Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pilgrimage and Story

I gave a talk on pilgrimage at Emory and Henry College, in which I pulled on the string of thought that pilgrimage is a trail we walk shadowed by a story.

I heard someone say or write something similar recently, and liked it in terms of putting our life journey into the context of a larger story that we are part of, and in which we find meaning.

The problem with it is linear: not all journeys are linear, and same with stories.

Also: how does  one understand the multiple levels of how a story, and a pilgrimage, affect us? 

Finally: is it my story that tells me who I am, or am I the writer of the story? Is it possible that the story is unfolding and not complete?

Buen camino!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Calling all pilgrims!

Come one and all!

Come with us on pilgrimage!

Hi Pilgrims! St. Cuthbert's Way calls you to come and walk to Lindisfarne on this holy trek. Six pilgrims have signed up! Six openings left! Come and walk the way of St. Cuthbert to Lindisfarne, England, a.k.a., "The Holy Isle!" Pilgrims will meet on the night of Sat., May 24, at Melrose Abbey, and end on Thursday, May May 31st on Lindisfarne. This is a 65 miles, or 13 miles a day. The cost for this pilgrimage, which includes tents (tents with cots, tables, chairs and lights!) and 3 meals a day, plus transportation of our materials is $990. Trail Trekkers will provide the tents and meals along the way. There is room for 6 more pilgrims! Any questions? Ask Brett Webb-Mitchell, Director of the School of the Pilgrim,, or visit:
Buen Camino!

Friday, February 7, 2014

St. Cuthbert's Pilgrimage! 5 Signed Up, and 7 Spots Left!

Five people have signed up to walk the way of St. Cuthbert to Lindisfarne!  7 spots left!

Here's the info again:

St. Cuthbert's Way Pilgrimage is happening! Half way towards being filled! Six more spaces open! The pilgrimage is from May 25-31, and is a pilgrimage between Melrose Abbey and Lindisfarne in England. 6 nights, five days walking, with an extra day to process the pilgrimage in Lindisfarne, a.k.a., the Holy Isle. If you are interested in just Melrose Abbey and Lindisfarne, and/or Melrose and Lindisfarne, along with Iona as well, let me know! Email me at:, or 919-444-9111.

Here's the schedule:
Night 1 (Sunday) - Melrose

Day 1 (Monday) - Three Abbeys in one day
Melrose to Jedburgh (passing Dryburgh Abbey - resting place of Sir Walter Scott - on the way)

Night 2 (Monday) - Jedburgh

Day 2 (Tuesday) - Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm

Night 3 (Tuesday) - Kirk Yetholm

Day 3 (Wednesday) - Kirk Yetholm to Wooler

Night 4 (Wednesday) - Wooler

Day 4 (Thursday) Wooler to Beal (passing St Cuthbert's Cave en-route)

Night 5 (Thursday) - Beal

Day 5 (Friday) Beal to Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Night 6 (Friday) - Beal