How physically active will we be on this pilgrimage? Will I be walking the whole time?
This pilgrimage is designed to offer the best of both worlds: time to linger at sacred sights and in contemplative repose, as well as daily walks along the pilgrimage route. Pilgrims are invited to walk for a portion of each day. Distances range from 2.5 miles to 7.5 miles along gentle terrain. On any given day, a pilgrim can skip the walk and travel in the bus to that day's destination, and wait for his or her companions there. Alternatively, a pilgrim can begin the day's walk, and if they cannot continue they can take a taxi to that day's destination (the cost of the taxi is not included in the program fee). Distances are not great, but you should be in good health. International and domestic travel can be taxing, and SDI has done its best to design the schedule with your well-being in mind.
What kinds of contemplative practices can I expect? This journey's itinerary includes several opportunities to participate in mass or chapel services. All these experiences are optional. Throughout the pilgrimage we will share sacred time together designed to deepen our own faith. Each day pilgrims will be invited to do one hour of silent walking, and spend some time in silent meditation in the afternoon at each destination, as the daily schedule allows. Guided prayer and the possibility of personalized spiritual guidance will be available from time to time. Optional Eucharist is available almost every day.
Do I need to be a member of Spiritual Directors International to join the journey?
No, you do not need to be a member of Spiritual Directors International to join the journey. We ask only that the contemplative nature of this journey ignite your heart and spirit, and that you be eager to explore its spiritual and historical dimensions.
Where should I fly into and out of?
The journey begins on September 3, 2021 at 5:30pm in the Bilbao Airport (BIO). Some travelers may choose to fly into the Barcelona airport (BCN) and then travel independently to Bilbao. A private bus will be provided from there to the Azpeitia Jesus Maria for the group introductory meeting and evening mass.
The journey ends after breakfast on September 13 in Barcelona. You may want to consider extending your journey to include other sites in Spain or Europe.
What should I pack?
Weather in September in Spain is usually quite pleasant and can be hot. A detailed packing list will be provided after registration.
What if something happens before the journey begins and I am unable to participate? Can I get my money back?
The $500 deposit is an administrative fee that secures your space in this intimate journey and is nonrefundable. There are no exceptions to the refund policy. The agency that we work with in Spain requires that you obtain travel insurance to cover financial losses from any personal emergencies or other events that require your cancellation. You are responsible for reading your policy and understanding what it covers.
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