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:E15 Prayers and Pilgrimage | Season Two Finale
In the Season Two finale, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) reflects on carrying the prayers of pilgrims and strangers during his pilgrimage and discusses his upcoming pilgrimage in Italy along the Via Francigena.
Season Three of the Sacred Steps Podcast resumes in October 2022.
S2:14 Finding Peace after Combat for Warriors on the Way
Founded to help combat veterans facing PTSD, Warriors on the Way is a purpose-designed pilgrimage for Combat Veterans by Combat Veterans along the Camino de Santiago. Through this dedicated charity, Fr. Steve Rindhal (a 31-year veteran of the US Army) and his team of psychologists and retired service members provide no-cost equipment, transportation, guidance, and counseling to soldiers battling to overcome mental, psychological, and spiritual hardships.
*Note: This episode discusses PTSD and veteran suicide. If you or someone you care for needs to speak to a professional immediately, dial 988 (USA). Please see the show notes for organizations dedicated to assisting veterans and their families facing these incredible hardships.
S2:E13 An Empty Nest Pilgrim Soars on The Camino de Santiago
Facing an empty nest after more than twenty years of child-raising, author Carolyn Gillespie (https://www.carolyngillespie.co.uk) confronted her existential crisis on the Camino de Santiago. Through steps and miles, laughter and tears, she found her future self. Her first book, Pilgrim, shares the story of her emotional transformation and the resilient spirit of middle-aged women.
S2:E12 Camino Tips from the Little Old Lady Walking
Known on social media as #LittleOldLadyWalking, American poet, author, and noted Camino de Santiago pilgrim Anne Born (https://tumbleweedpilgrim.com/) shares her tips and insights for walking the Camino with author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com). Anne has walked the Camino ten times and her practical advice on routes, packing, and pilgrim etiquette are the subject of her best-selling book "Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim".
S2:E11 Saints & Stones along Britain's Pilgrim Pathways
English author Andy Bull (http://www.andybull.co.uk) joins author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) to discuss four walks in the U.K. from his book Pilgrim Pathways, including a fascinating walk to Stonehenge and three saints pilgrimages the Northern, Cornish, and Welsh Saints Ways, as well as a fascinating walk to Stonehenge.
S2:E10 Finding Forgiveness on the Pilgrim Path
Her marriage unexpectedly ended, filmmaker Erin Dooley found strength and forgiveness on the Camino de Santiago. In a new reality series on Amazon Prime, Erin leads pilgrims on walks to help overcome personal grief. She shares her story and details of the series Walks to Forgive with author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepspodcast.com).
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!
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.
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.