Master the art of coming home to yourself with St. Francis and St. Clare whose courageous lives embody authenticity and purpose. Experience self-reconciliation in the sanctuary of La Verna, where the profound silence is broken once a day by the chiming of church bells calling pilgrims to the procession — a tradition held for almost 600 years. Let the solemn songs of the friars wash over you as they guide you to the exact spot where Francis first received his stigmata. Feel yourself being embraced by divine presence in Hermitage Carceri, nestled in the tranquil woodland on Mount Subasio. Find peace in the secluded forest chapel where St. Francis came to pray. Experience an ocean of mercy through the inspiring stories of St. Clare, the divine feminine companion of Francis. Enter the cloister and feel Clare’s spiritual light emanating from the former bedchamber where she received her ecstatic visions. This soulful retreat offers a balm for modern-day mystics who desire a meaningful, spirit-filled life.
All the darkness of the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.St. Francis of Assisi
“Between the two of us, we have traveled on six continents, but the Assisi tour with Dancing Spirit was the absolute best ever travel experience — totally professional and complete in every detail. Guided, informed, educated and inspired every step of the way. And there was room for free time and downtime as needed. The team was totally flexible and accommodating. Wonderful! We will definitely travel with Dancing Spirit again!"Gary & Rachelle, Manitoba, Canada
"I want to tell you how deeply my heart was touched by my Dancing Spirit retreat in Assisi. Although raised Catholic, I really met St. Francis and St. Clare for the first time through this pilgrimage. Now I feel them in my life. I also have an appreciation of my Catholic roots, which I had not felt in decades. This journey is a perfect combination of history, heart, and authenticity. I feel as though it ushered in this second half of my life — one I’m already loving and appreciating with a passion. I want to thank each of you for the meaningful and spirit-filled work you are doing."Terry, Nevada, USA
When I first set foot on these lush Umbrian hills, amidst olive groves and poppy fields, my heart soared with wonder. Waking up in Castello di Petarta is heavenly to say the least! It’s a 13thcentury watchtower from St. Francis’s time that’s been renovated into a luxury villa. Imagine listening to birdsong outside your window in the morning as the fresh scent of Italian baking wafts into your bedroom. Life in Assisi is easeful; it helps me stay connected to the present moment. Sounds blissful, right?!
Every time I come back to the village of Assisi, it’s like coming home. Each time, I seem to find another piece of myself and form a deeper connection with St. Francis and St. Clare who teach me what it means to live in service to a purpose that is beyond myself. The title “saint” in front of their names denotes their canonization and therefore holiness, but what I love most about Francis and Clare is that they’re real, relatable human beings. I can’t wait to share their stories with you. These two mystics are outstanding examples of what happens when you learn to discern spiritual guidance and live your purpose-- something that we are all striving for.
On this pilgrimage you’ll learn the art of contemplative prayer and how to truly listen for the guidance you seek. These meditation techniques have been used for centuries to cultivate fortitude, confidence and integrity. You'll practise centring yourself in non-dual awareness to access a wellspring of loving presence. Our retreat together in Assisi is an invaluable time to develop clarity and confidence. Ready? Get the Trip Guide below for the day-to-day itinerary or go ahead and sign up right now!
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