The Timeless Search for Meaning: Reviving the Art of Pilgrimage. A Walking a Sacred Path Pilgrimage with Phil Cousineau hosted by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

  • 12 Jun 2023
  • 4:00 PM (CEST)
  • 16 Jun 2023
  • 10:00 PM (CEST)
  • Hotellerie St. Yves, 3 Rue des Acacias, 28000 Chartres, France
  • 39

Registration

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

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The Art of Pilgrimage:

The Timeless Search for Meaning

“Pilgrims are poets who create

by taking journeys.”

—    Richard Neibuhr


For at least 60,000 years people from around the world, in every age and culture, have dealt with personal or historical crises by setting off on pilgrimages—spiritually transformative journeys to sacred sites—in order to revitalize and reorient themselves. Our time is marked by a series of such crises, including a crisis of meaning, and the precipitous rise in pilgrimages in every faith reflects an ardent search for meaning— personal answers to ultimate questions—in modern times. In our workshop we will use animated discussion, photography and film clips from the presenter’s own work, contemplative music, poetry, journaling, walking the famed Chartres labyrinth, as well as daily prompts so we might reflect upon the soul-stirring pleasures of pilgrimage.

The ultimate goal of our time together will be to learn a few simple but poetic daily practices that have the power to transform virtually any kind of travel into a sacred journey. In this way, we can return home after our travels and, as the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh suggested, recognize our own backyard as sacred ground.

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

  • The Art of Pilgrimage, Phil Cousineau, Conari Press, 1998, revised 2022
  • The Book of Roads, Phil Cousineau, Sisyphus Press, 2015
  • 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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