Join Kimberly Braun, M.A., former Carmelite Nun for this exciting tour to Spain where you will explore the lives history of Teresa and John. Pricing starts at $2,498* for Ground Only.
July 20-29, 2019
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- Meals as listed in Itinerary
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive In Spain – Avila
Your Tour Conductor will greet you at the exit from baggage claim and escort you to your bus for your transfer to your Avila accommodations for dinner and overnight. Reception for all and inspiration talk with Kimberly to open the retreat.
Day 3 Avila
Spend the day in this town of Stone and Saints. Listen as the church bells call the people to worship and prayer. This morning begins at the monastery Teresa entered when she was only 20 yr. old, the Incarnation. Years later, deep into founding new monasteries she was elected prioress and brought John back with her for a time of deep transformation for the residing nuns. Her Autobiography (written here) and the Interior Castle will be explored.
The afternoon opens up many options. Two are a walking tour of her town, or a visit to a museum of Teresa and John.
Day 4 Medina del Campo
Travel to the convent of San Jose, her second foundation. Visit the very room where Teresa and John first met. The encounter was so dynamic she invited him to be the founder of the male branches of the reform. The poems from the morning will pave the way to taste the very fire of their hearts in our own.
The afternoon will be a menu of options including a visit to the chapel where John first said mass or a walking tour of this quaint Spanish town.
Day 5 Duruelo de la Sierra
This day will center on John. Visiting the Carmelite monastery where his first foundation started, we will recall and perhaps experience the bliss that filled him as he swept the dirt floor in the tiny abode where he and only two other men dwelt in contemplation. We will “dive deep only to soar high, so high,” as we recount in his poem, I Came Into the Unknown.
Day 6 Alba de Tormes
It is here that Teresa left us at her monastery of the Annunciation, the object of our pilgrimage today. We will see the cell where she passed, her arm which wrote so many books impelled by Spirit, and her very heart. The texts for today will break open the tenderness of union she speaks of so eloquently in her later years.
Day 7 To Ubeda
Today we say goodbye to Avila and sojourn through the Spanish countryside. A spontaneous stop or two will be a nice surprise to enjoy the journeys Teresa and John had taken in carriage so many years ago. We arrive in Ubeda, the place where John did, in the afternoon. A menu of options will be provided for your free time. This small town boasts 48 monuments, well worth a walking tour. The evening will be a time of joyful and deep sharing over dinner at the hotel, followed by a playful and inspirational talk with Kimberly.
Day 8 Ubeda
Today we make our way to the monastery where John’s last days were illumined only by the ecstasy of union. The poems of the day will take us to the depth of our own hearts to discover that same abiding Presence. There is a Spanish phrase ‐ Andar por los cerros de Ubeda ‐ which means to wander the hills of Ubeda. With guidance wander on your own into the hillside to places John would have been taken into deep contemplation. Or take advantage of this last day for another museum or adventure in the city.
Day 9 Toledo to Madrid
We bid adios to Ubeda this morning and travel to Toledo. First we visit the monastery where John was imprisoned by his own Carmelite brothers for 7 months. Here he wrote The Spiritual Canticle. And here we revisit this timeless piece. Coupled with this, we open Teresa’s Meditation on the Song of Songs. It will be a climax of their lives and of our trip as we enter the banquet of union through their lives, their hearts and their writings…finding therein all we long for resides already in our own hearts. At some point in the afternoon we make our way to Madrid. Compline will be offered outdoors in a local park for all wishing to cap the experience with gong and chant.
Day 10 Return Flights Home
Prepare for return flights home.
July 20, 2019From $2498* Registration Closed