On the Camino

A Pilgrimage to Remember, Release, and Reimagine

July 17 – 26, 2024

The Camino, The Portuguese Way

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Jackson Droney, Bryan Berghoef, and Chris Jeffrey as they invite you to remember your intentions, release whatever you feel called to let go, and reimagine the rhythm of your life in light of this experience.

Experience holy listening as you walk with God.

The Camino Pilgrimage is now full.

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Free Information Session

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Jackson Droney, Bryan Berghoef, and Chris Jeffrey on Zoom for a free Information Session to discern about the rightness of this pilgrimage for you. Future dates to be determined.

For centuries, pilgrims have walked the Way of St. James – the Camino de Santiago – for spiritual deepening, healing, and inspiration. Walking the well-trodden path parallels the inner journey pilgrims make. We invite you to walk with us on the Portuguese Way – Coastal Route, one branch of the Camino. Fellow seekers have made this pilgrimage for many different reasons and at different stages in life.

We will depart each morning, stopping for breakfast and sharing silence until noon. Lunch will be on your own as we walk (plenty of places to do so). We’ll arrive at our lodging for the night by late afternoon. Some days we will hold pilgrim listening circles to consider our themes and intentions. Other days, you’ll have free time to explore the stop on the way and reflect on your own. We’ll share dinner each evening.

As you walk in the silence, what do you hear and notice? How is God speaking to you on this journey? The practice of pilgrimage is as much about holy listening as it is about walking. Our prayer time and pilgrim circles will allow us time to listen to each other and consider how others have been called to pilgrimage with God. We’ll take an expansive view of walking with God, considering all the ways the Holy moves in our lives.

We will arrive in Santiago on the eve of the Feast of St. James, an ideal opportunity to honor our journeys as we integrate our experiences. As we prepare to return, we know that we’ll keep walking with the Holy, transformed by the inner and outer journey of this time.



The pilgrimage leaders will begin holding four monthly orientation meetings (via Zoom) with the pilgrim community. These meetings will be held at 7:00 PM Eastern on March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 23, 2024. Attendance at these 90-minute orientation meetings is required as they will provide a space to check in on everyone’s physical preparation, offer important logistical information, and support the spiritual development of our pilgrim community.


Wednesday, July 17 – Oia

We gather at our lodging in Oia, Spain in the late afternoon, beginning with an opening circle of introductions and preparing spiritually for the seven-day walk ahead. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Thursday, July 18 – Baiona

We begin our daily rhythm of walking, leaving Oia in silence. Focusing on our theme of “remember,” once in Baiona, we hold pilgrim listening circles. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Friday, July 19 – Vigo

Today is the longest day of walking, and the trail splits into differing routes. One route goes along the coast near the water. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Saturday, July 20 – Redondela

This day’s walk will take us up and down a mountain, and includes the steepest terrain of the pilgrimage. Once in Redondela, emphasizing our theme of “release,” we hold pilgrim listening circles. (Photo credit: Christiana Lundholm)

Sunday, July 21 – Pontevedra

Half-way to Santiago, we will have free time in the lively town of Pontevedra and can explore the Pilgrim’s Chapel and Convent of St. Francis.
(Photo credit: Jon Buck)

Monday, July 22 – Caldas de Reis

Continuing our daily walking rhythm, we arrive in the sleepy town of Caldas de Reis. We will take time to tend to our bodies after five days of walking with the option of taking a dip in a natural hot spring.
(Photo Credit: Buck Cochran)

Tuesday, July 23 – Padron

On our penultimate day of walking, our journey takes us through Padron, famous for its peppers. Emphasizing our theme of “reimagine” we hold our final time of pilgrim listening circles.
(Photo Credit: Martha Kirkpatrick)

Wednesday, July 24 – Santiago

After our final day of walking, we arrive at last in Santiago on the eve of the Feast of St. James. We hold our closing circle to reexamine our intentions and prepare for the next day’s festivities. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Thursday, July 25 – Santiago

The last full day of our pilgrimage does not include any programming. Enjoy the Feast Day festivities as you wish and have dinner on your own.
(Photo Credit: Jon Buck)

Friday, July 26 – Santiago

Pilgrims depart as their schedules require.
(Photo Credit: Buck Cochran)

“The Camino experience gave me insight into how to transcend suffering (blisters, swollen ankles, exhaustion) and find God via Shalem’s exceptional leadership, quiet mornings, gorgeous scenery, good food and good company.”

-Aetna Thompson, past pilgrim


Jackson Droney

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Bryan Berghoef

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Christine Jeffrey

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$2900 per person, double occupancy

Included in the Pilgrimage Fee:

  • Nightly lodging
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner each night (except one night)
  • The cost of transporting baggage to and from each lodging location

NOTE: The price does not include airfare to and from Spain, and it does not include lunch.

Payment Schedule

Due upon application: $500 non-refundable deposit
Due on March 1, 2024: First installment of $1200
Due on April 1, 2024: Second installment of $1200

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made as follows: cancellations received on or before April 1, 2024: 100% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; cancellations received between April 2 and May 15, 2024: 50% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; no refunds will be made for cancellations received after May 15, 2024. Shalem reserves the right to cancel the pilgrimage for any reason, in which case you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.


Pilgrimage Dates: July 17 – 26, 2024

At-Home Zoom Meetings: 7:00 PM ET on March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 23, 2024

The Camino Pilgrimage is now full.


Christine (Chris) Jeffrey is the Registrar for the Camino Pilgrimage and can be contacted at chris@shalem.org.


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