Giving Back on Camino

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!

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Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas 2018

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.  I am super excited because I just received the new patches for 2019, which are pictured at the end of this post.  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.  😉

Buen Camino Calendar 2019

A desktop calendar for 2019 with pictures taken on the Camino Francés and quotes for contemplation each month. $12

Buen Camino Calendar

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

Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas 2017

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.

Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas

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The Camino Provides Patch for 2018

I’m super excited to announce the new patch for 2018.

The Camino Provides 2018 patch

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.

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Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas 2016

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!

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Camino and Hiking Events in May

Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 am

LakeMerrittWalkThis 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.
http://www.caminorestaurant.com/brunch
RSVP no later than 10am Sat. May 7.
Camino is located at 3917 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Click for driving directions.

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Camino and Hiking Events in April

Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch

Saturday, April 2, 10:30 am

LakeMerrittWalkThis 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

Point Reyes
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

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Patches

I offer different patches for Camino De Santiago pilgrims and collectors: the original (no date) and a current year with a rainbow shell. I have produced a limited quantity of patches each year since 2015 and mail them to anywhere in the world. Below are examples of designs.

3Patches

The patches measure 2.5″ round and have an iron-on backing.

Cost is $4 + .55 cents shipping per patch – US.
International shipping is $2 + .55 cents each additional.
US Postal Service First Class. Expedited shipping available.

How to order

1. Go to etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides

2.  Buy in person. If you’re in the Bay Area and attend our Camino events, let me know and I’ll deliver your patches in person so you’ll save on shipping.

Questions? Contact Laurie@caminoprovides.com

Stickers are also available for $1. Click here to buy stickers or add to any patch order.

See photos on the Patch Gallery, and share a photo of how you use your patch for a chance to win in the monthly contest.

Below is a photo of three patches: The Camino Provides, APOC and Camigas.

Sizes: 2.5″ Camino Provides | 3″ APOC | 3.5″ Camigas

Sizes: 2.5″ Camino Provides | 3″ APOC | 3.5″ Camigas

Patch on a denim jacket

Patch on a denim jacket

Please note: it is not recommended to iron patches on nylon backpacks. Please sew or use an adhesive glue to place on backpacks. Iron-on patches work best with on cotton fabrics, such as denim, flannel,  t-shirts and hats.

Instructions for Iron-on patches

Step 1: Set your hand iron at the hottest temperature setting. DO NOT USE STEAM DURING APPLICATION!
Step 2: Place your embroidered patch in the desired position and place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.
Step 3: Press the iron straight down for 35-45 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible. NO BACK AND FORTH.
Step 4: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 2 & 3.
Step 5: Allow the embroidered patch to cool down.