Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be led by a well-seasoned team of guides specializing in contemplative spirituality, hospitality, and a robust knowledge of the Holy Land.
Christopher is a spiritual director, teacher, and writer; retreat leader; and host of international pilgrimages. He is the former Chair of the Coordinating Council for Spiritual Directors International and is Executive Director Emeritus for Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. Christopher is a contemplative follower of Jesus with a deep respect for the great spiritual wisdom traditions of the world. He is a spiritual director, and provides both formation training and supervision of spiritual directors. He maintains a private spiritual direction practice in Pasadena, California. where he lives with his partner, Frank Ramirez. Christopher brings years of experience as a spiritual teacher and companion, using teaching, contemplation, and humor to assist seekers on the journey.
Frank, who will assist with hospitality, is a seasoned pilgrim with journeys to Italy, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Greece. Recently retired from full time state government service, Frank is a member of the Vestry at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California and the Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee for the next Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles. He brings his considerable gifts of planning, coordination and humor to assist with spiritual hospitality. We are also grateful to Frank, who has studied photography in Los Angeles and Paris, for most of our Pilgrimage photos.
Iyad, our principal guide and organizer, is a Palestinian Christian, born in Jerusalem, and an outstanding and very experienced spiritual guide, licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Iyad brings more than twenty years of experience developing personalized visits to Israel-Palestine. Each journey brings a sense of deep history and connection with the world and journey of Jesus. Iyad will share with you his deep understanding of the historical, cultural, social and political riches of the Holy Land. As a life-long resident of Jerusalem, he brings a special depth of knowledge about the iconic structures, food, streets, culture, and people of his beloved city. Everyone loves his joy and sense of humor.
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