Living Your Purpose

Francis of Assisi is one of the most captivating spiritual figures in history. Our intimate pilgrimage follows in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare, two revolutionaries whose courageous lives and uplifting stories embody the transformation of the human soul from ‘Ego’ to ‘Divine Love’ in action. The timeless wisdom of ‘the mystical path’ will help you understand yourself and others better, and cultivate more loving relationships in your life. Special Guest Instructor, Dr. Robert Holden presents a 3-day workshop on 'Purpose & The Enneagram.' Immerse yourself in the peaceful Italian countryside and embody the unique purpose of your life.

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

St. Francis of Assisi

Itinerary Highlights


  • On this pilgrimage, you detach from your personal drama and clear disempowering life stories and toxic relationships. Discover soulful meditations and powerful reflective exercises that help you craft an original story for the next chapter of your life.
  • Connect with the Sacred Earth Energies and explore the Sanctuary of Monteluco, an ancient sacred forest of rare Ilex trees, with roots 30 ft high. This forest has been protected by every local culture since 750 BC.
  • Enjoy a special dinner evening with a group of lively Friars from Assisi who present us with private concert in medieval style!
  • This journey is a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths. Experience personal growth, greater confidence and joyful renewal about your life's purpose by immersing yourself in this transformative pilgrimage.
  • Connect with like-minded pilgrims and explore deepen your relationship to yourself in the peaceful, uplifting environment of quiet monasteries.
  • Visit San Damiano, where the crucifix came alive in 1205 and spoke directly to Francis about his vocation. We participate in a morning ritual and listen to a beautiful medieval choir of cloistered Nuns singing.
  • Walk in the profoundly moving Procession of the Stigmata on Mount La Verna, where the first ever stigmata in history occurred on this very spot.
  • Visit Basilica of San Francesco, burial place of St Francis and a treasure for medieval masterpiece frescos. Aquire greater cultural awareness and learn how the master painters of the pre-Renaissance were predicting the revolution that lay ahead.
  • Discover the roots of Franciscan pilgrimage along an 800 year old pilgrim path through an ecologically sensitive sacred forest that connects a crumbling Benedictine monastery with the old city of Assisi.

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Purpose & The Enneagram

This 3-Day course that uses the timeless wisdom of the Enneagram to help you live your life purpose, cultivate soul gifts, undo inner blocks to success, and commit more fully to following your joy.


The Enneagram is the oldest self awareness tool on our planet, dating back 2,500 years. It identifies nine basic personality types that help you better understand yourself and others. It also features nine holy meditations for your soul journey.


Robert presents a rich tapestry of meditations, prayer, poetry and exercises to help you live your purpose using the Enneagram. He will draw on teachings from St. Francis and St. Clare as well as other mystics and saints.


  • Purpose of the Enneagram - how to use the Enneagram in your work, relationships and life.
  • The Hero’s Journey – answering the call to joy and setting out on a road less travelled.
  • Living an Authentic life – daring to be more of your authentic self.
  • Make Me an Instrument – opening up to new levels of inspiration, creativity and grace.
  • Doing the Impossible – overcoming the basic fear, the fixation and the passion of your Ennea-type.
  • A Daily Enneagram Practice – using the Enneagram in your daily spiritual practice.

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

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.

Dr. Robert Holden
Guest Instructor

Robert Holden Ph.D.’s innovative work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, a PBS show called Shift Happens!, and in two major BBC documentaries called The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown to over 30 million television viewers worldwide.

Robert is the author of Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence), Be Happy, Loveability, Holy Shift! 365 Daily Meditations from A Course in Miracles and Life Loves You, co-written with Louise Hay.

Robert hosts a weekly show for Hay House Radio called Shift Happens!

This will be Robert’s second time in Assisi with Dancing Spirit Tours. He looks forward to joining the pilgrimage and combining the wisdom of the Enneagram with the teachings of St. Francis to help pilgrims discover their purpose and transform their lives.

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