These people are not late or soon; they are just here with only the one question to ask, which life answers by being in them. It is I who ask. Was the pilgrimage I made to come to my own self...?
— R.S. Thomas, "Pilgrimages"


Members of vox peregrini are asked to prepare for pilgrimage in several ways.

  • Musical Preparation

vox peregrini specializes in Renaissance masses, motets, and anthems.  The music for each pilgrimage is idiomatic to the landscape and place of the pilgrimage itself. Music is sent to members in the Spring immediately preceding the pilgrimage.  Members are expected to learn their parts prior to arrival at the pilgrimage starting point.  All rehearsals occur on the pilgrimage itself.

  • Physical Preparation

Pilgrimage is a physically rigorous journey.  The Wicklow Way pilgrimage covers 129 kilometers through mountains, by upland lakes, glacial valleys, forests and farmlands.  The Camino pilgrimages all cover more than 100 kilometers on varied terrain. All vox peregrini members are encouraged to begin a personalized physical training regimen.  Most training programs include at least 30 minutes of walking 4-5 times per week, light weight training, and regular weekend hikes that culminate in 7-8 hour excursions in the weeks prior to the pilgrimage.

  • Personal Preparation

Members of vox peregrini are encouraged to regularly engage their imaginations as pilgrims prior to the journey.  Many choose to begin new disciplines in order to create space within themselves so that they may listen attentively to what the journey speaks into their lives.  A suggested reading list including novels, poetry, memoirs, and spiritual writings  is provided in the months leading up to the pilgrimage.

People need wild places.  Whether or not we think we do, we do.  We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it.  We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers.  To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place.  It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd.        BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Small Wonder