Travel Sacred France: an empowering and inspiring spiritual tour of France in search of Mary Magdalene, Black Madonna, Knights Templars and Cathars
This guided Sacred Tour of France is a spiritual transformational journey where we experience Mary Magdalene, the legends of the Holy Family, the Black Madonna, The Holy Grail, Cathars, and Knights Templars!
Sacred Tour of France Introduction:
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 predated Christianity still alive today.
On this Sacred Tour of France you will experience many wonderful power sites held sacred by those who have sought the Holy Grail, the presence of Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas including: Rennes-le Chateau, Grotte de Baume, Maries de La Mer, Arles, Carcassonne, Montségur, Lourdes, Rocamadour, and the mystical Languedoc.
This special Sacred Tour of France offers an extension to visit the stunningly beautiful Chartres Cathedral, and Paris!
Sacred Tour of France Itinerary:
May 25th/26th – Saturday/Sunday – Day 1/2: Grotte de la Sainte Baume
We begin our Sacred Tour of France as we depart Hotel Vendome, 26 Rue Pastorelli, in Nice at 11:30 a.m. We will journey to Sainte Baume where we will feel its essence and experience a wonderful chapel with Mary Magdalene and its frescoes. Here, we will connect with the energies of Mary Magdalene.
Next, we will experience the magical 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 done water initiations and to have passed the last years of her life and written her memoirs.
We will feel the mystery of this special mountain which was and is sacred to Isis and has been considered holy ground for thousands of years. The natural water that accumulates here is believed to have healing powers.
On the 25th, we will overnight near Sainte Baume, and on the 26th we will overnight in Arles.
May 27th – Monday – Day 3: Arles/The Church of Mary Magdalene
Today we experience a walk around Arles, France, 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 2004 years ago. We will visit Saint 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.
At noon, we depart for Saintes Maries de La Mer to visit the basilica associated with the mystery of the arrival of the Grail Family from Palestine with its holy well and to meet the most beautiful and powerful 'Black Madonna', revered by the Gypsies of Europe as St. Sarah and much, much more.
In this magical village of Saintes Maries de la Mer, set in the dramatic Camargue amidst herds of wild horses, black bulls, and flocks of flamingos, we will experience a picnic lunch on the beach and paddling or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.
After our magical experience at Saintes Maries de la Mer, we will return to our hotel in Arles for a group dinner.
Overnight in Arles.
May 28th – Tuesday – Day 4: Carcassone/Cathedral of Saint Nazaire
Today on our Sacred Tour of France, we will have an early morning departure for Carcassonne where we’ll spend the time exploring in the Old City of Carcassonne, a unique example of a fortified medieval city, known for its Cathar beliefs and history. We will experience the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire with its many inspirational insights to our journey. This is a very mystical church with sacred places within. In ancient times, Carcassonne was a major commercial and ceremonial center for the Druids and the Phoenicians.
Overnight in Carcassonne with group dinner.
May 29th – Wednesday – Day 5: Minerve/Aigne
Today we journey one of the most important sites of the Cathar people – we journey to the small, unchanged town of Minerve, place of Cathar burning. We will walk together to the gorge where, on July 22, 1210, on the Feast of Mary Magdalene, 140 Cathars ‘Parfaits’ were executed for their belief in the Way. This is a very transformational experience for many people as we immerse ourselves in meditation and on the Cathar Prophecy of 1244. We will experience the Dove of Minerve, the village church, Village Museum, Hurepel Museum and more.
Next, we will visit Aigne, the tiny one thousand year old “snail village”, which was built, consciously and purposefully, in a spiral. We will tune in to appreciate its unique energies of a very special medieval church where a tiny Black Madonna was found in the wall in the 18th century.
Overnight in Carcassonne with group dinner.
May 30th-June 2nd – Thursday-Sunday – Day 6-9: Rennes le Chateau/Montségur
Rennes le Chateau, former Visigoth capital of the region, is a mystical and sacred place with its famous church of Abbe Sauniere's Villa Bethania. We will spend some time exploring this tiny town which was once the seat of a temple to Isis, and where there has been a shrine to Mary Magdalene for over a thousand years. As we explore Villa Bethania, we will absorb the atmosphere of this ancient mystical place. This small, unique village is at the origin of many mysteries, and has been the inspiration for so many books and many treasure hunters.
In Villa Bethania, we will visit the famously encoded church dedicated to Mary Magdalene and the local museum, and understand why the village is known as a “doorway to heaven” – a magical place, a vibrational doorway. We will also experience a very beautiful Black Madonna and Healing Well in Limoux.
Next, we'll travel to Montségur, Cathar seminary and citadel of their last resistance. 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.
We will travel and ascend on a mountain trail for approximately 45 minutes on foot to Montségur. Though Montségur’s ascent might seem difficult, it is a pilgrimage worth attempting for those who are physically able. Montségur is the eternal symbol of Catharism and “The Church of Love”. It will be a crowning achievement for an unforgettable adventure.
After our time at the citadel, we will visit the village of Montségur for refreshments, and visit the Black Madonna which resides in the very special village church there, access permitting.
We will visit the Source, the Goddess Chair, Arques, and Mount Bugarach - the site of an ancient Essene community.
In the evening, we will have time for sharing, integration and journaling, etc. in the gardens of our hotel.
We will overnight for four nights at our hotel near Rennes le Chateau.
Breakfast and group dinner each day.
June 3rd – Monday – Day 10: Lourdes
At 9:00 p.m. we will have a transformational visit to the Lourdes Grotto and experience its sacred healing water. Private healing water immersions available for those who wish to partake.
After our visit to the Lourdes Grotto, we will enjoy a group dinner.
Overnight in Lourdes.
June 4th/5th – Tuesday/Wednesday – Day 11/12: Rocamadour
Rocamadour was a famous goal of Medieval pilgrims coming to worship the Black Madonna. The 12th century basilica of St. Sauveur is 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 but of a very powerful Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Amadour himself.
The buildings of Rocamadour rise in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which here runs between rocky walls 400 ft. in height. Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, 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. We will also visit an amazing Black Madonna in the village church.
We will overnight in Rocamadour for 2 nights, with a group dinner each night.
June 6th/7th – Thursday/Friday – Day 13/14: Toulouse/Farewell Dinner
Those ending their Sacred Tour of France here will overnight in Toulouse and enjoy a farewell dinner, as their sacred journey concludes.
If you are departing from Paris for your home city on Friday, let us know and we will arrange for you to get to Paris on Thursday afternoon and overnight at CDG.
Those wishing to travel to Chartres and Paris on the extension will fly on Thursday afternoon from Toulouse to Paris and travel by coach to Chartres.
June 7th – Friday – June 14th: Extension to Chartres and Paris
Chartres Cathedral has a rich 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 and 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 said 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 then enjoy some free time to explore and ponder on our own before we return to our hotel in Chartres for a group dinner.
June 8th – Saturday – June 15th: Louvre/River Seine/Church of San Sulpice
We will 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.
First, we will visit the Louvre to view the paintings associated with Mary Magdalene and the Grail legends. Afterward, we will enjoy some free time to explore this world famous museum on our own and/or shop its gallery stores or visit the adjacent 'Carousel du Louvre' mall.
In the evening, the Sacred Tour of France ends with a farewell dinner in celebration of all we experienced on this sacred journey.
Sacred Tour of France Price:
France with Chartres/Paris Extension Price:
SACRED TOUR OF FRANCE PRICE DOES *NOT* INCLUDE:
• International airfare
• Meals not mentioned above
• Extras at hotels
• Mineral water, tea, coffee, after meal beverages, personal expenses (i.e laundry, valet service, telephone calls, postage, etc.)
$500 deposit secures your place on the journey with the balance due 60 days prior to departure.
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