Walking Quest Blogs


Places, thoughts & tools for the pilgrimage journey

Oct 19, 2021

Trudging

Sometimes the journey just feels heavy, and it's all you can do to keep trudging on...

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Oct 14, 2021

Art Pilgrimage: Lost in Sight

Lost in Sight is French-American photographer Virginie Kippelen's immersive exhibit of the endangered Flint River and its lost origins. This art pilgrimage could just as easily be called a nature pilgrimage. It "asks the viewer to acknowledge the dangerous human infatuation with controlling and managing nature to its needs."

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Oct 03, 2021

Music for the Journey

As I walk through difficult places, this speaks to me right now...

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Sep 08, 2021

The Hidden Christians of Japan

Who are the Hidden Christians of Japan? What pilgrimage can we take to understand their journey? Only a mile from Nagasaki's atomic Ground Zero...

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Aug 31, 2021

Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Tracks: Robyn Davidson's pilgrimage across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback (and why that matters)

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Aug 30, 2021

Kintsukuroi and the Healing Journey

Pilgrimage can be a journey of healing—close to home or far away. In art, kintsukuroi is a way of taking what is broken and making it beautiful…

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Aug 29, 2021

IATA Covid-19 Travel Regulations Page

Provides country-specific information on any international travel restrictions and special requirements for entry related to covid

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Aug 28, 2021

Rocamadour's Hot Air Balloon Festival

Rocamadour's Sacred Music Festival just ended, but the Hot Air Balloon Festival and Les Nuits de Nacre are coming up in September! (Chemin de Croix by balloon?)

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Aug 26, 2021

Pilgrimage in Asia

Pilgrimage in Asia is extremely easy. Sites sacred to someone are everywhere. Hindu, Buddhist, Islam, Christian, Shinto, and more...you can find it all.

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Aug 24, 2021

Covid & the Future of Hajj Pilgrimage

Robots, vaccines, and smart bracelets ... how this Pillar of Islam has been changed by a virus

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Aug 22, 2021

Pilgrimage Planning Step 8: Reflection

Where does Reflection fit in to Pilgrimage Planning? There’s a saying “Begin with..." Any intentional pilgrimage will bring many insights we never expected.

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Aug 21, 2021

Great Wall of India / Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajasthan

We looked over the ramparts of Kumbhalgarh Fort, never realizing its “Great Wall of India” is the 2nd largest in the world (or that it surrounds 364...

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Aug 19, 2021

Dilwara Jain Temples in Mount Abu, Rajasthan (India)

The thing I remember most about the Dilwara Jain Temples in Mount Abu was the delicious feel of the cool, clean marble on my feet. This pilgrimage site for...

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Aug 09, 2021

Hospitality & How to Care for Introverts

Somewhere in the space between solitude and connection lies the key to how to care for introverts. Yet so many of the ways Christians are urged to reach out…

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Aug 05, 2021

Politics, Public Health & Pilgrimage

Border restrictions may continue to impact international pilgrimage (and travel generally) ... especially if EU states reciprocate current US restrictions. What extent is responsible and reasonable for each side?

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Aug 04, 2021

Rocamadour Sacred Music Festival

Rocamadour's famous Sacred Music Festival starts on the 15th! Health passes required.

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Jul 30, 2021

Contingency Planning & Coordination: Step 7

Think ahead for some contingency planning & coordination (because you’ll nearly always forget something or encounter something unexpected). How do you…

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Jul 24, 2021

Montmartre Pilgrimage: Un Petit Pèlerinage Pendant Les Vacances

Montmartre pilgrimage: the Mountain of the Martyrs has a long history & is a great place for pilgrimage. Shining at the top is the famous Sacred Heart Basilica…

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Jul 17, 2021

Pulling Back the Broken Places

Everyone has broken places. The life pilgrimage can be hard. So often we feel like the hardness we go through pulls us apart, fractures the wholeness. How can…

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Jul 06, 2021

Holy Pilgrimage

Holy pilgrimage is like walking toward a light, shining far off. How can we find that stillness … that light shining within? How can we keep going?

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Jul 05, 2021

Camino De Santiago Reopening & Feast

If you've been itching to get out on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, you may know it just reopened 1 July. But did you also know this years' special St James Day (most unusually) falls on a Sunday?

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Jul 03, 2021

Walking Shoes: Step 6 (aka Pilgrimage Gear Part 2)

The most important pilgrimage gear item: Let’s talk walking shoes. Actually, let’s talk feet & the shoes that go on them. Because if you’re setting off...

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Jul 01, 2021

3 Weeks of Sacred Music in Rocamadour

July & August mark the Medieval Festival and 3 weeks of sacred classical music from leading European artists. It's not too early to make travel plans!

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Jun 30, 2021

Art Pilgrimage: Immersive Van Gogh

Not every pilgrimage takes you far away from your everyday world. Art pilgrimage can be the journey close to home—especially when technology puts you…

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Jun 30, 2021

What Is Pilgrimage?

What is pilgrimage? You find yourself stopping, birds singing, the world stands still—as you ask yourself this meaning-of-life question in the cheesiest fashion

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Jun 28, 2021

The Seoul Pilgrimage Route

This is the 1st Asian International Pilgrimage Site approved by the Vatican! (It probably should've occurred to me the Catholic Church had approved routes. It didn't. But it should've.) There are 3 courses available...

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Jun 27, 2021

Devotional Thoughts: Disqualified

Disqualified: That’s how it felt. And for all the wrong reasons. Christian … but not Christian enough. I’ve been walking frantic today. Feeling like...

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Jun 26, 2021

3 Reasons You Need to Seize the Day

Timing is everything & some things are worth waiting for: the right spouse, the right moment, YOU. Here are 3 good reasons to “seize the day” on pilgrimage…

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Jun 25, 2021

Step 6: Pilgrimage Gear

Pilgrimage gear: Once you know your journey and your options, it’s time to decide what equipment you’ll need to take with you on that path.

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Jun 25, 2021

The Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome

What do the Emperor Hadrian and papal Rome have in common? Answer: the Castel Sant’Angelo ! Find out how a mausoleum-fortress becomes a place of pilgrimage.

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Jun 20, 2021

My Cup Overflows : A Father's Love

Sometimes pilgrimage is a wounded wandering toward a Father’s love. It’s not what we think of when we consider God’s intention toward us. Yet my cup overflows…

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Jun 17, 2021

Step #5: Pilgrimage Resources

Digging through pilgrimage resources … the easy-for-you next step after the physical, the spiritual, the "why" & the "where." Here are some links...

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Jun 16, 2021

Music for the Journey: Prodigal

Prodigal, "a song about drifting, seeking, and coming home" sung by Calvin Gan of Awaken Generation.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 Amazing Paris Cathedrals & Churches

There are definitely more than 5 amazing Paris cathedrals to include in your pilgrimage journey. These are 5 big ones—a couple not on the typical lists.

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Jun 11, 2021

Trial by Combat in Rocamadour

Hollywood descends on a medieval pilgrimage town. Set in the time of the Hundred Years War between France & England, a mad king uses trial by combat to decide a knight's guilt or innocence.

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Jun 11, 2021

Pilgrimage Devotional Thoughts: Image of God

Does it matter how we view the image of God? Regardless of race, place, religion, or beliefs—we’re all made in the image of God! How does that change…

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Jun 07, 2021

Pilgrimage Planning Step #4: Finding Your Place

It’s time for Step #4 of my 8-step pilgrimage planning process—the fun job of figuring out where you’re going once you’re done with Steps 1-3!

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Jun 05, 2021

American Cemeteries in France

Normandy’s WWII cemetery is rightly famous. But there are many American cemeteries in France & more pilgrimage sites you (probably) didn’t know about!

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Jun 03, 2021

Abundance from Ashes

My nephew is dead. Only 32. It seems right the sky opened up to pour tears the day I stopped to light a candle for him...instead growing abundance from ashes.

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May 25, 2021

Palmetto Trail / Peak to Prosperity Passage

I’d been eying the Palmetto Trail sections for a while. And when I saw Prosperity Passage, with old train trestles & tree tunnels, I knew I’d found the one.

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May 24, 2021

When Going Apart Is Part of Community

Sometimes going off alone serves the community you love. Who’s done it & why does this kind of pilgrimage matter?

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May 22, 2021

Pilgrimage Destinations

Pilgrimage destinations are all around. They aren’t a thing of the past & don’t belong to any one faith. There's one for you—sacred, historic or meaningful.

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May 20, 2021

Step #3: Inner Preparation for Pilgrimage

We don’t just carry with us the weight of our backpacks and bodies. What we carry in our minds & hearts travels with us. Inner preparation for pilgrimage...

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May 18, 2021

Reason for Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is more than just a hike. The reason you’re going makes a difference in how you prepare yourself and what you decide to take with you.

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May 17, 2021

Picpus Cemetery

Picpus Cemetery is the resting place for 1,306 people executed during the Great Terror of 1794. It most famously houses the remains of the Marquis de Lafayette.

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May 12, 2021

Via Francigena

The Via Francigena pilgrimage path winds over 2000 km from Canterbury to Rome – past war memorials, cathedrals, vineyards, and mountains…leaving borders behind.

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May 12, 2021

Pilgrimage in Europe

Whether you go on pilgrimage in Europe for transformation, or walk the paths for your own reasons, there is no shortage of pathways winding across borders.

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May 10, 2021

Physical Preparation for Older Hikers

Even if you’re in pretty good shape, a long pilgrimage can really stress your body. Physical preparation for older hikers is essential to a good pilgrimage

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May 09, 2021

The Question Behind Everything

“Everyone is always asking only one thing: Will you love me?” In the mistakes we make. The damaging words. What we tolerate. It’s a journey toward love

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