I worked with a female spiritual life coach who began co-hosting “Sisterhood of the Rose” immersions and retreats back in 2018, co-facilitated with an “Angel” status former member of Kaia Ra’s cult who would go on to weave Kaia Ra’s teachings into the curriculum of our “immersions”. The Sisterhood of the Rose is deeply rooted in New Age and white supremacist beliefs (such as the existence of Atlantis and galactic star families), Neo-Christianity, Mary Magdalene, “sacred sexuality,” and priestess culture.
The exact origins of the Sisterhood are hard to trace. However, it is currently a global phenomenon led by multiple women – many of whom have large Instagram followings – self-identifying as “Priestesses of the Rose” and charging upwards of thousands for international retreats and coaching (read: “initiation”) programs, often convening around white supremacist “sacred” sites in Europe.
I attended a couple of retreats led by my former coach back in 2019 and experienced a number of things that in retrospect I recognize as dangerous indoctrination tools. I had been groomed for nearly a decade into New Age culture and various communities (including having been assaulted from a leading ISTA/tantra teacher) before accepting the invitation to these Sisterhood of the Rose retreats while in an incredibly vulnerable state.
The facilitators at the particular retreats I attended utilized a number of tools to foster secrecy, obedience, high arousal, etc. One of the facilitators was a trained and knowledgeable hypnotist, and I experienced a black out while participating in a “guided meditation” she led at the top of the retreat weekend. Perhaps the most horrifying was an evening “ceremony” we were asked to join within a chapel on the property, where we were guided to “anoint” the other participants by stripping down naked and erotically massaging each other. We were told this was an “initiation” and to not tell anyone about this ceremony as they "wouldn’t understand."
Many Sisterhood of the Rose retreats preach the gospel of some skewed version of Mary Magdalene’s story – deifying her as an icon of sacred sexuality and the Divine Feminine - while teaching (grooming) women how to "empower" themselves sexually and spiritually.
What concerns me most about the Sisterhood of the Rose is that they are largely operating underground, the community is widespread, and retreats regarding these Priestess initiations are largely secretive. I believe the type of women who are drawn into these (often exorbitant) retreats and trainings are vulnerable and seeking a spiritual purpose. Many of these retreats are held by women who lack therapeutic licensure and necessary credentials for guiding women into heightened states, and by women seeking to recruit new “initiates” into their pyramid of coaching programs.
These teachings are incredibly dangerous, rooted in white supremacy, and promote toxic gender roles. I would venture a guess that 98%+ of the women recruited into these spaces are white and white-passing, heterosexual, financially privileged (or financially preyed upon and manipulated) women.
If you Google “Sisterhood of the Rose origin,” here are the first few websites that pop up:
^^This website lists historical figures such as Mary Magdalene and Joan of Arc, but also fictional New Age characters such as Atlantian “priests” and archangels as contributors to the origins of the Sisterhood.
“"The Sisterhood of the Rose is a group of specially gifted creative women who first came together in Atlantis. Here they founded an ancient mystery school based on the profound knowledge contained in and symbolised by the Sacred Rose." - Cris Henderson.Anyone else getting Scientology vibes?Here’s are a few other prominent “mystery schools” perpetuating Sisterhood of the Rose ideology: