Travel Sacred France: Saint Sarah Festival and the
footsteps of Mary Magdalene
Journey with us on an empowering, inspirational spiritual adventure which
includes the mystical experience of the Saint Sarah Festival in Saintes Maries de La Mer,
May 24/25th and the sacred mystical sites of France – a timeless wonder
which feeds our soul as we quest in search of Mary Magdalene, Black Madonna,
Knights Templars, Cathars and mystical Lourdes, Chartres and Paris.
We invite you to join us on this inspirational, spiritual and transformational journey to France. Explore, lands steeped in mysticism, lore and tradition of Mary Magdalene, the legends of the Holy Family, the Black Madonna, Saint Sarah, The Holy Grail, Cathars, Knights Templars and the healing power of Lourdes and its water! Discover the Labyrinth, at Chartres Cathedral and Paris. as it represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world.
This is a journey of a lifetime, a life altering experience where we feed our soul in one of the world’s most sacred destinations. We will awaken to that still inner voice and the energy of golden flame that dwells within our heart. Each day we will experience sacred ceremonies, discussions, and meditations which will serve to open and deepen our sacred connection.
On this sacred journey we are being asked to feed our soul as it awakens to the many wonders of the miraculous and the mystical. On this adventure we will experience the timeless wonder of being a pilgrim, which is much more powerful and engaging than being the ordinary traveler. As pilgrims, we share in a special journey as we weave a tapestry of group consciousness/Oneness. Pilgrims are humble, open to unique people and experiences in this great land of enchantment.
Journey through the sacred destinations of France on a mystical 14 or 16 day spiritual adventure, beginning in Nice and ending in Toulouse or joining our extension to Chartres and Paris through a land rich in tradition and the lore of Mary Magdalene with Finbarr Ross. Finbarr is a facilitator on Mary Magdalene and the Grail legends.
Absorb the energies of this ancient European culture and its Celtic roots, where later Christian, Gnostic, Jewish, and Muslim traditions recognized the ‘Sacred Feminine Ethos’ with equal enthusiasm. Although you journey within the 21st Century, you will discover the threads of universal consciousness that feed your soul and predated Christianity still alive today. You will experience many wonderful power sites held sacred by those who have sought the Holy Grail, the presence of Mary Magdalene, Saint Sarah and Black Madonnas including: Rennes-le Chateau, Grotte de Baume, Maries de La Mer, Arles, Carcassonne, Montségur, Lourdes, Rocamadour, the mystical Languedoc.
Visit Chartres Cathedral, and Paris with its many mystical sites, for a 17-day spiritual journey to some of the world’s most sought-after sacred destinations.
Sacred Destinations of France Tour Itinerary:
May 22nd/23rd – Saturday – Sunday Day 1-2: Grotte de la Sainte Baume
We begin our Sacred Destinations of France Tour as we depart for Hotel Vendome,
26 Rue Pastorelli, 06000 Nice at 10.00am.
We will journey to St. Baume where we will feel its essence and experience a wonderful chapel with Mary Magdalene and its frescos, and connect with the mystical powers of Mary Magdalene.
We experience the Grotte de la St Baume. Be prepared for a forty minute ascent to approach this mystical cave with all its transformational energy and sacred water where the Magdalene is said to have performed water initiations. It is believed she passed the last years of her life here, and also wrote her memoirs.
Feel the mystery of this special mountain which was, and is sacred to Isis, and has also been considered holy ground for thousands of years. The natural water that accumulates here is believed to have miraculous healing powers. Here we will participate in a Magdalene water initiation.
On the 22nd we will overnight in our hotel near St.Baume. On the
afternoon of the 23rd we will depart St. Baume for Arles where we
will overnight in or hotel for 3 nights. (B. D)
May 24th/ 25th – Monday – Tuesday – Day 3 – 4 : Saint Sarah and Saintes Maries de La Mer
We continue our Sacred Destinations of France Tour with a morning exploring Arles, which contains wonderful monuments and remains of the highly developed Roman Empire. These were contemporaneous with the Grail family's arrival in this region, approximately 2015 years ago. We will visit St. Trophimus Church with all its mystery and the Church of Mary Magdalene starting points of the journey to St. James in Compostela. There was also a major Templar stronghold here and the ruins of the comandere still stand.
At Noon we depart for Saintes Maries de La Mer and the Saint Sarah Festival. Saintes Maries de la Mer is a Mediterranean fishing village and legend states that the three Mary’s arrived on the shores of southern France in a 'boat with no oars' from Palestine with The holy entourage of Mary Magdalene, her sister Martha and their brother Lazarus; Mary Jacobi, Mary Salome, St. Maximin and St Sarah.
We will visit the basilica associated with the mystery of the arrival of the Grail Family from Palestine with its sweet water and holy well, where we will meet the most beautiful and powerful 'Black Madonna', revered by the Gypsies of Europe as St. Sarah.
On the 24th we will take part in the Saint Sarah procession down to the sea where we will watch a beautiful vortex of energy as it opens up and flows during this special time.
On the 25th we will take part in the procession to the sea of Mary Jacobi and Mary Salome this again is an extraordinary powerful procession with an abundance of special energies and vibrations.
Each evening we will return to our hotel in Arles where we will overnight. Group dinner in Saintes Maries de la Mer.
May 26th – Wednesday – Day 5: Old City of Carcassonne/Basilica of St. Nazaire
Today on our Sacred Destinations of France Tour, we have a early morning departure for Carcassonne where we spend the day exploring in the Old City of Carcassonne, a unique example of a fortified medieval city, known for it's Cathar beliefs and history. In ancient times, Carcassonne was a major commercial and ceremonial center for the Druids and the Phoenicians.
We will visit the Bacilica of Saint Nazaire with it vibrational energy and connection to Mother Mary, Saint Rock, a beautiful energetic sculpture of Mary and Anna and another sculpture showing the filtering of the energy streams of consciousness.
Overnight in Carcassonne with group dinner. (B. D)
May 27th – Thursday – Day 6: Minerve/Cathar Museum/Aigne
Today we drive to the small, unchanged town of Minerve, place of Cathar burning where 150 'Parfaits' were burned as heretics on the feast day of Mary Magdelaine in 1210. We will experience the Dove of Minerve, the village church, Cathar Museum and the beautiful art colony at Aigne which also houses a beautiful Black Madonna.
Overnight in Carcassonne for 4 nights with group dinner.
May 28/29/30 – /Friday/Saturday/Sunday – Day 7/8/9: Montségur/Rennes le Chateau/Arques/Limoux
In May 1243, in order to appease the pope, the King of France instigated a ten-month blockade of Montségur. A fifteen-day truce was negotiated in March 1244, at the end of which the Cathars had to choose to either, renounce their faith, or perish at the stake - 220 Cathars chose death on the pyre. Montségur, is a sacred mountain and a place of inspiration, learning, balance and unity consciousness for the Cathars, Montségur is the eternal symbol of Catharism and “The Church of Love”.
At Rennes le Chateau, the former Visigoth capital of the region, we will visit the famous church of Abbe Sauniere's Villa Bethania. We will tour the church, museum, gardens and the environs of Magdala, and absorb the atmosphere of this ancient mystical place with its hidden mystery depicted in symbolism.
We will visit and experience the Arques, Mount Bugarach, the Goddess Chair and the source. Here we experience ceremony and meditation which will take us deep within ourselves.
We will journey to a very beautiful Black Madonna and Healing Well in Limoux. In Limoux we will experience ancient wisdom in all its glory as we enter into the world of mystisism.
Time for sharing, integration and journaling etc. in the gardens of our hotel.
Return to our hotel near Rennes le Chateau for our group dinner. (B. D)
May 30th – Monday – Day 10: Lourdes Grotto
Today we will have a morning departure to Lourdes, arriving there in the afternoon. We will immerse ourselves in the Lourdes, and its miraculous healing waters where we will bathe in its essence and allow ourselves to be held in the arms of the Divine Mother.
At 9.00pm we will have a mystical and transformational visit to the Lourdes Grotto, and experience its sacred healing water.
Tonight we overnight in Lourdes, group dinner. (B. D)
June 1st – Tuesday – Day 11: Lourdes Grotto/Rocamadour
Today, on our Sacred Destinations of France Tour we will visit Rocamadour which was a famous goal of Medieval pilgrims coming to worship the Black Madonna. The 12th century basilica of St. Sauveur was built in the cliff face, and at its entrance is a sword dangling from the rock. The sacred crypt of St. Amadour, the hermit, holds powerful energy.
Taking the lift to the upper town one gets not only breathtaking views of the valley below and of the surrounding mountains,yet a view of the most powerful Black Madonna reputed, and was believed to be carved by Saint Amadour himself .
The buildings of Rocamadour rises in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which runs between immense, rocky walls 400 ft. in height. Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, and a group of massive buildings half-way up the cliff. The chief of them is the pilgrimage church of Notre Dame (rebuilt in its present configuration from 1479). In the upper village we will encounter the second powerful Black Madonna.
Tonight we will overnight in Rocamadour, group dinner. (B. D)
June 2nd – Wednesday – Day 12: Rocamadour
June 3rd – Thursday – Day 13: Toulouse/Journey’s End or Chartres & Paris Extension
June 3rd – Thursday – Day 13: Extension to Chartres and Paris
This morning, we will travel to Toulouse.
For those continuing to Chartres and Paris we will catch an afternoon flight to Orly airport and then transfer to Chartres. We will overnight in our hotel in Chartres. We will share a group dinner in a local restaurant. (B. D)
June 4th – Friday – Day 14: Day 14: Chartres Cathedral
Today, we depart our hotel early, to fully experience Chartres Cathedral, with a history dating back to the 4th century. It was erected during a time of religious peace brought about by the Emperor Constantine. Chartres is rich with mysterious sacred imagery and sacred geometry which is said to be encoded with the secrets of the universe. It was established on a hilltop, where a sacred forest once stood. A well beneath the cathedral was sacred to the Druids and is said to be a miraculous source of healing water. It is also believed to house the tunic of the Blessed Mother, the Sancta Canisia, since 876 when it was given by Charlemagne after he received it as a gift from Jerusalem.
The Cathedral today is one of mystery and majesty. It is a holy place of rare architectural beauty, with its 160 stained glass windows, crypt, labyrinth, and unique silhouette above the landscape. The standout feature at Chartres is the labyrinth, installed into the Cathedral floor in the year 1200. Finbarr will explain the history of the labyrinth and address the path of enlightenment that is opened to us via the 11-circuit Chartres labyrinth.
We will have some free time to explore and ponder on our own.
We will depart Chartres art 4.30pm for Paris where we will overnight. (B, D)
June 5th- Saturday – Day 15: Paris/Church of San Sulpice/Farewell Dinner
This morning, we continue our Chartres/Paris Extension with an early departure to Paris, where our hotel is splendidly located close to the lovely River Seine.
This morning we depart our splendidly located hotel close to both the Louvre and the lovely River Seine. We travel to the Left Bank to the historic Church of San Sulpice in search of "The Magdalene Line" and much more including clues to her children. Explore the Paris Meridian, the sunlight line defining the exact time of Easter, marked by a brass strip on the floor of the church. This is an amazing church with many hidden secrets and symbology.
Free afternoon explore Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the many other attractions and museums. This evening the tour ends with a farewell dinner in celebration for all we experienced on this sacred journey.
Overnight in Paris. (B, D)
June 6th – Sunday – Day 16: Depart Paris for Home
Today we depart for our home city, or continue to explore the beauties of Paris, grateful for all we experienced on this magical, sacred journey.
Sacred Destinations of France Tour Price:
Sacred Destinations of France Tour with Chartres/Paris Extension Price:
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