A Primer for Pilgrims
Awaken to the power of pilgrimage for soul & planet
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This eBook – A Primer for Pilgrims – is an invaluable guide to personal spiritual growth, as well as to earth healing. It’s also a collection of riveting and beautifully told true stories about critical geospiritual actions in North America This nonfiction eBook by veteran journalist Steven McFadden also acknowledges, honors, draws from and strives to integrate the many cultures and traditions which have streamed onto Turtle Island (North America) over the last 500 years or so.

We have long needed, and finally have begun to find ways to graft the far-flung traditions from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, and beyond — onto the rootstock that is so deeply embedded here: Native ways. So many teachings make beautiful sense, in both the short and the long term, in ways both common and rare. We need all the wisdom we can summon to meet the challenges of our times, and native pilgrimage teachings offer a deep foundation. The book offers a wealth of insight about the challenges that arise in pilgrimage and the profound good that such a spiritual exercise may bring – not just for the individual pilgrims, but also for the world at large.

A Primer for Pilgrims delivers nonfiction insight, excitement, inspiration, adventure, and more.


Independent journalist Steven McFadden is the author of 15 non-fiction books. He’s also the author of an epic nonfiction saga of North America: Odyssey of the 8th Fire.

The 8th Fire tells a true story arising from the deepest roots of our land, but taking place in the present and the future. In it, circles upon circles, elders make a great and generous giveaway of the teachings they carry.

Steven founded Chiron Communications in the early 1980s to serve as a conceptual umbrella that would unity his diverse work as a writer, speaker, consultant and healer. He rested the enterprise in the 1990s to serve as National Coordinator for the annual Earth Day Celebration (1993) and later as director of The Wisdom Conservancy at Merriam Hill Education Center in Greenville, New Hampshire, as a participant with The Balaton Group, and as one of the pilgrims on a great universal prayer walk from the eastern sea across Turtle Island (North America) to the western gate at the edge of the Pacific.

A Reiki Master of long standing, Steven taught the Reiki healing techniques to hundreds of students across North and Central America. He helped John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D. write Hand to Hand: The Longest Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story.

As the land calls out ever more powerfully, Steven maintains an active interest in farming and gardening in general, Food Co-ops, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in particular. He has reported on the growth and development of CSA farms in America since their inception in 1986, striving to articulate The Call of the Land. My most recent book on the subject is Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Cornerstones


Table of Contents
Passage 1 – Compass
Passage 2 – Threshold
Passage 3 – Sacred Places
Passage 4 – Broken Places
Passage 5 – Placemaking
Passage 6 – Spinning the Medicine Wheel
Passage 7 – 8th Fire Odyssey
Passage 8 – Longriver
Passage 9 – Overcome Evil with Good
Passage 10 – Walks Far Woman
Passage 11 – On the Road
Passage 12 – Consider Odysseus, Making All His Travels
Passage 13 – Pilgrimage to the Poisoned Heart of Avanyu
Passage 14 – Redeeming an Unholy Fire
Passage 15 – Precepts for Pilgrims
Passage 16 – Rite of Return
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