There will be two opportunities for you to walk the Ignatian Camino in 2018.
- May (16 Days, 246km)
- September (30 days, 495km).
Dates and costs to be confirmed.
There is one shorter (246km) and one longer one (495km) guided Ignatian Camino offered:
1. Thursday 4 May – Friday 19 May, 2017 (16 days – 246km)
Cost per person: AUD $2,500.00*
Please download the itinerary for this (246km) Ignatian Camino: ignatian-camino-1-itinerary-2017
Please download the booking form for this (246km) Ignatian Camino: registration-form-2017-ignatian-camino-1
2. Thursday 21 September – Friday 20 October, 2017 (30 days – 495km)
Cost per person: AUD $3,995.00*
Please download the itinerary for the longer (495km) Ignatian Camino ignatian-camino-495km itinerary-2017
Please download the application form for this (495km) Ignatian Camino: registration-form-2017-ignatian-camino-4
* These are the ground content prices only and are based on a minimum of 15 full paying participants. Subject to change. Do not include return airfares to Spain and internal travel to Loyola.
In 2017 two different groups of pilgrims will walk the route taken by Íñigo López de Loyola (who later became Saint Ignatius of Loyola) in 1522 from his home in Spain’s Basque country to Montserrat and Manresa. The “Camino Ignaciano,” or the “Ignatian way” begins at the birthplace of Ignatius Loyola in Spain’s Basque country, in a village near the small town of Azpeitia. From there, the route proceeds through picturesque mountains, deserts and plains, before ending in the town of Manresa near Barcelona. Ignatius rested in this town for some months after his journey from Loyola. Manresa was a place of profound spiritual enlightenment for him. Here he composed his spiritual masterpiece, the Spiritual Exercises. Pilgrims will walk virtually the same route that Ignatius did, pass through many towns that he did, pray at churches where he did, and marvel at the natural wonders that he saw.
Pilgrims will be on an outer journey and an inner journey. The outer journey will be reasonably well marked. The inner journey less so. For some it will be about forgiveness or reconciliation, for others a new direction or course in life, a confirmation of a major life choice, or a renewed or rediscovered sense of personal identity.
NOTE: The Ignatian Camino is a walking pilgrimage with a number of consecutive daily distances over 20km and five or more hours walking each day. A good level of walking fitness & overall good health is essential.
PREPARATION: For more information on physical preparation please click here.
EQUIPMENT: For more information on equipment you will need please click here.
PURPOSE: For more some ideas about how to reflect on your purpose for walking the Ignatian Camino, please click here.
Fr Josep Lluís Iriberri, SJ will guide the longer (495km) pilgrimage from Thursday 21 September – Friday 20 October, 2017. Each day pilgrims will have the opportunity for daily Mass, either said by Fr Josep, or will attend a Eucharist in one of the local parishes. There will also be opportunities for silence, prayer, personal reflection, spiritual conversation and sharing in small groups.
Josep was born in 1959, is a Jesuit priest from Spain. A biologist, counsellor and theologian, Josep is a professor at HTSI-School of Tourism Saint Ignatius at the University Ramon Llull in Barcelona. He is also the Director of the Office of the Ignatian Camino. In 2011, he was commissioned to design and promote the Ignatian Camino and continues to focus on this task. We are very pleased to have the Jesuit who designed the route of the Ignatian Camino be our guide in 2017.
This “film trailer” gives a quick impression of what the Ignatian Camino is about.