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why the camino?

  1. DuaneS

    Camino Frances a Second Time

    I completed the Camino Frances from SJPDP in Apr/May of 2017. Lately I've been reminiscing about those times, and am really craving to hit a trail again whenever things start improving, likely in the spring I hope. I live in Spain part of the year now, so I can basically just watch the weather...
  2. 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...
  3. David Tallan

    Thoughts on "The Camino provides" and similar sayings

    I was listening to a Camino podcast recently and, as these podcasts are wont to do, common Camino expressions were brought up for discussion. You know the ones I mean. "The Camino provides." "The Camino doesn't give us what we want. It gives us what we need." And similar expressions. And I got...
  4. Robo

    Video David is Back! "Why do people walk the Camino"?

    Please be aware of Rule # 2. No Discussion on Religion. So maybe watch.........and don't comment? :cool: As it does come up! Mods please delete if you feel this video is a problem.
  5. Lexicos

    Is the Camino an addiction, an obsession or something else?

    No to the first one. It takes too long, it’s too hard and it requires too much planning. It’s not an addiction. It’s not in the category of gambling, alcohol or drugs. And it’s certainly not “God’s heroin.” That’s taking poetic license to an extreme. Is it an obsession? It can be. If you are...
  6. Lexicos

    Trying to understand

    I’ve been trying to understand why the Camino has such a lasting impact. It’s a key I think to understanding other things. What do we learn? What do we see? Why is it such a milestone? What is it about the Camino that has such a big impact and leaves such a lasting impression and, for many of...
  7. 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...
  8. simply B

    COVID 2020 Camino a "To be" or "Not to be"? - and "Why?"

    per @Trishagale request...https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/current-camino-conditions-and-the-coronavirus.66881/#post-832846 Thread now open! Let's stick to "Why" or "Why not" for you personally and leave at that in posts. I sense that the Mods have more than enough to do at...
  9. B

    Qualifying for Compostela: purpose

    I hope to complete my CF this spring, and my thoughts are turning to whether I might honestly apply for a compostela, assuming I make it. It's not a question of distance /stamp rules, but of meeting the requirements about purpose. I started my Camino for no reason other that a friend asked me...
  10. S

    'Addiction'- an appropriate word for wanting to walk the Camino again (& again)?

    It is with hesitation that I write on a topic that has been bothering me over many years of forum membership, and that is the equating of the desire to walk the Way again with addiction. I live in a country that, in rural areas, as well as major cities is bedevilled by the social and personal...
  11. Sue127

    Have you been sponsored?

    Hi, I wonder if this is thought of as an 'OK' thing to do when walking the Camino. I'll be starting my first - Camino Frances - at the end of May and wondered whether anyone else has used this personal experience of walking as a way to also fund raise for charity? Last year, my husband and I...
  12. FooteK

    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...
  13. B

    Is anyone doing the Camino without any specific purpose

    Hello, I'm planning to do my first Camino this April 09 starting from SJDP; I really don't know why I'm doing this . I don't think I have prepared for the Camino mentally; Currently I see my Camino going to be a long walks for few weeks than a pilgrimage. I'm not a religious person, hence...
  14. A

    Why are you walking? Please comment below!

    Hi! I’m a high school student from Oregon taking an IB World Religions class and as the topic for my Internal Assessment I’m comparing the reasons why pilgrims walk the Camino now vs when it first became popular in the 9th century. I’m having trouble finding information regarding the percentages...
  15. BobM

    Walking the Camino Frances multiple times - why?

    When I walked the CF I met a man who was walking the CF for the third time. The first two times were with his wife. After she passed away here he was walking for the third time, but by himself. He was not particularly talkative. Once I met him deep in thought sitting on a seat and I was about...
  16. jj-now

    'Pilgrims: Why People Walk the Camino de Santiago'

    Hi all, It's been a wonderful month filming this thing! I went out to capture and understand the experience of the Camino, and the people behind it. Almost twenty-interviews (some with returning subjects), a month of walking and a magical return to the French way...
  17. KarenWilliams6

    Transformational nature of pilgrimage

    Dear All I'm interested in the transformational nature of the pilgrimage experience, as I've walked a number of pilgrimages myself in the past. So now I'm researching this for my dissertation on the MSc in Psychological Trauma at the University of Chester. Amazingly, this aspect of pilgrimage...
  18. hal_cpt

    Pilgrim: A Scientist Walks To Santiago 2019-03-05

    Feeling trapped and frustrated in work and life, the author set out to walk the Camino de Santiago - the ancient Christian pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Spain. On the way, he explored what it means to be a person of faith, a scientist and to live a compassionate life. In this book of...
  19. LGLG

    Is the Camino for me?

    Some people (like me) get drawn to the Camino several times, others wonder why they d ever do again (like me sometimes) others still are on it and wonder whether they should leave (like me, two days ago) have made a mistake or what (I never make mistakes? ha,). So how do we know? This is a quote...
  20. Dchell

    Would my answer be the Camino? Find out by reading my blog. ;)

    https://mycaminospring2017.wordpress.com/ A few years ago, I was one of many folks who watched “The Way” with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. If you saw it, you were probably curious and inspired as was I. I immediately put it on my bucket list. Things were going well in my life: I had...