Keltic vision of Dharma with people from
the Keltic Realms
Journeys to the Island of Crystal
Pilgrimages to Keltic & Cathares Powerplaces in
with Dr. B. Raven Lee, Dr. William R. Leon
& Cairn experts team
to October 23rd, 2009
Valcros (5~7 days)
to Caer Sidi... !
both the Celtic and Tibetan Shamanic Healing
practices, as well as on the modern Quantum
Psycho~Energotherapy, Dr. B. Raven Lee and
Dr. William R. Leon invite you to discover Caer Sidi, the sacred Keltic &
Templars Mandala in the Verdon area. The next
pilgrimage will be organized in the South-of-France,
from October 10 to 24, within a choice of Options
including a short retreat in Valcros.
Celtic, Roman and Templars times, Caer Sidi had
been the seat of rituals and initiations for healing and
divination practices (Mary Magdalene Holy Waters),
amongst which some originated from the Black Sea and the
Asian Steppes with the successive arrival of Scythes,
Wisigoths and Arianists migrations, which itself led to
the Holy Grail Lore, Mary Magadalene legends, and later
Cathares and Templars Troubadours allegory.
Beginning in the
1970s, some remote Tibetan monasteries were built in Europe
upon selected Celtic powerplaces in France and U.K (scotland).
Several high Tibetan lamas, such as H.H, Dudjom Rimpoche, H.H.
Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche, Tarab Tulku Rimpoche and others, had
duly recognized the importance for their divination and
geomancy practices of such protected powerplaces (including
the Verdon Sacred Mandala) for being portals to the Celtic
Annwn (the land of ancestors, or Tibetan Shambala), if and
when approached with the right Keys.
decades of research and synthesis, the Verdon Sacred Mandala
has now been re-activated, thus opening to those who are
called to such karmic experience to pursue their Quest and
(re-)discover the healing frequencies and consciousness of the
alchemical union of the sacred feminine and masculine energy,
practices leading to the Body of Light, Protectors, Dakinis
Dr. B. Raven Lee
and Dr. William R. Leon (CAIRN Consortium) invite participants
to this magical, experiential, healing tour. The heart of the
program is the connection to the feminine principle of the
Black Madonna and Mary Magdalene, as well as the Grail Quest
Lore Spiritual Warrior Paths. It also includes Celtic
teachings, shamanic exercises, divination (Chod), meditation,
breathwork (pranayama), and Tibetan energy and chakra
practices (Tsa~rLung), allowing each participant to enter the
Mandala and learn ways to transmute negative patterns, and
connect to the Field of Universal Energy and Divine
A Testimony :
“This pilgrimage was both profound and extremely fun. Amid
fantastic scenery we visited very simple places that touched
the depths of my being and connected me to my past – my
ancestors, my spirituality, my very soul in ways that led me
into a future bright with promise. The call to become
body of light in ordinary every-day life is powerfully
supported through this experience.” (F. W., Pasadena, CA, USA,
participant in 2007 & 08)
Sidi is a unique experiential program which
includes introduction to both Tibetan Tsa-rLung and Celtic Shamanic
selected powerplaces and allows participants to find
their own Keys to
Transmutation, Rejuvenation and (Self~) Healing, through
the Body of Light practices...
Caer Sidi Itinerary is intended to re-awaken and develop a
synthesis of our latent roots shamanic
abilities. We will learn how to intentionally shift our state of consciousness,
link with Protectors and Holy Spirits, as well as how to get more awareness of
subtle non-ordinary reality, while opening and cleansing our Higher
will establish connections with Mary Magdalene, as well as
with other selected Keltic and Tibetan Sacred Helpers, Who will
facilitate personal and communal health and healing. The programme
will also be an opportunity to gather further knowledge in Central-Asian Common Ancestral Roots of Keltic and Tibetan Shamanic
Dr. B. Raven Lee,
Dr. William R.
Leon and other experienced intervenors will guide the target-sites meditation and healing rituals.
Participants will concentrate on
the compassion emanated from fully enlightened protectors and principal emanations in the Verdon Sacred Mandala and the Cathars
The stream of transmission of the Compassionate
Healing energies will bring
the Third Eye (Ajna Chakra) and Compassion
(Heart Chakra) in resonance with
Heritage of the target-sites visited.
lead to Initiations
the form of "Spontaneous Arising
Light" (Tigle), Visions or other subtle
transmissions inherited from
protectors and guardians of these sacred sites.
spontaneous transmissions of teaching and revelations from Masters, Angels or
Fairies, have always been a foundational
aspect of spiritual awakening in both the Tibetan Body of Light (Tsa-rLung)
lineages and related Arts of Divination, Rejuvenation and Healing in the Grail Quest.
embodiment of the Keltic and Vajrayana Body of Light practices, we will pursue
the Never-Ending Human Grail Quest for Spiritual Development...
" Caer Sidi, The Island of Crystal
Caer Sidi, The Fortress of the Fairies
is mentioned in the Book of Taliesin (Lewis Spence).
That Caer Sidi (Camelot) was the Seat of rituals and initiations for Healing and
Divination of an extraordinary vitality and importance to
the Celtic psyche is no new thesis . But that it can be
re-awakened today, simply through a comparative
experiential study of Grail
Lore and Himalayan Tantric Shamanism
is a testimony we want here to share with
One of the Island of Crystal, or Caer Sidi, is the Celtic, Cathares, and Knights Templar sacred
archaeological Mandala situated at the entry of the Gorges du
Verdon, some 150 km northwest of Nice, South-of-France.
the seat of rituals and initiations for healing and divination
practices, which originated from the Black Sea (Wisigoths and
Scythes Central Europe) and the Asian Steppes (Kelts and
Huns), and continued into early Celtic-Roman times and later
Holy Grail Mary Magdalene Lore.
(also spelled Sidi, Sidh, Sid, Sith ...)
may be regarded as the standard term
in the Gaelic tongue of Scotland , Wales and Ireland. While
some reliable authorities further stress that Sithide
or Sithde is the genitive of Sithd, a female
fairy, Gaelic records Sidhe as also implying "hill"
or "mound". Mounds and hills often are both graves and
abodes of the elves.
Dudjom gNakpa : Namgyel Rpch.
" The Ways
of the Ngakpas... "
While the great
spiritual traditions of Tibet have now become widely
known from the extraordinary development of monastic
institutions in the West, there still resides, side by
side, another equally existent, vital and important
path, though less known, that being the Ways of the
Ngakpas —the yogi or yogini, man or woman, who lives
fully in both the material world and the world of
For a thousand years
these brave spiritual warriors strode directly into
life, either as solitary wanderers or integrating their
spiritual wisdom with the activity of the community.
Today, the Diaspora
from Tibet has created strong and wealthy monastic
communities in Nepal and India, often with the direct
and contuous generous help of Western donors...
Yet, quite bizarre if
one pays any attention to the Western psyche, the less
known Ngakpas tradition is somehow more compatible for
opening the gates of the joint Shamanic Roots
Spirituality linking East and West, since the early
times of our Keltic Indo-European Yogic traditions
originating from Central Asia, and now only to be found
in the symbolic Allegory and Lore of the Grail
Today, dwelling on
the fringe of Tibetan institutionalized religion and
rigid political hierarchies, there is a pool of Healers,
Artists, Yogis and Amchis more suited for the
integration of Dharma into our modern Western world,
while preserving and testing its unique spiritual
The Ngakpa path
reflects the deepest aspirations of Vajrayana Buddhism:
to relieve the suffering of all beings and bring them
towards enlightenment through a variety of skillful
means including regular practice and performance of
ceremonies and prayers on behalf of supporters and all
Guardians of the Ark of Alliance - Comps
Whom Does the Grail Serve
Keltic Fortress of the Fairies is mentioned in the Book
of Taliesin (Lewis Spence).
(Camelot) was the Seat of
rituals, initiations for Healing and Divination of an
extraordinary vitality and importance to the Celtic psyche is no
new thesis . But that it can be re-awakened today, simply
through a comparative experiential study of the Grail Lore and
Himalayan Tantric Shamanism is a testimony we want here to share ,
as a research, with you.
The roots of myths and rituals go down to
the subsoil of grave-cult and fear of death. The word
Sidhe (also spelled Sidi,
Sidh, Sid, Sith ...)
may be regarded as the standard term for
"fairy" in the Gaelic tongue of Scotland , Wales and Ireland.
While some reliable authorities further stress that Sithide
or Sithde is the genitive of Sithd, a female
fairy, Gaelic records Sidhe as also implying "hill" or
"mound". Mounds and hills often are both graves and abodes
of the elves.
Mythology is social psychology, as much as
it is archetypes, history, cosmology or biography. Myth is a picture language, which has to
be studied and embodied to be read. And Mythology today is
still very much alive ...
The following commentary is not intended to
be the last word or definitive presentation on a rather
recent, controversial and evolving subject. Rather, as the title
implies, it is intended to provide a basis for some further
reflections and synthesis , towards an attempt in nourishing or
re-awakening the Celtic archetypes with the present energy and
practices of the Himalayan Shamanic Roots or Tibetan Tradition, in
those selective Keltic Powerplaces, as
Tibetans do ...
The contemporary and somehow successful
migration of Tibetan Gompas rituals into some historical Celtic, Cathares and Knights Templars
sites in UK and South of France, such as the strategic Gompas
bought in the early 1970-80s in Haute Provence
(Verdon) and Septimania (Aude/Ariège) in the South of
France, or Holy Island in Scotland UK, bear
testimony that these sacred abodes of earlier Celtic Lore
Saints and Fairies have proven to be useful resources for
the Tibetans' own rituals and retreats.
While, the biography of these Tibetan
settlements have not been without their share of controversy, it
has become undeniable ( after more than 25 years monitoring these
sites ) that in some of them spiritual awareness had been reached,
while in some others the hidden political , magical and
alchemic impacts are still to be assessed.
All in all, while quite different results
had been reached by the Tibetan theocracy in using Celtic and
Templar powerplaces, the question is nowadays if it could not also serve the purpose of preservation and reawakening
of the Celtic and Grail Heritage itself, after it had used for the
Tibetan agenda. In short, if it worked one way, it could also probably
work as well the other way round ...
And if not, why not ?
Myths, as they have settled in history and
popular tales are the purveyors of a wisdom that was born with the
race of Man. The content is metaphysics . The equation between the
Celtic Grail Lore (Healing and Divination practices), the
Tibetan Tantric and the Indo-European Rig-Vedas mythology
may as much be approached from a comparative experiential study of
the archetypes and rituals, than being discussed from the available
references existing in both the holy scriptures of early
Christendom and those of the Tibetan Vajrayana and Dharma.
The literature references include the
narration of the first century (AD) exile of several
apostles closed to Jesus the Christ, namely: St. Philip, Simon
Zelotes, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea (James) and others
first to Septimania (South of France), then to Brittany and
Wales. They are sacred Keys in the Grail Lore to pursue...
shows the birth of the Arthurian Grail Quest and
Celtic legends of Saints and Warriors coming
from the historical recollections of the
successive migrations from Central Asia of the Arianists, Scythes, Wisigoths,
Huns, Germans, Franks shamanic faith tribes, which led to the end
of the Roman Empire (West) and consolidation of the (Long Hair Sorcerers) Merovingien kings in the previous Septimania , then named the
Razes around Rennes le Chateau and Limoux (Aude) .
Originating from the Black See (Central Europe) and Asian
steppes, the Shaman practices of early Christendom was
blended in an intricate mythological background, where
Runes , Animal Spirits , War Protectors , Fairies, Angels or
Saints were part of a practical Gnostic Gospel . It is enlightening
to find today how much these early Shamanic concepts and
practices have remained comparable, at the symbolic archetypes
and rituals level, to the current Hindu and Buddhist Tantras
(ie: protectors, Dakinis, skulls, vases, Samsara or
Maya , reincarnation or karma, etc) . The early Christendom
literature shows that these were beliefs being alive in the
practices of Cathares and Knights Templars .
We could consider the references in the Rig Veda of human interactions (or
relations) with the Gandhavaras (Spirits of the Air and of the
Waters) and Apsaras (water nymphs) , in charge of the
magic Soma and who were skilled in medecine and music. These
entities bear resemblance with the roles played by Celtic
Fairies (spirits) or the Grail Lore Ladies of the Lake (Waters, or
del Acqs), who as Vivianne del Acqs and Morgane Le Fay , are the
Guardians of the Isle of Avallon (Avallach), the invisible Gates
to Caer Siddi (Annwn) and to the Grail's vase divination and
Morgane le Fay
As in the Rig- Vedas and the Vajrayana, the
earlier version of the Arthurian Quest and the later
Troubadors Lore promote a sophisticated mythology , with
archetypal roles perceived in distinct classes of inspirations,
being those of Morgane, Perceval, Arthur, Morded,
Merlin, Fairies , Maids or Celtic Nymphes, conduced in tales
known as Elopments , Wooings or Arthurian
The discovery of hidden truths,
embedded in mythology is as much part of an initiation
process, belonging to the realm of personal catharsis
or drama , than to rationality.
Caer Sidi (Annwn) , the Celtic and Grail
Lore Abode, which entry gives access to Healing and Divination
Powers, requests that one be motivated , as Arthur, Galahad
and Perceval , by a drive for relevant services and
compassion for the community.
The Cathars lived in Septimania (Languedoc,
Aude, Ariege regions in South of France) , between the 10th
and 14th century, and were the holders of the
Tradition of the Holy Grail brought to France by Joseph of
Arimathea and Mary Magdalena during the first century
The Aude region also was the recipients
of Gnostic Dualisme (Manicheens) inherited from the
Wisigoths, who had settled their kingdom in Toulouse and Rennes le
Chateau (4th century AD), and from the Celto-Iberes and
Arianiste Huns, who both had long migrated from Central Asia to
Merovingians kings had ruled the same rehgion of early "France"
from 500 AD to 752 AD. Their dynasty suggested links with the lost
Tribe of Benjamin, as traced via the Gaul-Celtic migrations from
Syria to Acadia, thence to the Pyrenees, after going through the
In 1200 AD, the Cathars "Parfaits"
(Bonhommes) had been perceived by the powers in Rome as a
direct threat. They lived , as Saddhus and Nagpas, in
poverty and chastity, and had only one sacrament, the
Consolament(um). This was an initiatic rite (Bapteme of
Light), provided only to adults, whether as the ordination prior
to becoming a Parfait (Bonhommes), or before going to battle
(Feudis) or while in the process of dying. The Holy Grail
reflected the spiritual Quest of both the Cathares and the Celtic
The Arthurian Quest led to a
Mystical Communion. As Arthur, the Holy Grail
belong to the Land : " He IS the Land ... "
It is the path of the Spiritual Warrior
(Shambala) and Shaman. In its hermeneutic (hidden knowledge), the
symbol of the Holy Grail Chalice support the ideal of Service,
whereas the Blood of Christ therein corresponds to
active Compassion (Boddhicitta), ie: giving and receiving
service in the community.
The Holy Grail Lore and Legends are
parables on the potential attainment of magical powers described
in the Celtic Tradition, being: Healing,
Divination and contacts with Fairies.
As such, both the Holy Grail Lore and the Himalayan
Shamans traditions are based on the traditional beliefs on yogas
and spiritual practices to contact with the spirits of the
Outer World (Annwn or Shambala) and for seeking remedials or
Alike Tibetan Vajrayana , the Holy Grail
Quest is a enlightened path to awareness, harmony and applied
compassion, which acknowledges the needs and structures of
the community and which as such , is in its very roots,
deeply democratic and linked with "real life" ...
With regard to the Grail, Taliesin
(Keltic Bard) , in poem xxx, mentions that :
"" the Cauldron of the Head
of Hades (The Grail) had a rim set with pearls adorning it,
the fire beneath it came from the breath of nine maidens, it
would not boil for a coward. The poem mentions the Cauldon
being at CAER SIDI , the Grail Chapel of King Peleur in
Camelot . In the Arthurian Quest, the Cauldron is found by
Arthur and his knights on their descent to Annwn, the Astral
Plane. The prize of the Grail is that it heals the sick and
wounded, feed those at the Round Table with whatever they
wish, and protects them from plague and old age. Above all,
it is the Cauldron of Prophecy, which renews the soul. When
Arthur is slain at the battle of Camelon by Modred, he is
carried of to the Isles of Avallach or Avallon, where he
remains , neither alive nor dead, until fate will require
again his Sword (Excalibur). Caer Sidi (Zodiac), in the land
of Fairies, is the door to Annwn... ""
Jacques de Molay...
A Mongols ~ Templars
our humble hypothesis that the early settlement in the
1970s of a few Tibetan Yogis in the Verdon Keltic
Powerplace of S-France has been duly facilitated,
through the use of Tibetan geomancy divination tools
and/or from still existing secret Nyingma lineage
scriptures being physical traces of the Crusade 12th
century Alliance between the Mongol Ghazan Khan and the
last Master of the Templars in Jerusalem, Jacques de
Many attempts were made towards
forming a Franco-Mongol alliance between the
mid-13th and early 14th centuries, starting around the
time of the
Historians note that in hindsight
an alliance between the
and the "Franks"
often appears a logical choice.
The Mongols were already very
sympathetic to Christianity as many Mongols were
The Europeans were open to the
idea of assistance coming from the East, due to the
long-running legend of a mythical
an Eastern king in a magical kingdom who many believed
would arrive someday to help with the fight in the Holy
Land. The Mongols and the Franks also shared a common
enemy in the
numerous exchanges of letters, gifts and emissaries
between the Mongols and the Europeans as well as offers
for varying types of cooperation. However, despite many
attempts, there was never any long-term successful
military collaboration. Modern historians also debate
whether or not such an alliance, if it had been
successful, would have been effective in shifting the
balance of power in the region, and/or whether it would
have been a wise choice on the part of the Europeans.
Traditionally, the Mongols tended to see outside parties
as either subjects, or enemies, with little room in the
middle for something such as an ally.
The closest thing to actual
Frankish cooperation with Mongol military actions was
the overlord-subject relationship between the Mongols
and the Frankish
Principality of Antioch.
Other Christian vassal states included
Once these countries had submitted, they were required
to provide military forces to fight under the Mongol
banner, and these forces often showed great enthusiasm
in attacking Muslim targets.
The most successful points of both collaboration and
non-collaboration between the Mongols and the Christians
were in 1260, when most of Muslim
was briefly conquered by the joint efforts of the
Mongols and the Christians of Armenia and Antioch.
Mongols again invaded Syria several times between 1281
and 1312, sometimes in attempts at joint operations with
the Europeans, though there were considerable logistical
difficulties involved, which usually resulted in the
forces arriving months apart, and being unable to
satisfactorily combine their activities.
Ultimately, the attempts at alliance bore little fruit,
and ended with the victory of the Egyptian
the total eviction of both the Franks and the Mongols
by 1303, and a treaty of peace between the Mongols and
the Mamluks in 1323, the
Treaty of Aleppo.
Mongol Leader Gazan Khan
From 1299 to 1303 de Molay promoted
cooperation with the Mongols against the Mamluks.
The plan was to coordinate actions between the Christian
military orders, the King of Cyprus, the aristocracy of
Little Armenia and the Mongols of the khanate of
In 1298 or 1299, Jacques de Molay halted a further
Mamluk invasion with military force in Armenia. However,
when the Mongol khan of Persia,
Ghâzân, defeated the Mamluks in the
Battle of Wadi al-Khazandar in December 1299, the
Christian forces were not ready to take full advantage
of the situation.
In 1300, Jacques de Molay and other forces from
Cyprus put together a fleet of 16 ships which committed
raids along the Egyptian and Syrian coasts. The force
was commanded by
King Henry II of Jerusalem, the king of Cyprus,
accompanied by his brother,
Amalric, Lord of Tyre the heads of the military
orders, and the ambassador of the Mongol leader
Ghazan. The ships left
Famagusta on July 20, 1300, to raid the coasts of
Egypt and Syria:
Maraclea, before returning to Cyprus.
The raids along the way were directed by Admiral
Baudoin de Picquigny, and when the raids took place
at Alexandria, they were able to free Christian
prisoners who had been captive since the Fall of Acre in
as a child, in the arms of his father
Besides them is
on a horse.
ruler Ghazan Khan (1271
was the seventh ruler of the
The Mongol Empire,
literally meaning Greater Mongol Nation was the largest
contiguous land empire in history, covering over 33
million km² (12 million square miles) at its peak, with
an estimated population of over 100 million...
Khanates of Mongolian
Empire comprized four
divisions within the Mongol Empire : the
Il-Khanate, the Chagatai
Khanate, the Empire of the Great Khan (Yuan Dynasty),
and the Golden Horde.
When Mongol leader Ghazan
Khan finally converted to Islam, his decision brought
the end a line of Mongol Tantric Buddhist leaders.
the son of
and of a
Ghazan had been baptized and raised a Christian
well as his brother
his youth, he also followed
which was one of the dominant religions in the Mongol
empire at that time.
His principal wife during his lifetime was
who had been brought from China by
had entrusted Marco with his last duty, to escort the
Mongol princess Koekecin (Cocacin in Il
Milione) to her betrothed, the Ilkhan
The party traveled by sea, departing from the southern
port city of
and sailing to
and then to
(where his visits included
which he nicknamed Venice of the East). In 1293 or 1294
the Polos reached the Ilkhanate, ruled by
after the death of Arghun, and left Koekecin with the
new Ilkhan. She married Ghazan when he acceded to the
Ghazan was a man of high culture who
spoke numerous languages, including Chinese, Arabic and
"Frank" (probably Latin) as well as his own native
Numerous Europeans are known to
have worked for Ghazan, often in high positions, such as
the Pisan or
de Ghizolfi. Hundreds
such Western adventurers entered into the service of
He was the khan who
had numerous hobbies including linguistics,
agro-techniques, painting chemistry and dispension.
1292, however, under the advice of the
Ghazan converted to
Along with his conversion, Ghazan changed his first name
to the Arab name Mahmud.
Rashid al-Din Tabib also Rashid ad-Din Fadhlullah
Hamadani (1247 - 1318), was a Persian physician, writer
and historian, who wrote an enormous Islamic history
volume, the Jami al-Tawarikh, in the Persian language.
to his time, under the harsh reign of the succeeding
the Muslim majority were oppressed under the Buddhist
emperors, who encouraged the flourishing of
However, with the conversion of Ghazan, Islam rose once
again, and the Buddhist and Christian counterparts were
After annexing power from
in 1295, Ghazan mercilessly destroyed
and chased Buddhists out of his dominion or converted
them to Islam. The Christians were also severely
affected. Yet despite his conversion, due to his
cultural roots, Ghazan encouraged the original archaic
culture to flourish.
Ghazan died in 1304 and
was succeeded by his brother
who continued the adoption of Islam, and later by his
His principal wife during his lifetime was Kökechin...
Caer Sidi : " the Itinerary... "
is usually of a
14 days duration, on the traces of the Healing
tradition of Mary Magdalene,
Wolfram Von Eschenbach Grail Lore and Tibetan Vajrayana in
the sacred sites
and Pyrennees, including pilgrimages to Montsegur, Puivert,
Alet, Limoux, St Maximum, Ste Baume,
St Victor, les Stes Maries (Ratis) and other Sacred Black Madonna altars.
At the introduction level (First Tryptic), we will
visit and scan together the Verdon Mandala target-sites
and will focus upon the historical heritage for the envisioned
synthesis of the Tsa-rLung, Yogas and Keltic Archetypal Healing practices.
It will include numerous references
to the Grail and Keltic Christendom Lore Mythology giving Keys
for the practices (Wolfram Von Eschenbach) in relation with the
current Tibetan Tsa-rLung Five Elements
(Body of Light) teachings from Khyentse Rimpoche, Dudjom Rimpoche, Tarab
Tulku Rimpoche, Tenzin Namdak, Namkhai Norbu, Tenzin Wangyal Rimpoche
and John M. Reynolds, amongst others, this always
bearing in mind the
hermeneutics needed for a synthesis of
Roots Shamanic Healing practices.
We will drive in
mini-bus and then trek to several megalithic artefacts,
ruins, fortress, altars or chapels, following the ancient
pilgrimage traces for a renewed Grail
will include further discovery and study of the Mary Magdalene
Grail Lore history, its relations with the early Pagan
and Keltic Christendom altars, as well as with later Irish Culdean monks migration
into the Benedictins,
Cistercians and Templars, as they are found
situated in several South of France regions, such as the Aude, Ariege, Provence and Verdon.
We will drive or trek to some of the higher ranges Templars chapels, Keltic and
Roman strongholds, as well as sites not reviewed during
previous Verdon Tours&Study (2007-08).
study and experientials related to the Grail Lore and to
Mary Magdalene will include renewed pilgrimages to
St- Trophime, Valcros Solar Fortress, as well as
possibly a Music Sacred Arts & Rituals retreat at
Chateau de Valcros itself.
undertake some further meditation and prayers at St- Thyrs, Ste Anne,
Ste Maries de la Mer, Ste Baume and at the St Jean Black
Madonna, as well as visit the St-
Victor Monastery Black Madonna, St- Maximin and St- Remy (Nostradamus).
Magdalene Pilgrimage can be a special Option focusing on
Mary Magdalene South of France Grail Lore, including the Three Maries
and Sarah (Kali) pilgrimage at Ste Marie de la Mer, the Ste Baume
cave and other various Black Madona(s)
altars and scriptures found within the Troubadors, Kabbala and Free-Massons
heritages. This renewed itinerary basically follows the
same path as the previous Tours&Studies pursued in October 2008 in the Verdon,
Ariege and Aude regions, while being more focused upon
divulging the relations between Magdalene practices, symbolism, rituals,
history and powerplaces...
Cathares & Templars programme is basically the same
Itinerary as that pursued in October 2008 in the Verdon,
Ariege, Aude and Riviera regions, now further focused
upon the Cathares and Templars history and powerplaces
October 10th to
October 23rd 2009
CAER~SIDI Detailed Itinerary 2009
this itinerary includes Dr. Barbara Raven Lee's personal
suggestions & comments for 2009...
Saturday 10 - Welcome at Arrival Nice airport from USA
flights. Transfers by taxis and check-in at Hotel Le Royal
(Promenade des Anglais, Nice), rest, then short walk
around the Promenades des Anglais, before our Welcome
evening dinner, with Q&A on all options to each one and the group.
Sunday 11 - Morning walking tour of the wonderful old city of Nice.
Lunch near the Chateau at one Nice old Port and afternoon
minivan Sightseeing of the Riviera, including options being Eze, Monaco, Menton, Baulieu... Later drive to the St Jean
Cap Ferrat Black Madonna and Hospitalliers Chapel for the
Raven Quest opening
Monday 12 - Starts early with a meditation and group
exercise, followed with a minivan drive to
the Magdalene Grotto at Ste Baume, noon picnic lunch at
the St Maximin Basilique, where sacred remains of Mary
Magdalene are kept.
Afternoon drive to the Pierre de la Fee (Draguignan) and
late afternoon arrival in Comps sur Artuby (south entry of
Mandala), check-in at Hotel Bain and superb evening
dinner at the hotel (Comps:
Tuesday 13 - Morning meditation at old village church in
Comps. Drive to the Valcros Chateau. Personal introduction to
Aconcha and Marc (Sacred Arts Musicians and Guardians
living in Valcros) as well as to Mme Marcolla (owner of
the chateau). First exploration and explanation on the known
history of Valcros Chateau area, including the
so-called Keltic Solar Fortress and its significance at
the center of the Verdon Mandala. Lunch at Paul Amoros
Boulangerie de Soleil and afternoon drive to the chateau and village of Trigance,
the Templars Commanderie de St- Mayme, Verdon Canyon Point
Sublime, Lac de Ste Croix, Moustiers Ste Marie and other
west-side of Mandala interesting sites. On the way back,
drive to Hotel Bain in Comps for those who stay there...
Wednesday 14 - Morning meditation followed with an
introduction to the Verdon Mandala North side Chapels and Templars,
including Castellane chapel, as well as other
altars and lake sites situated at the north of the Mandala,
such as Chasteuils, St- Jean, Eoulx, Taloire, Palud sur
Verdon, St Etienne and other access. (requiring treks).
Explanations on the Grail Troubadours Lore (Seven Seals),
as well as on the lineages and historical relations
between Mary Magdalene, Sarah, the Cistercians, the
Templars, Cathares and Tibetans...
Day6: Thursday 15 - Morning meditation followed by a minivan
drive to Valcros. Once there, Aconcha Shamanic purification ceremony and trek
of the group to the Solar Fortress of Valcros for rituals
there. Noon picnic in situ. In the afternoon, further
practices and introduction to Aconcha & Marc Sacred Arts,
as well as preparations for the next days rituals
envisioned at St. Thyrs and St Trophisme. Depending upon
the possible arrival of a French group arrival (early, mid
or late afternoon), late afternoon drive to Hotel Bain
Comps for those who stay there, including the members of
the French group... (this day organisation will remain
most open and flexible...)
Day7: Friday 16 - Morning meditation followed with drive to Ste Anne, St Thyrs
and the Robion area. Trek to the cave of St Trophisme (3-4
hours). Picnic lunch in situ and group exercice working
with the Elements, Spirits and Sacred Feminine. End of afternoon, return
drive to Valcros and Comps.
Day8: Saturday 17 - Morning meditation The day will be
devoted to group exercises on the sacred land, hike and Working with
Elements . Approach of the transformation of consciousness
with Alchemical practices.
Day9: Sunday 18 - Morning meditation followed with drive to Valcros for Sacred Arts Shamanic Chanting Rituals, and/or
retrieval of fragmented/lost essences. Closing ceremony
for the envisioned Healing group.
In the evening, the French group ends its participation...
Monday 19 - Morning meditation and drive (optional, for those
who want it...) to the Verdon Canyon Western side,
to the Lac de Ste Croix, for kayak or peddle boats, as well as
for further visit of the wonderful sites at Moustiers
Rougon and Castellane related areas... This is a flexible buffer~day, during which some
indepth studies of selected power- sites, reflection,
self-exploration, time for contemplation, catharsis or
journal remains open, including visits of sites not yet done. Check-out
of Valcros for those who stayed there and drive to Comps
for one more night, and the next morning early departure
Tuesday 20 -
Early morning drive
to the Marseilles Abbaye St- Victor, visit pilgrimage to
the Black Madonna, short break then drive to the Ste Maries
(13H00) and lunch there.... Stay in Ste Maries upto late afternoon, then drive to the Logis
de France near Le Grau
du Roy, where we will stay 1 night in a superb
Day12: Wednesday 21 - Drive to St Remy (Nostradamus) for the
whole day. Then, late afternoon drive back to the Hotel
evening dinner in Nice...
Thursday 22 - Free day in Nice. End afternoon Closing Ritual at St- Jean
Cap Ferrat Black Madonna (Dragon's tail...) and Farewell
dinner in Nice. Possibility of a Chod Rituals Concert with
Musicians and Lamas invited...
Friday 23 - Depart Nice back to USA, (or further Retreat
Option at Valcros?)
Day15: Saturday 24 - Possibility of late departure and
other flexible Options...
5~7 DAYS RETREAT: Caer Sidi, Seven
to Valcros Retreat Practices in " Music, Sacred Arts &
Therapy ", including Shamanic Healing and Divination
Rituals (chants, prayers,
meditation, cleansing and rejuvenation practices: in
sacred sites, such as St Trophisme, or the Valcros Solar Fortress.
Further details are provided upon request, the final
details of such a program being entirely based upon the
targets and agenda of the participants (flexible)...
Registration Caer Sidi 2009
days in advance)
- Without Airfare:
Valcros Caer Sidi 14 Days (Chateau de Valcros) :
- Caer Sidi 14 Days (Option Hotel
Bain in Comps) : 3,400
Valcros Caer Sidi Retreat (5~7 Days Valcros) :
Deposits for Reservation
CAER SIDI Tour
2009 Deposits comprise both a Reservation
Guarantee for the experts planning purposes and a
Registration (Inscription ), per se, namely of Euros: 100 plus 400,
for total Deposit = 500/ , as hereunder :
Deposit for Reservation
2009 (as soon as possible...):
100 Euros - (*)
Deposit for Inscription (min 6 months in advance): 400 Euros -
This research program requires long-term booking &
Deposits are of course fully included in total price, above.
be transferred in one or two instalments, as per
It is duly expected that
participants to CAER SIDI 14 Days Study&Tour, and following
Retreat Option, may have accordingly different transport schedules and/or may
request for more personalized lodging conditions. We want to emphasize that this
programme is fully flexible and remains based upon each person
resources, needs or requirements. All issues will be fully answered to during
the Registration process, on a person to person basis.
- Full Room & Board in Hotel/Guesthouse (***) and/or in
Retreat Center Valcros (**). Lodging is on basis of twin rooms and
full board scheme, during 14 or 21 days, as per the Option chosen
(double occupancy / full meal dinner 1Xday evening,
continental breakfast, plus picnic lunch at noon during
drives/treks). Single supplement: Euros 50 per each
day of individual room occupancy.
- All minivan transportation in/around the Verdon and Aude
Keltic/Templars powerplaces, incl. sightseeing Nice/Riviera,
as well as for most logistics.
- Prices also include all meetings, seminars and retreat,
and introduction guidance to the Tsa-rLung and Shamanic
Sacred Arts Practices.
_Fees Do Not Include
- Fees for your European (Schengen) Visa
- Loss of or damage to Luggage/Personal Property.
- Travel and Medical Insurance expenses
- Loss of personal items, passports, etc…
- Any transportation or lodging costs being due after the
client’s 14 or 21days chosen option complete duration
- Other meals other than those provided in the above
stated Agenda &
Terms of References
This Customized Field-study tours is
organized for a group of minimum 5 persons (pax), or more at no extra cost in
Verdon Canyon Gites/Hotel/GH, Valcros and Nice Hotel (***).
Local transportation to/from airport & around areas is included, using upto 8 passenger mini-vans/cars;
as well as local guides and seminar
teachings as quoted above.
Discount conditions extended only to
relevant cases being researchers, scholars, Dharma
practitioners and continuing education courses and does not include approval on
all of the tour
costs arrangements, to be discussed on a case basis. However CAIRN
are open to everyone!
I. Price of Tour:
Send deposits (Reservation + Inscription) of Euros: 100 plus 400 = 500/
The Euros: 500 deposit is
to be made namely to R W Leon / CAIRN CEO at a Swift Code Bank
Numbers or by Western Union Money Transfer at the address in
Nepal, UK or EU, which will be
provided to you at the time of your registration. In case of early
deposit, would RWL still be in either UK, Nepal, India or
Tibet TAR China (-re: where Euros cash foreign currency exchange are
unattainable, as per local regulations), the allocation is
to be made using " WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER " simple
modalities. Related receipt and registration documents will
immediately be provided to you.
Price is same whether
transfer is made by check, Western Union, Swift Code or
Payments Euros : 500 deposit secures your space.
1/2 of balance of payment due by 60
days before tour.
Remaining 1/2 of balance (full payment) due by 30 days before tour.
Euros: 50 late payment fee added if
payments not made by due dates (Euros: 50 for payment not
Refund is minus Euros: 100
fee to be made if cancellation is emailed/postmarked
by 30 days prior to departure. If
cancellation postmarked between 30-15 days prior to departure Euros
: 200 is
non-refundable. If cancellation postmarked between 15-03 days prior to departure,
emailed/postmarked under three (3) days from departure there is no
We strongly recommend travel and
health insurance, which enables you to recover
all deposits if you need to cancel
the trip due to illness or death. Please contact
if you want details on this
insurance. No partial refunds will be given under
unused hotel rooms, meals, or sightseeing trips.
The number of
places is limited and is offered on a first come first serve
be made, complete with payment, by deadline given on registration
is a cultural immersion and
communication gateway for traditional healing practitioners
experiential training, development studies academic research,
and postgraduate and doctorate student exchange, based in KTM
CAIRN is particularly proud of its 20
years daily experience with Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan NGOs,
its reputed academic collaboration in Asia, Europe USA and
Canada, as well as of the quality of its Supervision Board,
Research Consultants and integrated Cultural Immersion &
online learning infrastructure.
It offers selected online courses and
field-research resources focused on the Himalayan region
current development priorities, as well as specializes into
curriculum development in selected research niches,
through practical and theoretical knowledge in building :
Applied Psychology to Counselling, HRD/HRM Capacity Building,
Humanitarian Intervention, Clinical Anthropology, Prospective
Health Anthropology and Tibetan Traditional Healing
is offered without discrimination. Our services operate
according to the EU, UK and Canada Code of Ethics for those
advising international students. Our International Student
Advisory Service meets the strict rules and standards of the
Immigration Services of Canada, USA, the UK, Belgium and EU
Official Visa Sections (Consulates or Embassies) in
CAIRN operates as
a confidential Education
personal project oriented coaching to any prospective student
or trainee, from the start of your
project’s first Biodata
its final implementation. This serves the general purpose of
both clearing the academic accreditation file and provide
Students advisory board
screening information to applicants,
including on the difficult issues such as visas, file
and e-learning support options.
Services (EU-NGO) is
projects academic exchange program, with cultural immersion
options, e-learning and communication gateway for Asian and
Western postgraduate researchers and professional continuous
education trainees (mature students). It offers an open menu
of options of selected online courses and field-research
resources, focused on the one side on Asian LDCs development
priorities. Cairn Academic
offered one-on-one by appointment only. Cairn
Euro-Asian Network increases opportunities for internships,
field-research and online studies within an international
dimension and selected international experts.
Caer Sidi is a personalized
development research program only and is always offered
one-on-one by appointment.