Journey with us to Mystical France, where legends of Mary Magdalene, Joan of Arc, Knights Templar, The Holy Grail, Black Madonnas, and Isis have long thrived in this sacred landscape. An in depth study of The Gospel of Mary and The Nag Hammadi texts provides a deep understanding of Jesus’s teaching on the soul’s journey and how Gnosticism was experienced in the early Christian era. You are invited to connect with the Celtic roots of this land, once known as Gaul, home of towering mountains, deep gorges, forests, caves, and the Mediterranean Sea. Learn about the havoc caused by religious conflicts over the centuries while walking the grounds of the ‘heretical’ Cathar Castles that cling precariously to hilltops, temporarily sheltered from merciless invasions.
"Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our hearts. We free ourselves of labels. We lose control willingly. We trade a role for reality. We search for better questions, not answers."Anonymous
Look around you and observe how much your life has changed over the past years. Perhaps you relate to the developing of a mysterious curiosity arising in you about your own intuitive intelligence, or discovering natural abilities to recognize the plants in your garden as a pharmacy, or gradually realizing that among your other life skills, you also possess that gift of healing that comes from the soul. Such inner rumblings are not signs of being discontent with your life; rather, they are typical of the emergence of the Sacred Feminine within the human psyche, a phenomenon as familiar to women as it is men.
The Sacred Feminine does not refer to something special for women. The Sacred Feminine is the balancing force to Sacred Masculine and its intellectual energies of reason and logic. We have entered a time in which the Sacred Feminine and its subtle and magnificent force is penetrating into every expression of life, from bringing us into awareness of the crisis within the Mother Nature to awakening our mystical senses and mystical history.
The origin of the Knights Templar, for instance, goes back to legends about a second history of the life of Jesus that maintains that he married Mary Magdalene and together they had a child. After his death, Magdalene fled to France for safety to raise her child, who eventually continued the bloodline. The Knights Templar were created to protect this bloodline. As you can imagine, such a group threatened the more divine version of the life of Jesus and Rome sent its armies to destroy the Knights Templar, giving rise to the legend of the Holy Grail: Did the descendant of Jesus survive the massacre of the Knights Templar? This, in part, inspired the story of Camelot. (How delicious is this?) But investigating the history of Mary Magdalene and the Knights Templar is but one part of our journey.
I have two favorite places in the world and this trip includes one of them – Chartres Cathedral. You may wonder how a cathedral could possibly be a favorite place, but it isn’t a place. It is one of my personal “seven wonders of my world.”
It was founded as a Mystery School 1,000 years ago by St. Bernard of Clarvioux, who combined the visionary teachings of Plato with Christian mysticism. He believed that the seven Liberal Arts as taught by Plato were the foundational language of the soul, as they served to liberate the soul – thus, they earned the name, the Liberal Arts. I will introduce the Liberal Arts to you as Plato saw them and speak to you about the labyrinth at Chartres, which is one of the greatest mysteries of this magnificent cathedral.
It is Chartres Cathedral that was built in 26-years in gratitude to the Black Madonna – an unheard of feat one thousand years ago. Oh, and it was built in complete silence as an act of devotion by all the laborers. Truly, you are walking on the sacred ground of the Sacred Feminine when you are at Chartres Cathedral.
There are far too many wonders left to share with you. Let me close by sharing my enthusiasm for this journey, as if you haven’t felt it by now. I am as excited to go along with all of you on this experience, as I am to share the mysticism of the Sacred Feminine and its profound impact on your life.
“Everyone at Dancing Spirit Tours has tremendous integrity and you can really tell that they strive to be of service. They are very generous in all aspects; from taking care of the logistical details to how we are engaged as participants.”Breaden, Germany
“For me, the spiritual aspect is having the deepest impact… in fact, my experiences are STILL unfolding over a month after returning home – I experienced a deep personal breakthrough while interacting with the ancient sites and had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with an amazing medicine woman. I have been experiencing a subtle but powerful transformation that started by saying 'yes' to this journey. I am so grateful and thankful to Nina & Horst.”Catherine, CA, USA
Nina Hirlaender is the co-founder of Dancing Spirit Tours. Her extensive experience in group facilitation, community building, Celtic Shamanism and metaphysics create an engaging and reflective spiritual journey.
Trevor Hinton is a storyteller with a passion for the medieval Troubadour culture and Gallic legends from the ancient Languedoc region. Trevor’s experience as a professional actor and as powerful teacher of self-empowerment craft a life-changing travel adventure for participants.
Together, Nina and Trevor engage the heart of the divine feminine balance, the archetype of Mary Magdalene, and connect people with the journey of a lifetime.
Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition.
Caroline established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world.
In addition to hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network, Caroline maintains a rigorous international workshop and lecture schedule.
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