REL 277: Dimensions of Pilgrimage-May Term 2019
This course centers on dimensions of pilgrimage from religious perspectives with attention to international complexities and historical realities of pilgrimage. A combination of in-class instruction and a week walking El Camino de Santiago in Spain, the class will approach pilgrimage as both historical reality of human experience and a metaphor for finding one’s self on a transformative journey to a sacred center.
At the end of the experience you will be able to…
1.) Articulate a basic understanding of your role in a pilgrimage, including knowledge of pilgrimages around the world, especially the Camino de Santiago, and motivations for attending pilgrimage and the results;
2.) Critically engage the international elements of pilgrimage in Spain, in particular, in light of historical, cultural, economic, and religious trends;
3.) Express a reflective component of the course: How pilgrimage serves as a metaphor for internal exploration of self and how one relates to the world;
4.) Recognize basic elements, and symbols and expressions of pilgrimage, especially in regards to the mind-body connection;
5.) Incorporate walking as a reflective discipline.
The $3,000 program cost includes:
- 3 credits
- Coaching/Spiritual Direction
- Round trip airfare from Washington Dulles to Santiago de Compostela + shuttle to/from Washington Dulles/Mary Balwdin
- Lodging in Spain and some meals
- Excursions and cultural events
- In-country transportation
- Travel Insurance and 24/7 In-Country support
- Luggage transfer between hostels (Optional)
- Backpacks and sleeping bags
All applications for May Term study abroad are due October 1st at the Spencer Center.
A deposit of half will be required by November 1st.
For more information contact Dr. Katherine Low via firstname.lastname@example.org and Nell Desmond via email@example.com