Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    22-28 September - Emerson College

    (29 September -Travel day)

    30 September - 5 October - Chartres Cathedral, France


    Full course tuition and all materials:  £970*

    Early-bird rate applies before 31 March 2020: £873

    (Limited conc. available upon request)​


    *For prices for accommodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the 'BOOK STAY' link below.



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SHORT COURSE: From Genesis to Revelation: Chartres cathedral, Story and Sacred Geometry

SHORT COURSE: From Genesis to Revelation: Chartres cathedral, Story and Sacred Geometry

Join Roi Gal-Or & Daniel Docherty on a unique pilgrimage, a quest of marrying the timely with the timeless; a journey where the incredible, ancient stories built in stone and shining through stained glass will be re-enlivened. 

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 at Chartres.

We invite you to join us on a unique pilgrimage, a quest of marrying the timely with the timeless; a journey where the incredible and ancient stories built in stone and shining through stained glass will be re-enlivened. 


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 ...


Course Programme

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.

See preliminary schedule (subject to change) below ..

Each day will include Sacred Geometry and Storytelling practices alongside other artistic activities such as drawing, painting, modelling ... We will also learn a repertoire of 'Chartres' songs. {Evening activities will be offered during our time at Emerson College}

22-28 September (26 Sept. Rest day and/or Self-directed study)
Emerson College Campus and surrounds
Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

9:00-12:30 Morning session​; 12:30-14:00 Lunch;
14:00-17:00 Afternoon session; 19:15-21:15 Evening activities

29 September
Travel day

30 September - 5 October
Chartres Cathedral, France
(Morning, afternoon and evening activities/sharings to include time for exploration,
rest, digesting and spontaneous happenings!)

(30 September) 14:00 Meet outside Chartres' Royal West Portal

5 October
12:00 Conclusion and Goodbyes​


Reflections from Chartres, Story and Sacred Geometry 2019 course/pilgrimage:

'This explorative journey was a mystical experience - a process of gentle yet inspirational transformation. With simple geometrical tools we explored the mystery of number, the language of philosophers and poets, the wisdom of stories, the artistry of sculpture and the songs of mystics to deepen our insights into some of the spiritual laws that would open our hearts and minds to the wonder of Chartres, a book of life. Walking this journey from the seen to the unseen world, through the visible to the invisible via the material to the immaterial with fellow seekers was a journey of healing, reweaving the dust-covered tattered remnants of Lady Philosophia's imperishable gown into a sparkling garment of radiant new life. It was a journey where each participant contributed to a wholesome web of intimate, mutual relationships sharing insights and wisdom and reconciling change and timelessness so that the intelligence that has fallen from heaven to earth, as depicted in the majestic architecture of Chartres Cathedral, can be penetrated more deeply and offered back, renewed with radiant life, to the gods. It was a journey I am deeply grateful to have walked. Thank you for such a joyful experience.' - Heather Peri


About The Teachers


Roi Gal-Or

Roi Gal-Or is an internationally acclaimed performing storyteller and workshop leader publicly recognised for his unique playful and profound way of teaching storytelling over the last 17 years. Roi is co-founder of the International School of Storytelling based at Emerson College, England. He teaches the use of storytelling in service of the environment education, healing, peace and reconciliation. Roi works with the power of stories and the imagination to inspire connection and social transformation, foster vision, possibility, community and personal development.




Daniel Docherty 

Daniel received his MA in Sacred and Traditional Arts in 2004 under the guidance of Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant (Prince's School of Traditional Arts - London) . He has subsequently undertaken extensive research into how the arts/sciences of the ancient quadrivium (Number, Geometry, Music and Cosmology) inform and underpin the world's manifold cultural traditions. Daniel's teaching practice is based at SAOG Studios, Emerson College (an educational initiative that he co-founded with Kira Orsak in 2015); he also regularly leads courses and lectures internationally.