Pilgrimage to Spain

Retreat Pilgrimage to Spain

(sponsored by the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality)

6th – 13th November, 2019

Retreat Pilgrimage to Spain – at “The House Where St Teresa of Jesus Was Born” – Avila

Based on the writings of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross

Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD, Julienne McLean, and Fr Alex Exechukwu OCD

This is a pilgrimage to places associated with the life and work of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross – Avila, Burgos, Salamanca, Segovia, Toledo and Valladolid. On each day, there will be presentations from the retreat leaders followed by guided visits to places of interest, to explore various themes which arise from the saints’ writings in situ.

The Itinerary

Day 1 (6th November) London Heathrow – Madrid – Avila

Avila, City of Knights, the best preserved medieval fortifications in Europe, and the birthplace of St Teresa.

Day 2 (7th November) Avila

Visit the Convent of the Incarnation, Catholic University of Avila and the Carmelite Institute of Teresian and Sanjuanistic Studies (CITES)

Day 3 (8th November) Avila – Salamanca – Alba De Tormes – Avila

Visit the University of Salamanca, one of the greatest of medieval Europe, and where St John of the Cross studied for the ministry, two Cathedrals and the Cathedral Tower.

Visit the village of Alba de Tormes, where the body and other relics of St Teresa are kept.

Day 4 (9th November) Avila – Segovia – Fontiveros – Avila

Visit Segovia, one of the most beautiful and evocative towns in Spain, and the  17th century monastery where St John of the Cross was Prior of the Discalced Carmelites. His tomb is also in this monastery.

Visit Fontiveros, the birthplace of St John of the Cross.

Day 5 (10th November) Avila – Burgos – Avila

Visit Burgos where St Teresa founded the last of her foundations: Convent of San Jose and Santa Ana, where various relics of St Teresa are kept.

Day 6 (11th November) Avila – Toledo – Avila

Visit Toledo, the ‘City of Three Cultures’, and where St John of the Cross was imprisoned for eight months. Also visit the Church of Santo Tome to view El Greco’s Burial of the Count of Orgaz, and the Carmelite of Saint Joseph.

Day 7 (12th November) Avila – Medina del Campo – Valladolid – Avila

Visit Medina del Campo to see San Jose Convent and Museum and the chapel of San Juan de la Cruz.

Day 8 (13th November) Avila – Madrid – London

To Barajas Airport in Madrid to return to London.

Cost: £880 (double occupancy) / £980 (single occupancy, but single rooms are limited) inclusive of flights, airport tax, travel in Spain, use of tour guides, entrance to museums and shrines, and half board accommodation at Casa Natal de Santa Teresa de Jesus.

A deposit of £200 is required to book a place on the pilgrimage, and the remainder paid by 9th September, 2019. The deposit is non-refundable. Places are limited.

For enquiries, please email: courses@carmelite.org.uk or phone 01865 735133 (press ‘1’).

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