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, spiritual and literary tradition. Our carefully curated series of unforgettable experiences for 2023 include England, France and Scotland
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Provence, France: In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonnas June 17-24, 2023
An unforgettable one week journey in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene as we weave together history, myth, art and music as a doorway to our own creativity.
We will travel to the shores of Saintes Maries de la Mer where legend claims Mary Magdalene and her companions on a rudderless boat; visit the cathedral of Aix en Provence where Magdalene was said to have taught and preached; hike through the Forest of Artemis and to the Grotto of La Sainte Baume. Also included: the Basilica of Mary Magdalene in Saint Maximin, L'Abbey Saint Victor in Marseille, the first Christian church in France with its powerful Black Madonna and the relics of Lazarus and John Cassian . the Medieval village of Manosque with its ancient Black Madonna and Tarascon,the home ofSaint Martha.
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The Spirit of Scotland: From Edinburgh to Iona September 20-30,2023
A ten day journey from Edinburgh to the enchanting isle of Iona as we weave together art, music, literature, breathtaking nature and Celtic spirituality, Highlights include: - Arthur's Seat, legendary home of Camelot - A private concert at St Cecilia's Hall and Instrument Museum - A private tour of the stunning frescoes at The Mansfield Traquair - The Holy Isle of Lindisfarne and Melrose Abbey - Sir Walter Scott's grand manor house, Abbotsford - A private tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh, with the sculpture of Andy Goldsworthy - Pictish stones and Illuminated manuscripts at the National Museum of Scotland - The breathtaking waterfalls and woodland walks of Birnam Wood and Ossian's Cave - Sunset vespers at Dunkeld Abbey, the cradle of Celtic Christianity - Three private musical performances, including a renowned Classical string quartet and traditional Scottish dancing - Three nights on the enchanting isle of Iona, with music and meditation circles and a beach labyrinth walk
Join Kayleen Asbo PhD and Stephen Carpenter for a ten-day tour to some of the most beautiful corners of England: the city of Bath, famed for its Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and Pump Room, and the setting for several of Jane Austen's novels; Glastonbury with its Tor steeped in Arthurian legend; the Cotswolds whose many villages are built from the golden limestone that shapes the hills and valleys in which they are nestled; and Oxford, that great beacon of wisdom where we will enjoy two concerts at the celebrated Oxford Lieder Festival. Our pilgrimage will weave together history and legend with art, music and the stunning scenery of Somerset, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire.
HIghlights include: - St.Michaels Tower and the Land labyrinth at Glastonbury Tor - Glastonbury Abbey and the tomb of Arthur and Guinevere - The legends of Joseph of Arimathea and Mary Magdalene - Chalice Well Gardens, legendary site of the Holy Grail -A dive into history at The Roman Baths and Museum - High Tea in the historic Pump Room in Bath - Jane Austen's World in Bath - The stunning beauty of Evensong at Wells Cathedral - Three days in the Cotswolds exploring historic gardens and charming villages as we learn about importance the site this played for the Pre-Raphaelites and T.S. Eliot's masterpiece The Four Quartets - Kelmscott Manor, the idyllic manor home of William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement - Two days in Oxford, exploring the Bodliean Library, Ashmolean Museum -Final concert at Oxford International Lieder Festival