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The Sacred Feminine in the South of
France: The Grail of the Heart
June 11th - 19th, 2020

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We will follow the footsteps of the Divine Feminine in her many aspects, from the prehistoric Earth Goddess to the Gnostic Sophia, the Shekhinah, Mary Magdalene, and more.

This inspiring and transformational journey will lead us through a magnificent, beautiful country of forested hills, dramatic limestone gorges, natural hot springs, and rushing rivers. Majestic crags reveal spectacular views of the snow-clad Pyrenees to the south.

The landscape has also been shaped by a wealth of histories, mysteries, myths and legends. From prehistoric times onwards, successive peoples, including the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Visigoths and Moors, have all left their mark upon the land. In the Middle Ages, a large area of southern France became known as Occitania, with its own individual language and culture. For a brief but glorious time, its mountain fastnesses provided a refuge for those following esoteric spiritual paths, such as the Cathars, Kabbalists, and Troubadours with their Courts of Love, which hold much wisdom for us today.

Our journey will take us to:

Montségur – the holy mountain of the Cathars, who took refuge in its castle: An enduring legend says that here they hid a mysterious treasure, believed by some to be the Grail.

Shrines of the Black Madonna that express the power and beauty of the Dark Feminine.

A prehistoric cave associated with the ancient Mother Goddess, featuring rock paintings over 15,000 years old.

Rennes le Château, where the mystery of the church dedicated to Mary Magdalene, and its enigmatic priest, Bérenger Saunière, continues to fascinate many Grail seekers.

The healing waters of Rennes-les-Bains, with its hot and cold mineral springs.

The 'Throne of Isis,' a mysterious megalith hidden in the woods.

Carcassonne – the mediaeval walled city on a hill, with its storybook towers and turrets.

Puivert Castle, where the spirit of the troubadours echoes throughout the walls.

The mediaeval town of Alet-les-Bains with its ruined abbey and half-timbered houses, including the house of a Jewish Kabbalist which was once the residence of famous prophet, Nostradamus.
Gorge de Galamus
As we explore this sacred land, woven about by stories of the Grail, we will also be embarking upon the quest for the Grail within: The search of the soul for its spiritual Source, with which it longs to unite. Each morning, esoteric teachings, spiritual exercises and meditations will enable us to connect with the seat of the soul in the heart.

And there will also be time to celebrate our journey with music, dance and song!

In the evening, we will return to our peaceful accommodation in the Aude River Valley, for a fine dinner and time to reflect on our experiences, both within and without.

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Where will
we stay?

We will be based at a beautiful guesthouse in the idyllic village of Alet-les-Bains.

The fee includes:

Breakfast, 3-course dinner with wine each day, plus one lunch.

All transportation in a
comfortable, air-conditioned

All presentations by Mara
Freeman and guests.

All entrance charges to
sites and museums.

Special Presenters

Ani Williams
World-renowned harpist and singer, Ani Williams, who has recorded more than two dozen albums of original sacred music based on ancient spiritual traditions.

Anneke Koremans
Researcher, singer, and author of a series of historical thrillers based on the esoteric mysteries of the Grail. www.panoccitania.com

The Sacred Feminine in France journey was very impactful for me as well as a magnificent chance to simply "be" and discover the ancient treasures of Occitania . . . Thank you again so deeply for your wise guidance and inspiration.
D. Mann, Claremont, California, USA

It was so special to have journeyed with you and a wonderful group in such a sacred area of France. . . heart centred, healing and expanding.
S. Wells, Lewes, England

I can't thank you enough for the special time in France searching for the Divine Feminine! Every day, each experience and every person I met during our trip helped to reinforce all the spiritual and feminine principles I have come to hold dear … F. Tasker, Ontario, Canada

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