The Chartres Cathedral has served as a stunning inspirational religious site for millions over the centuries. As a pilgrim in Chartres, you will be gently guided by Jill as she reveals the beauty and potential of the cathedral to connect you with the nurturing love of the Divine. Daily sessions with integrated visual presentations using images taken at the cathedral, rituals, quiet reflection, and prayer. You will be shown a pathway of spiritual revitalization that should you choose to explore it, will help you to move more fully into service wherever your heart is leading.
Titles of Daily Sessions:
- Pilgrimage and the Chartres Cathedral: Ancient Traditions, Modern Journeys
- The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in Context: History, Placement, and Practice
- Meeting Notre Dame (Mary) in the Chartres Cathedral
- Beyond Chartres: Continuing the Pilgrimage
The Rev. Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion, Ph.D. has been praying in the Chartres Cathedral since 1978. Jill now spends 2-3 months in Chartres each year studying and photographing the cathedral daily. She guides individuals and groups using all the artistic expressions of faith found in the cathedral (architecture, stained glass, sculpture, etc.) as springboards for the spiritual growth of those visiting. As a photographer, Jill seeks to express the potential of this UNESCO world heritage site to address the needs of our troubled world. When not in Chartres, Jill serves as an artist and minister through Faith, Hope and Love Global Ministries, a non-profit that teaches, inspires and encourages Christian leaders around the globe. She gratefully installs labyrinths and offers labyrinth programming on four continents. Two of Jill’s seven books on labyrinth prayer, Praying the Labyrinth and Praying the Chartres Labyrinth focus on the pilgrimage experience in the Chartres Cathedral. (See: jillgeoffrion.com; throughjillseyes.wordpress.com; fhlglobal.org)
Recommended Reading for the Pilgrimage:
Praying the Labyrinth and Praying the Chartres Labyrinth. Also of interest are Jill's other books Living the Labyrinth, Pondering the Labyrinth, The Labyrinth and Song of Songs, The Labyrinth and the Enneagram, and Christian Prayer and Labyrinths (all published by Pilgrim Press).
Accommodation at the Maison St. Yves where the program will be held is now available. Click here to book.
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