Join us with Dr. Kayleen Asbo in Chartres, France for Walking a Sacred Path Program about love and friendship as a transformative path.
We will explore stories across the centuries that call us to healing, hope and transformation: the Greek myths of Psyche and Eros, and Orpheus and Eros; the unconventional love stories of the poet Rainier Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas Salome and the extraordinary friendship of Brother Roger of Taize and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The heart of our week will be about two figures from the Middle Ages, one Christian and one Muslim, who each embodied joy in a time of suffering and the spirit of friendship in a time of enmity: Rumi and St. Francis.
Each day will begin with poetry of the world's great mystics and we will sing and dance, side by side, the lay devotional songs from the Middle Ages of both the Franciscan and the Sufi traditions. In our tours of the Cathedral, we will highlight the story of how the construction of this magnificent Gothic masterpiece rests on the the knowledge of alchemy, sacred geometry and Aristotelian philosophy - wisdom that had been preserved by Islamic scholars. And together, as the crown of our week, we will walk the labyrinth by candlelight in a ceremony of mutual blessing, honoring a tradition that began as a movement for peace during a time of war during the Middle Ages.
NEW! Hassle Free Transportation from Charles DeGaulle Airport to Chartres if
you arrive mid day on Sunday, June 2, OR Monday, June 3 for Cycle 1 AND
Sunday June 9 OR Monday June 10 for Cycle 2. Mini-buses organized with
fellow participants. Price will vary based on number of participants
from 30 euro for 6 or 150 euro for one.
Dr. Kayleen Asbo
Kayleen Asbo is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves together myth, history, and the arts with experiential learning. Kayleen has been on the faculty of Sonoma State University (where she teaches Introduction to Art Therapy in the Psychology department), Dominican University (where she lectures on Cultural History for the Osher Life Long Learning Institute) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (where she has taught courses on music and developmental psychology for 13 years). Kayleen holds master's degrees in both music and psychology, and has a doctoral degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on the intersection of spirituality, psychology and the arts at the Oxford Round Table, Chartres Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, the Numina Center and churches and colleges throughout the Bay Area. Kayleen's classes and workshops have repeatedly been lauded by students as "life changing", "transformational", "passionate" "inspiring", "fascinating" and "the best I have ever taken"
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