About

A one-of-a-kind experience of shared sacred space on the West Coast

The Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project (BAIPP) is an invitation to experience art-infused pilgrimages curated by contemporary artists and scholars. It seeks to link sacred landscapes the world over to neighborhoods, gardens, and backyards as a way to connect with each other and our ancestors, and to serve as a catalyst for spiritual healing and physical recovery.

What is the Berkeley Art & Interreligious Pilgrimage Project

The practice of pilgrimage can transform, connect, and heal. Taking an intentional journey—for many, a sacred journey—is an experience that has been shared across cultures and beliefs throughout history and celebrated in art, poetry, song, and story. The Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project is an invitation to create and experience art-infused pilgrimages in the Bay Area and beyond.  It seeks to link sacred landscapes the world over to neighborhoods, gardens, and backyards as a way to connect with each other and our ancestors and as a catalyst for spiritual healing and even physical recovery.  

 

BAIPP offers the unique opportunity to engage the senses through the relics and rituals of ancient and modern practice, and the beauty of the natural world, whether it is experienced virtually or through the feeling of your feet walking on sacred ground, and whether it is a journey of some distance or in your own neighborhood.

Features/Benefits

The West Coast is an ideal location to study and practice the experience of the pilgrimage, with the resources and the routes essential to deeper understanding. BAIPP connects you with dynamic scholarship and programming around the historical, cultural, and creative expressions of pilgrimage—including exhibitions of art and artifacts from around the world and across time. In the ancient world, these material items may have been the only exposure one culture would have with another. Today, BAIPP facilitates intercultural and interfaith exchange through not only the study of pilgrimage, but through real-world practice, tracing the many beautiful historic pathways that crisscross the region.

BAIPP is committed to facilitating the study and experience of pilgrimage for curious explorers wherever they are. Pilgrimage resources range from immersive multimedia that allow those who are limited in mobility or ability to travel to connect with the art and landscapes that accompany spiritual pilgrimage and to access virtual maps that allow pilgrims to follow the routes of famed historic and new pilgrimage routes in their own communities. Imagine being able to journey along St. Kevin’s way, or visit Mecca, or meditate at the Chalice Well in Glastonbury wherever you are. BAIPP can give access to pilgrimage here and far, at home or away.

Why Pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage is essential to many faiths and belief systems, and the shared experience can foster communitas and connection between cultures. More than just a long walk, a pilgrimage taken with intention can connect us with the natural world around us, providing an appreciation of our shared space and the care that it needs. In addition to ecological and social health, the act of walking also elevates our physical, mental, and spiritual wellness on a personal level. Even for those unable to take a pilgrimage physically, the practice of intentional, guided visualization has been shown to provide mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. BAIPP is dedicated to promoting and facilitating engagement with pilgrimage at every level.

Our Team

Dr. Kathryn Barush

Director

Dr. Anh Tran, SJ

Advisory Board Member

Ken Schoon

Student Advisor

Dr. Hung Pham, SJ

Advisory Board Member

Gisela Insuaste

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Yohana Junker

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Devin Zuber

Advisory Board Member

Tom Poynor

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Aaron Rosen

Advisory Board Member

Emily Pothast

Student Advisor

Dr. Laura M. Dunn

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Cogen Bohanec

Advisory Board Member

David S. Zucker, MD, PhD, FAAPMR

Advisory Board Member

Kari Elam

Research Associate

Grace Winakor

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