In Search of Wisdom: The Art and Music of Pilgrimage
A one-day workshop of lecture, labyrinth walking, and inner discovery. We will explore the myths and legends of the Camino, the pilgrimage trail that originates in France, crosses the Pyrenees and ends at Santiago Compostela in Spain. Though most known today as the Way of St. James, it was also a pilgrimage trail in the Middle Ages dedicated to the Sacred Feminine, with hundreds of chapels dedicated to Mother Mary containing statues of mysterious Black Madonnas. We'll explore the rich legends of this pilgrim path, including a slide show of over 40 of these enigmatic artworks found in Europe. We will learn some of the devotional songs collected by Jewish, Islamic and Christian scribes from the courts of the 14th century King Alfonso the Wise. Our day also include Visio Divina (a process of Active Imagination , using images of Black Madonnas by renowned artist Sue Ellen Parkinson) and a labyrinth walk (symbolic of the pilgrim journey). The crown of our time together will be a candlelit Interfaith Evensong, weaving together world music from over 1500 years with the Song of Songs and the Book of Wisdom, texts revered in all three Western faith traditions
SCHEDULE 1:30 Opening Circle 2:00-3:30: Lecture: The History and Myths of Black Madonnas 3:30- 4:00: Art Meditation and Journaling with Images 4:00- 4:30: Labyrinth Walk and Reflections 4:30-5:00: Journaling and Break 5:00-6:30 pm Evensong for the Black Madonna
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