This year brings the 777th Anniversary of the Fall of Montsegur, and the fulfilment of the 700-year-old prophecy. On March 16, 1244, some 200 Cathars who had withstood a 10-month siege in Montségur were marched into a field and burned alive. Although the faith survived fitfully for a few generations, Montségur marked the end of all hope for Catharism. Or so it seemed! 24th August 1321, the last Cathar Parfait was burned at the stake, uttering the haunting "We Shall Return when the Laurel turns green again!" proclamation and prophecy.
Let these days together bring a rich resurgence and understanding of the Cathar tradition and its gentle, simple way of life. Join Pete, and me for full submergence into Cathar life, as we walk the trails, be part of the 16th March Ceremony at Montsegur, take a plunge into the well-known Cathar spring, walk the Sacred Mountain, and also visit the Cathar Initiation Caves. Come and soak in what you know...
Price includes accommodation, breakfast and supper, and all activities!
Many have been called to this region, and many more will follow. You will just know if you are one of these people. The local people say it was Mary Magdalene that brought the 'spirit' to Gaul (France) all those years ago, along with John the Beloved, the two of them transmitted the heavenly message of Love, Grace and Truth. It is said that the people of Occitania, were in a constant state of celebration, they never wore shoes, and the light of a thousand suns shone in their eyes. The mountains and meadows soaked up this merriment, this heavenly cheer and held its transmission in the land. This region is calling you now - and this day together is to Remember, Prepare and Baptise again - into the Way of Love.
During this retreat I will tell you stories of the Cathars, I will rekindle the memory of their simple lives, their gentle beliefs, their lightfooted ways and the generosity they found in nature. I will reveal the 3-stage initiation process to become a parfait and the overwhelming memory of the Consolamentum - the laying of hands ritual that summoned the full grace of the Holy Spirit to invoke forgiveness and reconciliation.
I remind you of the Holy Mountain, the summit at Soularac, where Esclarmonde ascended with the Holy Grail. A place so pure, so sacred, that only the essence of your soul can abide there - all debris falls to its knees in prostration to the Light of the World. At the summit, I will read some words from the Book of Love, just like we used to.
This week together will be a pure transmission, experiential and culminating in self-baptism in our spring. Taking our inspiration from Thecla, we will submerge ourselves into The Way/Church of Love, just as she did.
Divinely beautiful you came into my world, you are the lifter of my head and now my heart will follow.
*Space may be limited to respect social distancing. Safety Protocols for COVID-19 will be in effect for this retreat making this event safe and respectful. The majority of our time will be spent outside. Our new venue can accommodate 19 people in separate rooms.*
This week-long journey is £890.00 and will be held in our NEW! home in Southern France that has a Chapel, Spring and Cave at the bottom of Montsegur. You can also pay in cash on arrival.
There are three journeys this year, all located in our home in the South of France.
- Venue: Les Contes, Fougax-et-Barrieneuf, Nr Montsegur, Ariege, France
- Price: £890.00
- Open to: Men and Women
- Fly Into: Toulouse or Carcassonne.
Anaiya Sophia is a Mystic, Storyteller, Soul Oracle and Author of Revelatory Wisdom. She teaches workshops throughout the world and is best known for the creation of Sacred Body Awakening Known for showing up as a trailblazing resource of unapologetic truth and transparent courage, her heart is both fierce and tender. She carries an oral message that stirs the remembrance of a continuous lineage with the Feminine Principle that throughout the centuries has preserved its spiritual dignity, without the need for permission or recognition from any other source.
Our Journey will include:
- Ambrosial Yoga
- Twilight Prayers
- Daily Walking Adventures
- Cathar Gatherings in the Chapel
- Baptism in the Spring
- Gnostic Contemplations
- Nearest Airports: Carcassonne or Toulouse
- Nearest Train Station: Foix or Carcassonne
- Retreat Begins: 6 pm
- Retreat Finishes: 11 am
- We can pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Toulouse is a 2 hr drive (€100), Carcassonne 90 mins (€80) or Foix 40 mins (€80) Cave Initiation