Once upon a time...
Julie Alice Gibbons is the Founder of Goddessa, Ibiza.
She was born in England.
Since 2008 she has been living in Ibiza, a deeply spiritual island off the coast of Spain.
She was guided to live there & to first embark upon her own spiritual awakening.
Many parts of the journey were painful and, just like any birth, there were times when she wanted to give up completely but something inside her
kept her strong. An incredible inner soul vision helped her stay focussed upon her ultimate purpose;
to become a guide for others by opening herself fully to a higher, incredible power which shows us all the way.
Living in the North of Ibiza in such incredible nature makes
this possible for her.
Nature is our wisest teacher & helps us to get out of our busy minds & into our hearts & ultimately into our bodies where our
own divine inner connection resides.
To read how she came to land on this magical land & receive this way of life, please read on.
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Julie used to be one of those strong women in high heels with perfect hair and make-up, who ran elegantly to meetings and lunches with her mobile phone constantly ringing and her email account swamped with work, juggling a lifestyle which was based on masculine ideals.
She "had it all"- a successful career, a beautiful house, a brand-new car and clothes and shoes and bags to die for. She would regularly meet up with her girlfriends on Friday nights and let her hair down with the help of a glass of wine or two.
She thought she was happy &, on the surface, she had everything that we are generally programmed to think we are supposed to have.
That was all to dramatically change however in the month of December 2005.
It was immediately after a “personal development” seminar in Palm Springs, California that Julie´s life was to be split open & traumatically rocked forever. It was as if a door was forced open inside her mind &, on the flight back to the UK, she had a very scary, and totally life-transforming mental experience.
In her rational mind, she thought she was going "crazy" while at the same time, in her heart, she was experiencing an opening up to something infinitely more beautiful & staggeringly miraculous than she had ever known before. She literally cracked open and saw her soul, beyond the perfect layers of make-up and high heels and business meetings. She saw that she is pure, feminine, beauty, and that what she had thought she was up until that point, was merely the conditioning of a society, which prides itself on more masculine ideals of money, success & “things.”
BACK IN THE UK 2005-2007
Once back home she had no choice but to start to deconstruct her old life & life “style” because it simply made absolutely no sense anymore. All she wanted now was to experience & share more of this divine connection to life and the inner peace she had experienced in California.
Even though her conscious mind was still struggling to accept such ease & flow, she was compelled to journey on & she lived in several remote places in England, learning tarot, weaving, painting & knitting again. It seemed that anything really feminine was what drew her now & all things “driven” or goal oriented just made her feel sick & tired.
A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY BEGAN…
A friend took her to an Astrologer, something she would have previously dismissed and the Astrologer seemed to speak directly to her soul. She told her that she was psychic & had been living the wrong life. She guided her towards a Goddess Tarot training near Glastonbury, a year long course which she believed would help support her through the huge but necessary change ahead!
The course totally obliterated Julie´s life and she felt certain that life was not meant to be lived in struggle & strain. Armed with her gorgeous, handmade Goddess cards, she felt free & inspired and free to let life carry her on.
In the winter of 2007 she finally left the UK in search of a wider perspective & travelled to India, where she felt she would stay & open a retreat in South Goa She felt guided to work together with women, creating a sacred retreat space where everyone could connect to their pure self, just like she had done in that moment of cracking open. There would be dancing & yoga, meditation & a chance to have time out away from the everyday pressures of normal life.
She rented a piece of land where a healing style of business had been running and went back to Europe to tie up the last loose ends & to prepare herself for this great Indian adventure.
She wasn´t due to return to Goa until September time so in the meantime she felt drawn to take an extended holiday & was guided to do so in Ibiza so she booked a 10-week stay, which coincided with her 40th birthday.
This was to be the next big shift for Julie and basically she never left the island, which she now calls home!
The island opened its arms to Julie & she felt everything else she had “planned” just falling away at the seams all over again. She literally felt she had no choice but to completely unravel herself from the India business & to face the fact that Ibiza was now her new home and, whilst she continued to develop within her the retreat concept for other women, it slowly but surely became clear that she was the one she had been wanting to rescue & support. She had called the retreats puremetime and even with this as the brand, had not realized that ME meant Julie! It was she that needed time out in a natural environment. Time to heal. Time to let go. Time to change.
So, in Ibiza, what had before been business & offering for others had now became her own reality. She experienced deep self-healing and transformation. She started living in tune with the lunar cycles and returned to her feminine essence. Her hair started growing long, she changed her style of dressing to more feminine and flowing, and the the high heels were demoted to the back of the wardrobe.
RELAXING AT LAST
She tried twice to create a retreat centre in Ibiza, but as she listened deeply to her inner voice, she knew she still wasn't ready. She knew she had to first more deeply integrate the feminine aspect into her own being, before sharing it with other females.
Julie is now slowly coming out of her inner depths to share what she has re-discovered as her true, pure nature.
She is gifted in speaking and can explain these sometimes "esoteric" subjects in a down-to-earth way, so that everyone can understand, and moreover, she is not afraid to say that which seems "too out there"-- because she has experienced it all in herself!
Julie combines her experience of a harsh male-dominated business world with her last few years' experience of reconnecting to her own female energy.
She is now writing and giving her Goddess Oracle Readings in the north area Ibiza where she lives in the campo (countryside) with her two cute black dogs, Little Bear & Purdy. Living the simple life has taken some courage but now you will find her at her happiest on a sunny morning walking through the pine trees & rosemary bushes with the dogs and whiling away hours walking, swimming, snorkeling, sewing & dancing.
A new life. A life to live, to share & to enjoy!
Thanks to Linda Karsslon who wrote this article as part of a story
featured in the Swedish press.
"DANCE, PLAY, BE FREE, BE LOVE"
-Jules Alice Gibbons