Ways in the Wilderness
Ways in the Wilderness focuses on biblical, monastic and spiritual themes of wilderness, including the wilderness narratives of the Israelites, the formative ministry of Jesus Christ and the rise of Judean monasticism. In doing so, the course explores the interaction of landscape, narrative and experience. The course, which journeys from Jerusalem to the Negev, the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, Jordan and the Jordan River Valley, travels across the vast desert landscapes that shaped the imagination of the biblical writers. The narratives include readings from Numbers and Exodus, the Gospel descriptions of Jesus’ wilderness experience, and the lives of the early Palestinian monks. The course also allows for prayer, reflection and discussion about the meaning of wilderness in our own personal and contemporary narratives. The course program also includes an overnight Bedouin experience, a trip to Petra and Wadi Rum, and a day of relaxation in the Red Sea. Ways in the Wilderness is particularly suited for people interested in themes of desert and wilderness, spirituality and monasticism, and landscape and biblical imagination. The course provides a profoundly authentic experience for pilgrims desiring time and space in the Holy Land in less traveled, but arguably more rewarding, spiritual landscapes.
DUE TO THE ONGOING VIOLENCE AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN EGYPT, THIS COURSE DOES NOT INCLUDE A VISIT TO ST. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY IN THE SINAI. We regret this change in itinerary but we cannot risk the safety of our course members.
October 01 – October 14, 2015