English/Scottish Coastal Pilgrimage
to Holy Island and Beyond

English/Scottish Coastal Pilgrimage
to Holy Island and Beyond

A Special Invitation for Master Facilitators and Previous Pilgrims

During the walk, there are a series of revelations. Those moments of discovery are mind-cleansing. They focus you, give you that moment of clarity you need to make those important decisions.
Michael Burnett
Author of Walks In and Around Dolgellau Town

We are inviting Core Gift Master Facilitators and previous Pilgrims to the Institute’s only walk in 2020. We want to acknowledge the commitment and courage you have shown in bringing out your gifts and choosing a purposeful path.

We’ve put together the best of the best—combining sections of the Northumberland Coastal Path, St. Cuthbert’s Way, and the Berwickshire Coastal Path for a spectacular scenic walk on the border of Scotland and England.

Our daily walking will include many moments of “I can’t believe I’m walking in the midst of all this beauty.” Our route follows established paths on beaches and bluffs (rated as “easy-moderate” on walking maps) where you will have ample time for silent walking and conversations with people who share a common language of gifts and also have unique and fascinating life stories to share. This is designed as intentional time for you to relax, breathe, and renew.  Each day, we will get to the end of our path, but we will not be in a hurry.

Cost, Registration and Schedule

Date: May 6 – 15, 2021 (POSTPONED)

Arrival and Departure City: Edinburgh, Scotland  (Travel note: Arrive Edinburgh airport (EDI) by 2pm May 7 and can depart Edinburgh any time after 12pm on May 15. There are many quick daily flights from London to Edinburgh, as well as connecting flights from Amsterdam and Paris.)

Price: $2,250 USD per person double occupancy.

Payment: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance is due no later than March 31, 2021.

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Group Size: Group is limited to 10 participants

Price includes:

  • Pre-Pilgrimage reflections
  • Detailed packing list and helpful notes
  • Expert daily guides
  • All breakfasts
  • Double accommodations in small inns and hotels
  • Daily luggage support
  • Facilitated evening discussions
  • Renewal of Core Gift Discovery© Statement
  • In-country train/bus/ferry which is part of our itinerary
  • Post-Pilgrimage follow-up

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Travel to and from our starting/ending destination
  • Lunch and dinners (inc. gratuities)

Walking Route

You will meet your group in Edinburgh, where we’ll shuttle to Alnmouth for the first night of introductory conversations and a good night’s sleep to prepare us for a great first day of walking. We’ll start our walk on the Northumberland Coast path in Cresswell and walk our way north for several days, passing the castles of Warkworth, Alnwick and Bamburgh on our way towards connecting with St. Cuthbert’s Way at Fenwick.

At Fenwick, we will meet the early morning low tide where St. Cuthbert’s Path opens us to the mile-wide expanse of the Holy Island Sands, where we will trace the footsteps and the marking poles in the sand of the Monks who pilgrimaged for centuries to Lindisfarne Island, commonly called Holy Island. We will be joined by a local Certified Guide for our walk to Holy Island. After a delightful lunch, she will guide us around the perimeter of the island thru the Lindisfarne National Nature Preserve, describing the plant and marine life. If we are lucky, she will tell us stories of her lobster-fisherman husband and what daily life is like on a small island off the coast of England.

From Holy Island, we will shuttle a bit till we pass Berwick-upon-Tweed and cross the border into Scotland, where we will join the Berwickshire Coast Path. Continuing our journey north, we’ll pass the fishing ports of Eyemouth and St. Abbs. The cliffs are well known in this section of the path for their spectacular grandeur and seabirds, and there are some inland sections to see farmland and surrounding villages. Our last night will find us in Dunbar, where we will have our traditional closing ritual and prepare to leave the following day for home or further adventures!

“Walking with the Core Gift Institute gave me a whole new confidence in myself and my abilities to succeed physically, socially, and mentally.” – Juanita