Returning from the Camino

Returning from the Camino

Returning from the Camino: Lessons from a Life-Changing Journey explores the transformational nature of the Camino, the struggle returning to "real life," and provides a practical look at how ultimately the lessons gifted both during and ...

Author: Theresa Fersch

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ISBN: 9798557214384

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In 2015, Theresa had the remarkable privilege of hiking the Camino de Santiago from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. When she arrived in Santiago and gazed up at that magnificent cathedral, she did not realize at that moment that the end of her Camino was just the beginning of her journey. While the 38 days spent hiking were empowering and inspiring in their own right, it set into motion a sequence of events that positively altered the course of her life. The pilgrimage bestowed onto her life lessons and gifts which took years to fully unpack and process. For some, the Camino and experiences that follow can help shape who they are as a human being, how they see the world, and illuminate what type of life they want to live. Returning from the Camino: Lessons from a Life-Changing Journey explores the transformational nature of the Camino, the struggle returning to "real life," and provides a practical look at how ultimately the lessons gifted both during and after the adventure can be applied to all aspects of life in the most positive ways.
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Pilgrim Stories

Pilgrim Stories

I feel that my journey has started and the Camino has given me the initiation." For a thirty-three-year-old ... Ursula described returning from the Camino with two images, a fountain and a steel bar. The fountain represented what had ...

Author: Nancy Louise Frey

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520922464

Category: Religion

Page: 298

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Each year thousands of men and women from more than sixty countries journey by foot and bicycle across northern Spain, following the medieval pilgrimage road known as the Camino de Santiago. Their destination is Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the apostle James are said to be buried. These modern-day pilgrims and the role of the pilgrimage in their lives are the subject of Nancy Louise Frey's fascinating book. Unlike the religiously-oriented pilgrims who visit Marian shrines such as Lourdes, the modern Road of St. James attracts an ecumenical mix of largely well-educated, urban middle-class participants. Eschewing comfortable methods of travel, they choose physically demanding journeys, some as long as four months, in order to experience nature, enjoy cultural and historical patrimony, renew faith, or cope with personal trauma. Frey's anthropological study focuses on the remarkable reanimation of the Road that has gained momentum since the 1980s. Her intensive fieldwork (including making the pilgrimage several times herself) provides a colorful portrayal of the pilgrimage while revealing a spectrum of hopes, discontents, and desires among its participants, many of whom feel estranged from society. The Camino's physical and mental journey offers them closer community, greater personal knowledge, and links to the past and to nature. But what happens when pilgrims return home? Exploring this crucial question Frey finds that pilgrims often reflect deeply on their lives and some make significant changes: an artistic voice is discovered, a marriage is ended, meaningful work is found. Other pilgrims repeat the pilgrimage or join a pilgrims' association to keep their connection to the Camino alive. And some only remain pilgrims while on the road. In all, Pilgrim Stories is an exceptional prism through which to understand the desires and dissatisfactions of contemporary Western life at the end of the millennium. "Feet are touched, discussed, massaged, [and] become signs of a journey well traveled: 'I did it all on foot!' . . . Pilgrims give feet a power and importance not recognized in daily life, as a causeway and direct channel to the road, the past, meaningful relations, nature, and the self."
Categories: Religion

Intersecting Journeys

Intersecting Journeys

In order to study the return with a dispersed population of thousands ... and Germany ; attending Friends of the Camino meetings and conferences of Jacobean studies ; and returning to the Camino as a refuge attendant , or hospitalera .

Author: Ellen Badone

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252029402

Category: Social Science

Page: 199

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'Intersecting Journeys' offers ethnographic analysis of the conflicts over resources & meanings associated with sacred sites, such as Lourdes, Rome & Jerusalem, as well as the sense of community they inspire.
Categories: Social Science

Making Pilgrimages

Making Pilgrimages

... returning or has returned to his / her home , how pilgrimage may impact on their lives afterward , and how completing ... through joining Camino - related associations , or returning to work as a volunteer at pilgrimage hospitals .

Author: Ian Reader

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824829077

Category: History

Page: 368

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This study involves a fourteen-hundred-kilometer-long pilgrimage around Japan’s fourth largest island, Shikoku. In traveling the circuit of the eighty-eight Buddhist temples that make up the route, pilgrims make their journey together with Kôbô Daishi (774–835), the holy miracle-working figure who is at the heart of the pilgrimage. Once seen as a marginal practice, recent media portrayal of the pilgrimage as a symbol of Japanese cultural heritage has greatly increased the number of participants, both Japanese and foreign. In this absorbing look at the nature of the pilgrimage, Ian Reader examines contemporary practices and beliefs in the context of historical development, taking into account theoretical considerations of pilgrimage as a mode of activity and revealing how pilgrimages such as Shikoku may change in nature over the centuries. This rich ethnographic work covers a wide range of pilgrimage activity and behavior, drawing on accounts of pilgrims traveling by traditional means on foot as well as those taking advantage of the new package bus tours, and exploring the pilgrimage’s role in the everyday lives of participants and the people of Shikoku alike. It discusses the various ways in which the pilgrimage is made and the forces that have shaped it in the past and in the present, including history and legend, the island’s landscape and residents, the narratives and actions of the pilgrims and the priests who run the temples, regional authorities, and commercial tour operators and bus companies. In studying the Shikoku pilgrimage from anthropological, historical, and sociological perspectives, Reader shows in vivid detail the ambivalence and complexity of pilgrimage as a phenomenon that is simultaneously local, national, and international and both marginal and integral to the lives of its participants. Critically astute yet highly accessible, Making Pilgrimages will be welcomed by those with an interest in anthropology, religious studies, and Japanese studies, and will be essential for anyone contemplating making the pilgrimage themselves.
Categories: History

Joyce Rupp

Joyce Rupp

I knew I could leave the Camino and return to everything the homeless do not have. This lesson of the pilgrimage continues to provide reflection on my attitude toward undocumented immigrants, homeless wanderers, and all those who are ...

Author: Rupp, Joyce

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 9781608336999

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Walking in Lindee s Light

Walking in Lindee s Light

2016 Return to Santiago When I returned home from the Camino in June 2015 I thought I was finished with long hikes. But after a few months I began to think about returning for another walk to Santiago. I remembered that when I was ...

Author: Gary Larsen

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781365711183

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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The Camino de Santiago is an ancient religious pilgrimage. For over a thousand years pilgrims have walked the many routes throughout Europe to pay homage at the tomb of Saint James nestled in the womb of the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. The traditional and most travelled route is the Camino Frances. This Way of Saint James winds for almost 800 kilometers across northern Spain, over mountains and steep hills, through villages and cities, and across the broad meseta, from Roncesvalles to Santiago. Every pilgrim who walks the Camino lives a unique and very individual journey. This story is just one of thousands of very personal tales of the challenges and joys of this spiritual trek. It is a story of the mysteries of faith, love, and a promise.
Categories: Religion

A Thru Hiking Trilogy

A Thru Hiking Trilogy

Pierre returned to Strasbourg. He likes to walk for a month each year and even returned to the Camino. We email and I hope to see him again one day. Tamar returned to the Camino with Espe two years later to hike a short section.

Author: Keith Foskett

Publisher: Keith Foskett via PublishDrive

ISBN: PKEY:6610000152797

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 798

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A real-life adventurer. Three epic thru-hikes totalling 5840 miles. Will one Englishman dare to face his fears? Three books in one - Contains the first books from Keith Foskett - Over 800 pages of adventure! Book #1 - The Journey in Between A man at a crossroads. A thousand-mile hike. A life forever changed. Keith Foskett was the definition of restless. Drifting aimlessly, he knew a piece was missing from his life. But when a stranger in a Greek bar tells him about a world-famous pilgrim’s trail, the chance encounter sets Foskett’s life in a new 1,000-mile direction. On El Camino de Santiago, the wanderer copes with extreme temperatures, fake faith healers, and insatiable kleptomaniacs. Threatened with arrest for ‘not sleeping’ and suffering with excruciating blisters, he pushes himself to new limits. Keith Foskett’s travelogues have been shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year multiple times by The Great Outdoors magazine. Awash with vivid descriptions and a cast of engaging real-life characters, the author delivers a humorous and mesmerizing tale of adventure and metamorphosis. The Journey in Between is a daring travel memoir. If you like indulging your inner adventurer, taking the less popular fork in the road, and visiting foreign locations, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s transformative tale. Book #2 - The Last Englishman A real-life adventurer. A gruelling pan-American trek. Will one Englishman dare to face his fears? Born traveller Keith Foskett had thousands of miles of thru-hiking experience when he prepared for his toughest challenge yet: a gruelling 2,640-mile hike from Mexico to Canada. In a six-month journey along America’s Pacific Crest Trail, he crossed the arid expanses of California’s deserts, the towering peaks of Oregon’s volcanic landscape, and the dense forests of Washington. Battling phobias of bears, snakes, critters and camping in the woods after dark, can Foskett find new ways to achieve his ultimate goal when the worst winter in years bears down on the trail? Veteran storyteller Keith Foskett lets you join him for a trek across the greatest long-distance hiking trail on Earth. With witty humour, astute observations, and a delightful cast of characters, you’ll discover a compelling narrative that turns the travelogue formula on its head. The Last Englishman is an extraordinary travel memoir by an experienced long-distance hiker. If you believe there’s more to life than work, yearn for new horizons and challenges, and believe in overcoming adversity, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s tale of exploration. Book #3 - Balancing on Blue One man’s remarkable challenge. 2,000+ miles of unforgiving wilderness. Can he escape the mundane to become a thru-hiker? When this long-distance hiker chose to backpack all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail, he left ordinary life behind for five months. Enduring an incredible test of physical and psychological strength, Foskett was pushed to his limits... Accompanied by an array of eclectic characters – including a drug dealer, a world-champion juggler and a sex-starved Minnesotan – he weaves a route through some of America's wildest landscapes and history, and writes with insight, humour and reflection. Attempting to keep his English sense of humour alive amidst the bumps and bruises, can he survive his journey of self-discovery to emerge victorious? Balancing on Blue is a superb standalone travel memoir. If you like living outside the box, escaping into the wild, and journeying deep into the unknown, then you’ll love this courageous trek. Discover how a wilderness escape can change you too.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Religion in Cathedrals

Religion in Cathedrals

After returning home from the Camino, European (like other) pilgrims often join groups such as the Confraternity of James, take a fresh look at paths and places in their own country, and seek to set pilgrimage in motion there.

Author: Simon Coleman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000533026

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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This book explores cathedrals, past and present, as spaces for religious but also wider cultural practices. Contributors from history, anthropology, sociology, and religious studies trace major continuities and shifts in the location of cathedrals within religious, civic, urban, and economic landscapes of pre- and post-Reformation Christianity. While much of the focus is on England, other European and global contexts are referenced as authors explore ways in which cathedrals have been, and remain, distinctive spaces of adjacent ritual, political and social activity, capable of taking on lives of their own as sites of worship, pilgrimage, and governance. A major theme of the book is that of replication, pointing to the ways in which cathedrals echo each other materially and ritually in processes of mutual borrowing and competition, while a cathedral can also provide a reference point for smaller constituencies of religious practice such as a diocese or parish. As this volume demonstrates, the contemporary resurgence of interest in pilgrimage, the impact of ‘Caminoisation’, and the (re)presentation of cathedrals as cultural heritage further add to the attractions, popularity, and complexities of cathedrals in the 21st century. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Religion.
Categories: Religion

The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century

The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century

... are examples of contemporary expressions of both the 21st-century pilgrimage experience and the digital experience. Whether posting continuously while walking the Camino or after the journey is completed or by returning ...

Author: Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317485025

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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The Spanish Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage rooted in the Medieval period and increasingly active today, has attracted a growing amount of both scholarly and popular attention. With its multiple points of departure in Spain and other European countries, its simultaneously secular and religious nature, and its international and transhistorical population of pilgrims, this particular pilgrimage naturally invites a wide range of intellectual inquiry and scholarly perspectives. This volume fills a gap in current pilgrimage studies, focusing on contemporary representations of the Camino de Santiago. Complementing existing studies of the Camino’s medieval origins, it situates the Camino as a modern experience and engages interdisciplinary perspectives to present a theoretical framework for exploring the most central issues that concern scholars of pilgrimage studies today. Contributors explore the contemporary meaning of the Camino through an interdisciplinary lens that reflects the increasing permeability between academic disciplines and fields, bringing together a wide range of theoretical and critical perspectives (cultural studies, literary studies, globalization studies, memory studies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, cultural geographies, photography, and material culture). Chapters touch on a variety of genres (blogs, film, graphic novels, historical novels, objects, and travel guides), and transnational perspectives (Australia, the Arab world, England, Spain, and the United States).
Categories: Religion

The child in Spanish cinema

The child in Spanish cinema

... land of Oz with the greyon-grey of Kansas [...] Perhaps the implications of no returning, of not recovering from the Fall into colour, were too radical for Hollywood to contemplate' (Batchelor, 2000: 41). Camino appears to return ...

Author: Sarah Wright

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526103208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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In this, the first full-length treatment of the child in Spanish cinema, Sarah Wright explores the ways that the cinematic child comes to represent ‘prosthetic memory’. The central theme of the child and the monster is used to examine the relationship of the self to the past, and to cinema. Concentrating on films from the 1950s to the present day, the book explores religious films, musicals, ‘art-house horror’, science-fiction, social realism and fantasy. It includes reference to Erice’s The Spirit of The Beehive, del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Mañas’s El Bola and the Marisol films. The book also draws on a century of filmmaking in Spain and intersects with recent revelations concerning the horrors of the Spanish past. The child is a potent motif for the loss of historical memory and for its recuperation through cinema. This book is suitable for scholars and undergraduates working in the areas of Spanish cinema, Spanish cultural studies and cinema studies.
Categories: Performing Arts