THE JOURNEY

 



** £849 No Single Supplement**

6 Miles/ 10 Km per day Walks

 

To Book or make Enquiries please e-mail director@saintpatrickcentre.com

 

Testimonials

 

We were so moved by the beauty, majesty and drama of this deeply spiritual,  Irish landscape that we have left a large part of our hearts in the Mountains of Mourne.

It’s all about the Journey and this journey bestows a special blessing.

Patrick and Patricia

It was good to have a range of activities and as my first taste of retreats and pilgrimage, it gave me a chance to identify what I would want more or less from any future ‘journey’. As an aside it was a wonderful introduction to that part of NI.

The Journey provides a unique opportunity to combine the experiences of pilgrimage, personal reflection, fun and fabulous scenery, led by caring and knowledgeable guides.

Elaine

We had a wonderful five days and I would like to do it again.  Martina and Elaine where excellent guides but more than that far more. They are professional, caring, attuned to all 12 of us. Very quickly we became family.
Their knowledge of St Patrick and his Pilgrimage through Ireland, enlightened us all.

Rita

What an amazing few days spent with Elaine and Martina following the way of St Patrick. The ladies were so informative and the craic was great too. Met some lovely people. Would highly recommend.

Bernadette

 

OVERVIEW

The Journey involves four guided walks through the stunning St Patrick’s Way in County Down, a visit to meet the Benedictine Monks in Rostrevor and receive a pilgrim’s blessing and a chance to learn about their spirituality. It’s also an opportunity for relaxation and retreat and to learn about  Monastic Medication and spiritual journaling on the journey through life.

“One of the first things you will do is go to the beach at Ballyhornan,” said pilgrim guide Elaine Kelly. “The beach offers gorgeous views of Gunn Island and you will then walk along cliff top paths on the stunning Down coast into Ardglass, visiting St Patrick’s Holy Well at Sheepland, and Ardtole, the site of one of the ancient churches Ireland’s patron saint himself was said to have founded.”

 “In the constant age of overwhelm it’s a chance to unwind, and to be refreshed by the absolutely stunning beauty of the coast St Patrick knew so well.

“You will begin to learn about the true Patrick, his spiritual journey and literally walk in the steps of this great apostle of Ireland.”

Dr Tim Campbell, who began to develop this exciting new spiritual adventure before lockdown, said he wants people to learn about the true Patrick, not the caricature that has taken hold in modern culture.

“In many ways Patrick and March 17 has been overtaken by the festivities and we have forgotten the man and his message at the heart of it all. The true Patrick had to find faith for himself.

“The Christian faith which the young Patrick was born into did not blossom in him until he was kidnapped by Irish pirates, having witnessed his father’s servants murdered before his eyes as a teenager. It was in the isolation of the Irish countryside, most likely at Slemish, that Patrick began to pray and to meditate and to open his eyes to the wonders of God’s creation. It was then that he began to find the true God and his true self.”

“I recently had the chance to walk St Patrick’s Way again from Rostrevor to the Silent Valley and I have to say it is stunning and I think it is a hidden treasure that will feed many pilgrims in these challenging times as we emerge from the lockdown, perhaps seeking a more meaningful way of life.”

‘When we heard about The Journey’, Sister Martina said ‘Elaine and I immediately agreed to take part with the pilgrims. It reminded me of Irish poet John O’Donohue’s poignant words “Each new day is a path of wonder, a different invitation. Days are where our lives gradually become visible.”

The Journey will also take you into Newcastle, on the seashore, where St Patrick himself converted the son of a chieftain, Donard. Northern Ireland’s highest peak in the seaside town is named after Donard who became a holy monk on the mountain.

In Irish mythology the mountain was associated with the mythical figures Boirche and Slángha. There are many treasures in the shadow of Donard’s Mountain and on the journey you will walk along the Shimna River, visit an 18th century hermitage built into the river and enjoy panoramic views of the Mournes, including Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Commedagh.

Why not join us in this great adventure? Why not walk on this Journey and be amazed?

More details about The Journey which takes place March 28th – 31st are available on www.saintpatrickcentre.com or contact The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick – director@saintpatrickcentre.com.