Camino and Hiking Events in June

Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch
Saturday, June 4, 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 around 12:15 pm at Shakewell located at 3407 Lakeshore Ave., 10 minute walk from the Lake Merritt Pergola. See map. See menu: http://www.shakewelloakland.com/menu/

RSVP on Facebook for the next one! July 2 Lake Merritt Walk and Optional Brunch.
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Mindfulness Manifesto, Part 2: Walking

How Healthy Eating, Walking and Yoga Can Provide Lifelong Balance

Continued from Part 1, Healthy Eating

Just as healthy eating provides fuel for the body, daily physical activity, such as walking, provides fuel for the brain. A brisk walk can increase blood circulation to the brain, enhancing mental clarity. According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes 1

For me personally, walking has the power to immediately boost my mood and get me away from my job working at a computer screen. When I return from a walk, I feel I have more creativity and less fatigue. I walk for different reasons: for fitness, to converse with friends, to listen to music or an audio book, or simply to clear my head by experiencing nature. Perhaps the latter reason is why Henry David Thoreau’s question in his 1862 essay “Walking” strikes me as profound:

“What is it that makes it so hard sometimes to determine whether we will walk? I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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Camino and Hiking Events in March

Lake Merritt Camino Walk

Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:30 AM – noon

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 AM and starts walking at 10:45 AM in a clockwise direction around the lake.
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NorCal Pilgrim Blessing Ceremony and Potluck

March 12, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Newman Hall, Berkeley

For those of you attending the Pilgrim’s Blessing and Potluck on March 12th, the  program schedule was emailed to NorCal list subscribers and shared on the Facebook event page.

Blessing of the Pilgrims Ceremony

We will take a Camino Class of 2016 group photo and a photo of all attendees.

RSVP required by Friday, March 11th so we know how many chairs to set up.
Email NorCal@americanpilgrims.org and let us know if you will walk the Camino in 2016 and need a scallop shell for the blessing.

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Camino and Hiking Events in February

Lake Merritt Camino Walk

Saturday, February 6, 2016
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 AM and starts walking at 10:45 AM in a clockwise direction around the lake.
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Super Hike on Wildcat Ridge

Sunday, February 7, 2016
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Inspiration Point
Wildcat Canyon Rd at Nimitz Wy, Berkeley, CA

A 7-8 mile hike and yoga practice in Tilden-Wildcat Canyon Park, organized by the East Bay Hiking & Yoga Club. We will meet at the Inspiration Point at 9:30 am and hike down Nimitz Way towards Wildcat Canyon Park. We will have a yoga practice on the ridge and then return back to Inspiration Point. You’ll be back in time for the Super Bowl kickoff @ 3:30 pm!
RSVP on Meetup.com required to get last minute updates.


Mt Tamalpais Presidents’ Day Hike

Monday, February 15,  10:30 AM
With Dick Duker and his ski/ bike clubs – pilgrims welcome!

Enjoy all the shades of green during the winter on a hike around Mt Tam while enjoying fantastic views from every direction. The distance will be 8 to 9 miles with a leisurely pace.  After the hike there will be an optional beverage stop at the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur.

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Camino and Hiking Events in November

One of the best ways to prepare for the Camino is to join one of the pilgrim events, hikes or workshops in your community. The Bay Area has a great variety of events this month, including a pilgrim welcome home party,  screenings of Phil’s Camino,  organized hikes and REI events.  So what are you waiting for? Get your Camino on!

Pilgrim Welcome Home Potluck and Party
Saturday, November 7, 10:30 am  to 3:30 pm
Church of the Resurrection
399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA

The NorCal Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino invites you to their annual Welcome Home potluck and party for those who have returned from the Camino this calendar year.  There will be a large block of time dedicated to sharing Camino experiences. Those interior head and heart changes – what you learned about yourself and about life.  What would you tell others to prepare them for changes?  Did you have issues communicating yourself to friends or spouses?  Dig deep.  You need this.

El Rastro
El Rastro is a gigantic flea market in Madrid.  We will duplicate it!  Camino El Rastro will be a place to bring all your excess gear, memorabilia, guidebooks and other good junk you thought you wanted but really don’t any more.  Pins, books, extra pole tips, extra ponchos, ugly coffee cups, refrigerator magnets, post cards, you name it. Let’s face it.  Most of us return from a Camino with a desire to get rid of stuff.   This is your chance.  This is a CASH FREE zone.  Bring it and forget it!  See something you want?  Take it.  Should be fun. No fighting!!!

Bring food, stories, and attitude!  Wine is good too.  These have been great events in past years.  RSVP so we can be certain to have a chair for you.

Buen Camino
Lin, Cybele, Rennie
Chapter Coordinators


Phil’s Camino Film Screening
Sunday, November 22, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland, California 94612

Phil's Camino logoJoin Annie O’Neil, co-producer and featured pilgrim in Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago  with her latest film project, Phil’s Camino on the big screen at the New Parkway theater.
This is a free screening, but donations of any size are welcome. Annie will have merchandise available to purchase: Her book, CD and DVDs of Walking the Camino. All proceeds go to Phil’s Camino.  See trailer at: http://philscamino.com/

There will be mixing and mingling before the screening, and a Q&A with Annie after. You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on this rough cut of the film.  RSVP on the Facebook event.

See screenings at REI San Francisco 11/23 and Saratoga 11/24 below.


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