“Sacred sites are like living archetypes. They can bring wisdom, healing, and revelation.”
—Robert Graves

In Search of the Black Madonna Encounters with the Divine Feminine

A Pilgrimage to Northern Spain

May 14 – 27, 2018

Black Madonna at Puigcerda

Caring for the Soul offers this special program to study, visit, experience, and work with the energies of the Black Madonna as she manifests and re-emerges in our time.

Black Madonna figures can be found all over the world with hundreds of sites in Europe, especially in Spain and France, many dating to the 12th century and earlier. The figures are ancient, powerful, beloved, and an integral part of their local landscapes and culture.

This 14-day pilgrimage will include some of the oldest and most interesting sites in Catalonia, northern Spain.  After meeting in Barcelona, we will go to Montserrat, a major Black Madonna site, before exploring more special places throughout this region. Our itinerary takes us to beautiful, smaller, remote areas, where dark Madonnas have strong connections with their natural environments. While in the Pyrenees we will seek out the Madonnas of the mountains. We will work on integrating the energies we will experience in this series of encounters with the divine feminine.

The program will be enriched with history, legends, and exploration of the presence and symbolic meaning of the Black Madonnas in their varying manifestations. We will bring a Jungian perspective to our inquiry. History of the Great Goddess, especially in this region, will be shared, and the Great Mother archetype will be explored as we seek out the divine feminine today. Group sessions will deepen our experience through lecture, discussion, reflection, body awareness, creative expression, and ritual.

Black Madonna at Montserrat

Black Madonna at Montserrat

We will see the beauty of the area as we travel through the countryside, staying in lovely Catalan hotels and enjoying the great food of the region. The pace will be unhurried with time to experience the atmosphere of the sacred sites. Enrollment will be limited to a small group.

The Black Madonna calls to us, intrigues us, and generates more and more interest among us. Who is she and what does she represent? Why is she black? Why are more and more people drawn to her and powerfully moved by their experiences with her? Why is she appearing in dreams at this particular time? Is there a spiritual thirst for the divine feminine in the world today? The mystery surrounding these questions will be at the heart of our pilgrimage.


May 14, Monday, through May 27, 2018, Saturday. Program begins in Barcelona at 2 pm May 14 and ends in Barcelona at 4 pm May 27. Participants make their own arrangements for travel to and from Barcelona.


$6,420 USD includes all program costs, lodging in a single room with private bathroom for 14 nights, all breakfasts, several lunches, most dinners, and all travel within Spain. $5,920 USD for a shared room. To enroll please complete application and enrollment forms and pay deposit of $750.


Black Madonna

Catalonian Black Madonna, now in National Art and History Museum, Barcelona

Montserrat.best shot

Cliff-side Monastery at Montserrat, Spain


Black Madonna of Solsona