Camino Peace Pilgrimage


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20-28 May 2017

Religion is at the heart of some of the most conflicted places of violence and hatred in our world. Peace between us as nations and the healing of the earth will be served by peace and healing between us as religious traditions.

Experience

Our 2017 Camino Peace Pilgrimage, a collaboration between Heartbeat and the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, will consist of 14 people (intergenerational) from many religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds walking 100 miles/160 km of the ancient Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route together.

Each day will include various spiritual practices (yoga, meditation, prayer), hearing each other’s stories, and about 10-18 mi/16-29 km of walking. There will also be short periods of time set aside for silence as we walk the Spanish countryside and northern coast. The group will eat breakfast and dinner at each hosting albergue and lunches will be in small-town market places.

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Pilgrims

Do you have a special interest in multi-faith spirituality, environmentalism, or peace activism? Please apply! A valid passport for the U.K. and Spain are required.

Details

20-28 May, 2017

We will begin in Edinburgh, Scotland with an evening meal together on 20th May at the home of John Philip and Ali Newell, flying to Spain on 21st May, then walking the Camino Del Norte for six days, from Santander to Ribadesella, returning to Edinburgh on 28th May. Participants will need to arrange their own travel to Edinburgh for the beginning of the pilgrimage. 

Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • Airfare from Edinburgh, Scotland to Santander, Spain (and return)
  • Sleeping accommodations for seven nights during the pilgrimage
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Bus and train transportation in Spain
  • Admission to Tito Bustillo Caves Tour in Ribadesela and Gaudi House in Camillas
  • Guided navigation on the Camino del Norte (northern route of the Camino de Santiago)
  • Complimentary copy of The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell (to be read before the pilgrimage)

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General Scholarship | Heartbeat Camino Pilgrimage (space for three participants in total)

Successful applicants will pay a participant fee of $150 (*see extra costs below).

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader or advisor send a letter of recommendation to ben@heartbeatjourney.org by 8 February 2017. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Non-scholarship | Heartbeat Camino Pilgrimage (space for five participants in total)

Successful applicants will pay a participant fee of $950 (*see extra costs below).

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader or advisor send a letter of recommendation to ben@heartbeatjourney.org by 8 February 2017. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Scholarship for University of Edinburgh Student | Heartbeat Camino Pilgrimage (space for six participants in total)

Successful applicants will pay a participant fee of £100 (*see extra costs below).

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader or advisor send a letter of recommendation to ben@heartbeatjourney.org by 8 February 2017. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Extra Cost:

  • Individual travel insurance
  • Lunch each day $8 / €6 / £5 per day for a total of $56 / €44 / £35 for the week
  • Each participant will be required to supply their own equipment (small backpack, sturdy hiking shoes, rain jacket, etc.) a packing list will be sent a few months before the pilgrimage
  • Travel fare to & from Edinburgh, Scotland (if applicable)

Expectations

The Camino Peace Pilgrimage is a physically rigorous experience. Multiple days include walking up to 18 miles/29 kilometers in a day, often with challenging elevation changes and a lot of long and steep hills. Pilgrims are expected to train extensively to prevent pain or injury while on the walk. While some of the accommodations are very nice, some include a bunk bed in a simple hostel, and a few nights include a shared queen size bed with one other person. During group sharing time, participants are sometimes sitting on the ground or floor. All participants will be required to sign a waiver release.

Interfaith Leaders

The Pilgrimage will be led by Ben Lindwall, Executive Director of Heartbeat and Fayaz Alibhai, PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh.

photoBen lives in Portland, Oregon USA where he and his family practice energy conservation in their tiny house. Ben has been leading group experiences for over a decade in various capacities. He has been mentored by John Philip and Ali Newell over the past few years and is a certified Spiritual Director. Ben has been the Executive Director at Heartbeat since 2013, working with people from all over the world to advance a vision of healing, transformation, and peace. Coming from an evangelical Christian background and now like many of his generation, Ben considers himself spiritual without any formal religious membership. He and his wife Jen have two young children.

“A pilgrimage is always an opportunity to be re-born. I’ve seen and experienced the power of leaving behind the safety and comfort of home on a quest for deeper understanding, awareness, and connection. The act of moving our bodies, moving our feet gently upon the earth in unison can be a kind of soul-march. It reminds us of our true identity, our oneness, and creates liminal space to hear and know our calling. In co-leading this pilgrimage I hope to cultivate an environment for each of us to learn and grow.”  -Ben Lindwall

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fsa pic for CaminoOriginally from Kenya, Fayaz pursued a BSc in Psychology and a BA in Religion at the University of Florida between 1995 and 1998, where he graduated with Honours. Aside from a graduate degree in Islamic Studies and Humanities, he has an MSc in Social Anthropology from University College London (UCL). Fayaz is currently in the final year of his PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He and his wife and daughters live in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Pilgrimages are inherently transformational journeys of the spirit for those undertaking them. Walking the Camino demonstrated its additional potential for igniting hope and developing the kind of mutual understanding about faith, belief and practice that extends beyond the individual to the level of communities and the wider societies within which we live. In co-leading this pilgrimage, I hope to play a part in addressing issues of trust and religious illiteracy not only in the misperceptions of my own faith of Islam, but also of the great spiritual heritage of the Abrahamic traditions as a whole.”  -Fayaz Alibhai

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Photos from the 2014, 2015, & 2017 Camino Peace Pilgrimage

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