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Journey to Spain 2021

Ignatian Pilgrimage: Bilboa to Barcelona, Spain

September 3-13, 2021

Experience the highlights of Spain’s Ignatian Pilgrimage route on this gentle walking tour. Our outstanding guides will share with you the sacred sites visited by St. Ignatius as he traveled from Loyola to Manresa in 1522.

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Bilboa to Barcelona, Spain September 3 - 13, 2021

“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)

 
In 1522 Ignatius of Loyola travelled on foot from his home in Loyola, in the Basque region of Spain, to Montserrat and Manresa near Barcelona. This pilgrimage changed his life. His subsequent undertakings changed the world. Experience the highlights of Spain’s Ignatian Pilgrimage route on this gentle walking tour that allows for travel by foot and the comfort of a coach. Two outstanding guides will accompany us on a spiritual journey of stillness, solitude and reflection. And they will provide unparalleled expertise on St. Ignatius and the sacred sites along this route.

is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality.

SDI is pleased to invite you on a pilgrimage to Spain in the footsteps of St. Ignatius. This Pilgrimage will follow the newly designed “Ignatian Camino,” or Ignatian Way from September 3-13, 2021.

St. Ignatius knew himself as a pilgrim, with God as his companion. As a pilgrim he was led on his way to a deeper relationship with God. This grace Ignatius received is intended for all those who follow the Ignatian way, his camino, the spirituality of St. Ignatius.

Accompaniment.
Prayer.
Experience.

Pilgrims may choose to pray selections from the Spiritual Exercises composed by Ignatius during this time. As we pass through many sacred locations, we will experience, in a new way, the life of Ignatius and the scriptures he pondered. While we desire a felt experience of God in prayer and a meaningful journey of faith at Ignatian shrines, we also hope to have a sense of peace and joy, gifts historically received during pilgrimages.

YOUR JOURNEY GUIDES

Fr Josep Lluis Iriberri, SJ

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Father Jose serves as Director of the Pilgrim Office of the Ignatian Way in Spain. He has been guiding international pilgrim groups since 2012 and is a promoter of the Way through publications and conferences throughout the world. Born in Barcelona in 1959, Father Jose has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1981 and a priest since 1992. He holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona and in Theology from the University of Louvain in Belgium. After attending two years in the center Lumen Vitae in Brussels, he earned a Master in Counseling from the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. He has studied in Jesuit formation in Belfast, worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Morocco and was the founder and first director of the Service Accueil Migrants in Casablanca. Father Jose is trained in Appreciative Coaching and is a certified professor of the Enneagram (Pastoral Institute, Loyola University, Chicago), offering training workshops on the Enneagram since 1998.

Sr Kathleen McAlpin

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Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy and served many years in Formation and New Membership Programs. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from the Toronto School of Theol­ogy and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA in Spiritual Direction and Supervision. Kathleen assisted in the creation of the Spiritual Direction Program at Neumann College in Aston, PA. She created the Diploma Program in Spiritual Direction at Regis College in Toronto where she also directed the Integration for Ministry Master’s program. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha. Kathleen serves on the Spiritual Direction Formation Team at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia which focuses on the Contemplative Tradition, the Charism of Mercy, and the art of spiritual accompaniment with those on the margins of life.

Cost: Early Bird pricing before Jan 1, 2021:

  • Non-member: $3095
  • Venus, Neptune & Jupiter: $2,975 (save $120)
  • Cosmos: $2,945 (save $150)

Single private room +$600

Scholarships available

 

Pilgrimage package includes:

  • All Accommodations for 10 nights. Pilgrims will stay in local hotels and simple refugios.
    Accommodations will either be shared (in double rooms for two pilgrims, or a double bed for a couple), with a limited number of single room upgrades for some of the nights.
  • Meals: Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided throughout the pilgrimage, with the exception of two lunches and one dinner, which are out-of-pocket.
  • Transportation: During portions of the journey when pilgrims are not walking, air-conditioned coach buses will be provided. Vehicle assistance will be available if needed during the walks. Luggage transfer assistance.
  • Guided prayer, personalized spiritual direction sessions, guided tours of sacred spaces, optional Eucharist each day.

 

Not included:

  • Transportation to and from Spain
  • Travel Protection Insurance

ITINERARY

Sept 3: Arrive at Bilboa and Loyola

Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola – Azpeitia

Sept 4: Loyola (5 miles)

Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola – Azpeitia

Sept 5: Loyola - Arantzazu - San Sebastian - Loyola (5 miles)

Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola – Azpeitia

Sept 6: Loyola - Laguardia - Navarrete (6.8 miles)

Posada Ignatuius, Navarette and Pilgrims Hostel

Sept 7: Navarrete - Logrono - Javier (7.5 miles)

Javier Retreat House

Sept 8: Javier - Verdu - Montserrat (2.5 miles)

Hotel Abad Cisneros

Sept 9: Montserrat - Manresa (6.2 miles)

Spirituality Center – La Cova

Sept 10: Manresa (6.2 miles)

Spirituality Center – La Cova

Sept 11: Barcelona (5 miles)

Hotel TBD in Barcelona

Sept 12: Barcelona (5 miles)

Hotel TBD in Barcelona

Sept 13: Departures

Journey officially ends after breakfast

Visit the FAQ page below for more information

TRAVEL AND SAFETY

We are aware that uncertainties remain about travel and safety in a world with covid-19. We are hopeful that this journey in September of 2021 can proceed, but will monitor the situation carefully.

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.  

Both guides speak fluent English, and one also speaks Spanish and French. Prayers, celebrations and spiritual insights will all be offered in English. 

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 along the pilgrimage route. Traveler’s cheques are not encouraged, as you must find a bank that will cash them. Very little money is required along the route; the pilgrimage covers just about everything. 

Bring moderate clothing that you can walk comfortably in. Include rain gear and sturdy walking shoes or boots for walking over terrain that may at times be hilly or wet. 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. 

Trip insurance is required. Please visit one of the various websites such as www.travelguard.com or www.insuremytrip.com

Visit Spain’s tourism website for more information on traveling in Spain.

FAQ

We will work with our host organization in Barcelona to follow any social distancing recommendations that are in place in September of 2021. More information to come…

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 May 15, 2021, the cancellation fee is USD$500. From May 16, 2021 to July 15, 2021, the cancellation fee is USD$1,000. No refunds after July 15, 2021. SDI is aware that much remains unknown about the covid pandemic and its impact on travel next year. 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 along the pilgrimage route. Pilgrims are invited to walk for a portion of each day. Distances range from 2.5 miles to 7.5 miles along gentle terrain. On any given day, a pilgrim can skip the walk and travel in the bus to that day’s destination, and wait for his or her companions there. Alternatively, a pilgrim can begin the day’s walk, and if they cannot continue they can take a taxi to that day’s destination (the cost of the taxi is not included in the program fee). Distances are not great, but you should be in good health. International and domestic travel can be taxing, and SDI has done its best to design the schedule with your well-being in mind.

Pilgrims will stay in simple, clean accommodations, seeking the austerity of the walking pilgrim. Double rooms (no bunk beds, no dorms) are standard lodging and pilgrims may be assigned a roommate of the same gender for some of the nights. For an additional fee, pilgrims may upgrade to a single private room.

This journey’s itinerary includes several opportunities to participate in mass or chapel services. All these experiences are optional. Throughout the pilgrimage we will share sacred time together designed to deepen our own faith. Each day pilgrims will be invited to do one hour of silent walking, and spend some time in silent meditation in the afternoon at each destination, as the daily schedule allows.  Guided prayer and the possibility of personalized spiritual guidance will be available from time to time. Optional Eucharist is available almost every day. 

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.

The journey begins on September 3, 2021 at 5:30pm in the Bilbao Airport (BIO). Some travelers may choose to fly into the Barcelona airport (BCN) and then travel independently to Bilbao. A private bus will be provided from there to the Azpeitia Jesus Maria for the group introductory meeting and evening mass.

The journey ends after breakfast on September 13 in Barcelona.  You may want to consider extending your journey to include other sites in Spain or Europe.

Weather in September in Spain is usually quite pleasant and can be hot. A detailed packing list will be provided after registration. 

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. The agency that we work with in Spain requires that you 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.

If you have any additional questions, please contact events@sdiworld.org or telephone 01-425-502-9859.

Why Join Us

As a professional Spiritual Journeys manager, we excel at helping you to discover special places. Not just any vacation, but truly exceptional trips filled with inspiring and enriching experiences. We believe in seeing the world in the most unique way possible, and we want to share our knowledge and passion for travel and spirituality with all of those whom we guide. Explore our site to find out more.

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.

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