Connecticut River Pilgrimage 2019

Friday, May 24 – Friday, May 31


A River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central and Southeast Regions of the
Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, in cooperation with Kairos Earth.

Join us for just one day on the river if that is all your schedule will allow!

Monday, May 27, from Rocky Hill to Middletown
Thursday, May 30, from East Haddam to Essex

Click here for more details and to register!

Information about the 2019 Connecticut River Pilgrimage


  • We have 4 spots still available, so please apply ASAP if you’re interested!.

  • Notification of acceptance as a paddling pilgrim will be on a rolling basis from now until all spots are filled.

  • Registration cost is $150 per person per day.  We are working to lower this fee so that it is closer to $100 per person per day.  Final registration fee information will be available to everyone selected as a paddling pilgrim before anyone has to make a payment.  Please do not let the cost of the trip preclude you from applying — please approach Bishop Ian Douglas ( / 203.639.3501 x11) if you’re in need of scholarship assistance.

  • We welcome applicants that are under 18; however, each youth selected as a paddling pilgrim must be accompanied by a parent/guardian — so both people should apply before the deadline.

  • There are two segments for the 2019 Connecticut River Pilgrimage — you can apply for one or the other…or both!

    • Segment #1 ~ Windsor to Middletown, 24 miles total (late afternoon of May 24 – May 27)

      • May 24 ~ 4-5 pm arrival & overnight St John’s in East Windsor, CT

      • May 25 ~ 8-mile paddle from Windsor to Hartford; overnight at Christ Church Cathedral

      • May 26 ~ 9-mile paddle from Hartford to Rocky Hill; overnight at St Andrews the Apostle

      • May 27 ~ 7-mile paddle from Rocky Hill to Middletown

      • **NOTE: canoes, regular kayaks & sea kayaks will be acceptable vessels during Segment #1
    • Segment #2 ~ Middletown to Long Island Sound, 31 miles total (late afternoon of May 27 – May 31)

      • May 27 ~ 4-5 pm arrival & overnight at Church of the Holy Trinity

      • May 28 ~ 8-mile paddle from Middletown to Hurd State Park; overnight camping at Hurd State Park

      • May 29 ~ 7-mile paddle from Hurd State Park to East Haddam; overnight at St Stephen’s

      • May 30 ~ 10-mile paddle from East Haddam to Essex; overnight at St John’s

      • May 31 ~ 6-mile paddle from Essex to Long Island Sound

      • **NOTE: sea kayaks are the preferred vessel for Segment #2; however, canoes & regular kayaks may be vetted for this segment
  • What is provided: 24/7 professional outdoor & spiritual guiding; off-river support; all food & potable water; group cooking gear; River of Life Prayer Book and yellow wicking hat; basic medical kit.

  • What you would be responsible for bringing: a canoe/kayak + paddle(s) — a vessel you own, borrow, or rent; an approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device); personal clothing & toiletries; personal camping or overnight sleeping gear for staying in a host church.

  • We welcome applicants from all faith backgrounds or none at all; however, this is a spiritual experience in the outdoors, based in the Christian tradition, so times of silence, prayer, and reflection will be required.  For a sample daily schedule, click here.

  • This River of Life Pilgrimage will be guided by Mark & Lisa Kutolowski, guides for the inaugural 2017 Connecticut River Pilgrimage and subsequent River of Life Pilgrimages in Rhode Island in 2018.  More information about Mark & Lisa can be found on their website ~ Metanoia of Vermont.



If you have additional questions, please reach out to the River of Life Pilgrimage Coordinator,
Jo Brooks ~

Connecticut River Pilgrimage 2019 Application