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.)
Episode 50 - Facing Our Colonial Legacies
After learning about pilgrimage's potential as a peace-building initiative in Episode 49, we now turn to its capacity to promote reconciliatory efforts within a colonial context. Academic and religious leaders are doing this work right now, and this episode focuses on initiatives coordinated by Dr. Matthew Anderson in Canada (www.somethinggrand.ca), and by Jenny Boyack and John Hornblow in New Zealand (www.pilgrimagenz.nz). Combined, they highlight how pilgrimage can provide a space to build a deeper, shared understanding between people and also a closer relationship with the land.
Episode 49 - Peace Building Through Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage has the power to change the world and we're only just beginning to understand its potential. One aspect of this is pilgrimage as a peace-building initiative: an act that can help span cultural and religious divides and promote reconciliation. Dr. Ian McIntosh is part of a growing body of researchers studying this phenomenon, and he documents his experiences and insights in his book, Pilgrimage: Walking to Peace, Walking for Change. In this episode, Ian takes us around the world on a quick survey of some of the places where this potential is on display.
Episode 48 - Rewalking the Pilgrimage to Finisterre and Muxía
Let's re-walk the Camino together! Whereas many of the pilgrim interviews on the podcast take a thematic approach, focusing on a few big picture issues, this series of episodes will dig more into the specifics of walking. After having completed our full re-walk of the Camino Francés, we'll follow our many pilgrim peers onward to the coast, walking towards Finisterre and Muxía. I'm joined in this journey by two pilgrims, Terri Stefanson and Irene Lipshin. Terri is the chapter co-coordinator for the Southern Oregon chapter of APOC, while Irene writes about her pilgrimages at walkingthroughtheages.com.
Episode 47 - Into the Thin
In his upcoming pilgrim memoir, Into the Thin: A Pilgrimage Walk Across Northern Spain, author Stephen Drew (www.authorstephendrew.com) narrates how he was called to the Camino Francés in the wake of a year that he characterizes as an "emotional crucifixion." In this extended discussion of his journey, Stephen speaks to companionship on the Camino, his processing of guilt, shame, and more personal tragedies than anyone should have to endure, and the insights he ultimately arrived at in Finisterre. Ultimately, it's the story of a walk through the thin places on the Camino de Santiago, a walk towards love and away from guilt and shame.
Episode 46 - The Newest Guidebooks to the Camino Francés
From a guidebook perspective, it's a great time to be a pilgrim. On the Camino Francés, in particular, there is a growing assortment of outstanding and complementary guidebooks, along with a wealth of other support materials to help inform one's pilgrimage. Over the last year, two new contenders have joined the array of English-language offerings: the Moon Camino de Santiago guide, written by Beebe Bahrami, and the completely overhauled Cicerone Camino de Santiago - Camino Francés book, by Sandy Brown. This episode centers on a conversation with Sandy and Beebe, about guidebooks generally, the pivotal decisions that guidebook authors have to make, and the specific goals they built their Camino Francés guides around.
Episode 45 - Santiago vs Teresa
In 17th-century Spain, Santiago faced his greatest threat to date. While the Reconquista was well in the past, his new rival was a Carmelite nun, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, but known to history as Teresa of Avila. Soon after Teresa died, and well before she was canonized, a movement grew to elevate her to serve as co-patron saint of Spain, alongside James. Santiago's advocates, however, were stridently opposed. This episode explores that struggle with the professor who wrote the book on it, Dr. Erin Rowe, author of State and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain.
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Perhaps My Favorite Podcast
This is an amazing and thoughtful show about the Camino and pilgrimage. I look forward to the next couple of episodes about pilgrimage and peace. Personally, it’s really been a great source of inspiration over this last year. Thank you, Dave.
Best Camino podcast - Like Being There
This beautiful podcast is a must for anyone who has been on the Camino — or anyone who is considering it. Dave Whitson is a remarkably knowledgeable and engaging host and the topics and guests are absolutely first rate. Listening to the podcast you’ll feel like you’ve walked a few miles alongside him. History, culture, travel tips, spirituality — every aspect of the journey is touched on. Not to be missed.
Best Camino de Santiago podcast!
This podcast is thoughtful, has good guests, and only drops new episodes when there is something worthwhile.