A Pilgrimage of Discernment and Discovery for Young Adults

October 18, 2015 - October 24, 2015

Leadership from the Heart —

 Save your space on this pilgrimage
with deposit and application.

See more clearly and
claim more fully
what is yours to do.

A Pilgrimage of Discernment and Discovery for Young Adults

Edinburgh, Scotland
October 18-24, 2015

In the midst of all that clamors for your attention, can you see more clearly and claim more fully what is yours to do? Can you imagine a way of leading that draws on the deep wisdom of the heart rather than the power of one’s position?

Today’s chaotic and hurting world urgently needs the inspired leadership of young adults. This pilgrimage to Edinburgh, Scotland, will offer a spacious time for young adult leaders to listen within for the invitation to leadership by walking the ancient hills of this beautiful city and opening to the wisdom of the earth.

In times of silence and in conversation with a community of support, you may find your direction and the courage to take the next steps—or simply be where you are and at peace with waiting for life’s direction to unfold. Together, we’ll explore how to offer our leadership gifts by drawing from a well of compassion that is ever present in our hearts and that can inform and sustain us as we work for a more peaceful and just world.


Our intent is to align with the rhythm of contemplation in action supported by daily practices of prayer and deep listening. This will include:
•    Seminar and small group sessions focusing on living and leading from the spiritual heart;
•    Both guided and free time for exploring the wild, natural beauty of the Scottish landscape and the storied history of Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe;
•    A one-day excursion to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for immersion in the ancient wisdom of Celtic spirituality;
•    Opportunities for personal and community prayer;
•    Times of silence for further listening and probing the depths of calling;
•    The option of one-on-one coaching and spiritual direction to support you as you journey home; and
•    Time to get to know, appreciate, and enjoy this international community of kindred spirits.
Space is limited to 12 participants in this inaugural pilgrimage for young professionals. We encourage your early application.

About Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town (18th century) have earned the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city with a strong literary heritage, the historical and cultural attractions make it a popular destination. Built among seven hills, the city sprawls over a landscape that is the product of both volcanic and glacial activity, bringing to this vibrant cultural center a rugged and unique beauty.

About Lindisfarne

Internationally known for its medieval heritage and 16th century castle, and the epicenter of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon times, the Holy Island remains a place of pilgrimage to seekers all over the world. Saint Aidan founded a monastery in Lindisfarne in 635 AD, and the island continues to be an important center of Celtic Christianity. The evocative ruins of Lindisfarne Priory includes the famous “rainbow bridge” which spirals skywards with the ghost of a long-vanished tower.

Who’s Invited

Anyone in the age range of approximately 25-40 who seeks to live and lead from the spiritual heart

Pilgrimage Leaders

Hayley O’Connor and Bill Stone are both ordained ministers from the United States who have served churches in the Edinburgh area for the past five years. They have participated in and offered leadership for Shalem’s young adult programs and have provided leadership for multiple Shalem pilgrimages. Leah Rampy, Shalem’s executive director, has extensive background in leadership development and executive coaching. She has worked as an executive in Fortune 50 organizations and leads programs on contemplative leadership for Shalem.


Emmaus House, a small Benedictine Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Edinburgh



This cost includes tuition, six nights bed and breakfast, three lunches, four dinners, one afternoon tea, bus pass for local travel, and a one-day excursion to Lindisfarne. Participants are responsible for airfare and land transportation to and from Emmaus House.

Payment Schedule

$500 non-refundable deposit due with registration
$525 due 7/1/15
$500 due 9/1/15
Prior to 9/1/15, 100% of payments minus the $500 non-refundable deposit will be refunded upon request. No refunds are available after 9/1/15.
We are happy to announce that four $500 scholarships are available to individuals who need financial support to participate in this pilgrimage.  Contact [email protected] request an application.

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