42 episodes

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 Kevin Donahue's pilgrimage books (The Pilgrims' Table and Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal), 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.

Sacred Steps Podcast Kevin Donahue, Camino de Santiago

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

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 Kevin Donahue's pilgrimage books (The Pilgrims' Table and Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal), 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.

    S3:E10 Carrying Pilgrim Prayers on my Camino to the Tomb of St. Peter

    S3:E10 Carrying Pilgrim Prayers on my Camino to the Tomb of St. Peter

    Nearly 70 pilgrims and families asked me to pray on their behalf at cathedrals and places of natural beauty throughout Italy during my Via Francigena pilgrimage to Rome. Born of all types of human conditions, their prayers were simultaneously the lightest and heaviest thing I carried along my journey. The experience changed me, my Camino, and the way I see view the power of pilgrimage.
    DISCUSSIONS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    Sacred Steps PodcastLeave a Voice Message for the PodcastKevin's Book: The Pilgrims' Table Prayer Requests: Allow Kevin to Carry Your Prayers to Santiago de Compostela
    CONNECT WITH THE SHOW ONLINE:
    Podcast Homepage - sacredstepspodcast.comSacred Steps: A Pilgrimage JournalStream the Video Podcast on YouTube Connect on FacebookView on Instagram
    MEET THE HOST:  Kevin Donahue
    Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
    Kevin Donahue began walking pilgrimage routes in 2019, joining the historical footprints of pilgrims seeking places and people to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love. His passion for these historic footpaths and reflections from the journeys form the basis for his books: Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal and The Pilgrims’ Table.
     
    BOOKS BY KEVIN DONAHUE: 
    Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal | Free Preview
    At the crossroads of history and faith, a reluctant pilgrim embarks on a modern pilgrimage along some of the world’s most revered footpaths. Along the way, he discovers the places and encounters people that inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
    Available from print and digital booksellers, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal conveys both the historical context and the modern experience of pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along America’s Pacific Coast connecting the California Missions Trail, across receding tides to Holy Island, from London to Canterbury along Britain’s historic Pilgims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s Via Francigena on a journey of discovery.
    The Pilgrims’ Table | Free PreviewBrought together by fate for a memorable dinner, five pilgrims recall their emotional journeys along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Powerful and moving, The Pilgrims’ Table is an emotional look at the transformational power of pilgrimage.
    Born from the intersection of my experiences with those of other pilgrims,  The Pilgims’ Table is the story of five pilgrims from divergent paths who come together at a Spanish albergue. The deeply personal stories shared over dinner transform their outlook on pilgrimage and connect them as one pilgrim family.


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    • 39 min
    S3:E9 Slowing Down & Discovering the World | Cruisin with the Colemans

    S3:E9 Slowing Down & Discovering the World | Cruisin with the Colemans

    The Camino de Santiago ignited a passion for slow travel and the discovery it affords teachers Brian & Michelle Coleman. They followed the road across the United States and walked pilgrimage routes throughout Europe. Now the Colemans share their journies to inspire others who are seeking slower, more fulfilling journies.
    DISCUSSIONS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    Sacred Steps PodcastLeave a Voice Message for the PodcastKevin's Book: The Pilgrims' Table Camino Packing ListWWW: Cruisin with the ColemansFACEBOOK: Cruisin with the ColemansINSTAGRAM: Cruisin with the ColemansYOUTUBE: Cruisin with the ColemansTIKTOK: Cruisin with the ColemansCONNECT WITH THE SHOW ONLINE:
    Podcast Homepage - sacredstepspodcast.comSacred Steps: A Pilgrimage JournalStream the Video Podcast on YouTube Connect on FacebookView on InstagramMEET OUR GUEST:   Brian & Michelle Coleman
    Having traveled much of the United States, Mexico, and Europe, Brian and Michelle Coleman developed a love of slow travel. From the windshield of their RV, from hiking trails, to pilgrim pathways, the Colemans love finding quaint towns across the globe, mastering a big city, and can’t get enough of  state and national parks.
    MEET THE HOST:  Kevin Donahue
    Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
    Kevin Donahue began walking pilgrimage routes in 2019, joining the historical footprints of pilgrims seeking places and people to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love. His passion for these historic footpaths and reflections from the journeys form the basis for his books: Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal and The Pilgrims’ Table.
     
    BOOKS BY KEVIN DONAHUE: 
    Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal | Free Preview
    At the crossroads of history and faith, a reluctant pilgrim embarks on a modern pilgrimage along some of the world’s most revered footpaths. Along the way, he discovers the places and encounters people that inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
    Available from print and digital booksellers, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal conveys both the historical context and the modern experience of pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along America’s Pacific Coast connecting the California Missions Trail, across receding tides to Holy Island, from London to Canterbury along Britain’s historic Pilgims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s Via Francigena on a journey of discovery.
    The Pilgrims’ Table | Free PreviewBrought together by fate for a memorable dinner, five pilgrims recall their emotional journeys along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Powerful and moving, The Pilgrims’ Table is an emotional look at the transformational power of pilgrimage.
    Born from the intersection of my experiences with those of other pilgrims,  The Pilgims’ Table is the story of five pilgrims from divergent paths who come together at a Spanish albergue. The deeply personal stories shared over dinner transform their outlook on pilgrimage and connect them as one pilgrim family.


    ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

    • 1 hr 6 min
    S3:E8 Through a Field of Stars | Exploring the Camino de Santiago with Author Brian J. Skillen

    S3:E8 Through a Field of Stars | Exploring the Camino de Santiago with Author Brian J. Skillen

    Author Brian J. Skillen (http://www.brianjohnskillen.com/) heard legends of the Knights Templar in Spain on the first day of his Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. He followed Templar symbols alongside Camino arrows and discovered the basis for his first Camino trilogy: Through A Field of Stars. His three books have become international best-sellers, following the dramatic saga of sacred relics and brave knights across the Camino Frances.  Brian joins the podcast along with his partner, Chelsea, to share behind-the-scenes stories of his books and their most recent Camino pilgrimage.
    DISCUSSIONS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    Sacred Steps PodcastLeave a Voice Message for the PodcastKevin's Book: The Pilgrims' Table WWW: Brian John SkillenBOOK: The Way Through a Field of StarsBOOK: Back Through a Field of StarsBOOK: Home Through a Field of StarsCONNECT WITH THE SHOW ONLINE:
    Podcast Homepage - sacredstepspodcast.comSacred Steps: A Pilgrimage JournalStream the Video Podcast on YouTube Connect on FacebookView on InstagramMEET OUR GUEST:   Brian John Skillen
    An award-winning author, Brian John Skillen grew up with dyslexia and a third-grade reading and spelling level in high school. He never in a million years thought he would be an author. Brian used his ability to turn thoughts backward to become an internationally touring dance instructor, who found the Camino de Santiago while on tour in Spain. In the small town of Castrojeriz, he was first told about a secret code of the Knights Templar on the Camino de Santiago. As he hiked the Camino across Spain, the code played out along the route, inspiring the best-selling Through a Field of Stars series. 
    MEET THE HOST:  Kevin Donahue
    Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
    Kevin Donahue began walking pilgrimage routes in 2019, joining the historical footprints of pilgrims seeking places and people to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love. His passion for these historic footpaths and reflections from the journeys form the basis for his books: Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal and The Pilgrims’ Table.
     
    BOOKS BY KEVIN DONAHUE: 
    Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal | Free Preview
    At the crossroads of history and faith, a reluctant pilgrim embarks on a modern pilgrimage along some of the world’s most revered footpaths. Along the way, he discovers the places and encounters people that inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
    Available from print and digital booksellers, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal conveys both the historical context and the modern experience of pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along America’s Pacific Coast connecting the California Missions Trail, across receding tides to Holy Island, from London to Canterbury along Britain’s historic Pilgims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s Via Francigena on a journey of discovery.
    The Pilgrims’ Table | Free PreviewBrought together by fate for a memorable dinner, five pilgrims recall their emotional journeys along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Powerful and moving, The Pilgrims’ Table is an emotional look at the transformational power of pilgrimage.
    Born from the intersection of my experiences with those of other pilgrims,  The Pilgims’ Table is the story of five pilgrims from divergent paths who come together at a Spanish albergue. The deeply personal stories shared over dinner transform their outlook on pilgrimage and connect them as one pilgrim family.


    ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S3:E7 Planning Your 2023 Camino de Santiago | Livestream

    S3:E7 Planning Your 2023 Camino de Santiago | Livestream

    Are you planning your first Camino de Santiago? In this dedicated live-streaming Q&A, author & noted pilgrim Anne Born joins Kevin Donahue to share tips and answer questions submitted by pilgrims walking this year.

    • 2 hr
    S3:E6 Pilgrimage: Lessons from the Camino & Ancient Pilgrim Paths

    S3:E6 Pilgrimage: Lessons from the Camino & Ancient Pilgrim Paths

    For years, English author Jo Frances Penn (https://jfpenn.com/pilgrimage) contemplated walking the Camino de Santiago. Two decades later, the global pandemic pushed her to begin a walking pilgrimage, discovering lessons about herself and the world around her at the intersection of history and divinity. In her new book, Jo shares personal reflections and insights found walking these historic pathways.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S3:E5 Walking England's Original Camino: The Pilgrimage to Walsingham

    S3:E5 Walking England's Original Camino: The Pilgrimage to Walsingham

    Lost to history in the aftermath of King Henry VIII's English Reformation, the Walsingham Camino was once one of Christendom's most revered pilgrimage walks. English author Andy Bull discusses efforts to revitalize the journey to the Marian shrine and his new guidebook mapping the modern route from London across England along the Walsingham Camino.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

CaminoInUSA ,

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!

leadergal ,

Early stages of learning about camino

My favorite are the interview episodes so far! And learning people’s stories.

Highland Camino 2000 ,

Content excellent but…

The actual content and choice of people interviews are interesting, and the actual conversations enjoyable and pack in a lot of great information. The big ‘minus’ is the music and voice you’re bombarded with at the intro/ending. For something called ‘sacred steps,’ you’d think something less grating and annoying would've been chosen. Big turn-off. I really just wanted to listen to Guy Hayward of the British pilgrimage trust so thank goodness you can skip the grating parts.

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