Pilgrimage as a Path of Peacemaking

Kayleen Asbo with Catherine Braslavsky


Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: St. Columba's Episcopal Church & Retreat House
    12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA, 94937, United States
  • Venue: St. Columba's Episcopal Church & Retreat House
  • Cost: Sliding scale $30 - $90 for Workshop & Evensong; $20 suggested donation for Evensong only

Join us for a half-day workshop of lecture, labyrinth walking, and inner discovery as we explore the myths and legends of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France and the Camino Santiago Compostela in Spain—two sites of healing and hope throughout the centuries.  We'll explore the rich legends of the pilgrim paths of Europe, learning some of the devotional songs collected by Jewish, Islamic and Christian scribes from the courts of the 14th century King Alfonso the Wise. Our day will include labyrinth walks, music with Catherine Braslavsky from France, and an interfaith candlelit Evensong as we offer poetry, chants and prayers for peace.

Part One: 1-3:30 pm: Workshop

Kayleen Asbo, PhD, has led pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe for the past decade. She will guide us as we explore the myths of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral and the Camino Santiago Compostela—two sites of healing and hope—and concluding with our own labyrinth walk led by Lea Goode Harris accompanied by live music.

Part Two: 4-6 pm: Evensong

On the Anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings, we come together for a Memorial Evensong. Renowned musician Catherine Braslavsky from Paris will lead us in pilgrim songs, cellist Erik Levins will perform "Kaddish", and interfaith arts activists Doug Von Koss, Richard Page, Paloma Pavel and Diane Frank will offer poems and chants for peace in this ceremony of remembrance and peacemaking.

Kayleen Asbo

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is a scholar of history, spirituality and the arts who has led pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe for the past decade and presented about pilgrimage at Chartres Cathedral, Assisi, Italy, France, Scotland and Wales as well as at classes at UC Berkeley, Dominican University and retreat centers around the country. Kayleen weaves myth, music, psychology, history, art and experiential learning into her classes and workshops.

Catherine Braslavsky

Catherine Braslavsky has recorded eight albums and been a featured performer on film soundtracks and at world music festivals throughout Europe and Africa, including events at Le Theatre de Roi , Chartres Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Basilica of Mary Magdalene at Vezelay.  Catherine’s particular passion is to follow the thread of wisdom in all the world's traditions from ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic chants to her haunting original compositions using sacred texts.

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