October 22-November 2, 2022
The ancient practice and ceremony of Pilgrimage is found throughout the world.
The Way of the Beloved Pilgrimage is open to seekers from all spiritual traditions who hear the call to Pilgrimage.
We will walk approximately 86 miles along the ancient Camino Frances, which traditionally starts in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port in France. We will pick up the route in Spain and continue through the Basque Country, Castilla & Leon, and Galicia, where we complete our journey in Santiago de Compostela and Finesterre, the "end of the Earth".
Our route is walked by over 300,000 pilgrims a year.
We each come to Pilgrimage with our unique intention. More than an extended walk along a prescribed route, Pilgrimage is an ancient Rite of Passage that leads us to a new or renewed sense of self, purpose, or perspective. Walking over time and long distances is part of the wisdom of pilgrimage, connecting us with our interior landscape.
We gain clarity for the path that lies ahead, and embody our new way of being.
We create, tranform, and expand into our Purpose.
Role of the Guides
At day's end, what you glean from your pilgrimage arises from your inner wisdom. As your Guides, we draw upon our varied spiritual expertise to provide you with an interpretive framework, or container, to guide and listen to you as your new story unfolds.
On Pilgrimage, we leave our everyday world behind, severing ties with what is not needed in the service of our intention. As you prepare for Pilgrimage, you will be guided to create an intention statement which you will share with your guides and fine tune during your preparation phase.
What do you need to bring? What will you carry on your back? We encourage you to travel lightly during the pilgrimage portion of your journey and consider bringing only what serves your "why?"-- your intention.
We hold Pilgrimage as a Ceremony, a Rite of Passage which you enter into the minute you feel the tug to Pilgrimage.
Ordained into the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), Charis has served as congregational leader, contemplative guide, mission trip and retreat facilitator, and Camino de Santiago pilgrim and guide (the picture above was taken on the Camino). An adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College, Charis also teaches philosophy, world religions and sustainability studies.
In 2021, she completed the InnerMBA Certification, which intertwines mindfulness practices, neuroscience, and conscious leadership skills. Renewing her commitment to transformational, contemplative, embodied experiences like the Camino de Santiago, she is stoked to be guiding with Maria - and, hopefully, walking with you.
Read more about Charis here.
Maria is a certified Transformational Wilderness Guide, Nature Connected Coach, and Soul Guide. Through the elements of ceremony, Maria helps you see your sacred spirit-bond with all Beings. With Nature as the co-guide, she offers Eco-based awareness and mindfulness practices that guide your understanding of what is revealed as you walk your path. As Guide, Maria helps you incorporate this wisdom into your new life story.
Maria is a Spanish native and past pilgrim on the Camino. She is excited to co-facilitate this pilgrimage with Charis (whom she met on the Camino!)
Read more about Maria here.
You are about to embark on an ancient journey of Pilgrimage that dates back to pre-Christian times. Millions of people have been beckoned by a deep longing to become a "peregrino", to walk simply on the Earth carrying only what they need on their back.
The Camino is a Rite of Passage, begging the questions:
What compells you to leave the comforts of your home, family, friends and community to embark on a physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging journey?
You will go to a unknown land, get tired, your toes will blister, and you'll sleep in strange beds.
Is there is a longing in your heart and soul that is nudging you to adventure into the unknown,
Tap into this longing with curiosity.
Get clear on your "why". Set your intention.
Once you commit to this shared experience, we ask that you set this intention in writing and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q & A Zoom Calls on:
Wednesday, October 6 @ 8 AM Mountain
Monday, October 25 @ 6 PM Mountain
Pilgrim Preparation Zoom calls TBD in May, July, August, and September prior to departure
Oct 23: Meet in Bilbao (Spain) and overnight in Burgos
Oct 24-25: Getting ready and clarifying intention (Leon, Ponferrada, O Cebreiro)
Oct 26: Sarria-Ferreiros (8.7 mi)
Oct 27: Ferreiros-Lestedo (16.4 mi)
Oct 28: Lestedo-O Leboreiro (13 mi)
Oct 29: O Leboreiro-Ribadiso (10 mi)
Oct 30: Ribadiso-A Rua (13.3 mi)
Oct 31: A Rua-Santiago (12 mi)
Nov 1: Finesterre
Nov 2: Fly home
If you would like to prolong your European experience, we need to know your plans as soon as possible.
Two incorporation support calls TBD upon return from Pilgrimage.
Cost: Approx $2,100
Nov 15 2021--$500
Feb 28 2022--$800
April 30 2022--$800 (FINAL AMOUNT DUE)
Price does not include airfare. Make your own travel arrangements and arrive in Bilbao, Spain, by October 23.
Price includes double occupancy, land transport, breakfast and dinner
Plan on a minimum of $300 for personal expenses such as lunch, souvenirs, and other incidentals.
Liabilty waiver and health forms required
COVID 19 vaccine required
$500 deposit is non-refundable
50% of remaining payments is refundable through June 1, 2022
Ready to send your deposit?
The Way of the Beloved
70 Sage Meadow Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
The Way of the Beloved Pilgrimage is limited to 12 participants.
As a community of Pilgrims, you will begin to prapare for your journey by:
Your Pilgrimage will begin the moment you decide to become a "peregrino" on The Way of the Beloved.
As Guides, we will draw upon our varied spiritual expertise to provide you with an interpretive framework, or Ceremony, to guide and listen to you as your story of Pilgrimage unfolds. Every day, we will share breakfast and dinner, and have morning and evening gatherings to support your journey. We will hold space for you as your inner landscape is informed by the outer landscape of Creation.
We will stay in modest but comfortable hotels, enjoy delicious local food and beverages (you are on your own for lunch), meet other peregrinos along the way, and weave a new peregrino story.
At Finesterre, the Westernmost tip of Spain, our shared experience will end. We will end the Ceremony by the water's edge and watch the sun set on the Atlantic Ocean.
However, your journey does not end there! Charis and I will guide you into creating an "incorporation" plan to bring to birth whatever insights and wisdom you gained during your long walk.
To support you after your return home, we will have two incorporation calls to check in on how you are integrating your new wisdom into your every day.