“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
These first lines of the creation story tell us more than the age-old tale of the world’s beginnings; they reveal aspects of God, and, if we are created in the image of God, aspects of us, too.
Join Lacy next May on pilgrimage to the heart of creation in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, nestled amongst tall pines, mountain peaks, and flowing streams, as we seek to know more of the Divine and ourselves through God’s first revelation: Creation. Inspired by The Book of Creation by John Philip Newell, our days will follow each of the seven days of the Creation Narrative and what they reveal about the Creator and ourselves as image-bearers and co-creators.
Each day will be shaped around a liturgy of the hours, with matins and vespers prayer services of word, song, practice, and silence, and mornings and evenings of engaging the earth and exploring our creativity while resting in the rhythms and gifts of community. We will draw from creation as our text and the creative impulse as our guide, listening for the gentle stirrings of the Sacred and the True Self each step of the way.
This pilgrimage is for you, if:
You feel a call to go on pilgrimage or spend time on retreat
You find spiritual connection in nature or want to experience more of God through creation
You long to be immersed in spiritual exploration and community rhythms
You’re a lifelong creative looking to connect your craft to your faith
You’re on a budget and are looking for a pilgrimage opportunity closer to home
You don’t consider yourself an artist but want to explore your creativity within
You value seeking God both in solitude and in community
You want to deepen your faith with spiritual practice and rituals
You desire to know yourself and the Divine in new and deeper ways
ABOUT THE JOURNEY
what we’ll practice and explore:
- breath prayer
- holy listening
- visio divina
- song and chant
- the True Self
- the inner world
- dream tending
- original blessing
- the four elements
- the Creation Narrative
- …and more!
you’ll also have access to:
- a library filled with books on creativity and spirituality
- hammocks throughout the property for relaxing beneath the trees
- a lounge with a wood-burning stove for cozy evenings in
- tea and coffee services throughout your stay
- a beautiful, glass-walled, pitched-roof studio in which to contemplate and create
- the Grünewald Guild sauna, available for use at a group rate
- art supplies and project ideas to bring your inner stirrings into fruition
- outdoor meditation spaces, including a triple spiral labyrinth
May 19-25, 2018 • 7 days & 6 nights • limited to 10 participants
Our journey will begin in the late afternoon on Saturday, May 19, and will end before lunch on Friday, May 25.
Saturday, May 19: Day 1 of Creation
After your arrival at Grünewald Guild in the afternoon, we’ll gather together for introductions and an orientation, followed by a welcome dinner lovingly prepared by Grünewald Guild staff. After dinner, we’ll have our opening session around our community-created altar as we explore the day’s theme of “The light of God” and the light within us, followed by a candle-lit labyrinth walk to initiate our collective journey.
Sunday, May 20: Day 2 of Creation
Today begins our community rhythms of liturgical prayer, and we’ll gather before breakfast for word, song, practice, and silence around the day’s theme. After breakfast, we’ll come together for our morning session, which will include conversation, journaling, and an introduction to our daily theme. Today, the theme is “The Wildness of God” and the wildness within us, and our morning session will be followed by a guided hike as we set out into the wilderness ourselves. After lunch, the afternoon will be yours to create and explore, and we’ll then gather together for our daily evening session filled with art, imagery, and reflection. Our day will end after dinner with a vespers service as our theme draws to a close and we, like God, prepare for rest.
Monday, May 21: Day 3 of Creation
Following our daily matins prayer service and breakfast, we’ll gather together for our morning session and an introduction to our theme of “The Fecundity of God” and the same fruitfulness within us, followed by time tilling the earth in the Grünewald Guild garden. After lunch, the afternoon will be yours to create and explore, and we’ll then gather together for our evening session of art, imagery, and reflection. Our day will end after dinner with our vespers service; the remainder of the evening is yours for rest and integration.
Tuesday, May 22: Day 4 of Creation
Following our daily matins prayer service and breakfast, we’ll gather together for our morning session and an introduction to our theme of “The Harmony of God” and the harmony within us; the rest of the morning will be spent in solitude as we individually explore the places and practices in which we experience harmony with God. After lunch, the afternoon will be yours to create and explore, and we’ll then gather together for our evening session of art, imagery, and reflection. Our day will end after dinner with our vespers service; the remainder of the evening is yours for rest and integration.
Wednesday, May 23: Day 5 of Creation
Following our daily matins prayer service and breakfast, we’ll gather together for our morning session and an introduction to our theme of “The Creatureliness of God” and the creatureliness within us, followed by a guided creature walk. After midday prayer and lunch, the afternoon will be yours to create and explore, and we’ll gather together for an evening session filled with art, imagery, and reflection.Our day will end after dinner with our vespers service; the remainder of the evening is yours for rest and integration.
Thursday, May 24: Day 6 of Creation
Following our daily matins prayer service and breakfast, we’ll gather together for our morning session and an introduction to our theme of “The Image of God” and ourselves as image-bearers, followed by a contemplative morning as our time together draws to a close working with nature and clay. After lunch, the afternoon will be yours to create and explore, and we’ll gather together for our final evening session of art, imagery, and reflection, including a guided Visio Divina session. After dinner and our last vespers service, we’ll gather together around the fire like seekers have done for generations as we share our stories of transformation.
Friday, May 25: Day 7 of Creation
On our final morning together after our matins service, we’ll come together for our closing morning session, including an introduction to our theme as we explore “The Stillness of God” and the stillness that can be found within ourselves. As we prepare to carry our experience back into our everyday lives, our time together will end as it began with ritual and a labyrinth walk, followed by a community brunch before we depart to continue our journeys on separate paths.
Comfortable retreat-style accommodation at Grünewald Guild
Hearty, homemade meals throughout the journey featuring organic produce from the Grünewald Guild garden
Daily themed prayer services of word, song, practice, and silence
Guided reflection and journaling to deepen your pilgrimage experience
A guided hike amongst the scenic mountains, rivers, and forests surrounding the Guild
Time in the garden with the Grünewald Guild gardener
A guided creature walk to familiarize yourself with the wildlife of the region
Daily mandala-making to explore your inner world in image-form
A ceramics class, including your own fired piece to take home
Encaustic lesson with guest artist Ava Swift
Open studio hours each afternoon during free time with nature-themed project ideas and supplies
A 30-minute spiritual direction session with Lacy during the pilgrimage
A sketchbook and drawing tools upon arrival to use throughout your journey
you’ll also receive the following bonus:
FREE access to Journey Guide, a multi-media travel resource infused with soul to guide you throughout your pilgrimage (a $97 value)
Plus, when you register by November 30, 2017, you can join my upcoming Pilgrim Principles Online Course for FREE to help you start living like a pilgrim at home! (An additional $97 value; launches in the new year)
what’s not included
- Transportation to and from Grünewald Guild where our pilgrimage takes place. Those flying into Seattle can travel to nearby Peshastin on Wanatchee Valley Shuttle directly from SeaTac Airport and arrange pick-up service from the Peshastin Big Y Park ‘n Ride by Grünewald Guild staff for a small fee. Learn more here. If you would like to extend your stay, the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth is a popular destination to explore if arriving early or departing late.
- Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended in case you need to cancel your trip or have transportation or health issues during your journey, as payments once made are non-refundable. Find travel insurance here; see individual plans for specific coverage.
YOUR GUIDE FOR THE JOURNEY
Lacy Clark Ellman is the founder of A Sacred Journey and will be your journey’s facilitator. Based in Seattle, WA, she has an M.A. in Theology and Culture from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where she focused her studies on pilgrimage and spiritual formation, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has spent countless hours in the studio creating and exploring the significance images hold when it comes to spirit and soul. Lacy is a lover of nature and a lifelong traveler and seeker, and most recently led a pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland, in the spring of 2017.
PILGRIMAGE ASSISTANT + GUEST ARTIST
Ava Swift will be joining us as a fellow pilgrim, pilgrimage assistant, and guest artist. Ava is an artist and psychotherapist in Seattle, WA. Working primarily with encaustics, an ancient art form meaning “to burn in” she uses beeswax and heat in combination to produce layers of wax upon a surface. Her collections mix beeswax, resin, pigments, oil pastels, and ink on wood. She is inspired by landscapes- the landscapes of the soul and of the earth, where mystery, creativity, and wildness abound. Ava will be available each afternoon during open studio hours to learn from and create alongside as you follow the creative impulse wherever it leads.
Note: It was originally announced that Kristin Haakenson would be serving in this position, but unfortunately her plans have changed and she’s unable to join us.
what previous pilgrimage participants are saying
“Lacy’s facilitation skills are extraordinary. She crafted an experience for us that was both spiritually enriching, personally nurturing, utterly exquisite. She adapts so well to each group and brings very different people together in profoundly uniting and stabilizing ways.”
“This is work Lacy was made to do. Anyone privileged enough to be guided by her will immediately experiences a person living out her vocation in a way the world desperately needs. Her deep insight, clear intuition, and creative strategies really help craft incredible experiences.”
“Lacy brought reverence and sense of stillness and also set the example for an atmosphere of comfort, ease, and joy. That was a powerful combination which allowed the space for beautiful connections to be made, and moments of life’s truths to be shared.”
“This trip changed my life, and Lacy was not a minor player in that change. Her organization of the trip, the themes, our practices—both prayerful and creative—brought me to a moment with God that my entire life had been building up to. I can’t thank her enough.”
“Every part of the journey was carefully planned and well thought out. Lacy watched over us and never let any of us slip out of her care-filled heart. She orchestrated an experience that for me is a deep well that I will drink from for the rest of my life.”
Finances shouldn’t limit your ability to practice pilgrimage, which is why I’m offering three price points based on accommodation. Prices listed below are per person. Register early and save!
Join my Pilgrim Principles Online Course in the new year for FREE when you register by November 30, 2017. (A $97 value)
increases to $1,595 on January 6, 2018
increases to $1,460 on January 6, 2018
LIBRARY DORM ROOM
increases to $1,295 on January 6, 2018
Note: Baths are shared for all accommodation options. If twin is selected, you will be placed with another pilgrim of the same gender unless traveling with a friend or partner. Library dorm room will be co-ed if needed; only 4 beds available! See a lovely picture here.
The pricing above includes a $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space. An additional $500 will be due on February 10, 2018, with the balance due on April 10, 2018. Payment plans available if this payment schedule doesn’t work for you; contact Lacy for more details.
A one-hour journey consultation with Lacy to help with practical and spiritual preparation for your journey; $100
Personal art instruction at Grunwald Guild with a staff artist; $100/hr
STEPS TO REGISTER
- Pay the $500 non-refundable pilgrimage deposit using the registration link below.
- Follow the link in your confirmation email to the Pilgrim Portal, where you’ll find the Participant Agreement, Pilgrim Registration Form, and additional information on the journey.
- Complete the Participate Agreement and Pilgrim Registration Form and submit as instructed within 72 hours of paying your deposit to finalize your registration and secure your spot.
REGISTER NOW + SAVE $200
A valid passport is required for all non-US citizens. Most travelers will not require a visa to travel to the US; if you are uncertain whether or not you require a visa based on your nationality, check here.
We will spend time each day outside exploring creation. The terrain can be rugged and weather can vary in late May, with cold mornings and evenings, mild days, and the potential for rain. Participants should be able to hike 3-4 miles on rough ground with various inclines. Good hiking shoes and warm layers are highly recommended, including a waterproof jacket and rain pants in case of inclement weather. Walking sticks might also be useful for those who appreciate the extra assistance. If this is beyond your ability you are still welcome to join as hikes will only be a small part of our experience, just know that you might miss out on some opportunities.
POLICIES + FAQS
What makes this a pilgrimage?
While we’ll be staying in a retreat center for the duration of our journey, and I certainly hope this will be a time of retreat to you, what makes this a pilgrimage is the intentional engagement with creation—a landscape from which we hope to learn more of God and our True Selves.
Who is this pilgrimage for?
This pilgrimage is open to all genders and adults of all ages. While facilitation will stem from the Christian tradition, seekers of all faiths are welcome.
Which forms of payment are accepted?
Payment can be made by credit card using the link above. If you prefer to pay by check (US citizens only), please contact Lacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
Because of the nature of planning a group journey, all payments are non-refundable once made without exception.
Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended to cover costs for any transportation or health issues during your journey, as well as money lost if you do need to cancel. Find travel insurance here; see individual plans for specific coverage.
What happens if the pilgrimage has to be canceled?
While it is unlikely, in the case of cancellation by the facilitator due to low enrollment or emergency, all payments previously made toward the journey will be refunded. Note that this does not include the cost of your own travel arrangements apart from the pilgrimage itinerary listed above, which is why it is valuable to purchase travel insurance (“cancel for any reason” highly recommended; see above).
Additional questions? Contact Lacy here.