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From Genesis to Revelation:

Chartres, Story and Sacred Geometry

Join Roi Gal-Or (International School of Storytelling co-founder),
Daniel Docherty (SAOG Studios co-founder and senior tutor) and guests, for this pilgrimage- course to be taught at Emerson College, UK.

The culminating six days of the programme will be taught

in and around the Cathedral of Chartres.

22 Sep-5 October 2020

We invite you to join us on a unique pilgrimage, a quest of marrying the timely with the timeless; a journey where the incredible and ancient stories built in stone and shining through stained glass will be re-enlivened. 


Since its ancient pre-Christian roots, Druidic Black Madonna revering, through Fulbertus' cathedral and its destruction by fire in 1194 - its miraculous rebuilding within the next half century - to our times where humanity has somewhat lost connection with the subtle dimensions, this sacred centre remains a source of revelation and inspiration. The wisdom school of Chartres, underpinned by the seven liberal arts, made a conscious effort at reconciling the ancient Pythagorean/Platonic stream with the Christian mystery teachings through the inspiration of luminaries such as Bernardus Silvestris,

Thierry of Chartres, John of Salisbury and Alanus ab Insulis.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe

arrive at Chartres annually seeking spiritual nourishment, 

sensing hat this sanctuary holds essential teachings

vital for deepening understanding of our true nature. 

On this course, as a group of philosophers (lovers of wisdom),

a caravan of seekers journeying the highs and lows of soul-spirit terrains, we will endeavour to participate consciously, to explore and to understand the many levels of meaning and wisdom

this place offers.

Our call is to realign ourselves and to discover how our personal story - our golden thread - is harmoniously woven into

the Great Tapestry ...

Following arrival, welcome and meeting each other, we will embark on our journey of discovery,

beginning with an overview of the manifold Stories that interweave to reveal the mysteries and wonders of Chartres. Participants will be invited to choose and craft a traditional story to accompany and enrich the journey. We will be introduced to skills and ways of crafting these stories for an oral sharing together in Chartres, endeavouring to seek the deep wisdom and inspiration within the stories to guide our personal and collective journeys. Alongside this work, through the practice and philosophy of sacred geometry and related craft practices, we will develop an appreciation of the profound and sacred patterns that underlie and inform

the very fabric of the Cathedral - this House of Mary - and symbolic representation of

the 'Heavenly Jerusalem' here on earth. 

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See preliminary schedule (subject to change) below ..

Each day will include Sacred Geometry and Storytelling practices alongside other artistic activities such as drawing, painting, modelling ... We will also learn a repertoire of 'Chartres' songs.

{Evening activities will be offered during our time at Emerson College}

22-28 September (26 Sept. Rest day and/or Self-directed study)
 Emerson College Campus and surrounds
Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK 

9:00-12:30 Morning session​; 12:30-14:00 Lunch;

14:00-17:00 Afternoon session; 19:15-21:15 Evening activities

29 September
Travel day
30 September - 5 October
Chartres Cathedral, France
(Morning, afternoon and evening activities/sharings to include time for exploration,
rest, digesting and spontaneous happenings!)

(30 September) 14:00 Meet outside Chartres' Royal West Portal

5 October

 12:00 Conclusion and Goodbyes​

£970 Full course fee incl. all tuition/materials
(Board and travel to be booked separate

Secure your place with a 50% course fee deposit

(remaining balance due no later than 15 July 2020)


 During our 2019 trip we had a few vehicles driving from Emerson College to Chartres; please advise us if you would be interested in this lift-share option or intend to drive. Ferry/fuel costs will likely be around  £60 p/p each-way.

Accommodation/meal options are available to book directly via the Emerson College website;

there are also many local B&Bs, Airbnbs and hotel options within a 5-15 minute walk of SAOG Studios/Emerson College.

 We are renting a couple of lovely apartments very near Chartres Cathedral which offer a number of single/double/twin share room options ranging in price from £35-£70. These rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please contact us for further details. 

A list of alternative accommodation options in Chartres will be

provided on request and receipt of course deposit.

Please contact me ,roigalor@gmail.com, to book your place and for further assistance ...