Do you long to turn your travels and daily life into a Sacred journey?
If so, then welcome home, Pilgrim. Inspired by the practice of pilgrimage, A Sacred Journey is devoted to spirituality and intention in travels and daily life. If you’re a seeker who is prone to wander, you’ve come to the right place!
Ready to join me on this journey? Start here:
1. first things first
If you’re new to A Sacred Journey, welcome! Pilgrimage is a Sacred journey—a movement that brings us toward the Divine—and I’m so glad you’ve decided to join me on the Path of the Pilgrim. To live as a pilgrim—whether at home or abroad—all you need to do is see your life as a journey and your role as a Seeker of the Sacred, and A Sacred Journey will help you to do just that.
2. join the community
The best way to begin is to join our community of fellow seekers by signing up to receive updates below so you don’t miss a thing. When you do, you’ll instantly receive a downloadable PDF of my rule of life written with the pilgrim in mind, Pilgrim Principles, which includes seven guideposts and practices for living and traveling like a pilgrim.
You’ll also receive my monthly newsletter, which includes content I don’t share anywhere else. Here’s what’s inside:
› a letter from me
› links to recent posts all compiled in one place for easy reading
› a quote of the month with downloadable images for your desktop and phone wallpaper
› a practice of the month to help us journey together as a community
3. start exploring
From the beginning, A Sacred Journey has provided resources to help you infuse your travels and daily life with spirituality and intention. Find a collection of my best resources here. If you’re new to the language of pilgrimage (or just want to figure out why I keep capitalizing “Sacred”), then check out the Pilgrim’s Glossary of Terms here. (No verb conjugations required!)
Because A Sacred Journey focuses on spirituality and intention in travels and daily life, you’ll find posts for pilgrims both at home and abroad. Ready to dig in? Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea and curl up in your favorite chair, and start with my suggested itinerary below:
- Learn more about the practice of pilgrimage, including the history of pilgrimage, 10 types of the practice, how your journey is the pilgrim’s journey, and how you can start journeying on the Path of the Pilgrim.
- Read the firsthand accounts of pilgrims at home and abroad.
- Journey right from home through the Liturgical Calendar. (New to liturgy? Find out how it guides you on a daily journey).
- Discover what a spiritual practice is and learn 7 contemplative prayer practices to deepen your journey.
- Start journeying with intention in everyday life by creating your own morning ritual and discover how everyday circumstances (read: stressors) can be turned into times of prayer.
- Have a case of wanderlust? Find out why I think that’s a good thing and explore pilgrim destinations to add to your bucket list to aid in your dreaming. (Click here to discover my favorite place to visit and why it’s become a pilgrimage destination for me.)
- When you’re ready to journey away from home, find out how to turn your ordinary trip into a pilgrimage and us my travel tips honed from decades of international travel to help guide you along the way.
Though pilgrimage can often be a solitary affair, our journeys come alive when we gather with other seekers in shared conversation to learn from each other’s journeys and travel alongside one another as journey companions. In the fall of 2017, I’ll be launching Pilgrim Podcast, featuring monthly conversations with pilgrims at home and abroad. Be the first to hear about my next journey when you subscribe here.
That’s not all! From November 2015 through June 2016 I also joined Jenn Giles Kemper of Sacred Ordinary Days on the Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast as we journeyed together through the liturgical year. Because it’s a journey that happens year after year, these episodes are like gifts that keep on giving, and I find myself returning to them each time a new season rolls around. You can too here. (Pssst: If you’re interested in following the liturgical seasons, you want to get my popular Sacred Seasons Perpetual Liturgical Wall Calendar, available here.)
free resources & downloads
A Sacred Journey is filled with free resources to help you live and travel like a pilgrim. In addition, occasionally some of the blog posts feature free downloads, including mini-guides to enhance your journey at home and abroad.
As a lover of inspiration and a maker at heart, I’ve created a collection of handmade and designed products to inspire your journeys at home and abroad. (Fun fact: I actually have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree!) In the Journey Shop, you’ll find unique products influenced by my own journey and spiritual practice, including wearable prayer beads, essential oil bracelets, totes bearing messages to carry with you, a perpetual wall calendar guiding you through the liturgical seasons, and more.
4. go further
When you’re ready to go further, A Sacred Journey provides offerings and services to deepen your journey, including unique online courses and opportunities to work one-on-one. Learn more below.
If you’ve downloaded the Pilgrim Principles Rule of Life (get it free when you subscribe here), you know what it means to live like a pilgrim. Now it’s time to put it into practice in community with fellow seekers through the Pilgrim Principles course, a seven-week online retreat to help you journey with intention in everyday life.
Going on pilgrimage? As you plan, prepare for, and journey through your pilgrimage, you’ll need a guide to help you engage the journey with intention each step of the way. A multi-media travel resource infused with soul, Journey Guide is a step-by-step pilgrimage companion for your journey of a lifetime.
A form of spiritual companionship, spiritual direction has been practiced for thousands of years in many faith traditions and is a way to intentionally deepen your spiritual pilgrimage and grow closer to your true self and the Divine. I work one-on-one with directees on a monthly basis both locally in Seattle and remotely via Skype.
I’ve led groups to Ireland (alongside abbeyofthearts.com) and Iona, Scotland, and am currently dreaming and scheming about our next adventure! Be the first to hear about my next journey when you subscribe here.