Renne le Chateau and Girona: May 28- June 2, 2011

Booking deadline April 15, 2011

The Land of Renne le Chateau, and onwards to Girona

With Dan Winter, Roger Green, Valerie Sandelin, Ani Williams
and special guest Henry Lincoln 

Renne-le Chateau and the sites it surrounds, plus a day with Henry Lincoln, author of the Holy Blood Holy Grail, and Ani Williams, musician, author and all round amazing person…and then onwards to the city of secrets- Girona

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Program/ package

May 28th- arrive
For those who have just finished the South France myteries with Vincent Bridges in St Remy, we will drive you all to the foothills of Renne le Chateau. For those who wish to join us just for this tour beginning in Renne le Chateau, email us and we will give you travel directions.

Venue

We stay in a beautiful French countryside retreat center, in view of Renne Le Chateau village. We will after a few days drive onwards to Girona, where we stay for 2 nights

Dates

May 28- June 2th
Departure morning June 3rd
6 nights accommodation
6 days tuition, rituals and sacred sites

Fee

Includes all transportation, accommodation and breakfast/lunch each day, from May 28-June 2nd, site admissions and tuition with Dan Winter, Henry Lincoln, Ani Williams and several local teachers.

1350 Euros if paid by 1st April
1500 Euros if paid after 1st April

Does not include travel to Renne le Chateau, or return from Girona.
Girona is an international airport with many transport connnections, including Barcelona close by.

For those travelling with us from St Remy on May 28th, a 50 Euro transport fee is applied.

Rennes-le-Château has everything that makes a great mystery: treasure, betrayal, forgery, forbidden love, unsolved murders, rituals and a secret believed so powerful that it could shake the roots of Christianity.

Due to the popularity of the Da Vinci Code; the subject of Mary Magdalene has been covered in Time Magazine, Newsweek, on The History Channel, the Learning Channel and in specials aired on major TV networks.

The Mystery of Rennes-le-Château has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for two generations of authors and researchers worldwide, resulting in hundreds of books and publications. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene has ranked Amazon's top 100, as has Lynn Picknett’s 'Mary Magdalene', and Margaret Starbird's 'The Woman with the Alabaster Jar' a book first published in 1993, and one of the major influences on Dan Brown's ’The Da Vinci Code'.

The idea that the Magdalene may have actually been the bride of Christ and the mother of his children is now one that is taken quite seriously amongst the general public and scholars, as is the theory that they were the progenitors of the Merovingian kings of France, the so-called Grail bloodline

In the Priory of Sion Secret Dossiers, which they published and deposited in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris under the authors name Henri Lobineau’ they described the Merovingian bloodline as being the result of "vine-grafting". Grapevines had long been a symbol used in literature to denote royal bloodlines, and indeed, were used as such in the Judaic scriptures as well. This then refers to the royal lines of Benjamin and Judah joining through Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The marriage would have made Jesus supremely qualified to be king over all of Israel, and their son would be even more so. This would explain why she was so revered by the mystery cults of Southern France.

The breaking of the Merovingian blood line - by the blackmailing and assassination of their leader-king (Dagobert) by the church and other families of Europe at the time (approx 750 AD) is considered by many to be the underlying cause leading up to the French revolution (the so-called Dagobert Revenge). Was this the deeper meaning to the Knights Templar, to help restore the true royal bloodline of Europe-, which is why from black Friday onwards the church has persecuted them? Did Sauniere discover this in the parchments at Rennes-le-Chateau?

MARGARET STARBIRD'S STORY

Margaret Starbird's theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she first encountered the suggestion that Jesus Christ was married and that his blood-line had survived in Western Europe. Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar and former University instructor set out to refute it, but instead found compelling evidence in support of the forgotten Bride of Jesus.

Starbird's research traces the origin of the heresy of the Holy Grail, whose medieval adherents believed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and that his wife and child emigrated to Gaul, fleeing persecutions of the Christain community in first-century Jerusalem. Numerous legends, works of art, and artifacts of medieval Europe clearly reflect a widespread "alternative Christian story" brutally suppressed by the Inquisition from the mid-13th Century. The heresy survived in an underground stream of esoteric wisdom guarded and passed down by generations of artists, artisans, poets, and alchemists.

Girona

To visit and explore Girona has been on the cards for years. From our South France study retreats at Rennes le Chateau over the last several years, we learned that all roads lead back to Girona.

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Girona is a city in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants and Güell.

The 12th century saw a flourishing of the Jewish community of Girona, with one of the most important Kabbalistic schools in Europe. The Rabbi of Girona, Moshe ben Nahman Gerondi (better known as Nahmanides or Ramban) was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia. The history of the Jewish community of Girona ended in 1492, when the Catholic Kings expelled all the Jews from Catalonia.

Today, the Jewish ghetto or Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and is a major tourist attraction. On the north side of the old city is the Montjuïc (or hill of the Jews in medieval Catalan), where an important religious cemetery was located.

Author Patrice Chaplin (City of Secrets, The Portal)

In the 1950’s, Patrice Chaplin, then just a teenager, left England to study languages and taste the life of a true bohemian in France and Spain. She stumbled upon an ancient mystery in Girona, Spain, a town steeped in medieval grail secrets, Caballistic documents and a mysterious history. According to Chaplin, Girona was host to numerous famous European actors, mystics, priests, alchemists, and artists mentioned earlier and including the 19th century mysterious priest Berenger Sauniere. This priest and his little church dedicated to Mary Magdalene in Rennes le Chateau, France became famous in the many books written in the last century on the grail legends and the heretical Bloodline stories as posed in Holy Blood Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code.

Patrice was enchanted by the magnetism and power that exudes from the region surrounding the Pyrenees’ Mount Canigou. Over her many subsequent journeys to Girona, Patrice was told of numerous appearances there of a Lady of Light with a cup, thought to be Mary Magdalene. She was pulled into a strange series of experiences regarding ancient Cabbalistic grail traditions by her associations with her Spanish lover, a member of a local secret mystical sect.

During the 1st century C.E., surviving Jews had to flee the devastating Roman persecution in Palestine and some founded centers of learning and mystery schools in Alexandria and in the lands far to the West on the Mediterranean coast in France and Spain.

According to the groundbreaking book Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Baigent, Lincoln and Leigh, there was a curious commingling of renegade groups not in resonance with the church of Rome beginning in the 5th and 6th centuries in the region: A Jewish princedom, Merovingian kings, said to be descended from the lineage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and Visigoths, who sacked Rome in 410 C.E. and brought Jewish temple relics and treasure to the region. (See Septimania--Jewish Princedom map).

Scattered throughout the foothills of the Pyrenees, centers of Jewish mysticism and Cabbala flourished into the medieval era. A loosely knit Grail Community which existed then included The Knights Templar, Cathars, Troubadours, the purveyors of Courtly Love and Cabbalists.

This area of Septimania has long been a hotbed for legends of our mistress of the Grail, Mary Magdalene. There are many stories telling of her widespread ministries in this region during the years following the crucifixion. In both Rennes le Chateau, France and Girona, Spain there were matching towers built in her honor.

From Patrice Chaplins book The Portal she writes:

"The poor priest (Berenger Sauniere) in a run down church in a little -known village in the Aude district of southern France could hardly eke out a living. His account books showed a hand to hand existence. Then one morning, without explanation, he became fabulously rich. The year was 1891, and he was thirty-eight years old. How did he get the money? What had he done? The answer to those questions has been a mystery ever since and in the last three decades a source of continuing speculation, producing books (note Holy Blood, Holy Grail), TV documentaries, and the basis for the novel and film of Dan Browns's The Da Vinci Code."

She continues:

"…in 1891, while removing the altar columns, he discovered four scrolls, two with coded messages. These, it appears, were the source of his wealth..."

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booksThere are many mysteries surrounding Rennes-le-Chateau and its late priest, Berenger Sauniere, that link the village with coded parchments, the Holy Grail, the Ark of Noah, the Ark of the Covenant, and the treasures of the Temple of Solomon. It is of no little significance that there are 40 square miles of sacred landscape geometry surrounding Rennes-le-Chateau.

Rennes-le-Château is mysterious in the sense that it has been cut off from the march of time and has barely changed over the last few centuries. Located on a 1,500 foot hill above the twin villages of Couiza and Montazels it remains out of sight to all but the discerning eye. And yet it is not a town where nothing ever happens, for over at least the past two thousand years, the site of Rennes-le-Château has attracted Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Merovingians, Cathars and Knights Templar, all of which have added to its seductive qualities.

The area surrounding Rennes-le-Château has a colourful and violent history and although the Romans, Visigoths and Knights Templar have all contributed to its intriguing past, the violence has remained the exclusive property of the Vatican for the area of the Languedoc in which Rennes-le-Château reposes, witnessed one of the world’s most savage acts of butchery a few centuries ago- the Albigensian Crusades.

The agents of the massacre were an army of some 30,000 knights and foot-soldiers from Northern Europe. Their victims: almost the entire ’Cathari’ or Albigensian population of the Languedoc region of what is today southern France. At that time it was a peaceful and cultivated population of independent people whose only crime seems to have been that it followed a religious way of life contrary to the one decreed by Rome.

The Priest’s Treasure

A brief outline of how the mystery began: Following his appointment to the village of Rennes-le-Chateau in 1885, the young priest Fr. Berenger Sauniere lived an austere and unremarkable life, but suddenly in 1891, during some restoration work on the church, Sauniere found, in a Visigoth pillar under the alter, two parchments. It is the information contained on these parchments that ignite the mystery. They appear to have been hidden there by Sauniere’s predecessor in the parish of a century before, an Abbe Antoine Bigou. At first sight, the parchments appeared to be Latin texts of passages copied from the Gospels, but on closer examination, there was code or cipher present. It was observed that certain letters were out of line with the rest of the text and the letters spelled out words in French.

In 1885, a certain priest, Bérenger Saunière was appointed to the village of Rennes-le-Château. At the time, the ancient church was in sad need of expensive restoration but the impoverished priest lacked the necessary money to make the repairs. Eventually, in 1891, a small loan was arranged and during the subsequent work the altar was dismantled. Inside one of the hollow altar pillars were found documents, genealogical charts and Latin texts of codes so complex that it is surprising that they were ever decoded. The key to their solution however was found engraved on a tombstone in the church’s cemetery. It read:

Bergère pas de tentation que Poussin Teniers gardent la clef, pax 681... etc.,
Shepherdess, no temptation, that Poussin, Teniers hold the key, peace 681...etc.,

Another extract, possibly more direct in its meaning read:

A Dagobert II roi et a Sion est ce tresor et il est la mort.
To Dagobert II, King and to Sion belongs this treasure and he/it is there dead.

Shortly after his discovery, the priest went to Paris and showed the coded parchments to the specialists at St. Sulpice. When he returned to the village he brought with him reproductions of three paintings, one of which is now known to have been Poussin’s Les bergers d’Arcadie which strongly resembles a location in a valley near to Rennes-le-Château. A little while later, Bérenger Saunière started to spend prodigious quantities of money. What had he discovered ?

Secret Geometry

The fantastic geometrical patterns in this area connecting mountains, sacred sites and churches, have been identified in modern times by people like Henry Lincoln, a pioneer researcher of the Rennes-le-Chateau mysteries, and David Wood and Ian Campbell in their books Genisis and Geneset.

In 1973, Henry Lincoln, whilst investigating the mystery of Rennes-le-Château, familiarized himself with a copy of Poussin’s Les bergers d’Arcadie.

He noticed that the shepherds staves were cut neatly in half in their different positions in the painting. He wondered whether it was by accident or design and also, if an x-ray examination of the original painting might reveal whether the staves had been painted first, before the background, or afterwards. A visit to the Louvre and an inspection of the x-rays somewhat disappointed him for they revealed that Poussin had not changed his mind and disguised the mountain background by overpainting some of it as cloud. However, the encounter with the painting did cause him to wonder if anything else was contained in the painting and he engaged an art historian professor Christopher Cornford to make a detailed examination.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Cornford discovered that the painting was designed on a pentagon, an occult symbol, which the Church (Poussin’s master) would never have allowed in an artistic work. Lincoln wondered if the pentagon design might be represented in the countryside surrounding Rennes-le-Château, but lacked the surveying and mathematical discipline to tackle it. Fortunately, an ex-army trained trig surveyor named David Wood had also had a similar thought about there possibly being a pentagon design in the landscape, as a result of seeing Lincoln’s television programmes.

Wood re-surveyed the area and established that most salient points like the ancient churches were exactly positioned as stated by the French IGN, and then proceeded to examine the mapping with an expert’s eye. After considerable effort, Wood discovered that there were several lines on the map, each marked with several markers and joined to make 36° on the points. He next sought to find the circle that controlled them and eventually found that it passed through the ancient churches of Rennes-le-Château, Coustaussa, Serres, Bugarach and St. Just-et-le-Bézu.

Rennes-le-Château and Girona

He had a library ‘The Tour Magdala’, or ‘The Magdalene Tower’ (an exact replica of the tower in Girona) constructed overlooking the sheer side of the mountain, he also had a large villa built, the Villa Bethania, which he never occupied. His church was also redecorated, but there were some curious features added, for example, there is a statue of the demon Asmodeus immediately inside the door, the demon symbolizes hidden treasure and secrets. It also said to be the builder of Solomon’s Temple.

There are a number of other unusual examples including illustrations depicting the Stations of the Cross, in Station eight there is a child wrapped in a Scottish plaid. In another, Jesus Christ is depicted being carried into his tomb at night…or is he being carried out? In yet another Pontius Pilate is depicted wearing a veil and finally St Joseph and Mary are depicted each carrying a baby. There is even an inscription above the church door saying ‘Terribilis Est Locus Iste’ or ‘This Place is Terrible’ . The significance of this inscription is unknown and adds yet another element of mystery to the enigma.

Among the later Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion, according to the book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, 2 was Leonardo da Vinci, who was sponsored by the de Medici banking family of the Venetian Black Nobility. They would also sponsor Christopher Columbus. Among the most important sponsors and supporters of the early Templars was St Bernard, the founder of the Cistercian Order, and the French St Clair family which became the Scottish Sinclair family after they settled in Scotland following the Norman invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror in 1066.

The Gothic cathedrals which were funded and designed by the Templars included Westminster Abbey, York Minster in northern England, Chartres in France not far from Paris, and Notre Dame in Paris itself. Notre Dame (Our Lady: Isis/Semiramis/Ninkharsag) was built on a site dedicated to the goddess Diana, and Chartres was placed on an ancient sacred site which once attracted Druids from all over Europe. The famous chapel of Kings College, Cambridge which was based upon the cabalistic Tree of Life symbol, was described as one of the last great Gothic structures built in Britain.3 Its design was apparently inspired by the 14th century cathedral at Albi in the Languedoc in southern France, one of the primary centres for both the Templars and the Cathars.

In the 12th and 13th centuries the Cathar religion, which challenged many beliefs of the Roman Church and contained much esoteric knowledge, was the dominant faith in much of southern France. This sent the alarm bells ringing in the Babylonian Brotherhood in Rome and the puppet Pope, Innocent III, destroyed the Cathars in an unspeakable ‘crusade’ of torture and burning, which culminated in the siege of the Cathar castle at Montsegur in 1244.

South France with Vincent: May 20-27
Renne le Chateau and Girona May 28- June 2
Malta with Vincent June 3- 7

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LECTURE SERIES WITH DAN WINTER

Part One: Scientific Understanding of The Meaning of The Holy Grail

Physics has long spoken of the symmetry that would unify electric fields with gravity as the Holy Grail of physics. This unified field would lead to successful Fusion. Einstein understood that this symmetry connecting charge to gravity was infinite non-destructive collapse. Unfortunately for Einstein, he could not have known about fractals in his lifetime. From physics we understand that the only infinite compression is fractal.

Today it is therefore a simple logical conclusion that a charge arranged in a fractal will produce gravity. We have shown extensively that the Golden Mean ratio is key to fractality in 2D as well as in higher dimensions. The physics producing a solution to Einstein's dying dilemma of infinite non-destructive compression have led Europe's leading Fusion scientists to develop a model for the gravity code - i.e., the Holy Grail of physics. The exciting part is seeing how this charge compression potentially creates fusion and communion of memory in BLOOD. This introducess a true scientific basis to understand literally - the REAL grail in the bloodline: the fractal fountain of charge fusion in DNA. Mag(da)len - literally means that Mother of Fire (Ag) in the blood.

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Part Two: The Visual, Mythological and Religious Origins of The Holy Grail

How and why did the Holy Grail come to be located in the South of France? Why were Rennes-le-Chateau and all the regional magnetics profoundly manipulated to be five-sided? How does this compression symmetry create fertility and biologic vitality, feed DNA, and ultimately enable bliss and lucid dreaming? How and why did the ancient Celts arrange the Dolmen in this format - the only geometry that could feed their blood?

We will discuss Boudet's text on the origin of the Celtic language, and the importance of symmetry to this ancient language of the blood. We will learn how the charge compression of the sacred sites that we visit can be measured and observed to cause our blood to electrically "sing": the real SanGraal. Moreover, we will discuss how this becomes the measureable origin of lifeforce.

From here we will introduce the blood survival symmetry knowledge of the ancient Dragon cultures (Celtic and Annunaki) which planted these Dolmen and attracted the Black (Rigelian) Madonna story. Imagine the drama we will feel while standing in Berenger Sauniere's home at the Rennes Mygdala tower, knowing full well why the scroll he discovered was the ultimate blackmail document not just for the church but the all the royal families of Europe who had conspired to put the "Disposyni" out of power! Finally, we will relate the Annunaki origins of kingship discussed in Gardner's Genesis of the Grail Kings to the political drama of the present.

How did the ancient UR / Uru Dragon Saraphi fall into loss of blood fire - called Nephalim? Was this the true root of EA's Earth and todays wars - Enlil-Enki, Amun-Atun, IsRAel-Arab: between those who see our DNA as something to 'harvest'-versus those who would show our children's genes the way IN to REAL STARMAKING. The DIFFERENCE is self-empowerment - if YOU take charge of the physics of creation - IN YOUR BLOOD- by choosing the passion AND hygiene discipline of blood ignition - the physics of bliss.

Referencing everything from MAG Dragon Queens to messiahs to the Reverent Mothers of Frank Herbert's Dune, we tell the full story in a day-long drama.

This epic retelling of the real history of genes on Earth has become a growing hallmark of the advanced courses within the Academy Sacred Geometry world tours.

The telling of this story is gripping - and always evokes more excitement than we can handle in one day. Whether it's Jedi Knights checking for chloridians (implosion) in the blood, or Montauk checking for Boson Seven in DNA harmonics, or Tolkien checking to see if the Finnish/Draconic alphabet has produced the Lord of the Ring, the message is the same in your DNA. The dynamics of your blood and its ability to receive charge in a fractal - the Holy Grail - determine if you become (toroidal DNA) the Lord of the Ring.


About Ani Williams, your guide

Ani's enchanting musical style has its roots in ancient sacred music traditions. Since 1985 Williams has been traveling and performing around the world, gathering inspiration from the Egyptian, Gnostic, Celtic, Meso-American, and Tibetan cultures. She weaves a beauty and poignant meaning into her music that has inspired audiences around the world.

Ani the Singer

"Ani's voice caresses the soul with dream-like beauty and the layered harmonies and healing sounds work their magic." - NAPRA Review

With a voice that ranges from angelic to earthy shamanic, Ani has dedicated her life to singing for the beauty of the Earth. Singing and chanting in many languages, her vocal harmonies lead the listener into the temple of the heart.

Composer and author

Williams' musical style weaves unusual eastern musical scales with a strong emphasis in harmony and melodic beauty. Lyrics are often based on ancient wisdom teachings, including the Persian mystic poetry. With chants in Aramaic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Tibetan and Meso-American languages her music brings fresh inspiration to these ancient traditions.

Ani is a contributing writer for Four Corners Magazine, Spirit of Maat web magazine, The Temple Booklets published in England, and the book Earth Walking Skydancers. She is currently writing a book on Mary Magdalene and is co-producing a series of documentary films on the Grail Mysteries. Many of her articles on sound and the sacred feminine are available on this site.

Pilgrimage Guide

Ani has been guiding pilgrims to sacred sites in Britain, France and Egypt since 1987. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the Gnostic texts and ancient wisdom schools and with the use of music and chant at the ancient sites she provides a deeply transforming experience for every participant.

"What a wonderful time that I had. You put so much planning and care into the pilgrimage and it really showed. I will never forget it." - - Gail Southwell, retired business executive.

"Ani, I want to thank you for a wonderful experience. You were an excellent pilgrimage leader, everything went so smoothly, and I had experiences of places, people, and the spiritual that have left lasting impressions on my life." - - Jill Dubish, Anthropology Professor at NAU.


About Henry Lincoln

Henry Lincoln (born 1930) is the best-known pseudonym of Henry Soskin, an English writer and actor. He co-wrote three Doctor Who multi-part serials in the 1960s, and -starting in the 1970s- authored a series of books and inspired documentaries for the British television channel BBC2, on the alleged "mysteries" surrounding the French village of Rennes-le-Château. This launched a series of lectures, and in 1982, Lincoln co-wrote the pseudohistorical book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, which became the inspiration for Dan Brown's bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. (photo by Ani Williams)

Lincoln was born in London in 1930, and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his original name of Henry Soskin, he appeared in 1960s television series such as The Avengers and The Champions, and then moved on to writing. He was the co-writer, with Mervyn Haisman, of three Doctor Who stories starring Patrick Troughton: The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear and The Dominators and retained the rights to the recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Henry Lincoln was also a faith healer. His son, Rupert Soskin describes himself as a "qualified healer" who has been "focusing particularly on energies and communication in nature" - his wife is Julie Soskin who in 1996 founded The School of Insight and Intuitions - Spiritual and Consciousness Studies.

Rennes-le-Château

In 1969, Lincoln visited a small village in southwestern France called Rennes-le-Château, and read Le Trésor Maudit de Rennes-le-Château (trans: The Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Château), a book by Gérard de Sède about an alleged hidden treasure. The book reproduced copies of Latin parchments that had allegedly been found by a priest within a pillar of a local church. Inspired by what appeared to be secret codes hidden in the Latin text, Lincoln did some research about the parchments and a possible treasure, writing several books presenting his theories about the area, as well as inspiring a series of three BBC Two documentaries in the 1970s. He has also written and presented documentaries on other subjects such as The Man in the Iron Mask, Nostradamus, and The Curse of the Pharaohs.

One of the alleged parchments (which was later shown to be a forgery, since the writing was written in modern French and not in 18th or 19th century French) involved a series of raised letters throughout its Latin text, spelling out a message: "A Dagobert II Roi et a Sion est ce tresor, et il est la mort" (trans: "This treasure belongs to King Dagobert II and to Sion, and he is there dead"; or, "This treasure belongs to King Dagobert II and to Sion, and it is death"). Supposedly this referred to the last active King of the Merovingian line, who had been assassinated without a direct heir in the 7th century, thereby ending his branch of the dynasty. Later research, however, showed that de Sède's book had actually been written at the instigation of Pierre Plantard as part of an elaborate hoax to promote a society known as the Priory of Sion. Pierre Plantard died in 2000. The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

Henry Lincoln is best-known for being one of the co-authors of the controversial 1982 bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. During the mid 1970s, while Lincoln was lecturing at a summer school, he met Richard Leigh, an American fiction writer. Leigh introduced him to Michael Baigent, a New Zealand photo-journalist who had been working on a project about the Knights Templar. The three discovered that they shared a common interest in the Knights Templar, and between them later developed a theory that Jesus Christ had started a bloodline that had later intermarried with the Frankish Merovingian royal dynasty. He presented three documentaries in the Chronicle series for BBC2; The Lost Treasure of Jerusalem shown in February 1972, The Priest, the Painter and the Devil shown in October 1974 and finally The Shadow of the Templars shown in November 1979. Excerpts for the latter are still available online.

The three of them took their theory on the road during the 1970s in a series of lectures that later developed into the 1982 book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, which became a bestseller and popularised the theory that Jesus had fathered a still extant and powerful bloodline (the true Holy Grail), and was all tied together by a secret society known as the Priory of Sion. These ideas were later used as the basis of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

The Quest for the Grail
a quote from Phil Gruber, participant in the 2006 summer retreat...

"The Quest for the Grail is the greatest quest known to humankind.  It is the Quest for the eternal and quite possibly the greatest of all spiritual endeavors!  The Grail is something we have always carried within us.  The ignorance of its existence so close to ourselves has been what has bound us here for untold eons.  The word Grail originally meant 'pattern', a very special, sacred pattern.  It is the pattern that lies at the deepest core of our being, and the study of Sacred Geometry can allow us to re-discover this holy pattern, and in the process, re-discover ourselves, and live the potential that has always existed within us as individuals, and as a race.  It is about the genesis of all form and the way we were truly meant to see ourselves.  

The Grail Quest is...recognized...as the greatest of all spiritual endeavors.  In questing for the Grail, we connect with the ultimate creative mystery that is both within ourselves and all things...the remembrance of who we are, where we came from, and why we continue to be.
The Quest for the Holy Grail is the search for the eternal in each of us!  Is there a connection between the Grail of Arthurian legend and romance, the Indigos, Mary Magdalene, and the Ring Lords of Middle Earth?  You bet there is!  The Holy Grail...in its re-discovery holds the secret of restoring our 'pattern of perfection', the original design upon and through which the Angelic Human was fashioned!  Some call this design our Divine Potential, others The Immaculate Concept; still others the Holy Grail!  Mary Magdalene herself is considered by many top be the Grail, the womb through which a sacred bloodline ensued.  Is this sacred bloodline here today as the Indigos?  The Indigos hold within their genetic code not only the long-hidden story of human origins, the true meaning and purposes of our lives, but the keys to the evolution of our race!"

—Phil Gruber, well known international sacred geometry teacher


SITE TOURS

Here are some of the sites we will be seeing, however we cannot guarantee that we will see them all.

Field Trips into Grail Country and Cathar History

danceParticular emphasis is placed on the pent Golden Ratio symmetry in the star maps of Rennes and others in the region. We have three days of site visits, on which we leave after breakfast, have lunch on site, and are accompanied by expert tour guides who engage us in historic dialog. Time is allocated for meditation and ritual on some sites. All are welcome to participate in the Conclusion Ritual of the Ophanim, which features the 7/5 Flower Ritual Dance.

 

Sites to visit include:

rennesRennes-le-Chateau

As with the Great Pyramids, Rennes-le-Chateau is linked to the bloodline of the keepers of the sacred information, i.e., the blueprint for the architecture of this reality -- and where we are going. Visitors come to Rennes-le-Chateau in order to activate their DNA and thus remember who they are and why they are here as we evolve through the alchemy of time. Rennes-le-Chateau is located in Languedoc, an unspoiled area of southern France. There are many mysteries surrounding Rennes-le-Chateau and its late priest, Berenger Sauniere, that link the village with coded parchments, the Holy Grail, the Ark of Noah, the Ark of the Covenant, and the treasures of the Temple of Solomon. It is of no little significance that there are 40 square miles of sacred landscape geometry surrounding Rennes-le-Chateau.

 

rennesRennes-les-Bains

An adjacent village to Rennes-le-Chateau, Rennes-les-Bains is home to a renowned hot springs and the mysterious Fauteuil du Diable (the Devil's Armchair), a large boulder carved in the shape of a throne. Both the Devil's Armchair and the nearby spring figure strongly in the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, The Da Vinci Code, and the secret location of the Holy Grail. We particularly note the pent Golden Ratio symmetry in the star maps of Rennes and others in the region. We have three days of site visits: we leave after breakfast - have lunches on site - accompanied by expert tour guides along with historic dialog. Plus we allocate time for meditation and ritual on some sites. Conclusion ritual - includes the special 7 / 5 Flower Ritual Dance - of the Ophanim.

 

segurMont Segur

The ruins of Mont Segur are perched at a precarious 1,207-m altitude in the heart of France's Languedoc-Midi-Pyrenees regions. 80 km southwest of Carcassonne, Mont Segur dominates a rock formation known as a pog -- a term derived from the local Occitan dialect meaning peak or mountain. In 1243-1244, the Cathars were besieged at Mont Segur by 10,000 Royal Catholic French troops. In March of 1244, the castle finally surrendered and the Cathar defenders were burned en masse in a bonfire at the foot of the pog. However, in the days prior to the fall of the fortress, several Cathars allegedly slipped through the French lines carrying away a mysterious "treasure" with them.  While the nature and fate of this treasure has never been identified, there has been much speculation that it could have easily been the Holy Grail.

 

quiribisQuiribus and Peyrepertuse

The château at Peyrepertuse is the dominating feature of the Languedoc countryside, visible for miles around and grafted so closely to the rock on which it stands that it seems to blend into the mountain itself. Peyrepertuse was never subjected to siege or attack during the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars; it fell nevertheless to French forces in November 1240, through negotiation rather than force of arms. Looking to the east from Peyrepertuse, you will see the château of Queribus perched on its crag, witness to the fact that it was the last of the Cathar strongholds to fall in 1255. It is still probably the best preserved of the border castles, and the most inaccessible.

 

carcassonneCité of Carcassonne

Carcassonne is at the crossing of two major traffic routes used since Antiquity: from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and from the Massif Central to Spain. The town is divided into two, quite separate parts. The Cité occupies a plateau on the right bank of the Aude. The Bastide Saint-Louis lies on the left bank. The old district of la Trivalle and the famous Old Bridge have been, from that time, the links between their two destinies. Carcassonne has inherited 2,000 years of history and invites you to discover its heritage of fine monuments.

 

martinSaint Martin du Canigou

We will conduct a special tour of the Celtic Dolmen in the shadow of Saint Martin du Canigou, a monastery atop the tallest of the Pyrenees mountains.

Special Tour: Celtic Dolmen in the shadow of St.Martin du Canigou.

 

michelSaint Michel de Cuixa

From Taurinya we will venture to one of the loveliest abbeys in the country, Saint Michel de Cuixa. Dating from around 1000, the abbey was attacked during The French Revolution but has retained much of its former glory. With its beautiful crenellated tower silhouetted against the wooded slopes of Canigou, Saint Michel de Cuixa inspires a sense of wonder and mystery in all who visit. So too does the bare stone crypt within. You will experience the powerful magnetism of the village of Taurinya as we visit the stone crypt beneath the cathedral in the shape of the Torus Donut. (Feeling your hair stand up from charge compression inside - is a good experiential intro to Toroidal Sacred Geometry!). It is from this very crypt that the town of Taurinya takes its name.

 

canigouCanigou Swim of a Lifetime

If conditions permit, we are planning a visit to the world's greatest gorge/cascade swimming hole just up the dramatic Canigou from the cathedral and tiny village - a short hike you will NEVER forget!

 

bugarachMount Bugarach

Mount Bugarach is the infamous center of all UFO activity in France. Reportedly the inspiration for the Devil's Tower climax sequence in the science fiction film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," the inactive volcano is rumored to be both a passageway to a subterranean realm of extra-terrestrials and a landing site for UFOs so that they might pick up pilgrims who have decoded the region's mysteries.

 

gorgeGorge of Galamus

Our journey concludes with an exciting climb down the breathtaking Gorge of Galamus, heralded as one of the deepest and most beautiful gorges in the world. The winding road into the gorge takes us past spectacular stone pools to the spellbinding Gorge of Galamus chapel