Spring Pilgrim Gathering

We are delighted that the John Brierley, author of many Camino guides, has accepted our invitation to speak to us. His talk, entitled The Camino - A Path of Awakening will be of interest to both prospective and experienced pilgrims.

We will have presentations on two routes that we haven't covered in past years: The Camino Primitivo and also the Camino Augusta and the southern piece of the Via de la Plata. And for those interested in the concept of dual pilgrimage, we will have a presentation on the Kumano Kodo which is the companion pilgrimage in Japan.

Our other sessions will cover the food and wines of Spain with considerations for celiacs and vegetarians; accomodations and facilities in Spain; and of course the day would not be complete without a discussion of bedbugs and blisters.......how to avoid both.

Robinson's Outdoor Store will present the Camino Gear Guide: The Latest and Greatest Packing Essentials. They'll explain the pros and cons of various boots, sleeping bags, shirts and sox and let you know about the new hiking products available this year.

We will end the day with a panel and an opportunity to ask John Brierley questions.

All this and lunch too for $25.

Agenda – Morning

8:30:  Doors Open / Check-In

9:00 - 9:15:  Introduction

9:15-10:00: Twists and Turns on the Camino Primitivo: Mary Lou Bevier (everyone)

10:00-11:00:  Keynote Speaker: John Brierley The Camino – A Path of Awakening (everyone)

11:00-11:25: Break

11:30-12:15: Break-out Session #1 (Choose A or B)

1A - Camino Gear Guide: the latest and greatest packing essentials presented by Robinson’s Outdoor Store

1B - Accommodation…comparing facilities, what to expect Dennis Tam and Jim Rondeau

12:20-13:20: Lunch

Agenda – Afternoon

13:25 - 14:10:  Break-out Session #2 (Choose A or B)

2A - Food and wine of Spain. Also looking at vegan, vegetarian and celiac options Daphne Hnatiuk

2B - Kumano Kodo and Camino Francés. Completion of both of the UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes, Nada Jovic, Dual Pilgrim

14:15 - 15:00:  Break-out Session #3 (Choose A or B)

3A - Cádiz to Mérida: Via Augusta & Via de la Plata; following the sun, Mary Virtue

3B - Staying Healthy on the Camino Despite Diabetes and Bed Bugs Mike Dunican (diabetic & bed bug expert), Jim Rondeau (diabetic) & Dawn Blais (foot care expert)

15:00-15:50: Panel Discusion / Q&A with John Brierley (everyone)

15:50-16:00: Wrap Up

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