2018 Pilgrimage


 In 2018 the pilgrimage will take place on Saturday 9th June as a one-day walk & work in Köyliö-Säkylä region. The starting point is in Korvenkylä Säkylä and the pilgrimage ends in Pihlava camp by the shore of Pyhäjärvi. The charge is 10 euros, to be paid when signing up for the pilgrimage, to account FI70 5711 6140 0201 87, please put ”vaellus 2018” in the message field. The charge covers shared transport, some light snack and juice on the road, prayer moments and a supper and sauna in Pihlavassa. Pilgrims are expected to participate in improving St Henry’s Way with light sawing, cutting, hammering and attaching sign posts. This will happen along with normal pilgrimage program, including silence, songs and prayer. To participate in pilgrimage 2018, please contact pyhahenrik@gmail.com. Please give your name and the names of other possible pilgrims, your contact info, possible special diets and allergies.
General advice for St Henry’s pilgrimage for longer routes – the next full 140 km pilgrimage will take Place in 2020!
General info for full pilgrimage
The accommodation will be organised in school gyms, People’s Houses (työväentalo) and hunting lodges. Basic mattresses will be available but the pilgrims are expected to bring their own sleeping bags.
Simple breakfast, lunch and supper will be organised. The pilgrimage route does not pass near shops, kiosks or service stations. However, water and juice can be obtained from a service car tracking the pilgrims. The pilgrims are expected to bring their own mug, plate, cutlery and small snacks.
The day temperatures in June can vary between a rainy and windy +13°C and sunny and dry +30°C. During rain the route does become very muddy. Blisters and aches count among the most common pilgrim ailments. The pilgrims are encouraged to get walking practise before the pilgrimage. The shoes are likely the most important pilgrimage gear; they should be well worn and comfortable. The pilgrims are expected to check the weather forecast for the week and pack appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes, blister plaster, painkillers and any other personal medicines.
Due to the spiritual nature of the pilgrimage, the pilgrims are requested to refrain from using their mobile phones. The walk will be interrupted with small prayer sessions. Along the way the pilgrims are invited to complete small pilgrimage route repair chores, such as re-attaching pilgrimage markers and cutting away overgrown bush. The pilgrims may want to bring a hymn book and shrub scissors with them.
The total fee per pilgrim varies annually, mostly depending on the length of the pilgrimage route, and will be decided later. However, for reference the previous time the pilgrimage covered the full Saint Henry’s Way over six days the total fees were €240 per adult pilgrim and €120 per child pilgrim. The fees include basic accommodation and simple food for one week. The fees are lowered for any pilgrims wishing to participate for less than a week, however for this and other special enquiries please contact pyhahenrik@gmail.com