A pilgrimage is a journey on foot, the purest way of travel, it's sustainable, it's human powered and it's slow. The British Pilgrimage Trust is all about restoring the tradition of travelling by foot, making pilgrimages along some of the UK's forgotten routes. Guy and Will lead groups along the trail, where kinships are formed – it's a journey of inner connection.
Location: Great Britian
What does travel mean to you?
Travel for me means getting out of my comfortable “known” existence, and being presented by constantly new experiences which compel me to readjust my inner “rulebook” and become more conscious of the world - both inner and outer - in the process. Travel means setting out and not knowing what’s going to happen- it means consciously choosing the unknown rather than more of the same. It also means grounding myself in the place I travel through- and for me, that means visiting the holy places - churches, holy wells, ancient trees, prehistoric sites, hilltops, river sources etc. - to root me in the places where communities that have come before me used to, and still do, gather to honour their togetherness both within the group and with the “all” around them.
What does community mean to you?
Community means the acknowledgment that we are dependent on that which is “other” to us. Community is the unspoken agreement that we need each other in order to survive and thrive. It doesn’t mean speaking in one voice, but in many voices that are each valued for what they bring to the group, and for just being different. Truly accepting community requires us to be tolerate that which we don’t see in ourselves. Commune comes from Latin for “common” so it also means accepting that on some level we are all equal and common.