In The Footsteps of St Francis

Francis & Clare of Assisi are a revolutionary duo. This deep and soulful retreat follows in their footsteps and traces the lives of these two mystics from a universal (not religious) perspective. Their timeless archetypes open windows into the medieval wisdom tradition of the saints. You will receive a deeper understanding of yourself, a renewed connection with Spirit, and guidance on how to thrive in your relationships. We come to see the relationship between the seen and unseen realms not as a linear hierarchy to climb, but as an interconnected dance of Love between the Spirit and Beloved. Immerse yourself in this reflective pilgrimage as we answer the deep yearning for the Divine.

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All the darkness of the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

St. Francis of Assisi

Itinerary Highlights
  • This retreat is a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths. Experience personal growth and joyful renewal about your life's purpose in this transformative & supportive environment.
  • Connect with the Sacred Earth Energies in the Sanctuary of Monteluco, an ancient sacred forest of rare Ilex trees, with roots 30 ft high. This forest has been protected since 750 BC.
  • Share a meal with Franciscan Friars from Assisi and learn how the contemplative lifestyle can be applied to you as a modern spiritual seeker.

  • Meet like-minded pilgrims and explore deepen your relationship to yourself in the peaceful, uplifting environment of quiet monasteries.
  • Daily inspirations & powerful meditations connect to the contemplative spiritual practises of medieval saints.
  • Visit the Highlights of ancient Rome including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Vatican & Sisteen Chapel.
  • Walk the ancient Procession of the Stigmata on Mount La Verna, where the first ever stigmata in history occurred.
  • Discover the roots of Franciscan pilgrimage on the 800 year old pilgrim path through the sacred forest and crumbling Benedictine monastery.
  • Visit San Damiano, where the crucifix spoke directly to Francis about his vocation. We participate the morning ritual of cloistered Nuns singing beautiful medieval songs.

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  • Nature

  • Centre

  • Connect

  • Peace

  • Sweet

  • Imagine

  • Smile

  • Wander

  • Clarity

Praise for this Journey

"Every detail was well thought out and taken care of in a first class manor; very professional, with a great deal of heart and soul animating every experience. This 'tour' indeed offers pilgrimage for those who wish to connect with the profoundly sacred spaces that Nina introduces us to with such great integrity, knowledge and passion. I am grateful to each member of the Dancing Spirit team for the patience, care, fun and support that they truly extended."

Stephanie, Toronto, Canada

"I would recommend DST to EVERYONE I know. The team, the content, the accommodations, the hotel staff, AND the other guests- everything was perfection! I am so sorry for it all to end."

Leslie, California, USA

"I've come home with new fingerprints from an extraordinary experience led by the stellar hands, hearts and integrity of Nina and Horst providing a safe place to be all that you can be in a new place to explore. I so appreciated the knowledge shared on each new step on this path and the ways this was communicated by the whole team. The diligence, organization and professionalism is well noted. I easily encourage those to join them on their next adventure and look forward to mine."

Lori, USA

Nina Hirlaender
Pilgrimage Guide

Nina Hirlaender is the creator of Dancing Spirit Tours. Her extensive experience in group facilitation, community building, mysticism, and metaphysics create an engaging and reflective spiritual journey. Nina's teaching focuses on a combination of archetypal patterns with a historical approach to St. Francis speaks to the core of who this inspiring spiritual leader really was and how he continues to have an impact today.

Nina attended York University, and continued to study at the prestigious Studio 58 Conservatory to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production. Nina's continued training at the University of Catalunya in Barcelona, earned her a diploma in Designing Sustainable Human Settlements. A graduate of The Four Winds Light Body School as a certified energy medicine practitioner in the Peruvian shamanic tradition, Nina is currently working on a Masters degree in Theology and International Ethics.

Through animated storytelling and a passion for personal growth, Nina engages the heart of mystical journeying and connect people with 'the inner journey', a trip of a lifetime.

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