THE ANCIENTS AWAIT
June 15-21, 2020
Destinations in the UK include glastonbury, tintagel, st. nectAn's glen,
the hurlers stone circles, avebury, and london
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ANCIENT SECRETS OF THE GRAIL
september 20-26 , 2019
LOCATIONS INCLUDE CiNtra,
AND SANTiago de compostela...
Secrets of Southwest France: Initiation I
September 28- october 5, 2020
Immerse yourself in the lands of the Templars, the Cathars, the Druids and so many others who have found refuge and revelation in this magical place. Experience initiation and simple ceremony in the landscape temple of the Rennes le Chateau region. Receive intuitive messages along the way.
Steeped in myth and legend, Southwest France is a place of stunning beauty – from the lands of Montsegur and the Gorge de Galamus to the mystical mountains of Bugarach and Peche Cardou. Bugarach was a subject of great interest to Jules Verne, as was the surrounding region. And many believe the true burial place of Jesus and Magdalene was, or is, in the vicinity of Rennes les Bains.
The ancients understood the power of this place and used it to quicken their awareness. As shepherds of old guided initiates through these labyrinthine energies, hidden knowledge became visible once more. During Initiation, we follow the footsteps of the ancestors, to harness the energy and power of the very earth beneath our feet.
We travel to the location of “The Shepherds of Arcadia” - and also one of the most enigmatic paintings in this mystery. We will investigate the landscape temple that Nicolas Poussin encoded in his infamous painting, and the very same one that Henry Lincoln wrote about in his ground-breaking book, The Holy Place.
Secrets of Southwest France: Initiation II
As we move deeper into this magical region, we must turn our attention to Inner Earth. We will explore the legends and stories in the landscape temple and see what revelations may come.
We’ll hike into the surrounding countryside of Bugarach, visiting both the village church and mountain, and its persistent legends as an entryway to Inner Earth. We will visit the Gorge de Galamus, examine the cave, its Magic Square, and the stories of subterranean worlds beneath it.
We then travel on to the Cathar chateaus of Queribus and Peyreperteuse, explore their histories and immerse ourselves in the breathtaking lands that surround them. Were the Cathar nobles the true Guardians of the Grail? And if so, did they undergo the resurrection rituals of initiation?
We will return to the Ariege region and spend time in the Lombrives Cave. There we will walk in the footsteps of many different peoples, as we come face-to-face with this vast geological landscape.
Nearing the end of our initiation into this earthen temple, we will climb to the summit of Peche Cardou and do ceremony on this sacred mountain. We will take the legendary mineral waters in Rennes les Bains, as we renew ourselves along the way. We conclude the tour with a vision quest of our own, on the lower plateau of Rennes le Chateau, a place radiating unusual psychic energies.
Secrets of Southwest France: INITIATION I
Come join me on the journey of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the lands of the Templars, the Cathars, the Druids and so many others who have found refuge and revelation in this magical place. Experience initiation in the landscape temple of the Rennes le Chateau region.
Steeped in myth and legend, Southwest France is a place of stunning beauty – from the lands of Montsegur and the Gorge de Galamus to the mystical mountains of Bugarach and Peche Cardou. Bugarach was a subject of great interest to Jules Verne, as was the surrounding region. And many believe the true burial place of Jesus is in the mountain of Peche Cardou.
The ancients understood the power of this place and used it to quicken their own awareness. As shepherds of old guided initiates through these labyrinthine energies, hidden knowledge became visible once more. During Initiation, we follow the footsteps of those ancestral initiates to harness the energy and power of the very earth beneath our feet. We begin at the location of “The Shepherds of Arcadia” - and also the title of one of the most enigmatic paintings in this mystery. We will investigate the landscape temple that Nicolas Poussin encoded in his infamous painting, and the very same one that Henry Lincoln wrote about in his ground-breaking book, The Holy Place.
We will enact simple ceremony and ritual along the way, so that you may experience the initiation process firsthand. We will move deep into the landscape energies, drink the living waters, and allow these alchemical elements to transform us.
- DAILY ITINERARY -
Pick-up at Toulouse Blagnac Airport by 10:00 am local time on Saturday, September 9. We will then drive down to the Languedoc, get settled into, and begin to explore Alet les Bains. Tour officially begins on Tuesday.
Rennes-le-Chateau: We will have our lunch at the Jardin de Marie; afterward we will visit the Church of Mary Magdalene to explore the strange encoded décor left by Abbé Berenger Sauniére, the statuary outside in the Invisible Church, and the curious grotto built with stones Sauniere himself laboriously carried up the hill by the wheel-barrow load.
Alet les Bains: We will fill up our water bottles directly from this amazing local water supply. The crystal clear spring water is said to have healing properties. And local history suggests both Charlemagne and Nostradamus favored these waters! Then we move along to the village square to examine some strange carvings. Legend has it that the structure bearing these coded esoteric carvings was once the home of the grandparents of Nostradamus.
Montsegur: We then take a drive through stunning countryside for our lunch on the way to Montsegur. This Cathar fortress is home to those Perfecti who, rather than recant their faith, walked willingly into the Fires of the Inquisition. This is also the location where Otto Rahn roamed about, searching for holy relics. But who was guiding his search? And was Montsegur truly the Grail Castle?
Arques: On this day, we will visit the grotto beyond Arques, an important point in the original pentagon [as noted by author HenryLincoln]. At this time, we will begin to experience the landscape geometry and its effect upon us!
Les Pontils: We will visit the location of the tomb and landscape thought by many to be depicted in the famous painting Shepherds of Arcadia by Nicolas Poussin.
Serres: If we can get inside this tiny chapel, you will be amazed at its acoustics, and its curious ceiling. We will then cross the footbridge into the landscape temple of Peche Cardou, where some believe Jesus is buried.
Rennes les Bains: We will take our lunch in the village; from there, we’ll avail ourselves of the thermal waters. Since antiquity, Celts, Romans and many others have been taking the thermal waters of Rennes-les-Bains. Stories of cures abound throughout history including the restoration to health of Blanche, the Queen of Castille who was reportedly cured of leprosy here.
The old Roman Baths are still visible, and visitors may walk directly into the hot springs in the River Sals and bathe free of charge.
The Ariége: The many caves of this region were known centers of initiation for ancient Druids. They also became a safe haven for Cathars and others who sought peace and independence of spirit. The Ariége Valley, formerly occupied by a large lake, has a wide-mouth shape, resembling an open cup, or grail. Could this make for an alchemical melting pot where the telluric currents coming from deep inside the earth meet the cosmic energies radiating down from the heavens? Magic is afoot when you experience this “heaven on earth” convergence.
Labouiche Underground River: This is the longest navigable underground river in Europe. We will set off in small boats with an experienced guide to navigate through the exquisite twists and turns of these subterranean waters!
Niaux Cave: Also in the Ariege region, high up in the mountainside is this stunning cave with its Paleolithic paintings! As a result of radiocarbon dating, it is believed this rock art is at least 14,000 years old. We will walk the interior of this cave with an official guide and flashlights in hand, as the cave is mostly kept dark to protect its priceless interior!
Rennes le Chateau: On this day we will have lunch in the village and spend more time exploring the mysteries of this curious little village, as we walk through Abbe Sauniere's domain, and experience firsthand his Villa Bethania and Tour Magdala. What exactly did he discover and why is it a secret to this day?
We will take another look at the Church of Mary Magdalene, and attempt to answer certain questions, like - what message was Father Sauniere encoding in his church, and who might have been buried in the crypt, besides the local lords? Were they Guardians of the Grail? And if so, what were they protecting? In all of my travels, this is the most peculiar church I have ever seen.
Esperaza: We will visit this popular open air market which features some great local delicacies, including crafts, stones, and crystals. We will also visit St. Michael’s Church adjacent to the market, which is situated precisely in the center of six-pointed star in the landscape and contains cryptic clues about the life of Jesus.
La Pique: On this day we will climb the local landscape point and experience the beauty of the surrounding area from above. This point sits at the exact center of a measurable 5-pointed star, also as noted by Henry Lincoln. Henry has called this place a "miracle within a miracle" and for good reason. This location radiates incredible energies, and we will honor this place with ceremony.
We will also spend more time immersed in the healing thermal waters of Rennes les Bains.
St. Polycarpe: On the way to Carcassonne we will visit the church at St. Polycarpe. This church is an acoustical treasurewith incredible resonance. The church houses two ancient Celtic altars and a striking painting of Mary Magdalene.
We will then travel on to the famous walled city, Le Cite, in Carcassonne.
Carcassonne: La Cité de Carcassonne is the symbol of the most successful military architecture of the time in Europe. Not much has changed there since the 13th century, and as soon as you enter the main gate, you’ll be transported to the heart of the Middle Ages. The basilica houses stunning stained glass windows, including two Rose Windows, and The Tree of Life and the Jesse Tree windows.
There are lots of delightful and fine shops filled with everything from linens, soaps, and organic lavender oil, to gourmet candies and pastries made on site. There are also great gift shops with a distinctive medieval flair!
Toulouse: We provide a late afternoon ride back to Toulouse Blagnac Airport for those who have resisted the urge to abandon their lives back in the States and stay on to explore the many more fascinating mysteries of the Languedoc! Anticipated drop-off time on Saturday afternoon, September 16, is approximately 5:00 pm local time.
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*Tour cost includes hotel accommodations, transportation, some meals, and admission fees to tour sites. Tour size is limited so please make sure to reserve early.
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Cancellations made 30 days prior to departure date will receive a 50% refund of amount paid, not including initial non-refundable deposit of $950.00. No refunds will be made on later cancellations unless someone on the waiting list fills your cancellation.
You will need to have a current passport with you. A photocopy of your passport is highly recommended.
FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS AND AIRPORT PICK-UP
Recommended arrival and departure airport: Toulouse Blagnac Airport [Toulouse, France]
SINGLE & DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Most tours are based on double occupancy, with an added charge for a single room. On this tour we allow for you to either share a room or have your own at the same price. So please let us know if you plan to share a room. Otherwise, you will be booked into a single room.
BAGGAGE AND CLOTHING
Check with your airlines about baggage restrictions. Please bring the minimum amount of luggage. We have to fit everyone’s bags in the tour vans. A backpack is useful for our day trips. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring hiking boots if you have them. Please bring an umbrella and/or other rain gear as we will move about rain or shine.
RULES OF THE ROAD
Southwest France is relaxed and laid back, so please slow down and take in the beauty along the way.
Please be courteous to those we encounter and respect your fellow tour attendees. We come from all different places and all walks of life. Visiting places of strong telluric energies, often called sacred sites, can cause emotions to stir deeply within us. Tolerance during these moments is urged, so we can provide a safe space for everyone to express themselves accordingly.
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