The Guild is currently offering two opportunities for sacred travel: one to Iona and one to Assisi.
Pilgrimage to Assisi:
In the Footsteps of Francis & Clare
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FRANCIS & CLARE is an immersion experience in Assisi, Italy — a unique opportunity to contemplate your own spiritual path in companionship with beloved Saints Francis and Clare.
The retreat highlights their life events, spirituality, and writings, explored through talks, meditations, and practices, including questions for contemplation. These help encourage the kind of listening that prompts deeper understanding of your personal story and the ways in which it is woven into the universal story; the ways in which your being touches and impacts all other being and matter; and the ways in which all things are in relationship with each other.
On this pilgrimage, you are invited to nurture body, mind, and spirit by living into the wise ways of Francis and Clare. In doing so, you can call forth what is deepest within you and begin to express that outwardly, within and around the medieval city of Assisi.
PRACTICING THE PAUSE — HOLY CURIOSITY
Pilgrimage to Iona. August 12-21, 2022
This Pilgrimage to Iona
This Pandemic year challenged all of us to change our routines and expectations. For some, that meant isolation and more time for reading, movies, house organizing, hobbies, walking. For some that meant, days of being ill and/or dealing with the fear and anxiety of becoming ill, or caring for a loved one who was ill or newly isolated in an elder care facility. For some that meant learning to work alone from home or navigating an on-site job with new rules, regulations and protective gear. For some it meant learning a lot of new technology in order to stay connected to worshipping communities, book groups, family and friends. For all us, some change in what was once considered the routine day-to-day activity of life, needed to be re-negotiated and re-navigated. For many of us there was little time to ponder the changes that were swirling around us as individuals, a nation, and a global community.
Pondering the changes, losses and revelations of this past year will be essential to our growth and well-being. Paying attention to all that emerged in these months will help to guide us into new ways of being in community together. This is not a time to long for a “return to normal” but a challenging opportunity to imagine moving into “a new normal.” This call to new imagining, is a process that will take more than the next few months. Just as it will take scientists years to gather the data that will lead to greater understanding of how viruses function, it will take the human psyche time as well, to process the changes being called forth.
You are invited to a time of pilgrimage; to a time of processing, holding and listening to all that bubbled up during this pandemic year and to what is yet to emerge. You are invited to a place of pilgrimage; to a place that has been receptive to the human spiritual, meaning making quest for centuries; a place that invites the intention and attention needed to reveal where we are being called to extend ourselves and our thinking out into the world. You are invited to an act of pilgrimage; to lay aside a need for answers, and allow curiosity, yes, even holy curiosity, to nurture and nourish your spirit. Please plan to set aside time to join us on a Pilgrimage to Iona in the summer of 2022. The hospitality of this wee island community will care for your physical needs, and the gifts of sea, sky, stone, and sun will nurture your spirit.