84 episodes

The Camino Podcast is a program focused on pilgrimage. We talk about major pilgrimage routes, like Spain's Camino de Santiago, we share stories from the road, and we talk about more technical aspects of pilgrimage. Whether you're planning your first pilgrimage, processing your latest one, or just an armchair traveler, we hope you find this to be a good listen! (Soundtrack features "Walking in the Country" by David Mumford.)

Follow Dave's walks and learn about his guidebooks here: https://davewhitson.com/
Support the podcast and Dave's book projects here: https://www.patreon.com/davewhitson
Find Dave's books here: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Dave-Whitson/author/B004NBNR9I

The Camino Podcast Dave Whitson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 71 Ratings

The Camino Podcast is a program focused on pilgrimage. We talk about major pilgrimage routes, like Spain's Camino de Santiago, we share stories from the road, and we talk about more technical aspects of pilgrimage. Whether you're planning your first pilgrimage, processing your latest one, or just an armchair traveler, we hope you find this to be a good listen! (Soundtrack features "Walking in the Country" by David Mumford.)

Follow Dave's walks and learn about his guidebooks here: https://davewhitson.com/
Support the podcast and Dave's book projects here: https://www.patreon.com/davewhitson
Find Dave's books here: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Dave-Whitson/author/B004NBNR9I

    Episode 83 - One for the Road

    Episode 83 - One for the Road

    By design, the Camino of the present is a remarkably inclusive pilgrimage. All are welcome. Encouraged even. For many, this is one of its most cherished qualities. Inclusion does, however, bring certain complications. While cultural appropriation is a phenomenon that is much discussed, religious appropriation receives far less consideration, and Liz Bucar (www.lizbucar.com) sought to attend to that in her book Stealing My Religion: Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation. How can non-Catholic pilgrims and walkers approach the Camino in a respectful, appreciative, and historically aware fashion? Note: this will be the last episode of the Camino Podcast for a few months, as Dave sets out to complete his coast-to-coast walk across the USA. Follow along at www.davewhitson.com, www.instagram.com/davexusa, and www.patreon.com/davewhitson

    • 50 min
    Episode 82 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 4: From Lugo to the Francés

    Episode 82 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 4: From Lugo to the Francés

    Well before the Camino Francés was considered safe to walk, there was the Camino Primitivo, linking Oviedo--the center of a small, Christian enclave that was holding out in the northwest corner of the Iberian peninsula--with Santiago de Compostela and the recently rediscovered relics of St. James. In this four-part series, we will virtually walk the Primitivo together, bringing together experienced pilgrims and relevant experts in each episode. This episode concludes the series, taking us from O Cádavo, through Lugo, and then on toward Santiago following two different options. The official Primitivo continues directly to the Camino Francés in Melide. Mel Trethowan (www.lifeonebigadventure.com) shares her impressions of that approach. Meanwhile, an alternative route, the Camino Verde, diverges from the Primitivo immediately after Lugo and eventually joins the Camino del Norte shortly before Sobrado dos Monxes. Susan Faillettaz & Angus Carrick (www.carrick.ch) offer insights into that much-less traveled option, where they experienced an uncanny series of coincidences. The episode concludes with a closer look at Lugo, one of the major highlights of the Primitivo. Dr. Rob Portass, of the University of Lincoln, offers insights into the city's Roman origins and the persistence of its magnificent walls.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 81 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 3: What Shines Atop Alto del Acebo?

    Episode 81 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 3: What Shines Atop Alto del Acebo?

    Well before the Camino Francés was considered safe to walk, there was the Camino Primitivo, linking Oviedo--the center of a small, Christian enclave that was holding out in the northwest corner of the Iberian peninsula--with Santiago de Compostela and the recently rediscovered relics of St. James. In this four-part series, we will virtually walk the Primitivo together, bringing together experienced pilgrims and relevant experts in each episode. Part 3 picks up the Primitivo in Berducedo, descending sharply to the lovely Embalse de Salime, before climbing back up to the Alto del Acebo. At that point, the Primitivo enters Galicia, proceeding through the town of Fonsagrada before finishing this section in O Cádavo. Jeff Monroe (www.wanderingvirginia.com, www.hikingupward.com), a first-time pilgrim on the Primitivo, shares stories from a snowy climb in the offseason. Dr. Noelia Bueno Gómez, a professor of philosophy at the University of Oviedo, then discusses her research into the ‘Coplas del Comandante Moreno’--a ballad about a massacre that occurred along the Primitivo in the Spanish Civil War near the village of El Acebo.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 80 - Keynote from the 2024 American Pilgrims Annual Gathering of Pilgrims

    Episode 80 - Keynote from the 2024 American Pilgrims Annual Gathering of Pilgrims

    What makes the Camino special? We are often advised today to embrace the fact that it’s “your Camino,” to do it “your” way. While there is certainly some legitimacy to that perspective, it also risks diminishing some of the most meaningful and potent qualities of the experience, qualities that are embedded in the communal nature of pilgrimage. By thinking instead about pilgrimage as both “our Camino” and “their Camino,” and conceiving of ourselves as North Americans as guests joining a larger whole, we can simultaneously respect the traditions and practices of the way, while also increasing the possibilities of a truly transformative experience.

    • 52 min
    Episode 79 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 2: Asturias, Never Defeated!

    Episode 79 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 2: Asturias, Never Defeated!

    Well before the Camino Francés was considered safe to walk, there was the Camino Primitivo, linking Oviedo--the center of a small, Christian enclave that was holding out in the northwest corner of the Iberian peninsula--with Santiago de Compostela and the recently rediscovered relics of St. James. In this four-part series, we will virtually walk the Primitivo together, bringing together experienced pilgrims and relevant experts in each episode. Part 2 focuses on a shorter section of the Primitivo, just 41 kilometers between Tineo and Berducedo, but it includes the most famous and talked about walk--the famous Ruta de los Hospitales. Lainey Silver and Shawn Forno (www.dayswespend.com) share stories from some soggy--and yet still exhilarating--walking in this section, including Spanish soap operas and an innovative use of socks. They are followed by David Guardado, author of Asturias: Nunca Vencida, who speaks to some of the defining aspects of Asturian identity and language.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 78 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 1: Walking the First Camino

    Episode 78 - The Camino Primitivo, Part 1: Walking the First Camino

    Well before the Camino Francés was considered safe to walk, there was the Camino Primitivo, linking Oviedo--the center of a small, Christian enclave that was holding out in the northwest corner of the Iberian peninsula--with Santiago de Compostela and the recently rediscovered relics of St. James. In this four-part series, we will virtually walk the Primitivo together, bringing together experienced pilgrims and relevant experts in each episode. Part 1 focuses on the first three stages, between Oviedo and Tineo, covering roughly 70 kilometers. Nadine Karel (www.nadinewalks.com), a two-time Primitivo veteran, offers insights on the route, while Allison Bixby-Bemus discusses her experience taking over as co-owner of the legendary Albergue de Peregrinos in Bodenaya. Finally, Anthony Hemingway discusses one of the most noteworthy features of the region--the pre-Romanesque churches distinctive of Asturian Architecture, including several that are clustered in Oviedo.

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

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Sooo Happy you are back. You were missed.

Love this podcast ! I did not discover it until after I completed my Camino ( 1st so far). I have found every episode brings my thoughts back to the best aspects of the way.

Rebeccamg1905 ,

Not your typical Camino podcast

Dave Whitson is an excellent interviewer. He chooses interesting topics and asks his guests the questions I’d like to ask them. This podcast has opened my eyes to lots of different aspects of the Camino as well as other pilgrimages around the world. Thank you for your work on this podcast, Dave!

Pèlerine Patt ,

Interesting episode on Muslim on the Camino

Dave Watson touches on so many aspects of a pilgrimage with interesting guests & topics. I’m having Camino withdrawal since the lockdown & this podcast takes me back to my experience as a pilgrim.

This particular episode was specially interesting with Sedat Çakır talking about the Sultan’s Trail. I had watched the BBC series on Pilgrimage: The Road to Istanbul where I first heard of the Sultan’s Trail. This pilgrimage is amazing! I think I might want to experience at least part of it myself.

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