On this journey we will dance and create rituals in Her ancient temples, we will open to Her voice in magical Cretan nature, visit sacred caves and labyrinth, find beaches to relax into Her presence and connect deeply to the ancient Goddess Priestesses in priestess graves. We will explore Ariadnean temples, sites, musea and art as well as enjoy sunshine, beautiful sea and delicious food.

Throughout our tour, we will connect to our ancient heritage: of love between men and women, of priestesses and empowerment, of wisdom, sacredness of the body, sacredness of all life, and wisdom of the Goddess.

Come celebrate life together, with elemental ceremony and deep connection to the Ancestors and Goddess of this sacred land.

We’ll stay in simple, shared room accommodation, some of which have breakfast included, in some of the most delightful, and less touristic places in Eastern Crete.

Further specifications:

  • English spoken tour, reasonable mobility essential.
  • Walking sandals, and sun cream use advised.
  • Bring swimming towel.
  • Small suitcases please to be able to fit all luggage into our transport.

* Please note the tour programme starts on Monday pm 11th June, at Heraklion airport and ends 23rd June later pm at Heraklion airport. If arriving earlier or later, please contact us, but arrange to meet us at the appointed time and place.

I’d love to have as many sistar priestesses -or brother priests- of the Goddess with me on this unique journey, and am so happy that many return year after year, as they enjoy and value this pilgrimage so much.

The 2023 Ariadnean Goddess pilgrimage to Crete will include visiting:

😍  Matala, the red beach, Pheistos, Agia Triados, Kommos and the tholmus grave site,
😍 Knossos sacred site and Heraklion archeological museum,
😍 Mount Juktas, the original Labyrinth Skotino cave, Fournia priestess grave and Archanes,
😍 Malia Temple palace and artisan town, Gournia with it’s great ritual offering-, Bethyl -and Kernos- stones, and (poss) Sissi, and the Lasithi Plateau,
😍 Mochlos island with Priestess house, Neolithic house graves, sacred sanctuary and temenos,
😍 Zakros Temple palace and Gorge of the Dead,
😍 Myrthos and the Kato Simi sanctuary of sacred union dedicated to Aphrodite and Hermes.

Of course we will also visit fabulous beaches, stunning sea, delicious food and group sharing space, in great off the beaten track villages.
We will enjoy beach or mountain ceremonies, as well as ritual space in some of the sacred sites.

With simple shared accommodation in unassuming settings where we can feel the local energy and enjoy real, sometimes even wild, Crete, we will have an unforgettable time.

Full pilgrimage programme will be sent upon booking your place with your deposit payment.

Costs and Conditions

Cost £1375,– / € equivalent

Early bird fee is £1175,- / € equivalent

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Heraklion.
  • Historical/sacred site and museum entrance, food, travel/personal insurance including cancelation insurance and spending money.

Non Refundable Deposit of £400 secures your place, payable as soon as possible by paypal or bank transfer, referencing your name and ‘CRETE23’

Full payment of the rest (£975) by 1st May 2023

Please note: a full cancellation fee is payable if one decides to cancel the booked place after 1st May 2023.

To confirm your place on the tour, you need to pay your deposit referencing CRETE23 and your name.

Some more images from 2022 Pilgrimage


“Ahhh I loved this tour! Highly recommended! I would do it again in a heartbeat.” Stephanie Allison Schudel

“It is fantastic tour – you will really feel you are treading in the footsteps of yourself in a previous incarnation !” Les Cloutman

“Loved this journey with Katinka.” Elaine Wattam

“People, don’t miss it! I did it. Absolutely unforgettable!” Laura Ghianda

“Loved loved the experience, love this land and Katinka’ unique guidance! Wish one day I can return! Xxx.” Luiza Frazao

“Superb experience!!!!!” Erin McCauliff

“It is the greatest! Xxx” Charlotte Haigh


  • All individuals are responsible for their own wellbeing and possessions. Tour organiser is not liable for personal injury, loss or damages.
  • Flights arrival and departures need to be coordinated time wise, to fit with the pilgrimage schedule. Otherwise, alternative transport to and from where we are staying becomes the responsibility/arrangement and cost of the individual.
  • Changes to the tour programme subject to change as organiser sees fit or local circumstances dictate.

PLACE: Crete

DATE: June 11th to 23rd 2023