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  1. David

    Why do pilgrims carry on when it is really hard?

    Hi – I have been wondering, pondering really, for a while now. For the religious carrying on when Camino is difficult, terribly difficult, is simple. A Catholic, for instance, has surrendered to a God greater than themselves – they are surrendered and go on pilgrimage with the intention of...
  2. F

    Totally Clueless Beginner

    Hi sorry in advance for the inevitably annoying noob thread :p but I'm in a bit of a panic/rush I have been suffering from an illness (no not that one) it was a mental one and I am mostly better now and on a whim I have decided to walk the camino as someone who inspired me said it changed their...
  3. Kanga

    Support for addicts walking the Camino?

    Yesterday I had a query from a member of the local Camino group. She's been in the AA 12 Step Program for 29 years, and while on Camino last year was upset by the pressure she felt to join in with drinking alcohol. She was not keen to disclose her history every time she sat down with a bunch...
  4. VNwalking

    Walking through cancer. A thread for inspiration.

    No one used to talk about this. Which is ridiculous, as 1 in 8 of us will have to deal with it at some point. I am thinking of @Anniesantiago today, as she faces a possible diagnosis. Anyone who has been through this will know in their gut how that day feels - no matter how long ago it was...
  5. D

    The Introverted Pilgrim

    Note: Undoubtedly there will be some unintentional flub up I've made while trying to write down my thoughts on this topic, but it is not intended to offend anybody. And I do hope that nothing written is meant to convey an attitude of unfriendliness or unwillingness to help others or lend a hand...
  6. VNwalking

    What was your meltdown point?

    In another thread Dave posted this: Which got me thinking of the times when I've 'hit the wall.' and how different it feels to walk day after say as opposed to undertaling a shorter, limited duration event like (say) a marathon or triathlon. It's easier to persevere in the latter two, because...
  7. SherlyC

    All of a sudden no motivation to start the camino

    Hi everyone! I'd like to ask this question to pilgrims who have already done a camino. Since the beginning of this year I had blocked two weeks of my calendar to do a 2 week camino this summer during July. The blocked date starts already next week but I have zero motivation and still haven't...
  8. M

    Friends of Bill and Alanon in English in Santiago

    Hello Everyone. We are announcing English speaking AA and Alanon once a month now, last Saturday of every month. Next meeting is Sept. 29, 12 to 1 AA and 1 to 2 Alanon. I have attached the flyer with phone numbers if you have more questions. We have 25 meetings in Madrid and pilgrims were...
  9. RobertS26

    25 Habits of Successful and Happy People

    The Washington Post summarized a paper on the habits of successful and happy people that was recently published in Psychology magazine. I was struck by how many of these habits directly applied or related to a successful and happy Camino. 1. Savor the moment. Literally stop and smell the...
  10. D

    Article about mental health benefits of walking

    An interesting short article published about the mental health benefits of walking in nature (and disconnecting from electronic devices) that may help explain the Camino addiction some (aka Me :p) seem to suffer from!
  11. J

    Mental health on Camino

    Hi fellow pilgrims Mental health is still a health issue so I put it under here but admin please change it if you think that's not right: I'm finding the Camino incredibly triggering and bringing up a few mental health issues of that have been mostly under control for a few years. How did/are...
  12. ewy

    Couldn't do it

    Dear pilgrims, Just feel I have to share my experience with you... Yesterday was D day for me. I've been preparing for the Camino Notre for the past 5 months. Mentally and phisically. Read this forum, booked a flight to Bilbao, booked a bus to Irun, packed my bag and got on the transfer to the...
  13. Font007

    Anxious last 3 weeks

    Hi all, I have three weeks before I depart for Spain and start my Camino. After having planned this for about 8 months, I now feel unsure, doubtful, nervous, overwhelmed. I have read two guides, looked at countless blogs, websites, comments, movies, videos-I think I know everything and am I...
  14. Come2pappy

    Perfectionism and the Camino experience

    I tend to be a perfectionist. In 40 days or so, I hope not to be as much of one. I read in many posts here the underlying question that I too have...that being "Will I be doing the Camino right? From clothes, to places to stay, to getting there, to weather...will I have what I need? To a...
  15. Missing Mike

    Need help, I just lost my only child 3 months ago and feel called to the El Camino

    My only son, my beloved Mike is gone with no warning. So I walk this El Camino to find life, purpose and a will to live if it is meant to be. This is what I have so far--This is a journey for me, not a race, as it is the journey of my life right now. I plan to leave Austin, TX to...
  16. Sandra S

    LIVE from the Camino Day 1- feeling really rattled/unsafe- help?

    Hi all! I started my Camino at SJPDP this morning, and the first half of the day was amazing. I was the only one who took the route to Valcarlos, and loved the morning fog, vistas, and solitude. I had some really incredible moments and felt so profoundly grateful to be having this experience...
  17. beiramar

    Mental Health Issues

    All of the threads here deal with fisical health issues and I was missing a discussion about psychic problems and the camino. I already did a camino and from what I experienced there and read in this and other forums, it seems to me that these issues are almost a taboo. The reason for a...