Lessons from a forest

When I enter the embrace of a forest my jaw slackens and my heart rate drops. Birds swoop and flit among the leaves overhead lifting my spirits skywards. Whenever I need a rest, I search out trees. Solid and grounded they teach me how to be still.Light filtered through the newly budded chestnut leaves deepContinue reading “Lessons from a forest”

A Contemplative Camino – the book

A Contemplative Camino hit the Amazon bookshelves today. It’s been so much fun putting my memories of the four Caminos together. Fun, but also hard work: writing, revision, input from Deb who came with me on two of the walks, formatting and finally navigating the Amazon maze. The book spans my growth from Camino noviceContinue reading “A Contemplative Camino – the book”

Possessions just a burden

Possessions just another burden I left Albergue Mercadoira before breakfast expecting to find a cafe in Portomarin. Just before the bridge into Portomarin I exchanged photos with three Spanish women then followed the arrows over the bridge and around the town. Too late I discovered I would have to climb up the hill into theContinue reading “Possessions just a burden”


Uncertainty is the only certainty on the Camino I entered Galicia in fog. O’Cebreiro was an apparition, the buildings barely visible in the misty rain. I missed the church whose priest reinvigorated the Camino for the twentieth century. He painted the ubiquitous yellow arrows that mark the Way. Because of him, the number of pilgrims increasedContinue reading “Uncertainty”

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