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What is pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a ritual journey with a hallowed purpose. Every step along the way has meaning. The pilgrim knows that life giving challenges will emerge. A pilgrimage is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey during which significant change takes place. New insights are given. Deeper understanding is attained. New and old places in the heart are visited. Blessings are received and healing takes place. On return from the pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.

Macrina Wiederkehr,
Behold Your Life, p. 11

Why do people go on pilgrimage?

  • Some are seeking inspiration.
  • Some desire a new perspective, a change of mind.
  • Some are studying various spiritual paths.
  • Some are seeking ways to reverse the destruction of life on the planet.
  • Some are learning methods of meditation.
  • Some are deeply questioning their life's purpose.
  • Some are committed to the idea and practice of pilgrimage.
  • Some are purifying their hearts, confusion giving way to clarity.
  • Some don't know why they are making a pilgrimage, but are following
    feelings and intuition.
  • Some want the time and setting to concentrate on a particular subject,
    or put into practice
    religious instructions they've already received.
  • Some are doing penance.
  • Some are helpers, cooks, drivers, etc., or are accompanying another on
    her/his pilgrimage.
  • Some want to be in harmony with the natural world.
  • Some want the exercise of walking on a mountain or through a pasture.
  • Some are curious or wish to observe.
  • Some need to get away from their routine.
  • Some are spiritual adventurers, or just like to be on the road.
  • Some want to calm their minds and find peace.
  • Some are singers and are looking for something to sing or write about.

What are you longing for?


Our lives are filled with moments of brilliance often overlooked. Meaningful travel illuminates those moments. 


An affirmation that our life is a journey both inside and out.

Outer action - Inner meaning

Through the exploration of outer landscapes we uncover deep and soulful inner meanings. With intention the outer action of our journey can be filled with inner meaning. 

What is unique about an Illuminated Journey's pilgrimage?

You are invited to join us not as a tourist, but as a pilgrim. Along the way you will be encouraged to approach each experience with contemplative awareness and each sacred site with care. Time will be given for learning, integration, meditation and interaction. As we journey together, we will focus on major themes in the spiritual tradition of each country we're in. Time will be spent exploring how those themes can be integrated into our lives.

Optional meditative sessions will include such things as the music of the Taizé community, Mandala work, journaling, small group interaction, discussions with our leaders, indigenous music and prayer.

Because registration is typically limited to 15 participants, group size will encourage personal interaction in style and content.

Often, we will be joined by local specialists, mythologist, artisans, musicians and storytellers to share experiences and offer guidance to us. There will always be opportunities for interaction.

We are confident that your journey will be a fulfilling one. We have gone before you, having traveled to each country many times to meet with those who will join us as we go. We have visited the sites on our schedule, and have personally chosen the retreat centers, accommodations and meals. You are assured of a complete and well planned journey.

Illuminated Journeys pilgrimage experiences are designed to help you reach deeply into the spiritual tradition of each destination by exposing you to the most profound examples of each of the themes and providing time to reflect on those themes, places, and people.


For More Information Contact Brad Berglund


Illuminated Journeys

8273 E. Davies Avenue      Centennial, Colorado 80112

Toll free: 877.489.8500      Phone: 720.489.8073

www.illuminatedjourneys.com      brad@illuminatedjourneys.com

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