Virginia Woolf: Sussex, England


May 31st - June 6th, 2020

Join Common Ground Pilgrimages and Professor Stephanie Paulsell of Harvard Divinity School for one of the most sacred traditions: a walking pilgrimage. We will spend one week walking in South Downs National Park and along the coast in Sussex, England. Allowing the space to inspire us, we will read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse as if it was a sacred text.

Throughout the trip, we will be asking ourselves: what fresh ground do we want to break in our lives? During this pilgrimage, we will think about the opportunities we have in our lives to grow and where we should focus our energies. We will think about what inspires us and where we find joy.

Each day will include some opening words from Dr. Paulsell about Virginia Woolf and her masterwork.  It will also include a substantial walk through the South Downs or along the coast with sacred reading and reflection practices. Some days we could walk up to 10 miles.

We will share our meals together, and most days will include either a museum visit (for example, Virginia Woolf's house, Monk's House) or a visit from an outside 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.



Dr. Rev. Stephanie Paulsell is the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School and an avid fan of (and occasional guest on) “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.”  The author of Religion Around Virginia Woolf, she helped lead the first Virginia Woolf pilgrimage in June 2018. She’s been reading Virginia Woolf religiously for 30 years.

What's Included:

  • Six nights in a private or shared room in wonderful countryside B&Bs

  • Vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Transportation within England from Sunday, May 31st in London until Saturday, June 6th in Sussex

  • Museum visits, private tours, picnics, and talks with local experts

  • Daily walks and programming led by School of the Wild and two Not Sorry Productions staff members

  • Customized journal

  • Time and space to reflect on your life and on a classic work of literature


  • On August 15th, we'll open for registration using the above button. Registration is first-come, first-served. Either sign up for our newsletter, where we will send out a link with the registration form, or check back here on the 15th. 

  • 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 of the trip is $4200. The rest of the payment will be due eight weeks from the day the deposit is made for the remaining $3200.

  • When you sign up through our registration system, it will act as a waitlist once the places are full. If we have a cancellation, we will go down the wait list and send out offers for the place via email as needed.

  • If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at 

Scholarship for Self-Identified Person of Color:

“In her diary, Virginia Woolf wrote, “I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not to be impeded.” Yet there are too many whose adventures are impeded by systems of oppression. Our work, then, must not be solely to free ourselves but to fight for the freedom of all. It is our hope that this scholarship will create opportunities for future Woolf pilgrims, allowing more of us the privilege of walking, reading, and fighting for our freedom together.” - 2018 Virginia Woolf Pilgrimage Alumni

Not Sorry Productions and Common Ground Pilgrimages are excited to announce a partial scholarship of $2000 for the Virginia Woolf pilgrimage (May 31 - June 6, 2020). The first cohort of Virginia Woolf pilgrims wanted to make sure that a diverse group of people are not held back by financial constraints to join this trip. Not Sorry Productions, grateful for this generosity, has decided to match their donations. To that end, we have one $2000 scholarship available for a pilgrim who identifies as a person of color.

If you wish to be considered for the scholarship, please register on August 15 at 12pm EST. No further information is needed at this time. This scholarship will cover half of the program fee for the pilgrimage, and does not include travel to/from the UK. Thank you again to the wonderful generosity of the VW alums who made this possible.

Refund Policy:

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.