Walking a Sacred Path: A Labyrinth Pilgrimage with Veriditas Beyond the Boundaries of Loss and Grief: Stories of Love and Friendship June 3-7, 2019
Join Kayleen Asbo , Ph.D and the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress for a transformative journey of myth, music, and restorative ritual in one of the most important and beautiful places in the world: Chartres Cathedral.
In the shadow of the greatest Gothic cathedral in Europe, we will create a deep sense of community as we re-member paths of peace and hope that were beacons of light during some of the darkest times in the word.
We begin with the Greek myths of Psyche and Eros and Orpheus and Eros, beautiful roadmaps for how to navigate loss. We will share in the unconventional love stories of the poet Rainier Maria Rilke and his muse, the playwright and psychologist Lou Andreas Salome and we will end with the extraordinary friendship of Brother Roger of Taize and. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The heart of our week will be about two figures from the Middle Ages, one Christian and one Muslim, who each embodied joy in a time of suffering and the spirit of friendship in a time of enmity: Rumi and St. Francis. Each day will begin with poetry of Rumi and the Prayer Attributed to St. Francis and the writings of the world's great mystics. We will sing, side by side, the lay devotional songs from the Middle Ages of both the Franciscan and the Sufi traditions. We will learn circle dances that express our oneness to Alleluias from Taize. In our tours of the Cathedral, we will highlight the story of how the construction of this magnificent Gothic masterpiece would not have been possible without the Islamic contributions to the study of sacred geometry. We will share how the Chartres School thrived as a beacon of learning and shined for centuries as a temple of wisdom because it taught the works of both Plato and Aristotle-- books that had been preserved by Islamic scholars.
We will partake of guided tours by world renowned art hsitorian Malcolm Miller, and savor the sharing of uided gmall group discussions As the heart of our transformative week, we will walk the labyrinth by candlelight to live music in a private ceremony of mutual blessing, honoring a tradition that began as a movement for peace during a time of war during the Middle Ages.
$1259.00 Early Bird Tuition includes program, tours, lectures, opening reception and closing dinner (not included: airfare. Veriditas can help you to secure lodging which will be at your own expense.)
Click here to register Use code Special 2019 to receive the Early Bird Rate of $1259.00 until April 15. $ 1599.00 after April 15