Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage who Walked Her Talk

The word “pilgrim” is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as: someone who travels to a holy place.

In other words, a pilgrim is a person who is on a journey with their eyes fixed on something that is born of truth. Although a pilgrim is one who wanders, they do not wander aimlessly. A pilgrim wanders with a deep purpose and vision of walking with simplicity to share the truth which produces freedom, love, peace, understanding and generosity.

“I am a pilgrim; a wanderer. A pilgrim is a wanderer with a purpose. A pilgrimage can be either to a place or for a thing and mine is for a thing. Mine is for peace.” – Peace Pilgrim

To me, no person whom I’ve learned about has so encompassed the true spirit of a pilgrim than a silver-haired lady who from 1953 to 1981  walked more than 25,000 miles for peace.

Wearing a blue tunic and carrying just a comb and toothbrush, she shared her simple but profound message in thousands of communities throughout the U.S.: when enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become peaceful and there will be no more occasion for war. Today, her words – captured in books, videos and other media – continue to inspire people around the world.

Learn more about her incredible life at

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