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Pilgrimage Workshop


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In Summer 2017, Claudia Zeiske undertook a 90 day/1800km pilgrimage walking from her home in Huntly, to visit her mother at her childhood home near Munich. Having lived, loved and travelled a lot both within and outwith Europe, Claudia always felt blessed with her European passport and the privileges it brings. The UK’s Brexit decision has brought this birthright of free movement into question. Walking through Scotland, England, Holland and Germany, the countries she knows best, the aim was to discover what this diverse continent has to offer: spiritually, politically, personally. Creating a path, her path, allowed her to reflect on what holds her to being a European, and what home means in our current geopolitical situation.

‘Home to home’ encourages us to take time out and create a path of significance to our own lives, to think about our very personal intentions in the wider globalised context. Documented through daily postcards to her mother, the 1800km walk created a unique route linking old and new friends, exchanging oak leaves and woollen path spun bracelets while gathering ideas for back home on the way.

Claudia will give a talk about her own experiences on this personal pilgrimage. This will be followed by a discussion and pathmaking workshop on how to make your own pilgrimage: long or short, religious or atheist, art pilgrimage, political or spiritual. Bring ideas and maps if you have any.