On the Camino

A Pilgrimage to Remember, Release, and Reimagine

July 17 – 26, 2023

The Camino, The Portuguese Way

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Jackson Droney and Christine 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 is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, contact the registrar, Chris.

Free Information Session

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Jackson Droney and Christine Jeffrey on Zoom for a free Information Session to discern about the rightness of this pilgrimage for you. 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, 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 after 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 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

We gather at our lodging in Oia, Spain…. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Day Two

We begin our daily rhythm of walking…. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Day Three

Today is the longest day of walking, and the trail splits into differing routes…. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Day Four

We’ll go up and down a mountain….
(Photo credit: Christiana Lundholm)

Day Five

We will have free time in the lively town of Pontevedra….
(Photo credit: Jon Buck)

Day Six

We arrive in the sleepy town of Caldas de Reis….
(Photo Credit: Buck Cochran)

Day Seven

Our journey takes us through Padron….
(Photo Credit: Martha Kirkpatrick)

Day Eight

We arrive in Santiago on the eve of the Feast of St. James…. (Photo credit: Jackson Droney)

Day Nine

Enjoy the Feast Day festivities as you wish and have dinner on your own….
(Photo Credit: Jon Buck)

Day Ten

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

“For me, the goal of the pilgrimage was not reaching Santiago; the goal was the Camino itself, and the knowledge that we were following in an ancient line of footsteps. The sense of accompanying one another, and being accompanied by all who have gone before, was deeply sustaining, even when the path was at its most difficult.”

-Christiana Lundholm, past pilgrim


Jackson Droney

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Christine Jeffrey

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$2800 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

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, 2023: First installment of $1150
Due on April 1, 2023: Second installment of $1150

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made as follows: cancellations received on or before April 1, 2023: 100% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; cancellations received between April 2 and May 15, 2023: 50% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; no refunds will be made for cancellations received after May 15, 2023. 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, 2023

The Camino is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, contact Chris at chris@shalem.org.


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.