Pilgrimage as a Journey of the Heart

Monday, July 31, 2017 to Friday, August 25, 2017

Pilgrimage is a spiritual practice for nearly every major religion of the world. For some pilgrimage means to journey to a place where holiness is apparent, or where some kind of divine and human encounter took place. Some describe the experience as a search for spiritual depth or moral significance, while others search for a path towards freedom. Some pilgrims are directed towards specific destinations, such as a dwelling place of a saint, or a holy place that evokes prayer and reflection. For some the passage is symbolic of the journey of a soul to God, and primarily an internal experience of alternative sacred geography. Others describe pilgrimage as a threshold experience that points to a new reality. Pilgrimage is so common to human experience that the practice has recently been proposed as a new Jungian archetype.

"Pilgrimage as a Journey of the Heart" will bring you e-mails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for four weeks. They will introduce you to different ways to reflect on pilgrimage, offer spiritual practices to try, and help develop an awareness and appreciation of how pilgrimage is part of your own life. The course includes the following:

  • 12 detailed e-mails with background information, quotations, illustrations, and suggestions for additional resources;
  • Selected spiritual practices related to pilgrimage for inspiration and reflection;
  • An opportunity to participate in a one-hour teleconference with retreat leader Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook (date to be announced), with a recording available afterwards for those who cannot attend;
  • A Practice Circle forum open 24/7 for sharing and receiving feedback from an international community of pilgrims along with guidance from the retreat leader.

Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, an Episcopal priest, is vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty, and professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology, and professor of Anglican studies at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, California. Her award-winning book, Pilgrimage — The Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart (Skylight Paths, 2013) was named one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013 by Spirituality & Practice. Kujawa-Holbrook speaks widely on pilgrimage. Among her other recent books are: Hildegard of Bingen. Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic — Annotated and Explained (Skylight Paths, 2016) and God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Congregations (Pickwick, 2014).