The New Chartres Academy
The Sixth Liberal Art
July 1–7, 2018
There is no limit as to what can be understood through the study of Sacred Geometry, as this science explores and explains the web of energy that creates and unifies all things.
We will have two lead faculty this year: Michael Rice and Jain 108.
Michael Rice is an internationally renowned architect from Ireland, considered by many to be the world leader in bio-architecture, which can be defined
as the art and science of designing spaces and building structures which create, support and enhance life and living systems. Winner of numerous awards, Michael
studied at the School of Architecture in University College Dublin, setting up his own Architecture practice in 1998 based in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the
heartland of Ireland, specializing in bio-architecture, sacred geometry, natural design and sustainable living. Michael has designed over 500 buildings based
on these harmonic principles, from meditation huts, to homes and community spaces of every shape and form.
Michael has studied Feng Shui, Sacred Geometry, Space Clearing, Divining, Martial Arts and Natural Healing. Michael lectures, consults and practices
internationally and aims to pass on his breathtaking knowledge to be used for design purposes and for personal and global spiritual growth. In the past
20 years, Michael has presented lectures, workshops and experiential seminars in more than 30 countries and has gained a reputation as a dynamic and
playfully enthusiastic presenter. He is a talented teacher who is able to enthusiastically present and share a combination of ancient wisdom and new
transformational information in a simple and accessible form that allows people to improve their creativity and create a better world for all.
At Chartres Michael will explain the historic usage of sacred geometry, interpret the energetic nature of our universe based on sacred geometry, and
discuss a wide range of sacred geometry topics, including fractals, the wave nature of sound, tube torus, and Platonic Solids.
Jain 108 is an international lecturer and author of 30 fascinating books, some beautifully hand-written in calligraphy, and creator of 10 DVDs exploring the
foundations of Sacred Geometry. Jain has always been drawn to the spiritual and mystical, and is fascinated by numbers and shapes. The main theme of his life’s
work is The Translation Of Numbers Into Atomic Art. He is currently teaching seasonally in Singapore where he has set up a school called The Joy Numbers
Institute. In between overseas travels he teaches hundreds of children in the Byron Bay area of Australia a highly visual content of lessons called Mathemagics.
Jain 108 of Australia has distilled the last 30 years of his research towards the re-introduction of Sacred Geometry into math curricula. 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras,
who lived contemporary to Buddha, surmised that all atomic structure was based on 5 humble and unique shapes, in the way they nested, one within the other, like
Russian Dolls. In fact, Buddha has been recorded, during one of his deep meditations, as describing the atom as 8-sided, known then as "Acta Kalapas" meaning "8 Atoms"
Jain will give you a living experience of Sacred Geometry, and present you with the keys to the next Da Vinci Codes known as the Phi Codes or 108 Codes. Jain’s work
constitutes the New Millennium Mathematics. His work is at the cutting edge of the latest developments in mathematics as we approach 2020.
Other faculty will include Ruth Cunningham with her flute, harp and voice, Apela Colorado offering invocation and dreamwork, Jim Garrison continuing
his contemplation of Pythagoras, Andrew Harvey reflecting on the Divine Numbers of Love, Karen Rivers explaining Geometrica and directing
our ritual and singing, and Banafsheh Sayyad, leading sacred dance and morning practice.
The New Chartres Academy builds upon and reinterprets the original Chartres Academy founded by Fulbert in 1006 when he became bishop of Chartres. Fulbert called his school
the Academy to indicate that he was in the lineage of Plato’s Academy founded in 387 B.C in Athens. We at the Wisdom School of Ubiquity University are privileged to be in
this lineage and to count Fulbert and Plato as the giants upon whose shoulders we sit.
Our New Chartres Academy is intended as a gathering point for a contemporary wisdom community to come together through the very same learning system that Fulbert and Plato used
— the seven Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts have their origin in ancient Egypt and were initially refined by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who organized the first four,
called the Quadrivium, comprised of music, mathematics, geometry and astronomy. Plato learned the Qaudrivium from Pythagoras and with Aristotle developed the Trivium of grammar,
rhetoric and logic.
The Liberal Arts were designed by these great thinkers as initiatory rites into the deepest truths about the universe, with each Liberal Art describing a certain essential
element of the larger whole and designed to prepare the students for both professional skills and spiritual awareness. The goal for both students and teachers was to participate
in an alchemical process of transformation leading to a deeper understanding of God and the universe manifested as an active compassionate life in the community.
Building on this foundation, the Seven Liberal Arts were brought to their highest expression by the Chartres Academy during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The seven arts
also shaped the education refined during the Renaissance and gave rise to our modern “liberal arts” education, although education today has long lost the deep spiritual
aspects of the original liberal arts. This is what the academies of Plato, then Fulbert, sought to instill and now our Chartres Academy seeks to recover and utilize as a transformational
tool for what Plato called “the enlargement of the soul.”
What makes the New Chartres Academy such a powerful experience is that it convenes in one of the most sacred sites in the world — the place which the ancient Druids, coming
to the region over 3,500 years ago, considered the most sacred site in all of Europe, full of feminine energy. Each year, the entire Celtic tribe would convene in Chartres, called
their vatican, meaning “the seat.”
This is the site where the cathedral now stands. Chartres has been a focal point for the veneration of the Divine Feminine and a center for the mysteries of healing and birth for
thousands of years, and has been considered sacred from the earliest of times. This veneration was memorialized in stone and glass in the sweeping Gothic architecture of the cathedral,
which the builders viewed as a form of sacred writing. Over 400 images of the feminine grace its walls and stained glass windows. The great mythologist Joseph Campbell called Chartres
the ”womb of the world.“ It is also known as “queen of cathedrals” by some historians, such is its beauty and perfection of form. It rivals the Taj Mahal as
an architectural masterpiece designed and built in the spirit of love.
Fulbert and the Chartrian Masters who succeeded him, following Pythagoras and Plato, understood the deep truth that the sphere of proportion and rhythm underlies the order of the
cosmos. Their genius is that they were able to represent this perfection in the cathedral they built as a tribute to this truth.
Sacred Geometry—the architecture of the universe
the sixth Liberal Art of Geometrica
This year the sixth Liberal Art of Sacred Geometry, the structure of the architectural blueprint of the universe will be the focus of study. Euclid was the master representative
of this Liberal Art, and its guiding spirit is under the aegis of Jupiter. Jupiter, carrying the principle of expansion and meaning, imbues numbers with form into a harmonic
progression of Creation. Through studying geometry, students learned the formative principles out of which the universe is constructed and endures.
Sacred Geometry is the form beneath our being that points to a divine order in our reality, that is embedded in all manifestation, from the invisible atom to the infinite stars,
in which we find ourselves at each step.
The strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snow flakes, pine cones, flower petals, diamond crystals, the branching of trees, the nautilus shell, the Sun around which we spin,
the galaxy within which we spiral, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes.
Every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes. The designs of exalted holy places from the prehistoric monuments at Stonehenge
and the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, to the world’s great cathedrals, mosques, and temples are based on these same principles of sacred geometry.
As far back as Greek Mystery schools 2,500 years ago it was taught that there are five perfect 3-dimensional forms—the tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron,
and icosahedron… collectively known as the Platonic Solids; and that these form the foundation of everything in the physical world.
The ancients believed that the experience of Sacred Geometry was essential to the education of the soul. They knew that these patterns and codes were symbolic of our own inner
realm and the subtle structure of awareness. To them the “sacred” had particular significance involving consciousness and the profound mystery of awareness, the ultimate sacred
wonder. Sacred Geometry takes on another level of significance when grounded in the experience of self-awareness.
Through the exploration of self-awareness we will enter into the mysteries of the Divine Feminine. The ancients knew geometry as the architectural structure of matter, which, in
Chartres was revered through the Divine Feminine the birth portal of existence. The Divine Feminine is the gateway to the solution we seek in a world in crisis, calling us to deeper
integration and wholeness. Special emphasis will be placed on the dark feminine, especially in its incarnation as the Black Madonna.
Robert Lawlor observes, “the implicit goal of the Pythagorean education was to enable the mind to become a channel through which the ‘earth’ (the level of manifested
form) could receive the abstract, cosmic life of the heavens. The practice of geometry was an approach to the way in which the universe is ordered and sustained. Geometric diagrams
can be contemplated as still moments revealing a continuous, timeless, universal action generally hidden from our sensory perception. Thus a seemingly common mathematical activity
can become a discipline for intellectual and spiritual insight.“
Each day will include sacred practice, an opening session, a symposium on Sacred Geometry, immersion in the cathedral, and personal time for meditation and exploration. There will be
artistic work drawing and experiencing sacred form, dream work, singing. We will have one private evening in the crypt, and another private evening in the cathedral devoted to walking
the labyrinth, accompanied by Gregorian chant.
Required Reading (for those seeking academic credit)
Michael Rice, What is Sacred Geometry
Michael Rice, The Science of Seeing
Michael Rice, Wu Wei Bioarchitecture
Robert Lawlor, Sacred Geometry: Philosophy & Practice
Jain 108, 3-Dimensional Geometry Workbook: The 5 Platonic Solids
Gordon Strachan, Chartres, Sacred Geometry, Sacred Space
Rene Querido, The Golden Age of Chartres
Peter Ellard, The Sacred Cosmos
Writing Assignments (for those seeking academic credit)
There is no Pre-Paper Assignment for this course.
Post-Paper Assignment (for those seeking academic credit)
Write 12–15 pages focused on one aspect of Sacred Geometry, weaving together content from the Geometrica lectures, the reading materials and your experiences related to sacred
number. Artistic work is welcome to supplement your paper.