2014:Walking into History The great pilgrimages of the world—in India, Japan, Spain and England—are now joined by the world's first full inter-faith pilgrimage in a little mountain town in southern Colorado. Amid gorgeous country, a village unique in all the world beckons you to experience a full range of spiritual traditions aspiring to their original inspiration. It all takes place of over seven remarkable days and 36 miles...a complete package for $800 USD [Registration], a tuition intended to make this sacred journey very possible. The Camino de Crestone pilgrimage is offered in the spirit of religious unity and diversity. You will be visiting many spiritual centers in a week-long experience geared to be educational, clarifying, non- dogmatic, and richly thorough—a unique contribution to your spiritual journey.Crestone! Amid some of Colorado's greatest beauty, the little mountain town of Crestone is a magnet of spiritual presences. Within walking distance of this small international village are stupas andand zendos, ashrams, a Carmelite monastery, Buddhist retreats and centers for sacred dance andvoice, not to mention medicine wheels, sweat lodges and the labyrinth of Chartres in its exactdimensions. The most sacred mountains in the world to the Hopi and Navajo overlook thethe Camino de Crestone and the Great Sand Dunes just to the south. It is a true place of power.The Need For Pilgrimage With world events escalating in intensity and significance, the need for human unity rises exponentially. The subtlest longing in the human heart is to belong to life, an urge so primal and universal as to nurture the highest of dreams and yet also be the cause of most conflicts on our planet. While reaction to 'religion' is understandable, the religious impulse represents the deepest human urge to relate and know what is most important. Because humanity's most basic need is inter-religious tolerance, an inter-faith pilgrimage grows in timeliness and importance. As our global family grows, its religious traditions are being understood in their unity even as their diversity gets more obviously expressed. Our planet’s authentic 'paths of return' are like wells into a shared aquifer—all drawing the same water. So, too, with human beings: The Camino de Crestone is dedicated to your uniqueness and universality—and to the direct experience of your deepest self. To complete the journey to your own heart will take you into the heart of everyone else.
Seven Unforgettable DaysYou are invited inward…and outward…in a week-long quest for meaning, for understanding, for direct experience, for freedom and truth. Such a journey gains authenticity from the dedication of body, mind and spirit to pilgrimage. ashrams, zendos, stupas, retreats, labyrinths, temples, sweat lodges, sanctuaries and much more…
In 2014 there will be five pilgrimages.*June 14-21 *July 5-12 *August 9-16 *September 13-20 & 20-27Each starts and ends on a Saturday afternoon. The Camino is a communion with nature, a retreat and a 7-day educational intensive.At each of 16 spiritual centers you will receive teachings and/or presentations.You'll be carrying a pack and walking with 6-13 other pilgrims.When registering, offer an alternative date, if possible, along with your intended date.The Camino Administrator will email you with updates.
“Life-affirming and life-transforming!” ~Mark N, Columbia, MO
How It Works:
The Camino de Crestone's inaugural year begins every Saturday from June through September. Last fall, after my wife and I walked the Camino de Santiago, northern Spain’s millennium-old pilgrimage that drew even St. Francis, the seed-thought, It’s time for a Camino de Crestone, came as clearly as the recognition of springtime. Why Crestone? Nearby are stupas and zendos, ashrams, a Carmelite monastery, a Sufi tekke, Buddhist retreats, not to mention medicine wheels and sweat lodges, plus the labyrinth of Chartres in its exact dimensions. Sacred mountains overlook the Camino de Crestone, a true place of power. Along with audio-tours, participants experience meditations, dharma talks, yoga of the voice, a shamanic journey, a sweat lodge, sacred dance, spiritual healings, plus presentations and meetings with adepts in many traditions. Experience (not dogma) is key.Pilgrimage has been a staple in the spiritual diet of Homo Sapiens for eons—for we are made to wonder about life. As we wonder, so we wander. The Camino de Crestone steps forward the spiritual development of our human family, for walking this unprecedented educational opportunity—a 35-mile circuit that visits 15 spiritual centers in a week's time—naturally creates ambassadors of harmony among our planet's great spirituo-religious traditions.Buen Camino William Howell, Founder
NEW LIVING SYMBOL for the CAMINO!These woven prayer ties provide a meaningful symbol for the Camino de Crestone. On the June 2014 pilgrimage, during the sweat lodge with medicine man, Chris Long, his wife Andrea prepared these tobacco prayer ties for a sweat lodge in the Lakota tradition. The intention of the sweat lodge was for theCamino itself. After our four rounds of heated stones, chanting and prayers in the lodge symbolizing the womb of the Earth, Chris opened the flap, letting sunlight into the round hot space the ten pilgrims had just inhabited. Butbefore the last of the group exited, Andrea noticed the prayer ties. They had been hanging down in their six single separate and symbolic colors directly over the sacred fire in the middle of the lodge when the ceremony began. Now it was a single offering--for the prayer ties had been braided! The Spirits of the gifting realm which aids those who make such a ceremony had braided the ties of the six directions into three groups of two and braided that triad into one. Such remarkable and otherwise unexplainable proofs of the power of the sweat lodges had happened before, quite often, actually. But never the braiding of the prayer ties. A what a marvelous symbol--the different colors, each representing a different direction and its corresponding power, being like the different spirituo-religious traditions visited on the Camino: They each remained unique and intact but now had been woven together in a greater harmony and union.