DREAM of a wild garden retreat
WHY THE NAME ARTEMIS?
I heard that there is a temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis, just outside Kerkira, Corfu town; this same goddess also came to me through the goddess cards before going to Corfu to find the land for this project.
Artemis had been “showing” herself also during the 2016 Silent Music Retreat in July, when I heard a group of volunteers talking about going to this Artemis temple and one of them ended up recording an amazing track (thanks Gwen!) we played on the last evening before the beginning of the live music, while people were entering the space.
We all felt something magic was happening and the special atmosphere of the temple recording was resonating in the olive grove, deep ancestral sounds welcoming each and every one of us back home.
So while we were looking at amazing lands I had the feeling that we are going to create a “nest”, a wild home and retreat for many people, and again Artemis was resonating, as in the meanwhile I was getting to know her better, as goddess of wilderness, wild animals, hunt, childbirth, midwifery, virginity, protector of young girls and women.
She was the twin sister of Apollo and this couple also rang a bell to me, as what we have experienced during the past gatherings has also been a beautiful integration of the two energies, masculine and feminine in balance can support each other in amazing ways, something that is also at the base of what Igor and I have been sharing with people at our workshops for the last 7 years.
The last piece of the puzzle was to read about the earth lay lines and find out that one of them crosses the island of Corfu, and it’s the now called Archangel Michael line, or before that Apollo, Apollo-Artemis and Apollo-Athena line.
"The most dramatic of ley lines is the St Michael – Apollo Axis, which cuts across Europe from Skellig Saint Michael off the west coast of Ireland and crosses sites dedicated to the Archangel (such as Saint Michael’s Mount and Mont San Michel).
Through France and Italy, the Axis reaches Corfu, where, passing through the Temple dedicated to Apollo’s sister Artemis, (the temple where Medusa dominated the structure) it transfers its allegiance to Michael’s pagan counterpart, Apollo.”
This extract is from the website Real Corfu, where you can find many other interesting info (realcorfu.com/the-medusa-snake-symbolism-ley-lines-in-corfu/), like the Artemis temple (realcorfu.com/the-temple-of-artemis-corfu-town/) and much more.
This is the map I found one day, sitting on the veranda of one of the many beautiful tavernas in Arillas, looking out to the sea:
All of this has made me want to dedicate the wild nest we intend to co-create to this goddess, the brave Artemis, to honor her and the greek mythology behind her, rooted in Corfu as in all of Greece.
I asked all the friends sitting at that table if they liked the idea, to create Artemis Grove, and everyone liked it immediately!