When we think of ‘pilgrimage’, we naturally associate it with a journey to a shrine or other location of importance that relates to someone’s beliefs and faith. Common pilgrimages include travelling to the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Rupandehi, Nepal; the home of the Pope and centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City in Rome; plus our local pilgrimage, the birthplace of Saint David at St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire.
Religious commitments aside, a pilgrimage can also be a metaphorical journey, into your inner self to explore your own values and beliefs and to prepare for change.
We’ve discovered a contemporary approach to pilgrimage right here in west Wales, providing the experience of a guided outer journey to a special destination, and the space for you to explore an inner journey. None of which need to link to any faith.
We spoke to Christine Smith of Guided Pilgrimages to hear more about the journeys she hosts in west Wales.
Pilgrimage to Strata Florida
Offering delightful walking through the Aeron Valley, Ceredigion, before heading up towards the rural town of Tregaron and onto the ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian Monastery at Strata Florida.
(for every full pilgrimage booked, Guided Pilgrimage will give a donation to the Woodland Trust)
Hire a guide to your chosen destination
£200-£250 per day for groups up to 12 participants. Larger groups can also be catered for (cost excludes travel expenses)
This story is part of the Life Seeker newspaper