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Pilgrimage. Special Edition Hardback.

Pilgrimage. Special Edition Hardback.

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Do you enjoy travel memoirs with a combination of personal reflection and practical tips? Are you interested in solo walking, or are you considering walking the Camino de Santiago or other multi-day walks?

Are you a seeker? Or did you enjoy the movie, The Way?

If yes, Pilgrimage is for you.

Special edition hardback. Printed and shipped from the UK. Click here for other editions including ebook, audiobook, workbook, paperback, large print, bundles and book stacks.

In mid-2020, I was not okay — and I didn't know how to find my way out of that darkness.

But I could put one foot in front of the other until I figured it out.

So, after tackling my fears of what might happen, I walked the Pilgrims’ Way from Southwark Cathedral in London to Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England.

The following year, in October 2021, as I recovered from COVID-19, I walked the St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose in Scotland to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, on the north-east coast of England.

In September 2022, I walked the Camino de Santiago along the coastal route from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. A life goal I have had for over twenty years.

Together, these three solo pilgrimages helped me through a dark time and changed how I see the way ahead, and I want to share these lessons with you.

In this book, I share my lessons learned and insights from walking these ancient ways, as well as historical, religious and cultural aspects, and plenty of tips. There are also questions for you to consider around your own journey.

If you'd like to check out the first few chapters — the Preface, Introduction, and Why Pilgrimage, click on the link below to download a sample.

Click here to read the opening chapters of Pilgrimage (PDF)

Part 1 goes into practical and spiritual preparation before pilgrimage, including how to make decisions about the route and whether to walk solo, as well as what to take with you, and how to face the fears that might hold you back.

Part 2 covers the journey itself with the practicalities of the pilgrim’s day, as well as how walking the path of history and facing the challenge of the way can give you much-needed perspective on life — and perhaps even a glimpse of the divine.

Part 3 addresses the arrival at your destination, and how to leave room for the gifts of pilgrimage to emerge after your return home, as well as how my three walks impacted my experience of mid-life.

At the end, you’ll find appendices with practical tips for each of the three ways, as well as a gear list and bibliography for further reading.

Whether you feel a call to pilgrimage or a need for change in your life, Pilgrimage might be the perfect guide to help you embark on a journey of self-discovery, and discover the transformative power of walking solo.

Special edition hardback, 18 color interior pages. Silver foil on inner cover. 

5 x 8 inches, 221 pages, 545g

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Toby Neal
Great little instruction book from the heart!

Was so excited to get my gorgeous, special edition signed hardback from the Kickstarter campaign! This book exceeded my expectations--silky and weighty to hold, it invited daydreams of pilgrimage and Jo's practical but heartfelt descriptions kept me turning pages until I'd read the whole thing--but it's a book which will keep on being relevant indefinitely. A real contribution to the travel world!

Full of information, help and guidance

An excellent read. Full of helpful information for pilgrims. Plus more links and information, help and guidance for walkers. Plus down-to-earth help for people with problems and difficulties in their life. Particularly was interested in help for menopausal women and sent info to my two daughters, one of who has early menopause due to something wrong with her ovaries. Not easy to put those thoughts and words into a book. You have to be brave. And, of course, brave to do all that walking. Well done J F P{enn. Congratualtions on your book and your efforts. A round of applause requirsd here.

Alexandra Amor
Stunning and helpful

This is a gorgeous book with several sections of colour photos of Penn's pilgrimages. The information within is very helpful, going over topics from gear one needs for a pilgrimage to tips about accommodation, suggestions for care of one's mental health and more. Additionally Penn shares her personal experiences, both positive and challenging, while on 3 different pilgrimages. A must read for any long distance walker!

Becky Wade
A beautiful and cathartic book

I have just finished reading Pilgrimage and absolutely loved it. What a beautiful and cathartic book. The writing is stunning and the book brought me to tears in parts. A wonderful life-affirming read. Thank you J. F. Penn.