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Walking a Sacred Path Program with Cynthia James and Lauren Artress

  • 23 Sep 2024
  • 4:00 PM (CEST)
  • 27 Sep 2024
  • 10:00 PM (CEST)
  • Chartres, France

Join Cynthia James on a priceless, inward journey to explore the sacred sites and energies of southern France – the legendary home of Mary Magdalene – sites that have for centuries attracted mystics, magicians, saints, and those who seek the Holy Grail.

Follow in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene, embrace the Black Madonna, explore the mysteries of the Cathars, stand in awe deep in a prehistoric cave exactly where people did 16,700 years ago, walk the largest labyrinth in the world, and so much more. We’ll spend time in Marseilles, St. Baume, Arles, Sainte Maries de la Mer, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Chartres, and end in Paris. For more information about the tour that the Chartres Pilgrimage is part of, please click here.

The great artist and mystic William Blake stated, “Imagination is evidence of the Divine.” He knew—and we are discovering now—that to live a life with a vibrant, grounded imagination is not a luxury, it is a necessity, especially during these chaotic and worrisome times for everyone on Planet Earth. Yet to live a life nurtured by our imaginations we must honor symbols and metaphors as keys to another way of knowing; a deep, embodied way of receiving guidance that welcomes healing and the Holy into our lives. To invite the Holy, we must step over the invisible lines of being “proper” or “cultured” or “educated” in the formal rational sense. We must become Holy Fools, approaching life through synchronicity, attention to hidden meaning in plain sight, humor and yes, even bravery.

Activating our imaginations in service to creating for the good of humankind is the challenge of our age. Imagination is the most important resource we have, and yet we mistrust it, disparage it, and abandon nurturing it within ourselves and within our communities. When our imagination is alive and grounded in the body, it becomes a compass for our passion, our soul’s calling, and our next step in life.

The Walking a Sacred Path Program in Chartres will be an opportunity to befriend your imagination, embrace its wisdom through symbols and metaphors. In morning seminars with Cynthia and Lauren Artress, providing content through stories, writing prompts, and discussion, through the tours of the Crypt and Chartres Cathedral our imaginations will be nurtured. The highlight of the week is a private evening in Chartres Cathedral for an initiatory ritual culminating in a labyrinth walk with live music.

This experience is about co-creation and manifestation.

This is a private group. A few spaces are available. Please click here for more information.

The Chartres Experience

What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral? We begin with a reception to meet each other followed by an opening ritual and orientation to the program. Then each day, there is a morning seminar, a small processing group, and an experience of what Chartres has to offer. On Tuesday afternoon, there is a tour of Chartres Cathedral. Then, on Wednesday, there is an orientation to the labyrinth followed by a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth.  Thursday afternoon is a tour of the Crypt , and a closing celebratory reception and dinner are on Friday.

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We accomplish our mission by training and supporting labyrinth facilitators around the world, and offering meaningful events that promote further understanding of the labyrinth as a tool for personal and community transformation. Our Vision is that the labyrinth experience guides us in developing the higher level of human awareness we need to thrive in the 21st century.

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