On the Camino

Remember, Release, and Reimagine

July 17 – 26, 2022

The Camino, The Portuguese Way

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Jackson Droney and Brenda Bertrand 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 your experience on this journey.

Experience holy listening as you walk with God.


To be put on a waiting list, contact Chris at chris@shalem.org.

Free Taste & See mini-retreat

Join pilgrimage co-leaders Jackson Droney and Brenda Bertrand on Zoom for this free Taste & See mini-retreat to discern about the rightness of this pilgrimage for you. Register in advance by clicking on a date below.

There are no current dates scheduled.

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, 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 midafternoon. Some days we will hold seminars and 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 seminars 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, looking to figures like Harriet Tubman and Dorothy Day for guidance.

We will arrive in Santiago on 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.


Day One: Oia

We gather at our lodging in Oia, Spain…

Day Two: Baiona

We begin our daily rhythm of walking…

Day Three: Vigo

Pilgrims explore the large port city of Vigo…

Day Four: Redondela

We will hold our second seminar on releasing…

Day Five: Pontevedra

Pilgrims will have free time to explore Pontevedra…

Day Six: Caldas de Reis

We will continue our walk to the sleepy town of Caldas de Reis…

Day Seven: Padron

As we draw closer to Santiago, we’ll hold our third seminar on reimaging…

Day Eight: Santiago

We arrive in Santiago on the eve of the Feast of St. James…

Day Nine: Santiago

We hold a closing circle in the morning…

Day Ten: Santiago

Pilgrims depart for home.


Jackson Droney

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Brenda Bertrand

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$2500 per person, double occupancy

Included in the Pilgrimage Fee:

  • Nightly lodging
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • The cost of transporting baggage to and from each lodging location

Payment Schedule

Due upon application: $500 non-refundable deposit
Due on March 1, 2022: First installment of $1000
Due on April 1, 2022: Second installment of $1000

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made as follows: cancellations received on or before April 1, 2022: 100% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; cancellations received between April 2 and May 15, 2022: 50% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; no refunds will be made for cancellations received after May 15, 2022. Shalem reserves the right to cancel the pilgrimage for any reason, in which case you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

We are requiring all pilgrims to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including booster shots). Our pilgrimages will follow all future travel guidelines set by the country in which the pilgrimage will take place.


Pilgrimage Dates: July 17 – 26, 2022

The pilgrimage is now full. Contact Chris (301-897-7334 or chris@shalem.org) if you would like to be put on a wait list.


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


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Grounded in our understanding of God’s desire for peace, wholeness and well-being, we envision a world transformed by contemplative living and leadership in which all people honor one another and creation, recognize their unity and interconnectedness, and courageously seek to live out of this reality.