What is Slow Tourism?
Rediscovering oneself with patience, peace of mind, deeper experiences, improved cultural understanding and knowledge
It is letting go of the stress and speed of traveling, and accepting a slow pace as the norm for undertaking one’s journey
The Green Pilgrim Jerusalem team focuses on the development and implementation of initiatives that demonstrate the spirit of the philosophy of Green Pilgrimage and Slow Tourism.
This has opened the way for sustainable economic initiatives, in the spirit of “slow tourism”, developed by local stakeholders. The result will hopefully be that the local population regains a sense of pride and ownership of their natural, built and intangible heritage.
The Green Pilgrim Jerusalem team has already implemented it, taking several pilot groups through Jesus’ or Omar’s ascent to Jerusalem, or sharing the prophets’ experience of meditation in the desert.
Fast transportation denies the added value to be gained from the physical experience of the way itself.
During the ascent to the Holy City, our pilgrims internalize the spiritual depth of their journey. The impact of the solitude of the desert, added to the intensity of the Old City itself, forge an understanding of the need to protect and preserve heritage. This understanding influences them after their return home, where they will add environmental responsibility to the spiritual transformation resulting from their pilgrimage.
Want to read more?
Read the full article we wrote on the subject, which we presented at the European Pilgrimage Routes conference in Italy in November 2014: The Ascent to Jerusalem from the Desert – Modern Pilgrims are Inspired by Re-enacting the Ancient Pilgrim Experience