Sisters of Joy 2024
A Modern PILGRIMAGE to Paris – Mont St Michel – Bayeux
April 11-18, 2024
Registration is open!
Join Life on Pilgrimage for an unforgettable week in France. Travel with in France, where you will be introduced to women who were shepherdesses, queens, prostitutes, pilgrims, and resistance fighters. From the founding of Paris to the liberation of France, their lives gave God glory. They ushered in Christianity, wars, reformation, and freedom. As we travel together learning their stories, we will reflect on the story God is writing in our lives. Daily time for quiet reflection, journaling, communal prayer, and worship will lead to a transformative week that will renew your Spirit and ignite your faith. Along the way, enjoy luxury accommodations and award-winning restaurants as we savor France’s beauty and joy.
Who is going?
Wendy Schulz, founder of Life on Pilgrimage, will lead this pilgrimage providing daily spiritual teaching and sharing ancient pilgrimage practices to renew your faith and draw you closer to the Lord in your faith walk. She will plan and lead each detail of our trip, giving you a worry-free, relaxing experience. Her guidance begins long before our trip. She will host a private FB group and three pre-travel calls leading up to our trip offering support for your practical and spiritual preparation.
Sisters in Faith
Our “Sisters” series of pilgrimages have at maximum 8 guests. This intimate size group gives you the opportunity to form new or deeper friendships with the women you travel with. Some women come knowing other travelers, some do not, but on each of our trips one of the greatest gift all of our travelers leave with is a group of new faith sisters and lifelong friends.
Where are we going?
The journey begins in Paris
We’ll spend two days exploring the city from a perspective that few encounter. During our time in Paris we will stay at the beautiful Hotel Brighton across from the Tuileries Gardens. We will tour have a private art tour, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Seine, and visit one of the city’s first churches – with over 1500 years of history! Each day our experiences will be paired with spiritual teachings and quiet time of reflection and journaling.
Mont St. Michel
From Paris we’ll travel to the world renowned Mont St Michel. We will join the resident monks and nuns of the community for an evening worship service. During the day we will explore the village, monastery, and bay with a local private guide who will share the history of what has made Mont St. Michel one of the most visited pilgrimage sites of Europe since the 9th century.
We’ll journey up the Normandy coast for a three-day stay near Bayeux. We will see the incredible Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral and have time to enjoy this charming city. We will also explore the beaches of Normandy, hearing the untold stories of courageous women that served and assisted with the D-Day landings that led to the Allied victory in France. We’ll return to Paris for our last night, celebrating a life-changing week at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
What is the Difference between “women” and “Sisters” trips?
Life on Pilgrimage offers two series of pilgrimages exclusively for women. The “Women” and “Sisters” trips both offer the same high level of pilgrimage experience with our trademark elements of luxury accommodations, private tours and experiences, and daily Scripture-based spiritual teaching. All of our pilgrimages are focused on helping women grow closer to the Lord. The “Sisters” series of pilgrimages such as Sisters of Joy, are a smaller group of women (max of 8 guests), with a slower paced itinerary. The “Women” series accommodates up to 14 guests.
What does the daily itinerary look like?
What is the cost?
Eight days / seven nights includes:
- 7 nights Luxury accommodations
- All tours, admissions, and gratuities
- 16 meals: All breakfasts, all dinners including wine, and two lunches
- Daily teaching sessions
- Ground transportation
- Airport transfers
- Fun, exclusive gifts
- Memories of a lifetime
Early Booking Discount of $700 off through July 31st = $4,867.00
$1,500 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot.
Balance due Jan 10th, 2024
Are you ready to apply to be part of Sisters of Joy? All guests are asked to fill out our trip application below. Our application will open on June 23rd.
Each application will be prayerfully considered. We want to ensure that this trip is a good fit for each of our guests. After your application has been considered you will be contacted by Wendy Schulz with your next steps.
If accepted for the trip, you must pay the $1,500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.
The heart of pilgrimage is to grow closer to God. Christians have gone on pilgrimage as a spiritual practice since the 4th century. Throughout our week together we will explore the theme of the story God is writing in our lives. Wendy Schulz will provide daily faith teaching weaving Scripture, history, and personal application together. From a 4th century shepherdess to 20th century resistance workers, we will meet women of faith whose complex lives were full of heartache and joy, much like us today. We will explore God’s truth in scripture, and make meaningful personal life application connections.
Throughout the week we will have quiet time dedicated to personal reflection and journaling. We will explore ancient spiritual practices of pilgrimage through forms of prayer and worship. Our small group size will create an intimate environment for sharing and processing your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many people will be in the group?
A maximum of 8 guests.
What are our accommodations?
We will be staying in 4-5 star hotels in double occupancy rooms with twin beds in each room and private bathrooms. A limited number of single occupancy spots are available. There is a supplemental fee for a single room.
What meals are included?
Daily buffet breakfast with hot and cold food choices. Daily pre-fix dinners of 3-5 courses served with one glass of wine or cider. Vegetarian substitutions available daily. Two lunches.
What about transportation?
Airfare is not included, but Wendy is available to help you find the best deal. All group land transportation is included. We will be traveling both by private coach and by train to and from Normandy. All tickets and costs are included in your package. For those arriving on April 11 and departing on April 18th private airport transfers will be provided. If you are extending your stay, Wendy is available to help you arrange transfers on your desired days.
How much walking is involved? Is this trip handicap accessible?
Unfortunately this trip is not handicap accessible due to our time at Mont St. Michel. Participants should be able to walk 3 miles a day at a leisurely pace and be able to climb stairs. There are 350 stairs from the base of the Mont to the Abby on top.
I’m not an experienced international traveler. Are you going to tell me what I need to pack and bring?
Absolutely! We are going to walk you through every step of preparation including packing lists, passport information, navigating currency exchange and credit card as well as what to do about your cell phone. Through a series pre-travel Zooms, our private Facebook group and emails, you will feel confident when you head for Paris. We’re here for you every step of the way!
What additional money will I need?
The vast majority of your expense are covered. You will be responsible for your lunch daily. We suggest budgeting $20-$25 per day. Dinners include one glass of wine or cider. You will be responsible for additional drinks. You will also be responsible for any souvenirs and snack you may want.
How do I sign up and pay?
Email Wendy Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org for a trip application. A $1500 non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 months prior to departure. Check and Credit Cards are accepted.
What Covid procedures will you be following?
We will be complying with all French Covid regulations at time of travel. Wendy will provide updates as we get close to traveling. As a baseline, all travelers should be able to meet the following criteria.
- Provide a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure.
- Be willing to wear a mask if required with a joyful spirit.