Camino de SantiagoPosted by Whole Earth | 01.19.2018
Camino de Santiago with Robert Deming
February 1st - 7 pm at our San Antonio store
Have you felt the call of a pilgrimage trail? What would it be like to travel in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, the long distance walkers of their day? Many of the routes they followed still exist. Today, you can walk the ancient pilgrim trails that flow through France and Spain and gather together into a major Way leading to Santiago de Compostela in western Spain. Robert Deming has made the Pilgrimage and will be in our San Antonio store on February 1st to share his experiences and help you prepare for your own journey.
Pilgrims have been traveling along the Camino de Santiago for over 1,000 years. The pilgrimage routes travel through plains, valleys and mountains, on well-maintained paths with low cost accommodations for pilgrims all along the way. While the original Pilgrimage was undertaken for religious purposes, today’s pilgrims walk or cycle for a variety of reasons. The Camino de Santiago has been described as the Appalachian Trail of Europe.
In 1998, the routes making up the Camino de Santiago were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. And in the intervening years, the number of pilgrims traveling the Way has grown to 300,000 a year. Robert Deming began his pilgrimage in May of 2017 at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France where three of the pilgrimage routes through France join near Roncevaux Pass that leads across the Pyrenees. He followed the Milky Way westward toward the Cathedral of Saint James in Compostela, the field of stars.
Robert will help you prepare with information on the Pilgrimage including credentials, albergues, refugios and a compostela at the end of your journey. Our Whole Earth staff will be on hand to offer suggestions for shoes, clothing and gear to help you pack light and speed you on your way. We hope you’ll join us for this fun and informative evening.