THE LACONNEAU TRADITION

For over two millenia Laconneau has been a largely oral tradition of matrifocal spirituality. From its mythic origins in the Black Sea region in pre-Christian times, the Tradition's history sees its migration northwestward until its eventual appearance in the early medieval period in the Languedoc region of southern Frace around the end of the 8th century where it took root and flourished. As with many other non-orthodox communities, however, the advent of the militant Roman Church spelled the end of the Tradition as an open practice. Driven underground in the 13th and 14th centuries by the persecution of the Albigensian Crusade and the subsequent Inquisition, Laconneau survived and flourished in spite of intense and often deadly attempts to eliminate it. Carried to northeastern France by refugees from the Inquisition, the Tradition in time found new homes where it survived to continue its work. It still survives today.

In keeping with the two-fold path of Right Action and Contemplation, the Tradition stresses positive ethics and inner growth through the development of a daily practice of contemplative meditation, and physical discipline through healthy diet, a unique form of martial arts, and other rigorous activities.