Westcity Pilgrimage - Camino Walk, May 2024 - Expression of Interest

Westcity Pilgrimage - Camino Walk, May 2024 - Expression of Interest

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Westcity Church

63 Nanson St

Wembley, WA 6014

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We are gathering a group of walkers for a Pilgrimage Walk in Spain, May 2024. Register here if you would like to join us, or to know more.

About this event

Hey Everyone

The Westcity Pilgrimage - Camino Walk is coming!

There is something transformative about walking a pilgrim trail with others. The human heart and mind are connected in a unique way by the simple act of walking for a spiritual purpose. It's hard to put into words, and hard to understate how profound the personal and community change can be on pilgrimage.

When: Approximately the first two weeks in May 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed once we make a group booking).

Where: Starting in Sienna, Italy and finishing in Santiago, Spain.

Who: All walkers and pilgrims welcome (18 years or older).

Expression of Interest : Please register your interest in joining us on the pilgrimage walk by Feb 2023, at the latest.

The Trip Details:

Walk 130km over 5 days. Beginning in Sienna and ending in Santiago.

Approx cost $800-$1000 for a service provider that organises the B&B and moves your gear to the next location. Rough price of the trip is $3000 . Including airfares. We suggest you start saving now.

Walking the Camino is not too difficult – most of the stages are fairly flat on good paths. The main difficulty is that few of us have walked continuously for 5 or more days.

Timeline:

Feb 2023: Expressions of interest close - to join the Camino walk.

Mid Feb 2023 : All interested pilgrims meet together with Chiz, Steve & Margaret Hall. The Hall's are friends of Chiz's who have previously walked the Camino and are happy to share their experiences and suggestions with us.

May 2023: Confirm numbers, costs and book flights, accommodation etc

May 2023 - April 2024: Walking training and preparations.

May 2024: Fly to Sienna and walk the Camino.

The Background Story:

The Camino de Santiago ("Pilgrimage of Compostela"), known in English as the Way of St James, is a network of pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition holds that the remains of the apostle are buried.

As Pope Benedict XVI said, "It is a way sown with so many demonstrations of fervour, repentance, hospitality, art and culture which speak to us eloquently of the spiritual roots of the Old Continent." Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.

Created and established after the discovery of the relics of James of Zebedee at the beginning of the 9th century, the Way of St James became a major pilgrimage route of medieval Christianity from the 10th century onwards. But it was only after the capture of Granada in 1492, under the reign of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, that Pope Alexander VI officially declared the Camino de Santiago to be one of the "three great pilgrimages of Christendom", along with Jerusalem and Rome.

In 1987, the Camino de Santiago, which encompasses several routes in Spain, France and Portugal, was declared the first Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. Since 2013, the Camino de Santiago has attracted more than 200,000 pilgrims each year, with an annual growth rate of more than 10 percent. Pilgrims come mainly on foot and often from nearby cities, requiring several days of walking to reach Santiago. The French Way and the routes in Spain were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, followed by the routes in France in 1998, because of their historical significance for Christianity as a major pilgrimage route and their testimony to the exchange of ideas and cultures across the routes.

Some people set out on the Camino for spiritual reasons; many others find spiritual reasons along the Way as they meet other pilgrims, attend pilgrim masses in churches and monasteries and cathedrals, and see the large infrastructure of buildings provided for pilgrims over many centuries.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago

More Info or Questions: Chat to Chiz or email westcitychurch.gmail.com