In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene May 11-17, 2017 or May 18-24, 2017
In the village of La Celle, on a monastic site established in the 5th century by John Cassian, our home will be a former Cistercian monastery, adapted by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse to become a renowned and luxurious Relais and Chateaux with a Michelin-starred restaurant. We will be the only guests in this sanctuary of beauty, allowing us the rare opportunity to recreate the rhythms of monastic life on a site of historical significance.
Our days will begin in a 12th century chapel with morning services of Celtic prayers, Gregorian chant and Medieval pilgrim songs. After a luxurious breakfast in the cloistered garden, we will travel to sacred sites to learn about the rich spiritual tradition in France: the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, the pilgrim town of Cotignac, the French Orthodox monastery of St. Michel du Var, the Forest of Artemis and the Grotto of Mary Magdalene at La Baume.
Afternoons will allow time to take a yoga class, swim in the pool, create a Soul Collage, spend time journaling or reading in the garden or indulging in a luxurious massage.
Our evenings will pair evening meditation with concerts of Bach, Medieval and Celtic music. After savoring a gourmet dinner, we will sing Compline by candlelight in the chapel before drifting off to a gentle slumber in this oasis of tranquility.
Included All classes taught by Kayleen Asbo All evening concerts of classical music Entrance fees to all sacred sites Six night’s lodging at a five star hotel All breakfasts Gourmet dinners every evening in a Michelin-starred restaurant Round trip transfer from airport in Marseilles to La Celle All minibus transportation to sites
Not included Lunches (many participants find breakfast and dinner so bountiful that no other meal is required during the pilgrimage) Airfare
Double Occupancy in Suite with private bath: $5000.00 Single Room with private bath(limited availability): $5950.00 Reservations Early reservations are essential since group size is limited to twelve women per trip. To apply, please fill out the application below. When accepted, a 50% deposit is required within ten days to reserve your place.
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