WALKING A SACRED PATH IN CHARTRES: Mysteries and Muses of the Middle Ages with Dr. Kayleen Asbo

  • 17 Sep 2018
  • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
  • 21 Sep 2018
  • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
  • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
  • 10


  • Price does not include airfare, transportation to or from Chartres, Accommodation, or meals.
  • Rate includes tuition. Does not include transportation, accommodation or meals.

The Middle Ages were truly both the best and worst of times: amidst war and the horror of crusades arose astonishing beauty and wisdom. From the ashes of catastrophe,  Chartres Cathedral emerged as a beacon of light and hope, drawing together the wisdom of many different traditions and re-igniting the flame of inspiration from the Ancient Greek world.Morning seminars include the following topics:  Pilgrimage and the Medieval Imagination; Chartres Mystery School and Pythagoras; Black Madonnas and Alchemy and the Muses and Mystics of Medieval Times.  In our pilgrimage with cultural historian, musician and Veriditas Faculty Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D, we will explore this journey of renewal and hope which has much to say to us about our own times, encountering fascinating and paradoxical figures, stunning art and architectural symbolism and  profoundly moving music.

Housing registration at the Maison St. Yves are now closed.
Please click here for a list of accommodation options beyond the Maison.

Recommended Reading List:

Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill
Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Christiane Joost-Googier

Recommended for airplane reading to get in the spirit of pilgrimage:
Traveling with Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd
The Art of Pilgrimage, Phil Cousineau

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is lecturer at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Dominican University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Music Historian in Residence for the Santa Rosa Symphony.  Her PhD dissertation was "Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture". She has lectured on Mary Magdalene for UC Berkeley, the Graduate Theological Union, the San Francisco Opera, Oxford University in England, the New York Open Center Esoteric Quest in Carcassonne, France, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology in Italy and for churches and Jung Institutes across the country. Dr. Asbo leads sacred pilgrimages to Europe, including  In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene, a yearly journey to Provence. Her pioneering work has been hailed for its integration of head and heart, a "brilliant combination of impeccable scholarship and pure passion". You can learn more about her at www.kayleenasbo.com

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