Spring Pilgrim Gathering

Our main pilgrim gathering for the year, held in the Spring, is an all-day conference-style meeting, providing information for new pilgrims as well as programs of interest for experienced pilgrims.  

Our Upcoming Pilgrim Gathering is on Saturday, March 24th, 2018

The Gathering will again be at the Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas St. http://vcitadel.ca/contact-us/

We are delighted that the Mayor of À Coruña,  Sr Xulio Ferreiro, has accepted our invitation to provide the opening remarks to our Gathering. À Coruña is a port city in north-east Spain and is the starting point for one of the Camino Inglés routes to Santiago de Compostela.

Our keynote speaker this year is Paul Huschilt, author of The Reluctant Pilgrim, An Incomplete Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago. He will give you strategies for an "Awesome Life and Camino Francés". Copies of his book will also be available for purchase.

Two of our sessions will take you all the way from Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay, with help, and then from Le Puy-en-Velay to Santiago and on to Porto. Jennifer Handley & Lyn Makepeace walked 350km of the French countryside from Geneva on the Via Gebennensis and used the services of a tour company. Brent Hopkins started his Camino in Le Puy-en-Velay, on the Camino Podiensis and 3 months later arrived in Porto, via Santiago. As well as describing the route, he can provide some practical advice for those considering a longer pilgrimage.

Mary Lou Bevier, an experienced pilgrim, will present "Know Before You Go: How to turn a First-time Pilgrim into a Seasoned Peregrino".

And responding to popular demand, The Camino Portuguese will be presented by Jim Rondeau and Dennis Tam, two very experienced peregrinos. You'll learn about the cost, accommodation, food and terrain of this beautiful route.

And of course, Erin Boggs and Dave Kaey of 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.

We will end the day with a panel of 5 experienced pilgrims to answer any and all questions that you have.

All this and lunch too for $20.

Note: Vegetarian and non vegetarian lunches will be provided. If you require a gluten-free lunch, please note this on the registration form. If you have dietary restrictions beyond these, it would be advisable to bring your own lunch.

Agenda – Morning

8:30:  Doors Open / Check-In

9:00 - 9:20:  Introduction

9:20-9:50: Mayor from Coruña (everyone)

9:50-11:00:  Keynote Speaker: Paul Huschilt, author of The Reluctant Pilgrim, An Incomplete Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago. (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 - Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay, photos and presentation by Lyn Makepeace and Jennifer Handley

Agenda – Afternoon

12:20-13:20: Lunch - Gym,  Authors' Tables / Robinson's Gear Display - Main Foyer

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

2A - Le-Puy-en-Velay to Porto via Santiago presented by Brent Hopkins

2B - Know Before you Go: How to turn a first time Pilgrim into a seasoned Peregrino presented by Mary Lou Bevier

14:15 - 15:00:  The Camino Portuguese, the less travelled Camino, presented by Dennis Tam and Jim Rondeau. (everyone)

15:00-15:45: Panel Discusion / Q&A

15:45-16:00: Wrap Up

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