So, now that you know more about Green Pilgrimage, we’ll explain how to actually become one.
Remember, Green Pilgrimage starts before your departure and continues after your return home.
What should a Green Pilgrim actually do?
Follow these 9 steps:
Read and learn about your pilgrimage destination (culture, nature, heritage, food, religious affiliations, language, local narratives, etc) before departure;
Study texts from your faith or philosophy that teach about green ethics.
This will allow you to have a more significant and spiritually transformational experiences at the sites and with the local cultures you meet.
2. ASCENT (DEPARTURE)
Before you depart to your pilgrimage destination, try to choose more sustainable means of transportation which pollute as least as possible.
If you travel by air or sea, you also have the possibility to offset carbon emissions caused from your air or sea travel
contact us to know more about carbon offset tax
When traveling (whether it is to or within the country of destination) reduce as possible use of polluting vehicles; prefer public transportation, walking and riding bicycle.
4. LOCAL HOSPITALITY
Meet local communities, listen to their stories, and enjoy their hospitality.
Look to locals for accommodation, guidance, and meals.
By doing that you will help them by strengthening their economy and their well being.
5. NATURE, CULTURE, HERITAGE
Be sensitive, appreciate and respect local nature, culture and heritage by integrating them into your pilgrimage experience and plan.
Beautiful nature resorts, ancient historic buildings and sites, traditional folklore and cultural events – all of these could create magical experiences.
And above all, be aware of your impact you have on the places you visit and treat them with respect and care
6. ACTIVE LOCAL ENGAGEMENT
Learn, contribute and volunteer at your pilgrimage country.
You can take part in local green initiatives: education, gardening, preservation of religious & historical sites (even for just a few hours!)
Leave a positive footprint
7. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
Meet local faith communities, visit sites of other faiths and participate in interfaith events.
Learn about pilgrim narratives of other faiths and open yourself to the many faiths and cultures that surround us.
We would love to recommend you interfaith events in the Holy Land area
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8. ARRIVAL (AT PILGRIMAGE DESTINATION)
You have followed the above steps, and now you can let your spiritual and physical journey you have made
INSPIRE THE EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR PILGRIMAGE DESTINATION.
The Green Pilgrimage path you took could bring to a feeling of transformation, and an opportunity for unique ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences
9. BACK HOME- IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY
Green Pilgrimage has provided you with unique experiences and knowledge that you can now implement at your home and share within your community;
take action and teach others;
YOUR PILGRIMAGE EXPERIENCE CONTINUES!
Meet some devoted Green Pilgrims:
Every year, since 2,000 years, swifts birds come to the Western Wall to nest
Swifts are the symbol of Green Pilgrimage- green, migratory and border-less! Click here to know more
Let us all take a proactive approach in making our pilgrimage greener, cleaner and healthier!
THE GREEN PILGRIM LADDER: