Venus Rising – Pilgrimage to Chartres, France
Dates: August 13 to 19, 2022
Location: Chartres, France
Faculty: Apela Colorado, Ruth Cunningham, Eve Ensler (V), Jim Garrison, Andrew Harvey, Jacqueline Lewis, Lynn Bell, Calen Rayne, Banafsheh Sayyad
Academic Credit: BA, MA and PhD – 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. Information about hotel bookings at the St. Yves will be posted as soon as details are confirmed.
Ubiquity Chartres Community Webinars – Join the faculty and other participants in a monthly webinar on the second Sunday of the month for discussions on the topics included in the intensive. Register for future webinars. Click on the links to watch past webinars in 2022: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10
Venus Rising: Regenerating Love Through Apology, Reconciliation and Healing
As we enter the third year of the pandemic, most of us are feeling worn down with all the lockdowns, social distancing, isolation and uncertainty. More than anything, we need intimacy, we need community, we need to actually be with one another. So much needs healing, so much needs praying for. We must regenerate our capacity to love so we can heal ourselves, each other and the larger ecology of life.
In this spirit we invite you to join us in a pilgrimage to Chartres during its holiest time of the year during the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and the honoring of the Black Madonna. Join us for a 7-day initiation under the radiance of a full moon into the mysteries of the Divine Feminine through deep reflection, joyous celebration and empowering dance at one of the holiest shrines of the Great Goddess.
Reimagining and regenerating how we love requires that we come to a deep reckoning of the trauma caused by thousands of years of patriarchal oppression of the feminine, of nature, of indigenous peoples, all of which have had the effect of constraining and distorting the expression of love. We need to apologize for what we have done, we need to speak the truth about our wounds, we need to be reconciled with each other at a deep level of interconnectedness. We must learn the most ancient teaching of the masters anew, that we must embrace with unconditional regard the fullness of the Other.
We must strip away the structures of oppression and learn deeper layers of self love so that we can love others more deeply, especially at this time of such global suffering. We must embody the fierceness of love so our inner coherence can compensate for the deepening chaos all around us and catalyze greater compassion for the world. This is why regenerating love is the imperative of our time.
We will explore the regeneration of love through a contemplation the 3rd Liberal Art of Rhetorica, studied since ancient times under the aegis of the planet and Goddess Venus (called Aphrodite by the Greeks), known in ancient times as the Goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality.
Venus Rising in all her splendor illuminates the pathway of love for us to embody as we navigate through these very challenging times. Rhetorica corresponds to the 3rd Chakra: the Solar Plexus, which is about how we embody and express ourselves in the world. We will explore what the ancients taught about the science of right thought, right speech and right action. The key to doing what is right is knowing how to love. Right thought, right speech, right action follows the pathway of the heart.
The study of rhetoric educates us in a particular freedom, Plato taught, the freedom to remake the world. Rhetoric, he said, is “the art of soul-leading by means of words.” Such a soul leading in its finest and fullest manifestation is a form of love.
We are in a global time of reckoning. Love is longing to be freed. It cannot be full or sincere where there is no justice or accountability. So to liberate love we have to focus on the practice of apology.What is an apology? It is a humbling. It is a loss of grandiosity and superiority. It is an admission of wrongdoings. It is a surrender. It is an equalizer. It’s making true connection.An apology is the antidote to convenient and diabolical amnesia which grips our families and countries. Apologies rip open the lies, denial, myths, delusions that keep the violent story in place. An apology is a remembering, a public acknowledgement that what occurred actually did occur.Without this accounting we cannot go on. For a lingering lie is an undeniable stain that controls and defines. That lie is like a cancer cell that first invades and then spreads through the whole system.We teach prayer. We teach meditation. I believe we need to teach the practice of apology.