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"Illuminated Journeys takes the time to ensure that each
 pilgrim understands and experiences the inner
 contemplative awareness of the outer sacred journey.
 Brad's passion for pilgrimage is contagious."

 A middle school teacher,
 Denver, CO

An author, spiritual director and retreat director, Brad has a degree in theology (Eastern Theological Seminary) and music (classical guitar - Conservatory of Music, UMKC and the Royal Conservatory, Madrid) and has completed the program for spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently, he holds two positions: Director of Illuminated Journeys, an organization devoted to the spiritual deepening of individuals and churches through the practice of pilgrimage and retreat leadership, and The Threshold, a weekly contemplative experience in the style of the Taizé community.

Rita Berglund, MA is a Psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor serving individuals, children, couples and families in many ways. She serves as a therapist, adjunct professor at Naropa University and Iliff School of Theology, spiritual director and retreat leader. Rita is the author of "An Alphabet about Kids with Cancer" and sees life as a sacred and creative adventure filled with amazing possibilities for each person. 

Click here to learn more about Rita's work as a psychotherapist:

Rita Berglund, MA


A personal note: The devastating diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor in Rita and Brad's four-year-old son Brandon brought a new understanding that all of life is pilgrimage, a journey into the unknown. Brandon died in 2009, twenty years after his diagnosis. The pain, unexpected joy and depth of that 20-year experience became an odyssey of the heart for the whole family and eventually led Rita and Brad to this work as spiritual directors and pilgrimage guides. Illuminated Journeys is in its 21st year.

Rita was privileged to be interviewed in January, 2020 by our friend Marlena Fiol for her wonderful podcast series. www.marlenafiol.com If you are interested in listening to the interview titled: “Finding the Courage to Embrace Life After a Son’s Death” click here


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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