Journeys

Travel in the Style of 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.

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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.

Discover Pilgrimages

The Islands and Highlands: Pilgrimage from Orkney to Iona

The Islands of Scotland are as diverse as the UK itself. From the Nordic past of the Northern islands to the Gaelic speaking Hebrides, from Neolithic Orkney to the Celtic center of Iona, from the mountainous highlands to the lush lowlands, from peppery haggis to ocean fresh mussels, the diversity of Scotland is surprising and inspiring. We create space for you to allow your inner landscapes to be nurtured and stretched by the majesty and depth of the natural and cultural landscapes you’ll discover here. 

Limit: 15
Available: FULL – waitlist

Contemplative Ireland: A Celtic Pilgrimage

The spiritual riches of Ireland await you in what many call “the best time of year in the Irish countryside.” After the tourists have gone and the Irish people settle into their fall routines, the inner riches of this remarkable landscape open up to the thoughtful visitor. We begin our pilgrimage in Co. Meath in the historic Boyne Valley, travel to the western seaside town of Sligo, down the west coast to set sail for the Aran Islands, following the Wild Atlantic Way to the Dingle peninsula, and then winding our way through the center of Ireland to Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes. This will be our 23rd time to lead a group on pilgrimage to Ireland. We’ve learned much, and have developed life-long friendships along the way. This pilgrimage usually fills a year in advance.

Limit: 20
Available: FULL – Wait List

Portugal and Galicia: 20th Anniversary Celebration Journey

Special Invitation Celebration. Open to those who have traveled with us before. Please contact Brad for more information and a brochure.

Highlights:

  • 14 days and 13 nights.
  • Designed to relax and enjoy the culture, food and wine of Portugal and Galicia.
  • Our typical small-group size. The single supplement amount is significant. Spouse or companion is welcome to join you.
  • A hands-on traditional cooking class in the fishing village of Moaña, Galicia with a local chef learning about their Coastal seafood/fish cuisine. 
  • Two boat trips. One on the Douro in Portugal and one on the Ribeira Sacra in Galicia.
  • Brad will be including ways to allow your camera to become part of your life’s contemplative practice.
  • We’ve invited a few wonderful guides to join us along the way. 
  • 4 and 5* hotels, including former monasteries and one spa-style hotel which includes a 1 hour thermal-spa experience per person. Bring your bathing suit.
  • With the exception of the first hotel, all hotel stays are at least 2 nights and sometimes 3.
  • All breakfasts and many special meals including a unique Michelin-star tasting menu in Vigo the last night.
Limit: 20
Available: 6

The Way: A Walk-Ride Pilgrimage Across the Camino

The Camino Frances across northern Spain is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in Europe. Part of a network of “Caminos” criss-crossing the Iberian peninsula leading to the cathedral City of St. James in Galicia, the Camino provides geography, beauty, culture and history that expands our hearts of challenges our bodies. Since studying classical guitar in Spain in his college days, Brad has been to Spain many times and has been on and off the Camino for nearly 40 years. 

Limit: 15
Available: 2

Southern Spain: A Pilgrimage to Andalusia

The depth and complexity of Spain’s rich history come together in a soul-expanding way in Andalusia. Indigenous, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine, Muslim, Christian and modern influences combine to make this a particularly meaningful and popular Illuminated Journeys experience. Spain’s unique art, music, food and wine are celebrated as we go.

Limit: 20
Available: 10

Southern Spain: A Pilgrimage to Andalusia

The depth and complexity of Spain’s rich history come together in a soul-expanding way in Andalusia. Indigenous, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine, Muslim, Christian and modern influences combine to make this a particularly meaningful and popular Illuminated Journeys experience. Spain’s unique art, music, food and wine are celebrated as we go.

Limit: 20
Available: 9

Contemplative Ireland: A Celtic Pilgrimage

The spiritual riches of Ireland await you in what many call “the best time of year in the Irish countryside.” After the tourists have gone and the Irish people settle into their fall routines, the inner riches of this remarkable landscape open up to the thoughtful visitor. We begin our pilgrimage in Co. Meath in the historic Boyne Valley, travel to the western seaside town of Sligo, down the west coast to set sail for the Aran Islands, following the Wild Atlantic Way to the Dingle peninsula, and then winding our way through the center of Ireland to Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes. This will be our 24th time to lead a group on pilgrimage to Ireland. We’ve learned much, and have developed life-long friendships along the way. This pilgrimage usually fills a year in advance.

Limit: 20
Available: 9

The Way: A Walk-Ride Pilgrimage Across the Camino

The Camino Frances across northern Spain is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in Europe. Part of a network of “Caminos” criss-crossing the Iberian peninsula leading to the cathedral City of St. James in Galicia, the Camino provides geography, beauty, culture and history that expands our hearts of challenges our bodies. Since studying classical guitar in Spain in his college days, Brad has been to Spain many times and has been on and off the Camino for nearly 40 years. 

Limit: 15
Available: 15

Contemplative Ireland: A Pilgrimage

The spiritual riches of Ireland await you in what many call “the best time of year in the Irish countryside.” After the tourists have gone and the Irish people settle into their fall routines, the inner riches of this remarkable landscape open up to the thoughtful visitor. We begin our pilgrimage in Co. Meath in the historic Boyne Valley, travel to the western seaside town of Sligo, down the west coast to set sail for the Aran Islands, following the Wild Atlantic Way to the Dingle peninsula, and then winding our way through the center of Ireland to Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes. This will be our 25th time to lead a group on pilgrimage to Ireland. We’ve learned much, and have developed life-long friendships along the way. This pilgrimage usually fills a year in advance.

Limit: 15
Available: 15

Portugal and Galicia: 20th Anniversary Celebration Journey

Special Invitation Celebration. Repeated from 2020 by popular demand. Open to those who have traveled with us before. Please contact Brad for more information.

Limit: 20
Available: 4

Ancient Landscapes: A Pilgrimage to the Republic of Georgia

The Republic of Georgia, nestled between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea in the Southern Caucus region of Central Eurasia, has been at the crossroads of humanity for thousands of years. With an ancient language, early Christian culture and the oldest wine-producing history in the world, this small country will surprise and delight you. Brad and Rita have good friends in Tbilisi who have become close colleagues over the past 22 years. Brad has a particular interest in the spirituality of the Orthodox tradition and has been to Georgia many times.

Limit: 15
Available: 15

Contemplative Ireland: A Pilgrimage

The spiritual riches of Ireland await you in what many call “the best time of year in the Irish countryside.” After the tourists have gone and the Irish people settle into their fall routines, the inner riches of this remarkable landscape open up to the thoughtful visitor. We begin our pilgrimage in Co. Meath in the historic Boyne Valley, travel to the western seaside town of Sligo, down the west coast to set sail for the Aran Islands, following the Wild Atlantic Way to the Dingle peninsula, and then winding our way through the center of Ireland to Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes. This will be our 25th time to lead a group on pilgrimage to Ireland. We’ve learned much, and have developed life-long friendships along the way. This pilgrimage usually fills a year in advance.

Limit: 15
Available: 15
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