Curated Cultural Pilgrimages in Europe Early Bird Rates Through January 1, 2020! Once- in -a -lifetime journeys through the sacred sites of Europe that have been cherished by seekers of wisdom. Each trip is unique, with a particular focus on the region's art, history, music and literary tradition.
Our carefully curated a series of unforgettable experiences for 2020 include Austria , Scotland and France
Enchanted Austria Beethoven's World, June 10-16 In the Footsteps of Mozart and Schubert, June 16-22 Click here
Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven as we savor the sights and sounds of the musical capital of Europe. From Esterhazy and Schonbrunn Palace to the Vienna State Opera, Belvedere Art Museum, Beethoven and Brahms Haus- we will be immersed in the legacy of music and art, with daily musical performances and lectures, luxurious acommodations and magnificent meals.
The Cave of the Heart: In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene September 12-17, 2020
An unforgettable journey in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene as we weave together history, myth, art and music as a doorway to our own creativity and transformation.
Beginning in Aix en Provence, we will travel to the Forest of Artemis, the Cave of Mary Magdalene at La Sainte Baume, the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, the island monastery of Ile Honorat where St. Patrick became a monk, and the charming villages of Cotignac and Tourtour.Evening musical performances and a final feast at a Michelin starred restaurant in a world-renowned vineyard after a private tour of the magnificent frescoes of St Michel du Var crowns our celebration of the beauties of France.
Our home will be a former historic monastery, adapted to become a renowned and gracious hotel with a fine restaurant. Our days will begin in a 12th century chapel with morning meditations of poetry, Gregorian chant and Medieval pilgrim songs. After a luxurious breakfast in the cloistered garden, we will travel to sacred sites to learn about the rich spiritual tradition in France: museums on sites where Isis and Dionysus were revered, the Forest of Artemis, and the Grotto of Mary Magdalene at La Baume, the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, and the extraordinary French Orthodox monastery of St. Michel du Var bursting with exuberant art.
Romantic Scotland In the Footsteps of the Bards and Felix Mendelssohn September 22- October 2, 2020
Caves and Castles in the Dordogne: Next offered in 2021 The Dordogne Valley is one of the most stunningly beautiful areas of the world, known as the cradle of artistic civilization We will travel to Cro-Magnon caves of female initiation and marvel at the incredible cave art. At Beynac Castle, we will learn about Eleanor of Aquitaine and her glorious family- but this time focusing not on the war prowess of her sons, but the spirit of chivalry, literature, poetry and love that was the legacy of her daughters and grand-daughters. We will savor the sweetness of life through exploring charming farmer's markets, drifting down the Dordogne river on paddle boards or kayaks and through in moonlit strolls through exquisite gardens. Our final day will be a celebration of the incredible story of Josephine Baker. At Chateau Milande, the castle museum dedicated to her memory, we will trace her extraordinary life. From the slums of St Louis to her meteoric rise as the most celebrated singer-dancer-actress in Europe to the Croix de Guerre awards she received for her heroic resistance to Nazi occupation and her quest for world peace-- we will discover a heroine that can embolden each one of us in our own journeys.