Book Review: Everyday Camino with Annie

Everyday Camino with AnnieAnnie O’Neil, featured pilgrim in Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, published a pocket-size book called Everyday Camino with Annie, that features 40 days of inspirational quotes and messages that one can read while on the Camino, or anywhere.

In the intro, she talks briefly about her experience walking the Camino in 2009 and how it was the most transformative experience of her life.  She wrote this book to keep the Camino experience alive and also “for those who have walked, will walk, for those who know someone walking the Camino de Santiago, and for those who may never walk in Spain, but feel called by the Camino.”

Everyday Camino with Annie, back coverI love this book because it isn’t based on a particular religion, yet it is very spiritual in nature. The 40 days of inspiration include Zen sayings, quotes from Thoreau, the Dalai Lama, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and even Dr. Suess.   Gratitude, intuition, love, simplicity and alignment with the Universe are themes woven throughout the book. Annie encourages us to sit quietly for 5 minutes each day to contemplate the ideas. This “quiet time” reminds us to be grateful, be still, and just be. 

Everyday Camino with Annie-SignedThis book will make an excellent gift for anyone who plans to walk the Camino, or for anyone interested in enhancing their daily spiritual  journey. It could even be an introduction to meditation for those who are curious about practicing but never have the time. Walking is a meditation, after all, and combined with Annie’s reflections and a big dose of Ultreia Y Suseia*, this may be just what the doctor ordered! Indeed, the Camino provides.  I purchased a copy of this book at the Berkeley screening of the Camino documentary and Annie signed it with the common phrase, “Buen Camino!” which makes it even more special.

Annie sells copies of this book and DVDs of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago at screenings of her new film Phil’s Camino and online at www.everydaycaminowithannie.com/.

 

*Ultreia is a Spanish word, derived from the original Latin, meaning Onward! It was in common use by pilgrims to greet and to encourage one another along the Camino.
Suseia means Upward, more or less. Combine the words Ultreia y Suseia for the saying Onward and upward! There’s even a song about it on Annie’s accompanying CD that can be purchased for $10 at her film screenings.

Happy reading and buen Camino!

Do you have a book to recommend? I love to read and review Camino books to feature on this page. Dígame in the comments below, or email me.

DVD Review: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

Whether you are familiar with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, or are just starting to hear its calling, this documentary should be at the top of your must-see list. Director Lydia B. Smith walked the 500-mile trail in 2008 and was so moved Camino’s magnetic power that she decided to walk it again, along with her friend Annie O’Neil. This time with an international film crew and a strong hunch that they would meet some interesting subjects along the way. The Camino provided.

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to SantiagoWalking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago follows six pilgrims on their journey from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.  During the first days of filming, the crew fatefully encountered the pilgrims that would become the cast: Sam from Brazil/UK, Wayne from Canada, Misa from Denmark, Tomás from Portugal, Tatiana from France. These pilgrims and Annie from the USA all had different reasons for doing the Camino, and faced different challenges along the way. You get to see their real Camino experiences—from blisters and debilitating injury—to camaraderie and unexpected romance.   There are interviews with priests and hospitaleros who describe what the pilgrimage is about.  By the end of the film,  I really understood the camaraderie of people from all over the world converging on the same path.  The film has stunning cinematography that captures the beauty of nature— from  tiny dew drops on grass—to the majestic mountains of the Pyrenees.

Watch the trailer: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

I had the opportunity to see this film and meet featured pilgrim and co-producer Annie O’Neil  when it was screened in Berkeley earlier this year. I recently bought the DVD boxed set, which includes bonus material and two hours of unseen footage.

Walking The Camino Boxed Set

Fans of this film will appreciate the in-depth interviews with the cast. I particularly liked what Sam said about the Camino changing the chemistry of her body. She threw away all her medications, just started walking and all her symptoms went away. The boxed set is available for purchase and makes a beautiful gift for any Caminophile on your list. See more purchase options.

Clearly, I am a fan of this film and recommend it to anyone who is interested in walking the Camino. I am looking forward to Annie O’Neil’s new documentary Phil’s Camino. 

The Universe conspires to help the dreamer

Yesterday I found inspiration on Twitter via Paulo Coelho.

I love this quote because it has proven true for me on this journey of following my dreams. One year ago I didn’t even know what the Camino de Santiago was. I definitely saw and learned few things about it on my tour of Northern Spain last October.  After my return home to California, a few signs and circumstances arose that drew me closer to the Camino. They call it “the calling.” Continue reading

Friday Faves: Camino Films

If you aren’t familiar with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, luckily there are a few well-made films and documentaries about it.  Here are my favorite Camino films, along with a few that are on my must-see list.

The Way – Starring Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

El Camino a Santiago – Paulo Coelho

Must-see Camino Films (to be released):

Phil’s Camino

Wayfaring – (A Jaunt along the Camino de Santiago)

Beyond the Way
See trailer at: http://www.facebook.com/beyondtheway

If you have Camino films to recommend, please use the comments section below, or email me at laurie@thecaminoprovides.com.

PS: I am happy to report that last week’s featured blogger, Beth Lind Foote, just posted about finishing her Camino 3.0.  Take a look at My last day of walking the Camino: The Long Story.