The program will focus on creating an environment for reflection in order to deepen your connection with God. This retreat is open to people of every demographic. A typical day will look like this:
Morning: Pilgrims usually rise shortly after daybreak to enjoy the crisp morning air. We will begin the day with a short facilitated meditation on the inspirational theme for the day followed by an orientation for the hike ahead. Breakfast will then be on your own, based on your own needs and desired departure time. The morning will be spent walking, with rests and lunch along the way.
Afternoon: After walking 4-6 hours (averaging 25 km each day), you will arrive at your overnight destination sometime in early to mid-afternoon. Everyone is permitted to walk at their own pace, with or without a companion. Afternoons will be spent showering, resting, journaling or doing laundry. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to debrief the day with the group over drinks, if desired.
Evening: You may choose to eat dinner with our cohort, a smaller group, or on your own. Afterward, there will be an optional brief meditation before bedtime.
The program above describes a typical day and the opportunities that will be available to you. While we hope you will participate in some of the group sessions to enrich the experience of others, it is not required because we realize that every person’s pilgrimage is unique. Each person comes with different questions, hopes and needs. We want to respect and honor where each person is at. The intent of the program is to provide a basic rhythm that pilgrims can follow as desired.
The Kerry Camino
The Kerry Camino is the path pilgrims from all over Ireland would walk in order to catch a boat to A Coruña in Spain where they would continue their pilgrimage on foot to Santiago de Compostela. As you follow in their footsteps, you will be traveling through an area which was home to St Brendan, also known as Brendan the Navigator. In the early 6th century he used these coastlines as a base from which he set sail to spread the word of God in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. It is also widely believed that Brendan was the first European to reach America.
The trail – which is a segment of the greater Dingle Way – begins in the town of Tralee in the west of Ireland. The route passes through Gaeltacht areas (Irish-speaking), making it a wonderful place to discover authentic Irish culture and music. The route is also recognized as one of the most scenic walking routes in the country. With breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of Kerry, the walk will bring you through areas of stunning natural beauty populated by small villages with friendly locals. Your final destination will be the town of Dingle, once named “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic.