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Life Illuminated

Conference Start Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2019 to Thursday, May 9, 2019

Immerse yourself in the daily life of the Holy Land. Spend time with the people, explore the histories of past and present, visit the treasured sites that have captured hearts and minds throughout the ages, engage in daily reflection and group discussions, and discover how you can partner with the transformative peacemakers of the region.

Experience the monumental sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, the Galilee, Nazareth, and more. Meet with Palestinian Christians and Muslims and Jewish Israelis and hear from organizations working for an equitable and lasting peace in the Holy Land.

10 Days for $1,995
Includes accommodations, ground transportation, tours, tips, honoraria, and all meals.
Does not include flights, travel insurance, or beverages other than water.

Day 1: Jerusalem
Orientation in Jerusalem

Day 2: Holy sites in Jerusalem
Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa (Palm Sunday route), Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre), Bethsaida, St. Anne’s, Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall; evening meeting with Christian clergy

Day 3: Political orientation in Jerusalem
Contemporary Way of the Cross and conversation with OCHA, Breaking the Silence, or Military Court Watch

Day 4: Bethlehem
Dar al Kalima and meeting with Mitri Raheb, visit Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center, lunch at Wi’am, Walled Off Hotel, and Church of the Nativity

Day 5: Hebron
Ibrahimi Mosque and Christian Peacemakers Teams (CPT), Tent of Nations meeting and lunch, guest speaker (Combatants for Peace or Parent Circle), free time

Day 6: Jericho
Jericho, Qumran, Jordan River, and the Dead Sea

Day 7: Ramallah and Nablus
Meet with Stop the Wall; have lunch with Quaker leader Jean Zaru; head to Nablus, Jacob’s well, Mt. Gerezim, and Samaritans; and enjoy the specialty of Nablus, kanafeh!

Day 8: Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes (option to hike down), Capernaum, Primacy of Peter and Tabgha, reflection at the sea, Caesarea Maritima

Day 9: Nazareth
Political and religious Nazareth area tour; debriefing, reorientation, and farewells

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