2018 Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage Scholarship


September 13 – 17, 2018 | Award: $425 | Application Deadline: July 22, 2018



The Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage: Recovering the Sacred is a spiritual and intercultural learning experience drawing from Celtic Christian and Native American Wisdom. Through the ancient spiritual practice of pilgrimage, we seek to recover our inherent and sacred connection to all living things. Our walk together will be an act of resistance. We will explore our unique, generative, and creative response to the dominant and violent forces of our time that perpetuate our disconnection. Guided spiritual practices will invite each pilgrim towards restoration of harmony and right relation with self, Creator, neighbor, and the planet.

This pilgrimage route meanders along the Pacific Coast Trail in Northern Oregon, USA, and traverses approximately 35 miles of seaside foothills, sand dunes, coastal rainforest and expansive breathtaking beaches. Beginning with the rising of the sun in the morning, our group will walk 10-15 miles each day by way of trail, beach, and brief roadside walking.

For more information about this pilgrimage, please click here.

Scholarship Application Process

Please note there is a $10 application fee to be paid at the time your application is submitted.

The award amount for this scholarship is $425. Successful scholarship applicants will be required to pay a $50 registration fee. The scholarship award and registration fee together cover meals, lodging, transportation from Portland, OR to the coast and back, guided walking, and program.

To apply, please complete our online application and have a mentor, teacher, or spiritual leader complete an online reference form.

Applications and reference forms must be submitted by July 22, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status by August 6, 2018.

Please have medical history information available for filling out the application to help us ensure that selected participants are physically and mentally able to complete this pilgrimage. Please be aware that the co-leaders of this trip practice spiritual accompaniment, have experience leading wilderness trips, and are certified in First Aid but are not medical or mental health professionals. A brief phone interview is also required once the application is submitted. All selected participants will be required to provide proof of insurance and emergency contact information and sign Heartbeat’s Release and Indemnification Waiver and purchase travel insurance (if not included in current policy).

Please note that we only consider applicants with significant financial need for scholarship awards.

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Additional Costs

  • Books (participants will be required to read Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by John Philip Newell and  Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimerrer prior to pilgrimage as a primer for our learning)
  • Necessary gear to complete packing list (see complete list here)
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Portland, OR