"The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The Black Mother within each of us -- the poet -- whispers in our dreams: I feel, therefore I can be free."

- Audre Lorde

Package Rates

Starting at $4200

May 1-6, 2024

6 Days, 5 Nights


Starting at $4200pp

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NOTE: We are happy to pair you with a suitemate upon request which you can indicate on the booking form once provided.

Package rates are inclusive of accommodations, meals during retreat programming, excursions, gift bags, airport and ground transportation. Airfare is not included.

PAYMENT PLAN: $750 deposit at sign up with 2 payments charged 14 days apart, final payment due on/before April 15. 

PAY IN FULL: Includes 5% discount

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Christena Cleveland, PhD

Message From The Host

My whole world changed when I encountered the Black Madonna.

Though I presented a stoically-confident persona to the world, internally I struggled with deep insecurities about my worth, the validity of my embodied experience as a Black woman, my body, my ability and more.

In 2016, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, I went searching for a spiritual icon that could relate to my experience as a Black woman and affirm that my body, life and story do in fact matter.

It didn't take long for me to encounter the Black Madonna and within seconds of viewing photos of Black Madonnas, my gut shifted from terror to hope.

Before I even read a word about the Black Madonna, my soul immediately recognized that these photos and drawings of ancient Black Madonnas declared a truth about my own sacredness and gave birth to a new understanding of God.

In late 2018, I embarked on a 400-mile walking pilgrimage across central France to visit 18 Black Madonnas in tiny mountain villages.

Each encounter with each Black Madonna healed a part of me -- from embracing my imperfection to loving my body to standing in my truth.

I detailed my transformational journey in my 2022 book God Is a Black Woman (HarperCollins).

Now, I'm excited to take Black women to the Black Madonnas I love because I know that you will love them too and be empowered by them!

Getting Here

You will arrive at Paris Orly (ORY) Airport. We suggest arriving before 12pm. Round trip airport transportation is provided regardless of what time you arrive and depart within the retreat dates.

Travel Restrictions

We strive to curate the safest experience for our attendees. Should the need arise to reschedule our retreat due to circumstances beyond our control, your payments will be applied to a future retreat.