I wanted to do something special for my 50th year, and this three-part trip is what I came up with. First, my mom and I enjoyed our 8th annual mother-daughter trip; this time we chose a tour of Sicily and Malta. Second, I had a free week before meeting up with my Camino buddies in Oviedo, so I visited Bay Area friends who retired in Ponferrada, Spain. I also served as a part-time Hospitalera and taught yoga for pilgrims at the Albergue San Nicolás de Flüe. And last, but certainly not least, I spent two weeks walking the Camino Primitivo with a wonderful group of pilgrims from Malta.
Happy 2016! Winter may be the low season on the Camino, but it is peak season for planning, and there is no shortage of activities to get your fix! Below is a selection of Bay Area presentations, hikes, and a potluck (note: NorCal pilgrims rock the potlucks!).
Walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain
Presentations at REI by Nancy Reynolds of The Camino Experience.
Learn more about how to get started on the Camino Francés! Nancy will be giving some classes on ‘Walking the Camino de Santiago’ at Bay Area REI stores in the first months of 2016. Registration is now open for the following classes:
- REI Santa Rosa: Tuesday, January 12
- REI Berkeley: Tuesday, January 26
- REI Mountain View: Tuesday, February 16
- REI Corte Madera: Wednesday, February 24
- REI Santa Rosa: Tuesday, March 22
- REI Mountain View: Tuesday, April 5
Registration is required. Click on the desired class above to go to the registration page on the REI website.
The Camino Portugués and the Camino Primitivo
Potluck Lunch and Presentations
Saturday, January 23, 2016
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
St. Augustine’s Catholic Church
400 Alcatraz Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618