Grammatica: From Trauma to Transformation, Chartres, France, July 5-11, 2020

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COMBO DISCOUNT applies when you register for 2 or more in-person courses in France July and August: use Coupon code: “summercombo” ($250 off for 2 summer courses).

Special Notice: Due to concerns regarding the recent emergence of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), our cancellation and refund policy will remain flexible as we move toward the summer season. At the current time, we are proceeding as planned but are monitoring the situation closely in consultation with authorities to ensure the safety of our attendees and staff. Should the situation change, we will inform you and issue refunds as warranted.

Immerse yourself during this 7-day initiation in Chartres in the first of the Liberal Arts — Grammatica, which deals with the power of words. The words we will explore are trauma and heart coherence in a way specifically designed to empower you toward healing and wholeness. You will be empowered through deep dialogue, meditation, whirling, ritual and active work to create brain and heart coherence. We will walk the labyrinth and descend into the crypt of the magnificent Chartres cathedral, and enjoy the cafes and byways of the town of Chartres. We will experience and build community. This is an opportunity to upgrade your capacities, heal your wounds, transform your life.

Dates: July 5 – 11, 2020
Location: Chartres, France
Faculty: Sheva Carr, Apela Colorado, Ruth Cunningham, Jim Garrison, and Banafsheh Sayyad 
Special presentations via video: Jim Garrison’s dialogues with Thomas Hubl and Gabor Mate, and videos from Joe Dispenza and Nassim Haramein
Mentors for the Ubiquity Chartres Academy NextGen Program:  Nora Silini, Matt Robertson and Raji Jayasinghe
Logistics Info:  Travel & Accommodations, Arrival & Departure (click here)
Academic Credit: Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral – 4 credits
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Chartres Community Calls – Join the faculty and participants in a monthly call on the second Sunday of the month for discussions on the topics included in the intensive. Register for the Calls.
Watch past webinars: October 6, 2019  November 3, 2019 December 1, 2019  January 12, 2020  February 9, 2020

The Liberal Art of Grammatica: From Trauma to Transformation

We are shaping Grammatica around two fundamental questions:

• At this moment in history, what is the most fundamental and pervasive phenomenon in our contemporary world? What “Word” best describes our situation today? 

What is the most effective way to bring healing and wholeness to our lives?

The answer we would propose to the first question is that the most fundamental reality being experienced in the world today, the most fundamental “Word,” is trauma. We are all victims of trauma at almost every level and it is not unique to our generation. We all suffer from transgenerational trauma. It permeates every aspect of human society and the natural ecosystem and has been building in the world psyche for generations since civilization began. All of us and all of nature are traumatized by human activity, so traumatized in fact that we may destroy the planetary ecology and lose civilization as a result. We need to examine this and heal from the trauma that infects our lives, our politics, our economics, our environment, our religions. To assist in this exploration, we have invited Thomas Hubl, a German spiritual teacher and mystic, who has spent many years examining transgenerational trauma and how to heal it.

The question that we need to address is what is the most effective way to transform trauma into healing. The answer we will explore is through heart coherence. All healing begins in the heart. Creating coherence in the heart is the key to healing. To explore this, we have partnered with the HeartMath Institute which has been pioneering research and practices for decades in the phenomenon of creating heart coherence. Our featured speaker will be Sheva Carr, HeartMath Master Trainer and Founder of Heart Ambassadors. Sheva will spend time each day explaining the mysterious power of heart coherence and teaching us how to create it in our lives. Sheva will bring devices developed by HeartMath over the years that actually measure heart coherence so each one of us will be able to see in real time the effectiveness of our practices.

Increasing coherence is the key to healing. When the brain and the heart reach coherence, especially in a spirit of loving kindness and gratitude, the entire chemistry of the body is transformed. Stress, anger, fear, guilt and anxiety all affect the entire chemistry of the body negatively. Emotions like gratitude, appreciation, love, joy and compassion affect us positively. Everything we think, say and do affects our body chemistry for good and for ill. We will focus on how to develop positive emotions and clear intentions about a positive future. The transformation of the body and soul through heart coherence will be a central theme of Grammatica. Embodied Transformed Consciousness is the key to a coherent life and changing the world.

Ubiquity Chartres Academy NextGen

Beginning with Grammatica 2020, we want to welcome people under 30 to participate in the Ubiquity Chartres Academy NextGen to learn the energetics of consciousness and how they can take greater control of their attitudes, behaviors and destinies. We want our young people to learn how to access the invisible realms that shape our Reality. They are Ground Zero. If this next generation cannot solve our escalating global problems, human civilization will be forfeit. We all know this. In this spirit, we need to do everything we can to empower our young. They must do what we have failed to do — come together to solve global problems. To be able to do this will require the activation of their highest potential, which is what the Ubiquity Chartres Academy NextGen is being established to catalyze. 


  • Sheva Carr, HeartMath Master Trainer and Founder of Heart Ambassadors, will guide us to achieve heart coherence.
  • Apela Colorado, PhDindigenous scientist and elder of the Oneida-Gaul ancestry, founder of the World Indigenous Science Network will invoke our days and guide the exploration of our dreams.
  • Ruth Cunningham, classically trained musician, sound healer and founding member of the Anonymous 4 will guide us in singing, and create soundscapes during our visits to the Cathedral.
  • Jim Garrison, PhD, Founder and President of Ubiquity University, lifelong scholar of history, philosophy and religion, will be the primary faculty for Grammatica. This year he will be taking the lead for the entire morning session each day, combining presentations with a variety of practices.
  • Calen Rayne, DMin, Director of Energetics, will assist with the rituals in the cathedral. 
  • Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, MA, sacred dancer, choreographer, teacher and founder of Dance of Oneness® and Creative Director at Ubiquity University will guide us to embody the wisdom teachings we explore during our week via embodiment practices, sacred dance and whirling.

Special Presentations via Video

During our morning sessions, moderated by Jim Garrison, we will be sharing his recorded dialogues with Thomas Hubl and Gabor Mate, and videos from Joe Dispenza and Nassim Haramein to stimulate new thinking, enhance our reflections and generate discussion:

• Joe Dispenza, neuroscientist and author, on changing your life by changing your thinking, using clear intention and elevated emotions to heal your body and soul.
• Nassim Haramein, a physicist with radically new theories about the universe, on how the new physics are reshaping our understanding of who we are and our relationship with the cosmos.
• Thomas Hubl, mystical teacher and author, on transgenerational trauma and how we can heal ourselves and our communities from the accumulated trauma of our individual and collective past.
• Gabor Mate, MD and author, on how our emotional dysfunctions cause disease and how you can heal by understanding the relationship between childhood traumas and emotions and your present state of consciousness.

Chartres Academy NextGen Mentors

Our NextGen Program will support the participants under 30. The Mentors are drawn from the Millennial staff of Ubiquity University who have deep spiritual practices and experience in teaching young people: Nora Silini, Director of the Integral Transpersonal Program, Matt Robertson, Director of Student Affairs, and Raji Jayasinghe, VP for Asia. The NextGen program will provide an opportunity for people under 30 to join together outside the sessions for their own activities and community building.

Our Lineage

Ubiquity Chartres Academy builds upon and reinterprets the original Chartres Academy founded by Fulbert in 1006 when he became bishop of Chartres. Fulbert called his school the Academy to indicate that he was in the lineage of Plato’s Academy founded in 387 B.C in Athens. We at Ubiquity University are privileged to be in this lineage and to count Fulbert and Plato among the giants upon whose shoulders we sit.

Our Chartres Academy is intended as a gathering point for a contemporary wisdom community to come together through the very same learning system that Fulbert and Plato used — the seven Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts were initially refined by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who organized the first four, called the Quadrivium, comprised of music, mathematics, geometry and astronomy. Plato learned the Quadrivium from Pythagoras and with Aristotle developed the Trivium of grammar, rhetoric and logic. Together, they form the seven Liberal Arts.

The Liberal Arts were designed by these great thinkers as initiatory rites into the deepest truths about the universe, with each Liberal Art describing a certain essential element of the larger whole and designed to prepare the students for both professional skills and spiritual awareness. The goal for both students and teachers was to participate in an alchemical process of transformation leading to a deeper understanding of the universe and how to live an active compassionate life in the community.

Building on this foundation, the Seven Liberal Arts were brought to their highest expression by the Chartres Academy during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The seven arts also shaped the education refined during the Renaissance and gave rise to our modern “liberal arts” education, although education today has long lost the deep spiritual aspects of the original liberal arts. This is what the academies of Plato, then Fulbert, sought to instill, and that now our Chartres Academy seeks to recover and utilize as a transformational tool for what Plato called “the enlargement of the soul.”

What makes the Chartres Academy such a powerful experience is that it convenes in one of the most sacred sites in the world — the place which the ancient Druids, coming to the region over 3,500 years ago, considered the most sacred site in all of Europe, full of feminine energy. Each year, the entire Celtic tribe would convene in Chartres, called their vatican, meaning “the seat.”

This is the site where the cathedral now stands. Chartres has been a focal point for the veneration of the Divine Feminine and a center for the mysteries of healing and birth for thousands of years, and has been considered sacred from the earliest of times. This veneration was memorialized in stone and glass in the sweeping Gothic architecture of the cathedral, which the builders viewed as a form of sacred writing. Over 400 images of the feminine grace its walls and stained glass windows. The great mythologist Joseph Campbell called Chartres the ”womb of the world.“ It is also known as “queen of cathedrals,” such is the beauty and perfection of its form. It rivals the Taj Mahal as an architectural masterpiece designed and built in the spirit of love.

Fulbert and the Chartrian Masters who succeeded him, following Pythagoras and Plato, guided by the sacred feminine, understood that proportion and rhythm underlies the order of the cosmos. Their genius is that they were able to represent this perfection in the cathedral they built as a tribute to this truth. 

Our Future in Chartres

2019 marked the end of two cycles of the seven liberal arts convened in Chartres by the Wisdom School of Ubiquity University. 

2020 marks the beginning of our third cycle. We are starting with Grammatica, the foundational liberal art, first developed by Plato 2500 years ago in a grove of trees outside Athens where he held his Academy. For Plato, the foundation of learning was language. Through language, we understand and name the world. Through the Word, through Sound, the ancients thought creation came to be. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God,” says the Gospel of John.

A critical part of the new cycle will be the active inclusion of youth, which we will be doing through the establishment of the Ubiquity Chartres Academy NextGen designed to provide young people with the skills they need to unleash their highest potential (See below).

 Required reading for students taking the course for credit and recommended reading for all participants

– Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon, Joe Dispenza
– When the Body Says No, Gabor Mate
– The Golden Age of Chartres, Rene Queridos


“To attend the New Chartres Academy is to attend to the mystery of the evolution of a new Consciousness.
Nourishment, Joy, Wisdom, a new language, in fact, a new view of everything living can be experienced during one’s time in Chartres.
With a faculty deeply connected to the Mysteries of Earth and Cosmos, one can go for a vast ride to sights before unknown.
I highly recommend it!”

– Linda

“If you love learning and sharing with other conscious, aware people, this is a wonderful place to be. The Cathedral works on you in ways you can never imagine, as do the faculty and other talented participants.”

– Janet

“This experience was life-changing for me. The love, integrity and exuberance of the teachers gifted us all. Fellow students were truly beautiful people, seekers whose hearts were very open. The rituals were powerful and provided exceptional experiences inside this magnificent Cathedral. I plan to come back again and again to practice becoming the “divine human,” standing on the shoulders both of the Chartres masters and of our Beloved.”

– Raines