St. James Day Presentation in Piedmont, CA

I’m happy to announce the 2nd annual St. James Day Celebration held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Piedmont, California.  This year, we are honored to have guest speaker Alexander Shaia give a thought-provoking presentation on the topic:

St James: The Despairing Evangelist Who Becomes An Inspiring Pilgrim –  A Story for Today

Have you walked, or ever had the calling to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain? One of the three major Christian pilgrimages together with Rome and Jerusalem, the Camino follows various ancient paths to the tomb of St James located in the crypt of the Santiago Cathedral. Santiago de Compostela is in the province of Galicia, Spain’s Northwest corner.

Alexander ShaiaJoin the Northern California Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino for a special presentation by Alexander John Shaia, internationally sought speaker, author and guide who annually mentors a small band of pilgrims walking the Camino.

Alexander will give an overview of St. James’ life and spirituality as well as speak of pilgrimage as a contemporary rite of passage and an extended practice of mindfulness. Alexander’s most recent book, Returning From Camino released (2018) in English, has already been translated into Spanish, German and Hungarian. It is the first book to address the spiritual and psychological needs of a pilgrim upon returning home.  Alexander’s books will be available for purchase (cash or credit card) after the talk, and he will be delighted to sign them. 

Presentation will be on Thursday, July 25, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 PM
6:00 PM Potluck for Northern California pilgrims and guests  (Details have been sent to Northern California email subscribers)
7:45 PM Doors open to the public
8 – 9 PM – Presentation by Alexander Shaia, book signing to follow

RSVP required by July 24 at:
Or by emailing

322 St. James DrLocation:
Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Gibson Center
322 St. James Drive, Piedmont, CA 94611
A free parking lot is located at the Corpus Christi school behind the church at 1 Estates Drive. As always, we encourage carpools, public transportation and Lyft or Uber.

Share the event: Download St. James Day Presentation Flyer (PDF)

See latest books by Dr.  Shaia and learn about St. James Day special offers below.

Returning From Camino, by Alexander John ShaiaAvailable on

Returning From Camino (2019, 2nd Edition) 

Whether you are a pilgrim on the Camino, or elsewhere in the world, this is the first guidebook that physically, mentally and emotionally prepares you to return home.

“I wish this book had existed when I walked my first Camino!”
Lydia B. Smith – Producer/Director of the Documentary:
Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago


Heart and MindHeart and Mind: The-Four Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation

“Dr. Shaia gives us back our central sacred text, the Four Gospels, not as conflicted and faulty historical records, but as a vibrant, luminous path of transformation.”

— Marc Andrus, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of California

For more information on Alexander’s life and work, see 

St. James Day Special Offers

Karin Kiser is offering the digital editions of her two Camino books at a discount on July 25 to celebrate St James Day and to get the word out about trash collection efforts. Part of the proceeds goes toward cleaning up the Camino. Your Inner Camino and After the Camino will be available on Amazon for $4.99 on July 25 from 12:00am to 11:00pm PDT via these links:

Your Inner Camino: Your Pocket Guide to Inspiration and Transformation Along the Camino de Santiago

After the Camino: Your Pocket Guide to Integrating the Camino de Santiago into Your Daily Life

Read the interview with Karin Kiser, author and peregrina who has been spotted picking up trash on the  Camino! Karin recently published two mini guidebooks, Your Inner Camino and After the Camino.

Your Inner Camino      After the Camino

I brought the green booklet on my Camino because I like to have something meaningful to read each day, yet the small size didn’t weigh me down. I’ll read the yellow one soon, because the PCBs (post-Camino Blues) are a thing! The books are available in Spanish too. Order the paperbacks at:
Order the Kindle edition on Amazon.

St. James Day Patch Special:

The most colorful patches on the Camino are now  7 for $25!  Plus get free shipping through July 25, 2019.

2019 Camino Provides Patches

Choose 2019 or original (no date). To mix and match, just write quantity of each design in order note.  Order at:

About the patch: I design the patches to put on my own backpack and to share with other Camino enthusiasts. There has been a different patch for each year since 2016, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. I only do a special once a year.

See more options at:

Northern California Chapter T-Shirts

NorCal T-Shirts in lightweight tri-blend fabric with the shell design on front and “Solvitur Ambulando – It is solved by walking” on the back.

Digame, por favor.

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