October 24th, 2011
The project has recently been involved in organising and leading a series of pilgrimage walks following stretches of Mary/Michael Pilgrims Way on Dartmoor. Participants have included people recovering from mental health disorders. These particular pilgrimage walks have been coordinated with “Go Wild in the Community” who offer a range of outdoor and nature based activities to clients.
On Sunday I led a second pilgrimage for local members of the Gatekeeper Trust. In some unseasonably warm late October weather, 12 of us explored some of the Bronze Age and Iron Age sites on the moor on a circular walk which started near Scorhill stone circle. We contemplated how ritual and ceremony may have played a significant part in the lives and communities of these distant ancestors and found ways to express our own connection to this wild landscape and experience the relevance and power of ancient sacred sites for our time.