No city in the world exudes the mystical in its history, spirituality, art, and culture more than Paris, and no one adores it more than Andrew Harvey. This is a rare opportunity to join Andrew in the Paris he has known since his twenties, with Caroline Myss, author of numerous works on the mystical path, who will offer daily meditations on the interior mystical journey based on her work, The Interior Castle; and Dr. Gyorgyi Szabo, with a knowledge of the byways of Paris having received her doctorate there at the Sorbonne.
Dates: July 14-20, 2019
Location: Paris, France
Faculty: Andrew Harvey and Caroline Myss, and Gyorgyi Szabo
Academic Credit: Ubiquity University BA & Masters –4 credits; The Wisdom School (WS) Doctoral – 4 credits
The Mystics of Paris: Turning Lead into Gold
In this pilgrimage we will explore a city founded on a sacred geometry infused with the spirit of the divine feminine, perfectly embodied in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Goddess statues have been there since ancient times, and sculptures of early Roman and Celtic goddesses, among them Vesta, Venus and Fortuna, as well as the sublime tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn, can be found in the Musee de Cluny. It is thought that a temple of Isis existed near either St. Sulpice or St. Germain des Pres, and a celebrated Black Madonna has reigned on top of Genevieve’s mountain since the 13th century. The city itself was first built on the Montagne St. Genevieve, named after it’s visionary protectress and patron saint.
We will explore the great mystics of Paris, especially Nicolas Flamel, the great medieval alchemist who was said to have actually created the philosopher’s stone out of the elixirs in his laboratory that gave him the power to literally turn lead into gold and thereby secure immortality. Though he died in 1418, legends grew up around him his penetrating insights into the alchemical process.
Another mystic we will contemplate is Saint Louis de Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716), a Roman Catholic priest and confessor, one of the first notable writers in the field of Mariology, following Fulbert, the bishop of Chartres who founded the Chartres Academy in 1006. De Montfort was canonized in 1947 and a statue to him resides in St Peter’s cathedral in Rome.
A walking tour of mystical Paris with Andrew, Caroline and Gyorgyi will yield a richly layered ensemble of meaning between geometry, architecture, history, and symbolic forms. The focus will be an exploration of how Parisian architecture was designed along geometric forms with different layers of archeological and historical depth. We will trace the edges the ancient templar quarter and explore the energy matrix of the city. We will visit the gnomon in Saint-Sulpice church and examine the obelisks and arches, those star-shaped intersections that Napoleon built to create a new, mysterious alignment in the city, enhanced in recent years by the Louvre pyramid and the Grand Arche de la Defense.
Itinerary and Topics
The order of the following itinerary may change and you will receive updates after bookings are complete and again the week prior. Please note that on any walking tour, changes may also occur during the week in response to weather. Rain will mean more indoor time, and heat might encourage us to slow down and find cool indoor places as well. We will also make stops in green spaces and cafes for rest and restoration, and churches and chapels for meditation. Some days are very full, and activities could spill into the next day if we run out of time.
Sunday, July 14 Arrival in Paris to enjoy some of the Bastille Day celebrations (e.g. morning parade and evening fireworks). (Note: Those travelling together from Chartres will arrive Saturday afternoon, July 13.)
Monday, July 15 On the first full day, Andrew will lead us along the stones of Roman Lutece, and we will meet three women. The first is Sainte Genevieve, the patron saint and protectress of Paris in the eglise St Etienne du Mont. In the Musee Cluny we will discover the Lady of the Unicorn. We will also meet Roman goddesses, Venus and Fortuna, along with Celtic gods on the Pillar of the Boatmen. Later, crossing to the island, we will meet Notre Dame de Paris.
- Montagne Saint Genevieve
- Sainte Genvieve, patron saint of Paris
- Lady and the Unicorn, Musee de Cluny
- Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris)
Tuesday, July 16 We will cross the river to the Marais to visit some of the oldest private houses in Paris, leading us to the templar quarter, a sacred city within the city (many believe that the templars brought the black virgins to France), and the house of the alchemist Nicolas Flamel. We will then visit Notre Dame de la bonne Deliverance, a powerful black Madonna in Neuilly, just west of Paris.
- Morning meditation at St Germain des Pres, where a statue of Isis was kept for many years.
- The house of the alchemist Nicolas Flamel
- Musee Carnavalet
- Notre Dame de la Bonne Deliverance, in nearby Neuilly, the black virgin of Paris. She used to be in a church on the Montagne Set Genevieve. Optional stop Ile de La Jatte
Wednesday, July 17 On day three we go high up above Paris and breathe the air of Montmartre, then deep underground into the catacombs, and later receive the blessing of the Miraculous medallion. In the evening you will have the option to take a boat ride on the waters of the Seine.
- In the morning we will climb Montmartre, the second sacred mountain of Paris, once home to an ancient temple to Mercury. It was also the site of St Denis’s martyrdom, by beheading, that symbolizes a shift in consciousness. We will visit the ancient church St Pierre de Montmartre. If time, we will explore Rue des Martyrs, one of the oldest streets in Paris, or alternatively lunch at Rue Daguerre in the 14th arrondisement.
- In the afternoon, we go deep into mother earth, south of Paris, in the catacombs before emerging to visit the Chapel of the Miraculous Medallion where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine de Laboure.
Thursday, July 18 On day four we come to the alignment of science and spirituality at St Sulpice, then plunge into the spiritual stream of feminine beauty in the Louvre. We will explore the energetic alignment of the arches and obelisks that emerge in post revolutionary Paris, along with the more recent pyramid of the Louvre connected to the Grand Arche de la Defence.
- Saint Sulpice, with its statue of Saint Louis de Marie Grignion de Montfort in the Chapel of the Virgin Mary where he celebrated his frist mass
- The Louvre and its pyramid
- Venus de Milo, ancient Greece, the ideal of feminine beauty
- Maris Magadalene, German Renaissance statue in the Louvre
- Lunch at the Palais-Royal, near the Louvre
- Obelisk, Place de Concorde
- Concert at Ste. Chapelle (optional) or picnic, or late night meditation Saint Gervais
Friday, July 19 On day five we explore the inspiration of the great impressionist painters at the Musee Marmottan, and nearby we will drink from a fountain, an artesian well bringing spring water from 700-meters deep beneath Paris. In the afternoon we will continue to explore beauty in the Petit Palais (Musee Guime). Our last evening will be a special meal together in the latin quarter.
- Monet water lilies at the Musee Marmottan
- Spring water fountain, at square Lamartine
- Petit Palais (free entry) (Musee Guime) and/or free final afternoon
Saturday, July 20 Group departs
Andrew Harvey, PhD (Hons) is a poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar and lecturer. He has taught at Oxford, Cornell, Hobart and Smith Colleges, California Institute of Integral Studies, and UCS. Honors he has received include the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Mind Body Spirit Award, and the Christmas Humphries Award. He is the author and editor of over 30 books including: The Return of the Mother and Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ, and The Direct Path. He is Founder and Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism.
Caroline Myss, PhD is an internationally renowned pioneer in the field of medical intuition and a New York Times best-selling author of many books, including Anatomy of the Spirit; Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can; Sacred Contracts; Invisible Acts of Power; and her most recent, Entering the Castle. She has produced more than 30 recorded titles for Sounds True and has taught in 35 countries. In 2003, Caroline established her educational institute, Caroline Myss Education, dedicated to creating educational programs in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality, mysticism, health, energy medicine, and medical intuition.
Gyorgyi Szabo, PhD serves as Ubiquity University’s Dean of Graduate Studies. She was a Co-Founder and Academic Dean of the Ervin László Center for Advanced Study (ELCAS). She served as Director of Research and Development of the Center’s Exploratoria Program. She was co-creator of the WorldShift International Foundation, and the WorldShift 2012 organizations, and currently serves as Member of the Advisory Board of the Memnosyne Foundation. In 2012, she founded and now serves as a President of UniverSoul, a Hub for Conscious Evolution in Paris, in association with Barbara Marx Hubbard. Gyorgyi lectures worldwide and has published papers in The Scientific and Medical Network’s Review, The Shift Network, and World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. She translated from Italian to English The Basic Code of the Universe: The Science of the Invisible of Physics, Medicine and Spirituality by Dr Massimo Citro.
Required Reading (if taking course for academic credit)
1) Saint Louis de Marie Grignion de Montfort, The Devotion of Mary
2) Andrew Harvey, Turning lead into Gold: 108 Poems of Kabir
3) Caroline Myss, The Interior Castle
Post-Class Assignment for Ubiquity University students (if taking course for academic credit)
Requirement for BA students is a 7-10 page paper, MA students, a 12-15 page paper, and Doctoral students, a 20-25 page paper, focused on the mystical dimensions of Paris with particular attention to the work of Flamel and de Montfort as well as the uniquely feminine aspects of the city’s history and ethos. Draw upon your personal experience during the pilgrimage and your reading of the assigned material. Artistic work is welcome to supplement your paper.
|Course Level||Credits||Earlybird (until Jan. 20) 1||Full Price (from Jan. 21) 2|
|1 course only||If half of combo 3||1 course only||If half of combo 3|
|Audit (0 credits)||0||$1400||$1275||$1400||$1275|