Pilgrimage Today: Find Your Direction

Wed 17 Apr 5PM – 10PM

The British Pilgrimage Trust invites you to our ‘Evensong, Symposium, Meet’ event on April 17th, the day that Chaucer’s pilgrims set out from London to make their way to Canterbury.

Pilgrimage Today: Find Your Direction
to celebrate another year of building pilgrimage in Britain and to hear from BPT patrons and friends, and some song.

Tom Holland – an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. He is the author of Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, a panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000, Dominion, and the biography of Æthelstan, the first King of England, and of Æthelflæd, England’s Forgotten Founder. Holland is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs. He is also co-presenter of the top 10 podcast, The Rest is History.

Phoebe Smith – an adventurer and Wander Woman podcast host, Phoebe is passionate about using adventure to help others. She is President of the Long Distance Walkers Association, a multi-award-winning travel writer, photographer and broadcaster, and author of 10 books, with her next one, Wayfarer: Love, Loss and Life on Britain’s Ancient Paths, published in 2024 by HarperCollins, charting her journey as a non-religious soul to overcome past traumas by walking multiple pilgrim paths.

Dr Rupert Sheldrake – biologist and pilgrimage innovator, author of Science and Spiritual Practices and Ways to Go Beyond, will be speaking on ‘Pilgrimage in different cultures across the world’.

Galahad Clark
– a seventh-generation cobbler. His ancestors founded Clarks shoes, and he is now the driving force behind Vivobarefoot, which makes shoes that allow the wearer to enjoy the same range or movement and sensation as if they were barefoot. Vivobarefoot puts health and sustainability at the heart of its strategy, and is launching its ‘Pilgrim’ earthed grounding shoe in May 2024, and we at BPT are partnering with them to spread the word about proper walking. 

Ruby Reed – co-founder of Advaya and land skills platform Earthed, a global platform for alternative education and transformative experiences engaged with ecology, wellbeing, and spirituality, will be speaking on how pilgrimage fits in within the wider movement of spirituality and nature connection.

BPT’s Guy Hayward will sing some pilgrim songs and link everything up.


A ticket for the event costs £25 and £20 for Friends of the BPT. 5pm Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral is free.


(optional) 5pm – St Paul’s Cathedral Evensong (45 mins of beautiful music from past 500 years, 16th-century poetry, free magic, no booking needed) 
(optional) 5.50pm – mini-pilgrimage from St Paul’s Cathedral via St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield to St James’, Clerkenwell.
6.30pm – arrive and mingle with the other pilgrims
7pm – talks start
9.15pm-ish – talks finish and meeting with other pilgrims

What does my money go? What’s this all for? – It’s a fundraiser for registered charity British Pilgrimage Trust, which has limited resources, and offers lots of online materials for pilgrims to use for free, and facilitates the grass roots growth of pilgrimage in Britain by engaging with local communities. For more details about our charitable activities, please check here.

Rupert Sheldrake at our previous event in Great St Barts, Smithfield
Tom Holland
Galahad Clark
Ruby Reed
Rupert Sheldrake
Phoebe Smith

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