Voie de Vézelay, Day 12



La Souterraine got its name from the crypt underneath the 12th Century Romanesque church. Even before the Romans settled here, the Celtic people venerated Sosterranea, the Goddess of the earth, at this place. Unfortunately, the crypt was closed due to renovation. Therefore, I had time to wander around through the town before the shuttle was to pick me up for Villefavard.




Market beside the church
Market beside the church




Porte Saint-Jean, 13th century
Porte Saint-Jean, 13th century




11th century church with Roman crypt
11th century church with Roman crypt



Ferme Villefavard is a farm founded in the middle of the 19th century by a Swiss Huguenot Family. It is now a center for all kinds of artistic and creative disciplines – mainly music, dance, theatre and also for creative writing. When I arrived, I immediately loved the place. It had a lot of similarities with the farm I grew up on in Austria.




The barn of the farm, now transformed into a performance hall
The barn of the farm, now transformed into a performance hall


In the right corner of the huge courtyard, there were two little Zen gardens. This was my favorite place to stay.



Rock garden of Villefavard
Rock garden of Villefavard




Walkway from “La Solitude” to the farm
Walkway from “La Solitude” to the farm



Beside rooms in the farm building, there were different houses where guests could stay.

I stayed in a house called “La Solitude.” In the living room, there was black grand piano where I loved playing my own music notes at times when nobody could hear me.



La Solitude (photo taken by Kevin Moulon)
La Solitude (photo taken by Kevin Moul)










At the farm, only a few people where present. Trains were on strike and many participants got stuck in Paris. For me, this day was a day to rest and adjust to a new environment.



Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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