Mary Magdalene Pilgrimage 2018

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Mary Magdalene is one of many symbols representing the feminine energy. This inaugural pilgrimage will explore the manifestation of her energy in Paris and Chartres in the north, then following her footsteps in the south of France.

A pilgrimage is a call to surrender and commit to the process of learning from the journey. Every step is an opportunity to grow and to receive. Within our pilgrimage, we will walk the labyrinth at Chartres, in itself a call to surrender. Circles within circles. The cyclical nature of the feminine energy calls to us, again and again.

The Divine Feminine calls us all in different ways. She calls softly in the night and cries loudly in moments of disconnection from our hearts and the truth of who we are. She beckons us to surrender to all we are and all we’ve known and to open ourselves instead to all we can be.

It may not be an easy call to follow; it is even more difficult to ignore. The Shift in Consciousness relies on our willingness to embrace the wisdom and lessons of the Divine Feminine. This is a feminine defined by our hearts and our innate connection to the Earth, our bodies and the rhythms of life. It is not defined by the old structures which have become distorted through time to express as a watered-down version of the feminine designed to make others comfortable. This is the call to break our hearts open and live as embodied versions of the Goddess.

Join us from 19-30 September 2018 for this chance to explore with us.

The Trip

Day 1: Wednesday, September 19 – Paris

We assemble in Paris to begin this powerful pilgrimage. Today is a fairly open day allowing for flexibility in arrival times.  Towards the end of the afternoon, once gathered, we will visit the Eglise de la Madeleine (more popularly known as La Madeleine).

Dinner will be in the Montmartre district with free time afterwards to explore.

Days 2 and 3:  Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21 – Chartres, including Cathedral and Labyrinth

We’ll have two days to explore the holy places and energy of Chartres, long associated with the Divine Feminine (millennia before Christianity). Chartres is said to be on ley lines which link Glastonbury, Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt.

Chartres is well-known worldwide for its magnificent cathedral and labyrinth. The Cathedral is filled with imagery, sacred geometry, carvings, stained-glass windows and sculptures of feminine figures, offering a glimpse into the feminine aspect of God. We will be joining Malcolm Miller, a prominent expert on Chartres Cathedral and its history for a guided tour.

On Friday the labyrinth in the Cathedral is open for public walking from 10 am to 5 pm. We will gather early to walk as a group solidifying our intention in the presence of the divine feminine energy of the Cathedral.

We invite you to take the time to explore other places of worship in Chartres to feel into the feminine energy as it manifests in a variety of ways. A couple of suggestions are l’Église Saint-Aignan de Chartres and l’ Église Saint-Pierre de Chartres (many people have reportedly received miracles here).

Day 4: Saturday, September 22 – Chartres to Aix-en-Provence

We will be staying overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Escale Oceania after a long day of travelling. Arriving at about 3:30, we’ll have time to gather our thoughts.  There is a pool at the hotel and spa nearby. We’ll meet for dinner, and the rest of the time is for relaxation or exploration. Aix-en-Provence is well-known for its fountains and its architecture. A walk around the city will reveal many gems. Cézanne spent part of his life here and was inspired to paint many of his later works.

Day 5: Sunday, September 23 – Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume 

One of the main reasons for our visit to this area is its association with Mary Magdalene. She is said to have lived in the Grotto at Sainte-Baume for up to thirty years. Her tomb was discovered here in 13th Century. We will be back from the Grotto in time for lunch. Then we will explore the Basilica of Ste. Marie Madeleine.

We are in the powerful energy of the Fall Equinox at 3:54 am (CEST) on the 23rd and the Full Moon at 4:52 am (CEST) on the 25th. The energy of the fall equinox very much supports a time of inner reflection.

Day 6: Monday, September 24 – Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Nîmes to Béziers 

We travel today to a charming historical village on the ocean where the three Maries are reputed to have come ashore along with their uncle Joseph of Arimathea, Maximinus and other followers. The three saints Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome and Mary of Clopas are believed to be the women who first witnessed the empty tomb at the resurrection of Jesus.

We will stop for lunch here before travelling on to Nîmes for a brief visit to the Temple of Diana.

Arriving in Béziers in the early evening, we will meet for dinner after checking into our hotel. Béziers was a stronghold for the Cathars in the Languedoc region (12th – 13th C). The Cathars were a Christian sect who rejected much of the formality and structure of the Catholic Church, and as a result, were branded heretics.

Whatever the true beliefs of the Cathars, much has been lost over time. On July 22, 1209 (the Saint Day of Mary Magdalene), 20,000 men, women and children were massacred at Béziers by order of the Catholic Church (Pope Innocent III).

It is said that the Pope, when asked how to distinguish between Catholics and Cathars, said (something like), ‘Kill them all. God knows who are His.’ The people of Béziers stood together in the face of death. The city was burned to the ground during the massacre. This marked the beginning of the 20-year Albigensian Crusade, which would wipe out the Cathars across Languedoc.

* Participants may feel connections to past life experiences as a Cathar, including vows of poverty and purity, a fear of creating, a fear of being seen/heard. This is an excellent opportunity to explore healing your energetic connection to the Divine Feminine and to rebalance the connection between masculine and feminine in yourself. *

Spend the evening exploring the city or relaxing with a glass of local wine preparing for the next day’s visits to local landmarks.

Day 7:  Tuesday, September 26 – Béziers to Aigne to Minerve to Luc-sur-Aude 

After breakfast, we will explore some of Beziers’ important landmarks. We will visit the Saint-Nazaire Cathedral and Eglise de la Madeleine, where many of the inhabitants took refuge during the siege. This didn’t stop the invaders, who burned them to the ground.

We leave Béziers about noon to visit Aigne, a village consciously built in a spiral which reconnects us to the labyrinth at Chartres. We will enjoy lunch here and enjoy the energy of the town before heading to Minerve.

We’ll spend a few hours exploring this ancient fortified city where 120 Cathars took refuge after fleeing from Beziers in 1209. They were rooted out and burned at the stake by Simon de Montfort. You may choose to walk the ‘Martyr’s Way’ which follows the route the Cathars walked to their death. There’s also a walk around the town to follow the river (Cesse) that goes underground in naturally carved tunnels. While we’re here, you can also visit the Church of Saint-Etienne, an 11th Century Roman church with an altar dating back to 450 AD.

We will arrive Le Castillou in Luc-sur-Aude in the late afternoon, where we will spend the next six days. Here we will enjoy tranquillity, community and incredible organic meals at a stunning 120-hectare country estate. Fields of lavender, sage and olive trees encircle the property.

We’ll branch out from here to explore the surrounding area. This will include trips to Pic de Bugarach, Alet-les-Bains, RennesleChâteau, Rennes-les-Bains, Carcassonne, Limoux and other local spots for contemplation and exploration.

Day 8: Wednesday, September 26 – Carcassonne 

We will spend the day exploring this magnificent walled city. It has been a major site in the Languedoc region for many centuries. Traces of early Gaul, Roman and Visigoth settlements are still visible throughout the city and fortifications.

Carcassonne played a major role in the Albigensian Crusade. The city held against a siege for 14 days in August 1209. Eventually, the Catholics surrendered, and the Cathars, refusing surrender, were expelled from the city with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. The invaders, after Béziers, decided they’d benefit from not destroying the cities and all the wealth they provided. The Cathars fled to the surrounding countryside, where they were eventually rooted out and slaughtered.

It is a well-known spot for visitors to explore the fortified walls and their 52 siege towers, as well as numerous churches, the castle and La Porte Narbonnaise, a gate on the fortifications dating back to 1280 (much of the city was rebuilt in the 19th Century after falling into disrepair).

This is a free day for exploration.  We meet at the end of the day for dinner together.

Day 9: Thursday, September 27 –  Rennes-le-Château and Rennes-les-Bains

There is powerful Earth energy here and in nearby Bugarach. According to some sources, this is the 2nd (sacral) chakra of the planet. We begin the day at the St. Mary Magdalene church, which has much to explore.  Historians have suggested there has been a church on this site since the 8th Century.  It has been rebuilt several times.

The current structure was renovated in the late 19th century by the controversial and well-loved Bishop Saunière who had a deep love for Mary Magdalene.  One of his many gifts to the town was the construction of the Magdalene Tower.

Following the church visit we move on to the Bérenger Saunière Museum. Entrance to the museum also provides access to a number of local sites including the Magdalene Tower, The Oratory, and Saunière’s home and gardens. All of these can be explored at your leisure prior to departing for nearby Rennes-les-Bains for lunch.

After lunch you are free to explore Rennes-les-Bains and the famous thermal hot springs. The hot springs have been a popular attraction with bathers for thousands of years and are reputed to heal rheumatism and certain skin disorders.  There are also other sights to explore before returning to Luc-sur-Aude for dinner.

Day 10: Friday, September 28 – Limoux, Alet-les-Bains and St Salvayre 

After breakfast, we will start our day in Limoux, which is famous for its vineyards and a sparkling wine called Blanquette de Limoux. We will visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Marceille, a 14th Century Gothic church dedicated to Mary. The basilica is built around a Black Madonna and has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. The spring located there is said to have healing powers.  There are many beautiful statues, stained glass windows and a garden.

After the Basilica you are free to explore – there is a Cathar museum, a garden of rare and scented plants, and lots of interesting architecture.

For lunch, we head to the small charming village of Alet-les-Bains.  You are free for several hours to explore the old Abbey, the spa waters, and the notable architecture throughout the town.

On the way back to our base we are stopping for a short visit at the tiny hamlet of St. Salvayre. The Church here, although small, has been on a pilgrimage path for centuries.  There is reputed to be very powerful energy here and strong druidic influences.

Day 11:  Saturday, September 29 – Pic de Bugarach

We will be spending our morning in one of the most famous towns in France. The mountain here holds sacred energy; it is a major vortex and connects to a network of ley lines.

There was a popular story that the only people who would survive the shift of 21 December 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar were the people in Bugarach. It is seen as a portal to other dimensions and was featured in the film, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Another legend states that it is the burial spot of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

We will visit the small church dedicated to Mary and then spend time at a Celtic stone circle in the nearby forest.

For lunch, we return to Luc-sur-Aude for lunch at Le Fournil De Luc, a well known organic patisserie with incredible desserts, before returning to our base to integrate and to join together for the closing circle.

Day 12:  Sunday, September 30 – Luc-sur-Aude to Toulouse

After breakfast, we say our goodbyes and depart for Toulouse for onward journeys.

Your Trip Facilitators:

Jenny Griffin

Jenny is an Earth Goddess, intuitive empath, messenger and mentor at The Power of Change. She channels Divine Love energy and through her connection with the Earth taps into the Heart of Creation to bring messages of healing and expansion. She has a great relationship with her inner child, who often designs her daily activities.

Jenny’s relationship with the Divine Feminine started with surrender and a commitment to following her heart. The first indication she was hearing the call was that she fell apart. It was a painfully beautiful opening that began the search for deeper meaning through an 18-month process of grieving and release.

Since then, her fascination with catharsis, transformation and the Divine Feminine has led her on incredible adventures through a wide array of experiences with amazing people all over the world.

Jenny speaks English and decent but not perfect French.

Ariana Brackenbury

Ariana has been feeling the call to the Magdalene energy for several years after first reading about the early life of Mary Madgalene in Claire Heartsong’s books, ‘Anna, Grandmother of Jesus’ and ‘Anna, The Voice of the Magdalenes.’

Ariana is a facilitator, inspirational speaker and heart centered leader who is deeply dedicated to inspiring others to listen to the whispers of their heart and step more fully into what is calling.  Her mission is to be a catalyst for changing the paradigms of money and aging that keep people from living the life of their dreams.

Ariana offers mentoring programs and spiritual pilgrimage journeys to those who want to live a more fulfilling life and discover a deep connection to spirit and themselves.

Bonnie Vanechuk – Guest Facilitator

Bonnie had a spiritual awakening at a young age.  This deep connection to spirit has remained with Bonnie throughout her life.

Making mini pilgrimages and bringing offerings to the shrine of our Lady of Guadelupe in Cape Breton, N.S deepened her connection to the love and guidance of Mother Mary.  It was through these regular visits over many years that she truly felt the continued presence of the Divine Feminine in her life.

Over the past twenty five years, Bonnie has received certifications in Yoga, Meditation, and the Healing Arts, and has been both a practitioner and teacher in these realms.  Teaching Yoga and giving treatments in her home community as well as leading Yoga Retreats to Mexico , France,  the Maritimes and upcoming in Costa Rica has given her the opportunity to share her passion of bringing women together, to deepen and explore the connection to the Feminine .

Gratitude is her daily mantra.

Tour includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations at amazing properties along the route. Rooms are double occupancy – if you are not booking with someone you will be introduced to and matched with someone prior to departure.
  • Breakfast and dinner. A glass of wine is included at many meals.
  • Transportation within France by Train, Taxi and Coach.
  • Ceremonies and group processes.
  • All activities described in this itinerary include entrance fees for places we are visiting as a group. During free times you are responsible for your own costs.
  • Each participant is welcome to an optional intuitive reading with Jenny. These can be booked as we travel when time and space permits.

You are responsible for transportation to the Hotel in Paris on September 19th and for transportation from Toulouse to your next destination on September 30th. Additional nights can be added in Paris prior to the start of the tour for $270 per room double occupancy.

This journey is a first for all of us.  If you are up for a grand adventure and are okay with us finding our way together, then this trip will be perfect for you. Our pricing reflects this. 

Pricing in CAD – N.B. GST will be added for Canadian residents. 

Cheque or eTransfer Credit Card via Paypal
Per person double occupancy*  4,850 *5044
Deposit – in order to reserve your space – non refundable 1,400 1,456
2nd payment due by August 15, 2018 1,725 1,794
3rd and final payment due August 31, 2018 1,725 1,794
Friend/Family rate per person  in same room 4,700 *4,888
Deposit – in order to reserve your space – non refundable per person 1,400 1,456
2nd payment due by August 15, 2018 per person 1,650 1,716
3rd and final payment due August 31 per person 1,650 1,716

*Credit card fees will be waived for payment in full at time of booking.  For Friend and Family rate both must be booked at the same time. 

*See the note about double occupancy above under items included.

For booking info please contact Ariana Brackenburyusing the subject line Mary Magdalene Pilgrimage.

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Big Love,

~ Jenny

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