Coach and retreat leader, Michael Warden, explains beautifully why the wilderness is a place of encounter. Rather than empty and silent, a retreat into the wild explodes with life-giving messages beyond words. Everyone will hear something. We just have to make ourselves available.

Click on the photo above for his beautiful photography and compelling essay. Check out the link below for more information about the type of retreat Michael is developing. Check back frequently for updates.

Walking retreats on the Camino de Santiago in Spain

This feature-length documentary is an up-close and personal look into the dynamics of a life-long friendship between two best friends – Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray – as they travel the 34-day, 500-mile Camino de Santiago across mountains, deserts, hills and valleys. The story begins with Patrick answering the invitation to push Justin in his wheelchair across the Camino Frances and explores the struggles related to Justin’s rare neurological disease. The parallel paths of Patrick’s experience on the Camino de Santiago and Justin’s life journey come together in a singular moment to reveal something unexpected. The film’s beautiful cinematography captures an intimate portrait of an epic journey and explores the true meaning of friendship, generosity and vulnerability. It’s a one-of-a-kind documentary chronicling their Camino pilgrimage which will resonate with viewers craving stories of faith, hope, love and the power of community. Their trek in 2014 captured the imagination of the world and was featured in the Huffington Post, The Meredith Vieira Show, Der Spiegel and many other outlets.

The video below provides an 18-minute overview of their epic journey accompanied by a compelling TED talk.

Interested in creating your own pilgrimage? Check out the Spain page at

Janet wrote a wonderful summary about the Camino experience. If you want to know more about what it’s like, and its potential outcomes, she does a nice job articulating what it’s like for so many people. You can read her post here: