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Barefoot Talks -Unlocking the ancient wisdom inside you; by Catherine de Courcy – Author of Montségur- A Novel

March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


I am  delighted to host the Author Catherine de Courcy as our latest Barefoot speaker. Last summer I spent a couple of days reading her first novel called Montségur. I simply couldn’t put it down, and feel sure I was meant to read this book exactly when I did. I was so moved by the powerful story and felt a deep connection to my ancestral healing gifts and experienced an energetic shift because of the story. This went on to have a beautiful ripple effect. I then went on to read her very personal story – ‘An adventure in grief’. Her honesty and courage is quite simply inspirational. Since then it has been a total pleasure connecting with Catherine by phone and I am thrilled that she is bringing her story and her story telling ability to The Barefoot Sanctuary where you and I will get to meet her in person. I hope you might experience a similar shift.

So on this evening we will explore -Healing with help from 13th century French heretics (the Cathars)

In 2000 Catherine de Courcy’s husband, John, a Vietnam veteran, committed suicide at their home outside Melbourne.  Heartbroken, the Irish writer and historian drew on many healing therapies in Australia and later in Ireland to rise through debilitating grief.  In 2009 she published ‘An adventure in grief’ and with humour and love, talked about John, his descent into post-traumatic stress disorder and how the complex combination of therapies helped her.

By now a Reiki master, she began researching the history of the 13th century Christians of southern France who reputedly had links to the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  In 2011 she moved to the French Pyrenees to immerse herself in their story.  She read extensively, spending time on the peak of Montsegur in all weathers, staying in a Cathar cave, and meeting mystics who passed on information about these deeply spiritual people.  She learnt about the stone they all carried with them as an outward representation of their own souls.  As she was drawn deeper into their story, she developed a sense of their way of being and found her own residual grief dissolving.

In 2017, Catherine published a book, ‘Montségur: a novel’, a love story set in 13th century France that weaves through it her knowledge of the Cathar people.  She continues to write and contribute to radio and television on other subjects in her areas of expertise, including the history of zoos and of elephants.
As always we will open the evening with some refreshments and Ailey Maes Chocolate at 8pm and the talk will commence at approximately 8.15pm. After the talk you will have a chance to talk with Catherine and she will be selling signed copies on her books.


Please note to regular attendees- The talk will be a later start than normal so that we can work around the times of the Autogenic training a course that is running in the coaching room from 6-8pm.

Ticket are available via the paypal link at a reduced price of £12.00 . Remaining tickets subject to availability will be sold on the door for £15.00

I do hope to see you there.


March 28
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Barefoot Sanctuary
45 Melbourne Place
North Berwick, EH39 4JS United Kingdom
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