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  1. Lexicos

    Atonement? Is that what it’s about?

    I guess we’ve all made mistakes in life. I’m sure too that at some point we’ve all hurt someone whom we love very much. Life demands so much from us, ever so much and it’s inevitable that we will make some terrible mistakes along the way, usually in our earlier years, when the world is still a...
  2. J.Patrick

    Pilgrimage as Way of Life

    I was amused, shortly after my last Camino, when I saw a yellow arrow on a street, not in Spain, and felt a subconscious compulsion to turn and follow it. There is a part of me that always wants to be following those arrows and scallops, to live on pilgrimage. Life, though, intrudes. I'm a...
  3. jsalt

    The Camino Isn’t A Pilgrimage Anymore

    There are lots of threads now on “skipping stages”, “where to stay an extra day”, etc. Is it now just a cheap hiking trail? I guess it probably is. Does anybody actually walk the camino for religious reasons now? Why am I asking this? I am not religious. When I walked my first camino it...
  4. kirkie

    Origins of pilgrimage

    Reading @vanrobin's post about the present location of a statue of Santiago Matamoros in SdeC Cathedral led me to search for the above idea. This website appeared first. Any contributions that will help expand knowledge and understanding is bound to be useful. Political correctness has its...
  5. J

    Called to the Camino

    I know there are many reasons for persons to walk the Camino. Some have religious reasons and consider themselves pilgrims in the way that ancients who walked it must have. Has any had or have know someone who has had a "calling" to walk it? I am a retired pastor and have considered walking it...
  6. F

    The queues in Santiago

    I did my first camino in July-August 2021. I had a really great experience right up until Santiago but Santiago left me massively underwhelmed and disappointed. My main reason for this was that I felt that having walked from St Jean that those who had walked similar distances, with our backpacks...
  7. peregrino_tom

    Secular pilgrims: why ancient trails still pack a spiritual punch

    Nice little piece in the Observer/Guardian this morning Covers ground that we frequently walk on this forum, but drawing in some interesting far-flung examples. I hadn't heard...
  8. Mony Dojeiji

    Modern Pilgrims, Ancient Calling - a Panel Conversation

    What does it mean to be a pilgrim? This was the topic of discussion at this year's Canadian Company of Pilgrims AGM. I had the honour of facilitating and being part of a panel discussion with George Greenia (Professor Emeritus and Founder of the Institute of Pilgrimage Studies at William &...
  9. hfenton

    Is Something Missing?

    While the topics discussed on the Camino Forum are myriad it appears, given the history of the Camino through the centuries, that something is missing from the Forum. There are discussions about the many different Camino routes; the best time to walk them; recommendations for albergues...
  10. hfenton

    Year-round pilgrims on the Camino

    I realize this probably isn't a frequently asked question, but I don't know where else to put this post. I recently heard reference to year-round pilgrims and I'm curious about them. It's not something I can imagine for myself but I am intrigued by those who have. I'm hoping some of you have...
  11. 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...
  12. jungleboy

    What does the 'spirit of the camino' mean to you?

    I searched for an existing thread like this and although I found a few that mention the camino spirit, I didn't find one where different people explained what it meant to them. The spirit of the camino is a feeling experienced on the trail that can be hard to define or to explain to...
  13. Zelmont

    My Silent Camino - Ask me anything

    Hello everyone, Over the years I've read about lots of people talking about individuals who did Silent Caminos or Caminos in "Vow of Silence" but I never found an article from a person who actually did it. So I decided to create this post since I recently finished my Silent Camino. The purpose...
  14. Terry Callery

    Four Categories of Pilgrims

    People always ask me what did I find on the Camino -that is somewhat of a random thing. you never know who you will meet or what enlightenment you might find. Kind of like an Easter egg hunt. The more reveling question of what were you looking for? What were you seeking? I found on 100 days...
  15. desgovernos

    CPIS Project

    Still as a product and material associated with the GEOARPAD project - Portuguese Inner Way to Santiago de Compostela, I share this review of the book: The origins of religious feeling according to Durkheim, by MAURICE HALBWACHS. It is very interesting to understand the motivations...
  16. Lucy Longpath

    Le Chemin du Vezelay 2

    Le Chemin du Vézelay or La Voie de Vézelay is the first part of a very long pilgrimage route starting at Vézelay in France and finishing at Santiago in North West Spain. Pilgrims have walked this route for many years to the place where they believed St James was buried. Lucy and Martyn walked...
  17. P

    Why Pilgrimage?

    Why pilgrimage? The advent of Covid 19 has brought this question to the fore. Do I not find spiritual satisfaction during my daily walks in nearby parks, natural reserves and even urban areas? The answer is: yes, it is true that I usually do experience some overwhelming and inspiring...
  18. Secretary CSJ UK

    Virtual pilgrim open days from the CSJ UK!

    Due to having to close its office, the CSJ UK are now holding their regular Thursday Open Days online instead! Every Thursday at 11am we will host a Zoom video call for an hour or so, where you'll be able to talk with our volunteers - ask your questions about particular topics, routes or the...
  19. Trailhawk

    Camino Cebu

    Cebu is a province found in Central Philippines. It has seven cities and 46 municipalities. Three of the towns has their patron saint as St. James the Apostle (the Greater). One of the towns is called Compostela. It hosts the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santiago de Compostela, established in 1865 by...
  20. Kathy F.

    Is there a Place in the Modern World for "Pilgrimages"?

    This may relate to the never ending debate on what exactly makes a pilgrimage a pilgrimage, but I need to get some opinions. In our day and age, many see themselves as "spiritual" rather than "religious." Is there a place for a pilgrimage route like the Camino de Santiago? Do we just call it a...