A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


The big map o the Caminos de Santiago

thanksgiving in Santiago de Compostela


Just spent the weekend in Santiago, giving thanks at the Cathedral from my recovery from a breakdown last year.

I spent Friday in Seville and was in Santiago all day Sunday during the carnival with my girl friend Beverley.

I had such a profound recovery from a serious mental breakdown purely by faith and the courage to walk that I felt a calling to return and to spiritually give thanks.

March 30th I will set off from SJPP to Logroño in order to complete the Camino Frances.

Buen camino to all
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Jul-Aug 05, Frances, Jul-Aug 06, Portugues, Oct 2010
I walked my second Camino last year following a mental wobble (narrowly avoided breakdown). It was the best therapy money could buy.

I'm glad it helped you.


Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Ponderings - contributions requested

Kathy Gower (academic, writer, American Pilgrims) is looking for contributions from pilgrims. Here is her request from the Gocamino Forum. Please contact her directly. kathygower@hotmail.com

"I am seriously wondering if one's feelings of spirituality connected with
their pilgrimage experiences have a direct correlation to their spiritual
path pre-pilgrimage. In other words, does one's sympathy or antipathy or
even apathy for organized religion have any affect on what they may have
gained as far as personal spiritual insight. (not religious insight).

I know that there were many reasons why individuals chose to make the
pilgrimage and not all of them had to do with the religious veneration of
the bones of St. James, witness to the Transfiguration, apostle, and so on.
I personally came across Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, and people who had no obvious religious reason for undertaking such a pilgrimage.

Is is possible to have a deep spiritual experience with no prior connection
to the tradition of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James).

This is a serious inquiry and if you'd rather, I'd love to hear from you on
or off the list-serve.

Thank you,


OLDER threads on this topic

A few items available from the Camino Forum Store



Latest posts

Most read today

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 11 1.4%
  • February

    Votes: 5 0.6%
  • March

    Votes: 35 4.4%
  • April

    Votes: 114 14.5%
  • May

    Votes: 192 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 55 7.0%
  • July

    Votes: 15 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 12 1.5%
  • September

    Votes: 236 30.0%
  • October

    Votes: 96 12.2%
  • November

    Votes: 11 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 5 0.6%