The Practice of Presence with St. Francis and St. Clare
Due to Covid we are cancelling this trip and hoping for October 2022
Cancelled ~Monday, May 17th - Wednesday the 26th, 2021
Assisi, Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis the founder of the Franciscan Order and St. Clare the foundress of the Poor Clare’s. It is a beautiful, peaceful, medieval village in Italy.
As a pilgrimage site it is truly unique.
Come, join Delores Montpetit and her husband Ken Skuba on our fifth annual Contemplative Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. Your life will be enriched and transformed through participation in historical Franciscan visits and teachings, meditation, reflective photography, journaling and simple Expressive Arts experiences.
We will be exploring Assisi and the surrounding areas related to St. Francis in Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio with a small pilgrimage group
of up to 16 pilgrims, with a minimum of ten pilgrims. Please only book your flights once we have confirmed we have the required amount of people.
Bring whichever camera you have, cell phones to professional cameras.
Delores will be sharing "pro tips" with you.
Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to the hillside Italian town of Assisi in October 2013, following in the footsteps of his namesake St. Francis, to honour the saints feast day. During his talks which I attended, he made it clear that he is inviting us to re-discover St. Francis and St. Clare.
We would be honoured to do this with you.
A Closer Look at our Pilgrimage
We will be staying in the hilltop town of Assisi with restaurants, shops, multiple churches, significant Franciscan sites and beautiful original artwork all within walking distance.
Our four star hotel and beautiful retreat location is in the
heart of Assisi at the ~ Giotto Hotel and Spa .
To select and book a room within our reservation block please go to our About page and click on the link "PDF Registration Form for Pilgrimage Deposit and Room Selelction"
Early morning stillness, surrounded by beauty invites a contemplative stance.
Traversing through the town on cobblestone streets with ancient stonework architecture is like stepping back in time.
Mystical evenings will leave us with a deep sense of gratitude.
The Basilica of St. Clare overlooking the valley is captivating
day and night, inside and out.
Pilgrimages and retreats have a spirit of unknowing and an element of mystery. Our hope is that all who join us will step into this experience with a beginner’s mind, with the vulnerability of a child and a deep trust that God is up to something wonderful in and through each of us.
The entire pilgrimage will be based out of one hotel in Assisi in order to minimize the busy pace of international travel.
If you choose to rent a car, the hotel in Assisi charges 15,00 euro/day for parking.
Assisi is a hilltop village with many points of interest at both the top, bottom and sides of the village. We will be walking up and down the hills of Assisi and the surrounding areas daily. Please remember to bring comfortable walking shoes.
The food, the wine and the outstanding gelato in Assisi all add so much to the experience. As our previous pilgrims can attest to, we will be stopping for gelato as often as possible!
In the words of my friend and mystical teacher, James Finley from "The Living School for Action and Contemplation" we are inviting you to … " assume an inner stance that offers the least resistance of being overcome by grace".
We hope to be overcome by Grace.
A spirit of openness, curiosity, flexibility and acceptance will serve us all well.
Pilgrimage, Culinary and Artisan Sites we plan to visit
Monday, May 17th - Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
Our program starts in Assisi, Monday, May 17th at 1:30p.m.
and wraps up after breakfast Wednesday, May 26th.
There will be an optional group dinner Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30p.m.
Basilica of St. Francis, upper and lower portion with a Fransican tour guide
Basilica of Santa Chiara
San Damiano, where St. Clare lived
San Francesco Woodlands
Santa Maria Degli Angeli Church
We will tour Assisi with a professional guide with a focus on St. Francis and St. Clare.
Piazza della Minerva
San Rufino, where the baptismal font of St. Francis and St. Clare is currently kept.
Hermitage of Montecasale ~The cloister, chapel and cells where St. Francis, St. Bonaventure of Civita di Bagnoregio and St. Anthony of Padua lived for a time. Transportation is included, about an hours drive. This will be combined with Mount La Verna that is an hour from here.
Mount La Verna Sanctuary. Transportation and lunch is included.
Tour the studio and shop of one of the last hand-weaving Ateliers in Italy in Perugia. Transportation and tour fee is included. Half hour drive.
Explore the city of Perugia, Old Town.
Tour the Moretti Caselli studio famous for it's modern and classical stained-glass using traditional techniques as well as Master glass painters. This artistry has been handed down for 5 generations and dates back to1858. Transportation and tour fee is included.
Greccio, where St. Francis is credited with having created the first live creche in history. About an hours drive. Transportation is included
Lake Piediluco, an authentic Italian lunch right on the shore of the lake. This meal is prepared specifically for our groups needs. Transportation and lunch is included. We will go here after Greccio, about a 25 minute drive from Greccio.
Olive Oil tasting with lunch in Spello. Optional wine tasting as well for15.00 Euro. Transportation is included.
Photographs of Pilgrimage Sites We Plan to Visit
Photography by Delores J. Montpetit
All images are copyright
A radiant pilgrim!
Our 2016 Pilgrimage group at Lake Piediluco.
A photographic contemplative walk. This is the flat and easy portion of the walk!
Assisi ~ Piazza Del Commune Fountain
Ancient pillars and facade preserved from the 1st century B.C.
Rocca Maggiore castle on the hilltop of Assisi.
San Rufino Church where St. Francis and St. Clare were both baptized.
Assisi street scene. Taken as we awaited the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis
Umbrella's colourful and useful in Assisi.
Basilica of St. Francis front lawn and hilltop town of Assisi, Italy
Statue of St. Francis in a meditative pose overlooking the valley from Assisi.