Bill Harper, the founder and director of Pilgrim Trekking, has been working with young people in the wilderness for three decades. As an Episcopal Priest Bill developed a parish-based wilderness program for the young people in his own parish, a program that has changed and sustained parish youth for 20 years…

 

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"To Journey without being changed is to be a nomad.

To change without a journey is to be a chameleon.

To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a Pilgrim."

– Mark Nepo

Where Could You Go?

Who Could You Become?


Imagine Adventure and Challenge and Faith

Imagine Community and Service and Growth

Imagine Vision and Purpose and Change

 

Imagine!
 

Our Mission at Pilgrim Trekking is Awe and Wonder and Community.

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jumpinng into a clear, clean wilderness lake
early morning refelection by a wilderness lake
breaking of the bread

November 2, 2018

"The Blessed Company of the Saints in Light." 

Sometimes I just need people.  

I have spent many nights alone in a tent.  I'm not asking for pity when I say this. There is something really, really remarkable about traveling alone in the Wilderness. I admit that it took me some time to get used to it, but now I want it.  

At the same time, I find it deeply challenging.  I don't sleep well in backcountry places, alone.  Like Jacob, I wrestle in my sleep, waking, watching, wondering.  There are some stories I could tell about dreams, dreams of bears of cougars and me.  

Oh my.

So traveling with others is still my preferred pattern.  I like group dynamics.  I like to see how we do when the buffers of comfort fade just a bit.  Personally, I become more transparent in a group, especially after 3 or 4 days on the trail together.  Truth is, after some days on the trail, it's harder to hide.  Privacy becomes far less important or possible. Our traveling companions know us, and ye...

October 1, 2018

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.  To change without a journey is to be a chameleon.  To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim.

--Mark Nepo

I’ve been a Nomad.

I’ve been a Chameleon.

I’ve been, sometimes, a Pilgrim.

Poet Mark Nepo’s words helped me understand the difference. A Nomad is not really on a journey—she is simply wandering. Not lost, really, and maybe not aimless, but certainly she is without sustaining roots, perhaps even by choice. The Nomad is in motion, and that’s all.

A Chameleon simply holds still and waits. He is prepared to change color and self as the conditions demand. His changing is usually rooted in the fear of revealing true colors or an enduring self. Camouflage is the norm. It’s a way to survive, but rarely a way to thrive.

A Pilgrim is on a road, a trail, a journey. The Pilgrim moves forward precisely to discover and to change. A Pilgrim is sustained by where she has been, and yet longs for more. And a Pilgrim is brav...

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