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Camino De Santiago

S3:E3 The Camino Provides: Finding Hope, Happiness, and a New Home in Spain

Nov. 23, 2022

"The Camino de Santiago saved my life." Leigh Brennan (https://leighbrennan.com/) tried quitting her first Camino de Santiago before it began. Battling grief and depression from a broken marriage, she found comfort, strengt…

Guest: Leigh Brennan
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S3:E2 Spanish for Camino | Words & Phrases for your Pilgrimage

Nov. 9, 2022

From her home on the Camino Portugues route, blogger Maria Seco (https://www.spanishforcamino.com) shares Spanish words, phrases, and cultural tips to make your Camino de Santiago pilgrimage more enjoyable.

Guest: Maria Seco

S3:E1 Pages, Prayers and Pilgrimage | Season Three Preview

Oct. 26, 2022

In the Season Three preview, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com | http://www.thepilgrimstable.com) reflects on time away from the podcast, his Via Francigena camino pilgrimage through Italy to Rome, and a p…

Via Francigena UK Pilgrimage

S2:E15 Prayers and Pilgrimage | Season Two Finale

May 18, 2022

In the Season Two finale, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) reflects on carrying the prayers of pilgrims and strangers during his pilgrimage and discusses his upcoming pilgrimage in Italy along the Via Fr…

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S2:14 Finding Peace after Combat for Warriors on the Way

May 4, 2022

Founded to help combat veterans facing PTSD, Warriors on the Way is a purpose-designed pilgrimage for Combat Veterans by Combat Veterans along the Camino de Santiago. Through this dedicated charity, Fr. Steve Rindhal (a 31-y…

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S2:E13 An Empty Nest Pilgrim Soars on the Camino de Santiago

April 13, 2022

Facing an empty nest after more than twenty years of child-raising, English author Carolyn Gillespie (https://www.carolyngillespie.co.uk) confronted her existential crisis on the Camino de Santiago. Through steps and miles, …

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S2:E12 Camino Tips from the Little Old Lady Walking

March 23, 2022

Known on social media as #LittleOldLadyWalking, American poet, author, and noted Camino de Santiago pilgrim Anne Born (https://tumbleweedpilgrim.com/) shares her tips and insights for walking the Camino with author Kevin Don…

Guest: Anne Born
UK Pilgrimage

S2:E11 Saints & Stones Across Britain's Pilgrim Pathways

Jan. 26, 2022

English author Andy Bull (http://www.andybull.co.uk) joins author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) to discuss four walks in the U.K. from his book Pilgrim Pathways, including a fascinating walk to Stonehenge an…

Guest: Andy Bull
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S2:E10 Finding Forgiveness on the Pilgrim Path

Jan. 12, 2022

Her marriage unexpectedly ended, filmmaker Erin Dooley found strength and forgiveness on the Camino de Santiago. In a new reality series on Amazon Prime, Erin leads pilgrims on walks to help overcome personal grief. She shar…

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S2:E9 Six Tips for Vegan Pilgrims Walking the Camino

Dec. 22, 2021

Wendy Werneth (The Nomadic Vegan) shares six tips for maintaining a vegan lifestyle while walking the Camino de Santiago. Having traveled to more than 100 countries, Wendy shares suggestions for incorporating local cuisines …

Guest: Wendy Werneth
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S2:E8 Accessible Caminos: Opening the Camino to All

Dec. 8, 2021

Justin Skeesuck (I'LL PUSH YOU) journeyed 500 miles in a wheelchair across Spain's Camino de Santiago with the help of his best friend, Patrick Gray. Now Justin & Patrick are making the Camino accessible for pilgrims of all …

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S2:E7: What is strength? Ability & disability on the Camino de Santiago

Nov. 17, 2021

Diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy at a young age, Bryan Steward has spent most of his life overcoming the effects of a crippling disease. Determined to be defined by his abilities, shares his story of walking and craw…

Guest: Bryan Steward
Via Francigena UK Pilgrimage

S2:E6 UK Pilgrimage: Via Francigena & Pilgrim Path to Holy Island

Oct. 27, 2021

In back-to-back episodes, Author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) discusses walking three historic pilgrim footpaths in the United Kingdom, highlighting the journey of personal, historical, and spiritual discov…

UK Pilgrimage

S2:E5 UK Pilgrimage: Walking England's Pilgrims Way

Oct. 27, 2021

In back-to-back episodes, Author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) discusses walking three historic pilgrim footpaths in the United Kingdom, highlighting the journey of personal, historical, and spiritual discov…

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S2:E4 A Camino Pilgrim Walks Ireland's Wicklow Way | Natasha Murtagh

Sept. 29, 2021

Irish journalist and author Natasha Murtagh (https://twitter.com/natashamurtagh) shares the heartfelt stories behind her Camino bestseller (Buen Camino: From Croagh Patrick to Santiago de Compostela) and tales from her recen…

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S2:E3 Preparation, Prayers & Packing Our Fears on Camino

Sept. 15, 2021

Author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) discusses preparing to walk three historic pilgrim footpaths in England: the Pilgrims' Way, the Via Francigena, and the Way of St. Cuthbert. In addition to his packing li…

UK Pilgrimage

S2:E2 Transience & Permanence Along the Pilgrims' Way | Jo Frances Penn

Sept. 1, 2021

During a break in Britain's COVID lockdowns, English author Jo Frances Penn (https://jfpenn.com) set out alone from her home to walk the Pilgrim's Way from London to Canterbury Cathedral. An unlikely pilgrim, Jo had never be…

UK Pilgrimage

S2:E1 Rediscovering Our Pilgrimage Traditions | Dr. Guy Hayward

Aug. 18, 2021

Dr. Guy Hayward co-founded the British Pilgrimage Trust (https://britishpilgrimage.org/) in 2014 to help restore the tradition of walking pilgrimage in the U.K. and to make holy places more accessible to people of all faiths…

UK Pilgrimage

S2:E0 A Call to Pilgrimage | Season Two Premiere

Aug. 4, 2021

In the debut of Season Two of the Sacred Steps Podcast, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) previews the upcoming season, featuring interviews with pilgrims and authors. Season Two highlights include the Ca…

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15: Ancient Walks in Modern Times | Season One Finale

June 2, 2021

In the Season One finale, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) explores the meaning of pilgrimage in modern times, with insights from four of this season's guests, including Australian author Claude Tranchan…

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14: The Camino De Santiago is Opening to More Pilgrims this Summer

May 5, 2021

In this episode, we're answering the question, "When can I walk the Camino de Santiago?" With new vaccination protocols planned and EU nations preparing to welcome vaccinated tourists, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacre…

California Missions Trail

13: LIVE STREAM - Walking the California Missions Trail with Author Christian Clifford

April 21, 2021

In a live-streaming edition of the podcast, author Christian Clifford (https://missions1769.com/) joins Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) to answer your questions regarding the California Mission Walk, connectin…

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12: Veterans on the Camino - Interview with Sr. Chief Brad Genereux, USN, Ret.

April 7, 2021

After 22 years in the US Navy, Sr. Chief Brad Genereux (https://veteransonthecamino.com) retired from the service and returned to a civilian world he no longer recognized. Lost and seeking solace, Brad found peace along the …

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11: COVID Updates for the Camino de Santiago & Pilgrimage Routes

March 24, 2021

Author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) answers the question, "Is the Camino De Santiago open?" and shares timely COVID updates for the Camino de Santiago, California Missions Trail, and historic pilgrim routes…