The Cave of the Heart: In the Footsteps of Artemis and Mary Magdalene September 12-17, 2020 Registration now open!
A journey that invites you to discover the inner depths of your own heart as we journey in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene and Catherine of Sienna. We will 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. We will 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 earthly pleasures of farmer's markets and fine dining all while we create an intimate sense of community in one of the most beautiful regions in the world.
The Grotto of Mary Magdalene rising above the forest of Artemis at La Sainte Baume
Recommended arrival: Saturday, September 12: We gather at 11 am for our opening at Couvent Royale, a 13th century abbey that is now a fine three star hotel. After our opening circle, we share a lunch together in the cloister gardens. In the afternoon, Veronique Flayol, President of the Association of Mary Magdalene, will give us a private guided tour of the Cathedral of Saint Maximin, just on the other side of the wall!), the Royal Basilica that holds Mary Magdalene's relics. After an evening circle of chanting and sharing, we will savor a three course meal by candlelight .
Sunday, September 13: We journey by comfortable coach to La Saint Baume, holy site of pilgrimage dedicated to the Sacred Feminine for over three thousand years. After a contemplative ceremony in the Forest of Artemis, we hike in silence up the holy mountain to the Grotto where legend claims Mary Magdalene spent the last thirty years of her life in contemplation and prayer as we marvel at the astonishing expanse of Provence spread out before us. Dinner together at Couvent Royale.
Monday, September 14: 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. Evening free in Saint Maximin.
Tuesday, September 15: Delighting in a French farmers market in the quaint village of Cotignac, we will take an easy stroll to a waterfall with our picnic lunches and a visit to the site where all three members of the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus) appeared to pilgrims over the centuries. In the afternoon, we will tour the museum of Abbey de la Celle, a former Benedictine monastery where artifacts of Artemis, Dionysus and Isis have been found in the vineyards and then dine together at a famed MIchelin starred restaurant .
Wednesday, September 16: A morning of integration as we discover Visio Divina , journal and share together . In the afternoon, we visit the French Orthodox monastery of St Michel du Var to discover the alchemical symbols behind these extraordinary paintings and marvel as we sing at the perfect Pythagorean acoustics of this magnificent monastery. A closing celebration dinner at Chateau Berne.
Thursday, September 17: After our final circle of blessing, we bid a fond farewell to Provence!
Registration Rates until March 31, 2020 Single Occupancy: $3900 per person Double Occupancy: $3600 per person
Rates After March 31, 2020 Single: Occupancy $4200 Double Occupancy: $3900
Includes all lectures by Kayleen Asbo and Veronique Flayol, lodging, bountiful breakfasts, on site transportation, museum entrance fees, four luxurious dinners and more.
Added bonus: Magdalene Emerging: an Online Study program, beginning in March 2020 plus two ZOOM calls with Kayleen Asbo.
Not included: Airfare , lunches, one dinner
We recommend arriving in Europe several days before our pilgrimage begins to acclimate to the time change. Because our group will begin late morning on September 12, you ay wish to arrive the night before at le Couvent Royale to settle in. Rooms have been reserved for the evening of September 10 and an additional night's lodging can be arranged, and transportation to and from the Marseille airport or Aix en Provence train station can be arranged for an additional fee for September 10.