Hola amigos! ‘Tis the season to share a selection of Camino-inspired gifts for the holidays. There are offerings from pilgrims who have been so inspired by the Camino that they have created books, customized maps, music, and more. New this year, a few things that pilgrims crave: Camino beer, Jamón Serrano, and Tarta de Santiago. Add them to your shopping list and you will be set for your upcoming fiestas and pilgrim gatherings. I’m also happy to announce that the Camino patches for 2020 finally arrived and are pictured at the end of this post. So, browse the gifts for the pilgrims on your list, and perhaps pick something out for yourself. You’ve been a good pilgrim all year, haven’t you? If not, I won’t tell St. Nick, or St. James. 😉
Custom Camino Maps
‘A Road To Santiago’ creates one-of-a-kind custom Camino maps showing the village names, custom text in the header, choice of decorations, optional photos and trail profiles.
These 24″ x 36″ or 18″ x 24″ custom maps are a great memory piece. Starting at $55 for the digital-only version and $80 and up for printed, rolled and shipped versions. For more details, go to ARoadToSantiago.com. These are very customizable by a graphics designer – many options available. Designed, printed and shipped within a week.
It’s that time of year! 7 Camino patches for $25 and free shipping through July 25, 2019.
Free shipping US (Reg $3.85)
Free shipping International (Reg $5.85)
Choose 2019 or original design (no date). You can mix and match! Just write quantity of each design in order note.
Order at: www.etsy.com/listing/630904397/7-for-25-st-james-day-special
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. Continue reading
I just returned home from another relatively short Camino. Two travel days, one night in Rabanal, one night in Ponferrada, ten days of walking, and two days in Santiago.
I was craving a less crowded walk, so decided to do the Camino Invierno, aka Winter Way, from Ponferrada. This is definitely a less-trodden Camino, but little did I know that I wouldn’t see a pilgrim until the third day! This was by far the most challenging Camino for me because some of the stages were very long, and a few days there were no places to stop. But, I walked through incredibly beautiful landscapes, connected with some locals, and survived some unforeseen challenges. In short, it was a Camino of solitude at the beginning, a test of my fortitude in the middle, but throughout it all, left me with a feeling of extreme gratitude. I will write more about it later. I did some posts on Instagram and Facebook if you want a sneak preview of my adventures and a few pilgrim hacks, see:
Hola from Ponferrada, España.
I just started walking the Camino Invierno! I will write a detailed route report upon my return. For now, I am excited to share a cause that I am supporting and ask for your help pitching in. During my Camino, between May 17-28, $2 from every patch sale will be donated to Egeria House in Santiago to support the work of Sybille Yates and the volunteers who help pilgrims in need. My patches can be ordered for $4 each at: Etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides
I met Sybille in Santiago after my last two Caminos and witnessed how she has helped many pilgrims. Sybille is a busy woman! After seeing her at the 10 am mass, handing out hymn sheets and helping pilgrims to find a seat, I saw her again at the hospital visiting a friend of mine from the Bay Area who became critically ill while walking the Camino. Because I have seen her kindness in action, I want to show support for what she is doing in Santiago with Egeria House. She is one of those Camino angels I will write about when I get back home.
Learn more at: Egeria.House
My patches can be ordered at: Etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides
I will give Egeria House the patch sale contributions when I get to Santiago on May 27th or 28th.
Thank you for sharing the Camino love!
Greetings! It’s the time of year to share a selection of Camino-inspired gifts for the holidays. I try to find gifts created within the last year, or that have not been featured on my previous posts. This is an ode to the Camino creatives tribe, which I mentioned in a previous post. These are pilgrims who have been so inspired by their experience on the Camino that they have turned their creative ideas and hobbies into films, books, artwork, crafts, jewelry, and more. I always enjoy hearing their stories and sharing their labors of love.
Buen Camino Calendar 2019
A desktop calendar for 2019 with pictures taken on the Camino Francés and quotes for contemplation each month. $12
This is a new offering from the lovely couple from Mt. Shasta, California who made the Buen Camino board game. Get 20% off your order from Buen Camino Shop when you spend $15 or more. Code XMAS2018 Discount applied at checkout. This calendar will sell out soon. Continue reading
It’s the time of year to share an updated list of Camino-inspired gifts for the holidays. I find it fascinating that some pilgrims have been so inspired by their experience on the Camino that they have turned their creative ideas and hobbies into films, books, artwork, crafts, jewelry, and more. I see this as a way pilgrims can share their talents in a way others can enjoy, and possibly, also be inspired by the Camino! Below are a few gift ideas for the pilgrims on your list.
I’m super excited to announce the new patch for 2018.
The patch is similar to the 2017 design with the rainbow-banded Camino shell, but has the red color for 2018. The rainbow shell design was inspired by the concept of chakras, which was an important part of my journey with yoga and healing over the last year. I am continuing with the chakras theme for 2018 by highlighting the root chakra color at the base of the shell.
Happy Holidays! I love this time of year for so many reasons. Mostly, I love to give gifts! However, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of commercialized Christmas. I try to stay away from big stores and shopping malls. It is so overwhelming! I prefer to shop in local neighborhoods or online. Fortunately, there is a great variety of gifts from pilgrims who were so inspired by their experience that they turned their ideas or crafts into creative Camino gifts. Below are a few ideas for gifts for the pilgrims on your list. There is something for everyone!
Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 am
This is an informal gathering that takes place on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine. The group meets at the Lake Merritt Pergola on the east side of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at 10:30 and starts walking at 10:45 in a clockwise direction around the lake. RSVP on Facebook.
Optional no-host brunch. We will gather for a post-walk brunch to celebrate the Pilgrims leaving in May.
Brunch will be at Camino at 12:30pm, after our walk. I have reservations for 6 people, but there is space at the table for 10. Please let me know if you would like to go. Camino is special and it’s pricey, but service is included. Cocktails are $14 and brunch ranges from $10 – 17. Bring cash for easy bill splitting. See menu below.
RSVP no later than 10am Sat. May 7.
Camino is located at 3917 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Click for driving directions.
RSVP for the June 4 Lake Merritt Walk and Optional Brunch. Continue reading
Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch
Saturday, April 2, 10:30 am
This is an informal gathering that takes place on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine. The group meets at the Lake Merritt Pergola on the east side of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at 10:30 and starts walking at 10:45 in a clockwise direction around the lake.
Optional no-host brunch. We will gather for a post-walk brunch to celebrate the Pilgrims leaving in April. Details on the Facebook event and NorCal APOC Chapter page.
Update 3/4: Thirteen thirsty peregrinos gathered at Barlago Italian Kitchen and had a great time talking Camino. Don’t miss the May 7th walk and brunch.
Point Reyes Hike + Optional Hostel Stay
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 am
Join us for a hike in Point Reyes as we walk among spring wildflowers to the beach along the Drakes Estero trail, and later to Chimney Rock. Distance is about 10 miles. Pace will be moderate. Bring lunch, a liter or two of water, and a wind jacket and hat. Plan on a late return. After the hike, we will adjourn for beer and/or dinner in Pt. Reyes Station. Allow about 90 minutes to drive from San Francisco or Berkeley to the Drakes Estero Parking Lot. To navigate with GPS, click here or used coordinates 38.0815, -122.9141
RVSP on the Facebook event to get updates and coordinate carpools.
Hike is cancelled by rain. This is an out-and-back hike, not a loop, so if you’re late, you can catch up with the group.
Optional: Overnight stay at the Pt. Reyes Hostel, Camino style! $29 per night for a shared dorm room. Reserve at: www.norcalhostels.org/reyes
Details and RSVP on the Facebook event and NorCal APOC Chapter page