Your Pilgrimage, Your Way.
That’s my motto! This is your journey, your Camino, your Way.
And that’s why you won’t find any ‘shoulds’ here. No insistence that you ‘do’ the Camino the way anyone or everyone else has done it. Instead, I want to invite you to investigate your own motivations and intentions and then design a journey, or a pilgrimage, that suits you perfectly.
How? By sharing with you some observations I have made on the Camino over the past 10+ years, and by asking you some questions to assist you with finding your Way on the Camino.
This approach is not for everyone.
Many people prefer to just pick up one of the popular guidebooks and follow the plan provided there.
That is a perfectly valid way to ‘do’ the Camino.
Others really love online research, and they will search and find all the information available about the Camino in the internet world. Books, articles, movies – there are tons of information out there!
But I like to get a bit more personal than you can get with a guidebook, the internet, or a movie. That’s why I put together the program called ‘Where to Start YOUR Camino.’ It is a bit like a tutorial, one that walks you through answering the questions:
- Why are you walking the Camino?
- When is the best time to go?
- How long will it take?
- Who will I go with?
- How much will it cost?
You will be answering those questions for you. You will be planning a journey that suits you, not the millions who have gone before you. I like that idea! And I hope you do too.
If you do like that idea, then go ahead and sign up for the program. All you need to be able to complete the program is internet access, the ability to open and print PDF files, a pen or pencil, and a bit of time to contemplate your Camino experience.
And one final note before you get started . . . this program is focused on planning and preparing for the Camino Francés. That is the route that begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and traverses Spain for close to 500 miles (800 kilometers) until it reaches the city of Santiago de Compostela.
If you are considering walking a different route or just a portion of the Camino Francés, please don’t let that stop you from signing up for the program. Getting started on the Camino means getting started on your Camino, regardless of which route or how far you end up walking!
Oh, and I forgot mention this: the Where to Start YOUR Camino program is FREE . . . or at least it will be free when it comes back.
The program is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic and the changes it may bring to the Camino experience. I hope to be back soon, and I hope to have the opportunity to share in your Camino journey!