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The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers. A Walking a Sacred Path Pilgrimage with the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

  • 19 Sep 2022
  • 4:00 PM (CEST)
  • 23 Sep 2022
  • 10:00 PM (CEST)
  • Hotellerie St. Yves, 3 Rue des Acacias, 28000 Chartres, France
  • 18


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Covers program tuition, opening reception, closing dinner and tours in Chartres. Does not include transportation to and from Chartres, accommodation or meals.

Registration is closed

Intrigued by Lauren Artress' new book The Path of the Holy Fool?  Join us for a week- long pilgrimage in Chartres, France.

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. Interestingly, these oral 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 Parsifal’s journey from isolated self-absorption to becoming a conscious human being by exploring the overarching metaphors 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 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 us for this pilgrimage where through journaling through writing prompts, break out groups, discussion, and images these concepts will be explored in the matrix of our lives. 

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.

Recommended Reading

  • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
    by Lauren Artress

  • The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites our Visionary Powers
    by Lauren Artress
  • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball

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