Veriditas Programs in Chartres, France


May 2017 Chartres Pilgrimages


Interested in coming on pilgrimage with Veriditas? We’d be delighted to have you join us.

"The object of pilgrimage is not rest and recreation – to get away from it all.
To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life."

Huston Smith in Phil Cousineau’s The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred

Click here to see a photo-essay by one of our recent participants.


Walking a Sacred Path

Walking a Sacred Path with Veriditas is a special pilgrimage to Chartres, France. It is a transformational program that is usually offered in two cycles. 

Each cycle includes one private, after hours labyrinth walk and one public walk. Most programs include morning seminars, small group discussions, an opening reception, a closing dinner, a tour of the crypt, a tour of the cathedral and leisure hours spent in the enchanting Medieval village that surrounds the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres. 

Most Walking a Sacred Path programs begin with registration on Monday at 4:00 PM and conclude with a celebratory dinner on Friday that ends by 10:00 PM. See schedule for each program for actual details. Facilitator Training begins 10 AM Saturday and ends 6 PM Sunday.

See a sample schedule for Walking a Sacred Path Pilgrimages.


Pilgrimage: 

"The art of movement, the poetry of motion, the music of personal experience, of the sacred in those places it has been known to shine forth. If we are not astounded by these possibilities, we can never plumb the depths of our own souls or the soul of the world.

The force behind myths fairytales, parables and soulful travel stories reveals the myriad ways the sacred breaks through the resistance and shines forth into our world. Pilgrimage holds out the promise of personal contact with that sacred force. 

What is sacred is what is worthy of our reverence, what evokes awe and wonder in the human heart, and what, when contemplated, transforms us utterly." 

-- Phil Cousineau, The Art Of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide To Making Travel Sacred


Chartres Cathedral is currently undergoing renovations, which means that the labyrinth itself is mostly covered by scaffolding. Veriditas donated a canvas labyrinth to Chartres Cathedral for use during the renovations, and we will be walking the canvas in the Cathedral during our Pilgrimage this May. To read Lauren's blog about the Canvas in Chartres, please click here.

Spouse packages available if your spouse wants to come but not participate in the full program.  Includes reception, dinner and tours.  Simply select spouse package when you register.

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Class in the morning with your seminar leader(s) to gather new tools and ideas...

Small group reflection that allows us to deepen our own pilgrimage experience and get to know others sharing the path...


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Living a short distance from the cathedral in the medieval and renovated "Seminary" literally in the shadow of one of the remaining active spiritual sites in the world. 

Unscheduled time where you can walk the medieval village of Chartres, attend a service in the cathedral or have a glass of wine at the historic Le Serpentine Cafe... 

The world renown expert, Malcolm Miller - author of Chartres Cathedral - ot another experienced guide giving us a private group tour of the Cathedral and teaching us about the cathedral and the most complete collection of 12th and 13th century stain glass windows in the world. 

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a private group tour of the 11th Century church including the largest crypt in the world, where you will meet a black Madonna called Sous Terre, our Lady under the earth... 

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a private ritual evening after hours in the cathedral progressing through the crypt marked by thousands of candles. 

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your guide is none other than Lauren Artress whose vision and book WALKING A SACRED PATH began the labyrinth renaissance... 

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Being in the Medieval Village of Chartres… 

Accommodation:


To book accommodation for your Chartres Pilgrimage at the Maison St. Yves, please click here.

If you would prefer to arrange your own lodging, here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral and the Maison St. Yves where the programs are held.

Inquire about bringing a group to  
"Walking A Sacred Path".  

Discounts for group leaders bringing  groups of 6 or more. Amount varies based on size of group.  
Email Dawn@veriditas.org for more information.


HOW TO PREPARE: A BRIEF 30 MINUTE PRESENTATION BY LAUREN ARTRESS

What to bring, how to prepare, both physically and psycho-spiritually.


About Chartres

A few details about coming to Chartres for Walking a Sacred Path

Travel Insurance

Veriditas recommends purchasing travel insurance. Click here for a link to Travel Guard, specializing in insurance for our Chartres programs.

Ground transportation

Most airline flights will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France.  You have a variety of options on getting to Chartres from CDG Airport.
  • You can take an Air France bus (approximately 20 Euros) to the Montparnasse Train Station and take a train (approximately 12 Euros) to Chartres.  Chartres is about an hour outside of Paris by train.  
  • You can make a reservation online for a car or small van to meet you at the airport and drive you to Chartres. The cost is 138 Euro per person.  http://www.best-airport-transfers.com/ Once on the website, under Destinations, find France first and then Paris and fill in destination as Chartres.  Other participants have used this service and it comes highly recommended.  
  • You can also consider the option of taking a taxi, though the cost will be in the range of 150 – 200 Euro or more.  If several participants arrive at the same time, sharing a taxi will bring the price down.
Eating
Chartres is a charming, medieval village with many options for eating out from casual fare such as omelettes and soup to fancier formal restaurants.
Lodging
There are many places to stay in and around Chartres. If you are part of a Veriditas program, and wish to stay in the Maison St. Yves where the programs are held, and it appears that the online housing registration is full, please call the office at 707 283-0373 to discuss housing options and/or to be added to a waiting list for the Maison St. Yves where all programs are being held, or email anne@veriditas.orgFor a list of other Chartres hotels, click here.
Cash
ATMs are sprinkled through the village and are the best way to get cash. Be sure to notify your cardholder that you will be in France. The Euro fluctuates.  You can check out the exchange rate at http://money.cnn.com/data/currencies/converter/index.html
Weather
Other information
Link here for the Chartres Tourism office web site where you can find information about restaurants, shopping, local activities and events, etc.

Checklist for International Travel

Our thanks to Joy Michels for sharing her very thorough travel checklist with us. Please feel free to download and change/use to support your preparation for pilgrimage. Click here to download the checklist. (Please note that after you have clicked the download link it might appear that nothing has happened - a blank web page appears while the document downloads. The document should be wherever your downloads normally land.)
For general information about Chartres, France, click here

Safety Concerns while traveling:

As you probably know, the U.S. government is continuing its Worldwide Caution with respect to foreign travel in general. France is not specifically mentioned in the latest update. On a separate website, the U.S. embassy in France notes that the French government is continuing its reinforced security measures. The State Department provides a program for concerned travelers to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency: see Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).


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