t r a v e l with purpose
d i s c o n n e c t to reconnect
f o c u s on what matters
b e of service
We're all travelers on the road of life. Whether we're still in college or well past retirement, the journey continues. At Camino, we believe every stage of life offers an opportunity to grow in self knowledge, be of service with and to others, and deepen our relationships. Getting outside our comfort zone creates the right kind of disruption, inviting us to a renewed focus on what matters most.
Camino programs begin well before we travel. Through online discussion, reading, and in-person gatherings, your cohort will gain foundational knowledge while building a sense of camaraderie. During the immersion practicum itself, our packed days are unpacked each evening through guided reflection and discussion. And, of course, there's an ongoing followup component designed to sustain learning and growth for everyone involved in our alumni community.
All of Camino's seminar programs are grounded in reflective practice. Let's face it: we all need to slow down and reflect more often. Our approach is inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, but we are not a religiously affiliated organization. While we embrace self-knowledge and spiritual growth, our cohorts never proselytize or take an evangelical tack. In fact, that's why we avoid calling our seminar immersions "mission trips." Rather, we focus on building relationships through meaningful service work, honest reflection, and shared discussion as a group of companions.
Eventually, the Camino Institute aims to provide two gap programs—one pre-college and one post-college—for young people seeking a unique opportunity for personal growth before moving on to life's "next step."