This centre is located in the Languedoc, south of France in the small hilltop village of Escales. The village is protected by a conservation order due to its famous church built by Charlemagne in the 8th century. Building is strictly controlled to protect the villages’ historic character.
The Canal du Midi, now a world heritage site, flows 5 kms away. For centuries the village would have been a resting place for pilgrims. Indeed, the word Escales translates as ‘a stopping off place’ or haven.
During the 12th and 13th centuries a spiritual revolution was taking place in Europe. The Cathars courageously followed the true gospels of Christ and were ruthlessly persecuted by the Catholic Church.
The Cathar community was centered in the Languedoc and the numerous fortresses which provided them with sanctuary are found in the area surrounding the property. The Knights Templar were also active in the area.
The Languedoc has a rich history of spiritual and intellectual innovation brought about by the continual cross fertilization of different races and religious faiths.
Escales is within easy reach of 5 airports with the farthest being Toulouse an hour away. The Mediterranean sea is 30 kms away as is the medieval city of Carcassonne. The main railway line runs 6 kms from the village as does the major motorway.
From the UK, Easyjet fly into Toulouse (1 hour away), Ryanair fly into Carcassone (20 mins away)
London to Escales takes 11 hours by train and 12 by car. Barcelona and the ski fields of Andorra are 3 hours away.