Alumni Pilgrimage

Every other year (odd-numbered years), we invite alumni to join in deeply enriching pilgrimage experiences to sacred places around the world.  In years past, we have gone on pilgrimage to Ireland (2011) and Spain (2009), with upcoming pilgrimages planned to Chimayo, New Mexico (2013) and the Iona community in Scotland (2013).  Pilgrimage is an invaluable part of diverse faith development and spiritual traditions across the world.  Pilgrims walk sacred paths where other pilgrims have traveled for generations, experience authentic hospitality in communities near and far, encounter rich spiritual connectedness, and have amazing space–and beautiful views–to reflect on their own life’s purpose, direction, and calling.  Pilgrims are invited to bring and share their own stories and traditions during conversations.  As with all of our programs and services, these pilgrimages are offered to all alumni, regardless of faith tradition or perspective.  We provide an open, welcoming space and encourage alumni to use their own beliefs in discovery and analysis of their individual life’s goals and meanings.

For the first time, the Center has partnered with Turning Point Consultants, LLC, to provide two unique pilgrimage experiences for our alumni.  One of these pilgrimages is an international option to an ecumenical community in Scotland: The Iona Community.  The second pilgrimage is a domestic option with a 100-mile pilgrimage on vocation in the U.S. Southwest: Chimayo, New Mexico.  Both of these pilgrimages will be an enriching experience for all alumni participants!  To read more about the specific pilgrimage options, please read the program-specific information below.  Also, please check out the 2013 Alumni Pilgrimage video on YouTube: 2013 PILGRIMAGE VIDEO.

 

NEW!  UPCOMING PILGRIMAGE TO IONA, SCOTLAND (July 25-August 3, 2013)

Click here to download a copy of the Iona, Scotland, Pilgrimage brochure: IONA BROCHURE.

Location: Iona, Scotland

Pilgrimage Dates: July 25-August 3, 2013

Program Cost: $1700/person (includes hotels in Glasgow, train/bus/ferry fares, and accommodation, meals, and program at Iona for the 6-day/night stay on the island).  Note: This cost does not include airfare.  Pilgrims are responsible for arranging their own flights/transportation to and from Glasgow.  Program organizers will be happy to provide recommendations/advice on arranging this travel, if needed.

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2012 (recommended), or until all spaces are filled (Note: Space is very limited for this pilgrimage, so earlier registration is recommended)

How Do I Register?  Download a copy of the registration form here: IONA REGISTRATION FORM.  Registration instructions and deposit amount are listed on this form.

 

 

NEW!  UPCOMING PILGRIMAGE TO CHIMAYO, NEW MEXICO (June 2013: Exact Dates TBA)

Click here to download a copy of the Chimayo, New Mexico, pilgrimage brochure: CHIMAYO BROCHURE.

Location: Chimayo, New Mexico

Pilgrimage Dates: Est. May 30-June 9, 2013 (Exact dates for starting and ending of pilgrimage will be updated soon)

Program Cost: $1175/person  Note: This cost does not include airfare or other travel to/from New Mexico.  Pilgrims are responsible for arranging their own flights/transportation to and from New Mexico.  Program organizers will be happy to provide recommendations/advice on arranging this travel, if needed.

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2013, or until all spaces are filled

How Do I Register?  Download a copy of the registration form here: CHIMAYO REGISTRATION FORM (coming soon).  Registration instructions and deposit amount are listed on this form.

 

Do you have additional questions? If you have any questions after reading through the information on the pilgrimage experiences, please contact Rolyn Rollins, Administrative Assistant, at 864.294.2427 or via e-mail at rolyn.rollins@furman.edu.

 

PILGRIMAGE THROUGH PICTURES (2009-2011)

Below are selected pictures from previous alumni pilgrimages to Spain and Ireland, taken by alumni participants.

GROUP OF PILGRIMS, SPAIN (2009)

FERRY RIDE, IRELAND (2011)

AT THE TOP OF MT. BRANDON, IRELAND (2011)

PILGRIMS ALONG THE CAMINO, SPAIN (2009)

CLIMBING CROAGH PATRICK, IRELAND (2011)

WALKING THE TOCHAR, IRELAND (2011)