Taunton River Pilgrimage 2019

Thursday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 19


A River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts
and Rhode Island, in cooperation with Kairos Earth.

Information about the 2019 Taunton River Pilgrimage


  • Application deadline for this pilgrimage is Wednesday, May 22.

  • Notification of acceptance as a paddling pilgrim will be on a rolling basis as applications are received.

  • Registration cost is $150 per person per day. Financial Aid is possible through the Diocese of Rhode Island.

  • We welcome applicants that are 17 and under; 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 Taunton River Pilgrimage — you can apply for one or the other…or both!

    • Segment #1 ~ Middleborough (MA) to Somerset (MA), 35.5 miles total (late afternoon of June 13 – June 16)

      • June 13 ~ 4-5 pm arrival & overnight in Middleborough, MA

      • June 14 ~ 12-mile paddle from Middleborough to Camp Titicut; camping overnight at Camp Titicut

      • June 15 ~ 13.5-mile paddle from Camp Titicut to Taunton

      • June 16 ~ 10-mile paddle from Taunton to Somerset

      • **NOTE: canoes & kayaks (over 11′ in length) will be acceptable vessels during Segment #1
    • Segment #2 ~ Somerset (MA) to Narragansett Bay, 17.5 miles total (late afternoon of June 16 – June 19)

      • June 16 ~ 4-5 pm arrival & overnight in Somerset, MA

      • June 17 ~ 5.5-mile paddle from Somerset to Fall River

      • June 18 ~ 7-mile paddle from Tiverton to Portsmouth

      • June 19 ~ 5-mile paddle from Portsmouth to Third Beach along Narragansett Bay

      • **NOTE: sea kayaks will be the only acceptable vessel during Segment #2
  • 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 ~ river@kairosearth.org.