Blog (Latest News, Info and Updates)

Here are the latest developments from Journeying, with news, contributions from Journeyers, occasional poems and prayers. We have also included our Facebook page to the left so you can keep up to date there too.

Walking Together - Annual Gathering for Journeying

Wednesday 30th October 2019
David Gleed

Each year the Journeying team gather at Mount St Bernard Abbey near Loughborough for their annual meeting. For three days business is intertwined with prayer and the rhythm of monastic life, a remarkably dynamic way of getting things done! This year, the annual gathering takes place, 31st October - 2nd November. Mount Saint Bernard Abbey is a place of welcome. It lives the virtues of hospitality... Gaelic Rune of Hospitality I Gaelic saw a stranger yestreen; I put food in the eating place, Drink in the drinking place, Music in the listening place, And in the name of the Triune He blessed myself and my house, My cattle and my dear ones, And the lark said in her song: Often, often, often, Goes the Christ in the stranger's guise, Often, often,…

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Paths of Light

Saturday 19th October 2019
Paddy Allen (Journeying Leader)

Isn't it awe-inspiring how God makes his presence real in the sudden unmanufactured moment that happens in the middle of the mundane. There I was taking the dog on his before bed walk last night. A big moon was making a path across the sea and a heron glimmered among the wavelets on the sand, flexing and stretching his neck waiting, waiting. Then quietly and carefully he stepped across the path of light and slipped his head neatly under the ripples. Then up with a bright silver fish wriggling and sparkling in his beak. He paused for a moment (saying grace?) then a tidy gulp and that was it - a satisfied stomach. Poor fish! I painted a rather stylised…

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Journey Diaries - Croagh Patrick, Ireland

Sunday 13th October 2019
David Gleed

Our first trip to Ireland coincided with that wonderful year of peace, 1994. Sweeping down the road that leads from Castlebar to Westport, Co. Mayo, the pilgrim group caught its first glimpse of Croagh Patrick, Ireland's foremost Holy Mountain and our intended destination. We unpacked and settled into Westport Hostel. Things were still a little formal. Conversation at the evening meal, although interesting, was not yet flowing. However, with pudding over, the film crew pointing cameras at views and not people, and the first 'chore group' busy in the kitchen (sharing the washing up is a great way to make friends and break barriers) things began to feel more relaxed. TV Producer, Jeffrey Milland had made contact a few months earlier,…

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Poems, Prayers and Reflections

Friday 11th October 2019
Phil Craine

Poems, prayer and reflections are a key part of the Journeying experience. Please send us a poem, a thought, a quote from a verse and let us know why it inspires you and we'd be happy to publish it in the blog. To start us off, here is a poem by George Herbert along with an introduction by one of our leaders, Phil Craine, on why it inspires him: "This poem is simply a list of metaphors attempting to grasp different aspects of prayer. They are all different but still ring true to my ear. Prayer can be angry, desperate, consoling and comforting - and the poet's vivid images bring life to these qualities. I think too that…

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New Partnership in Ireland with Waterford Camino Tours

Tuesday 1st October 2019
Iain Tweedale

We're delighted to announce a new partnership with Waterford Camino Tours. The partnership will bring new joint holidays in Ireland and Wales, with the first - the Irish Camino Experience - already scheduled for 22nd-27th March (see our Journeys 2020 page for more details). Waterford Camino Tours is run by Phil and Elaine Brennan. Phil is a nationally celebrated Musical Director, with a PhD in Spirituality and his wife Elaine has a backgound in music and catering. Together they founded Waterford Camino Tours to connect people to something deeper on the inside which is key to being able to overcome the challenges that life throws at us. Phil has been an advocate of social justice over the past few decades. During…

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Prayer Walk in Tenby

Thursday 29th August 2019
David Gleed

Beginning and ending at the Fisherman's Chapel, St Julian's, Tenby harbour, SA70 7BZ Sunday 22 nd September 2019. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Prayer walking is a great way to relax and grow spiritually.Alone but not alone, we leave behind for a while, the cares of home and wholly in the moment, walk around a course, stopping at seven 'stations' along the way. There's no charge to take part. Simply email to register; info@journeying,co.uk

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Celtic Connections

Wednesday 7th August 2019
Joy Rousay, Canada

Not long after the Gatehouse of Fleet walk was announced for May 2015, my friend Patricia and I made our booking, and because we were travelling from Western Canada and we knew it was imperative to make our plans early. This would be our second Journeying adventure, the first being to Iona and Mull in 2013 and we were eager to participate again. I knew that my maternal grandfather, David Porter had come to Canada from Galloway in 1888 as a 9 year old - Kirkinner Parish, Wigtown - to be exact, but I wasn't aware of any family connections in Dumfries on the east side of Wigtown Bay. Mere days before the tour was to begin, I was…

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Limericks from the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland

Monday 5th August 2019
Paddy Allen and guests

A BASKET OF LIMERICKS FROM THE ISLAND IDYLL JOURNEY A talented group of Journeyers came together on the Isle of Cumbrae recently and penned the following limericks for your enjoyment! The forecasters said it would rain Every day of the week we were stayin' But the fact that the sky Remained every day dry Was of course on account of our prayin'. Aw..thanks! To Paddy and Rosemary too We offer a big thank you For a wonderful stay On the Isle of Cumbrae And for making our wishes come true. When Andrew emerged from the sea Blood was streaming all down from his knee. It was bandaged with care By a maiden so fair And Andrew went off with great glee. A lady on a bike ride said That her buttocks had died. She looked in dismay As her kids…

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Way of St David Journal

Thursday 1st August 2019
Lynne Golding

Lynne (on the left of the image in front of St Davids cathedral) is from Brampton, Canada and was a pilgrim on our first Way of St David journey in June. Here is her daily journal packed with observations and insights on pilgrimage on what proved to be an amazing time together: Saturday June 22, 2019 Cardiff - Llangwm Hi everyone, Martha and I began the day in Cardiff with a walk to the Bay Area—an area once the economic centre of Wales as the location from which Welsh coal was exported and later a very poor area of Wales following the cessation of coal production in the area. It is now a revitalized area for arts, sports and civics including the…

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Water

Monday 29th July 2019
Iain Tweedale

Many of our worries come from being unable to live in the present. By worrying about the future or re-running events from the past in our minds we can find it difficult to focus on the here now where we can just be. John Main likes to use the analogy of drops of water for the word or mantra used in meditation or silent prayer. Like the drop of water in a river it contains in itself the whole river, right back to the source and right down to the ocean. The drop of water enters the flow of the river and is part of its entirety in the here and now. There is no future and no past, it…

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