International Forum at San Felix de Lauragaix


 12th-14th May, 2017




              In 2017 is the 850th anniversary of the first council of the Bogomils and Cathars from 1167 in San Felix de Caraman (nowadays called San Felix de Lauregais), France. At that event the Bulgarian Bogomil leader – Papa Nikita – delivered a historical speech, that turned into a call for the spiritual unification of all Bogomil and Cathar communities in Europe. On that occasion with our French partners from “Bulgares en Pays d’Autan” we decided to organize from 12-14th May, 2017 an International Forum in San Felix under the title “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity through Love”. We got the full support from the Mayor of San Felix Mr. Andre Rey who is offering us the city conference hall for the theoretical symposium, as well as the castle where the historical council took place for exhibits, concert and meetings. Renown lecturers from France, Holland, Great Britain, Slovenia, Spain and Bulgaria confirmed their participation. There are going to be 3 art exhibits of the famous Bulgarian artists Pavel Mitkov, Sarmena Stantcheva and the sculptor Asen Botev; 2 photo exhibits of Philippe Contal (France) and Ljubomir Krumov (Bulgaria), as well as a concert with Occitaine, Troubadur and Balkan music; a folk show by a Bulgarian Folk dance group from Toulouse. The brilliant French dancer Fabienne Courmont will do a dance performance in the castle.



 In commemoration of the 850th anniversary of the Cathar/Bogomil council of 1167 in San Felix to examine the council from a historical and cultural perspective and reissue in contemporary terms the main idea of the council as a contribution to the spiritual unification of Europe.




May 12th (Friday), 2017

  • During the day – arrival of participants and guests, check in the hotels near San Felix de Lauragais.
  • Location: the castle of San Felix
  • 18:30 – official opening of the forum, welcoming address by the Mayour or San Felix de Lauregais and the organizers.
  • 19:00 – opening of the art exhibit of Pavel Mitkov (Bulgaria), the sculptor Asen Botev (Bulgaria) and Sarmena Stantcheva (Bulgaria/France) and photo exhibits of Philippe Contal (France) – “The Cathar Castels at Night” and Ljubomir Krumov (Bulgaria) – “The Mystical Light of the Land of the Cathars”
  • 19:30 – cocktail party in the castle


May 13th (Saturday), 2017

 Location: the municipality conference hall (about 200 seats)

 –      09:00 – 09:25 – opening of the theoretical symposium by the Mayor of San Felix – Mr. Andre Rey and the organizers

– 09:30 – 10:05 – Mr. Peter Huijs (Holland) – “The Spiritual Mission of Niketas of Constantinople”

  • 10:15 – 10:50 – Mr. Eduard Berga (Spain) – “The Ideal for Fraternity, the Core of the Cathar Gospel”
  • 11:00 – 11:35 – Mrs. Anne Bearing (Great Britain) – “Awakening in the Holy Spirit”
  • 11:45 – 12:20 – Prof. Harrie Salman (Holland) – “The Europe of the Bogomils and Cathars”
  • 12:30 – 13:05 – Prof. Damyan Popchristov (Bulgaria) – “The Apostolic Christianity, Bogomilism and Catharism”
  • 13:00 – 14:30 – lunch break
  • 14:40 – 15:15 – Mr. Dick van Niekerk (Holland) – “Bogomils and Cathars about the key sentence of the Lord’s Prayer”
  • 15:25 – 16:05 – Mr. Guy Villeneuve (France)– “1321. The Death of the Last of the Cathar Parfait – Guilhem Belibaste”
  • 16:15 – 16:50 – Mr. Vlado Stjepic (Slovenia) – “The Grail Quest and Bogomil Tombstones”
  • 17:00 – 17:35 – Mr. Krasimir Dzjambazov (Bulgaria) – “The Historical Ties – Bogomils, Cathars, Templars”

Location: the San Felix castle

  • 18:30 – 19:00 – dance performance by Fabienne Courmont (France)
  • 19:30 – 20:30 – concert with Occitaine, Troubadour and Balcan music – participants: the French chorus “Los de l’Autan”, the French group “Per Johanna” – Christian Koenig and Francoise Crumbach (France), the Bulgarian accordionist Ivan Kara and Haka; special dance performance by a Bulgarian folk group from Toulouse.
  • 20:30 – dinner


May 14th (Sunday), 2017


Location: the conference hall


  • 09:00 – 09:35 – Mr. Pierre Gohar (France) – “The Path of the Stars: a Universal Path at the Service of Humanity”
  • 09:45 – 10:20 – Mr. David Lorimer (Great Britain) – “Cathar, Bogomils and the Universal White Brotherhood”
  • 10:30 – 11:05 – D-r Svetla Baltova (Bulgaria) – “The Sacred Geometry, known from Ancient Times, expressed in the Movements of the Paneurhytmy”
  • 11:15 – 11:50 – Prof. Jivko Jelev (Bulgaria) – “100 Years after the Prophesy of Fatima”
  • 12:00 – closing of the symposium – short speech by the Mayor and the organizers.
  • 12:45 – 14:00 – lunch
  • 14:00 – 18:00 – excursion to Montsegur

Departure of all participants


Fee for participation (payed at the beginning of the event):

For one day only – € 15

For the two days – € 20

If you want to participate, please register here.

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