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The Way

April 4, 2013
El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago

The Way, one man’s spiritual journey walking El Camino de Santiago.

Filmmaker Mark Shea wished to explore the spiritual affect the Camino (Way of St James) has on pilgrims, by walking the French Way alone and documenting his own personal experiences.

I did my Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in 2004. To be authentic, I walked the whole French Way; 34 days, 18 kg of gear, 764 km on foot. I lost 8 kg in weight!

I had read a lot about the Camino being a spiritual experience, and I wanted to try and capture on film my own reactions as I walked the way.

It is not the historical aspect, but what one pilgrim experiences and tries to capture on film.

What I loved was the honesty.

He talks of the comradeship. Of limping in one night into a refuge, and being helped by a yoga teacher from Barcelona.

Paulo Coelho, in a video interview for Manuscript Found in Accra, talks of that same comradeship when he crossed the US by Greyhound bus in the 1960s.

When Paulo Coelho walked El Camino de Santiago in the mid-1980s, few pilgrims walked the route. Last year saw the publication of a special 25th Anniversary edition of The Pilgrimage, his account of walking the route. In a new forward he describes sitting outside a bar halfway along the route and today seeing as many pilgrims pass by in an hour, as then walked the route in a year.

Top Story in USA Property News (Thursday 4 April 2013).

Martin Sheen Raves About The Camino Documentary!

April 28, 2011

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez presented a sneak peak of The Way – their upcoming feature film about El Camino de Santiago – at Georgetown University on 18 February 2011. During the Q&A afterwards, Lydia B Smith – Director/Producer of The Camino Documentary – stood up to congratulate the filmmakers, and Martin Sheen couldn’t help but comment on the documentary.

El Camino de Santiago is a medieval pilgrimage that at its height had a million pilgrims a year walking the route. It fell into disuse until in the 1980s Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho was forced to walk the route as a penance and wrote his account in The Pilgrimage, since then it has seen an exponential increase in pilgrims, the numbers peaking in Holy Years.

The History of the Pilgrimage to Compostela
Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela today

The Way – El Camino de Santiago

December 11, 2010

El Camino de Santiago is an ancient medieval pilgrimage that had fallen into disuse until Paulo Coelho wrote of his experience of walking The Way in The Pilgrimage.

Also see

The History of the Pilgrimage to Compostela

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela today

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