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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Refugee Response: Heartbeat Announces $5000 Grant to Annunciation House

Ruben Garcia, Annunciation House Founder

Ruben Garcia, Annunciation House Founder

“When I speak to congregations, everybody understands the gospel meaning of welcoming the stranger.”  So said Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, when I spoke to him last week. While the moral imperative to welcome the stranger is clear in the abstract, it is often difficult to put into practice for many.  Father Garcia has been welcoming migrants and refugees for nearly 40 years at his center in the heart of his downtown El Paso, at the geographic center of the U.S.-Mexico border.  The humble building on a triangular lot has provided shelter to more than 100,000 migrants.  Today he considers the political climate chilling and our immigration system increasingly unjust with devastating consequences to families.

About a month ago, Annunciation House was receiving roughly 1,000 refugees a week; that number has slowed to a trickle.  The U.S. has moved to a detention model for many asylum seekers, and Annunciation House usually receives migrants who have recently been released from detention.  Mexico is ill-equipped to handle the global refugees that continue to pour into their country headed north, after a trek across the Central American jungle, often through as many as eight countries.

We at Heartbeat are concerned with the global refugee crisis, which according to the U.N. Refugee Agency saw numbers of displaced people reach a global high in 2016, surpassing even the numbers from World War II.  The Refugee Fund  that we established last year in honor of John Philip Newell’s father has already funded a group of students who set up solar charging stations on the island of Lesbos.

Annunciation House

Annunciation House

Today, we announce that Heartbeat is providing a donation of $5,000 to Annunciation House in El Paso as they continue their refugee work, meeting not only the immediate needs of individuals and families, but advocating for a humane response to the plight of migrants and fighting against the rampant misinformation that is informing recent policy decisions in the U.S.  While this amount is nominal based on the needs of this organization (food, diapers, clothing, formula, maintenance), we hope to challenge others to support this important work.

We recognize the plight of migrants worldwide, we celebrate the universal human family, and we say to those who are coming here fleeing war and violence, “We Stand With You” and “Estamos con ustedes!”

Vanessa Johnson, Treasurer for Heartbeat

El Paso, Texas

To support future initiatives responding to the refugee crises, please make a contribution to the William James Newell Refugee Fund.

2017 Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness with John Philip Newell

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Join us April 4-6, 2017 for an experiential time of learning, prayer, & chant rooted in the Celtic vision with acclaimed Scottish teacher, Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell at the beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. 

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John Philip Newell

This is the second annual gathering of the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, to nurture a community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. Open to all, both to those who attended the first gathering in 2016 and those who wish to explore. Teachings will focus on the central themes of Celtic Spirituality, the sacredness of the earth and the human soul. And practices will concentrate on sustainable contemplative disciplines for individual wellbeing and collective healing.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip Newell, followed by meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the last evening to celebrate our time together.

Located in the Northern Rockies of Colorado,  The Shambhala Mountain Center is a peaceful retreat nestled between breathtaking mountain views. The event will be held in the main lodge with plenty of space indoors and outdoors for quiet reflection, and space to converse with old and new friends. We will gather at 4pm on Tuesday, April 4th and conclude after lunch on Thursday, April 6th. Space is limited so register soon!

Lodging options

Rates include retreat program fees, meals, lodging, and use of the Shambhala Mountain Center facilities. Due to accommodation constraints, all attendees are required to stay on-site. Click here for more information about the rooms at the Shambhala Mountain Center. Click here to register.

$418 – Lodge Dorm, shared room, twin bed, shared bathroom 

$494 – Lodge Double, shared room, queen beds (2), full private bath (enter roommate requests under “special requests”)

$534 – Lodge Single Monk, private room, full size bed, shared bathroom

$618 – Lodge Single (price for one guest), private room, full or queen size bed, private bath

(You may add up to one additional person to the Lodge Junior Suite for $284)

$726 – Lodge Junior Suite (price for one guest), private room, queen size bed, full private bath

(You may add up to one additional person to the Lodge Junior Suite for $368)

Registration instructions:

1. Enter your personal information

2. Select lodging option – you may register up to two people for the “Lodge Junior Suite” or the “Lodge Single”. After selecting either of these options, please fill out the guest information portion of the form and select the corresponding lodging option. “Lodge Double” is single registration only but you may request a roommate, or we can assign a roommate with a similar gender.

3. Enter your payment information via Paypal (select pay with debit or credit card if you do not have a Paypal account) or send a check to:

Heartbeat 
5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
 

REGISTER NOW

 
Questions? For event related questions, please contact Jan Silverstein at rjrace@earthnet.net. To inquire about registration, please contact Ben Lindwall at ben@heartbeatjourney.org 
 

Scholarship Funds Available

*DEADLINE PASSED FOR 2017. PLEASE WATCH FOR APPLICATION NEXT YEAR*

Are you in need of financial assistance? Our generous donor community has contributed funds to help people attend the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness.

Heartbeat has six $318 Scholarship Awards available to go towards food, dorm room lodging, and program fees. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event as well as the remaining registration balance of $100.

Apply by filling out the online application and have a letter of reference sent to Ben Lindwall (ben@heartbeatjourney.org) by December 14, 2016. Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by January 9, 2017.

REGISTRATION BEGINS TOMORROW!

Click here for more information.

Scholarship Application | School of Celtic Consciousness

90d20100-b1d7-40cc-a772-eb2287f21b07Are you interested in attending the 2016 School of Celtic Consciousness with John Philip Newell in Estes Park, Colorado to deepen your spiritual journey and enhance your efforts towards healing and transformation in the world?

Fill out the online form by clicking the link below and have a letter of reference sent to Ben Lindwall (ben@heartbeatjourney.org) by January 7, 2016. A Heartbeat Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by February 1, 2016.

The $275 Scholarship award goes towards food, bunk room lodging at the YMCA of the Rockies, and program fees. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event as well as the remaining balance of $124, payable to Heartbeat after awards are announced.

Apply Now

 

School of Celtic Consciousness | John Philip Newell | Estes Park, Colorado

90d20100-b1d7-40cc-a772-eb2287f21b07Join us May 17-19, 2016 for an experiential time of learning, prayer, & chant rooted in the Celtic vision with acclaimed Scottish teacher, Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell at the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.

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John Philip Newell

This will be the first gathering of an annual event to nurture a community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. Teaching will focus on the “Spring Source” that rises within all things. Practices will concentrate on sustainable contemplative disciplines for individual wellbeing and collective healing.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip, focusing especially on teachings from the Celtic tradition, followed by meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the last evening to celebrate our time together.

Located near Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado, The YMCA of the Rockies is a peaceful retreat center nestled between breathtaking mountain views. The event will be held in two large, modern cabins with plenty of space indoors and outdoors for quiet reflection, and space to converse with old and new friends.

REGISTER NOW 

Lodging options

Individual rates include retreat program fees, meals, lodging, and use of the YMCA of the Rockies facilities. 

FULL   $399 Bunkroom w/ attached bath, upstairs level in Reunion Lodge

FULL   $399 Bunkroom w/ attached bath, main level, Barclay Lodge

$499 Queen bed, shared room, full private bathroom, main level, Reunion Lodge

FULL   $499 Queen bed, shared room, full private bathroom, upstairs, Barclay Lodge

$549 Single bed, private room, full private bathroom, main level, Barclay Lodge

With space available for only 40 participants, we encourage you to register as soon as possible

REGISTER NOW    |    APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP    |   CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Questions? Contact Ben Lindwall (888) 310-7770 or ben@heartbeatjourney.org

Minneapolis Pilgrimage for Change

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This summer Heartbeat will be bringing J Philip and Ali Newell all the way from Scotland to Minneapolis (August 1-3) for a weekend of contemplative practices, growing in awareness, and some open-inclusive-universal-grounded storytelling and teaching.
What Philip and Ali do is unique because they draw from the early Celtic world— a distinct Christian spirituality which grew outside the boundaries of church empire with a deep mystical connection to the created world. It provides an inclusive platform for relationship with other faith traditions, earth-honoring spirituality, and engaging injustice in our world. But most importably for me, when I’m around these gentle and sweet people, I actually feel like the world could get better.
Philip and Ali’s teaching/storytelling will be complimented by a lot of local interfaith talent: music from Stefan Van Voorst, a Native American sacred sites tour with Mohican leader Jim Bear Jacobs, and an afternoon prayer experience at a nearby synagogue with Rabbi Amy Eilberg. There will be time set aside for meditation, tai chi movement, yoga and of course Happy Hour fellowship at Brits Pub.
We’ve partnered with a few spirituality centers and congregations in the area to make this event affordable: $100 (approx $350ish value). And if that seems like a stretch, you can easily apply for a scholarship (more details on that soon). For those with children, we’ve got childcare available for an additional $20 (10 yrs and younger).
So will you join us? More details and registration can be found at www.pilgrimageforchange.com
Lastly, will you help me spread the word? Please consider forwarding this on to others who may be interested and letting them know about the event.
Hope you can make it.
Cheers,
Ben Lindwall
Executive Director I Heartbeat
ben@heartbeatjourney.org | cell: 612.309.9872