Emily Brontë: The West Yorkshire Moors, England
June 10 - 15, 2020
In June of 2020, we will be returning to Yorkshire to read Wuthering Heights as a sacred text while engaging in one of the most ancient of traditions: a walking pilgrimage. We will go to the Brontë parsonage museum, to locations that are said to have inspired sites from the novel such as Top Withens, and wander in the West Yorkshire Moors the way that the Brontë sisters did.
We will spend these days asking ourselves the following questions: is love stronger than death? What are the boundaries of the love in our life? What types of love do we hope will flourish in our lives now? What role does the love of someone who has passed away have in our lives? We will ask this question of ourselves, of each other and of Wuthering Heights. Each day will include some opening words from Vanessa Zoltan, co-host of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, and Dr. Amy Hollywood, professor at Harvard Divinity School, and local experts about Wuthering Heights and Emily Brontë. It will also include a substantial walk through the moors with sacred reading and reflection practices.
We will share our meals together, and most days will include either a museum visit or a visit from an local expert. We will have time and space for writing, reflection, reading, silence, ancient reading practices like lectio divina and PaRDes and of course, for walking.
Amy Hollywood has taught at the Harvard Divinity School since 2005. She is the author of The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995), which received the Otto Grundler Prize for the best book in medieval studies from the International Congress of Medieval Studies; Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History (University of Chicago Press, 2002); and Acute Melancholia and Other Essays (Columbia University Press, 2016). She is also the co-editor, with Patricia Beckman, of The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012). She is currently completing Don't Touch Me: Essays on Difficulty and Faith: Three Explorations in Religion, Literature, and Politics, co-authored with Constance Furey and Sarah Hammerschlag.
Five nights in a private or shared room in a wonderful country hotel: the Oakwood Hall Hotel
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trip.
Transportation within England from when we meet in Manchester until when we part in Bingley
Guided walks through the moors and dales with local experts, sometimes up to 10 miles a day
Admission to the Brontë parsonage museum, and other famous sites
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We will reach out to the first registrants with a link to make an initial $1000 deposit within 72 hours of receiving their registration link.
The total cost for a private room in $3900 and the total cost for a shared room is $3500. The rest of the payment will be due eight weeks from the day the deposit is made for the remaining $2900 and $2500 respectively.
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These trips involve a lot of planning, logistics, and up front costs. Because of this, we cannot guarantee refunds in event of a cancellation. Please be sure you can attend the event before booking. If an unforeseen circumstance does occur, we will do our best to find a replacement for you. If we are able to get someone to take your place, we will refund your full payment minus a service charge (usually 7.5% of the deposit depending on the credit card processing fee). For cancellations within six weeks of the beginning of the trip, we are not able to find replacements. If you can find a replacement independently, we are happy to transfer your registration to them after receiving the new participant's payment and refund your purchase minus a 15% service charge. We strongly urge you to purchase travel insurance in the event of a personal conflict, health issue, or unexpected circumstance.