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In Search of the Black Madonna: Encounters with the Divine Feminine-A Pilgrimage to Northern Spain
Patty Flowers and Judy Zappacosta
May 14, 2017 - May 27, 2017
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Black Madonna figures can be found all over the world with hundreds of sites in Europe, many dating to the 12th century and earlier. The figures are ancient, powerful, beloved, and an integral part of their local landscapes and culture.
This 14-day pilgrimage will include some of the oldest and most interesting sites in northern Spain, some famous, some lesser known. After meeting in Barcelona, we will go to Montserrat and Zaragoza before exploring more special places throughout Catalonia. While in the Pyrenees we will seek out the madonnas of the mountains. We’ll spend our last two days on the Costa Brava to integrate the energies we will experience in this series of encounters with the divine feminine.
The program will be enriched with history, legends, and exploration of the presence and symbolic meaning of the Black Madonnas in their varying manifestations. Connections with pre-Christian goddesses and the Great Mother of pre-history will be mined for meaning. We will bring a Jungian perspective to our inquiry. Group sessions will deepen our experience through reflection, discussion, movement, creative expression, and ritual.
In her teaching, Judy identifies archetypes around us and focuses on relating to archetypal energies. She teaches how to bring this experience into body awareness and embodied consciousness. In this program, she will work with archetypes, including the Great Mother as represented by the Black Madonna, offering opportunity to interface with mystery, image, and embodiment.
We will see the beauty of the area as we travel through the countryside, staying in lovely Spanish hotels and enjoying the great food of the region. The pace will be unhurried with time to experience the atmosphere of the sacred sites. Enrollment will be limited to a small group.
The Black Madonna calls to us, intrigues us, and generates more and more interest in the collective. Who is she and what does she represent? Why are more and more people drawn to her and powerfully moved by their experiences with her? Why is she appearing in dreams at this particular time? Is there a spiritual thirst for the divine feminine in the world today? The mystery surrounding these questions will be at the heart of our pilgrimage.
Dates: May 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - May 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Location and Accommodations:
We’ll meet in Barcelona at Hotel Colon, where we will stay the first couple of nights. We will see the beauty of the region as we travel through the countryside, staying in lovely Spanish hotels and enjoying the great food of the area.
Fee: $5,820 USD, includes all program costs, lodging in a single room with private bath for 13 nights, all breakfasts, several lunches and dinners, and all travel within Spain. $5,270 USD for shared room with private bath. Enrollment limited to 15.