About Our Pilgrimages
“Literature is no one’s private ground; literature is common ground….Let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves.” - Virginia Woolf
Reading, writing, walking, intention and ritual will shape each day of our trips. We will try to live attentively, open to what Virginia Woolf calls “moments of being”. We will have reflection questions and rituals both new and ancient to accompany us on the hard work of trying to live meaningful lives.
WHAT WE MEAN BY SACRED
By treating a book, or a practice like "writing" & "walking" as sacred, we mean three things:
Faith: Faith in something does not mean we understand the thing to be perfect - either in construction or moral teaching - but that it is worthy of our attention and contemplation. A guiding principle is that the more time we give to the subject the more blessings it has to give us.
Rigor and ritual: Sacred texts are often read slowly and with concentrated attention. Through our rigorous engagement of meditative reading, writing and walking practices, we believe we can deepen our understanding of the object itself and of the ways in which it speaks to our lives.
Engaging in community: Sacred texts are read and reread, questioned and pondered by communities. Writing circles give us someone to write for. Walking together gives us strength on the hard stretches. On our pilgrimages, we aspire to build a community around the practices in which we are engaging.
Here are some of the resources that have inspired our work:
• Guigo II, The Ladder of Monks
• Simone Weil, “On the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God”
• John O'Donohue trailer on pilgrimage.