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From Genesis to Revelation:
Chartres, Story and Sacred Geometry

7 – 18 June 2023

(7 – 12 June at Emerson College; 13 – 18 June at Chartres)

£970 Full course fee incl. all tuition/materials 

(Board and travel to be booked separately)

Join Daniel Docherty (SAOG Studios co-founder and senior tutor), Roi Gal-Or (International School of Storytelling co-founder) and guests, for this inspirational course to be held at Emerson College, UK. The culminating six days of the programme will take place in and around the Cathedral of Chartres.

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 that 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 Chartres related 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. 



We may have 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  £110 p/p each-way.

Train travel is another good option and if booked in advance comes in around the same cost and travel time as car and ferry.

When Eurostar open their Summer 2023 bookings we will advise course participants wishing to travel ‘en masse’ which trains to book!


Click ‘Book Place’ to book your place on the course.

7 – 12 June – Emerson College, Forest Row  – Click ‘Stay at Emerson’ to view the accommodation/meal options for you here at Emerson College  from  7 – 12 June.  Please note, rooms at Emerson are allocated on a first come first served basis. Alternative accommodation can also be found locally.

13 – 18 June – Chartres

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-£75 p/night. 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 us with any questions or for further assistance …sacredartofgeometry@gmail.com or roigalor@gmail.com



Further Information

07 June 2023
to 18 Jun 2023


Emerson College
Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX United Kingdom