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 on Monday 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 Wednesday, there will be an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons bring tours of the Cathedral and the Crypt. The pilgrimage closes Friday with celebratory dinner.
The Cathedral is own as the house of Mary and offers many hours of exploration of its world renown stained glass windows, it's Mary statues, and it's labyrinth. Explore the town of Chartres with it's cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants, and lounge on its river banks. Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!
- 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
You will be able to reserve accommodation at the Hotellerie St. Yves closer to the date of the Pilgrimage.