Life-changing is how many Pilgrims describe their Camino experience. We might spend months and sometimes years preparing for our journey. What happens when we complete our pilgrimage and come home to our everyday life, our time of RE-ENTRY?
If you’ve already walked a Camino, whether short or long, please contribute to the discussion with comments at the end of this blog. If you are in the thinking or planning stage, or just curious, I hope you will find some helpful replies. Stay tuned and I will share responses on a future blog post.
You can check out my past posts on this blog, BEYOND BORDERS ON THE CAMINO, where I’ve described my feelings of change, transformation, gratitude and more. But now let’s hear from you!
For many pilgrims, and I include myself, we can’t stop walking and talking about our Camino. Sometimes the end is really the beginning.
I’m grateful for the support of Sacramento Pilgrims, a chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino, where you will meet other pilgrims who have walked or might walk someday, or are in different stages of planning. When I first began training and learning more about the Camino, I also joined the Camino de Santiago Forum, a supportive and fun online pilgrim community and Camigas, “a Buddy System for Women on the Camino” on Facebook. Before and after our walk there are lots of opportunities for support and learning. Wow! I was so excited to begin my Camino after all the stories, questions, replies and help shared. Now that I’ve returned twice, I find I need the support and connection more than ever.
Here’s your chance to connect, share and compare, so feel free to pick one or more or add to these starter questions. I bet you could write a book!
- What changes did you make to your post-Camino life?
- What is different about you and your life now?
- Do you plan to walk another Camino?
- How will your next Camino be different from your first?
Readers who are thinking about or planning their first Camino will benefit from your replies. And so will you, as you continue to be in the re-entry mode of a completed Camino.
Thank you for walking with me and sharing your experiences, thoughts and feelings about the Camino de Santiago.
Buen Camino, Irene Lipshin