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December 20th, 2009

The Perfect Gift for the Seeker on your List

Spiritual Seekers Adventure (on a Budget)



Last year we had an enormous response to the Spiritual Seekers Adventure trips we were offering to the Camino in Spain as well as our arts & culture trip to Paris.  Busted Halo® is happy to announce that we are offering these same journeys again for March 2010 at a discounted price!  Perhaps more than ever, Busted Halo ® believes now is a time for the kind of reflection and introspection these programs offer.  We have made slight revisions to the itineraries to make them more broadly affordable in this period of financial difficulty.  You can download the 2010 brochure here or email the company Busted Halo® is partnering with directly, at info@franciscanspirittours.com.  We hope you will be able to join us and help us spread the word.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


Looking to travel to amazing international destinations with other 20- and 30-somethings? How about a great escape that’s also good for you? Or perhaps a vacation excursion with a spiritual slant? If so, Busted Halo® has created a travel adventure to satisfy both your wanderlust and your wonder lust.

For thousands of years, people from all walks of life and faith traditions have set out on spiritually significant journeys. Before tourism became popular in the 19th century, religious pilgrimages were the holidays (derived from the term “holy days”) that many people took. While they usually involved a sacred destination, medieval pilgrims often used their journeys as both social and leisure opportunities as well as an occasion to draw closer to God. In an age such as ours, is it possible to reinvigorate that old model and bring a spiritual dimension to a 21st century holiday? Can a pilgrimage still be relevant to 20- and 30-somethings whose quest for faith is different from their parents and grandparents? Busted Halo® believes it can.

Different Paths but the Same Journey

Busted Halo® has designed a pilgrimage experience for people in their 20s and 30s who normally wouldn’t be caught dead on a religious pilgrimage. By combining cultural, social, spiritual and physical elements, BustedHalo’s® Spiritual Seeker Adventure is part adventure travel, part European arts and culture vacation and part spiritual retreat… but wholly unlike any other type of travel experience. It is a rare opportunity to meet other people like you in their 20s and 30s who are searching for an adventure that is enjoyable and engaging on multiple levels.

“Why are we here?” and “Where are we going?” are not only the world’s two oldest questions, they are also the central questions in the hearts and minds of the tens of thousands of men and women in their twenties and thirties who frequent Busted Halo®. Arriving at the unique answers that make sense to each of us requires a life-long journey. Bustedhalo.com® and the Paulist Fathers invite a new generation of seekers to explore these and other questions on two special journeys of discovery.

“By combining cultural, social, spiritual and physical elements, BustedHalo’s® Spiritual Seeker Adventure is part adventure travel, part European arts and culture vacation and part spiritual retreat.”

Arts & Culture — France

An exploration of the mysteries revealed through art over the centuries during a week-long visit to Paris. The focus will be on unravelling questions and answers presented by the visual arts displayed in Paris’ world-class museums. There will also be opportunities to discuss the role of the arts in response to spiritual questions among the group members and contemporary, local Parisian artists.

Outdoor Adventure — Spain

At the same time that the arts and culture group explores Paris, Larry Rice, CSP, Director of the Catholic Newman Center at Ohio State University, will lead a one week, 100-kilometer (about 60-mile) hike along one of the world’s oldest routes of pilgrimage and contemplation—the Camino de Santiago. The Camino is a pilgrimage trail in northern Spain dating back to the Middle Ages that has catapulted in popularity in recent years among seekers from around the world. (Read our recent feature story on the Camino de Santiago here.) The group will interact with locals as well as fellow hikers from around the globe, examining prior and contemporary experiences of seekers who have journeyed along this path. Participants will be encouraged to contemplate their own reactions to the physical challenges of the walk as well as their engagement with the nature that surrounds them.

You can download the 2010 brochure here or email info@franciscanspirittours.com to request a pamphlet for more information on dates and pricing. Space is limited.

Read our recent feature story on the Camino de Santiago.

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  • Fr. Larry Rice, CSP

    Ack! That was the wrong URL! The correct one is here:


    Sorry about that! – LR

  • Fr. Larry Rice, CSP

    I’m posting a blog about my preparations for the Camino pilgrimage! You can find it here:


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