Desert Spiritual Traditions of the Southwest Domestic Pilgrimage

November 1, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Desert Spiritual Traditions of the Southwest Domestic Pilgrimage

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

November 1 – 13, 2016

Now accepting applications through May 20, 2016.


Description: In this pilgrimage we will explore the Desert Southwest in northern New Mexico and engage many of the diverse spiritual traditions that settled there. Daily excursions will include communities such as Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Chimayo, Dar al Islam Mosque, Taos Hanuman Temple, and Taos, Santa Clara, and Tesuque Pueblos. We will be staying at Ghost Ranch in a private lodge, Casa Del Sol.

This pilgrimage is jointly sponsored by Columbia and Pittsburgh Theological Seminaries and will include leaders and participants from both programs.

Participants must have completed Immersion Experience, and several electives to apply. Preference will be given to those who have completed all coursework but the Pilgrimage.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ghost Ranch and should plan to arrive on November 1, 2016 by 5:00 PM. November 2 will be a day for introductions, rest, and orientation. The pilgrimage is designed for spiritual formation and renewal. We will make excursions on most days, and include time for rest, small groups, journaling, and daily worship. We will also have several days on Ghost Ranch for Sabbath, hiking, art, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. You will be assigned readings before the journey and reflection papers on return.

Participants will be notified of acceptance to the pilgrimage by June 1, 2016.

Location: Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Instructors: Wayne Mell,Lori Liller Arnold, and Debra Weir

Schedule: Click HERE to view a working itinerary.

Program Fees: The total cost of the trip is $2500. That includes a $50 application fee (non-refundable), a $450 non-refundable deposit due at time of acceptance, and $2000 due on September 1, 2016.

Housing: Accommodations at the beautiful Casa Del Sol are simple, rustic, and shared. We will be living in community and sharing responsibilities of morning prayers and evening prayers, small groups, and occasional light meal preparation.

Additional Information: To apply, submit the online application and $50 application fee to the Center for Lifelong Learning by pressing the button below. We will notify you via email by June 1 of your application status. Those who need the pilgrimage for graduation and have completed all other coursework will have first priority. We will keep a short waitlist of interested participants in case of cancellations. Your $450 tuition deposit is due upon acceptance. You will receive more information about reading materials and schedule about five months before the pilgrimage.

Contact: [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: Your registration is not complete until you have successfully completed the entire process and received a printable confirmation page and an email confirmation.

Payment and Cancellation Policy: Your balance is due September 1, 2016. If you wish to withdraw your application, please submit a cancellation form or call 404-687-4577. Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Registration Assistance

Columbia Theological Seminary
The Center for Lifelong Learning
701 S. Columbia Dr.
PO Box 520 Decatur, GA 30031
Phone: 404-687-4577
Fax: 404-687-4591
Categories: Lifelong Learning  |  Pilgrimage  |  Spirituality