Trips to Italy


Valsorda, Umbria. One of our stops on Journey to Places of the Higher Self, September 17-23, 2018

Catherine and her husband Dr. Kees den Biesen organize and lead small groups to discover the hidden wonders of Italy which holds a special place in their hearts. From 2001 to 2007, they lived north of Rome in a 13th century stone house which they partly restored. Before that Kees spent four years studying theology in Rome. They have recently moved back to Umbria after missing the people, land, and sacred light too much.

Journey to Places to the Higher Self
17-23 September 2018

Right after the 8th International Meeting at Casa Assagioli, we invite you to travel east to visit medieval churches and mountain hermitages. You will discover sacred places, explore beautiful villages and, of course, enjoy the cucina locale. During this five-day journey, you will have a chance to experience places of transcendence in the green heart of Italy – in the forest-covered  Umbrian Apennines, the home of many generations of seekers and saints of the transpersonal. We hope you can join us. For more information, see Journey to Places of the Higher Self.

Dante Trips in the Casentino

Past trips have included a small group of Dante enthusiasts who traveled together for eight days from Firenze into the Casentino. Catherine and Kees’ love of “slow travel” brought the Dante lovers to hidden churches and sacred sites that date back to the time of the Etruscans, including visits to Camaldoli Monastery and La Verna where St. Francis retired to in prayer and ultimately received his stigmata.

Dante Trips to Tuscany, Ravenna and Umbria

In May, 2018, Catherine and Kees look forward to welcoming Dante lovers who wish to deepen their understanding of Italian literature, as they delve into the writings of Petrarca and Boccaccio while staying in the beautiful town of Lucca, Tuscany.

Past trips offered by Catherine and Kees include a Dante trip to Ravenna where the great poet lived out his last days. In October 2016, they traveled with small group to Perugia and Fabriano focusing on how Franciscan and Benedictine life and saints who appear in Dante’s Divina Comedia.

To learn more about upcoming trips in 2018, please contact Catherine below or visit PoeticPlaces where you can find detailed programs (in Dutch and English) along with photos of upcoming trips.

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