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Via Podiensis, France (Le Puy to Conques), June 1-9, 2022
Camino Portuguese Interior, August 28-Sept 12, 2017
Camino Frances, May 24-June 27 2015
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Nepal, May-June 2013
Camino Ingles, June 2012
Preparation for the CPI (incomplete and unedited)
What is a pilgrimage and how is it different from a long distance hike? What resources help us? How do we prepare? There is so much obsessive planning: what goes in the backpack, where to stay, how many kms to walk a day. Why we go at all.
Since I've published on the Dhammayietra, a Cambodian Buddhist peace walk, and worked with refugees, I want to think more critically about 21st century 'pilgrimages,' long distance walking, the politics of volitional movement. One might juxtapose Camino walkers with Europe's refugees and the tumultuous southern border politics of the US.
May delayed to 2021, now 2022
Cognizant of this privilege - that I have the cash, passport, and time -- I hope to walk differently next year, to listen and celebrate the chthonic Madonna in Southern France. This is my last European walk. I am so grateful for these days outside, the angels who aided, and company that coalesced.
I plan to start the Via Podiensis in Le-Puy-en-Velay, visiting ancient woman at Rocamadour, then to the beautiful Black Madonna at Monserrat near Barcelona, moving from Mary-to-Mary, not entirely by foot this time, and a deeper delve into pre-12th century Southern France.