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Pilgrimage: Acadia

Sat., October 12-Tue., October 15, 2019

The Program

Pilgrimage Acadia is a Fall Break hiking and camping pilgrimage that invites participants to explore the tremendous beauty of the Acadian region of coastal Maine. Home to the Wabanaki people, this area has offered a site for spiritual reflection and renewal for at least the last 5,000 years. The Wabanaki or “People of the Dawnland” find deep meaning in this land and its majestic beauty and we will explore this sacred site during a four-day, three-night pilgrimage within Acadia National Park.

This pilgrimage includes a six-week small group study that considers the intersection of spirituality, wellness and our connection to nature in order to explore fundamental questions of meaning and purpose. We will rely upon meditation and mindfulness practices as primary modes of reflection and gain insight from the spirituality of the Wabanaki people and other wisdom traditions.


This pilgrimage is open to all undergraduate students. Those who identify as spiritual but not religious, spiritual seekers and students from all faith and no faith backgrounds are welcome to apply. Selected students will be required to attend all group meetings. Post-trip activities will integrate the experience with life at the University of Richmond and beyond. 


The Office of the Chaplaincy will cover all travel expenses as well as room and board. Students are expected to contribute their time, attention, and commitment as excellent team members eager to learn and share with others.


The Pilgrimage will be co-led by Jamie Lynn Haskins, Chaplain for Spiritual Life, and Waleed Ilyas, Muslim Chaplain.


Important Dates

Applications available
Thursday, Aug. 1

Application deadline
Sunday, Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Application interviews
Mon., Sept. 2 - Thurs., Sept. 5

Application notification
Fri., Sept. 6

Group Meetings