Step #5: Pilgrimage Resources

Digging through pilgrimage resources … the easy-for-you next step after you start getting in shape, finding your “why,” spiritually preparing, and deciding where to go.

This part can be easy or challenging, depending on your pilgrimage destination, what it is you need information about ... even how good your questions are.

Destination-specific information and resources are best found in searches based on pilgrimage destination. I’ll include a few here I find particularly good or interesting, but I’ll mostly focus on general resources.

General Pilgrimage Resources

Travel, books, links & movies...


St John's Church in the Wilderness (McLeodganj, India) ... all kinds of people on a journey

Travel is opening up again, but it’s still not quite back to normal. There are some ongoing restrictions or procedures between countries that wouldn’t normally exist.  

The following links are for American travelers, but most countries have something similar to this:

Main page with links to passport stuff and country-specific international travel information. In addition to any procedures listed there, all travelers entering the U.S. currently must present a negative COVID-19 test

Books on Pilgrimage

American Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Destinations
by Mark Ogilbee and Jana Riess

Fertile Ground: A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy 
by Laura S.Jansson and Clare Freeman

Jesus: A Pilgrimage
by James Martin, SJ

Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World 
by Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshaghi

Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe 
by Derry Brabbs

Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith 
by Timothy Egan 

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred 
by Phil Cousineau

The Path You Make: A Woman’s Search for Purpose…
by Kym Wilson

The Soul Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within 
by Christine Valters Paintner

Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart & Homeland of Haiku 
by Natalie Goldberg 

Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time 
by Andrew Forsthoefel

Links on Pilgrimage

College of William & Mary Institute on Pilgrimage Studies 

Project Pilgrimage (civil rights pilgrimage)

Sacred Sites World Pilgrimage Guide 



Movies on Pilgrimage

Le Grand Voyage (with Nicolas Cazalé; French link)

Nina Conti: Her Master’s Voice (documentary, comedy 

Paths of the Soul (documentary of Tibetan villagers on pilgrimage)

Pilgrimage (with Tom Holland and Richard Armitage)

Saint Jacques … La Mecque (French language)

The Way  (with Emilio Estevez)

The Wild (with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern)

Tracks (with Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver)

Quick search tip for online pilgrimage resources...
If the search results coming back are waaaaay too broad or not-that-related to what you want, use quotation marks, +, and/or – to refine search results. Here's how!

Inspiration for the journey ...