The Magdalene Mysteries and the Path of the Blue Rose:
A Ten-Day/Nine-Night Pilgrimage Journey to the Heart of the Languedoc in SW France and Northern Spain.
Thursday, September 27th through Saturday October 6th, 2018
with Veronica Goodchild, PhD
Professor Emerita, Pacifica Graduate Institute,
Author, Jungian psychotherapist
You are invited to download and read Veronica’s recent paper about Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Blue Rose.
Click here to access the pdf.
The Magdalene Mysteries relate both to ‘hidden’ histories and Gnostic Texts concerning Mary Magdalene and Jesus, and to the Tradition of the Blue Rose, the name given to MM’s teachings, and a lineage of Grail Priestesses and Womb Shamans whose central symbol is the Chalice of the Grail, and whose guiding force is the Cosmic Sophia.
MM has a strong presence throughout France, particularly in Provence, and in the Languedoc where the Cathar Gnostic Movement – devotees of MM and Jesus – also flourished. During our pilgrimage in this beautiful part of France, we will journey to some of the sites sacred to these traditions. Our focus will be a contemplative one, and our days will be informed by dream-work and meditation practice, history, legends, and conversation, as well as visiting places, portals or doorways, that resonate with the energies of MM and the coming culture of Sophia.
This is an inner journey in the outer world! We will immerse ourselves in the extensive symbolism of the Grail Chalice as an archetypal image that is emerging again in our time. Our hope is to deepen into what our own contribution might be to the new emerging story as we leave the Age of Pisces and welcome the Age of Aquarius as ‘Water Bearers’ in the Grail tradition of personal transformation and service.
In the Languedoc and Cathar Gnostic tradition, MM as Jesus’ Beloved, Initiate of the Mysteries, and the “Apostle to the Apostles,”
is also remembered especially as “Mistress of the Waters” and “Mary of the Sea.” We will link her story to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, to star lineages, and to the Black Madonna tradition so alive in France and Spain, as well as other areas of Europe.
We will also enjoy and be inspired by the delicious food and wine of this special region.
The first part of our journey includes the mystical landscapes in and around Rennes-les-Bains and Rennes-le-Château, the sacred mountain of Bugurach, Esclarmonde’s Cathar Château of Montségur, and other venues. For the second part we will travel to northern Spain, to the Gulf of Roses, and visit an Isis Temple and Asclepian Dream Sanctuary, the town of Girona, a mediaeval center of Alchemy and Kabbalah, where there was a community vision of MM, and finally to the sacred and healing Black Madonna of Montserrat.
Fee and Program Cost: $3,600
(includes hotels and all breakfasts, six dinners, 2 lunches, all ground transportation including pick up at Toulouse airport on first day, all entrance fees, two concerts, tips)
Non-refundable Security Deposit by June 1st, 2018: $700 USD
Balance due by July 1st: $2,900
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For more information or a detailed Daily Schedule, or to Register please email Veronica by clicking HERE.
Praise from Pilgrimage Participants
“[The Pilgrimage] was a journey into Heaven and Earth. Throughout the days I felt I was living in a rarified atmosphere, a higher frequency of vibration bringing awarenesses, dreamlike entry into the landscapes and conversations, visions through time and out of time. These continually extended my sense of who I am as an individual and more importantly as a part of the community of life on Earth and in the starry fields. I had some extraordinary inner experiences. That was heaven. The Earth aspect included vibrant connection to the phenomenal beauty of Nature wherever we went; astonishingly exquisite art and architecture; and daily feasts of food, wine, fun, meaningful conversations and plenty of hearty laughter. Returning home I knew I had been through a rite of passage that has initiated necessary changes in mind, heart and spirit. I recommend this journey highly. I learned so much, more than I can possibly describe. Veronica is an extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, gentle, attentive and inspired leader in these journeys.”
~ Tayria Ward, Ph.D. Owner, Bridging Worlds Dream Analysis and Depth Psychology, Asheville, NC, USA
“As a dedicated spiritual seeker and long time practitioner of meditation and yoga, Mary Magdalene and The Path of the Blue Rose Pilgrimage was definitely a turning point in my life. It expanded my understanding and experience of the feminine and of the important role that we, as women, have moving forward for our own evolution and indeed, for the evolution and survival of all man and womankind. I now experience seeing the world differently, with more intimacy and connection. I trust and cherish myself in newer and more revealing ways. As a result of the impact of such a pilgrimage as this was, I feel a heightened compassion and a renewed connection with others and for this planet and most especially, with nature herself. Veronica’s authenticity, her ability to listen and her willingness to be open and vulnerable and courageous set the tone for us all as we journeyed together. I was touched on a deep soul level that continues to unfold long after the pilgrimage ended. Thank you, Veronica and all who participated.”
~ Anna Hayward, NC
About Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D
Your faculty/guide: Veronica Goodchild, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she taught courses on Jungian and Imaginal Psychology, Psyche and the Sacred, the Grail Myth, Alchemy and Depth Psychology, and Soulful Research for over 16 years. Educated at London University in her native England as well as Columbia University in NYC, she has long been interested in the reality of dreams and visions, synchronicities and extraordinary experiences.
She has travelled extensively to sites sacred to the Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France, and to the sacred sites of the UK, Egypt, and Peru. Recently, she walked the Le Puy route of the Camino de Santiago in France, as a response to our environmental crises. This led her to two separate but related shamanic paths (the Q’ero mystical tradition in Peru, and the Path of Pollen/Way of the Melissae in the UK), which extended her Jungian background to include the energetic nature of the universe, which ancients called the ‘anima mundi.’
Veronica enjoys the imaginal reality of sacred space and pilgrimage walking, as well as the history, legends, mythological, and symbolic background of these ancient places.
Veronica is the author of two books, Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century (Foreword by Thomas Moore), and Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love, as well as the Introduction to Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable. She has also written book chapters, reviews, and other essays.