Pilgrimage: Costa Rica

Oct. 7, 2022-Oct., 11, 2022

The Program

Pilgrimage: Costa Rica is a Fall Break pilgrimage to the Caribbean Coast. Set amidst the jungle and beaches of Costa Rica, participants are invited into a deep study of three ancient spiritual practices: yoga, meditation and contemplative silence. Home to 11 ecological habitats, this coastline is one of the most important nesting sites in the world for marine turtles and home to a vibrant diversity of animals, flora and fauna. On this four-day, three-night pilgrimage, we will immerse ourselves in the spirituality of the land and questions of sustainability while also exploring spiritual practices central to several world religions.  

The pilgrimage includes a six-week small group study that considers the intersection of spirituality, wellness, and our connection to nature. We will rely upon meditation, yoga, silence and journaling as our primary modes of reflection and glean wisdom from the spirituality of the indigenous people who have called Costa Rica home for generations. Considering what it means to live lives of meaning and purpose, we will explore the jungle and coastlines of Costa Rica as we examine our own spiritual roots. 


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


The Office of the Chaplaincy will cover all expenses related to the program. Students will be expected to contribute the gift of their time, attention, and commitment to the program as well as any money needed for gifts and other personal items.


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

For More Information

Contact Jamie Lynn Haskins at jhaskins@richmond.edu or visit our website at chaplaincy.richmond.edu.