Lightwaves

Pyrénées

France

 

Visit Rennes le Chateau and the mystical country of the Cathars

 

Let us take you on a magical journey through the mountain valleys, lakes and gorges of the Pyrénées. Explore ancient Templar ruins, drink from sacred springs and climb the castles of the Cathars.

The area attracts people who are on their own personal pilgrimage of self discovery, and we invite you to rest awhile in this mystically beautiful area, explore the famous home of the abbé Saunière at Rennes-le-Château and climb the Cathar castles of Montségur, Peyrepertuse and Queribus. Explore the deep gorges of the Aude valley and the green pastures, lakes and woodlands of the Ariège.

Share in group meditations and picnics, dipping in the hot springs, walking to the Templar site at Le Bezu and swimming in the warm lakes surrounded by Mountains.

We can tailor-make seminar for you and arrange all local transport. We welcome small groups who wish to visit and do their own thing. Accommodation is in members’ own houses or self-catering in village houses. If you are without transport then you will be picked up from the railway, coach station or airport and taken to your accommodation.

The emphasis is on caring and sharing, where new friendships are forged and ideas exchanged and born.

 

Lightwaves Experience Week

Programme

Saturday

Collection from Toulouse or Carcassonne airport – joint meal together and settle in with the family.

Sunday

Visit the wonderful market at Esperaza and take in the local atmosphere. Join friends and chat over coffee in the sun.

Afternoon visit to the labyrinth at Nebias, a magical place to chant, meditate or walk in the leafy glades

Monday

Day trip to Montségur – The chateau of Montségur was one of the last Cathar strongholds where, on 16th March 1244, 205 men, women and children chose the flames of the inquisition rather than give up their faith. In the afternoon, time permitting, we will visit the caves at Niaux in the Tarascon Valley with its wonderful cave paintings of ibex and stag dated around 10,800 BC

Evening together in a country restaurant.

Tuesday

A day at Rennes-le-Château – A chance to watch Henry Lincoln’s film about the mysteries of Rennes-le-Château. There will be a guided tour of the church, Tour Magdala and the Villa Bethany, the home of the notorious Abbé Saunière.

Wednesday

A Day at Rennes-les-Bains – Visit the hot springs (bring a bathing costume) the seat of Isis, the Madeleine spring, Roman baths and the Fountain of Love. Rennes-les-Bains is steeped in mysticism and none can fail to feel its very special atmosphere.

Thursday

A walk in the country – to the Templar ruins of Le Bézu or a visit to the Gorges de Galamus and the Hermitage of St Antoine.

Friday

A trip to the Black Madonna at Limoux & the old Cité o`f Carcassonne -  The abbey at Limoux houses a unique black Madonna with a most unusual history. Legend has it that a farmer found her in his field and took her home to clean up - but she mysteriously returned to the field again and again. So they built the abbey over her.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to see the ancient Cité of Carcassonne with its battlements and quaint medieval shops.

Evening meal together.

Saturday

You will be returned to the airport in time for your flight home.

(Programme subject to change)

 

Accommodation

Bed, breakfast, packed lunch and trips around the countryside (Once a month until November, excluding August)

250 pounds per person per week

Bed and breakfast (all year round)

120 pounds per person per week

Village house with roof terrace, sleeps 7

 

Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar

150 pounds

Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov

200 pounds

Jul, Aug

250 pounds

Bookings being taken from May 2001. You are welcome to stay on for two more weeks, charged at Bed & Breakfast rate.

 

For further details please contact:

Mavis King, 3 Impasse Molière, 11260 Esperaza, Aude, France

Telephone : +33 4 68 74 13 45 (International)

Telephone : 04 68 74 13 45 (Within France)