The Pilgrim Ways was established in response to the outcry of friends and family who were seeking an opportunity to step away from the soul-crushing demands of daily life to gain some divine perspective. We do this by organizing walking retreats to historically-significant sites in Christendom.
What is a walking retreat?
The purpose of a walking retreat is to withdraw from ones’ daily routine to seek God with greater intentionality. And if the journey is to a place of spiritual significance, it could also be considered a pilgrimage. In faith a pilgrim seeks an expanded meaning about self, others, creation or God. It can lead to personal transformation, after which the pilgrim returns to daily life with fresh perspectives, new priorities or even reordered values.
We lead walking retreats on ancient ‘ways’, or trails, on which tens of thousands of people over the centuries have experienced God profoundly or heard His voice afresh. These paths pass through stunning landscapes soaked with local culture, steeped in history and infused with the sweetness of nature.
But we do more than organize trips to inspirational environments; we design programs for spiritual transformation within the Christian tradition. We want people to experience time-tested pilgrim ways of life, daily practices that will contribute to abundant living. Besides hours of solitude and silence walking across forested valleys and misty mountaintops, you will have the option to participate in morning meditations and evening reflections with like-minded travelers.
We limit our cohort size to ten people to maximize the opportunity for authentic conversations. Our trip leaders are experienced spiritual directors, coaches or otherwise trained in Christian spiritual formation. Rich conversations flow freely on the trail and while sipping wine during three-course meals.
Nothing is forced; you will choose the extent of your involvement. We understand that every person has his or her own journey. Our goal is to simply set a beautiful table with delectable dishes that you can enjoy in your time.
Our desire is to create a space in the supernatural wonder of creation where you can encounter God and experience personal transformation. Come and experience ancient ways and discover paths of life.