Walking virtually alongside pilgrims and authors, the Sacred Steps Podcast explores the world's most revered footpaths, connecting a community of pilgrims from across the globe. From the Camino de Santiago through Spain to the Via Francigena across Europe to Italy, the podcast features updates and first-hand accounts from the footpaths of pilgrimage.
A companion to the book Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal by Kevin Donahue, the podcast also introduces several lesser-known journeys, such as England’s Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury and the California Missions Trail in the United States.
S2:E4 A Camino Pilgrim Walks Ireland's Wicklow Way | Natasha Murtagh
Irish journalist and author Natasha Murtagh (https://twitter.com/natashamurtagh) shares the heartfelt stories behind her Camino bestseller (Buen Camino: From Croagh Patrick to Santiago de Compostela) and tales from her recent pandemic walk along Ireland's Wicklow Way with author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com). Natasha's passion for storytelling led her to journalism (Ireland's National Public Radio) and helped inspire her newest venture: The Nosey Fox Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-nosey-fox/id1561368912).
S2:E3 Preparation, Prayers & Packing Our Fears on Camino
Author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) discusses preparing to walk three historic pilgrim footpaths in England: the Pilgrims' Way, the Via Francigena, and the Way of St. Cuthbert. In addition to his packing list, routes, and maps, Kevin discusses carrying the prayers of others during this British Pilgrimage and how pilgrims can overcome "packing your fears" for Camino.
S2:E2 Transience & Permanence Along the Pilgrims' Way | Jo Frances Penn
During a break in Britain's COVID lockdowns, English author Jo Frances Penn (https://jfpenn.com) set out alone from her home to walk the Pilgrim's Way from London to Canterbury Cathedral. An unlikely pilgrim, Jo had never before embarked on a multi-day hike. She joins author Kevin Donahue (https://www.sacredstepsbook.com) to discuss the power of overcoming her fears and the purpose she found in her journey.
S2:E1 Rediscovering Our Pilgrimage Traditions | Dr. Guy Hayward
Dr. Guy Hayward co-founded the British Pilgrimage Trust (https://britishpilgrimage.org/) in 2014 to help restore the tradition of walking pilgrimage in the U.K. and to make holy places more accessible to people of all faiths and none. He joins author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) to discuss pilgrimage routes across England, Scotland, and Wales as well as the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of walking these ancient footpaths.
S2:E0 A Call to Pilgrimage | Season Two Premiere
In the debut of Season Two of the Sacred Steps Podcast, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) previews the upcoming season, featuring interviews with pilgrims and authors. Season Two highlights include the Camino de Santiago, Via Francigena, and pilgrim pathways across the British Isles, Americas, and Asia.
15: Ancient Walks in Modern Times | Season One Finale
In the Season One finale, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) explores the meaning of pilgrimage in modern times, with insights from four of this season's guests, including Australian author Claude Tranchant ("Boots to Bliss", "Boots to Freedom"), English author Andy Bull ("Pilgrim Pathways"), Scottish Pilgrim JohnnieWalker Santiago ("It's About Time"), and Father Johannes Maria Schwarz ("Via Alpina Sacra"). Season Two of the Sacred Steps Podcast resumes in Summer 2021.
Stream this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Yrlbe2pJB48
Really Appreciate This Podcast
I have to say - not being able to walk the Camino this year because of COVID really got to me. I found this podcast and it’s been an absolutely wonderful way to stay connected to the Camino spirit. BUEN CAMINO, PEREGRINOS!
A moment of clarity during a bad year
While most of 2020 has been driven by strife, conflict, and murder hornets, there have been hidden gems - this podcast included. The host brings a gentle sense of humor while staying focused on the topic, keeping the listener engaged during this voyage of discovery and insight.