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Camino De Santiago UK Pilgrimage

S3:E6 Pilgrimage: Lessons from the Camino & Ancient Pilgrim Paths

Jan. 25, 2023

For years, English author Jo Frances Penn (https://jfpenn.com/pilgrimage) contemplated walking the Camino de Santiago. Two decades later, the global pandemic pushed her to begin a walking pilgrimage, discovering lessons abou…

UK Pilgrimage

S3:E5 Walking England's Original Camino: The Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Jan. 11, 2023

Lost to history in the aftermath of King Henry VIII's English Reformation, the Walsingham Camino was once one of Christendom's most revered pilgrimage walks. English author Andy Bull discusses efforts to revitalize the journ…

Guest: Andy Bull
Camino De Santiago Kumano Kodo

S3:E4 Dual Pilgrimage: Camino de Santiago & Japan's Kumano Kodo

Dec. 7, 2022

Drawing on their experiences from walking both the Camino de Santiago and the Kumano Kodo, Dr. Michelle Oing, Ph.D. and Dr. Christian Greer, Ph.D. discuss the contrast of these two UNESCO pilgrimage routes for pilgrims and l…

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…

Camino De Santiago

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…

Camino De Santiago

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, …

Camino De Santiago

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…

Camino De Santiago

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 …

Camino De Santiago

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…

Camino De Santiago

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…

Camino De Santiago UK Pilgrimage

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…

Camino De Santiago

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…