Camino Peace Pilgrimage with Ben Lindwall and Mohamed Kiari

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7 – 15 April 2018

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 2018 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, and 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 marketplaces.
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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

7 – 15 April 2018

We will begin in Edinburgh, Scotland with an evening meal together on 7th April at the home of John Philip and Ali Newell, flying to Spain on 8th April, then walking the Camino Del Norte for six days, from Santander to Ribadesella, and returning to Edinburgh on 15th April. Participants will need to arrange their own travel to Edinburgh for the beginning of the pilgrimage. 

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General Scholarship (space for four participants in total)

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, or advisor fill out the online reference form by 8 February 2018. We will notify successful candidates by 15 February 2018. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Non-scholarship (space for four participants in total)

Successful applications 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 fill out the online reference form by 8 February 2018. We will notify successful candidates by 15 February 2018. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Scholarship for University of Edinburgh Students (space for six participants in total)

Successful applications 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 fill out the online reference form by 8 February 2018. We will notify successful candidates by 15 February 2018. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

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 Ribadesella and Gaudi House in Comillas
  • 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)

Extra Costs:

  • All non-students will be required to pay a $10 application fee which will be invoiced through PayPal
  • Individual travel insurance
  • Lunch each day: $8 / €6 / £5 per day for a total of $56 / €44 / £35 for the week
  • Equipment: 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 and 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 co-led by Ben Lindwall, Executive Director of Heartbeat, and Mohamed Kiari, a 2015 Camino Peace Pilgrim.

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

 

photo3Mohamed pursued a BSc in Engineering in his home country, Libya, between 2001 and 2006, where he graduated with Honours. After that, he traveled to the UK for postgraduate studies where he obtained an MSc and a Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. During his time at the university, he was an active member of the Edinburgh University chaplaincy, and he helped in organizing events in support of interfaith dialogue. Mohamed currently works as a structural design engineer in an engineering consultancy. He works and lives in St. Albans, UK.

“In Arabic, the word ‘travel’ means to explore and discover. My journey with El Camino pilgrimage in 2015 was an incredible experience of learning and discovery. The pilgrimage brought us togehter from a broad spectrum of cultures. We shared our wide diverse faiths and spiritualities. Every day a new story, a new perspective, and a better understanding. We have found a unity in our diversity. We started the journey only knowing each other’s names, but by the end of our walk we were like brothers and sisters.” – Mohamed Kiari

 

Photos from previous Camino Peace Pilgrimages

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