A walking trail or a ritual?

The Walk of Wisdom is designed as a pilgrim ritual, in which you walk for a week with telephone and internet switched off as much as possible. How do you approach it?

Carly walked alone, with a tent and without even a camera. Keito and Josselijn walked in honor of Keito’s deceased wife Clare. Marlou invited people who were important to her and walked parts of the route or went to dinner with each of them.

However you take the trip, everyone is free to follow their own path. Just do it consciously. A pilgrimage is an opportunity to reflect on what is important in your life. Are you ready to start walking?

The five legs of a pilgrim

Volgens rituelen begeleidster Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck zijn er vijf mogelijke sleutelmomenten bij een pelgrimage: natuurlijke momenten in de tocht, waar je diepgang kunt toevoegen door stil te staan bij wat er in je omgaat.

(1) Voorbereiding. De tijd voordat je op pad gaat.
(2) Begin. Het moment dat je de eerste stappen op de route zet.
(3) Midden. Wanneer je los bent gekomen en nog een stuk te gaan hebt.
(4) Eind. Wanneer je de tocht hebt afgerond.
(5) Een tijd nadien.

Vertrekceremonie door Jan van der Pennen

Reflection and coaching

As foundation we support these moments of reflection through our orientation afternoons, departure ceremonies and story and return days (see agenda). Halfway through the route a logbook is situated in a beautiful chapel. Our start and end point, the Stevenskerk, offers a silent chapel for moment of silence and reflection.

We also work together with two coaches who have both walked the route: Lidia of England and Ted van Rijt. They offer coaching tailored to the pilgrimage in line with Christiane’s suggestions: a conversation a few weeks before you leave, a session halfway through and one afterwards.

Coaching by Ted or Lidia is available to those interested starting April 2018. They apply a provisional pioneer rate of € 75 for the entire process of three meetings.

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Photo hiker: Bart Kouwenberg
Photo departure ceremony: Jan van der Pens

Eigenwijs genoeg voor de Walk of Wisdom?

Schrijf je in als pelgrim door een donatie aan de stichting voor een startpakket. Dat kan via deze link.