Pilgrimage to Barcelona, Spain with Lucy Abbott Tucker
September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm PDT
Book by December 21st and save $450!
“For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.” - St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556 AD)
We will experience this city together, as friends and spiritual companions. You can expect daily time for reflection and contemplation, receive spiritual direction, and meditate in the city's great churches, including the world renowned Sagrada Familia.
Take in architecture spanning more than 1500 years, Spain's amazing variety of music and culture, and one of the culinary capitals of the world.
YOUR PILGRIMAGE GUIDE
Lucy Abbott Tucker has been a member of SDI since its inception. She began her ministry of spiritual direction at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago. She worked there preparing women and men for the ministry for 32 years. Since 2015 she has been doing freelance work in spiritual direction and supervision. She believes spiritual direction has the power to help heal our world and values the opportunity to support spiritual directors in this work.
Pilgrimage package includes:
- All Accommodations for 7 nights.
Accommodations will either be shared (in double rooms for two pilgrims, or a double bed for a couple), or a single room upgrades.
- Meals: Lunch is included every day. A lunch in Spain is a big meal!
- Transportation: During portions of the pilgrimage when pilgrims are not walking, we will utilize the city’s modern and comfortable transportation options.
- Guided prayer, personalized spiritual direction sessions, and guided tours of sacred spaces will be offered.
- Transportation to and from Spain
- Costs of local transportation, including travel to and from any airport
- Travel Protection Insurance
- Meals other than lunch
If you purchase by December 21st, you can save $450! Call our Office at 1-425-455-1565 to set up a payment plan that fits your budget. Make your reservations today!
TRAVEL AND SAFETY
A valid passport for the duration of your time in Spain is required. To come to Spain as a general visitor, you must be able to show that:
you are eighteen or older;
you intend to visit Spain for no more than six months;
you intend to leave Spain at the end of your visit;
you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself on your trip.
For other situations and more detailed information, please visit the US State Department webpage on Spain or check with the Spanish embassy in your home country to verify visa requirements.
IMPORTANT: Do not pack your passport or travel documents in your luggage, as you will need them at the airport and upon boarding the plane. Keep them, as well as prescription medication, and any valuables in your carry-on bag, and keep your carry-on with you at all times while traveling.
Catalan is the preferred language of the people of Barcelona. Both Spanish and Catalan, however, are widely spoken interchangeably. And in tourist areas you will find many English speakers as well. Interpreters will be joining the group every day.
Currency in Spain is the Euro. You may bring cash to exchange, use credit cards, or use ATM machines. Credit cards are commonly used in Spain, and cash will work as well (exchanging foreign currency is best done in the airport upon arrival). ATMs will be accessible. Traveler’s cheques are not encouraged, as you must find a bank that will cash them.
Bring moderate clothing that you can walk comfortably in. Include rain gear and sturdy walking shoes or boots for walking over terrain. October temperatures are generally comfortable, though cooler at night. It is impossible to predict, so be prepared for variable weather, aware that walking is part of the journey. Pack a sweater or jacket for potentially cool days and sunglasses and a hat for sunny days.
Local cafes and hotels are likely spots to connect to free wifi networks. You can also purchase a local SIM card to use your smart phone in Europe.
Barcelona – El Prat Airport is 12 kilometres from the city.
There are plenty of public transport options to get to the city centre in 35 minutes or less: Aerobus line A2, the local train line R2 Norte, city bus route 46, night buses 99, L77, PR1, PR2 Y PR3; N16, N17 and N18, and taxis.
Road access to the airport is via the C-31 motorway. From the ring roads around the city, access is from the section known as the Pata Sur.
Visit Spain’s tourism website for more information on traveling in Spain.
SDI will follow all national or provincial guidelines related to COVID-19, and will adhere to any local restrictions or recommendations that are in place in September 2023.
If a participant needs to cancel, notice of cancellation must be signed, dated, and received in writing via e-mail or postal mail. SDI will then refund your payment for services not received by you, minus applicable cancellation fees, according to the following schedule: Until 15 April 2023, the cancellation fee is USD$500. From 16 April 2023 – 15 June 2023, the cancellation fee is USD$1,000. No refunds after 16 June 2023. In the event of unforeseen events that force this journey to be cancelled or rescheduled, we will reconsider this cancellation policy guided by reason and common sense.
This pilgrimage is designed to offer the best of both worlds: time to linger at sacred sights and in contemplative repose, as well as daily walks around the city. Distances are not great, but you should be in good health. International and domestic travel can be taxing, and SDI will do its best to design the schedule with your well-being in mind
Pilgrims will stay in clean, comfortable accommodations, either single or double occupancy.
This journey’s itinerary offers spiritual direction on a regular basis, as well as an opportunity to participate in worship services. All these experiences are optional. Throughout the pilgrimage we will share sacred time together designed to deepen our own faith.
No, you do not need to be a member of Spiritual Directors International to join the journey, although members do receive a discount on registration. We ask only that the contemplative nature of this journey ignite your heart and spirit, and that you be eager to explore its spiritual and historical dimensions.
Barcelona is generally pleasant in October with average high temperatures in the low 70F range. Rain is not common but you should bring a rain jacket just in case. Good walking shoes and comfortable travel clothing are highly recommended.
The $500 deposit is an administrative fee that secures your space in this intimate journey and is nonrefundable. There are no exceptions to the refund policy. SDI strongly encourages you to obtain travel insurance to cover financial losses from any personal emergencies or other events that require your cancellation. You are responsible for reading your policy and understanding what it covers.
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Why Join Us
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Guides That Companion With You
Every SDI Journey is led by guides that are experienced both in the local landscape, history, and custom, and also as spiritual companions. Companions that listen to your story and longings with care and compassion, as they offer you deep insight into what is happening on your travel experience.
Pause. Rest. Renew.
We all need downtime. Opportunities abound to slow down, explore and pay attention, find words for the experience in poetry and creative writing, or to take a nap. Simple daily rituals call us together as a community, to share in discovery and wonder.