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karenfromcali

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2014
Hello fellow pilgrims!
I walked the Camino Frances back in 2014 and am now hoping to do so again this summer. This Camino I would like to stay in a monastery or convent, or hopefully more than one. Has anyone stayed at a monastery or convent along the way that they enjoyed? I realize with COVID that even if there are any, they may not be open to guests. But I remain hopeful. 🌸
 
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alexwalker

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(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC

alexwalker

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Past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Thank you!
This is actually a great example of how the Camino will give you what you need! :) I wasn't aware of her list before @mspath posted a link to that 6 years old post a few minutes ago!
 
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alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Yes! So true! I just saw that she had posted it only a few minutes before I asked! I love this forum! 😊
All credit to our veteran member @mspath : She truly represents "ancient wisdom" in here.
 

Vacajoe

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2019
Definitely worth checking, though, given the passage of time and COVID from when that list was first published. If you find out about changes during your research and trip, please post an update!
 

karenfromcali

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Past OR future Camino
2014
Definitely worth checking, though, given the passage of time and COVID from when that list was first published. If you find out about changes during your research and trip, please post an update!
Yes, will be happy to! (Or is it happy ‘too’ hmm 🤔 think it’s ‘to’ lol)
 
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mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Thanks @mspath and @alexwalker. When I return to the Camino early 2022 my plan is to stay at as many convents and monasteries as possible. I hope to look for short volunteer options at these going forward.
Colette Z,
When you find info to update please do report it. I would be pleased to bring the list up to date.
Whenever/wherever you go, Buen Camino.
 
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Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
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2019
We stayed at two monastery sites on the Aragones, but both times were in adjacent upscale hotel rooms 😂. San Juan de la Pena is now a tourist site while the Leyre only allows men to room in the monastery itself. You are allowed to attend services with the monks in the church, though, which was wonderful. It’s increasingly difficult to find albergues in active religious communities versus repurposed religious buildings.

While technically NOT monasteries, opportunities do exist to stay at other religious properties. For example, the Catholic Church in Logroño houses and feeds pilgrims in the rectory, followed by a prayer service in the church itself. (You even get to traverse a secret passageway from the dormitory to the chapel!!!).
 
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