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.

Information about the 2019 Connecticut River Pilgrimage


  • Application deadline for this pilgrimage is Friday, April 12.

  • Notification of acceptance as a paddling pilgrim will be during the week of April 15-19.

  • 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, 24.5 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 ~ 7.5-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/Old Saybrook, 30.5 miles total (late afternoon of May 27 – May 31)

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

      • May 28 ~ 7.5-mile paddle from Middletown to Hurd State Park; overnight camping at Hurd State Park

      • May 29 ~ 7.5-mile paddle from Hurd State Park to East Haddam; overnight at St Stephen’s

      • May 30 ~ 9.5-mile paddle from East Haddam to Essex; overnight at St John’s

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

      • **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 ~

2019 Conneticut River Pilgrimage Application