The Spirit of France: Villages and Vineyards in Provence May 12-17, 2019
A journey that celebrates the incredibly rich spiritual and cultural history of France with the charms of la belle vie. We will gasp in wonder at the beauty of Ile Honorat (the island off of Cannes where St. Patrick became a monk), thrill to the art and music of Provence, bask in Gregorian chant at Thoronet Abbey and savor the earthly pleasures of cooking classes, farmer's markets and wine tasting, all while delighting in the stunning vistas of one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Day 1: Arrival and welcome reception in our magnificent hotel with a valley of lavender and olive trees spread before us Day 2: Morning music and lecture, followed by exploring the charming village of TourTour and singing in the 12th century chapel. After lunch, time for a swim or spa treatment or sketching on the terrace. In the late afternoon, a French cooking class and then savoring our creation for dinner! Day 3: Delighting in a French farmers market in the quaint village of Cotignac, an easy stroll to a waterfall with our picnic lunches Day 4: A ferryboat will whisk us from Cannes across the azure sea to the stunning Ile Honorat. We'll take a gentle hike around the island and sing medieval songs in the ancient abbey where St. Patrick became a monk. Your choice of wine tasting, fine dining, attending a church service or swimming in the Mediterranean while on this bucolic island paradise. Day 5: A visit to the French Orthodox monastery of St Michel du Var, discovering the alchemical symbols behind these extraordinary paintings. We will marvel at the perfect Pythagorean acoustics of this magnificent monastery as we sing Gregorian chant before a celebration dinner amidst the vineyards and lavender fields of the Michelin starred Chateau Berne. Day 6: With the magnificent vista of Provence spread before us, we will close with a ritual of blessing before returning to Aix
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Mythic Pilgrimage to Provence - Villages and Vineyards