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Trailblaze a new pilgrimage route


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This is not linked to the camino but it is a wonderful opportunity to be a trailblazer on a new path, yet to be opened to individual pilgrims:

Would you care to apply to be part of the opening of the Abraham Path by joining an amazing group of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellows (mostly women) on a historic journey through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. The trip departs in five weeks (April 24 - May 9), so time is short. If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) – please contact Josh Weiss at jweiss@law.harvard.edu . He can also be reached at (413) 348-8758.
A couple of the Kellogg Fellows had to cancel last minute, opening a few participant places on the trip (which is limited to 16 persons).
This trip is for trail-blazers. People who possess a spirit of adventure and a desire to contribute to cross-cultural understanding and community development. Most of the trip will be traveled by a small bus, with short walks to get out on the land and meet people. Ms. Gail Simmons is our trip leader from Oxford England, and she is a veteran of the region. Highlights of details she has arranged are:
Accommodation for one night at a breathtaking 7th C Syrian desert monastery
A day of volunteering in the highlands of Jordan
The world-renown Avner Goren to be your guide in Jerusalem.
No special skills are required just an open mind and an open heart. The sites are amazing, and the hospitality you will experience will be unparalleled. Core details regarding trip itinerary and cost are attached. We will answer all your questions as best we can.
I’ll also be on the trip for a few of the days. Come join us, perhaps with a friend.

All best,
Tyler Norris
Executive Director
Abraham Path Initiative
1245 Pearl St #208
Boulder CO 80302 USA



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This sounds really interesting, sil! Thanks for sharing it. I can't go this year (not enough annual leave for even the Camino in May :( ), but if they establish an actual trail, I'd love to try it.



sillydoll said:
Accommodation for one night at a breathtaking 7th C Syrian desert monastery
Is that Deir Mar Musa monastery, just north of Damascus, by any chance? If so, you'll find it quite fascinating: a re-creation by a French Jesuit of the Syrian desert lavra tradition. This Abraham trail looks like a really marvellous project. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm totally committed to my Canterbury-Santiago walk in May, I'd jump at the opportunity to be a trailblazer. This needs supporting: it's a wonderful idea and a real attempt to do something that brings traditions together and looks at shared roots. May the blessing of Father Abraham be upon all involved! Amen.


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