May 19–31, 2019

Visiting Rocamadour, Lourdes and the Heart of Provence, including Avignon, Arles, and Aix-En Provence

We hope you will join us for this contemplative, thirteen-day journey through one of the most beautiful regions of the world—the South of France and the heart of Provence.


Dear Friends, Pilgrims and Travelers,

We are pleased to announce that our upcoming journey will be a contemplative Pilgrimage to France in 2019.

Journey with us to one of the most beautiful regions on Earth—filled with medieval cities, lush valleys, ancient churches, sacred sites, religious shrines of healing, and world-famous art and gardens. We will complete our journey exploring the heart of Provence.

Arrival will be in the late spring, as fields of lavender and mustard start to explode with color and fragrance, the hills turn vivid shades of green and the air is fresh with new things and new possibilities.


Highlights

  • Thirteen days of travel, including three days in Rocamadour, three days in Lourdes and five days in Avignon
  • Visits to Arles and Aix-en Provence and St. Remy
  • Historic churches, ancient ruins, healing sites, a centuries old Black Madonna, spectacular French gardens, and intimate sites and places where the artists Van Gogh and Cezanne lived and created world renown works of art
  • Read my Winter 2019 Monk’s Journal for more about Van Gogh’s healing journey, which we will explore

First, we arrive in Toulouse and travel to the cliff-top village of Rocamadour, a thousand-year old Christian pilgrimage site. This will be our home while we explore the dramatic setting overlooking the Alzou Valley in south-central France. We will visit sacred healing places, including the eight hundred and fifty year-old Romanesque Gothic church, the Basilique Saint Sauvenur and the Notre Dame Chapel which houses the Black Madonna statue.

We then travel by coach to Lourdes, one of the world’s great shrine cities. We will experience the place venerated as holy for the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary to the shepherd girl, Bernadette. Like millions before us, we will visit the Grotto of Massabielle, the Rosary Basilica, the Basilica of St. Pius X, and the Way of the Cross. We will make the pilgrim’s walk through the French countryside, pausing for prayer, personal quiet time and reflection on our own journey of healing.

Provence is our final destination, as we make the historic city of Avignon, our home until departure. In addition to sacred sites, this beautiful part of France is filled with glorious spring gardens, religious shrines, museums, and the studio and homes of many artists, including Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. We will travel to the nearby towns of Arles, Ax-En Provence and St. Remy.

We conclude with a full day of personal free time to walk, wander, sit in a cafe, shop for art, or simply enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.


How Will We Travel?

Our Pilgrimage fortnight is contemplative—inspired by St. Benedict and experienced in a “Benedictine style” of prayer, study and rest. Our theme of healing in soul and body invites us to stop, ponder, reflect, and rest.

We travel as pilgrims to be in places physically, emotionally and spiritually close to God and Spirit. By doing so, we strengthen our understanding of the Holy and Divine and our own faith.

We go to France as pilgrim explorers—cultivating a way of healthy spiritual living.

This special Pilgrimage Package features a customized journey, lodging in four-star hotels, personal guides on the ground throughout, and airfare included.

The beautiful French countryside famous for blue skies, bright sun, and gentle breezes awaits you.

Please come to France and join us. Early registration is strongly recommended.

Christopher McCauley

A Monk in the World


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