Intrigued by Lauren Artress' new book The Path of the Holy Fool? Join us for a virtual pilgrimage based on the pilgrimage model we use in Chartres.
The Legend of the Search for the Holy Grail is an “eternal fairytale”—states Jungian Maria von Franz—because the teachings from it are everlasting. One synchronicity is that these oral Celtic stories were collected and written down during the same era as when labyrinths were being inlaid in the floors of Gothic Cathedrals throughout Europe.
We will follow the story of Parsifal, which is a part of the search for the Holy Grail legends. Parsifal journeys from isolated self-absorption to becoming a conscious human being. We will explore the overarching metaphors relevant to our times that the Legend offers: spiritual openings and initiations, the journey, the wasteland, wounding, the Grail, the Grail Castle, and the Holy Fool. The archetype of the Holy Fool—one who has the self-awareness, imagination, and the courage to trust what emerges along the path—serves as a template for all who yearn to step forward to nurture a life-enhancing vision for ourselves, our communities, and our planet. The labyrinth can serve as our Grail; it offers an unwavering path as we learn to take risks, create new modalities, and find a way to contribute to our evolving world.
Join Lauren Artress, Judith Tripp and the Veriditas team for this weeklong online pilgrimage where through journaling through writing prompts, break out groups, discussion, and images these concepts will be explored in the matrix of our lives. We will meet each morning Monday - Friday from 9-12:30 Pacific time, opening with a meditation with Judith followed by a two-hour seminar with Lauren on the material covered in The Path of the Holy Fool. The morning ends with a daily small group leader-led process.
In the afternoons, Monday through Thursday from 2:00 - 4:15 pm, there will be SoulCollage® sessions led by SoulCollage® Facilitator, Connie Beall. On Wednesday in the early evening, we will virtually ensconce ourselves through a flow of images as we enter, meditate, and move through the crypt of Chartres Cathedral up to the Chartres Labyrinth followed by a Handheld Labyrinth Walk together. For those of you who have been to Chartres with Veriditas, the rich cache of images will deepen your memories and reignite your experiences of peace, beauty, and renewal. For all who attend, it is highly recommended to read The Path of the Holy Fool, a gift delivered to you when you register.
The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress
Lauren is the grandmother of the modern day Labyrinth movement and is the Founder of Veriditas. She is the author of: Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool (Putnam/Riverhead Books, New York), The Sand Labyrinth Kit, (Tuttle Publishers) and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Riverhead, 2006), and The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers. In May of 2006, Lauren's rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title.
Connie Beall, LMFT, has been facilitating SoulCollage® workshops and retreats since 2013. Her personal deck of SoulCollage® cards numbers over 350 and she uses them daily. A Veriditas trained Labyrinth Facilitator, Connie loves to integrate the process of SoulCollage® with labyrinth walks.