Waves of Love: The Healing Music of the Spheres – Chartres, France July 2-8, 2023
This pilgrimage will invite us to contemplate the cosmos as a divine work of beauty, and how the sounds of the cosmos can heal, inspire and transform us. Join us in Chartres to explore the healing power of what the philosopher Pythagoras called the “music of the spheres” on our psyches as we collectively heal through music and sound therapies, reflective time in the cathedral, shared dreams, walking the labyrinth, and dancing the patterns & rhythms of our cosmos.
Our bodies can be tuned like musical instruments. All existence is vibratory in nature. When you are aware of your own inner vibrations, able to witness life around you as a concert of sound, to discover that you are in fact sound, then the division between our internal and external perceptions of reality blend into harmony. Sound is the perfect tool for healing practices, as well as personal development, because it resonates with the nature of existence and affects individuals on all levels. Your “Ultrasonic Core” has the potential to transform the act of listening into a harmonious experience with profound biological and psychological benefits.
Dates: July 2 – 8, 2023
Location: Chartres, France
Faculty: HeatherAsh Amara, Apela Colorado, Collette Corcoran, Chloe Goodchild, Jim Garrison, Calen Rayne, Banafsheh Sayyad
Academic Credit: Ubiquity University BA & Masters – 4 credits; The Wisdom School (WS) Doctoral – 4 credits
Logistics: Click here for information on Travel and Accommodations. This represents what has been confirmed to date, but is subject to change or revision.
Click here for the Daily Program (subject to change)
Chartres Community Webinars – Join the faculty and participants in a monthly webinar on the second Sunday of the month for discussions on the topics included in the intensive. Register for the Webinars.
Watch past Webinars: September 2022: Reflections on Chartres 2022; October 2022: The World’s First Women-Led Revolution in Iran featuring Banafsheh Sayyad; November 2022: The Power of Music featuring Jim Garrison & Banafsheh Sayyad; December 2022: Introduction to The Naked Voice featuring Chloe Goodchild; January 2023: The Music of The Sun featuring Kala Perkins; February 2023:Music of the Chakras featuring Chloe Goodchild; March 2023: The Spring Equinox & the Persian New Year featuring Banafsheh Sayyad & HeatherAsh Amara; April 2023: The Solar Flares & The Inaugural Chartres Academy Youth Program featuring Kala Perkins & Paula Petry.
Waves of Love
This pilgrimage corresponds with Musica, the fourth of the liberal arts. Musica is held under the aegis of the Sun and the philosopher Pythagoras. You will be invited to contemplate the entire cosmos as a divine work, designed to express beauty, and through its sound, to heal and transform. This is why Pythagoras called the universe cosmos, which means ornament. He intuited that the universe is in continuous song, and that sound, numbers and geometric forms constitute its basic building blocks as it continues to unfold in pure beauty. He could sit so still that he could hear the vibrations of the planets and the Sun. It was from the Sun, said Pythagoras, that one could sense the “music of the spheres.” Through music, we ascertain the laws which govern the heavenly bodies, and by which their motions are directed. Through music, we resonate with all beings, and depending on the frequencies and tones, we can heal and we can transform.
Chloe Goodchild is an international renowned signer, teacher, song writer and founder of The Naked Voice, a pioneering experiential vocal training program, providing a sound awareness toolkit of conscious core practices, Deafness in childhood catalyzed Chloe’s discovery of inner sound, and silence and has led her to a lifetime’s research of the human voice as one of humanity’s most untapped resources for personal and global transformation. Chloe studied with indigenous wisdom teachers, Classical Indian musicians, and masters of non-duality. This led to a transformative ‘no-mind’ experience in Northern India, inspired by one of 20th century India’s greatest woman saints, Anandamayi Ma. Chloe’s experienced her own ‘naked’ voice as her own true Self, “an unchanging primordial wisdom, older and deeper than the polarity of all conflict”.
Chloe founded The Naked Voice in 1990 to share and teach voice as a spiritual practice, as unique as your fingerprint or DNA. She created experiential trainings in ‘sound awareness’ exploring the voice – silent, spoken and sung – as a transformative practice, sourced from a direct connection with fundamental consciousness, the ‘unchanging note.’ At the heart of the Naked Voice is an in-depth process of self-inquiry, the capacity to ‘witness’ yourself or another through non-judgmental listening. Solo and small group work catalyze a shared experience of harmonic resonance within the whole group, generating an interconnected ‘field’ of sound, or ‘singing field.’ This singing field inspires an all-inclusive listening that dissolves separateness and fear and awakens the unconventional presence of Love. In Chartres, Chloe will guide participants to awaken the energies of Love with sound awareness practices.
HeatherAsh Amara, Director of Ritual, will help weave and co-create ceremonies and embodied healing experiences
Apela Colorado, PhD indigenous scientist of the Oneida-Gaul ancestry will lead invocations and dreamwork.
Jim Garrison, PhD, Co-director of Ubiquity Chartres Academy, will moderate the proceedings and offer insights into the life and teachings of Pythagoras.
Calen Rayne, DMin, Director of Energetics, will assist with the rituals in the cathedral.
Banafsheh Sayyad, MFA, MA sacred dancer, choreographer and Co-director of the Ubiquity Chartres Academy, will guide us to embody the ideas explored during the week through sacred dance and conscious movement.
Special Guest Presenters
Carolina Herbert, a musician/songwriter, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, educator, clinical supervisor and consultant with over 20 years experience working with people, organizations and communities around the world, will provide music for our sound journeys.
Bowinneth Phem, a psychologist, yoga teacher, intuitive musician and founder of Bowinneth Holistic Healing who has a holistic approach to healing, integrating body oriented coaching/therapy, breath work and healing arts, will provide music for our sound journeys. Carolina and Bowinneth have been providing workshops and sound journeys in Holland. They are collectively known as ‘Swara’ – which means to ‘shine your sound.’
Kala Perkins, an Astrobiologist / AstrobioBioethicist who teaches at the science, culture and spirituality nexus internationally as a member of the American and International Astronomical Associations, and a certified Mindfulness practitioner and instructor, will give a presentation on the Sun.
Collette Corcoran, a practicing Druid and the founder of The Sacred Rose Temple Mystery School will guide us into the magical world of Merlin to engage in a Druid ceremony, interwoven with storytelling, ritual, sacred sound, meditation, and imagination.
In Musica, we will celebrate the spiritual relationship of the human being to the Earth and the Cosmos through sacred dance including whirling, and awaken our soul to a conscious experience of the harmony of the spheres. This is an experience through which the divine origin of the human being becomes tangible.
For the Chartrian Masters, the Liberal Arts were ultimately an artistic impulse, through which the highest appreciation of the sacred is expressed. Dancing the patterns and rhythms of the cosmos opened sacred communion with the world of the stars. The labyrinth no doubt emerged out of their cosmic contemplations. Led by Banafsheh Sayyad, we will whirl like the planets and stars, echoing that which from heaven streams down to human beings and animates us to become luminous reflections of love. Banafsheh will guide us into opening each day with sacred movement in the Cathedral. She will also invite us into freestyle dance and movement to embody music, and experience our body as “An instrument playing a love song,” as says Rumi, letting our creativity flow as we harmonize together like one great orchestra.
A significant part of our Chartres program is dreamwork, led by Apela Colorado and her team. Over the years, students have dreamt powerful and often prescient dreams. Each year they have expressed our collective soul. The community gathers every morning to report on their dreams and discern their deeper meaning.
Each day will include Sacred Movement, Dreamwork, the Naked Voice practice, immersion in the Cathedral, and personal time for meditation and exploration. We will dance and sing. We will have one private evening in the cathedral devoted to walking the labyrinth and another private evening in the lower church (crypt). Check out the schedule which is subject to change.
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 God and the universe, manifested as 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.
The week in Chartres fills my spirit for the whole year. The faculty is eager to share their knowledge and wisdom; they challenge the mind and help the spirit grow. Experiencing the divine at Chartres is priceless.
– Ashely Lloyd
I have just attended a marvelous week with Ubiquity University in Chartres. I feel like I have found ‘my tribe,’ a group of passionate truth seekers who are truly heart-centered. I learned so much and it will take some time to fully integrate such an amazing, powerful experience.
– Elizabeth Huxtable
The magic of this week will stay with you forever giving you hope for the future.
– Collette Corcoran
Required Books for students taking the course for credit
Kitty Ferguson, The Music of Pythagoras
Chloe Goodchild, The Naked Voice
You can download Chloe’s Sounds True Audio-book Awakening through Sound