Mary Magdalene and the Contemplative Tradition: A Virtual Pilgrimage Through Provence Virtual Pilgrimage August 23-29, 2020 Registration now open! Click here
A journey that invites you to discover the inner depths of your own heart as we journey in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene . Discover the ancient Forest of Artemis at the foot of La Baume and wind our way up to the caves where legends says Mary Magdalene spent the last 30 years of her life in meditation- and where Catherine of Sienna came to find courage and inspiration before confronting the power structures of her day. Sigh in pleasure 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 and Sacred Geometry in Benedictine Abbeys and savor the stunning beauty of Andy Goldsworthy's Trail of Time-- all while finding a thread that weaves together hope, courage and beauty throughout the centuries.
Day 1: From Alexandria to the Shores of Gaul: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in France Day 2: The Life of Contemplation: The Forest of Artemis and the Caves of La Baume Day 3: Magdalene’s Monastic Foundations: John Cassian, Lerins Abbey and the Celtic Christian Tradition Day 4: A Rhythm of Life: The Rule of St. Benedict, Bernard of Clairvaux and Thoronet Abbey Day 5: Icons and Images: The Gospel of Mary and St. Michel du Var Day 6: Magdalene and the Trail of Time: Andy Goldsworthy and the Confraternities de France Day 7: Bringing Mary Magdalene Back Our World
The Grotto of Mary Magdalene rising above the forest of Artemis at La Sainte Baume
St. Michel du Var French Orthodox Monastery
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Lerins Abbey on Ile Honorat off of Cannes, where St . Patrick became a monk