Discover "Porto Selvaggio", the sacred landscape of the "Lady of the Sea and the Forest"
"The Goddess in all her manifestations was a symbol of the unity of all life in Nature.
Her power was in water and stone, in tomb and cave, in animals and birds, snakes and fish, hill, trees, and flowers” (M. Gimbutas).
Between 7000 B.C. and 3500 B.C., the people worshipped the Great Goddess, delighted in nature, shunned war and crafted superb ceramics rather than weapons.
The social system was matrilinear, but neither men nor women dominated the other sex.
This harmonious and peaceful “Old Europe” was shattered by waves of Indo-European invaders on horseback from the Russian steppes, who transformed Europe.
Their warriors gods dethroned the nurturing Goddess; patriarchy and hierarchy replaces sexual and social egalitarianism.
The Goddess religion and its symbols went underground, putting on the masks of Greek and Roman deities and the Virgin Mary.
Porto Selvaggio is a sacred place where the Goddess has been worshipped for millennia.
It is a breathtaking bay, concealed by pockets of pine trees, whose only way to be reached is by foot through heavily forest.
She manifests Her power to those who have respect and gratitude for all the beauty of this natural place, the Goddess is exactly that, She is Nature itself.
Bathing into Her spring waters is healing for the body and is a balm to the soul.
Connect to the shanti/healing energy of the “Lady of Porto Selvaggio, feel Her presence in the rocks, the trees, the wind, the sun, in every star and in all Her radiance, shining in the moonlight.
This retreat with Ambika was one of the most healing and empowering retreats I’ve ever done in my life. From the beginning I felt this warm embrace of the magical forest and sea of Portoselvaggio. There Ambika, who I felt was very much embodying the goddess of Portoselvaggio, held deeply healing space for me to get in touch with my body. Then something shifted within me: I felt my allergic conditions dissipate and I could enjoy the sunbathing and swimming for the first time in many years!
The highlight of the retreat was the full moon bathing. After a long silent walk in the forest we took off all our clothes on the beach and went into the sea. The moonlit water was calm, not too cold. There we swam and floated. We could scoop up the beautiful full moon with our own hands! Floating on my back and looking at the moon I ‘became’ the water: I could no longer tell where my body began and the water ended. It was absolutely magical!! The whole time the resident forest guardian dogs, Mirta and Salbe (spell??), were there with us, which made us feel even safer!
I loved every bit of this retreat experience with Ambika, who I really feel embodies the goddess of Portoselvaggio. I’d definitely love to come back there with Ambika again!