Astrological Retreat Luxor
Astrological Retreat Luxor - 2023
Visit the iconic sites of Egypt, and learn astrology in an intimate friendly group, in a tranquil ecolodge where you can stargaze at night. Luxor is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with many incredible temples and sacred sites. The ancient Egyptians used astrology for everything, calculating the movements of the stars and planets, and aligning their temples to celestial markers.
This unique retreat combines the energies of Egypt with intensive astrology training. Classes include meditations on the planets, lively discussions, and chart interpretation. Participants will enjoy excursions to the great temples of Luxor, including Luxor and Karnak Temples, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and Denderah the Temple of Hathor. This is the site of the famous Denderah Zodiac, that blends Egyptian, Greek and Babylonian astrology.
Astro Retreat Dates 2023:
Due to the resounding success of the astrological retreat Luxor in October 2022, I am opening more retreats for 2023:
16 October 2023 - 8 x days - Foundation in Astrology I
23 October 2023 - 8 x days - Foundation in Astrology II
Astrological Retreat Luxor - The Foundation I
The Story of Astrology
The Elements and Modes
The Planets, Luminaries & Signs
The Twelve Houses
Astrological Retreat Luxor - The Foundation II
Forecasting with Transits
Solar Arc Directions
Synastry - Relationship Charts
Meditations & Journeying
On the Planets, Luminaries & Signs
Crystals, Gemstones & Oils
Their attributions to the planets & signs, and use as remedies & meditation tools
The Astrological Ages
How they relate to Egypt and the ancient world, and what they mean for us today
Temple Visits & Sacred Sites
Denderah Temple of Hathor
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Ramesseum - Temple of Millions of Years
Optional visit to the Valley of the Kings /Queens
Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over the West Bank
Extension to Abydos on request
Certification: Astrological Foundation Luxor
Paricipants will receive comprehensive study materials, a recommended reading list and certificate of completion.
This course is suitable for beginners, and those with some knowledge looking to deepen their understanding. You will spend plenty of time working on your own chart, and learning to synthesise the different components of astrology. The meditations help you to connect to the planetary energies in an experiential way, while gazing at the night sky full of stars in this beautiful quiet place with no light pollution. We will touch on spiritual, karmic and esoteric astrology, reading on a soul level.
This is a residential retreat at Habu Hotel Ecolodge, on the West Bank of Luxor, in front of Medinet Habu Temple. Rooms are all single occupancy en suite. Your stay includes a hearty Egyptian breakfast every day; the on-site restaurant prepares delicious, fresh, organic food, traditional Egyptian fare; and caters to dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free.
Places are limited to 12
All enquiries: Info@katykeel.com
Day 1: Arrive at Luxor airport, transfer to our residential accommodation at Habu Hotel, where a warm greeting awaits you. Enjoy a welcome drink, relax, unwind, and rest from your travels
Luxor Temple at night: our journey begins with an evening visit to Luxor Temple, lit up in splendour, as we are guided through this temple build in honour of Mut, the great Goddess of Luxor. The energies have been activated since the recent procession along the Avenue of Sphinxes from Karnak to Luxor Temple, recreating the ancient ceremony of Opet
Welcome dinner: participants will enjoy a welcome dinner in an authentic Egyptian restaurant, sample local cuisine, and get to know your fellow travellers
Day 2: Astrology Seminar - The Story of Astrology
Introduction to the Foundation Training
The Origins of Astrology - Egypt, Greece, Bablyon, India and the ancient world. The story of Hermes and Thoth, and how the wisdom of Thoth has influenced Western thought in surprising ways.
The Elements and Modes - the foundations of astrology. Esoteric principles, numerology and sacred geometry.
The Twelve Signs
A journey of the evolution of consciousness through the twelve signs.
Experiential learning on the signs, through guided meditations & esoteric invocations
Medinet Habu Temple
Visit to Medinet Habu Temple, the memorial temple of Ramesis III. This strikingly beautiful temple was built by Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. It has many well preserved reliefs and colours still intact.
Day 3: Astrology Seminar - The Planets & Luminaries
Teaching on the symbolism, astrological meanings, Greek mythology
The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron
Shamanic journey to meet each planet and connect with them on an experiential and soul level
Ramesseum - the Temple of Millions of Years
Visit to the Ramesseum, a beautiful, mysterious and lesser visited place on the West Bank. This is the mortuary temple of Ramesis II, Ramesis the Great himself.
Day 4: Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Visit to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at sunrise. This stunning temple dedicated to the powerful female Pharaoh is built on three levels, directly into the rock face, and is unique in its design.
Denderah Temple of Hathor
Our group will explore this amazing temple dedicated to Goddess Hathor, Mistress of Astrology and Lady of the Stars. This is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved temples in all of Egypt. On the ceiling of the hypostyle hall are images of the astrological journey of the evolution of consciousness, and the incarnation of the soul. You can see the great goddess Nut, the mother of Isis, whose body represents the Milky Way. We will visit the room of the famous Denderah Zodiac, the room of the resurrection of Osiris, explore underground crypts, and have the opportunity to go on the roof and see a panoramic view of the landscape. We will also see the healing pool where Queen Cleopatra used to bathe.
Sufi Drumming Ceremony
We will enjoy beautiful Sufi drumming from the happiest musicians; as we dance and celebrate in the spirit of Hathor, the Goddess of happines and joy.
Day 5: Astrology Seminar - The Twelve Houses
The Twelve Houses, their associated areas of life, how to understand and work with them
Chart interpretation: planets in signs in houses. Group discussion and work on individual charts
Crystals, gemstones and oils
Their astrological attributions, and their use as remedies
Boat Trip on the Nile
The group will enjoy a boat trip on the magical Nile river, journeying to the East Bank, where you can relax in tropical gardens, partner up and work on your astrology charts
Optional trips around Luxor: choose from a sunset felucca boat trip, visit the mummification museum, visit the shopping bazaars, or swim in the pool by the Nile
Optional visit to the children at the Sunshine Home Orphanage
Day 6: Karnak Temple
Excursion to Karnak Temple, the largest temple complex in the world. Our group will be guided around this magnificent temple, dedicated to Amun Ra, the great hidden god who became merged with the Sun God, Ra. There are many smaller temples and chapels within the main complex, to Osiris, P'tah, Sekhmet, Khonsu, and many others. The sun rises directly above the altar of Amun on the winter solstice.
Astrology Seminar - The Aspects
The astrological aspects, major and minor
How to work with the aspects between different planets
Chart interpretation techniques: planets, signs, houses and aspects
Discussion and work on individual charts
Day 7: Astrology Seminar - Chart Interpretation
Tips and techniques on how to interpret the chart as a whole. Consolidation of the work we have done
Working through individual charts with insights, guidance and advice.
Certification Ceremony: you will receive a certificate for the astrological foundation training in Luxor. You will need to complete case studies to continue to your learning and improve your skills
Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ecolodge and gardens
Optional excursions to the Valley of the Kings /Queens
Farewell Dinner: we give thanks for new friends, phenomenal learning and powerful shared experiences
Day 8: Departures
Airport transfers and flights home
7 x nights in Luxor, Egypt
Residential accommodation in Ecohotel
Welcome dinner included
Entrance fees to sacred sites
Private meditation time in the temples
English speaking Egyptologist Guide
Transport between locations
All classes and seminars
Foundation in Astrology Certification
What's not Included:
Lunches, dinners, drinks (except welcome dinner)
Optional trips & activities
Outbound to Luxor
Extra nights can be arranged if necessary
Return from Luxor
Astro Foundation I £1,500
Astro Foundation II £1,500
Early bird price: £1,399
if paid in full by 30 April
£500 deposit will secure your place
10% discount if both courses are booked together
Rooms are all single occupancy en suite
All prices are in GBP
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Katy Sophia - Astrology Teacher /Retreat Facilitator
Katy has been a practising astrologer for fourteen years, she specialises in ascension readings to shine a light onto your soul purpose. She has been studying astrology since her teenage years, and completed the professional diploma course at the LSA.
Katy has created her own astrology course, Intensive Astrology, which she teaches in person and online.
An energy healer and meditation guide, she finds astrology to be inseparable from the energies of creation. She has been running spiritual retreats and leading groups to Egypt for seven years. Egypt is the source of the hermetic arts, which originate from the teachings of Thoth /Djehuti.
Katy has led retreats and sacred journeys in Egypt, Glastonbury, and Portugal; she runs womens' circles and Red Tents in London; and she teaches astrology, energy healing, & feminine empowerment. A skilled and experienced astrologer, energy healer and coach, she combines multi-faceted sacred knowledge to empower and transform.
Let Katy guide you through a beautiful meditation with Nut, Goddess of the Stars. Connecting with Nut in the starry heavens, and the magical Nile river, allows you to manifest your dreams.
Our Accommodation: Habu Hotel Ecolodge by Tracey Ash & Mohamed Sayed
Habu Hotel is a newly refurbished historical hotel on the West Bank of Luxor, right in front of Medinet Habu Temple. This is the hotel where Howard Carter stayed, while he was on the Tutanhkamun dig. November 2022 marks the centenary of this discovery, so it is a very exciting time to be in Luxor.
The hotel has been restyled as an Ecohotel, the rooms are all en-suite, simple, comfortable and beautiful. There is a roof terrace which looks right onto the temple, and the Theban hills. There is a downstairs terrace and large garden where organic fruit and veg are grown, and various seating and dining areas.
The cuisine is traditional Egyptian, and cooked freshly on-site, with delicious organic ingredients. Breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat price, and vegetarians /vegans are catered for.
Sufi drummers and musicians are regular visitors, and our group will enjoy Sufi drumming and celebrations.
The energies here are powerful, grounding and balanced - it is an ideal place to study and meditate.
Optional Tours & Activities
There will be opportunities to meet the locals and sample Egyptian life, or enjoy optional excursions:
Visit the Valley of the Kings /Queens
Make a trip to the Valley of the Kings to see the tombs of the Pharaohs, such as the tomb of Tutankhamun, or the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor
Lifting off before sunrise from the West Bank, you will experience sunrise over the Nile from the air, and see the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Valleys, and the temples and sights of Luxor
Sufi Healing Ceremony
We will enjoy a Sufi drumming ceremony during out stay at the Habu Hotel. There are many Sufis in Luxor, and their way of life is peaceful, prayerful and blessed
Boat Trip on the Nile
You can take a boat trip for an hour or two along the Nile, stopping at Banana Island; or enjoy a sunset trip on a felucca and touch the Nile waters with your hand
Local Cuisine & Coffee Shops
Throughout the trip we will visit authentic Egyptian restaurants and sample local cuisine, and of course Turkish coffee in local coffee shops
There will be opportunities to purchase high quality perfume and healing oils, gold and silver jewellery, papyrus, alabaster, and fine Egyptian cotton
Visit an Orphanage
There will be a chance to visit Sunshine Home Luxor and meet the children and fine young people there. They are always glad of a visit, and appreciate any gifts such as sweets, books or clothing
Reviews of Previous Astrology Trainings & Egypt Retreats with Katy
“I have just returned from Katy’s Astrology retreat in Luxor and wanted to give a testimonial. The retreat was an amazing experience. I am a beginner to astrology and I feel like I have learned lots and grasped a good understanding. Katy was a great teacher; the teaching was well structured and fascinating and we had many great conversations. We were given a very useful book with lots of information. The trips to the temples were fascinating and really amazing. We had a few private meditation opportunities in the temples, and the incredible energies in these locations really enhanced the whole experience. We stayed in a real authentic Egyptian ecolodge by the temple. We had great food as well. I would highly recommend this retreat.”
Heather Donaldson October 2022
I highly recommend Katy Sophia, thank you for who you are and all you do
"I feel blessed beyond my fondest dreams to have the privilege to meet, cross paths, receive and learn from Katy Sophia.
I have received so much vital and crucial information for my journey in my Astro reading. Katy has allowed me to interact and shared my soul voice, the way She reads is incredibly unique and heart centred, which I myself consider precious in the times we live.
Katy is a teacher of teachers, a powerful healer and seer. She carries precious codes of Hathor and Sekhmet, which will without a doubt impact your life.
I had readings with her, and I’m also booking coaching sessions because I trust her genuine heart and willingness to help, and I witness her going above and beyond to support me. For that I’m so grateful.
I highly recommend Katy Sophia, thank you for who you are and all you do."
Ana Matta, Holistic Therapist
Learning Astrology with Katy has really changed my life
"I would definitely recommend doing the Astrology course with Katy as it was really fun to learn and very informative.
Learning Astrology with Katy has really changed my life. It has allowed me to learn so much more about myself, about other people and about nature.
I have learned how very influential the planets and star systems are on our lives as individuals as well as a collective.
It has been amazing! Thank you Katy. "
Charlene Henry, Holistic Therapist
Truly a spiritual ascension trip... each day was more magical than the next
“Traveling to Egypt with Katy was truly an unforgettable experience! I was hesitant due to travel restrictions and a lot of obstacles coming up for me (flights changing, cancelling, etc.). She called me and assured me that I was probably going to have a huge breakthrough with all of the challenges beforehand. She was right. I landed and the first night was an evening to a temple with a walk down the avenue of the sphinxes. It was truly a spiritual ascension trip with other healers and guides that were a part of the group. Each day was more magical than the next, discovering temples, hieroglyphics, tombs, watching drum making, drum ceremony, meditations and getting downloads of the truth and a new reality that is possible for all of us. We were always spotted a mile away by the guards, seeing us as healers entering the space. They could feel our energy, some of them welcomed it and some were afraid of it. Regardless, we each had our own journey of spiritual growth, love connection, marriage proposals, and secret adventures to locked and protected sacred sites we would have never seen on our own. The guides she hired were passionate, knowledgeable and spiritual. If you are going to Egypt, you must go with Katy! It will truly change you forever and touch your heart in ways you can never imagine..."
Charissa Sims, Meditation Teacher and Healer, Colorado
Priestess of the Goddess
A deeply empowering place that... blasted my heart wide open
"It is hard to put into words what I experienced on my journey to Egypt with Katy and our incredible group of women. First off I had no desire to go to Egypt but it kept calling me and showing up in my world so I began my search for a retreat. I knew that If I went it had to be a spiritual retreat that went beyond the surface level of the traditional tours.
When I came across Katy’s website and read the incredible intinerary I immediately knew I had found my retreat. Egypt was so much more than I could have ever imagined. It is a deeply empowering place that has awakened caged up power within me, and blasted my heart wide open. It gave me the courage to release the things and people in my life that were safe and comfortable allowing me the space to grow beyond my fears, and false limitations. It was the perfect way to end a year of self work. I am new blank canvas ready to paint my masterpiece.
So if you are ready for transformation and Egypt has been calling you I highly suggest Katy and her retreat.
I am forever grateful to Egypt and most of all the beautiful soul sisters I gained on this journey."
Amanda Beisel, Consultant
Divine Feminine in Egypt